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Plant A Tree And Get A Tree In Celebration Of Arbor Day!

The Village of Chagrin Falls invites the community to the Annual Arbor Day Ceremony on SATURDAY, APRIL 21st at 10:00 AM in Riverside Park, located on North Main Street.  Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.

This event will feature the planting of trees and shrubs, which will provide year-round beauty, near the children’s playground.
We thank First Energy for their donation of a large flowering dogwood tree and 200 flowering dogwood seedlings which will be planted throughout the Village parklands. They will also be giving away 100 dogwood seedlings for participants to take home and plant, so bring a shovel and come and plant a tree and get a tree.


An informative program about tree planting will be presented by the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission and planting instructions for the seedlings will be handed out. The session will cover preparing the planting site, selecting shrubs and trees for the proper planting area, and caring for your new plantings.

All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend. 


I hope to see you there!
Mayor Bill Tomko

BZA Public Meeting – 23 Water Street – May 22, 2018 8:00PM

April 12, 2018

NOTICE OF CONTINUANCE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a continuance has been granted at the request of Thomas and Susan Strauss, for the public hearing to be held by the Board of Zoning Appeals to appeal the decision of the Architectural Review Board regarding the denial of a demolition permit at 23 Water Street, Permanent Parcel No. 932-03-036. This item is now scheduled for the public hearing to be held by the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Chagrin Falls at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the Council Chambers of the Chagrin Falls Village Hall, 21 West Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Robert Jamieson
Chief Administrative Officer

Streets and Sidewalks Meeting Announced for Greenbriar Development

There will be a public meeting on April 19, 2018 at 8 pm at Village Hall in Council Chambers to discuss the plans to address storm water management needs in the Greenbriar development.  The plan to be discussed is meant to address two issues; eliminating the stormwater run-off and pooling in yards and to manage the stormwater in a manner that enhances the street view of the neighborhood.

Parking Commission Meeting Announced

The Parking Commission will meet on Thursday, April 26 at 4 pm in Village Hall Council Chambers.  The agenda includes:

1.    Review 2016 Parking Plan

2.    Discuss Parking Meters in the Central Business District

3.    Discuss Smart Phone Apps to Pay for Parking Fees

Public Hearing: Variance Request for 54 W. Washington Street on April 24

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Chagrin Falls at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24,2018 in the Council Chamber of the Chagrin Falls Village Hall, 21 West Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio at the request of 603 North Main, LLC, for a variance to Section 1125.03(9), Area, Yard, and Height Regulations: Main Buildings, and Section 1145.02(b), Nonconforming Buildings, specifically at 54 West Washington Street, Permanent Parcel No. 932-06-42.

Please Check Your Hemlock Trees For Woolly Adelgid Infestation

Holden Arboretum has reported Hemlock Woolly Adelgids are now in our area. This is an invasive pest that is killing hemlock trees. It is important for everyone to check their hemlocks as many in our area are on private property.

The hemlock woolly adelgid is tiny, less than 1/16 inch long, and varies from dark reddish brown to purple black in color.  As it matures, it produces a covering of wool-like wax filaments to protect itself and its eggs from natural enemies and prevent them from drying out.  This “wool” is most conspicuous when the adelgid is mature and laying eggs.  Ovisacs can be readily observed from late fall to early summer on the underside of the outermost branch tips of hemlock trees.

The brochure from the US Department of Agriculture can be downloaded below.  It describes what to look for on your hemlocks. If you find you have an infestation, report it to:

Report Online: Invasive Species Report Form

Report By Phone:  ODNR 877-247-8733  or  ODA 614-728-6400

Download: Brochure on Woolly Adelgid In Eastern Hemlocks

Council Meeting Agenda for April 9, 2018

Village of Chagrin Falls

April 9, 2018 Regular Council Meeting 7:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call and action concerning absentees
  3. Approval of the minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held March 26, 2018.
  4. Report of the Mayor: William A. Tomko
  5. Report of the Finance Director: David B. Bloom
  6. Members of the public to speak to agenda items (Not to exceed 2 minutes per person)
  7. Report of the Law Director: Dale Markowitz
        • Ordinance No. 2018-24 – An ordinance amending and replacing Chapter 1146, Historic Preservation Regulations of the Planning andZoning Code of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Chagrin Falls. 1st Reading 3-26-18, Public Hearing scheduled for 5-14-1 8.

