CAC - July 30th 2015

Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
July 30, 2015

The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. at Parkview Pool Pavilion.

Present: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Shirley Jay, Kay Phillips, Sandy Batcheller, Paula Lear, Loretta Williams, George Williams, Merv Singer, Mary Singer, and Carole Marrie                        

Absent: Joan Catalano, Bob Haycox, and Tom Piteo

Also Present: Tom Marrie (Council Representative), Steve Jerome (Council Alternate), Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration), Resident Al Meyers

Approval of Minutes

Mrs. Bodnar opening the meeting and welcomed the Committee members. The Minutes from the May 26, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

Simple Recycling

Ms. Wolgamuth reported that the Simple Recycling program described at the May meeting has been approved by Council and is scheduled to begin the week of September 14. Ms. Wolgamuth distributed a copy of the full-page announcement that will be included in the upcoming issue of the Voice of the Village and advised that direct mailings will be sent to residents by Simple Recycling during the month of August. These mailings will include more detailed information about the items that are accepted for recycling and will include large plastic bags to be used for the collection. Ms. Wolgamuth reminded the Committee that, as bags are used, Simple Recycling will provide additional bags to the residents.

Mrs. Phillips commented that everyone she has spoken to about the program is very excited about it. The Committee members agreed that they were looking forward to the start of this additional recycling program.

Council Update

Mr. Marrie reported on the following items:

  • Formal readings of proposed changes to the Village Charter are underway. The Charter Review Committee has completed its review and has proposed six changes to be placed on the November ballot.
  • The Fire Dept. had purchased a new breathing apparatus.
  • Three new Service Dept. vehicles have been purchased.
  • Council approved going out to bid for the Senior Snow Removal program.
  • Work has begun on the sidewalk on the west side of SOM Center Road, from the Fire Station to Beta Drive.
  • The sewer conversion and road work on Eastgate and Meadowood is almost complete. Some paving on Thornapple Drive will be included in this project.
  • The Village’s Economic Development Director is working on retaining two companies in the Village that were considering moving elsewhere.
  • Fireworks went well and the Village will contract with the same company for an additional three years. The Fire Chief is happy with the level of safety they provide.

Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein asked about the cost of fireworks and Mr. Marrie responded that it is generally in the range of $10,000. Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein asked why the fireworks are never scheduled on July 4th. Mr. Jerome responded that it would cost twice as much and he commented that he likes having the Village’s celebration on a separate day.

Mr. Marrie continued:

  • Pool attendance is up due to recent good weather. Numbers had been way down.
  • The School’s STEM program is almost complete and will be at the old Library building.
  • A new full-time patrol officer, Steve Palka, was hired. We also lost Sgt. Schutt to retirement. A Sergeant’s test is underway to find his replacement.

Mrs. Bodnar added that the Sergeant’s test has been delayed due to the unavailability of one of the textbooks.

Mr.Williams commented that he heard that Mayor Rinker is stepping down. Mr. Marrie stated that he is not stepping down, but he is not running again. Mr. Marrie commented that he believes Mayor Rinker has been a fabulous mayor. “Twenty years ago, he was talking about the pool, the walkways, the amphitheatre. He’s done a heck of a job.”

Mrs. Bodnar stated that she, Al Meyers and Steve Jerome are all running for Mayor. Mr. Marrie advised that candidates have until August 5 to file petitions. He added that Council President Bill Buckholtz retired suddenly, making Mr. Marrie Council President. By Charter, Council will fill the vacancy from Ward 4 by interviewing interested candidates and voting on a replacement to complete the remaining two years left on Mr. Buckholtz’s term.

Mrs. Batcheller asked if a candidate’s night would be arranged by the Village. Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce has approached the Village about using Reserve Hall to host a Candidate’s Forum and has suggested the evening of October 6, if all candidates are available. This Forum will be for Village mayoral candidates only.

Mr. Jerome discussed a current project at the High School. It is an alumni pavilion near the new stadium that the School District will own and rent out. It is scheduled to open on August 28th.

Ms. Wolgamuth advised the Committee that this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Friday, October 30th at River Grove in the Metroparks.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m. so the Committee could attend the 7:00 p.m. performance at The Grove.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration