BEDFORD HEIGHTS -- Residents will likely decide Nov. 6 if the name of former mayor Jimmy Dimora is taken off the Jimmy Dimora Community Center.
In a joint announcement late Friday, Mayor Fletcher Berger and Council President Philip D. Saunders say they are requesting that the voters decide the issue.
Berger and Saunders said they have heard from residents on both sides of the issue who want it sent to a vote of the people.
Saunders said, "...Some of the residents strenuously object to the removal of Mr. Dimora's name from the Center. Other residents are just as adamant that his name be removed from the building. Numerous residents on both sides of the issue have expressed their opinion that the electors of Bedford Heights should decide the issue."
Berger said, "The final say on this issue belongs to the Bedford Heights voters. I've already stated my opinion but the only opinion that matters belongs to the voters.."
Both men are confidant city council will support legislation to put this issue on the ballot. Berger is in favor of removing Dimora's name.
Dimora, 56, now of Independence and a Cuyahoga County commissioner from 1998 until 2010, served as mayor here for nearly two decades and was convicted of 33 federal counts exactly one week ago.
The crimes included racketeering, bribery, conspiracy and corruption.