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Council reorganization

All members will serve on all committees

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Reynoldsburg City Council committee assignments will be a little different in 2013.

The full council met in special session Jan. 7 for its annual reorganizational meeting.

Council President Doug Joseph proposed a rotation of committee chairmen, with four council members on each committee.

Councilman Chris Long instead asked that the proposal be amended so all seven members would be on the finance committee with himself continuing as chairman and Councilman Barth Cotner as vice chairman.

Joseph had suggested Cotner chair the finance committee and Long chair the safety committee.

Councilwoman Leslie Kelly said she didn't think there should be seven members on just one committee.

She said the committees should either consist of four members or all seven.

"I'm OK with four or seven, but do not want seven members just on the finance committee," she said.

"The main focus of a committee is to make those people experts in that area, which is why I wanted a rotation of committee chairs and four members on each committee," Joseph said.

"Maybe we all need to know what goes on in each committee," Councilwoman Monica DeBrock said.

Councilman Mel Clemens agreed with Long that there should be seven members on the finance committee but said he was OK with just four people on the rest of the committees.

A final council vote determined all seven members would work on each committee, with Kelly chairing the community development committee; Long as chairman of the safety committee; Clemens as chairman of the service committee and Cotner chairing the finance committee.

Council also approved Barth Cotner as president pro tempore and Cornelius McGrady III as Reynoldsburg's representative to the West Licking Joint Fire District Board.

During regular committee meetings following the organizational session, McGrady introduced a resolution to the community development committee to establish a Human Trafficking Month in Reynoldsburg.

Calling human trafficking "modern day slavery," he said thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers every year.

"We, the citizens of Reynoldsburg, are not immune from such activity," he said, noting that human trafficking has been identified in Columbus and Zanesville and that Toledo is the No. 4 transport hub in the United States for such activity.

"There is an assault on teens and children today by sinister persons whose sole interest is personal profit and their pleasure," he said. "We need to protect our children."

He said the resolution would be the first step for the city to establish human trafficking awareness projects or conferences aimed at reaching young people, parents, businesses, educators and advocate groups.

The committee agreed to send the resolution to the full council for approval.

Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.

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