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.
It's never too early to think about Spring and Summer Projects! Is your aluminum siding chalking and fading? Do you have bubbling or peeling paint on the exterior of your home or garage? If so, The City of Euclid may have a program for you! The Special Projects Division of the Department of Planning and Development offers exterior painting assistance free of charge to eligible homeowners under "Operation Overcoat". For eligibility requirements, waiting times and further information contact the Special Projects Division at 216-289-8562 or visit cityofeuclid.com
At 8:33 PM on Tuesday, January 22, the resident of 21851 Priday Avenue in Euclid called 911 reporting a fire on the second floor of her home. Upon arrival, the two-story home had flames shooting from the windows of a second floor bedroom.
Fourteen Euclid firefighters responded. The first crew advanced a hoseline to control the fire while two other crews assisted searching for possible victims and fire extension. Flame damage was limited to the bedroom. The origin and cause is under investigation by the Fire Investigation Unit. All eight occupants, six of which were children, escaped unharmed. Damage is estimated at $23,000. No firefighters were injured despite the frigid temperatures and the American Red Cross was called to assist the family.
Smoke alarms were present, but the occupants noticed the fire before they activated. Make sure you and your family have, and practice, a home fire escape plan!
After weeks of mobilization, clearing the bluff and removing impervious debris from the shoreline, construction of the first breakwater was completed in December for Phase II of the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan. The breakwater is composed of 1 and 2-ton limestone slabs specially selected from a quarry in Ohio and carefully placed in the water with GPS coordinates. It provides necessary shoreline stabilization and forms the edge of new cobble beach to serve as nearshore wildlife habitat – as well as a place for the public to enjoy.
Join us at the Lakefront Community Center on Thursday, January 31st and make dripping or malfunctioning faucets a thing of the past! You'll learn how to take apart and fix a faucet, why it's better than buying a brand new one, as well as identify & repair the different types of faucets (compression, ball, cartridge, ceramic disc) that exist. You'll even get to work with a bunch of plumbing tools that are essential to do the job right, and see how to install a faucet. After this workshop, you'll feel a lot more comfortable making those plumbing repairs yourself.
Residents, tenants and landlords alike gathered in mid-December for the Fair Housing Law Seminar. The Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research provided an informative and detailed presentation on how to manage and maintain housing successfully. Michael Russell, from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, spoke to attendees about the basics of landlord-tenant law. Topics included landlord and tenant obligations, lease basics, remedies and the eviction process. There are relevant statues both parties must adhere to and also prohibited terms. Landlords in attendance were able to share scenarios from past or potential situations and walk through options of how to address issues. Mr. Russell made aware multiple resources including Cleveland Housing Court and their specialists, community clinics and workshops which are available to the public and at clevelandhousingcourt.org
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.
While the Euclid Shade tree commission is known for its wonderful Arbor Day celebrations, a day that began back in 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, encouraging people to plant trees, a day that became nationally recognized in 1970, a day where local Euclid humanitarians are honored by the planting of a tree in their name, it’s so much more than that. Even though the April holiday kicks off the season, the commissioners work hard year around planning for other events for the upcoming year. As we bring 2018 to a close, we would like for you to prepare and mark your calendars for the events to come in 2019. They are sure to be a real treat and an exciting, educational and an enlightening time for the city of Euclid. Starting with Arbor day, April 26, 2019 where two new honorees will be honored with the planting of a tree and the installation of a plaque. Who will it be this year? You never know it just might be you.
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.
The Shade Tree/Municipal Beautification Commission strives to make a difference in Euclid and believes one of life’s richest blessings is to plant a garden and to believe in tomorrow. As we enter the final season of the year, the Commission is reflecting on this year’s achievements:
Anita’s journey started with Euclid City Hall on October 1, 1988 as Parks Department Secretary. It was obvious from the beginning, that Anita was a huge asset to the department. She had glowing reviews from her supervisors – some accolades include “her being a very effective team member, she makes reports and record keeping a priority. In her absence, records & files are easily located and understood. She keeps her supervisor apprised of upcoming meetings and activities”. “Visitors to the Clubhouse are treated well by Anita, telephone contacts for Clubhouse, Cemetery, tree maintenance and planting are handled with consistency and good judgment”. A quote from Tom Springer, former Super-intendent of Parks and Forestry, “In hiring Anita, they got an employee with ability and personality that works well with others.” One job review noted, “Her hectic personal life does not interfere with work performance”. Anita juggled the demands of being Mom to Jessica, just 9 months old, and son, John, 7, and her responsibilities with the City Parks Department very efficiently. During some big summer storms in the 1990s, Anita couldn’t make it in to work because her street was blocked with fallen trees, the Parks guys came and cleaned her street to make sure she could come to work!
The Euclid Joint Veterans Council and Keep Euclid Beautiful are proud to bring you the Euclid Hometown Heroes Banner Program.
It seems whenever you go by the old Euclid Square Mall progress is being made. Whiting-Turner, the Project Management Company overseeing the construction of the Amazon Distribution Center has made sure work is on schedule and everything is running smoothly at the site. Earlier this year, Matthew White, Senior Project Manager at Whiting-Tuner sat down with Mayor Holzheimer Gail and City staff proposing other contributions WT could make while working at Amazon. Matt shared that when WT begins a project in a new city they seek to give back to the community they are working in and participate in their own "Community Service Day".
Euclid City Council President Charlene Mancuso and Councilman John Wojtila talked taxes at the October meeting of the Lakeland Civic Association. They were invited to discuss ballots questions being asked of Euclid City voters on November 6th.
