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Main Street Bridge Railing Final Decision Made

After final deliberations, the parks committee voted unanimously to recommend the railing based on the George Washington Memorial Parkway -3 design.  This railing will have 3/4 in pickets, square posts (no fins).  Those present discussed that given the constraints of the crash tested (ODOT approved) designs, the GW design offered the best combination of safety for pedestrians (trying to climb) and aesthetic appropriateness.

 

During the meeting the following issues were discussed:

  • Safety – many concerns were raised regarding the ease and accessibility of climbing.  Parents/residents are concerned that the horizontal railings invite your kids to climb up to view the falls.
  • Aesthetics – which design is most in keeping with the aesthetic style of the CF Village architecture (other fences, railings, sign posts, benches, light fixtures, etc.)
  • Accessibility to view – which design allows for optimal viewing of falls and invites pedestrians to stop and enjoy.

The GW offers three (3) rounded/pipe-like horizontal elements (5 in) backed by 3/4 in pickets.  This option best addresses safety concern re: climbing in that it is thought the round horizontal elements would be more difficult for children to climb.  This option has acceptable viewing access given the crash test structural requirements and the child safety concerns.

Weekly Meeting Report

SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE:

Monday, December 11th
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting  Agenda

Wednesday, December 13th
9:00 A.M. Cemetery Board Meeting

Monday, December 18th
7:30 P.M. Planning & Zoning Commission had been canceled

Tuesday, December 19th
8:30 A.M. Architectural Board of Review

We will be closed on December 25th , December 26th and January 1st in observance of the holidays.

Tuesday, January 2nd
8:30 A.M. Architectural Board of Review

Thursday, January 4th
8:30 A.M. Shade Tree Commission

Monday, January 8th
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 10th
9:00 A.M. Cemetery Meeting

Recently uploaded minutes:

2017-10-23 Council Minutes

2017-09-18 PZC Minutes

2017-10-16 PZC Minutes

2017-11-20 PZC Minutes

 

A Message From Mayor Tomko

Mayor Bill Tomko entered office in January of 2016

Mayor William Tomko, 2016

At this time of year we are all inundated with charitable requests; I would like to ask you to also consider the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s(“Suburban”) capital fund raising drive in your charitable giving. The Suburban fire department is NOT an agency of municipal government, it is a not for profit charitable corporation.

The fire fighting and EMS needs are provided to the Village on a regionalized basis with cost shared by our surrounding communities. This is by far the most cost effective means of providing those critical services to our residents. The Suburban department provides firefighting and EMS to a 30 square mile area and 15,000 people; it does this for an annual cost of $101.00 per person. That is less than 30 cents per day. This is why ALL the mayors of the Suburban Fire Department’s service area have joined me in endorsing their capital fund raising drive. 100% of your contribution goes to fund the capital improvement project and your contribution is tax deductible for federal Income tax purposes.

Please join with me in supporting Suburban’s capital fund raising drive.

Mayor Bill Tomko

Letter to the Editor of the Chagrin Valley Times, issue dated November 16

We are the elected leaders of the six communities that employ the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Fire Department Association (CFSVFDA) for fire and ambulance services for our residents.  We strongly support the efforts of the CFSVFDA to raise $700,000 for improvements to the facilities and equipment presently used to provide protection to our residents.  The CFSVFDA is a nonprofit association that has provided us protection since 1934.

We are an example of regionalism at its best.  The financial cost to provide fire and ambulance services to our residents would be financially impossible for each community acting alone.  By joining together, we are able to save taxpayer dollars while protecting the lives, homes and businesses of our residents.

We will all benefit from the new service bay, training room, dormitory space, shower, locker room and kitchen facilities.  Presently some fire vehicles are kept outside because of lack of space.  Imagine if you will, trying to rush to an emergency but first having to clean snow/ice from the vehicle windshield.

The CFSVFDA is going to raise the $700,000 through requests for donations and gifts from Chagrin Valley residents.  No tax money will be used or raised to make the above-mentioned improvements.

