A recent city council ordinance in Mayfield Heights banned alcohol at the annual Community Unity Days party, a family-friendly get together for the fine citizens of the town. Alcohol, as it turns out, hadn't been served at Unity Days in quite awhile, but the ordinance was an explicit ban on liquor and beer.
Then in stepped Mayor Costabile, who vetoed the ordinance. His concerns were more about the process that arrived at the ban and not so much a love of libations, but he is a hero nonetheless.
After all, if one is holding an event celebrating families, how could one not have alcohol? It's been facilitating family-time since the beginning of families.
“There is a concern that I have that the legislation drafted and ultimately approved by council was politically motivated based on personal agendas and not as a result of a detailed and professional discussion,” Costabile said.
He said his veto has nothing to do with whether or not there is alcohol at the Unity Days to take place Aug. 19-22 because there are many other pressing issues in the city.
“What concerns me as mayor is during the discussion in regards to the issue, any and all concerns raised were answered yet the legislation was still rushed through to approval,” Costabile said.
He explained the Parks and Recreation Department, made up of residents, suggested the city try having alcohol at Unity Days.
Council members whined that a majority of residents, a percentage undoubtedly arrived at through at least five very unscientific conversations with people who don't drink, oppose having alcohol at the community event. Even the former mayor has chimed in.
Former Mayfield Heights Mayor Margaret Egensperger said having alcohol at the event will only destroy the effect of Unity Days.
“I was the mayor who brought back Unity Days to unite families and bring residents together as one,” she said. “We do have some people who can drink and be fine and some people get rowdy when they drink.”
Egensperger said everyone she had talked to, which have been residents of all ages, said they were against having alcohol at Unity Days.
“My neighbors are up in arms because they do have small children,” she said. “They should not have to worry. We tried it (having alcohol at the event) years and years ago and we had nothing but trouble.”
Sounds to us like someone could use a drink.