Happy Holidays to you and your families! As we prepare for holiday gatherings and celebrations, I know I will be thinking of all those who helped to move our community forward this year. I am proud of the progress we have made this year and the resiliency that our community has shown when faced with challenges. The work to build a strong community continues to bring me joy in so many ways!
There have been 48 reports of stolen firearms in the City of Euclid since January 1, 2018. Of these 46% are stolen from vehicles and 54% from inside homes or garages. Criminals know that many people like to keep their guns inside their cars and if they break into enough cars it is likely they might find a firearm. Your vehicle is NOT a secure location as 17% of the vehicle firearm thefts were from the locked trunk, 11% from the console, and 9% each for the glovebox and floor. As always the Euclid Police Department encourages you to never leave anything of value in your automobile. Besides securing you firearm to prevent theft, proper storage also helps to prevent accidents. The National Rifle Association offers these tips for safe storage of guns. Trigger locks are a simple option for preventing a gun from being loaded or fired by an unauthorized user and cable locks block the action of the firearm. Gun cases protect the firearm from physical damage and can be locked. Strong boxes and security cases provide the firearm owner with a portable storage option and come with different locking and mounting options. Gun owners can also store their firearms in locking steel cabinets or a gun safe. Be a responsible gun owner by taking appropriate safety measures.
Progress continues to happen in Euclid! I know the construction and repairs can be frustrating, but it is a sign of growth in Euclid. I continue to be amazed at Amazon rising at the former Euclid Square Mall site. The weekly reports received indicate that the exterior structure is nearly complete and soon they will begin working on the conveyance system and interior work needed – still on time for a March completion. We hosted nearly 50 area commercial real estate brokers at the Amazon facility to learn about the opportunities for growth and development in Euclid.
Additionally, BWXT has announced a major expansion and re-investment in their building - $50 million in capital and equipment plus additional jobs. Lincoln Electric continues to beautify their corridor with new decorative fencing planned along the new Technology Training Center. O’Reilly Auto parts is completing the shell of their building on E. 200 Street. City Council has before it a proposal for the purchase and development of the former Chevy site on E. 185th Street for a new medical facility. And of course, the work has begun on the Lakefront Improvement Project.
I know a lot of people, but chances are I don’t know most of the people that will read this article. I don’t know your age, your nationality or your religious affiliation. I don’t know your gender, your employment or marital status. I don’t know if you rent a home or own your home. You may be politically liberal or conservative; republican, democratic, socialist or independent. I don’t know if you agree with my views on anything or not. To be honest, it doesn’t matter.
After several months of public discussion, debate and research, City Council has voted to place 2 ballot issues on the November ballot. Unfortunately, Euclid, like many other cities, has continued to lose funds from the State which has placed us in a deficit budget position and made it impossible to address local capital needs.
Thank you to Shore Cultural Centre, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and all our sponsors and volunteers for making the 2018 Euclid Wind Fest a great success! It was a beautiful day to celebrate the winds along the lake, the wind turbines in our industrial corridor, arts, culture and youth activities and bring our community together. At the Wind Fest we had a giant chalk board for folks to answer the prompt “My Dream for Euclid is…” and we got a great variety of positive thoughts and comments that provide continued inspiration for positive action in Euclid.
Summer is finally here! School is out – congratulations to all the graduates and special congratulations to the Euclid High School Valedictorian Heather Bloeser and Salutatorian Jaime Geiger and to Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School Valedictorian Tim Raddell and Salutatorian Mary Furlan – all Euclid residents. For the 3rd year, my Directors, Chiefs, Council President Mancuso and community leaders met with Euclid High School political science students for their “My City, My Voice” project. The students presented their ideas to improve our city – what great energy, presentation skills, thoughtful ideas and understanding of civic responsibility.
This month I would like to talk about people who make a difference. I attended the Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner last week and want to acknowledge and thank those who received awards for the impact they make in our community; Lincoln Electric, LaParaDe Early Learning Center, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Ss. Robert and William’s Parish, Ed Bonchak, Briardale Greens, Euclid Observer and HGR. This group represents businesses of all sizes, community organizations and people who are making a difference in Euclid. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment!
County Councilwoman Sunny Simon Announces Funding Approval for Three Community-Based Projects in District 11
County Councilwoman Sunny Simon Announces Funding
At the February 2nd City Council Meeting, City Council unanimously adopted the City of Euclid Master Plan. While this completes the planning process, the work to make it happen is just beginning! The Master Plan Process was a year-long dynamic process led by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. I want to thank the many residents who were involved in the process and provided input, feedback and suggestions. The result was a plan that represents our community and offers a vision for a strong and vibrant future.
