Star Beacon (Ashtabula, Ohio) –
City Council members and officials are trying to move forward after a confusing and contentious vote regarding a rezoning request for senior rental housing.
The original request to rezone property on the former Mount Carmel school property for a $9 million senior housing project failed 3-3 at a Feb. 7 meeting.
Vice President Christopher McClure, Ward 1 Council person Kym Foglio and Ward 4 Council member Michael Speelman voted against the development. President John Roskovics, Ward 2 council person August Pugliese and Ward 5 Council member Jane Haines voted yes. Richard Quaranta was absent.
City Solicitor Michael Franklin said he learned from parishioners — not anyone affiliated with the city — several hours after the Feb. 7 meeting that Foglio was paid for her position at the parish, which requested the zoning change.