Safety & Service: October 9th 2017

Main Conference Room – Mayfield Village Civic Center
Monday, October 9, 2017- 7:15 p.m.

The Safety and Service Committee met on Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Main Conference Room at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.  Chairman Marrie presided and called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.


Present: Mr. Marrie, Mr. Jerome, Dr. Parker, and Mrs. Mills

Also Present: Mayor Bodnar, Mr. Williams, Mr. Wynne, Mr. Metzung, Chief Edelman, Chief Carcioppolo, Mr. McAvinew, Mr. Cappello, Mr. Diemert, Ms. Wolgamuth, and Mrs. Betsa


  • Engineering Design Services Proposal
    SOM Center Road/Hickory Hill Drive Traffic Signal Design

Mr. Cappello reported, this is for the intersection of Hickory Hill and SOM.  The intersection also coincides with the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  This is for the design of a signal there.  GPD was the lowest proposal.

Chairman Marrie asked, so the cost on this is just for the design?

Mr. Cappello replied, design, yes.

Chairman Marrie asked, are there any questions?

Mr. Jerome stated, we have done traffic studies before that we don’t need the light.

Mr. Cappello replied, we had a study done recently in which it was justified because now you actually have data.  The studies before were just projections.  So now you actually have data and it passed.

Mr. Jerome asked, and a light generally costs about?

Mr. Cappello replied, if we do very similar to what we did at the intersection at SOM/Wilson Mills/Aintree, it’s about $250,000.

Mr. Jerome asked, so this is the study for design and then from there you will actually be going out to bid for putting it in, right?

Mr. Cappello replied, yes.

Chairman Marrie asked, Tom, do you see this as being put in the budget for next year?

Mr. Cappello replied, yes.

Mr. Wynne replied, yes it is.

Chairman Marrie asked, any other questions?

There were none.

Chairman Marrie stated, okay, we will move it on to Finance.


  • Demolition of 570 SOM

Mr. Metzung reported, this is for the demolition of 570 SOM which is one of the two homes purchased for the retention basin expansion.  This one we have taken ownership of.  We are looking to do the demolition.  It will be a little while before we actually do the construction of the basin and we don’t particularly want to have a vacant house all winter long.  We are going to look to demo that now.  Police and Fire are going to get their turns in it.

Chairman Marrie asked, I was just going to say, would the Police and Fire Department get their shot at it?

Chief Edelman replied, we are in it right now.

Chairman Marrie stated, fine.  Any other questions?

There were none.

Chairman Marrie stated, we will pass this on to Finance.


Chairman Marrie asked, are there any other matters?

Mr. Jerome stated, I reached out to the Police Chief and the Engineer about the light at SOM across from the fire station. I don’t know if they have gotten anywhere with that yet.

Chief Edelman replied, we talked to the engineer at Signal Service.  The sensor at that intersection works similar to the one at Wilson Mills and the freeway.  It’s a motion sensor.  Tom, did you set up a meeting?

Mr. Cappello replied, I have a call into them.  I have not heard back yet.

Chief Edelman stated, it needs adjustment.  Part of the issue there is being a motion sensor rather than an in-ground magnetic sensor.  It will tell you when a car is there preparing to turn right, but it won’t tell you once the car leaves the intersection.

Mr. Jerome stated, so once it signals, even if it moves, it’s up there.

Chief Edelman stated, there’s a little bit of adjustment that could be made there, but it’s a different type of sensor than the kind you are used to which is on the ground.  So that is where some of the questions from the residents are coming from.  We will keep you updated.

Mr. Jerome stated, okay.  I reached out about the light because there are some residents who are asking about it.  I told them I will put it out to the professionals and let them look into it and see what they come back with, just the timing of it and being that it’s a new light.

Chief Edelman stated, it’s not really timing.  What some of the questions are from the residents are why can’t I get out quickly.

Mr. Jerome stated, what takes so long, right.

Chief Edelman stated, the traffic light is not there to get them out quickly.  It’s to get them out safely.  During rush hour, the main concern for us is to keep traffic on the artery flowing, not to get people from Sandalwood out quickly.  They will get out safely, but they may have to wait.

Mr. Jerome asked, is there a way to make an adjustment at off-peak hours?

Chief Edelman replied, possibly, yes.  As far as at night time changing it to flashing, that’s not safe.  We are not going to do that.

Mr. Jerome asked, no?

Chief Edelman replied, no.  When you change it completely from a functioning traffic light to a non-functioning traffic light, it’s just not safe to do that because people are used to having it one way or the other.

Mr. Jerome stated, I remember years ago, SOM and Aintree when they used to flash.  But it’s been some years.

Chief Edelman stated, it’s been quite a while.  We can make some adjustments.

Mr. Jerome asked, your professional opinion is that you can do it, but you found that some ways are not the safe way to do it?

Chief Edelman replied, yes.  I will keep you updated.

Mr. Jerome stated, okay.  Thank you.

Chairman Marrie stated, okay.  Any other matters?

There were none.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.