CAC - May 26th 2015

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Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
May 26, 2015

The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkview Pool Pavilion.

Present: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Shirley Jay, Tom Piteo, Kay Phillips, Sandy Batcheller
Paula Lear, Bob Haycox, Merv Singer, and Mary Singer                           

Absent: George Williams, Carole Marrie, Joan Catalano, and Loretta Williams

Also Present: Steve Jerome (Council Alternate), Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration), and Ron Lear (Resident)

Walk on Greenway Trail

Some members of the Committee met at the Parkview Pool pavilion and proceeded to walk the Greenway Trail, south to the Fire Station.  Unfortunately, a thunderstorm disrupted the walk but all members made their way back to the Civic Center safely and the formal portion of the meeting began at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

Mrs. Bodnar welcomed the Committee members to the meeting and commented that the walk on the trail had been quite an adventure.  The Minutes from the April 27, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

Simple Recycling

Ms. Wolgamuth described a new recycling program that had been brought to her by Susan Jerome in the Service Dept.  A company called Simple Recycling provides curbside pickup of soft recyclables which are defined as clothing, shoes, towels, linens, belts, purses, etc.  Ms. Wolgamuth explained that Simple Recycling proposes to schedule their pickup on the same day that trash is picked up in the Village.  They will pay the Village $20.00 per ton for all recyclables collected.  Ms. Wolgamuth distributed a sample flyer (attached) and advised that Simple Recycling will prepare a mailing to all residents to explain the program and will provide each home with two bags.  As bags are used and left for pickup, Simple Recycling will leave replacement bags.  Participation in the program is completely voluntary.

Ms. Wolgamuth further explained that the goal of this program is to keep soft recyclables from ending up in landfills.  Despite the fact that organizations like Goodwill and Purple Heart take donations of these kinds of items, the statistics provided show that 85% of these items still end up in the landfill.  Simple Recycling will take all items, regardless of their condition and sell usable items to thrift stores or export them to other countries.  Items in worse condition will be processed into fiber. 

Committee members commented that they thought this would be a wonderful service for Village residents and asked how quickly it could be implemented.  Ms. Wolgamuth responded that entering into the Agreement with Simple Recycling would require Council approval and some time was needed to educate the community.  She estimated that, if Council agrees to move forward, the program could be in place by August or September.

Council Update

In Mr. Marrie’s absence, Councilman Jerome reported on the following items:

  • The architect is reviewing exterior materials with the Architectural Review Board.  Ms. Wolgamuth added that in response to the Committee’s comments about the kitchen, the architect added extra space to the concession area to be used as a food preparation area for situations where it is not desired to have food preparation visible to arriving guests.
  • Shred Day was held on May 16 and was a success.
  • A road widening survey is being done on Glenview, Bonnieview and Beech Hill Roads.  Village representatives have gone door-to-door to gather feedback from residents on whether they feel their streets should be widened.
  • The Village has hired three additional full-time firefighters and the Fire Dept. is now at full staffing.  The new firefighters will be sworn-in at the July 15 Council meeting.
  • The Police Department is working with the Law Dept. and the County to finalize an agreement regarding dispatch. Mr. Jerome stated that he heard that there may be a construction delay on the new County building.
  • The Bedford Jail is closing and the Police Chief is talking to other cities to figure out where to house prisoners.
  • The soccer and softball fields are getting some grading work done.
  • Ordinance Review has recommended new ordinance language to separate the Service Director and Building Commissioner positions.
  • Council has authorized the Mayor to enter into an incentive agreement with QED.  Mr. Jerome asked Ms. Wolgamuth to elaborate.  Ms. Wolgamuth advised that QED has been in the Village since 2007 and started with three employees.  They have grown to 130 employees and have become the Village’s sixth largest employer in terms of revenue.  QED’s lease at 700 Beta was expiring this year and they were looking to expand.  In order to retain them, the Village offered an incentive and QED has signed a lease for 77,000 sq. ft. in the old Euclid Industries building at 6660 Beta.  Mr. Jerome added that the grant money to fund the incentive comes from a fund derived from franchise and hotel taxes.
  • The Charter Review Commission is wrapping up and will be voting at their June 4th meeting.  Mr. Jerome stated that the Commission members have done a lot of work, going through the Charter point by point.


Upcoming Events

Ms. Wolgamuth advised that Cruise Night is scheduled for June 13.  Volunteers are still needed and she has the sign-up sheet if anyone is interested.  July 4th Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday, June 27, which is also The Grove’s opening weekend.  On Friday night at The Grove, the Chagrin Falls Orchestra will play with a Moody Blues tribute band and there will be a classic rock concert with InCahoots on Saturday before the fireworks.  The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival will perform on Sunday.  Mr. Jerome asked if the fireworks at the Town Center can be seen from The Grove.  No one was sure and the Committee agreed that it would be interesting to see.

Memorial Day Service

Mrs. Bodnar thanked Mary and Merv Singer for their work and said that they did a great job again this year.  Mrs. Singer reported that 5,040 flags had been placed at graves at the three cemeteries.  She stated that the service went well, but she was disappointed with the attendance.  Mrs. Bodnar suggested that scheduling the service earlier in the day might be helpful or perhaps working with the schools to provide extra credit to students that attend.  Mrs. Singer noted that there was a nice article in the News Herald on the Monday after the event.  Mrs. Bodnar suggested that elected officials and the Police and Fire Chiefs be seated under the tent in the future.  Mrs. Singer advised that she has invited the Chiefs to sit under the tent and they have declined.  She will make note of elected officials next year.

Mrs. Bodnar stated that she attended the recent Town Hall Meeting on Finances.  She thought it went very well and everyone seemed to be on the same page. There were no negative comments.  Mr. Jerome added that the Village finances are very transparent.

The Committee’s next meeting will be on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at The Grove to see Simple Gifts.  The Committee will meet at the pool pavilion that evening at 6:30 p.m. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Wolgamuth,
Director of Administration