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Archive | April, 2014

Arbor Day Celebration May 1st

Tree for Arbor DayThe Village of Chagrin Falls would like to invite the community to the annual Arbor Day Ceremony on Thursday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. on Vincent St. in the grass field near American St. on the North side of the road.  Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.

 

This event will feature the planting of 16 trees of varying species and heights to create a “tree arboretum” to inspire the community.  The trees will be planted in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement that will showcase the characteristics of each tree.  Residents will be able to visit the site to view and select tree species that would work on their own properties.

 

Representatives from Village government and the Shade Tree Commission will be on hand for the ceremony.  All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend.

North Street Reconstruction Update

North StreetThe Village began working in earnest on addressing the deterioration of North Street about six years ago. It was determined that the road is beyond repair and that total reconstruction is required. The initial estimated cost of more than $2,000,000 was beyond ability of the Village to fund. Further complicating this, the State of Ohio repealed estate tax that had provided the sole source of revenue for Village road improvement projects. Subsequently a local income tax issue to replace this revenue was defeated.

 

In the interim the Village has worked hard to secure outside funding. In 2009 the Village secured a federal earmark of $380,000 for improvements on North Street and Mill Street. A grant of $225,000 through the Ohio Public Works commission allowed
the watermain replacement that was completed last year. An additional OPWC grant of $300,000 was approved for roadway improvements. Finally a request for $1.2 million was approved by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. A survey of the residents indicated some desire to retain the brick surface however, a Transportation Enhancement grant for brick was denied. The balance of the cost will come from accumulated estate tax balance in the Capital Improvement fund.

 

Since federal funds are involved the project will be managed by ODOT and they have construction scheduled for 2015. The Village Engineer is developing plans that are to be submitted to ODOT next month. The scope of this project includes roadway reconstruction with an asphalt wearing surface, curb replacement, drainage improvements, rehabilitation of sanitary sewers and sidewalks on one side of the roadway as far north as the Falls Road intersection.

 

The Streets and Sidewalk committee has set a meeting for Monday, June 23rd at 7:00pm to review the status of this project and take input from residents. Feel free to call Village Hall if you have any further questions.

Community Shred Day on Saturday April 26th

shredderThe Villages of Chagrin Falls and Bentleyville are co-sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday April 26th, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm for the residents of both villages.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School on Philomethian Street.

Items that could be shredded include, but not limited to: paper and folders, paper clips, staples, 3.5″ computer discs, rubber bands, CDs and DVDs.

Please limit your shred items to 5 boxes or bags.

Questions can be directed to Beth DeBaggis at 440-247-5050.

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