Part III: Mayor Williams answers readers' questions
Norwood police officers will get panhandlers who become aggressive and/or intimidating to move on, but the police must operate within individuals’ rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. If you are approached by an aggressive panhandler at Surrey Square, call 911 immediately if you have a cell phone or alert Kroger or one of the other retailers to make the call.
Q. I attended a public meeting on Oct. 28 discussing the Natural Gas Aggregation Program that is coming to Norwood. My understanding is that the company providing the gas is going to try to lock us into a low price for at least a year. What is the status of this program and when is it scheduled to go into effect?
A. I have signed the Natural Gas Aggregation Program ordinance City Council passed at their February 23rd meeting. The original ordinance stated the City would do part of the work. The version City Council passed amended that section so the City is not responsible for any of the work. Now the ordinance goes to PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) for approval. It will become effective later this year, but I can’t give an exact date for when the approval process will be complete.
Q. from CBN: What do you hope to accomplish in the last two years of your current term in office?
A. I want to make sure we don’t go into debt and find ourselves back where we were a few years ago. Our financial stability is number one. We have a reserve, and I hope we don’t have to use it. Our situation is not doom and gloom, but we have to be careful about spending.
At the close of the interview, Mayor Williams had some words of praise our hometown newspaper Norwood Star and its publishers, the hardworking Clark family. He sees the monthly publication as a real asset and hopes community members are showing appreciation, too, with subscriptions to the paper.