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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.

Issue 25 Passes

All Invited! Arbor Day Ceremony

Vincent Street Arboretum before work begins. The Village of Chagrin Falls would like to invite the community to the annual Arbor Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Vincent Street Arboretum, located on the North side of Vincent Street just east of Bell Street.

Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.

This event will feature an informative program from the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission on proper tree care and mulching techniques, and the viewing of improvements made to the Ben KingArboretum. Participants can assist Boy Scout Troop 241 with enlarging the mulch rings around the arboretum trees, placing mulch around them, and general cleanup of the woods line in preparation for the creation of a wildflower meadow.Ben King Memorial stone at Vincent Street Arboretum

Information will also be provided on the programs and services that the Shade Tree Commission offers to the community. All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.



Chagrin Falls Economic Development Committee: 2014 Report To Council

The Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Board was formed in March, 2006.  Its mission is:

“The Economic Development Boards objective shall be to improve vitality of the Village Business Community by addressing business community goals and strategies, business retention, business attraction, and business property development and to maintain residential property values.”

Current members are:

Dick Kaplan, Nancy Rogoff, Steve Patton, Thomas Brick, Joanne Zettl, Charlie Marotta, Kathleen Visconsi, Lydia Champlin, Marc Benson, and Elizabeth Hijar.

The Board meets quarterly.  There are three focuses:

  • To encourage sensible redevelopment within the Village.
  • To improve the vitality of Village businesses by encouraging programs to retain and attract business to our community.
  • To recommend and implement programs to maintain residential property values.


  • Continuing to encourage the successful re-developments of River Walk, Spillway and Falls Walk.
  • Provided several options for the possible redevelopment of the Philomethian Street School.
  • Providing input on various issues affecting the Village including collaborative projects, doing business in the Village and replacing the loss of inheritance taxes.


  • Help address funding for short term and long term Capital improvements Programs.
  • Help address short term and long term General Fund stability.
  • Help address improvements in parking & safety issues.
  • Continue to encourage the attraction and retention of businesses and address issues that maintain residential property values.
  • Continue to encourage redevelopment including River Walk, Falls Walk, Spillway and Marios Spa.
  • Help address steps that would better maintain the Village character.

2015 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

Starting the week of March 30, 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 6, 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 13, 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 20, 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 27, 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 4, 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.


Solon Road Surface Water Improvements Project Completed

Tim Lannon, PE, Village Engineer


The Village recently completed the Solon Road Stormwater Improvements Project funded through a $73,000 Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grant received from the Ohio EPA. The project is located along River Run path between Monticello Drive and the Village service garage. The project included the installation of a permeable concrete berm on the east side of the road which allows water to flow down through the concrete instead of running off over the surface. The permeable pavement sections are designed to collect and clean the polluted runoff from the road and help solve some of the flooding and erosion that happens along the roadway by letting water soak into the ground naturally instead of ponding on the surface.

On the west side of the roadway, the project included the installation of a series of infiltration swales which lead to a bioretention cell in River Run Park. This bioretention cell was designed to capture polluted stormwater runoff and let it soak into the ground. The vegetated swales and bioretention cell clean and filter stormwater runoff through soil and microbial activity, and reduce runoff through infiltration and uptake by the plants. The water that doesn’t soak into the ground below is slowly released to the nearby Chagrin River. The result is the improvement of the water quality of the river and flooding and erosion problems resulting from too much water running over impervious surfaces like roads.

A public tour of the improvements will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at noon. Please meet in the River Run Park parking lot. For more information regarding the project or the tour, contact Debbie Carter 440-247-5050.

Fall Photo Contest from Safe Routes Chagrin

10714255_10205132991552445_2818307238182250260_o Safe Routes Chagrin wants you to get outside and go for a walk before winter weather hits this year  – but take your camera or smartphone.

The organization is celebrating the opening of the Mill Street Sidewalks by holding a Chagrin Falls photo contest through November 8th.  You can enter your photographs of the Chagrin Falls area by emailing them to , dropping off printed photos at the Chagrin Falls public library or uploading publicly visible photos on social media with the hashtag #chagrinwalks.

All submitted photos will be displayed here on the Village of Chagrin Falls website for public voting after November 2nd.

Photos will be available online for public voting until November 8th.

After voting closes on  November 8th,  photographers with the winning entries will be notified.

Prizes are as follows:

1st prize: Complimentary family photo shoot with Megan Mkalar Photography.

2nd prize: $100 cash prize

3rd prize: $50 cash prize

There is no age limit for entry.


How To Enter:

DEADLINE EXTENDED! All entries must be submitted  by 5 PM on November 2, 2014. Submit digital photos by uploading on social media with #chagrinwalks or by emailing your entry along with contact information to Printed photos may be dropped off at the library; contact information should be written on the back of the photo. Photos submitted to the library and to social media using our hashtag will be placed online on the evening of November 1st.  All submissions become the property of the contest.

Photo Requirements:

All photos must be taken within the Village of Chagrin Falls and will be subject to approval before being placed online for judging.  Please only submit family-friendly material.

Judging & Prizes:

All submitted photos will be displayed online until November 8th.  Contest winners will be determined by public vote and will be featured on the Village of Chagrin Falls website.  The top three photo entries will receive:  First Place: Free photo session through Megan Mlakar Photography  Second Place: $100  Third Place: $50

Photo Ideas:

There are unlimited photo-worthy locations and subjects in the area; be creative and show us what you see when you get out and walk.


Resident Survey on Village Budget

Because the State has recently cut the Village’s annual road maintenance funding about $1 million dollars per year, Council and I continue to study ways to adequately fund our roads. We would appreciate your help by giving us your comments.

Thank you,
Mayor Thomas Brick

Resident Survey for 2015 Budget

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Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas_Tree_Collection.JPGThe Chagrin Falls Street Department offers curbside collection of holiday trees from all residences in the Village. Collection dates are Monday, January 6th and Monday, January 20st weather permitting. Please place trees on the tree lawn for collection, after removing ALL decorations. NO decorated or artificial trees will be accepted. Trees collected will be ground up and recycled. Contact the Street Department at (440) 247-5053 with any questions.


Road Closures Thanksgiving Morning For Turkey Trot

imageSections of both Bell Street and Washington Street will be closed to traffic Thanksgiving morning November 28th to accommodate the Turkey Trot 5K road race. The race starts at 10:00am from the Chagrin Falls High School, travels through S. Russell, and ends back at the high school. The majority of the 5k is in S. Russell, but Bell and E. Washington will both be shut down in Chagrin Falls until the race is over.

E. Washington will be closed to traffic at Cleveland St. Traffic heading east can detour via Bell Street to Walters Road. E. Washington St. traffic heading west will be detoured down Savage to Chagrin Road.

Bell St. will closed to traffic at Walters Road. All traffic will be routed down Walters and can follow the detour signs from there.

Persons travelling in to Chagrin can come in via Chagrin Rd., or they can come up Bell, follow the detour, and enter off of Walters. The race is expected to last one hour.