      Full text (pdf)

     

        • Ordinance No. 2018-25 – An ordinance amending the position classification and salary schedule for various positions within the Village of Chagrin Falls and declaring an emergency. New legislation.

      Full Text (pdf)

     

        • Ordinance No. 2018-26 – An ordinance amending codified ordinance Section 5aa.I4(a) to increase the composition of the Shade Tree Commission from six (6) members to seven (7) members and eliminating the residency requirement. New legislation.

      Full text (pdf)

  8. Council Committee Reports
      • Streets & Sidewalks Committee: Erinn Grube
      • Facilities & Services Committee: Jan Evans
      • Planning &, Zoning Commission: Nancy Rogoff
      • Safety Committee: Angela DeBernardo
      • Utilities Committee: Jim Newell
      • Board of Zoning Appeals: Karl Maersch
      • Administration & Compensation Committee: Julia Lipp
      • Finance Committee: Karl Maersch
      • Parks Commission: Erinn Grube
      • Shade Tree Commission: Angela DeBernardo
      • Arts Commission: Nancy Rogoff
      • Parking Commission: Jim Newell
      • Cemetery Commission: Julia Lipp
  9. Report of the Chief Administrative Officer: Rob Jamieson
  10. Report of the Engineer: Tim Lannon
  11. Report of the Police Chief: Amber Dacek
  12. Report of the Fire Chief: Frank M. Zugan
  13. Members of the public to speak to any matter (not to exceed 5 minutes)
  14. Miscellaneous
  15. Adjournment

Upcoming Meeting Currently Scheduled

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING APRIL 16, 2018 7:30PM

April 6, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Village of Chagrin Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the Council Chambers of the Chagrin Falls Village Hall, 21 West Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio at the request of Brickhaus Partners for the following items relating to the property at 218 Cleveland Street, Permanent Parcel No. 931-17-003:

  1. 04(a)(3) Area Regulations: Determine Reasonable Means of Ingress and Egress.
  2. 09(c) Modifications to Area, Yard, and Buffer Requirements.

Robert S. Jamieson

Chief Administrative Officer

 

 

ARBOR DAY CEREMONY 2018

ARBOR DAY CEREMONY – 2018

The Village of Chagrin Falls would like to invite the community to the annual Arbor Day Ceremony on SATURDAY, APRIL 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Park on North Main Street.  Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.

This event will feature the planting of several smaller trees and shrubs which will provide year-round beauty in the area by the playground.  An informative program from the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission on tree planting will be presented. The session will cover preparing the planting site, selecting shrubs and trees for the proper planting area, and caring for your new plantings.  All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend.

See you there!

2018 Fire Hydrant Testing & Flushing – April/May

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                        March 28, 2018

                                           2018 FIRE HYDRANT TESTING AND FLUSHING

All fire hydrants in the Village of Chagrin Falls will be tested and flushed during the month s of April and May.

Starting the week of April 2, flushing of hydrants will be done on; Solon Road, Chagrin Valley Trails subdivision, Nob Hill, Monticello, Carriage Stone, Olive, Hall, Hawthorne, Somerset, Greenbrier-Greenhaven.

During the week of April 9, hydrants will be flushed on; Maple, Center, Walnut, Church, Water, West Washington, South Franklin, Cedar, South Street, Bellview, Bradley, Pine, and Oak.

During the week of April 16, hydrants will be flushed on; South Main, Elm Court, May Court, and Village Circle Drive, Miles Road, Winding River Dr., North Fork subdivision, Orchard, Meadow Lane, Bramley Ct., Hillside, West Orange, River Street, West Street, West Summit, Solether Lane, West Cottage, Chagrin Boulevard, Addison Ln.,Bentleyville Road, Old Plank, Skyline, Canyon.

During the week of April 23, hydrants will be flushed on; North Main (including the Township), East Orange, East Cottage, East Summit, Falls Walk, Stanridge, Lyndale, Locust Lane, Timberidge, Kenton Road, North Street, High Street, North Cleveland, Willow, Falls Road, Stonecreek, Applebrook (including the Township), Coy Lane, High Court, Scarsdale Lane, Hunting Lane, Longwood Drive, Edgewood Court, and Wilding Chase.

