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The Value of Shade Trees in a Business District

Chagrin Falls Shade Trees in business districtAs chair of the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission, I would like to periodically post information on the value of shade trees. The first topic in this series is: The Value of Shade Trees in a Business District. The information for this posting was gleaned from research done by Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington. Doctor Wolf is a highly respected scientist whose work strictly adheres to the best practices in research and has been published in highly respected journals.

Dr. Wolf asked respondents to rate business districts on a scale of 1, the lowest rating, to 5, the highest rating. Business districts with no trees received a rating of 1.66. Districts with tree canopies similar to the one found in Chagrin Falls received a rating of 3.32. Pocket parks, like our triangle and Riverside Park, received a rating of 3.69.

Dr. Wolf then compared patronage behavior in business districts with high ratings like those for Chagrin Falls to those with a lower rating. The results showed that business patrons were willing to drive farther to shop in a district with a tree canopy similar to ours, stayed longer, and visited more often than they did in similar business districts without trees.

Additionally, Dr. Wolf measured patrons’ place perceptions of treed districts vs. those with few trees. She found that places similar to Chagrin Falls received ratings 30% higher than those without trees. She also discovered that respondents estimated the price of goods in districts similar to ours to be worth 9% more than those found in districts without trees.

By looking at these studies, I believe we can all see that by planting and maintaining trees in our business district we are investing in the economic success of Chagrin Falls.

Notice of Public Hearing: Cash Basis Annual Financial Report

March 1, 2016

The Cash Basis Annual Financial Report of the Village of Chagrin Falls for 2015 has been completed.

The Report is available for inspection at the Village Hall at 21 West Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.


David Bloom

Director of Finance

Independent Financial Review Now Available

Finance Town HallChagrin Falls Residents:

This financial review (available for online viewing below) was completed by an independent committee I appointed to review the Village’s operations and financial condition. I wanted a completely independent review of Village finances.  While village employees provided information and discussed operations, no Village employee or elected official took
part in drafting this report.

I am calling a Town meeting so that the committee can discuss their report with all residents and council at one time. The town meeting will be in the evening of March 16 at 7:30 PM in Township Hall 83 North Main Street. The committee will present their report via a brief Power Point presentation then allow whatever time is necessary for questions and answers.

My hope is with the presentation of this independent report and open discussion we can once and for all lay questions regarding the village’s financial condition and operations to rest and beginning the discussion on what we need to do to secure our Village’s future based upon a common understanding of the facts.

William A. Tomko
Mayor of The Village of Chagrin Falls

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