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May Primary Election Announced



R.C. 3501.03
The Board of Elections of Cuyahoga County, Ohio issues this Proclamation and Notice of Election. A PRIMARY AND SPECIAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON

TUESDAY, the 2nd day of May, 2017

at the usual places of holding elections in each and every precinct in the City of Bedford; City of Brecksvile; Brecksville – Broadview Heights City School District; City of Brooklyn; Brooklyn City School District; Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District; Maple Heights City School District; North Royalton City School District; Parma City School District; Rocky River City School District; City of Seven Hills; Shaker Heights City School District; Village of Walton Hills; City of Westlake Ward 1, or at such places as the Board may designate, to nominate candidates:

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District

Proposed Bond Issue and Tax Levy- authorizing the school district to: (1) Issue bonds for the purpose of renovating, remodeling, rehabilitating, constructing, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving facilities and buildings, including the existing Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, and preparing, equipping and otherwise improving real estate, for School District purposes in the principal amount of $31,500,000, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 30 years, and levy a property tax outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated to average over the bond repayment period 3.4 mills, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds; and (2) levy an additional 5.5 mill levy to pay current operating expenses for a continuing period of time.

The complete election announcement for all districts holding an election in May is available below.

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Cybercrime: Come Get Your Questions Answered

Due to the rapidly increasing incidents of cybercrime through-out the Chagrin Valley, the Chagrin Falls Police Department is presenting a Town Hall Format meeting on things you can do to protect yourself, family and business from becoming the victim of cybercrime.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the crime itself, you have to be the first line of defense in protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

While this meeting will be held in the Chagrin Township Hall, 83 North Main Street, all are welcome, including nonresidents. The meeting date is Thursday April 13 at 6:30 PM.

The agenda items to be presented are:

  • General Cyber Security,
  • Protecting your children from online dangers
  • Current online scams

There will be an open formant question and answer period following the police presentation.


Spring Hydrant Flushing Underway

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 3, 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 10, 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 17, 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 24, 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 May 1, 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 8, 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.


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


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

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

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.

Second Town Hall on Parking Proposal

The second town meeting in a three meeting series took place on Wednesday February 1st at Township Hall.  In the video below, the Chagrin Falls Parking Commission takes comment from residents and local businesses on the proposed paid parking plan for the downtown area.

A final Town Hall is scheduled for February 15th from 6-8 pm in Township Hall.  If you are unable to attend, please send comments on the parking proposal to, and note if you are a business owner, resident or visitor.

Thank you!

Chagrin Valley Jaycees Annual Chili Cook Off January 28th

It is time for the annual Chagrin Valley Jaycees Chili Cook Off. All proceeds raised by this event go to support various Children’s programs in the Chagrin Valley including the Chagrin Falls Police and Fire departments annual Safety Town Program. A good time is had by all and the proceeds support important local programs. Pre event tickets are available at the Chagrin Falls Police department 21 West Washington St.
January 28th 2017
5:30-10 pm
Federated Church Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306)

Ticket prices:
Chili Only $15
Brew Only $15
Chili and Brew $25
Children 12-20 $12

First Parking Town Hall

The first of three parking presentations took place on Wednesday January 11th in Township Hall.  Full video of the event is presented below.  The presentation begins at about 5 minutes in, and questions begin at 45 minutes in.

2016 Annual Report of the Village of Chagrin Falls

2016 was a year of progress for Chagrin Falls.  We finished the year in good financial condition and completed the year slightly under budget.

In 2016,  the Village completed a comprehensive review of our capital needs and developed a multiyear plan to meet those needs. With the passage of the tax levy this past November we will have the resources to begin to reduce the substantial backlog of deferred capital maintenance and replacement projects and restart a regularly scheduled maintenance program.

Among 2016’s most significant achievements was the renegotiation of the Cleveland Water District (CWD) contract. Based upon the current rates structure of CWD, this renegotiated contract will save the Village approximately $910,000 through 2021 and approximately $325,000 every year thereafter.  This will allow the Village to fund the multiyear replacement of the remaining original underground distribution system without additional rate increases. Some of the underground system is over 100 years old and well past its service life. Approximately 25% of the water mains in the  distribution system need to be replaced.

In 2016 the Village was selected by Ohio Magazine as one of the four Best Hometowns in Ohio. This is thanks in no small part to the thousands of volunteer hours and community involvement that go into making Chagrin, Chagrin. We recognize your contributions and thank all of you for your hard and important work.