During the week of April 30, hydrants will be flushed on; East Washington Street, Pheasant Run Subdivision, Senlac Hills Drive, Hastings Lane, Heather Court, Tartan Court, Highland Lane, Bell Street from Village limits-east, Fairview, Hazelwood, Sylvan, Mapleridge, Birchmont, Woodside Road, Fernwood, Blackford, Laurel, and Clarion, Philomethian Street, Shopping Plaza.

During the week of May 7, hydrants will be flushed on; Ridgewood, Bell Street, Bell Tower, Carriage Hill, Hamlet, Vincent, Columbus, American, Walters, Hickory Hill, Cleveland Street, Village Commons.

Fire hydrants will not be operated before 8:00 a.m. of each day.  All immediate areas will notice a drop in pressure while hydrants are operated.  Some discolored water will be noticed.  It is advisable to do any clothes washing before the time that the crews are in your neighborhood.  The water should clear up within 3 or 4 hours after flushing. Occasionally it does take longer.  If anyone is in doubt about washing clothes on any particular day, please call the Water Department office at 247-5050 for further information.

                                                            VILLAGE OF CHAGRIN FALLS

                                                            21 West Washington Street

                                                            Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

                                                            Phone Number (440) 247-5050

Parks Commission Update

Exciting changes for Riverside Park have started! The Village is updating the steps leading from Riverside Park to the Library with a new handicap accessible ramp this spring. The new path is scheduled to be finished before Blossom.

The old steps were removed over the weekend thanks to the generous support and volunteer labor of the Jaycees. All of the old bricks were palletized and will be utilized in a future project.  

Riverside Park will also see new plantings around the playground area in the coming weeks.

by Erinn Grube

2018 Village of Chagrin Falls Annual Report

2017 was a year of continued progress for the Village of Chagrin Falls.

We finished the year in good financial condition and on budget. The budget was balanced.

During 2017 the Village continued to implement its capital plan to eliminate the deferred maintenance items and provide for future needs.

In 2017 we paved the following streets; Willow Lane, Carriage Stone, and Monticello and The West Orange Street parking lot. We had planned on also doing Walters Road but rejected the one bid we received as it was materially over our estimate of what the work should cost. I am pleased to say that our judgement in rejecting the bid was vindicated; when we rebid the work in 2018 the new bid was ~ $ 100,000 less than last year’s bid. Walters Road, together with replacement of the water and sewer lines and the addition of sidewalks, will now be done in 2018. Completion of this project will allow us to abandon and remove the waste water lift station on Hickory Hill Road

During 2017 we acquired a new leaf collection system. The performance of the new leaf collection machine has exceeded our projections. The new machine has allowed us to reduce the leaf collection manpower from 4 or 5 people to just 2 and improve the leaf collection efficacy which has reduced overtime hours.  We were able to increase the leaf collection sweeps of the village from the normal 3 to 4 to 6 this year.We believe this machine will pay for itself in reduce labor hours in 5 years or less and it has a 15 to 20 year life.

During 2017 The Village and Chagrin Valley Dispatch (CVD) adopted Your911 for cellular 911 calls. This was a significant improvement over the previous system. The new system works off the phones GPS and provides your location in 3 dimensional spaces, i.e. it locates you specifically in a large building such as the school vs. just providing the street address. This should result in faster response times and improved security. If you have not downloaded the app to your phone I encourage you to do so. Instruction for doing so can be found on The Village web site. CVD continues to save the village significant capital cost over operating our own dispatch center. Since we joined with other communities in founding CVD, we have had nearly $74,000 of our original investment returned to us and in 2018 we anticipate an approximate $7000 will be returned.

During 2017, our regional fire services responded to 1551 emergency calls, a 6% increase over 2016. 78% of these were EMS calls and 22% fire and rescue calls. Within the Village, the average response time was 3 and a half minutes from the time dispatch received the call until first responders were on site. This is significantly under the national standard of 8 minutes for response time. The fire department conducted 1,041 fire prevention inspections, conducted 47 public education classes, taught 21 community CPR class, installed 20 residential smoke alarms and, together with the police department, conducted the annual Safety Town program for young children. They also took part in 14 community block parties, 3 fireworks displays and two Red Cross blood drives.

