Richmond Heights | Council overrides mayor's veto

RICHMOND HEIGHTS -- The tensions between Richmond Heights' new mayor and old-guard city council showed themselves again Wednesday night.

Council overrode Mayor Miesha Headen's veto of an almost $16,000 appropriation to Greenwood Farm. The vote was 6 to 1.

The Farm is a publicly owned site with several buildings the city, bought with hopes of making it an educational, historical and natural center.

Mayor Headen claimed more than $1 million had been spent on the facility and the public got no benefit from it.

A "No Trespassing" sign greets visitors.

She also complained two council members are on the Farm's Board of Directors and claimed that was a conflict of interest to be approving money for a group they sit on.

The council members declined to be interviewed for a Channel 3 story on the subject earlier this month.

An Ohio Ethics Commission spokesman made a public statement the council members did not have a legal conflict.

Mayor Headen claims she has found significant financial irregularities and a lack of documentation since taking over the city this year, succeeding longtime Mayor Daniel Ursu.

She intends to pursue future investigations of those matters.


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