George sponsors public records and renewable energy initiatives

On Monday, May 20, Councilperson Meghan George joined at-large colleagues in bringing two important initiatives before Lakewood City Council.

Along with Council members Tom Bullock and Tristan Rader, George sponsored an ordinance to add up to 1 megawatt of rooftop solar to municipal buildings, at no upfront cost.

The 20-year proposal also includes an energy cost savings of more than $550,000 over the life of the system. Rader said the city owes its taxpayers to explore options related to the continuing decrease in solar installation costs.

City Council is expected to talk to members of the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and Enerlogics about the proposal during a future Public Works Committee meeting. …read more at cleveland.com

George and Rader also proposed improvements to Lakewood’s public records policy, to make it more accessible and responsive to the public, to whom the city’s documents ultimately belong.

According to the release from the two councilpersons, the proposed law would establish the following protocols: Create a public records request web portal that is easy to use, up-to-date and interactive; Two-day response time to initially respond to a request; Strengthen provisions around redactions and exemptions, to make sure we are withholding only what is absolutely necessary; Mandate public records training for top officials read more at patch.com

George says that both initiatives will result in public resources—whether they are documents or rooftops—being more useful to Lakewood residents.