The Euclid Fire Department has begun an initiative to paint all municipal fire hydrants located within Euclid. The majority of the nearly 2,200 hydrants have not been painted in over 30 years. The fire hydrants are owned by the Cleveland Water Department however, the City is responsible for maintaining them. The hydrants are flushed and lubricated every year. Several issues need to be considered with this ambitious project. Over the past five years, I have been researching the safest, most cost effective means to get all of the hydrants painted. Several homeowners’ associations and volunteer organizations have approached me about painting the hydrants themselves. I have personally purchased and donated paint and supplies to these caring groups and they have really made a difference with beautifying our city. Now it’s time to beautify the entire city! The Euclid Fire Department will work within its budget and attempt to have all of the fire hydrants painted over the next three years. The plan is to initially prepare and paint the major corridors that travel our city north and south: East 260th Street, East 250th Street, and Babbitt Road are already done (Check them out!). Euclid Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard will be done next. I am excited about this project and I will provide periodic updates.