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Message from the Mayor

Creating and maintaining strong communities involve many factors – at the very core is the way we treat one another.  It is essential that all residents are respected, valued and included.  I joined Euclid City Council in declaring racism a public health crisis at the June 15th City Council meeting.   As a community, it is vital that we all take a stand against racism, work every day to gain greater understanding of each other, and work for equity and inclusion for all.  Please join us!

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

New Additions to Hometown Heroes in 2020

This year is the 2nd year of the Euclid Hometown Hero Banner program.  These banners are displayed along E. 222nd Street from Memorial Day through Veterans Day to recognize and honor our Veterans and active service men and women for their service to our country.  This year there are many new banners including banners for Euclid Employees who have served in the armed forces.  The City of Euclid and Keep Euclid Beautiful wanted to recognize the Euclid employees who served our country with a banner.  Please look for the banners that say “City of Euclid Honors All our Employee Veterans” and join us in thanking our Employee Veterans for their service to our country and to our community!  As always we thank and honor all the men and women who have served our country!  Thank you for your service! 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program

In late 2019, the City of Euclid’s Department of Planning and Development was successful in securing a grant in the amount of $47,500.00 from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission’s Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program. This grant allowed the city to remove over 45 dead or dying ash trees infested with emerald ash borer, and prune of 370 small diameter trees located in public right-of-ways. To meet the grants required match, the city planted new trees as a part our annual spring tree planting program. This is an ongoing project and this year over 150 new trees have been planted. The Department of Planning and Development would like to acknowledge the efforts and assistance of the Mayor’s Office, the Shade Tree Commission, City Arborists Andre Trapp and Chris Grant, and Park Manager Joe O’Donnell for helping us keep Euclid a leader in sustainability, greenspace improvements and urban forestry.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Euclid School Board rejects funding plan for development

The Euclid School Board rejected the request for a 30 year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan to support the proposed Celebration Village at Providence Park.  The 4-0 vote effectively puts the project on hold as any progress forward is dependent on the approval of the School Board due to the financing plan (TIF) proposed by the developer, Active Senior Concepts.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Message from the Mayor

Now, more than ever, I understand the importance of community.  During this Stay at Home order we’re going through and the social distancing we’re observing together, I have missed you!  I miss seeing my family, my neighbors, co-workers, Council members, the seniors at the senior center, my friends and all of you! 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Memorial Day - COVID style

Due to the Coronavirus and Governor’s directives, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the Euclid Memorial Day parade and ceremonies.  This year would have been Euclid Joint Veterans Council 90th Memorial Day Parade.  While we are not able to gather together, we will continue the tradition of honoring those who died in service to our country in a meaningful way. 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Euclid Veterans Memorial

The Euclid Veterans Memorial sits on E. 222nd Street between Euclid City Hall and the Euclid Public Library.  The Memorial was designed by Frank Kosich Sr. and was dedicated on November 11, 1953 with an inscription that reads:

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

A Message from the Chief

The men and women of the Euclid Police Department work hard every day to ensure the safety and security of the city. That isn’t going to change as we are faced with the challenges of Covid-19. As we deal with this unprecedented challenge, we must make some temporary changes to our daily operations. Effective immediately, we are implementing the following steps for the safety and security of our community and department to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Operation Overcoat

The City of Euclid’s painting program, Operation Overcoat, is now available for eligible home owners in 2020. Applicants must reside in their homes as well as meet additional income guidelines. This program provides exterior home painting services to homeowners free of charge. For further information, please contact the Special Projects Division of the Planning and Development Department at 216-289-8562. Please note there is a waiting list.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Message from the Mayor

Greetings to all!  I hope you are doing well, staying healthy and finding ways to connect with friends and family during this difficult time.  There is no question, during times of crisis, our community comes together!

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Briardale Greens will Operate as Walking Only effective Tuesday, March 24th

The operations at Briardale Greens Golf Course continue to adapt and evolve based on the direction of government officials and local health departments. The golf courses will remain open but with added safety measures for our guests and our staff. Beginning on March 24th, golf carts will no longer be available as our operation will become walking only

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Euclid City Services

Euclid City Hall will be closed to the public through Monday, 4/6/20 however, as we are public servants, our services will still be available as best as possible.

City Council – 216-289-8123

Until further notice Euclid City Council will not be meeting on the regularly scheduled dates and there will be no Council Committee meetings scheduled.  Euclid residents should still communicate with Council members should they have an issue that needs to be addressed.