We urge you to support the efforts of the CFSVFDA through your tax-deductible donations and to support the upcoming April 26th fundraiser. Please contribute to the “Help Us Help You” campaign.

Bentleyville Village Mayor Leonard Spremulli

Chagrin Falls Village Mayor Bill Tomko

Chagrin Falls Township Trustee John Finley

Hunting Valley Mayor Richard Hollington

Moreland Hills Mayor Susan Renda

South Russell Village Mayor Bill Koons

Weekly Meeting Report

SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE:

Tuesday, December 5th
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

Thursday, December 7th
8:30 A.M.     Shade Tree Commission
6:00 P.M.     Administration & Compensation

Monday, December 11th
7:00 P.M.     Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th
9:00 A.M.     Cemetery Board Meeting

Monday, December 18th
7:30 P.M.     Planning & Zoning Commission

Tuesday, December 19th
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

We will be closed on December 25th , December 26th and January 1st in observance of the holidays.

Leaf Pickup Final Round For 2017

Please have your leaves out by Sunday December 3rd. The Street Department will make there final trip around the Village starting Monday December 4th., on the South End  working towards the North End. If you miss the cut off date you can bag them or put them in your Trash Totter for Kimble to pickup.

 

John Brockway

Streets Superintendent

Final Meeting On Bridge Rail Selection Tuesday November 28th 8:30 am

Update: The George Washington Rail with square pickets  and rounded horizontals was unanimously selected by the committee. 

Byron Sah (Cuyahoga County), and one representative (Joanne Shaner)from HDR (construction company) attended the meeting and provided renderings of TWO top railing picks (MASSDOT S3-TL4 and Texas C2P).  These renderings had been posted on the Village website (Angela DeBernardo).

 

During the meeting the following issues were discussed:

 

Safety – many concerns were raised regarding the ease and accessibility of climbing.  Parents/residents are concerned that the horizontal railings invite your kids to climb up to view the falls.

Aesthetics – which design is most in keeping with the aesthetic style of the CF Village architecture (other fences, railings, sign posts, benches, light fixtures etc.)

Accessability to view:  which design allows for optimal viewing of falls and invites pedestrians to stop and enjoy.

 

FINAL THREE OPTIONS

George Washington with added pickets:

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The George Washington Rail offers three (3) rounded/pipe-like horizontal elements (4in) backed by 3/4 in pickets.

  • This option addresses safety concern re: climbing in that it is thought the round horizontal elements would be more difficult for children to climb
  • This option tends to appear more industrial/modern and may not be aesthetically in keeping with the quaint Western Reserve style of historic CF Village
  • This option has acceptable viewing access given the crash test structural requirements and the child safety concerns

 

Mass Dot SL- TL4 with pickets behind

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The MassDOT offers three (3) squared off/rectangular horizontal elements (4in) backed by 3/4 in pickets.

This option could include:

  • The visually clean, top ledge reminiscent of current railing OR no ledge and a simple bar (square)
  • The ledge option addresses the safety concern in that children would be less able to climb over the top rail
  • This option is in keeping with the aesthetic Western Reserve style in that the rounded elements are not present
  • This option has acceptable viewing access given the crash test structural requirements and the child safety concerns

 

 

Texas C2P (with no fin on backside)with pickets visible above/behind the tube/rounded horizontal top railing

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The Texas C2P offers two (2) square horizontal elements with the top rail being rounded.

  • This option could mitigate safety concern in that the top railing is rounded and more difficult to grasp
  • This option offers a mix of rounded and square elements which can be aesthetically busy and hence distracting
  • This option is less in keeping with the village Western Reserve style
  • This option has acceptable viewing access

 

The FINAL meeting regarding Main St. bridge railing design will be 11/28 @8:30 in Village Hall.

Triangle Park Lighting Of The Greens and Deck The Falls Events

The big tree is up in Triangle Park!

The Chagrin Valley Jaycees Annual Lighting of the Greens ceremony will be on Friday, November 24th at 6:30 pm.

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls’ Holly Hall at 83 N. Main Street will open the same evening at 6 pm with their new “Deck The Falls” program of events, including visits With Santa, a children’s scavenger hunt, cookies, decorated mini-trees and a large model train display.

