Should your job dictate where you live? A Cleveland City Councilman believes if you work for the city, you should live near city limits. Monday night he proposed a new ordinance that would require city employees to live in surrounding counties.
"Having a few policeman live in your neighborhood, it was a lot better," says Tom Rook.
The Rooks have lived in West Park for 40 years and have seen families move in and out. In 2009, when the City of Cleveland lifted the residency requirement their neighbors faces started to change.
"I could see some people moving, but it wasn't that big influx that everyone thought it was going to be," says Ronnie Rook.
Not all Police, Fire and EMS fled for suburbs. But there were a few that crossed the line - the state line.
"In San Diego, California San Diego as well as Pennsylvania as well as Kentucky," says Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell.
He proposed an ordinance that would bring back residency requirements to city workers. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for the city to require workers to live in Cleveland city limits back in 2009.
"However the Supreme Court says we can draw a line for non emergency around the state of Ohio and we can draw a baseline also around the county," says Conwell.
Under the proposed ordinance, city safety employees would be required to live in Cuyahoga or adjacent counties such as Lake, Geauga, Summit, Medina, Lorain or Portage.
"We need our emergency forces to get here right away, within a moment's notice and help our residents."
President of the firefighter's union, Frank Szabo, says he wasn't aware the ordinance was being proposed Monday night and he didn't have a chance to look it over. But his initial response is: Why is there one standard for city employees and another for safety employees?