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Watch: Kids Tell Filipiak, Kirchner What They Want In Mentor

The city officials visited Garfield Elementary on Friday to teach the children about local government and to listen to their future electorate

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak and Councilman Ray Kirchner visited the third graders of on Friday.

In addition to teaching them about local government, they also polled the future voters.

"What would you like to see in Mentor?" Filipiak asked.

Most of the children mentioned businesses: another , an arcade, more Mexican restaurants.

One asked for water slides at the city's pools; another, for flying cars.

One student asked for more museums. Kirchner replied that the city, unfortunately, had lost a pair of museums in the last few years -- the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum and the Museum for Speed.

However, Kirchner added that they still had the down the street from them.

Another child asked for a city fitness center or gym. Filipiak replied that the city tried to avoid doing things that would cut into local businesses' clientele.

Afterward, Filipiak and Kirchner thanked the children for their input.

"This is democracy in action," Filipiak reminded them.

Rosanna Del Rio March 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Happy to see Mr. Filipiak and Mr. Kirchner return to Garfield Elementary again this year. Thank you gentlemen for your time spent with these children.

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