Both council representatives and other Euclid officials frequently attend LCA meetings to discusses city issues. At their recent appearance Mancuso and Wojtila dicussed issues 32 and 33 and the reasons they were placed on the ballot. While taking no personal positions on the questions, they explained the needs and consequences of each issue. They answered an hour's worth of questions from LCA members.
Thank you to the Akers family for visiting Firehouse #1 today. Their granddaughter Abby was delivered in cardiac arrest by EFD paramedics. She had a rough introduction into this world, but is truly a beautiful miracle! Big brother AJ is behind the wheel of the rig.
First graders from Arbor Elementary were given the grand tour of Firehouse #1 today by Firefighter J.J. Burnette, Firefighter Joe Buckels, and Lieutenant Chris Wilson.
Be Safe - Be Seen! That is the name of our most recent pedestrian safety campaign, which had our Community Policing Unit handing out backpack reflector lights to residents walking their dogs, waiting at bus stops and on their way to school in the early morning hours. The lights were compliments of the Euclid City Schools, Safe Routes To School initiative. We finished up at Dunk'n Donuts where several customers helped us celebrate our shining success!
One year ago a young fan of the Euclid Police visited the station and met Officer Thomas who picked him up creating a great photo! Flash forward to today and we have learned that Sgt. Kocsis coaches a flag football team and this young man happens to be one of his players. He visited again and got to see the inside of a patrol car. EPD loves our supporters!
A porch pirate’s hiding stratagem failed yesterday thanks to an alert neighbor on E. 210 Street who observed a small group of juveniles walking with several packages and then try to hide them in another neighbor’s bushes. The Euclid Officer who arrived found the packages and returned them to the owner. The suspected juveniles were walking nearby and identified by the original caller. When residents and officers work together - community policing get results!
Thank you to all Euclid City Schools students and their families who attended our D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Family Skate Party at United Skates of America Wickliffe. Kudos to United Skates of America Wickliffe for hosting the event and donating $100.00 back to our D.A.R.E. Program in the City of Euclid.We currently implement Rx & OTC drug education in the middle school, bullying prevention in the elementary schools, and opioid awareness as well as safe teen driving programs in the high school.
Euclid Officers have received extensive and ongoing training including but not limited to weapons and tactics, investigative methods, school resource officers, first aid, drug interdiction, hostage negotiations, naturally inherent bias, social media, high-performance driving, technology, and procedural justice. Officers are trained to handle response to resistance through tactical training which involves skills and tools officers use when faced with a dangerous situation. This training includes decision making, verbal de-escalation, hands-on skills, and weapons. Since January of 2016 Euclid Officers have participated in over 14,000 hours of training. Over 1/3 of those hours have been tactical training.
As leaves start to turn and fall it’s time to talk leaf collection. Let’s cover some of the specifics and let you know how to track what neighborhoods crews are in on any given collection day. As the leaves start falling in volume collection will begin. This start date can vary from early to later October depending on the weather. Once started crews will continue collection until December 7th. This date may need to be adjusted depending on how quickly the trees shed the leaves. There will be advanced notice if the collection date needs to be pushed out further due to the leaves falling late. The City website will have the most up to date information on the current location of the crews and any changes to the end date.
At 2:56 a.m. on September 9, the Euclid Fire Department (EFD) was called to a structure fire with flames coming from the roof at 2046 East 224th St. On arrival at 3:03 a.m., it was confirmed that all occupants were out of the home. The EFD started an exterior attack and then transitioned to an interior attack after heavy fire conditions had been darkened. Firefighters battled the blaze for five hours until all the flames were extinguished, and all fire extension was stopped.
A total of 16 Euclid firefighters responded to the scene, in addition to mutual aid from firefighters in South Euclid and Richmond Heights. While there are no injuries to report, the occupants and their four pets are being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation and damages are estimated at $135,000.
The public is reminded to have working smoke detectors and to create and practice a home escape plan.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 4 out of 5 fire deaths every year occur in the home. From 2010 – 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment. These fires caused an average of 480 civilian fire deaths, 5,540 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage each year. Almost half of the injuries and deaths related to these fires was unattended cooking.
The third and fourth installments of 2018 Home Repair Resource Center Euclid Workshops took place at the Senior Center last month. Window Replacement and Tuckpointing were the topics homeowners from Euclid and throughout northeast Ohio were invited to learn about and practice. Residents were able to watch instructors and try their own hand at replacing window screens and glass window panes. This workshop served beneficial for many owners of older homes throughout the region. Rather than hiring someone to repair or replace large older windows, residents learn how to do it themselves, which is more cost effective. Participants picked up on this trade quickly and were able to repair multiple window screens!
With a vote of 5-2, Euclid’s City Council approved a financing plan for Phase II of the Waterfront Improvements Plan that has been in development for several years. The plan will create a public walkway along the lakeshore from the pier at Sims Park to East 242nd Street.
The City of Euclid is teaming up with NOACA's Street Supplies and the Better Block Foundation and we need YOUR help to create 'Pop-Up Parkway', a vision for equitable, safe spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and motorist between the street curbs by creating parklets, bike corrals, buffered bike lanes, mid-block decorative crosswalks, pedestrian medians and more on-street parking.
We are merging engineering studies and previous event set-ups to create a road-diet (that could lead to permanent implementation of aspects of the temporary project) from E.218th Street to E.222nd Street on Lakeshore Blvd.
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