Intrepid Euclid resident Devlin Chambers has been busy since reaching his Americorps NCCC assignment in Sacramento, CA last October. As you may remember, Chambers is taking a year before entering college to participate in the National Service Corps Americorps NCCC program that places young adults, aged 18-24, in service projects throughout the United States.
In the tradition of the Easter Season we will offer Bakers chocolate whips, Humphrey popcorn varieties any many other Easter products
Once again, I am working on my State of the City address and thinking about what we have accomplished in 2017 and what we are planning for 2018. When I list out all that has been accomplished, it is an impressive list.
Euclid is home to multiple preeminent manufacturers who are one of very few North American companies making specific parts or using proprietary processes pioneered in our city’s industrial corridor. Terves (www.tervesinc.com) is one such company – a leading manufacturer of dissolvable metals and polymers used for making many tools and components in the oil and gas industry. The company has been in the news lately for honors such as winning MAGNET’s [M]SPIRE pitch competition in 2016.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season – I sure did and am grateful for the wonderful gifts of family, friendship and community. As I reflect on the holidays and the year we are completing, I reflect on the true gifts of the season:
Happy Holidays to you and your families! As this year comes to an end, I am grateful for the many blessings we have in our community. I am proud of the progress we have made this year, the relationships that have been built or strengthened, and the resiliency that our community has shown when faced with challenges.
Over the course of several Mayoral administrations the City of Euclid has become the owner of a number of properties formerly owned by various parties. While sitting idle and or in differing states of development, each property represents an investment by Euclid taxpayers. What is the status of these properties and what role do they play in the long term development of the City?
On Friday, October 27th nearly fifty planning professionals toured the City of Euclid as part of a conference workshop hosted by the Cleveland chapter of the American Planning Association.
This past month, we had the opportunity to showcase Euclid to a number of visiting groups. I was proud to be able to share what is happening in Euclid and brag about our community assets, new investment, and the progress we are making.
We have been celebrating some milestones around Euclid this summer– Briardale Greens celebrated its 40th Anniversary in August. Mary Mavec Opportunity School will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary in October. Carmella’s Pizza on E. 222nd Street will be celebrating 60 years in business in October. Lakeshore Coffee Shop celebrated its 25th Anniversary in September. Indian Hills Homeowners Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary in September. Frissell Road Improvement Association celebrated 100 years as a street association in August. Cleveland Metroparks (including Euclid Creek) is celebrating 100 years this year. We have much to celebrate in Euclid!
I began my professional career in Euclid at the non-profit organization Euclid Community Concerns. The mission of the organization was to “create a model community where citizens of all races and backgrounds live together in harmony.” While there has been some progress, we still have a lot of work to do to be a united City. I strive for us to be a community that can live, work and thrive together. I lead this administration to focus on listening to our residents and building partnerships so we can address issues together. I expect all of us to walk together, one step at a time and progress on purpose. I’m grateful for everyone that will join me and my administration.
One of the best parts of summer in Euclid is the many great events and gatherings that take place across the city. I have been able to attend neighborhood block parties, parades and picnics that celebrate a holiday or just offer the chance to get together with neighbors and friends. An ice cream social at the Euclid Public Library reminded me what a wonderful resource our library is- not only for books, movies, and music, but also for community discussion with our residents. Our concerts at Sims Park offer the chance to spotlight our lakefront park (next concerts are August 10th and August 24th from 6-9pm) and community festivals, like Saints Robert and Williams community festival, offer the opportunity for their parish community to open the door to the broader community with games, music, food and fellowship. National Night Out focuses on what we can do together to improve the safety of our community and strengthen the partnership between the police department and community. Wednesdays on the Porch offer conversations among neighbors across the city. Our recreation programs brings kids and their families together in our parks, pools, courts, or fields. What makes a community is the relationships and connections we have to one another. These community gatherings and events provide the opportunity to build those bonds and strengthen our community in multiple ways. Thanks to all those who work so hard to plan them and thanks to those who participate in them. I look forward to the events scheduled in August and hope to meet you at one of them.
Many thanks to all who helped make the Euclid Wind Fest possible – especially Shore Cultural Centre, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and our many corporate and community sponsors. It was a great celebration of what makes Euclid unique. I had the opportunity to be a tour guide for one of the Lolly the Trolley tours at the Wind Fest. While the objective was to showcase and learn about the wind turbines at Sopko/ STAMCO – the tour provided a brief look around Euclid including what we have to offer and projects underway. During my tour, more than half the group was not from Euclid and the responses I received at the end of the tour were that all were impressed with the projects underway, the improvements made and the unique housing stock and community assets we have in Euclid. That is not the Euclid they see in the media or maybe the perception they have. I am proud of our City and there are many initiatives underway that are making people take a new look at Euclid. Help us spread the word and pride– whether through conversations with folks, social media, or other networking.
