Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mayor Susan Drucker recently delivered her State of the City Speech, touting Solon's successes in the last year.
Mayor Susan Drucker recently delivered her State of the City Speech, touting Solon's successes in the last year. Her comments before the Solon Chamber of Commerce hit on a variety of points, including:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Read the lawsuit filed by Karen Prasser against the city of Solon.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Karen Prasser, who resigned last year from her job as director of the Solon Center for the Arts, has filed a five-count lawsuit against Solon Mayor Susan Drucker and the City of Solon
Former Solon Center for the Arts Director Karen Prasser has filed a lawsuit against Solon Mayor Susan Drucker and the city, according to court records. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 27 in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, alleges that Prasser was subjected to age discrimination, defamation and other charges against Drucker and other city employees, including Human Resources Director Tom Cornhoff and Finance Director Dennis Kennedy. Prasser is represented by Caryn Groedel, a Solon attorney who handles employment law. Prasser seeks at least $25,000 in damages, payment of lost wages and any punitive damages the court awards her. Court records also show that Prasser has demanded a jury trial. We are working to get the lawsuit posted on the site…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Will Sally Dietrick and the Mayor Susan Drucker and the city of Solon reach a deal to avoid a trial in September?
Sally Deitrick and Solon Mayor Susan Drucker are seeking to work out a deal in private to avoid going to trial in Deitrick's wrongful termination lawsuit against Drucker and the city, court records show. A settlement conference had been scheduled for Jan. 25 but was later canceled. Court records show that both parties decided to cancel that conference in an effort to "privately mediate the case." If a deal is worked out between the parties, there will be no need for a trial, which is set to begin in late September. The next scheduled action in the lawsuit is a pre-trial conferenc scheduled for Sept. 5. Trial would begin Sept. 23. Deitrick is Drucker's former secretary. In the lawsuit, Deitrick alleges that Drucker fired her because she was…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A trial in the wrongful termination lawsuit against Mayor Susan Drucker is scheduled for September if parties can't reach a deal before that.
UPDATE: The settlement conference scheduled for today was canceled, according to court records. ------ A settlement conference is scheduled for Friday in the wrongful termination lawsuit against Solon Mayor Susan Drucker The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, and officials with settlement authority are required to attend in person, according to court records. A settlement in the case brought by former mayor's secretary Sally Deitrick against Drucker and the city would prevent the need for a trial, currently slated to begin in late September. Deitrick is Drucker's former secretary. In the lawsuit, Deitrick alleges that Drucker fired her because she was old, and that Drucker had something against the city's older employers. Drucker …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Businessweek's annual list of best places has named Solon the best place in Ohio to raise kids.
Last year, Solon was named one of the best small towns in America by Money Magazine. Now the city has a new honor to add to its resume. Businessweek has named Solon the best place in Ohio to raise kids in 2013. YOUR OPINION: Tell us why Solon is a great place to raise kids! Businessweek compiles its list annually and includes one town in each of the 50 states. Solon also features prominently in Businessweek's article about the list, featuring Mayor Susan Drucker in the story's lead and the city's accomplishments are discussed throughout the article, including its great schools, its business community and ethnic diversity. Mentioned in the article was the 2011 Tolerance Fair, organized by Solon student Justin Bachman and Drucker. The Solon …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
City council approved a pay increase and possible merit bonuses for non-union workers for 2013.
Non-union employees of the city of Solon will receive a 2.25 percent pay increase this year and have the chance to receive a one-time merit bonus. An ordinance for the raises and bonuses was considered Monday night by the Solon City Council. The raises are for all employees who aren't covered by a collective bargaining agreement, including Law Director Tom Lobe and City Prosecutor Lon Stolarsky. The raises are in line with those received by the city's unionized employees, said Councilman Bill Mooney. The pay increases begin Jan. 1. In addition to the pay raises, city council also gave the mayor $25,000 that she can use to hand out up to $1,000 one-time bonuses to deserving employees. To be eligible for a bonus, employees must have …
Monday, December 10, 2012
If the parties can't reach a settlement, Sally Deitrick's wrongful termination trial against the city of Solon and Mayor Susan Drucker will go to trial in 2013.
If no settlement is reached, Sally Deitrick's wrongful termination trial against Mayor Susan Drucker and the city of Solon will go to trial next year. According to records at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Judge Peter J. Corrigan has set a trial date of Sept. 23, 2013. No more continuances will be granted in the lawsuit, which was filed in October 2011. So unless a settlement is reached, the case will be heard. A settlement conference has also been scheduled for Jan. 25, so that will give both sides a chance to work out a deal. Sally Deitrick has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city and Mayor Susan Drucker. Deitrick is Drucker's former secretary. In her lawsuit, Deitrick alleges that Drucker fired her because she …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Karen Prasser's two performance reviews on file in Solon City Hall, while not perfect, paint the picture of an employee who city leaders felt had reshaped the Solon Center for the Arts in a positive way.
UPDATE: Solon Patch has obtained a copy of another performance review for Karen Prasser. This review, conducted by Mayor Susan Drucker for Prasser's performance from January until December 2011, shows that as of early 2012 Prasser was viewed by the administration as an excellent employee who used her talents -- and the help of the Friends nonprofit group -- to take the Solon Center for the Arts to new heights. That was only a few months before Prasser came under scrutiny from city officials about her management of the center and the fact that Prasser's secretary was managing the books for a nonprofit group that fundraised for the center's programs. That sort of mingling of government and private money was against rules, according to a May …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Should the city change the direction of the Solon Center for the Arts? Take our poll and tell us!
Since we published a number of letters to the editor supporting the Solon Center for the Arts, there's been a healthy debate about the future direction of the arts center. While Mayor Susan Drucker has said that the arts center has continued offering the same, if not more, programming since the resignation of former director Karen Prasser, many arts center supporters believe the arts are being marginalized. According to their comments, they worry that the arts center is becoming an arm of the recreation department and that programming brought about by fundraising and through the work of the Friends of the Center for the Arts will be abandoned. What do you want the future of the arts center to be? Take our poll and tell us your thoughts in …