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Archive | March, 2017

Spring Beautification Committee Needs Volunteers

I enjoyed a productive conversation with the co-chairs of the Chagrin Falls Beautification Committee; Janine Bauman, Anne Wombwell deConingh and Beth Skeel.

The committee is in need of new volunteers and is reaching out to the community for assistance from anyone that might be interested in helping with the gardens located throughout our town. (You do not need to be a village resident to join with them).

They have provided the following outline of the work that the committee undertakes and contact information for those that might be interested in joining with them.


The work that they do is priceless and I thank the committee for their countless hours of dedication and volunteerism.

 —-  Mayor William Tomko

CHAGRIN FALLS IN BLOOM!

Urns, hanging baskets and gardens all filled with flowers make Chagrin Falls Village a colorful showplace in spring, summer and fall. The beauty and profusion of the flowers attract visitors and provide enjoyment for residents and shoppers.
It takes a team of volunteers to unify the efforts for showcasing the Village. New team members to the “Beautification Committee” are always welcome. It requires commitment to spring clean the gardens and urns, plant and maintain the flowers throughout the season, and prepare for winter. Over 700 hours were logged last year by volunteers who committed to various levels of participation.

In concert with these efforts, it takes participation by Your HomeTown, who provides plants for 52 urns. It takes support from the Village, which provides plants for the gardens and parks. And it takes Dogwood Valley Garden Club, who funds the hanging baskets, and plants the horse trough in Triangle Park and the hayracks on the Main Street bridge.
Co-chairs Beth Skeel, Anne deConingh and Janine Bauman plan and coordinate the program and of course, garden all summer. If you enjoy gardening and would like to be a volunteer, please contact Anne at awomb@yahoo.com

Public Hearing on New Dwelling 280 Chagrin Blvd. April 4th

Building taking place in Chagrin FallsNotice is hereby given pursuant to Section 1109.05(b)(1)(B)of the Codified Ordinances of Chagrin Falls that a meeting will be held by the  Architectural Board of Review, of the Village of Chagrin Falls  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM in the Council Chambers  Village Hall, 21 W. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

To hear an initial proposal: new single family dwelling. Project Address: 280 Chagrin Blvd.
Permanent Parcel No. PPN: 931-09-006, 931-006-007.

IF YOU WISH TO COMMENT ON THIS PROPOSED PROJECT, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO SO PRIOR TO THE ARCHITECTURAL BOARD OF REVIEW’S APPROVAL OF THE INITIAL PROPOSAL. PLEASE BE ADVISED THERE ARE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES FOR MODIFICATION TO A PROPOSAL AFTER INITIAL APPROVAL. THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSAL IS AT THE SCHEDULED MEETING REFERENCED ABOVE.

2017 Safety Town Registration Now Open

Chagrin Falls Safety Town is a nationally recognized safety awareness program for children entering kindergarten. The Chagrin Falls Police Department and youth volunteers, with the cooperation of the Chagrin Falls Fire Department and the Chagrin Valley Jaycees, will teach the classes. Classes will be an hour and twenty minutes per day for 10 days. Classes will be held July 17- July 28, 2017 at the Gurney Primary School, 1155 Bell Road.

Please download and complete the Safety Town registration form, and return to:

Chagrin Falls Police Department Attn: Safety Town Registration
21 W. Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Remember to indicate your preferred class time on the registration, as class assignments will be made in the order by which registrations are received at the police department. Registration deadline is June 1, 2017. For more information please contact Ptl. Jason Fischer at jfischer@chagrinfallspd.com

Shredding Day Scheduled For April 8th

The Villages of Bentleyville and Chagrin Falls are again sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.  The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School,77 E. Washington Street, off Philomethian Street, from 9:00 A.M, until l2 Noon.

The service is free for the residents of the two Villages. We ask that you limit your shred material to five boxes or bags, Materials that can be shredded include: paper, light cardboard, staples, paper clips and 3.5 inch computer storage discs.

Questions can be directed to either the Bentleyville Village Hall at440’247-5055 or the Chagrin Falls Village Hall at 440-247-5050′

Move To Amend Day Special Council Meeting Announced

In November of 2014, Chagrin  Falls voters passed an ordinance by 66% of the voters designating the third Saturday in March in odd numbered years as “Move to Amend Day.”  The initiative petition placed on the ballot was a response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court decision in 2010 that, among other things, deemed spending money as an expression of free speech.

The Ordinance (2105-09) that went into effect as a result of this initiative petition calls for Village Council to hold a public meeting the third Saturday in March in odd-numbered years.  Accordingly, we are announcing a Special Council Meeting for Saturday, March 18 at 9:00 am.

Here is the language from Ordinance 2015-09 about the goal of the meeting: 

WHEREAS, an ordinance was adopted by the electorate on November 4,2014, requiring the Mayor and Village Council to designate one day every two years as “Move to Amend Day” and tosponsor a public hearing to study the impact on the Village of political influence by corporate entities, including unions and Political Action Committees, in connection with the most recent election

 

Here is information from Chagrin Falls resident Becky Thomas, who is associated with the Move to Amend organization:

In a reaction to this threat to our democracy, a national organization called Move to Amend was formed with the intent to amend the Constitution.  In the past few years, Brecksville, Shaker Hts., Mentor, Toledo, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Newburgh Heights, Defiance and Dayton have also passed ordinances supporting this constitutional amendment.

The purpose of the public meeting is draw attention to the influence of money in politics.  Citizens will have the opportunity to speak for 5 minutes per person on any topic having to do with the Constitution, money in politics, corporate influence on social/environmental/political policy, the concept of corporate personhood, writing of legislation by corporate lobbyists, state budgets which effect local spending, or any other topic which influences our democratic principles.

Please come and speak.  Your comments will be listened to and posted on the Village website.  We welcome all citizens who want to curtail the influence the wealthy few have on our democracy.