By danny restivo
Council members voted to override a mayoral veto and honor a local business owner with a history of city code violations.
The resolution, which passed 6-1 during a meeting Wednesday, honors Charles Jasinski and Charlie’s Service Station on Fifth Street for 30 years of service.
Mayor Terry P. Stocker vetoed the legislation March 22 after council approved a motion March 13.
After the vote, Stocker told council he thought it was sending the wrong message to other businesses in the city by approving the legislation.
“This resolution — I believe it’s a reflection of the level of standards we have in this city,” Stocker said.
Jasinski, who was not present at Wednesday’s meeting, is facing misdemeanor charges of having unlicensed vehicles and inoperable vehicles at his auto-repair business in front of Struthers Plaza. He is scheduled to appear in municipal court May 8.
Since 1999, Jasinski has been charged four times over violations stemming from his auto-repair business.
Tony C. Fire, 1st Ward councilman, cast the only dissenting vote.
“No one thinks that Charlie is a bad person,” said Fire. “I voted no because Charlie has been told multiple times to keep his area clean. I think there should be an allotted amount of time before he is awarded a proclamation.”
Michael Patrick, councilman-at-large and sponsor of the resolution, said the city always has recognized business owners who have worked in the city for more than 30 years. Patrick said Jasinski has worked with city officials on all of the issues.