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.
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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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!
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
This City of Euclid is calling all Euclideans to share your photographs depicting you, your kids, your pets practicing safe (but creative!) forms of connecting to friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Euclid Police are not the only resource to help when residents feel they are victims of scams or unfair business practices. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs can help if you:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The City of Euclid is seeking to increase the vibrancy and sustainability of Shore through the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP).
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.
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!