During 2017, the police department continued to provide us with a safe community. In the past year they answered 8,967 calls for service. These calls resulted in 504formal police reports also a 6% increase over 2016, and 137 motor vehicle accident reports. In the summer of 2017, the police department began a speed monitoring program to assist in the identification of streets and/or neighborhoods that require targeted speed enforcement.  The results of the monitoring are beneficial as they provide factual data regarding the actual speeds and hours of the day the vehicles are traveling in a given area. The table below shows a general breakdown of the results obtained in 2017.

Street Name

Duration of Study

Posted Speed

Average Speed of all vehicles

85% of the vehicles were going less than

Total vehicles In Count

American Street

7/23 – 7/28/2017

25

17 MPH

21 MPH  or Less

652

Bell Street

6/26 – 7/2/2017

25

27

33 or Less

19114

E Washington Street

8/20 – 8/28/2017

35

34

37 or Less

34639

Hall Street

10/24 – 11/1/2017

25

22

27 or Less

3220

Walters Road

8/6 – 8/14/2017

25

29

35 or Less

18423

Kenton Road

8/1 – 8/6/2017

25

25

31 or Less

1035

Maple Street

6/6 – 6/10/2017

25

28

32 or Less

31882

Miles Road

9/8 – 9/17/2017

35

36

40 or Less

17331

N Main Street

8/14 – 8/19/2017

35

36

40 or Less

9786

North Street (264)

7/2 – 7/12/2017

25

32

37 or Less

9615

North Street (540)

10/10 – 10/19/2017

35

37

42 or Less

18029

Olive Street

11/2 – 11/13/2017

25

25

29 or Less

3965

Ridgewood Road

8/28 – 9/6/2017

25

29

33 or Less

18155

S Franklin Street

7/12 – 7/23/2017

25

28

32 or Less

15839

S Main Street

6/15 – 6/25/2017

25

29

33 or Less

31046

W Summit Street

10/19 – 10/23/2017

25

27

32 or Less

3243

This data is used to target our enforcement. In 2017 the Police made 2277 traffic violation stops, a 39% increase over 2016.

The Chagrin Police Department established a safe zone to meet and transact sales of merchandise sold on line. The location is in front of the police station at 21 West Washington Street and it is video monitored 24/7 and has a telephone hot line to 911 police dispatch.

In addition to traditional policing, your police department participated in extensive community outreach efforts. These included school presentations, Safety Town, Bike Rodeo, Coffee with a Cop and for children, Shop with a Cop. These efforts were primarily privately funded. The police and fire departments’ major fund raising effort to support these programs is the chili cook off.

We understand that there has been some concern regarding the utility charges recently. If you have some questions regarding your bill, call the village hall at 247-1911. We are here to help you understand the fluctuations in the bill and will promptly dispatch a Utility Department employee to help you determine if you have water leaks resulting in unknown water usage. All billing cycles may not have the same number of days in the billing period. Our meters are read manually and due to workloads may not be read on the same days every year nor include the same number of days in each period. But at no time is anyone charged for any amount of water that has not gone through the meter. We can only help you understand your bill and help determine if you have a leak if you call the Village at 247 1911. There have been a lot of technical advances in the five years since the Village last looked at metering options. I have asked the Utility Department to take a fresh look at the available options for remote meter reading.

Overall the utility system is in very good condition. The village has run a utility system for over 100 years. Our system was old and in the 1990’s it was recognized that the underground water and sewer lines needed to be replaced. In the early 1990’s The Village started a multi- decade upgrade program to replace the undergrounds. This program has replaced or relined a significant portion of the water and sewer lines. If we stay on plan, this program should be mostly completed by the mid 2020’s. The new lines have a projected service life of between 50 and 75 years. Prior to 2014 the Village had used State Inheritance Taxes and Local Government Funds received from Columbus to fund a large portion of this replacement cost. The state has eliminated the Inheritance tax and reduced the Local Government funds to insignificant levels. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, utility charges, supplemented by local tax dollars and grants, when we are successful in applying for them, are the only funding sources for replacing the remaining underground lines.

During 2018 we look forward to continuing to provide the safe, secure and enjoyable environment our residents expect. As always, if you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call village hall, the mayor or your elected council representatives, we are here to serve you.

Mayor

William A Tomko