2016 also marked work by the parking commission to create additional parking spaces and present the first comprehensive parking management master plan. This plan will be presented to the public in a series of public Townhall meetings beginning January 11, 2017. After public comment and input, council will take up consideration of the plan sometime in the early spring.

Agreements were reached between the Plaza, Heinen’s, and the Village that will allow the opening of a new Heinen’s Grocery store in Chagrin. It is anticipated that the store will open in the late winter of 2017. I am sure we will all welcome having a Heinen’s grocery store in the village.

2016 was also a year of transition with the retirement, after 22 years of service, of police Chief Jim Brosius. The transition was very smooth and the police department is now led by Chief Amber Dacek. Also receiving promotion to leadership positions were Jason Weiskopf to Executive Lieutenant, and Scott Safenovitz to Sergeant.

Looking forward to 2017; efforts will be focused upon implementation of the capital maintenance and improvements plan, developing some sense of consensus around an integrated parking plan, starting the planning process on the waste water plant upgrade and operating license renewal, and continuing to evaluate alternatives for cost saving and increased efficiency. We will also continue our efforts to facilitate the redevelopment of the IVEX property, returning it to the tax base.

During 2016, our regional fire services responded to 1,429 emergency calls. 76% of these were EMS calls and 24% fire and rescue calls. Within the Village, the average response time was 3 and a half minutes from the time 911 received the call until first responders were on site. We all saw firsthand the importance of a well-trained and equipped fire service this past summer where our department kept a major house fire from spreading to neighboring structures and perhaps losing a neighborhood instead of just one house. The fire department conducted 1,029 fire prevention inspections and conducted 45 public education classes, taught 16 community CPR class and, together with the police department, conducted the annual Safety Town program for young children. They also took part in 12 community block parties, and two Red Cross blood drives. Looking forward to 2017, the Chagrin Suburban Volunteer Fire Department will evaluate the possibility of expanding their space to accommodate their increasing requirements.

During 2016, the police department continued to provide us with a safe community. In the past year they answered 8,889 calls for service.

These calls resulted in 477 formal police reports, 150 motor vehicle accident reports and 1,641 traffic violation stops. There were 3 major missing children cases, all of which were successfully concluded.

In addition to traditional policing, your police department took part in extensive community outreach efforts. These included school presentations, Safety Town, Bike Rodeo, Police Explorers Program, 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. All proceeds raised go to these programs. This year’s chili cook off will be January 28, and I urge all of you to go as it is a very good time and the proceeds support very good causes right here in our local community.

Looking forward to 2017, the police department is planning on continuing all the existing community outreach efforts and expanding to hold a Citizen’s Police Academy, where interested residents can gain an inside look at what law enforcement does day to day. They also plan to increase traffic enforcement by creating a traffic unit to concentrate on targeted enforcement in identified problem areas. The department will work closely with the parking committee to implement the parking plan discussed above, if approved by council, and will also implement a streamlined system of administrating traffic tickets.  The Chagrin Valley has seen a substantial rise in the amount of white collar crimes reported to the police departments. The Chagrin Falls police department will be devoting additional resources to this area in 2017 and beyond. As a part of this program we anticipate conducting one or more public awareness programs on cyber security and identity theft protection to the public. While the internet and on line world has brought many benefits, it is also one the fastest growing criminal areas too.

We look forward to a very successful year in 2017 and continuing to provide the safe, secure and enjoyable environment our residents expect.

As always, if you have question 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

Holiday Tree Collection 2017

Holiday trees will be collected curbside on January 4th and January 16th.  Please place your ornament and decoration free tree on your tree lawn for pickup.

Trees are mulched for use in area gardens.


Town Hall Meetings For New Parking Plan Announced


January 4, 2017


There will be 3 Public Town Hall type meetings to discuss parking in the Village. They will all take place at the Township Hall at 83 North Main Street.

The first meeting will be January 11.2017 from 6 to 8 PM. The purpose of this meeting will be for the Parking Commission to present the parking proposal they have drafted to the public. While the format will be an open discussion and questions and comments taken, it is primarily a presentation of their plan.

A second meeting is scheduled for February 1, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM. The primary purpose of this meeting is to hear feedback on the plan. Again it will be an open format

A third meeting will be held on February 15, .2017 from 6 to 8 PM. The primary purpose of this meeting will to discuss the fînal plan to be presented to council and reflecting the public comments made at the February I,2017 meeting. Again it will be an open format discussion.

We will record these meeting and post them to the Village web site.

It is anticipated that the plan will then be present to council for consideration. There will be additional opportunities for public discussion and input at the council level.



Mayor William Tomko