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Chagrin Falls Stabilizes Eroding Banks of the Chagrin River – tour information

The Village of Chagrin Falls Stabilizes Eroding Bank of the Chagrin River

Chagrin Falls Village, OH; September 30, 2019:  With $88,800 in funding from an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency 319 grant, and $59,200 provided as match by Village of Chagrin Falls 250 feet of severely eroding streambank were stabilized along the Chagrin River in fall 2017.  Four bendway weirs, rock structures that extend into the stream to direct flows away from banks; and toe stone protection were installed to reduce extreme streambank erosion. This project also involved regrading the streambanks to a gentler, more stable slope, and excavating the adjacent riparian area to increase floodplain water storage. Native vegetation was planted along the streambank and in the floodplain in spring 2019.

Sediment is a major cause of impairment in the Chagrin River.  Excessive sediment degrades habitat for fish and aquatic insects, decreases water clarity, and acts as a mode of transport for phosphorous and other pollutants to Lake Erie.  Stabilizing this section of eroding streambank is expected to reduce the amount of sediment entering the Chagrin River by 65 tons each year. This project restores floodplain access, reduces sediment pollution, and improves water quality both at the project area and further downstream.

The Village contracted with Davey Resource Group and Mark’s Construction, a design-build team of environmental scientists, engineers, and contractors, to complete this restoration work.  Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. (CRWP), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to the communities and park districts that drain to the Chagrin River, is also assisting Chagrin Falls Village with this project.

Interested citizens are invited to a tour of the project site on October 17, 2019 at 3 pm. CRWP, Davey Resource Group, and Village staff will lead the tour and share more information on the project at this time.  The tour will be held at Meadow Lane Waste-Water Treatment Plant at 301 Meadow Lane, Chagrin Falls, 44022. Please register at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/village-of-chagrin-falls-streambank-stabilization-tour-tickets-73007390069.

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This project was financed in part through a grant from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

For More Information, contact

Rob Jamieson, Village of Chagrin Falls (440) 247-5050

Mayor Bill Tomko, Village of Chagrin Falls (440) 247-5050

Kristen Hebebrand, Project Manager (440)-975-3870

From Mayor Tomko – School Clarification

I wish to clarify the situation noted in the headline in today’s Chagrin Valley Times. While there are some technical matters remaining that need to be resolved regarding the Philomathean School lighting plan; none of these technical issues will in any way result in a school opening delay.

Mayor Tomko

Chagrin Falls Sidewalk Sale-July 25-28, 2019

Looking for a deal on just about anything?  Visit beautiful Chagrin Falls for the Annual Sidewalk Sale.  Stroll from shop to shop to find incredible deals on unique items and gifts, take a break for lunch at one of our fabulous restaurants or cafes and make a day of it.

There’s a reason Traveler.com named it one of the most authentic towns in America  – come see for yourself during this one of a kind annual event!

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Planning & Zoning Code Clarification from Mayor Tomko

The Village Council held a public hearing on Ordinance 2019-39 on June 24, 2019 to consider text changes to the Planning and Zoning Code and to make changes to the Zoning Map. Numerous changes needed to be made to the map due to eliminating a few districts, dividing the Parks and Institutional District into 2 separate districts, (parks and institutions) and some parcels that were in an overlay district no longer necessary.

Some property owners who have lots abutting or partially located in the Chagrin River and the Spillway property owner attended the public hearing and objected to map changes that are now being considered by Council. The Village Engineer, Planner and Law Director are working on revising the map shown on Monday night and will present back to Council in the near term. This revised map will remove all parcels that are partially in the river (currently every parcel west of Main Street) that has title to part of the river and had that portion of their property designated as Parks  on the map shown last Monday night (currently designated as Parks and Institutional on the previously adopted zoning  map). This was not an attempt at any form of taking but a result of removing the word “institutional” from the existing zoning; thus “Parks and Institutional” became just Parks. There was no attempt to rezone or change private property to public use, just an inadvertent bad choice of words. These parcels on the revised map will take the zoning designation of the abutting district that zones the non-river portion of their lots. The revised map will remove the changes to all privately owned  parcels considered for change except for Falls Walk which will remove the overlay district and keep it in the R1-C as Windsor hospital no longer exists. The Spillway parcels on Low Street that were zoned parking have been sold and single family homes are currently on them, thus their zoning will change to residential. The former Ivex property to the east of Cleveland Street will retain the over lay zoning and all parcels designated as limited industrial. Council will plan on having a work session in the near term to review these map changes as well as some other issues raised by residents and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Affected property owners will be notified in advance of that meeting.

The Village appreciates the input received from the residents and will consider these changes which were a part of a two plus year process of revising the code.

 

Beautiful Chagrin Falls

On behalf of the entire Village I would like to acknowledge and thank the Chagrin Falls Beautification Committee and the Dogwood Valley Garden Club for their many volunteer hours and financial contribution to making our Village the beautiful summer place it is. These groups both plant and maintain the flower beds throughout the downtown area. The Dogwood Valley Garden Club not only planted the hay racks on the bridge but contributed the funds to buy the hanging baskets displayed throughout the Downtown area. It is through the contributions of the many volunteers such as these that Chagrin Falls has been able to remain a vibrant village into the 21’st century.

Mayor

William Tomko

2019 Beautification Gardeners

The Chagrin Falls beautification Committee:

Patti Baker, Janine Bauman, Gloria Beaven, Joan Brosius, Janeen Daugherty, Anne deConingh, Heather Fisher, Molly Gebler, Debbie Hahn, Greta Insolia, David Kresak, Ella (Jennie) Lopez, Karen Madachik, Vicki Monahan, Cassandra Moran, Diana Nazelli, Dee Dee Pearce, Nancy Rogoff, Jo Royer, Penny Schinagle,       Beth Skeel, Karen Thailing, Becky Thomas, Judy Tremain, Barbara Wells, Mimi Wierzbowski

The entire Dogwood Valley Garden Club

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