What does a typical day/ week in the life as Mayor look like? The last couple of days have included waterfront funding meetings, Euclid Creek Watershed meeting on Algal blooms, performing a wedding for 2 residents, attending a concert in the park, conducting a town hall meeting on upcoming ballot issues, attending a groundbreaking ceremony for an expanding business, phone calls with residents, reviewing the tax receipt and budget performance reports, meeting with the union rep and Chief, planning for upcoming events, discussions with Council members about projects in their ward, meeting with local businesses, conducting Ohio Mayor’s Alliance work, responding to emails… and much more. There are many things I love about being the Mayor for our wonderful city. Top on that list is being able to serve the community I love! It’s also a privilege to be working with great, creative people and to be intellectually challenged on a regular basis. I love that each day is different and filled with a variety of issues, topics, and people. Some may find that multi-tasking overwhelming, but I love the diversity, variety and stimulation of the inter-woven issues and projects that make up our community. There is never a dull day!
Keep Euclid Beautiful often gets questions about recycling. The Do's and Dont's are different in each state and sometimes vary from city to city. This can make recycling a bit confusing. In this column, Keep Euclid Beautiful will do our best to answer your recycling questions based on the guidelines for the City of Euclid and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
On July 25th, the Euclid Police Department offered Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training to a room full of area business representatives. The event was hosted by Lincoln Electric in the beautiful new state-of-the-art Welding & Technology Center.
Training was presented by Kate McLaughlin, Community Policing Specialist for the EPD, and Officer Ed Bonchak, Community Policing Education Specialist for the EPD. Kate has been certified in CRASE through ALERRT and is also a certified crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association as wells as an intelligence liaison officer for Ohio Homeland Security. Ed is a retired law enforcement officer with over 40 years’ experience and is also a certified crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.
While we hope we are never in a situation where we will need this training, statistics show that over 50% of attacks have occurred in commerce settings. We are all wise to have plans in place for emergency situations, including active shooter events. Here are a few tips:
Clear your calendars and get ready for the most fun and impactful ‘This Is Euclid’ Art Walk yet!
At Cleveland Water, we know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water that is available at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.
Our water is continuously monitored and tested. In fact, Cleveland Water consistently exceeds the most stringent water quality standards mandated by Federal and State water regulations, and last year was no exception.
This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year. In it, we discuss the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.
Every Cleveland Water customer will receive notice of this report on their bill. However, printed copies can be requested by calling 216-664-2639 or can be viewed and downloaded at www.clevelandwater.com/2017WQR.pdf
For the past 88 years, the City of Euclid has honored and celebrated our Veterans.
This year, as in the past, the City held its annual Memorial Day Parade. Many residents and guests lined the parade route to celebrate, honor, and remember our veterans and active military personnel. Many individuals and entities gathered, too, as parade participants. Veterans, Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, members of her Administration, council members, members of Euclid Safety Forces, and representatives of various community groups, businesses and churches all marched together in a beautiful tribute to our veterans.
As judges of the parade, we would like to thank those who realize the importance of this annual event, especially the Euclid Joint Veterans Council who have made a continued commitment to keep this holiday tradition alive. We also would like to thank the following participants who were awarded participation trophies:
Euclid residents experiencing shoreline erosion can access resources through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
In mid-June in Eastlake, Ohio Senator Kenny Yuko along with State Representative John Roger and Willowick Mayor Richard Regovich convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss worsening erosion on Lake Erie. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Scudder Mackey presented on the topic. City of Euclid Planning and Development Director Jonathan Holody attended the meeting and commented, “This is an important and timely issue for lakefront residents. We greatly appreciate Senator Kenny Yuko organizing this conversation.”
