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Archive | December, 2017

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.

Weekly Meeting Report


Monday, December 11th
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting  Agenda

Wednesday, December 13th
9:00 A.M. Cemetery Board Meeting

Monday, December 18th
7:30 P.M. Planning & Zoning Commission had been canceled

Tuesday, December 19th
8:30 A.M. Architectural Board of Review

We will be closed on December 25th , December 26th and January 1st in observance of the holidays.

Tuesday, January 2nd
8:30 A.M. Architectural Board of Review

Thursday, January 4th
8:30 A.M. Shade Tree Commission

Monday, January 8th
7:00 P.M. Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 10th
9:00 A.M. Cemetery Meeting

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A Message From Mayor Tomko

Mayor Bill Tomko entered office in January of 2016

Mayor William Tomko, 2016

At this time of year we are all inundated with charitable requests; I would like to ask you to also consider the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s(“Suburban”) capital fund raising drive in your charitable giving. The Suburban fire department is NOT an agency of municipal government, it is a not for profit charitable corporation.

The fire fighting and EMS needs are provided to the Village on a regionalized basis with cost shared by our surrounding communities. This is by far the most cost effective means of providing those critical services to our residents. The Suburban department provides firefighting and EMS to a 30 square mile area and 15,000 people; it does this for an annual cost of $101.00 per person. That is less than 30 cents per day. This is why ALL the mayors of the Suburban Fire Department’s service area have joined me in endorsing their capital fund raising drive. 100% of your contribution goes to fund the capital improvement project and your contribution is tax deductible for federal Income tax purposes.

Please join with me in supporting Suburban’s capital fund raising drive.

Mayor Bill Tomko

Letter to the Editor of the Chagrin Valley Times, issue dated November 16

We are the elected leaders of the six communities that employ the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Fire Department Association (CFSVFDA) for fire and ambulance services for our residents.  We strongly support the efforts of the CFSVFDA to raise $700,000 for improvements to the facilities and equipment presently used to provide protection to our residents.  The CFSVFDA is a nonprofit association that has provided us protection since 1934.

We are an example of regionalism at its best.  The financial cost to provide fire and ambulance services to our residents would be financially impossible for each community acting alone.  By joining together, we are able to save taxpayer dollars while protecting the lives, homes and businesses of our residents.

We will all benefit from the new service bay, training room, dormitory space, shower, locker room and kitchen facilities.  Presently some fire vehicles are kept outside because of lack of space.  Imagine if you will, trying to rush to an emergency but first having to clean snow/ice from the vehicle windshield.

The CFSVFDA is going to raise the $700,000 through requests for donations and gifts from Chagrin Valley residents.  No tax money will be used or raised to make the above-mentioned improvements.

We urge you to support the efforts of the CFSVFDA through your tax-deductible donations and to support the upcoming April 26th fundraiser. Please contribute to the “Help Us Help You” campaign.

Bentleyville Village Mayor Leonard Spremulli

Chagrin Falls Village Mayor Bill Tomko

Chagrin Falls Township Trustee John Finley

Hunting Valley Mayor Richard Hollington

Moreland Hills Mayor Susan Renda

South Russell Village Mayor Bill Koons