Tax Department – 216-289-2722
2019 Municipal Tax forms can be mailed or dropped off in the Tax Box located by the entrance of City Hall. Please know the tax filing date has been extended to July 15, 2020. Staff will process and take phone calls and emails to support residents.

Vitals – 216-289-2843

The Vital Statistic Office will be closed to the public.  Please contact them at 216-289-2843 to process your order.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Development passes first hurdle, awaits School Board decision

The proposed Celebration Village at Providence Park made it past its first hurdle as Euclid City Council approved an amendment to a consent judgment by a 6-3 vote.  That first vote was needed due to complications associated with the 68 acre property that is currently owned by Providence Baptist Church.  Providence is looking to sell it to a Georgia-based developer that will then create a development targeted to age 55+ residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Welcome New Euclid Shade Tree Commissioners

The Euclid Shade Tree Commission welcomed two new commissioners, Roy Larick and Taneika Hill, for 2020 at their February Meeting. Mayor Gail was present to swear in the new commissioners.  Roy brings extensive experience regarding environmental education and Taneika brings exceptional community relations experience to the commission.  Taneika has already had a role with Shade Tree since 2017.  Mayor Gail also swore in current Chairperson, Greg Lawrence and Treasurer, Andrea Peters for new terms.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.09.2020

Message from the Mayor

March greetings from the Mayor!  As I shared in my State of the City, I am extremely proud to serve as your Mayor and tremendously proud of the progress we are making as a community.  A huge thank you to all who contribute every day to making our community stronger – we could not have accomplished so much without the support, involvement, and encouragement of so many community members and partners!

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.09.2020

Message from the Mayor

February greetings to all!  I hope you are enjoying the winter season – walking through the snowy trails of a local park, sledding at the Metropark’s or McDonald’s hill, ice skating, or maybe just relaxing in the warmth of your home, local coffee shop or dining establishment.  Dare we start thinking about spring, warmer weather and blooming flowers?  Keep Euclid Beautiful is busy at work, planning for upcoming projects, clean-ups, and Hometown Hero Banners (application for new banners due March 8th).  Want to get involved?  Call 289-2786 to see how you can help!

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020

Hometown Hero Banners - Don't Miss Out!

Keep Euclid Beautiful and the Euclid Joint Veterans Council are proud to honor our servicemen and servicewomen through the Hometown Hero Banner Program.  Registration is open to secure a banner honoring a Euclid service person in your family or organization until March 8, 2020.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020

Message from the Mayor

Happy New Year to all!  2020 starts a new decade, brings the US Census, a Presidential election, a leap year and hopefully continued growth and progress for the City of Euclid!

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Winter Driving Tips

Snow and ice can make driving extremely dangerous during the winter months, so making safer choices before and during driving can help prevent an emergency situation.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Euclid Fire Department

Another year in the books and another new record for annual responses. Be safe and healthy in 2020. We'd be happy with a lower number of calls.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Three Euclid Police Promoted

Congratulations to Euclid Police Department's newly promoted officers - Sergeant Will Brooks, Lieutenant Tom Arriza, and Captain Mitch Houser! All three were sworn in by Mayor Holzheimer Gail at the 8:00 a.m. roll call.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Euclid Fire Department Recognized

The Euclid Fire Department was recognized at Monday night’s city council meeting for completing the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s ReadyCertify program. This voluntary program evaluates our preparedness in planning for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from emergencies or disasters that occur within the City of Euclid. 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Message from the Mayor

Happy Holidays to you and your families!  I would like to thank the voters of Euclid for their continued trust in me to serve as your Mayor.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the community that I love.  I am proud of the progress we have made this year and look forward to continuing the work of building a strong and vibrant Euclid!

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Crime Prevention for the Holidays

The holidays are here and we're ready to celebrate!  Euclid Police remind you to take the time to target harden your home and reduce the reward so hopefully thieves won't have an opportunity to steal and will leave empty handed.  Here are some crime prevention tips specifically for the holidays.  Have a safe and enjoyable season!

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Happy December Euclid Observer Friends

As I am writing this, our friends in federal government are examining the impeachment process.  It reminds me that occasionally, the best thing I can say to explain my work in Columbus is, “We are not DC.”  Currently, we are in the 133rd term of the Ohio General Assembly and the interplay of the Ohio House, the Ohio Senate and The Governor has seen more major bipartisan successes in the first 11 months of 2019 than at any time during the prior administration.

