PARMA, Ohio — Parma's pit bull ban may soon be a thing of the past.
The city council voted "yes" on a resolution during Monday's meeting that will allow residents to vote on whether or not to keep the pit bull ban ordinance in place.
The measure will now appear on the May 7 ballot.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter and the Parma City Council issued the following joint statement on Friday:
"Over the past several months, city officials have heard from both sides regarding Parma’s ordinance, and we believe this is the most democratic way to give Parma residents a voice in the matter.
"This approach is consistent with the city’s position that this issue should be decided at the ballot box – an approach that both sides of the debate have identified as an option.
"With a Wednesday, Feb. 6 deadline looming to put an issue on the May ballot, we have put forth this legislation to meet the cut-off date."
Several localities have repealed similar bans in the past year, including Lakewood, Garfield Heights, and Rocky River.