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Water Main Break Affecting Entire Village

alert-symbolPosted 11:15 am Thursday, March 31, 2016

There has been a break to a 12 inch water line on West Washington Street affecting the water supply to the entire village.

The utilities department is assessing the situation and will update when they know more information.  Currently, there is no estimate on when today water will be restored or who will be under a boil alert.  Stay tuned.


UPDATE 11:37 am   Water restored to most of village as problem has been isolated to the W. Washington Street area.  Residents with restored water may still experience low pressure or discolored water due to the earlier break.

Repairs Planned For Old “Mario’s Building”

The former Mario's Salon building sits on the side of the upper falls in Chagrin Falls, OH. I am pleased to announce that we met this morning with the owners of the old Mario’s building at 15 Bell Street and next week they will be resubmitting plans to renew previous approvals by the ARB and BZA for renovation of the structure. Their plans propose retaining a majority of the existing structure and replacing the sections of the building that are structurally unsound in a manner consistent with the historical nature of the building.  They emphasized to us their intention was to respect the historic appearance of the structure. Assuming their plans are approved by the ARB, they intend to be in construction this summer with a Fall 2016 opening planned.
Preserving this important and highly visible historic structure while returning it to the economic base of the village is a win-win for all concerned.
Mayor Bill Tomko

Village Budget Town Hall Report

March 16th Town Hall

Video and slide presentation (below) from the March 16 Town Hall.  Questions from the standing room only crowd begin at about 35 minutes in to the video.


Chagrin Falls Town Hall Meeting on Village Budget

Posted by Chagrin Falls on Wednesday, March 16, 2016


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Hydrant Flushing in April and May

hydrant_flushingAll 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 March 28, 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 4, 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 11, 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, Bentleyville Road, Old Plank, Skyline, Canyon.

During the week of April 18, 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 25, 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 2, 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 Budget Explained: Overview and Summary

Below are two pie charts that summarize where the Village’s funds come from (revenues) and where they are spent (expenses).  They give a good overview of where your tax dollars go.

Throughout the months of February and March,  I have explained all of the village’s operations and their related costs.  For more details on our budget, please refer to individual posts on each department costs.  If you have questions on the budget, please contact me at


CF Expenditures 2016 CF Revenues


Statewide Tornado Drill March 23

TornadoFacts2015As part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, the State of Ohio will conduct a state-wide tornado drill on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 9:50 am. Ohio communities will test their outdoor warning sirens and Emergency Alert System broadcast procedures during the drill. At that time, the warning sirens and alert broadcasts heard are part of the tornado drill.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management encourages schools, businesses and households across the County to conduct their own tornado drills and review their emergency plans. Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky.

Remember the following safety tips: Tornado warning signs include: Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base — tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen. Day or night – Loud, continuous roar or rumble. Night – Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.

What to Do During a Tornado: Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or media broadcast and know your community’s warning signals. Do not wait until you see the tornado to seek shelter. The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative. Homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds. Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.

If you are caught outdoors: Immediately walk or drive to the closest sturdy shelter if possible. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park and either: Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.  Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

For additional information, contact the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management at 216-443-5700 or visit our website at

Shredding Day April 9th


The Villages of Bentleyville and Chagrin Falls are again sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, 77 E. Washington Street, off of Philomethian Street, from 9:00 A.M. until 12 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 at 440-247-5055 or the Chagrin Falls Village Hall at 440-247-5050.

The Value of Shade Trees in a Business District

Chagrin Falls Shade Trees in business districtAs chair of the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission, I would like to periodically post information on the value of shade trees. The first topic in this series is: The Value of Shade Trees in a Business District. The information for this posting was gleaned from research done by Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington. Doctor Wolf is a highly respected scientist whose work strictly adheres to the best practices in research and has been published in highly respected journals.

Dr. Wolf asked respondents to rate business districts on a scale of 1, the lowest rating, to 5, the highest rating. Business districts with no trees received a rating of 1.66. Districts with tree canopies similar to the one found in Chagrin Falls received a rating of 3.32. Pocket parks, like our triangle and Riverside Park, received a rating of 3.69.

Dr. Wolf then compared patronage behavior in business districts with high ratings like those for Chagrin Falls to those with a lower rating. The results showed that business patrons were willing to drive farther to shop in a district with a tree canopy similar to ours, stayed longer, and visited more often than they did in similar business districts without trees.

Additionally, Dr. Wolf measured patrons’ place perceptions of treed districts vs. those with few trees. She found that places similar to Chagrin Falls received ratings 30% higher than those without trees. She also discovered that respondents estimated the price of goods in districts similar to ours to be worth 9% more than those found in districts without trees.

By looking at these studies, I believe we can all see that by planting and maintaining trees in our business district we are investing in the economic success of Chagrin Falls.

Notice of Public Hearing: Cash Basis Annual Financial Report

March 1, 2016

The Cash Basis Annual Financial Report of the Village of Chagrin Falls for 2015 has been completed.

The Report is available for inspection at the Village Hall at 21 West Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.


David Bloom

Director of Finance

Independent Financial Review Now Available

Finance Town HallChagrin Falls Residents:

This financial review (available for online viewing below) was completed by an independent committee I appointed to review the Village’s operations and financial condition. I wanted a completely independent review of Village finances.  While village employees provided information and discussed operations, no Village employee or elected official took
part in drafting this report.

I am calling a Town meeting so that the committee can discuss their report with all residents and council at one time. The town meeting will be in the evening of March 16 at 7:30 PM in Township Hall 83 North Main Street. The committee will present their report via a brief Power Point presentation then allow whatever time is necessary for questions and answers.

My hope is with the presentation of this independent report and open discussion we can once and for all lay questions regarding the village’s financial condition and operations to rest and beginning the discussion on what we need to do to secure our Village’s future based upon a common understanding of the facts.

William A. Tomko
Mayor of The Village of Chagrin Falls

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