CAC: March 27th 2017

Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
March 27, 2017

The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Present: Bob Haycox (Chair), Lorry Nadeau, Rosemarie Fabrizio, Sandy Batcheller, Mary Salomon, Allen Meyers, Joanna McNally, Sara Calo, Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Steve Schutt, Paula Lear, Kay Phillips, and Mary Singer

Absent: Patricia Russo, Merv Singer, and Loretta Williams

Also Present
Patsy Mills, Council Representative
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration
Residents Dave Nadeau, Peter Batcheller and Jan Kaminsky

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Haycox opened the meeting and asked if there were any additions or changes to the minutes of Feb 27, 2017, previously provided to the Committee.  There were none and the minutes were approved as written.

Presentation by Foster Brown, Naturalist from the Metroparks’ North Chagrin Nature Center

Mr. Haycox introduced Mr. Foster Brown and thanked him for coming to the meeting.  Mr. Brown provided some information about his background and how he became a Naturalist for the Metroparks.  He stated that the Metroparks is celebrating its 100th year anniversary and described the gentleman that was the driving force that started the Metroparks in 1917.  Mr. William Stinchcolm was born on Denison Avenue in Cleveland and became a surveyor for the City of Cleveland.  In 1902, when Mayor Thomas Johnson was the mayor of Cleveland, he appointed Mr. Stinchcolm as the Supervisor of Parks for the City.  Mr. Brown explained that Mr. Stinchcolm was instrumental in building the first bathhouse at Edgewater Park as well as building Brookside Park.  Mr. Brown described that business in Cleveland was booming at the time and Mr. Stinchcolm realized very early on that land in the outer areas surrounding Cleveland needed to be kept for public use before industry and enterprise took it over completely.  Mr. Brown advised that during its first 13 years, the Metroparks acquired 9,000 acres of land.  Mr. Stinchcolm earned the people’s trust and received land donations from wealthy residents, like Fergus Squire, the VP of Standard Oil, who donated what is now Squire’s Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation.  Similarly, John Huntington donated property for what is now known as Huntington Park.  Mr. Brown advised the Committee that he is known as the “Singing Naturalist” and, using his acoustic guitar and harmonica, performed a song about Mr. Huntington.  Mr. Brown provided more details about the Emerald Necklace and described how Hinckley Reservation was added, despite the fact that it is outside Cuyahoga County. 

Mr. Brown described that Mr. Stinchcolm wanted people to come to enjoy the parks so he hired a Naturalist, A.B. Williams, from the Museum of Natural History, who promoted the parks through photography.  A memorial for Mr. Williams, located in the North Chagrin Reservation, is being spruced up in honor of the Metroparks 100th anniversary.  Mr. Foster invited the Committee to attend a July 8th Open House from 10-12 p.m.  A memorial to William Stinchcolm is located in the Rocky River Reservation and is also being spruced up for the 100th anniversary celebration. 

Mr. Brown described a recent project called “Your Parks, Your Stories” in which he sat down with 177 people and recorded their stories about the Metroparks.  These stories are archived at Cleveland State University and the Metroparks and are available to the public.  Mr. Brown also showed the Committee a book that has been published in honor of the Centennial, called “The 100 Year Trail”. 

Mr. Brown advised the Committee that the Metroparks is planning a variety of events to celebrate the Centennial, including on April 22 at Euclid Beach Park from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., a play exploring the history of the park district.  He encouraged everyone to come help celebrate. 

Mrs. Batcheller asked how many acres the park district currently controls.  Mr. Brown responded that the Metroparks currently has 23,000 acres and recently added land in Parma, formerly the Parmadale facility. 

Mr. Haycox asked what kind of entity the park district is and Mr. Brown advised that it is not affiliated with any government body, it has its own body of Commissioners. He added that the Metroparks is nationally recognized and has stayed very well-funded over the last 100 years.

