CAC - January 20th 2015

Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
January 20, 2015

The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bennett-Van Curen Historical House.

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Present: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Shirley Jay, Bob Haycox, Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Loretta Williams, and George Williams

Absent: Joan Catalano, Merv Singer, Tom Piteo, Sandy Batcheller, Mary Singer, Carole Marrie, and Kay Phillips

Also Present: Steve Jerome (Council Representative), Patsy Mills (Council Representative), Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration), and Ted Esborn (Economic Development Director)

Election of Chair

Mrs. Bodnar opened the meeting and thanked Al and Jan Muhle and Patsy Mills from the Historical Society for hosting the meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee. 

Mrs. Bodnar stated that it is again time to elect a Committee Chair, adding that she has been the Chair for several years and would be happy to continue in that capacity.  Mrs. Bodnar stated that if other members were interested in the position, she would step aside.  Mr. Haycox nominated Mrs. Bodnar; Mr. Williams seconded the nomination.  The Committee voted unanimously to re-elect Mrs. Bodnar as Chair.

Approval of Minutes

The Minutes from the Nov 5, 2014 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

Presentation by Claire Posius – Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator

Ms. Posius introduced herself as the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator for the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District.  She described her primary duty as being responsible for public outreach in the member communities.  Ms. Posius distributed a map of the watershed and explained the communities that comprise the watershed. 

Ms. Posius described that many people don’t understand that storm drains go directly to waterways, untreated, and that storm water picks up pesticides, oil from cars, pharmaceuticals, etc.  Her job includes getting kids involved and teaching people to use less fertilizer.  Ms. Posius described the work that Mayfield Village undertook at Wiley Park and the Civic Center installing pervious pavement.  She stated that Mayfield Village does more than most communities with respect to storm water and she regularly touts Mayfield Village as a model community. 

Ms. Posius described some of the workshops she has sponsored in the Village, including how to build a rain barrel and tips on green cleaning.  She said that she has not had much success getting Village residents to attend the workshops and asked for ideas about how to better engage residents. The Committee discussed the following:

  • Continued inclusion in the Voice of the Village
  • Utilizing the Village’s email blast
  • Distributing flyers and newsletters to the Garden Club
  • Making the workshops annual events
  • Putting information on the Village marquee
  • Encouraging committee members to attend


Mr. Jerome asked why Pepper Pike is not a member of Euclid Creek. Ms. Posius stated that Pepper Pike is a member of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners who provide technical assistance. Euclid Creek provides public education.

Mr. Williams asked about Euclid Creek’s relationship with the Sewer District and if they can assist with marketing.  Ms. Posius responded that the Sewer District provides funding to Euclid Creek and assists with promoting their events.  The Pup Poop campaign was supported by the Sewer District.  Mr. Esborn commented that if the Sewer District’s storm water program comes back, many people may become more aware of the workshops as they will be seeking ways to obtain storm water credits.  [Since this meeting, a Green Cleaning Workshop has been scheduled for March 4, 2015 at the Civic Center.  Flyer attached.]

Council Update

Mrs. Mills reported on the following items:

  • All Committee members are scheduled to be sworn-in on Monday, Jan 26.
  • The Charter Review Commission has been selected.  The Mayor and each Council person selects a resident to be on the Commission and their recommendations to changes to the Charter will be on the ballot in November.
  • The sewer conversion on Eastgate and Meadowood is in progress.
  • Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for May 10.
  • The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be on Sunday, May 24th this year.  Flags will be placed on Saturday.
  • The Commission on Aging Senior Luncheon is scheduled for May 1 in the Community Room.
  • 225 seniors signed up for snow plowing this year.
  • A note of appreciation to the Service Dept. for their assistance with decorating the Village for Christmas.  The Garden Club decorates the wreaths and the Service Dept. hangs them throughout the Village.
  • This summer, Urban Growers will provide hanging baskets at no cost to the Village as they were not planted correctly last year.
  • Shred Day is scheduled for May 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • The Grove Committee is working on scheduling performances for this summer.
  • This is membership month for the Historical Society.


Open Portion

Mrs. Jay asked if a flooding update will be provided to residents.  She has heard nothing since the survey was sent out last September.  Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the County has been working in various parts of the Village and that a letter with the results of the survey is being prepared and will be mailed to residents very soon.

Mrs. Bodnar suggested that a new sign and some lighting be added to the new Civic Center driveway. 

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming meetings of the Citizens Advisory Committee are scheduled as follows:

Monday, Feb 23
Monday, Mar 23
Monday, Apr 27
Tuesday, May 26

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration