Mentor Charities, Sheetz & The Sales Tax Increase: A Week In Review
Catch the biggest stories from the week
1. We featured a lot of Mentor philanthropists this week. (That is enough to qualify this as a good week.)
Jane and Michael Knausz of MK Photography are organizing a Prom To Remember -- a dance especially for teens who have been affected by cancer.
People can help the cause in a lot of ways. For example, some boys from Mentor High wore dresses to school Thursday as a way to encourage their classmates to donate gently used formal dresses for the kids.
In that time, she and a team of volunteers and donors have made more than 6,000 blankets.
And, to think, it all began with a teddy bear.
But first both proponents and detractors of the service station spoke at the meeting.
Dale Bradley lives directly south of the where the Sheetz would be. He said he would be happy if the service station replaced the present "eyesore."
"It's like a giant flea market," he said. "People are parking old cars over there for sale."
4. The Lake County Commissioners voted Tuesday to increase the county's sales tax from 6.25 percent to 6.75 percent.
This comes after Mentor Council had unanimously passed a resolution, asking the commissioners to delay their vote. City officials were concerned the sales tax increase would have a disproportionate affect on Mentor because 43 percent of the county's sales come from Mentor.
They asked the commissioners to delay their vote until council members could discuss the topic further with them.
However, the commissioners approved the tax increase anyhow and some Mentor Council members were perturbed by that decision.
"We're disappointed," Council President Scott Marn said. "Our goal was to find out how this would affect not just the city of Mentor's residents and businesses, but all of Lake County's."
5. Chinese New Year began this week.