CAC - November 25th 2013
Citizens Advisory Committee
Nov 25, 2013
The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.
Present: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Sandy Batcheller, Lorry Nadeau, Steve Jerome, Joan Catalano, Kay Phillips, Carole Marrie, and Bob Haycox
Absent: Joe Doran, Mary Singer, Merv Singer, Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein , and Shirley Jay
Also Present: Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration) and Thomas Marrie (Council Representative)
Approval of Minutes
The Committee approved the Minutes from the Oct 28, 2013 meeting, as written.
Presentation by Judge Mary Kaye Bozza
Mrs. Bodnar introduced Judge Bozza and thanked her for coming to speak to the Committee. Mrs. Bodnar commented that Judge Bozza has a wonderful reputation for genuinely trying to help people in her Court.
Judge Bozza introduced Kristina Slunski, the Court’s Special Projects and Technology Coordinator. Judge Bozza described her background, the general operations of the Court, and the typical cases she hears from each of the six communities that she serves. She stated that, of the communities, Mayfield Village is relatively quiet. Most cases involve traffic accidents and speeding tickets. Judge Bozza also hears civil matters, including small claims, foreclosures, and tax cases.
Judge Bozza described in detail the “Make the Right Choice” programs that she has developed with the help of Ms. Slunski. These include separate men’s and women’s programs for those affected by substance abuse, as well as programs for Seniors regarding driving safety and protection against predators and scams. Judge Bozza stated that she believes that it is important to educate people about drug and alcohol abuse and to take extra time to make sure the elderly are looked after. She believes that the programs and the presentations are excellent and does what she can to promote them to the community.
The Committee discussed the recent conference in Cleveland regarding the increase in heroin use and Judge Bozza stated that heroin use is fast becoming a suburban problem. The Committee also discussed the connections between drug use and burlaries.
Judge Bozza related examples of situations at the Court where she must get tough as well as maintain a sense of humor. Mr. Marrie thanked Judge Bozza for taking the time to set up the educational programs. Judge Bozza thanked everyone for voting for her and said that it was an honor to serve the community.
Mr. Marrie provided an update on Council matters, including:
- Tree work is being done in the Aintree area.
- A new ambulance is being purchased at a cost of $216,000.
- Council approved money for prisoner housing. Mr. Marrie commented that the Village is also responsible for prisoner medical bills
- Mr. Marrie stated that The Grove Committee did a great job this summer and Chairman Garry Regan recently provided Council with an update.
- Dec 14th is the Recreation Christmas Party and Santa’s ride through the Village.
- Pool rates are not going to be increased this year.
- The soccer field restrooms are almost complete and will be open in the Spring.
Ms. Wolgamuth reviewed upcoming events that are all listed in the Voice of the Village. Mrs. Bodnar congratulated Mr. Marrie and Mr. Jerome on their recent election to Council.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Director of Administration