Are you finding your home is in need of repairs this summer? After two successful workshops early this year, Home Repair Resource Center is returning to the Lakefront Community Center this month. The first class will be on Tuesday, July 17th will review window and screen repair and is FREE to Euclid residents. Make sure your windows are working properly for the rest of the summer and fall with this workshop. You'll even get to use your own hands to take out old glazing, install glass with new glazing, and learn how to fix those pesky, damaged screens. And, find out how to use a heat gun, window points, spline tools, and more. The second workshop on Tuesday, July 24th will cover tuckpointing - if you have crumbling or missing mortar in brick walls, steps, or chimneys, learn how to replace it yourself. Try your hand at using an angle grinder to remove mortar, then learn how to mix it, tint it and replace it. You'll also see how to hold trowels, pointers, and mortar bags like an expert. Join us at one or both of these events on July 17th and 24th from 7-8:30pm at 1 Bliss Lane in Downtown Euclid. For more information and to register, visit http://hrrc-ch.org/
Wednesday, July 25 10-11:30 a.m. Lincoln Electric Welding & Technology Center 22800 St. Clair Avenue, Euclid
Active shooter incidents are on the rise and statistic show business communities, not just schools, are at risk. This presentation can be helpful to business owners, human resource managers, supervisors, security personnel, employees or anyone interested in learning more about active shooter situations. Information presented may be useful when developing active shooter/threat policies and procedures for the workplace. Resources will be provided.
What is CRASE?
CRASE or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events covers what individuals should do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during an active threat. Disaster response psychology and human stress response will be covered along with the survival strategy of Avoid, Deny, and Defend.
* The Euclid Fire Department will be flushing hydrants in your neighborhood soon!
* Areas to be flushed will be posted at least one day in advance.
* Please make sure to run cold water through your faucets to clear any dirty or rusty water through system prior to consumption or use for cleaning.
Be aware of posted areas and drive slow. Thank you
Arbor Day Foundation Names Euclid Tree City USA
In January, 2018 the new City Council, in an effort to be proactive, made the decision to establish goals for itself that the entire council would focus on over the next 24 months. All Council members agreed to participate in moving the prioritized goals forward. We each listed projects, ideas and issues that we felt needed full council support to succeed. Everyone understood there would still be room for specific projects to be championed by specific Councilpersons when they felt the project or issue was important to them specifically.
During the first quarter of 2018, we compiled a lengthy list of projects/goals that could use Council’s attention. All members of Council reviewed the original lists of goals submitted by their colleagues. The original list was then categorized into groupings as much as possible so we could look at similarities and the number of times an idea was presented by different council members.
Following the first review, council members held a lengthy work session to prioritize the categories of goals, and to also list some specific objectives associated with a given goal. In many cases the group established timeframes to be associated with a goal to provide us with some component of accountability.
After what seemed to be a never-ending Winter, signs of Spring are in the City of Euclid. The Department of Planning and Development's Spring Tree Planting is underway as part of the Municipal Beautification program through the Community Development Block Grant. Various neighborhoods are receiving trees along their streets to increase the tree canopy throughout our City. This project follows last Fall's tree planting of 330 trees, the largest planting to date. This Spring, 145 trees are being planted.
April 14 marked the official kick-off of EHC’s new role as a Food Resource Center. The Center was chosen by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank to fill this role. This event is the first step in the Hunger Center’s ongoing efforts to collaborate with other organizations in Euclid and the surrounding areas, to introduce clients to the many resources that are available to assist them in the areas of employment, health, education, housing, etc. There are typically many different factors that contribute to food insecurity, and it is hoped that in addressing some of these other issues, EHC may assist clients in getting ever closer to self-sufficiency.
Question: Does the IRS demand payment over the phone and can they send me to jail?
At 1:16 AM on Thursday, March 22, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) responded to a house fire at 54 Sunny Cliff Drive. The resident awoke to flames within the couch she was asleep on. Sixteen Euclid firefighters responded to the two-story home. The victim, a 54-year-old female, was treated by EFD paramedics for smoke inhalation and transported to Euclid Hospital.
At 9:39 PM on Sunday, February 25, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) responded to a fire at the Normandy Tower Apartment complex on Lake Shore Boulevard. The call originated from the building’s recently upgraded fire alarm system. Fourteen Euclid firefighters responded extinguishing the flames within seven minutes of arrival.
Upon entering the building, firefighters saw black smoke coming from an apartment on the first floor of the nine story residential high-rise. They entered the apartment and searched for possible victims while extinguishing the fire with one hose line. There were no injuries and the elderly resident of the suite escaped unharmed.
The origin and cause is under investigation by the department’s fire investigation unit. The preliminary loss estimate for the building and contents is $23,000.
Residents of high rise apartment buildings are reminded to evacuate the building if the fire alarm sounds and it is safe to do so. If there is smoke or fire in the hallway or your find smoke in the stairwell, close the door to your apartment and shelter in place until firefighters put the fire out and clear the smoke. Residential high rise buildings are designed to contain the fire and smoke to the unit of origin. If your life is in danger, call 911 and report your location.
February 2018 - Monthly Service Report
Total February Responses – 818
YTD Responses (as of 2/28/18) – 1,832
Fires: 13 (6 building, 2 cooking, 5 vehicles)
Overpressure Rupture, Explosion, Overheat (no fire): 0
Hazardous Condition (no fire): 12
Service Calls: 24
Good Intent Calls: 10
False Alarm & False Calls: 28
Special Incident Types: 0
Mutual Aid Given: 4
Mutual Aid Received: 6
Estimated Total Property Lost: $166,000
Estimated Total Property Saved: $10,741,000
Percentage of property saved: 98.48%
Percentage of property lost: 1.52%
Question: How can I start neighborhood block watch on my street?
Hello fellow Euclideans! I understand I am not well known around town, so please indulge me as I share a bit about myself and the vision I have for our future together. I was born in Euclid and moved to Mentor at the age of six, graduated from Mentor High School and attended Lakeland Community College while working full time. I have lived within east and west side Cleveland neighborhoods and happily settled in Euclid in January 2015 when my husband, Steve, and I bought our first house. We have since built a cozy home nestled within a city full of warm and inviting neighbors and are so thankful for the many opportunities to be involved in the shaping our community.
Brian Moore was a busy man before the November 7th, 2018 general election. His life changed on that day when the residents in Euclid Ward 2 elected him to City Council. Prior to that day, Mr. Moore was a husband, father, grandfather, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. and an associate minister at Lake Shore Christian Church. He was also involved in various community groups and activities including the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Euclid Planning and Zoning Commission and Faith in the City.
Question: What are the ten principles of crime prevention?
The City of Euclid along with the Home Repair Resource Center will be hosting a two part series on Drywall and Plaster Wall Repair at the Lakefront Community Center located at 1 Bliss Lane. The drywall repair session is a free workshop and takes place on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30pm. At this event residents will learn how to repair holes in drywall, how to use tape to cover seams, and how to put joint compound over tape and seams. The second session will follow on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm and is only $15 with possible discounts available. This workshop will teach residents how plaster walls are constructed and how to repair cracks, holes and sags in the plaster. Join us for an informative evening including hands-on demonstrations. Interested participants can register, complete the discount application or find more information at www.hrrc-ch.org.
As you may have noticed, the City of Euclid has been the recipient of some additional foliage over the past few weeks. One of the 2017 Municipal Beautification projects is the largest tree planting the City’s Department of Planning and Development has ever taken on, adding 330 trees to residential and commercial areas throughout Euclid.
Our next Coffee With A Cop will take place at Dave's Supermarket, 22501 Shore Center Dr., Euclid, on Wednesday, December 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stop by for coffee, donuts and an opportunity to speak to officers about safety concerns you may have in your neighborhood.
Euclid President of Council
Question: Are there any safety tips for using ATM machines?
We welcomed two new firefighters to our family on September 16. We'd like to introduce FF/Paramedic Kevin Jones and FF/Paramedic Nate Lapuh. Both will be serving you with integrity and pride for the next 30 years.
At 3:33 am, October 2nd Boulevard I could to, Chagrin Valley Dispatch received a call for a fire on the tenth floor at North Pointe Apartments located at 26151 Lake Shore Boulevard in Euclid. The building is a 21-story high rise apartment building with 475 units.
A family of three, one of which is a female infant, awoke to smoke and flames in the apartment. They escaped unharmed and activated the building fire alarm system to notify other residents. A working smoke alarm was inside of the unit but the occupants awoke before it sounded.
Euclid firefighters responded and the fire was knocked down within eleven minutes of arrival. The fire originated within the furnace and spread to involve surrounding combustibles. Fire damage was limited to the suite of origin and the American Red Cross has been contacted to assist the family.
With the arrival of cooler weather, people are encouraged to have their heating systems (furnaces, boilers, and fireplaces) serviced by a professional contractor to reduce the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide, chimney fires, and furnace malfunctions. Also, never use an oven to heat a room or apartment and keep space heaters at least three feet away from combustible materials.
Question: What is OCPA?
As we start the fall season it’s time to talk leaf pickup. I would like to go over some of the specifics as well as let you know how to track what neighborhoods crews are in on any given day. As leaves start falling in volume pickup will begin. Crews will continue picking up until approximately December depending on how quickly the trees shed the leaves. There will be advanced notice before crews start the final time through the City. That information will be posted on the City of Euclid website. The City website will have the most up to date information on the current location of the crews.
Our next Coffee With A Cop event will take place at Dunkin' Donuts, 22200 Lakeshore Blvd. on Wednesday, October 11th, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Meet Euclid PD officers for coffee and conversation as we answer your questions and listen to your concerns...One sip at a time. Thank you to Sonny, the owner and proprietor of DD for providing free coffee for those who participate.
At 9:28 pm on Sunday, September 17, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) responded to a report of an apartment fire at 27381 Sidney Drive, Apt. 9. On arrival at 9:35, a fire was discovered on the second floor of the unit. The wheelchair bound resident and two young children were able to escape the fire prior to EFD arrival.
The City of Euclid provided supervised work experience opportunities this summer for Euclid students through the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) “My Summer Job” program. Some of the youth were assigned to a Beautification Crew, mentored by staff of the City’s Planning and Development Department, who cleaned up a number of City-owned properties and public areas. The team mulched, trimmed, removed brush, picked up debris, and even built a new trellis at the Ambler Realty Historical Marker. The YOU program has provided workforce preparation and youth development programs in Cuyahoga County since 1982.
At 2:14 pm on July 17, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) was dispatched to 1545 East 214th St. for a reported structure fire. Neighbors called 911 reporting heavy smoke coming from the house. Upon arrival two minutes later, firefighters were met with fire burning inside the structure with heavy smoke showing from the sides of a two-family occupancy.
When I moved into my home 20 + years ago, the neighborhood was much different then it is today. What drew us to this house were its charm and character and wonderful yard. Ya see, I love the homes of yesteryear, you know the ones that have the leaded glass, hardwood floors, a big old front porch and a story all its own! We moved in on a chilly December weekend. It would be several months before we emerged from our cocoons.
Spring came. The house next door was abandoned. It was abandoned for seven years before a rehabber came and made it a home again. A wonderful family moved in and we became fast friends and neighbors. They are still here. My neighbors on the other side have been in Euclid for many years. The wife had been a Euclid teacher all of her career and the husband loved to tend to his roses; He would sit on a bucket and carefully prune them. They were always beautiful, and very fragrant. He has been gone for the better part of 15 years.
The neighbor that most have touched my life has lived here all her life, raised 5 children and weathered many storms. She is the neighbor who reached out as new neighbors’ moved in. She waned everyone to get to know each other as the neighborhood homes turned.
One Sunday, she hosted an afternoon tea for the ladies of the neighborhood. I attended the tea and had the best time, she had tiny sandwiches, bone china teacups and wonderful little desserts.
She had a love for her neighborhood, and as the neighborhood turned and as people moved on or passed, she knew what it took to keep the fabric going. That memory of that simple afternoon tea lives in my heart today.
On her last birthday, she turned 93. She still goes to church every morning, sings in the choir for many celebrations and funerals. She is an avid gardener and is my friend. She is a pillar in this neighborhood.
I had the chance to sit down with her a few weeks back to catch up and to talk about my re-election campaign. She waned to know how it was going and what was happening in the city that she might not know. We caught up on each others lives and after sometime, she indicated that she was getting up there in age and that her children thought it best for her to move into an assisted living facility. They were worried about her, as they do not live close. I did not like that news, but felt that maybe it was time. We hugged and I went home.
Well as you can imagine, I saw a small white truck there at the house a few days ago, and after hustle and bustle, the house fell silent. A few days later, I saw her in the driveway with her family at the house and by the time I stepped out, they were gone. I plan to catch her next time.
The neighborhood is changing once again, our pillar has gone on to a place where she can be safe and can make new friends – I can only imagine her being the social butterfly of the facility – she now has a new chapter in her life, as do we.
Here’s the realization from this one person making a difference and loving her neighbors….
The fabric of a neighborhood is its people; people like this neighbor, who has woven each of us into it – the new with the old.
Now who will be the one to continue on in her spirit for offering friendship, inviting neighbors over, meeting the new ones who move in? Looks like its up to me, and I’m up to the challenge for, and I too, love this neighborhood and my City.
Now I have to go get the vacuum – I’m expecting company!
Help us Celebrate 40 Years of Brairdale Greens on August 12th!