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Hydrant Flushing in April and May

hydrant_flushingAll 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 March 28, 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 4, 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 11, 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 18, 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 25, 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 2, 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.

Village Budget Explained: Overview and Summary

Below are two pie charts that summarize where the Village’s funds come from (revenues) and where they are spent (expenses).  They give a good overview of where your tax dollars go.

Throughout the months of February and March,  I have explained all of the village’s operations and their related costs.  For more details on our budget, please refer to individual posts on each department costs.  If you have questions on the budget, please contact me at


CF Expenditures 2016 CF Revenues


Village Budget Explained: Village Administration and Finance

Village Hall WebChagrin Falls has a hybrid Mayor/Village Administrator/Council form of government. Council forms the legislative branch of government whose sole administrative function is approving variances to the zoning code. The administrative branch consists of a part time Mayor as the Chief Executive who oversees all departments.

The Mayor sets policy to guide the general operation of the Village while the Village’s Chief Administrator (CAO) is responsible for the day to day operations of the Village. The street department, building department and the two Village owned utilities report to the CAO. The Law Director, Engineer, Finance Director, Police and Fire Chiefs and the CAO report to the Mayor. In addition to the supervisory responsibilities, the CAO is responsible for overseeing the preparation of legislation for council action, all village contract bidding and purchasing and initial determination of application of the village zoning and building codes. Last year the building inspector conducted 50 investigations of complaints of zoning and property maintenance, 364 building inspections and oversaw 75 ARB submissions.

The Village Administrator’s major jobs include analyzing the operations of the municipally-owned utilities, and making recommendations to Council and the Mayor concerning all charges and rates for these services. He works closely with the Village Engineer to make recommendations concerning all new construction, maintenance and replacement of existing facilities and equipment, and planning of future operations of the utilities. Service-related responsibilities include overseeing the construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of all public streets and alleys, public buildings, drains, ditches, storm sewer facilities, parks, playgrounds, and public places.

The CAO is also responsible for overseeing all village purchases and providing back office support for all the village’s various departments. All contracts in excess of $50,000 are competitively bid and all purchases over $5000 are based upon competitive quotes. This system recently saved the Village $140,000.00 in garbage collection fees alone. As a practical matter almost all of the villages purchases are price shopped or acquired via state or county master purchasing agreements. In addition the CAO is responsible for the economic analysis of whether it is more economical for the village to provide a service directly or to purchase the service from a third party. This process has resulted in the village contracting out the grass cutting in the cemetery vs. assigning this job to village employees. This resulted in the elimination of one full-time village employee and a net savings of $ 63,000 per year. The village’s administrative staff consists of a staff of five: Mayor, CAO, building inspector, administrative assistant and utilities billing and support person. The budget of all the village administrative functions is $300,000.

The Finance Department is headed by a Director of Finance and one full time and one part time employee. The Director of Finance is responsible for all finance, payroll and accounting matters of the Village, including health care administration. In addition the Finance Director works closely with other departments and prepares any financial analysis requested by the departments or the council. The budget for the village finance department is $258,000.

Statewide Tornado Drill March 23

TornadoFacts2015As part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, the State of Ohio will conduct a state-wide tornado drill on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 9:50 am. Ohio communities will test their outdoor warning sirens and Emergency Alert System broadcast procedures during the drill. At that time, the warning sirens and alert broadcasts heard are part of the tornado drill.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management encourages schools, businesses and households across the County to conduct their own tornado drills and review their emergency plans. Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky.

Remember the following safety tips: Tornado warning signs include: Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base — tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen. Day or night – Loud, continuous roar or rumble. Night – Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.

What to Do During a Tornado: Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or media broadcast and know your community’s warning signals. Do not wait until you see the tornado to seek shelter. The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative. Homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds. Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.

If you are caught outdoors: Immediately walk or drive to the closest sturdy shelter if possible. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park and either: Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.  Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

For additional information, contact the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management at 216-443-5700 or visit our website at