EDITOR’S NOTE: Please excuse the quality of our recent video work from the Loveland City Hall council chamber. After the City recently hired a Public Information Officer (PIO), LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV, USA-Today videographers, and Cincinnati Area TV stations have been put into a small corral to one side of the room, and the podium was placed so that when the public rises to speak, they have their backs toward the audience and our camera. We have talked to the PIO, City Manager and the Clerk of Council about how this arrangement significantly degrades our video, “The old set-up allowed a video camera to swing back and forth between those at the podium and the council table. That arrangement had been used for decades.”
Our plea has fallen on deaf ears. The PIO, however, did respond saying, “Unfortunately, the arrangement of the media area will not be moved to accommodate better angles at this time.”
So, for the time being, LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV is forced to show butts instead of faces, except when Councilwoman Pam Gross uses the podium. (See this recent video)
[/quote_box_left]Loveland, Ohio -Business owner and former Councilmember Tim Canada, and residents Diane Powers and Barry Kuhn want the community and Loveland Council to consider changes to Loveland’s Charter. Their proposal is for voters to directly elect the Mayor and Vice-Mayor, and to implement term limits for all members of City Council. They are presenting several proposals for Council to consider. They want Council to initiate putting the question to voters on the November ballot. However, if Council fails to do so, the three pledge to circulate Initiative petitions and get enough signatures so voters can make a decision this November.
Canada appeared at the July 11 Council meeting to explain their proposal.
Later in the meeting Council member Pam Gross made a motion to direct the City Solicitor to give Council a report on the process for a Charter amendment and to also prepare a report on how a “Charter Review Committee” would work. The motion passed 6-0. Mayor Mark Fitzgerald was not at the meeting.
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