Mayor Eileen Patton Bristles at Comments From Fairview Park Residents in Recent Scene Article




A recent Scene article that raised questions about how the city of Fairview Park handled the departure of a major taxpaying business and the arrival of a non-profit, non-tax paying private school has struck a nerve with Mayor Eileen Patton, who went on the political offensive this week.

The original report, "Stress Test," focused on the Qadax building and contained harsh words from three Fairview Park residents. For example: "From my standpoint, if you look at something like this and you cannot think of a good reason why it was done, what kind of reason does that give you?" says Kreps. "It leaves either incompetence, or worse. You don't want either of these in your city. It disturbs me."

Mayor Patton defended herself Monday.

Mayor Eileen Patton is responding forcefully to allegations made by several residents in a recent Cleveland Scene magazine article.

“It is time for all of us to stand united and take this city back. This political posturing is not welcomed here. We won’t tolerate it,” she said at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

“We welcome everyone in this building. We don’t care what political party they belong to because we are here for the residents of the city of Fairview Park. If they would like to bring it on, I welcome them to,” she said.

She was referring to an article written by Scene reporter Damian Guevara, whom she said contacted her after he received a packet of information, which she said he attributed to three Fairview Park residents — Bob Kreps, Jim Sassano and Dennis Rehor. All three men stood behind their quotes, but denied that they were involved in preparing or handing off a packet.

“That is speculation on their part . . . I have a suspicion I know who did (prepare the packet) but I am not going to guess,” said Sassano, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 3 City Council seat last fall.

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