The failure of the renewal levy in November 2018 resulted in the loss of $5.6 million in revenue to the Euclid City Schools.
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.
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.
In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month. October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses, and youth organizations have reached out to educate the public, showcase their accomplishments, and explore new partnerships during this special month. The month-long celebration spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.
In early September a half dozen stalwart volunteers from Keep Euclid Beautiful planted giant, tri-colored mums from Cavotta’s Garden Center on Euclid Avenue. These volunteers were accompanied by Mayor Holzheimer Gail, Councilperson Caviness and nearby residents along with staff from the City’s Department of Planning and Development.
From the first Euclid Waterfront behind-the-scenes construction tour in early June to the last Outdoor Movie Night at Bluestone Elementary School just a few weekends ago, summer in Euclid was full of City-sponsored activities for all ages and interests.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Euclid Fire Department has partnered with Lincoln Electric and the American Red Cross to conduct a Fire Safety Walk throughout various neighborhoods in the City of Euclid. This year more than 60 volunteers from Lincoln Electric and 10 volunteers from the American Red Cross installed 328 smoke alarms into 123 homes in the Chardon Hills neighborhood. Fire safety literature was also distributed. VASJ President Bill Cervenik graciously offered the school’s cafeteria as a staging area for a pre-event cookout and team preparation. Over the past five years, 1,642 smoke alarms have been installed into 613 homes. The Euclid Fire Department installs smoke alarms free of charge into owner occupied homes year round. Call 216-289-8402 to schedule an appointment.
Thank you Cleveland Rock Gym for allowing EPD to Pop Up at your fantastic rock climbing facility last night. Officer Gilmer had coffee, donuts, and crime prevention resources to share!
Total August Responses: 906
YTD Responses (as of 8/31/19): 7,395
Fires: 20 (6 building, 4 cooking, 4 vehicles, 6 others)
Hazardous Condition (no fire): 19
Service Calls: 24
Good Intent Calls: 5
False Alarms & False Calls: 57
Aid Given: 8
Aid Received: 2
Overlapping Incidents: 608 (67.11%)
Estimated Property Lost: $184,400
Estimated Property Saved: $443,900
Percentage of property saved: 70.65%
Percentage of property lost: 29.35%
On the night of Feb. 12, 2019, Lt. Storey was off-duty and traveling home with his children when they witnessed two cars collide on Interstate 90 in Cleveland. One vehicle flipped, throwing the female driver out of the car and onto the highway in the path of oncoming traffic. Knowing he had to act fast, Lt. Storey positioned his car to protect the severely injured, but conscious, woman from traffic.
He then made his way to the other vehicle, which had crashed into a guardrail and caught on fire. With both occupants unconscious and trapped inside, he worked with a bystander to cut through deployed airbags and safely remove the injured driver and passenger from the wreckage.
I have had the opportunity to attend many events and activities over the past couple of weeks - the Heritage Park Community Association Summer Fest, Lakeland Civic Association Block Party, E. 238/ Glenbrook Meet the Mayor, Arcadia Club Beachapalooza, Senior BBQ at the Lakefront Community Center, National Night Out at E. 276 and Tungsten, Kiwanis Club of Greater Euclid fundraiser to name a few. All these resident led activities help to build a strong community and gave me a great opportunity to listen to you about the things you care about!
Increase City Revenues without Raising Taxes
Earlier this year the Mayor and her administration presented legislation to City Council authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with the Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) for the administration and collection of the City’s income taxes. After multiple public meetings, significant research and lengthy discussions, City Council passed this ordinance. In November, Euclid residents will have the opportunity to grant final approval. The Euclid Citizens for R.I.T.A. Committee supports this initiative and strongly urges all residents to vote YES.
Based on R.I.T.A.’s proven track record, we believe partnering with R.I.T.A. will improve total tax collections by employing R.I.T.A.’s state-of-the- art technologies, superior data and industry best practices to better identify and pursue those that fail to file their taxes, those that underreport their income, and other delinquent taxpayers. This will help to efficiently ensure that all are paying their fair share. We want more police and we want better services. All services cost money, and we don’t want to pay more taxes. This will improve the City’s budget by making sure that those who fail to pay their taxes are identified and held accountable. It is not only fair to us that pay our taxes, but these additional funds can then be used to maintain city services.
Congratulations to the City of Euclid Finance Department for receiving the Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction. This award is presented for excellence in financial reporting related to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and compliance with applicable laws for fiscal year 2018. Ohio Auditor Keith Faber's Regional Liaison, Jake Altman, attended the August 19th City Council meeting to present the award to Finance Director James Smith and Mayor Kirsten Gail. Mr. Altman congratulated the City on this elite distinction - noting that they audit more than 6000 entities and only 5% are even eligible to receive this award. He congratulated Director Smith on his leadership, professionalism and commitment to auditing excellence!
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.