Before I tell you some of the successes that I believe benefit all Ohioans, let me briefly explain why these outcomes have occurred.  There are 3 reasons:  1. The Governor has been open to ideas from all sides and both Parties.  2.  There is a coalition government in the Ohio House.  Speaker Larry Householder was elected with 26 Republican and 26 Democratic votes, giving Democrats a 50/50 voice in a Chamber where we only have 38 of 99 seats and 3.  Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko and Republican Senate President Larry Oboff have a very good working relationship.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Euclid Waterfront Project - Phase II Wins Vibrant NEO Champion Award

In November 2019, the City of Euclid received its most sculptural award yet: a hand-blown blue and green glass work of art (by The Glass Bubble Project in Ohio City) atop a plaque that proclaims the City of Euclid’s Waterfront Improvement Plan – Phase II a ‘2019 Vibrant NEO’ Champion.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Euclid Police win Traffic Safety Award

Congratulations Euclid Police Department for earning the Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award from AAA for the third time in a row! EPD has a proven record of outstanding service, dedication and significant impact made by improving the quality of life through traffic safety programming and enforcement! Keep up the great work! #3peat #thirdtimesacharm

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Euclid Police Receive Grant

The Euclid Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office that provides 420 hours of impaired driving enforcement and 280 hours of selective traffic enforcement. The goal for implementing these two programs is to reduce traffic fatalities from impaired driving, speeding, and unrestrained vehicle passengers. This grant allows Euclid Police additional officers to enforce traffic safety violations during peak accident times such as News Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, and prom season. This federal grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), Ohio Highway Patrol (OSHP)/Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to be used for traffic safety education, enforcement, and awareness.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Annual Holiday Mocktail Party and Safe Kids Benefit

Each November, the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Center hosts its Annual Holiday Mocktail Party and Safe Kids Benefit, a great way to kick off the holiday season while helping to support injury prevention programs that reach children and families throughout Northeast Ohio. This year's event takes place on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30—8:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East in Beachwood.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.11.2019

State Representative Kent Smith Unveils a Survey

Happy November, Euclid Observer readers.  I hope some of you were able to join me at one of my mid-October town hall meetings that I held across the 8th House District.  Between October 12th and October 18th, I hosted five town hall meetings including one in Euclid on Monday, October 14th.

At these town hall meetings we reviewed the state budget; bipartisan priority legislation; the FirstEnergy bailout legislation; gun safety proposals; state-takeovers of public school districts and the Ohio Promise legislative framework.  That framework includes the statement, “We Work For You.”   To that end, one of the things that I unveiled at the town hall meetings was the 8th House District Legislative Survey.

The Legislative Survey provides the opportunity for you to share your opinions and concerns as we head into the final 14 months of the 133rd General Assembly.  The survey is a ten questions and should only take a few minutes to complete. If you would like to give us your opinion, please do so. The survey can be found here: [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KMCXXQZ]. If for some reason this link gets removed or expires, please contact my Columbus office at 614-466-5441 and we will direct you to the most current online survey link.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.11.2019

Message from the Mayor

Fall greetings to all!  It is that time of the year when leaves are starting to turn, fall flavors abound and political yard signs are popping up across town.  Election Day is November 5th – and we have several spots up for elections:  Mayor, Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 2 school board seats.  There are also local ballot issues as well as county ballot issues.  Please take time to learn about the candidates and issues.  Please vote!  It is your right and civic responsibility. 

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.06.2019

The Kent Smith Capitol Update

Hello, Euclid Observer readers. State Representative Kent Smith here. This is the first of my monthly Capitol Update columns. It is my honor to serve you in Columbus as Ohio’s Representative from the 8th House District, and as a new contributor to the Euclid Observer.

As you may know, I am in my third term. I took over from Armond Budish and, before him, Kenny Yuko. The 8th District includes Euclid, South Euclid, Beachwood, Richmond Heights, East Cleveland, Woodmere Village, and a little bit of the City of Cleveland. In this, my first Observer article, I am happy to announce a series of October Ohio Promise Capitol Update Town Hall meetings to be held across the 8th House District.

My 8th District Ohio Promise Capitol Update Tour will be a series of legislative town hall meetings to discuss:

• The Ohio Promise legislative framework

• A review of the state budget

• Bipartisan priority legislation

• The FirstEnergy bailout legislation

• Gun safety proposals

• State-takeovers of public school districts

• An overview of legislation that I have sponsored and cosponsored

• Audience questions

After a busy nine months of this legislative session, I want to get out into the district, answer questions, and be available to my constituents – because I work for you. That’s my promise.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.06.2019