Five first-ring suburbs, including Euclid, have been awarded a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to undertake a property inventory through Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities. Beginning mid-July, trained surveyors (wearing bright colored t-shirts/vests and carrying handheld computers) will be in Euclid collecting data on each parcel and structure. The surveyors will photograph and rate each parcel based on exterior condition. This rating will be combined with other data in a web-based tool that can be used for decision making, planning and identifying interventions. This is all part of our commitment to improve our housing stock and our neighborhoods.
Question: What is National Night Out?
On Thursday, June 8th any and all Lake Erie lovers are invited to join the regional advocacy group Green Ribbon Coalition and the City of Euclid for an Erie Shore “Call To Action” Social event at Henn Mansion in Sims Park.
Are you ready for the summer? There sure is a lot going on in Euclid. I hope you have received the Euclid 360! publication in the mail – check out their calendar of events or visit their website http://euclid360.com. You will also find events and activities in the Euclid Recreation Summer Guide, Euclid Public Library “Library Lines” and Shore Cultural Centre “Summer Program Guide” and our neighbors in Collinwood have published the Scoop on Summer (http://collinwoodscoop.org/). It promises to be a fun filled summer!
Happy May! I hope you are enjoying spring in Euclid. For all those able to help with the Spring Clean-up, thank you! We have been working hard to spruce up our community and I appreciate all the residents, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhood associations, beach clubs and community organizations who took the time to help. Thanks to the “Keep Euclid Beautiful” group for organizing this effort and others. We need to continue this effort throughout the year – it is up to all of us to help Keep Euclid Beautiful! If you want to learn how you can help, please call 289-2751.
Question: What are some summer activities offered by the Euclid Police Department?
We at the Observer are excited to bring you our readers even more content and news. We have been working closely with the Mayor and the city council to bring you the new Euclid City Pages. This will be a place where your council representatives will have the opportunity to communicate with you and let you know what they are working on. We have included a city ward map to help you identify which ward you are in. We have also included the contact information for all your local, state, and federal representatives, including President Trump. In the future we will have a summary of the council meetings and communications from our state and federal representatives. This is a work in progress, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions. Please contact us via email at Euclidobserver@gmail.com and let us know what you would like to see in the city pages or the paper in general. We look forward to hearing from you.
Greetings all and Happy Spring! In this month’s issue of the Euclid Observer, you will see a new partnership between the City of Euclid and the Euclid Observer to bring you regular City of Euclid pages. This month’s edition includes the City map showing Ward boundaries and contact information for your City officials. We will continue to work with Council members and City staff to provide you with relevant and useful information. Look to this page to provide news from your City Council members and other elected officials, a re-cap of Council meetings, and other important City updates and information. I want to thank John Copic for his continued efforts to enhance communication citywide.
Question: What are some statistics on distracted driving?
As Councilwoman of Ward 8, my number one priority is to work hard with the citizens’ best interests in mind. Their expectation of me as their elected representative is a great responsibility that I take seriously. I value their trust, as it is critical to the Ward’s success.
For over thirty years, the Euclid Department of Planning & Development’s Storefront Renovation Program has provided grants to renovate retail, commercial, and industrial properties located in the City of Euclid.
This past month was a month to celebrate partnerships. At the beginning of February, we officially welcomed Simon Grocery store to Euclid Avenue with a ribbon cutting and community event. This project is an example of partnerships working to address a problem and bring about a great project. In this case, we have a private developer, Mr. Hussain, who invested in an aging plaza; City Council committing CDBG funds to help the project; Cuyahoga County Board of Health Healthy Communities Program providing technical assistance and connections to the Finance Fund and Food Trust who provided both funding and expertise. This project is being held up as an example by the agencies involved of how successful partnerships lead to great results. This project brings investment, jobs to local residents, and fresh affordable food to an area previously identified as a food desert.
Question: Are there ways to protect yourself from identity fraud?
Greetings to all! As I write this, I am also preparing my State of the City Address. Too often, we do not stop to celebrate the successes we have but focus on the problem at hand. I am happy to share with you some of our successes as we continue to work towards making sure Euclid is a first choice suburb where we all can be proud to live, work and visit.
The Building and Housing Department is responsible for the residential and commercial structures in the City of Euclid. We have a staff of four clerks, 3 primary residential housing inspectors, one multi-unit or apartment complex inspector, two commercial building inspectors and one housing manager.
Happy New Year! I wish each of you joy, good health, and prosperity in the New Year. It is hard to believe that I have been in office one year already. Time has flown by. As I think back about the first year, I am proud of our accomplishments and the hard work and dedication of the City of Euclid employees. I am grateful for the partnerships and relationships formed to help Euclid succeed. I am hopeful about our future.