CAC - September 26th 2016

Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Sept 26, 2016

The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Monday, Sept 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Fire Station.

Present: Bob Haycox (Chair), Rosemarie Fabrizio, Shirley Jay, Patricia Russo, Allen Meyers, Mary Singer, Merv Singer, Mary Salomon, Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Loretta Williams, Sandy Batcheller, Joanna McNally, Lorry Nadeau, and Sara Calo        

Absent: Paula Lear and Kay Phillips

Also Present
George Williams, Council Representative
Steve Jerome, Council Representative
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration
Fire Chief Eugene Carcioppolo
Residents Denise Granakis, Mark Granakis and Dustin Graef

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Haycox opened the meeting and asked if there were any additions or changes to the minutes of July 21, 2016, previously provided to the Committee.  There were none and the minutes were approved as written.

Fire Department Update

Mr. Haycox introduced Chief Carcioppolo and thanked him for inviting the Committee to the Fire Station.  Chief Carcioppolo took the members on a tour of the facility, describing and demonstrating the operation of the facility, the vehicle fleet and the Department.  He responded to questions from Committee members about a variety of issues:

  • He described mutual aid between the Village and surrounding communities.
  • The Fire Dept. gets an average 3.3 calls per day.  85% of these calls are for EMS.  120 mutual aid calls are received annually.  Firefighters work 24 hour shifts with 48 hours off.  There are three shifts—A, B and C shift.
  • The exhaust system in the garage bay was recently installed and the Chief explained that exhaust is a leading cause of cancer among firefighters.
  • The Committee was able to go into the Fire Safety House and the Chief described how it is used for education throughout the Mayfield School District.
  • The Fire Department currently employs 10 full-time firefighters and 14 part-time firefighters.  The Chief described the difficulty with hiring part-time firefighters as most trained firefighters are seeking full-time employment with benefits.  He added that most Village Firefighters are paramedics; some are EMT Basics (Emergency Medical Technicians);
  • The Fire Department will transport patients to Hillcrest Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Lake West and Ahuja.  The Chief described that we are fortunate to have many good hospitals in the area as the Department’s goal is to take a patient to a place that is capable of treating the patient as quickly as possible.
  • Chief Carcioppolo discussed fire safety, alarms and evacuation plans.
  • The Committee toured the kitchen and the Chief described how the area is shared by the different shifts.

The Committee returned to the conference room and Chief Carcioppolo shared a PowerPoint presentation describing the history of the Department.  He provided information on historical fires, and the data and science that has shaped the evolution of the fire code.  He described that the science of firefighting drives training and regional collaboration, such as the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team and the Fire Investigation Unit.

Chief Carcioppolo explained that the Mayor and Council have recently agreed to create a new position in his Department--Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal.  This position will be filled in several months, after going through the Civil Service process. 

Chief Carcioppolo explained the difference between photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms and described the Fire Department’s program that assists with purchase and installation.  Residents can purchase photoelectric alarms on a “buy two, get one free” basis and Fire Department personnel will install them free of charge. 

Lt. Michael Palumbo joined the meeting and demonstrated the Lucas Machine, an automatic CPR machine that provides consistent chest compressions to assist responders with patient transport.  Each Village ambulance has a Lucas Machine as part of its regular equipment. 

Council Update

Mr. Williams thanked Chief Carcioppolo for his presentation and said that tonight the Committee received information rather than bringing feedback from residents.  He said he enjoyed the meeting and would like to see more sessions like this one.

Mr. Williams referred the Committee members to the set of Council minutes distributed at the beginning of the meeting.  He advised that a Mayfield School Levy is on the ballot this November and that the Superintendent had made a presentation to Council about the need for levy passage.  Mr. Williams also advised that a public hearing had been scheduled for November 7th to discuss a zoning change from residential to office/lab.  The Committee discussed the reason for the zoning change and the property owner’s desire to build an assisted living facility on the property. 

Mrs. Batcheller asked if Mr. Williams could provide an update on the Fisher’s Tavern property.  Mr. Williams advised that the new owners were in the process of remodeling and he believed the new BBQ restaurant was scheduled to open in November.

Mrs. Calo asked about the loss of Economic Development Director Ted Esborn and if he was going to be replaced.  Ms. Wolgamuth advised that she and Finance Director Ron Wynne are currently fielding calls and handling economic development matters until a decision about replacement is made. 

Upcoming Events

Ms. Wolgamuth distributed a flyer for the upcoming Recreation Department Halloween Party scheduled for Oct 22 at the Civic Center.  She advised that a mailing was being sent to all residents and, this year, attendees are being asked to register to avoid the overcrowding issues that arose at the Easter Party.

Ms. Wolgamuth reminded everyone that the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for Oct 7 and asked those who had not yet RSVD’d to do so.  Mr. Haycox encouraged members to attend and said that the Appreciation Dinner is always a fun event.

Finally, Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the Hillcrest Rotary is hosting its annual Taste of Hillcrest at Landerhaven on Oct 6.  At this event, the Rotary selects an outstanding humanitarian and honors them with a Community Service Award.  This year, the winner of the award is Mary Singer.  Ms. Wolgamuth stated that she had been asked to provide a nomination and she could think of no one more deserving than Mary Singer.  She described that Mrs. Singer is the Chair of the Activities Committee, a member of this Committee, in charge of planning the annual Memorial Day event, including placing flags at veterans graves, an election day poll worker, active at her Church and an organizer of the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.  In addition to all this, Mrs. Singer spends many of her days driving holocaust survivors to doctor and hospital appointments and waiting to return them to their homes.  Ms. Wolgamuth advised that approximately 20 local restaurants participate in the Taste of Hillcrest and tickets to the event are available for $40.00.  She encouraged members to attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.   The next two Committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 24 and Monday, November 28.