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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

Healthy Food for Ducks

In response to requests from residents, the Parks Commission approved two signs to be placed in Riverside Park with information about healthy diets for waterfowl. Ducks, geese and other waterfowl face serious health complications when they eat empty calories, like bread, instead of nutrient rich foods. These health issues can impact their ability to fly, migrate, reproduce and escape predators.

Fortunately, it is easy to offer our feathered friends a healthy snack. Fresh foods like cut seedless grapes, cooked rice, peas, corn and lettuce are all great options. The Hardware Store sells bags of corn for $1.

The signs will be placed in mid-April on existing poles.

More information about the impacts of feeding waterfowl bread can be found here

By Erinn Grube

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!

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

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.

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.

Main Street Bridge Railing Renderings For November 14th Public Hearing

We have received new renderings of the two railings styles under consideration for the Main Street Bridge reconstruction in 2019.  The two railing styles are the Texas C2P and the MassDOT S3-TL4.  Multiple views of each railing are rendered in the slide show below.

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Minutes of the three previous Parks Meetings dedicated to Main Street Bridge design elements are available below.

2017-09-26 Parks Minutes

2017-10-10 Parks Minutes

2017-10-24 Parks Minutes

Parks Commission Schedules November 14th Meeting On Bridge Rail

At the October 24th public hearing on the Main Street Bridge design, the Parks Commission determined that an additional public hearing was necessary to make a final decision.  Those in attendance narrowed the options for railing design to two: the MassDOT S3-TL4 and the Texas C2P (both pictured below).

The Parks Commission will meet on November 14th in Council Chambers to discuss the railing design for the 2019 Bridge Project.  All are welcome to attend.

Parks To Hold Final Public Hearing on Main Street Bridge Design On October 24th

The Parks Commission will hold their final public hearing on the Main Street bridge design on October 23rd at 8:30 am in Council Chambers.

Current rail designs under consideration are presented in the gallery (and slideshow format) below.

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Cuyahoga Greenways Solicits Public Input On New Trail Development

From: Cuyahoga County Greenways

As County Planning and its partners Cleveland Metroparks and NOACA continue our work on the Cuyahoga Greenways plan, we wanted to update you on some of our recent achievements and upcoming events in the planning process. To date, we have successfully completed an analysis of the existing transportation network throughout the county, and established a project logo and brand development strategy.

As part of the public outreach program, we are gathering feedback through a series of online surveys. The first round of survey questions can be found at http://bit.ly/GreenwaysSurvey1 

Our Project Team is developing the proposed network of candidate routes to connect existing trails, parks, and points of interest throughout the neighborhoods of Cuyahoga County. We want to ensure these proposed trails consider your communities assets, challenges, and goals.

The candidate routes developed with input from various stakeholders have been recorded through an online mapping resource at https://arcg.is/uSTW .

Looking ahead, our next round of public meetings will be held on January 17th & 18th, 2018.  We’re counting on your residents to fully participate in the making of the Cuyahoga Greenways Plan.

Sincerely,
Glenn Coyne, FAICP
Executive Director, County Planning
On behalf of the Cuyahoga Greenways Team

The Cuyahoga Greenways Plan is funded by a Transportation for Livable Communities Grant from NOACA. Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Cleveland Metroparks, several municipalities, and other entities have contributed matching funds to the project.

Ben King Arboretum Rain Garden Installation

Vincent Street Arboretum before work begins.Good News!  We met with Jim Funai from Tri-C yesterday and worked out all of the details for the rain garden installation at the Ben King Arboretum. The Street Department will be digging the hole and setting the catch basin inlet next week, with the students from Tri-C coming out on FRIDAY, MAY 5th at 9 a.m. to do the installation of the garden.

I would like to invite all of you to spread the word and feel free to stop by next Friday to see the work the students will be doing for the village.

At your service,
Rob Jamieson
Superintendent of Streets

(Note: The Arboretum is located at Vincent Street and Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.)