The May issue of The Observer reported that there was a disagreement between the City of Euclid and Euclid Public Schools regarding how the shared income tax should be divided among the two parties.
Keep Euclid Beautiful is pleased to announce the 2019 Yard of the Year Winners.
Euclid Police attended the first ever First Responders appreciation service at the East Shore United Methodist Church this past Sunday. Captain Cutwright, Sergeant Barron, Officer Panagiotou and Offic
Euclid Police attended the first ever First Responders appreciation service at the East Shore United Methodist Church this past Sunday. Captain Cutwright, Sergeant Barron, Officer Panagiotou and Officer Harper enjoyed meeting the congregation!
Join us for the next public waterfront tour while the project is under construction on Thursday, August 8th. The free tour begins at 5:30pm and will last approximately one hour. Please meet at the parking lot to the east of Henn Mansion in Sims Park (23131 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid, OH 44123). Closed toed shoes and water bottles are encouraged. Safety vests will be provided.
Please check the City’s website at www.cityofeuclid.com for updates and additional information.
I continue to be grateful for the many neighbors who care – and I believe that is what makes Euclid a great place to live. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend many events that re-enforced this feeling starting with the many 4th of July parades where many street associations got together as neighbors to celebrate our country’s founding and our community. Shore Haven celebrated 100 years as a street association with many residents, family members and former residents coming together - long history of neighborhood bonds. The Pond and Garden Tour showcased many Euclid homes, their beautiful landscaping and abundant care for their homes and community. As nice as their homes were, my favorite part is talking with the residents and other attendees – such a strong showing of pride for their homes and our community.
Every year dozens of children die from hyperthermia when they are accidentally left in vehicles. These parents beleved it could happen to them, but we can all make mistakes whe we're distracted, tired, or have a change in routine.
On Wednesday, July 10th Euclid City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee heard a presentation of the draft Euclid Aquatics Feasibility Study. Presented by Larry Brandstetter and Nancy Nozik from Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI), the presentation outlined the firm’s extensive research into the outdoor pools existing conditions, reflected on the Spring 2019 community engagement process as well as a laid out a road map for the future of the facilities.
BCI was selected by the City from a competitive RFP process in Fall 2018. Over the past few months, the firm analyzed the five existing outdoor city-owned facilities - including neighborhood pools that have recently closed (Glenbrook, Roosevelt and Willow) and presently operating facilities (Memorial Pool and Indian Hills Splash Pad).
The Study emerges amidst increased maintenance needs and operating costs at the City’s aging facilities. Benefits of outdoor aquatics programs, however, include increased public safety while building a sense of community. BCI explained during the presentation that cities in Northeast Ohio who have rebuilt their pools to meet modern demands have seen large increases in attendance and have significantly reduced their operating deficit.
At 4:07 a.m. on July 16, the EFD was dispatched to 821 East 222nd St. for smoke coming from the upstairs windows of a mixed use building. On arrival one minute later, smoke and fire were encountered by EFD firefighters. EFD personnel went to work and entered the unsecured building. One hoseline was taken inside and upstairs where a burning mattress was located. The fire was quickly extinguished and smoke was removed from the structure using fans. While the building appeared vacant at the time of the fire, evidence at the scene suggested a person or people had been inside earlier in the night. Searches were conducted but no one was found inside. The fire was confined to the room of origin, though smoke damaged other sections of the second floor. No injuries were reported to the 16 Euclid firefighters who were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Happy July! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July in Euclid. I love being a part of several neighborhood celebrations that include parades, picnics, activities and games, but mostly they provide the opportunity to get together with family, friends and neighbors. Special congratulations to the Shore Haven Club (E. 219th Street) as they celebrate 100 years as a street association this year! This is one small street that has worked to bring their neighbors together to build strong neighborhood bonds and connections. Family members join in, former residents come back and current residents proudly welcome all! The pride in being part of this street and community is evident.
Thank you to the many Euclid residents and lakefront property owners from surrounding communities who joined City Officials on June 12th for an informational meeting on Lakefront Erosion.
Ohio’s Child Restraint Laws require children who are either or both less than 4 years of age or less than 40 pounds be restrained while in a motor vehicle. Although installing and utilizing a car or booster seat seems simple, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 74 to 90 percent of car and booster seats are not installed correctly or are misused. Caregivers should follow these guidelines to keep children safe:
I am truly proud to serve the City of Euclid as its Mayor. One of the greatest honors as Mayor is to participate in the Memorial Day parade and services. This year was the 89th annual parade and Memorial Day services – what a great tradition to honor those who served and sacrificed for our freedom. We are so fortunate to have an active Joint Veteran’s Council and strong local Veteran’s organizations who continue to support and serve our community in so many ways. I am also grateful to all the community organizations and residents who participated in the parade or came to watch and pay respect to our veterans. Special thanks goes out to the Service Department for making sure E. 222nd Street was completed, the grounds were prepared, and all the necessary preparations were done. Thank you also to Linda Beck, Andy Kiral, Rick Smith, Cheryl Ludwa, John Prizzi, Ed Chenock, together with Keep Euclid Beautiful and the Euclid Joint Veterans Council, for coordinating the Hometown Heroes Banners that lined the parade route. What a tremendous way to show our pride for those who served!
