Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Council of the Village of Chagrin Falls on May 22, 2017 at 7 pm at 21 W. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 on proposed amendments to Chapter 1143 of the Codified Ordinances of Chagrin Falls. The proposed amendments are outlined in the document below. Continue Reading →
At its last meeting, the Safety Committee discussed the idea of putting Pedestrian Crossing Signs in additional intersections around town. The perception of the Committee is that the presence of these signs both alerts drivers to the fact that a crosswalk is there and generally results in slowing drivers down. Both of these make Chagrin Falls more pedestrian friendly and safe.
In the next couple of weeks, our Superintendent of Streets, Rob Jamieson, and Council President Karl Maersch are going to be looking at some potential locations for these additional signs. If you have ideas on intersections or crosswalks that you think would be a good candidate, please contact us.
Village Council has scheduled two meetings to discuss everyone’s favorite topic—parking. They will be on Thursday, April 20 and Wednesday, May 3 both at 7:00 pm at Village Hall.
In the last few weeks, there have been several revisions to the proposed parking plan and I’ll attempt to summarize the current proposal here. Another good source is the article by Barbara Christian in last week’s CVT (Section A, Page 5).
1) Parking Meters.
The proposed plan calls for installing 2-hour meters on all streets where we don’t currently have meters as well as putting 2-hour meters at 38 spots in the W. Washington lot (aka the Muni lot, which is mostly owned by the Village). The revised plan also calls for installing 8-hour meters in the East Orange lot (next to Riverside Park). Council will have to decide whether to install meters in these locations or leave it the way it is.
The current proposal calls for relatively basic meters that would (a) take coins and (b) allow payment via a smart phone App. Using these basic meters would keep the cost for the meter itself relatively low ($400 per meter) and allow the Village to maintain the $0.50 per hour charge.
Council will also discuss potentially putting in kiosks that take credit cards, etc., but we are told that the break-even point for those types of meters requires charging $1.25 per hour, which is much more than the current level of $0.50.
All meters would have a first 20 minutes free button.
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.
Tom Muscenti has resigned from council for personal reasons effective December 27, 2016.
Council will be selecting a replacement to fill his seat for the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2017. Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to David Bloom, Clerk of Council, Chagrin Falls Village Hall, 21 West Washington Street or electronically to David@chagrin-falls.org.
Mayor Bill Tomko
The Chagrin Falls Village Council will hold a Special Council meeting on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:30PM to discuss signing on to an amicus brief in State ex rel. Huttman v. City of Parma.