 

Possible Discolored Water Notification for Eastern Service Area

November 15, 2017Due to emergency water main repair, residents who live in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland may experience discolored water over the next couple of days. The water is safe to drink and use as normal, but customers should refrain from doing laundry if they are experiencing discolored water. THERE IS NO BOIL ALERT IN EFFECT.

Potential discoloration of the water would be a result of a 54-inch steel transmission main being shut down for emergency repairs on Highland and Georgetown Rd. in Euclid. Potential discoloration results from iron particles being stirred up to due a sudden change of direction in water flow from having to divert water to supplemental mains within the system. Crews are working to make the repairs and additional crews are monitoring in the field for discoloration.

If the customers notice discoloration, they should contact Cleveland Water’s 24 Hour Emergency Dispatch Line at 216.664.3060.

The following suburbs may be impacted:

Beachwood

Bentleyville

Bratenahl

Cleveland Heights

East Cleveland

Gates Mills

Highland Heights

Highland Hills

Hunting Valley

Lyndhurst

Mayfield Heights

Mayfield Village

Moreland Hills

North Randall

Orange

Pepper Pike

Richmond Heights

Shaker Heights

South Euclid

University Heights

Warrensville Heights

Woodmere

Chagrin Falls

For the latest information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit http://clevelandwater.com/blog.

Weekly Meeting Report

SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE:

Monday, November 13th
6:00 P.M.     Administration & Compensation (Agenda: Healthcare Renewal 2018)
7:00 P.M.     Council Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, November 14th
8:30 A.M.     Parks Commission

Monday, November 20th
7:30 P.M.     Planning & Zoning Commission

Tuesday, November 21st
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

We will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of the holiday.

Monday, November 27th
7:00 P.M.     Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 28th
8:30 A.M.     Parks Commission
8:00 P.M.     Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, December 5th
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

Thursday, December 7th
8:30 A.M.     Shade Tree Commission

Monday, December 11th
7:00 P.M.   Council Meeting

Weekly Meeting Report

SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE:

Tuesday, November 7th
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

Wednesday, November 8th
9:00 A.M.     Cemetery Board Meeting

Thursday, November 9th
8:30 A.M.     Shade Tree Commission

Monday, November 13th
7:00 P.M.     Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 14th
8:30 A.M.     Parks Commission

Monday, November 20th
7:30 P.M.     Planning & Zoning Commission

Tuesday, November 21st
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

We will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of the holiday.

Monday, November 27th
7:00 P.M.     Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 28th
8:30 A.M.     Parks Commission
8:00 P.M.     Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, December 5th
8:30 A.M.     Architectural Board of Review

Thursday, December 7th
8:30 A.M.     Shade Tree Commission

Minutes and Agendas Uploaded This Week

2017-10-24 Parks Minutes

2017-10-10 Parks Minutes

2017-09-25 Council Minutes

2017-09-11 Council Minutes

 

 

Leaf Collection Update: Friday November 3rd

The third round of leaf collection began today in the south end of town.  The Streets Department team expects to complete Solon Road through Olive Street on Friday, and start from there moving north on Monday November 6th.

 

 

Election Information for November 7th

 

 

  • Do you vote by mail? Please remember to send in your vote by mail ballot! Ballots must be postmarked on, or before, November 6th.  You can track your ballot at the Board of Elections here:

http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/track-my-ballot.aspx

 

  • Tuesday, November 7th is Election Day! Polls are open from 6:30AM to 7:30PM.  Please remember to bring an ID.  If you aren’t sure where you vote you can check here:

http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx

New Leaf Collection Team On Second Pass Through Village


Leaves are being collected by a new machine this year.  The new trailer has an extended hose for street side collection, which makes it possible to operate with only two street department staffers instead of four, as a raking team is no longer required to move the leaves closer to the curb.

The leaf collection team is on its second pass through town, moving from the south end of the village to the north. The historic district was completed on Friday.

The village anticipates completing four passes of leaf collection through the village as long as  weather permits.  Last year, fair weather allowed for six passes.