Who wouldn't want to work here? Enjoy the atmosphere of the fountain and lush landscaping while sitting outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Two new stations for charging devices (with 'regular' three prong and USB receptacles) are free for the public's use to charge your phone, laptop, and other devices. Triangle Park is located in front of Shore Cultural Centre in downtown Euclid at the intersection of E.222nd Street and Babbitt Road.
If you live on the shores of Lake Erie, it is no secret that persistent wet conditions have resulted in a rapid rise in lake levels this spring. As of mid-May, the daily levels of nearly all of the Great Lakes were above their record high monthly mean levels. The increased intensity and frequency of rainfall combined with higher water levels can wreak havoc on the shoreline, accelerating erosion.
A Spring reminder to all homeowners: The City of Euclid, through the Department of Planning and Development's Special Projects Division, provides wheelchair ramps at no cost to eligible homeowners within the city. Wheelchair ramps provide safe, viable entry and exit to physically challenged individuals whose home entrances are well above grade. For further information including eligibility requirements contact the Special Projects Division at 216-289-8562.
What do you get when you put four facilitators at a table with 8 high school students? Some lively conversation and interesting thoughts to be sure!
Junior Police Academy is open to all middle school students who reside in the City of Euclid. Space is limited to the first 24 applications received. Cost: $10 CASH ONLY, fee includes a t-shirt and PAL membership. Applications and registration are at the Euclid Police Department, 545 E. 222 Street.
The transformation of Euclid’s lakefront is well underway and the City of Euclid is offering multiple opportunities this summer for residents to learn about the exciting project and take a hard-hat tour of the construction site.
When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. Unfortunately, that good smell can turn to bad if that grill catches on fire.
The beginning of 2019 brought more workshops from the Home Repair Resource Center to the community. Following those offered in 2018, January and February provided classes on ceramic tile installation and faucet repair at the Lakefront Community Center in Euclid. Each class seems to draw in more registrants expressing the interest in learning about and completing their own home repairs in Euclid and neighboring cities. David Brock and Wesley Walker from the Cleveland Heights' based Home Repair Resource Center continue to showcase their knowledge and educate the participants on safe and successful home repairs. At the end of the workshop, residents continue to compliment the program and ask when the next class is. This partnership has proven to be a success in Euclid and we look forward to additional workshops this summer.
If not cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, fans over time build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint. This is a fire hazard!
Garage, Shed Burn in Euclid
At 7:34 pm on Saturday, March 2, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) was dispatched to a garage fire at 23850 Chardon Rd. On arrival at 7:41 pm, crews found a large detached garage measuring 2,400 square feet with heavy fire conditions to the rear of a vacant property. The fire also spread to a nearby storage shed. Due to heavy fire involvement and packed content in the garage, the EFD worked to confine and extinguish the fire from the outside. Fire investigators were called in and the fire remains under investigation. There were no injuries and a damage estimate cannot be provided at this time. Anyone with information on how the fire may have started is asked to call the Euclid Fire Prevention Bureau at (216) 289-8425.
Every home should have one, does yours?
When George Washington still lived and before Ohio became a state, real estate developers from Connecticut sent a group of surveyors to explore the Western Reserve in northeast Ohio. They were led by former Revolutionary War officer Moses Cleaveland. The surveyors named one of the townships that they laid out after Euclid, the Greek mathematician whose work they relied upon to do their jobs.
David Dille was one of the first settlers on land near Euclid Creek near the road that today carries his name. Euclid’s early growth centered on the intersection of Euclid Avenue (once known as Buffalo Road) and Chardon Road.
Townships are sections of land created to permit local governance and services to local residents. In Ohio, these large areas were generally designed to be square in shape, five miles long by five miles wide
The first organizational meeting of Euclid Township took place in 1809. Local officials were selected.
The Euclid Police Department engaged in many activities in 2018 including community events in crime prevention and safety, training for officers, and recognition by awards! The department received the AAA Platinum Award for the third straight year for showing sustainability and growth in traffic education and enforcement, Community Education Specialist Ed Bonchak received an award for 25 years of D.A.R.E., Community Policing Specialist Kate McLaughlin received the Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, and Detective Orlando Almonte received recognition from National HIDTA as he is a member of DEA Cleveland which successfully dismantled a distribution network and drug trafficking organization from Mexico through Operation Scorpion Strike. Within the department, Detective David Olszewski was named Officer of the Year, Thomas Yanacek was named Employee of the Year, Officer John Foran received the OVI Ribbon, and Exceptional Service was awarded to Detective Susan Schmid and Officer Chris Frato.