Richmond Heights City Council keeps Airbnb alive

Members of the Richmond Heights City Council on Tuesday delayed a decision on allowing Airbnbs in the city at least until the next council meeting.

Planning and zoning members last week decided to let it drop without taking a vote, Mayor Jim Thomson said.

The city council could have done the same, but since the city newsletter due out soon says it’s under consideration and that residents should tell their council representative their thoughts, they delayed a decision until the next council meeting, on March 5. Several council members said they knew the opinion of only a few residents on the matter. At that meeting they could let it die or schedule a public hearing as a next step.

Two new police officers were sworn in at the meeting also. Below, Chief of Police Doug Schaeffler (left) watches as Ryan James (center) and Javan Taylor are sworn in by city deputy city clerk, Pat Vilmer. James is also in the Marine reserves. Taylor comes from the University City police force.

Also, police officers Matt Karl and Carl Goodman were awarded for saving the lives of two overdose victims.

Chief of Police Doug Schaeffler (left) watches as Ryan James (center) and Javan Taylor are sworn in by city deputy city clerk, Pat Vilmer.

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