Mrs. Singer asked why the Metroparks took over many Cleveland parks.  Mr. Brown explained that the City could not fund and maintain the parks so it approached the Metroparks about 5 years ago to manage them.  Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein asked about Acacia and Mr. Brown stated that Acacia is fairly new to the Metroparks as well.  They are currently removing drain tile and restoring the natural water flow to that area.  Mr. Brown concluded by encouraging everyone to come help celebrate the Centennial.

Mr. Haycox and the Committee thanked Mr. Brown for the presentation.

Council Update

Mrs. Mills asked the Committee members if they had all received the recent mailing regarding ODOT bridge work at I-271 and Wilson Mills and signing up for 911 Cellular.  Some members indicated that they had not and additional copies were distributed. 

Mrs. Mills reported on the following items:

  • The 2017 budget has been passed.  Ron Wynne is working from home and recovering well from hip surgery.
  • Automatic door openers have been purchased for both main entrances at the Community Room.
  • The contract with the Community Partnership on Aging has been renewed for another year.  Mrs. Mills described the Lunch & Movie program that costs only $5 and shared the CPA’s newsletter.  Governor’s Village also hosts lunches and movies for $5 and includes popcorn in the price.
  • New shades are being purchased for the dugouts at the baseball fields and the playgrounds at the pool are being resurfaced.
  • Lifeline Screening is being held on April 20 at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center.  Cost is approximately $100 for a variety of tests.
  • The Cleveland Institute of Music is performed on March 23 and the next concert is on April 20 in Reserve Hall.  Mrs. Mills encouraged everyone to attend these excellent concerts.
  • Arbor Day is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the gazebo.  Center School students will participate and a tree will be planted in memory of former Service Director Gus Amendola.
  • The Easter Party is on April 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Community Room.  Reservations are required.
  • Shred Day is May 13 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Civic Center.
  • Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday, May 14 at the Service Garage.  Mrs. Mills asked members to sign up as volunteers.
  • The annual Town Hall meeting regarding finances will be held on May 22 at 7 p.m.  Ms. Wolgamuth added that a CAC meeting will be held that same evening at 6:30 p.m. so the Committee can attend both.
  • The next CAC meeting is on April 24 at which Garry Regan will provide a preview of the Grove’s summer schedule.
  • The Records Commission is scheduling a training session regarding Roberts Rules of Order.

Mrs. Singer provided a Memorial Day update.  Flags will be placed at all three cemeteries on May 27th and the ceremony at Whitehaven is scheduled for May 28 at 1 p.m. 

Ms. Wolgamuth reminded the Committee that NOPEC will be at the Community Room on March 29 at 1:00 p.m.  She advised that a PUCO presentation is scheduled for April 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Highland Heights Community Center.  Both programs provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions about their utility bills.

Ms. Wolgamuth also advised that the Village will again have a pick-up location for Community Supported Agriculture.  Residents can sign up to receive organic produce from Geauga Family Farms for 20 weeks (from June thru Oct) at  This year’s pick up will be on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Grove service drive off of SOM Center Road.  [Pick-up time has since been changed to 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays].

Other Matters

Mrs. Batcheller asked if the Village still provides pick up for Simple Recycling.  Mrs. Lear said that they have not been picking up.  Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the service is still being provided and she will advise Simple Recycling that there seems to be an issue with pick-up.  She encouraged members to call the Civic Center or Service Department if there is ever a problem with items not being picked up on regular trash collection day. 

Mr. Haycox asked if the Service Department is picking up branches and Mrs. Mills advised that they always do, particularly after a storm.

Mrs. Calo asked about the cigarette issue she was reading about in recent Council minutes and asked when CAC was going to address it.  Mrs. Mills advised that the Police Chief is looking into it further.  Mrs. Mills added that TrueNorth is the only place in the Village that sells cigarettes.  The Law Director is going to find out if other local communities are going to pass a similar ordinance.  Mrs. Mills questioned how enforcement would be handled and what to do about e-cigarettes.  Mrs. Batcheller asked what the current law is regarding sale of cigarettes.  Mrs. Mills responded that they can be legally sold to individuals over 18 years of age.  She advised that it will take some time before the issue comes to CAC. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.