CAC - April 27th 2015
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Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
April 27, 2015
The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Present: George Williams, Merv Singer, Mary Singer, Carole Marrie, Joan Catalano, Shirley Jay, Kay Phillips, Loretta Williams, Paula Lear, and Bob Haycox
Absent: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Tom Piteo, and Sandy Batcheller
Also Present: Tom Marrie (Council Representative), Steve Jerome (Council Alternate), Patsy Mills (Council Member), Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration), Resident Ron Lear, and Resident Jerry Catalano
In the absence of Mrs. Bodnar and at her request, George Williams chaired the meeting. Mr. Williams opened the meeting and welcomed guest speaker Judy Dearden from the Highland Heights Green Task Force.
Councilman Marrie administered the Oath to new member Paula Lear and returning members Kay Phillips and Joan Catalano.
Approval of Minutes
The Minutes from the March 23, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved as written.
Presentation by Judy Dearden, President of the Highland Heights Green Task Force
Mrs. Dearden thanked the Committee for the opportunity to speak and said that she is always seeking opportunities to talk about the Task Force. The Task Force’s mission is environmental education and awareness. Mrs. Dearden described that she is a retired interior designer who realized at one point how much waste goes into landfills unnecessarily. She educated herself on the subject over a number of years. Part of her education included reading a book called “Green This”. Mrs. Dearden stated that she was floored after reading about all the toxic chemicals people use regularly. As a camper, she was accustomed to paying attention to products used outdoors. All the environmental books she read said the same thing—get involved.
Mrs. Dearden stated that she saw a need in her city of Highland Hts. About three years ago, she went to Council and was given the green light to start the Green Task Force. The Task Force has grown to 40 members and regularly holds educational meetings with guest speakers. The Task Force recently obtained non-profit status.
Mrs. Dearden described a fund-raising program to purchase reusable bottle refill stations. She encouraged the committee members to go to www.creeklife.com to make a donation.
Mrs. Dearden described some of the grants the Task Force has received and the work they have done, including:
- Grants from the Solid Waste District to purchase recycling containers for public buildings and parks.
- A food composting program at Millridge Elementary.
- Growing and raffling pumpkins at Millridge Elementary.
- Freecycle E-Waste Drives which have already saved over 5,000 lbs. of electronics from going to landfills.
- Partnering with the Natural History Museum and assistance provided to Perkins Wildlife Center.
- Little Free Library – books provided for free, on a take-one, leave-one basis.
- Great Lakes Erie Boat Float – built a boat out of recycled materials.
- Planet Aid – recycling clothing and shoes.
- EcoFair – with over 26 groups and vendors participating.
- Green Vendors Holiday Gift Fair.
- Community outreach at local festivals.
- Participating in national campaigns (2013 – use less plastic; 2014 – zero waste).
- Developing a website with event calendar that, to date, has received 18,621 hits.
Mrs. Dearden discussed the chemicals in items that we use daily that are particularly harmful to the environment. For instance, she stated that items with microbeads used for exfoliation are impossible to remove from the water system and recommended that they be avoided. Mrs. Dearden stated, “Sewer treatment plants were not made to handle the chemicals we are putting in. Just because something is natural, does not mean it’s good for the environment.” Mrs. Dearden advised that we allow many chemicals in this country that Europe has outlawed. She stated that some air fresheners contain up to 800 chemicals.
Mrs. Dearden provided literature on natural cleaners and reviewed how different household items could be mixed together to make cleaning products.
Mr. Williams asked Mrs. Dearden how we can help with the effort and Mrs. Dearden answered, “Come to programs.” She stated that changing our own personal habits was important and added that it only takes 21 days to change a habit. “For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we need to stop using chemicals and stay away from plastics.”
Community Room Update
Ms. Wolgamuth reviewed with the Committee the updated plans for the Community Room just received from ThenDesign Architecture. She described that the changes made were based on feedback provided at the November community meeting and subsequent CAC meetings as well as a recent traffic study. After review, the Committee members agreed that, overall, they liked the floor and site plan.
The Committee suggested finding a way to close off the kitchen, perhaps with an accordion wall, so that caterers working in the kitchen could be separated from the flow of guests going into the main room.
Mr. Marrie reported on the following items:
- A portable light tower has been purchased for use at The Grove and other Village events.
- The Miner Road traffic study is underway. Its purpose is to determine the benefit of aligning the intersection at Miner and SOM with the High School entrance.
- A Lieutenant’s test is going to be given at the Fire Department.
- Some new pool items have been ordered.
- Site work at the ODOT property is being planned. Mr. Marrie reminded the Committee that the State gave the property to the Village free of charge, including the salt dome.
- The Service Dept. is purchasing three new trucks and selling the old ones.
- Tax receipts are up.
- Shred Day is scheduled for May 16.
- On May 19, the Mayor and Finance Director will hold a Town Hall Meeting and provide a financial update. All are encouraged to attend this informative meeting.
- Engineering is being completed on the SOM sidewalk from the Fire Station to Beta.
- A meeting with residents from Eastgate and Meadowood was recently held to provide an update on the sewer conversion. It was well attended. This project is being completed without the need for bonds.
- A tree was planted at Center School for Arbor Day. The Garden Club planned this event.
Mrs. Jay stated that she recently walked the Greenway Trail with a naturalist from the Library and asked if there was a plan to install any benches. Ms. Wolgamuth advised that four benches have been purchased and will be installed shortly.
Mr. Williams advised that the next CAC meeting is scheduled for May 26. He asked the Committee to review the Grove schedule that had been provided to choose an event to attend as a group over the summer. The Committee agreed to attend on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. to see Simple Gifts. The Committee will meet that evening at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Wolgamuth will see if the pool pavilion is available for the meeting that evening.
Mrs. Singer provided a Memorial Day update and reported that everything is all set.
Ms. Wolgamuth stated that she and Mrs. Bodnar had discussed walking the new Greenway Trail at the May 26th meeting and asked if the Committee members were interested in walking. She stated that, if so, Mayor Rinker expressed an interest in joining the Committee. The Committee members present agreed that they would like to walk the trail. Ms. Wolgamuth will try to arrange transportation so that the group does not have to walk both ways.
Mr. Jerome stated that the Activities Committee discussed using July 4th concession proceeds to donate to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. He described that the Fisher House, similar to the Ronald McDonald House, provides a place for the families of veterans to stay while a relative is in the hospital receiving treatment.
Mr. Jerome also invited everyone to attend River Sweep on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a clean-up event that he has attended for several years.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration