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Both North Royalton and Strongsville city councils, as always, will recess all meetings for the month of August and resume business Sept. 3, however, the two city halls remain open.

STRONGSVILLE/NORTH ROYALTON – Both North Royalton and Strongsville’s city councils will recess during the month of August, allowing members to take a break and prepare for the dockets that will finish out the year.

Both municipalities have traditionally recessed in August. The time away from council chambers affords council members and the administration the opportunity to plan vacations, time with family and enjoy a portion of the summer without disrupting city business. The hiatus also allows council to study the more pressing items it will decide on at upcoming meetings.

For example, in Strongsville, council will begin budget meetings as it reviews the city’s needs and priorities for 2020 as well as ways to begin implementing the recommendations of the Master Plan.

“We recently passed our Master Plan, which provides goals and a vision for the future of our city as well as broad recommendations,” Ward 1 Councilman Matt Patten said. “We are excited to get to work on some of the details of the Master Plan.”

Strongsville is also excited about its first outdoor movie in quite awhile, which will be hosted during the recess.

This is planned 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at the city’s football field located at 21255 Lunn Road. There will be inflatables, food trucks, face painting and balloon artists before the showing of Disney’s “Dumbo”, the 2019 live action version, around 9 p.m.

“Council members Ann Roff (Ward 2) and Kelly Kosek (Ward 3) really got the ball rolling on this, and it has been a great collaboration with council, the mayor’s office and the rec department,” Patten added.

In North Royalton, city council will continue to monitor this year’s budget through the end of the year and begin talks for the 2020 budget in late fall as well. Body cameras are another item they will formally decide on.

“We’ll get a chance to reassess the last quarter of the year and really begin preparing for the budget for the new year. We’ll also be looking at the body cameras. There are three companies we are looking at and right now we are testing out equipment from the second company. I would think we would have all of that by the end of the year and be able to account for it in the new budget,” North Royalton Council President Larry Antoskiewicz said.

Should an issue arise requiring council action, both have the ability to schedule a special meeting. Both communities’ city halls are open for business in August, and council members are still just a phone call away.

North Royalton City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6 p.m. with committees followed by the regular meeting. It reconvenes Sept. 3.

Strongsville City Council meets the first and third Mondays at 8 p.m. Committee meetings are scheduled as needed. It reconvenes Sept. 3 as well due to that Monday being a holiday.

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