CAC - March 23rd 2015
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Mayfield Village Citizens Advisory Committee
March 23, 2015
The Citizens Advisory Committee met on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Present: Brenda Bodnar (Chair), Shirley Jay, George Williams, Merv Singer, Tom Piteo, Sandy Batcheller, Mary Singer, Carole Marrie, Joan Catalano, Marilyn LaRiche-Goldstein, Kay Phillips, Loretta Williams, and Paul Lear
Absent: Bob Haycox
Also Present: Tom Marrie (Council Representative), Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration), Resident Ron Lear, and Resident Jerry Catalano
Approval of Minutes
Mrs. Bodnar opened the meeting and welcomed new member Paula Lear. The Minutes from the Feb 23, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved as written.
Don Mitri – Presentation re: Conservatory for the Performing Arts (CPA)
Don Mitri introduced himself to the Committee and provided an update on the CPA’s work this past year in Mayfield Village and, particularly, in Reserve Hall. He complimented the facility and the support provided by the Village. He stated that he believes the entertainment that he and his partner, Jeff Blanchard, have presented has been top quality but they struggle to attract a returning audience.
Mr. Mitri described a Cleveland premier the CPA brought in to Mayfield Village called “You’ve Got Hate Mail” that he believed was very funny. Unfortunately, over seven shows, they averaged only 14% attendance. Mr. Mitri stated that they were very disappointed and he would love it if this group could assist with recommendations about better ways to advertise to the community.
Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein said that she typically responds best to email. Ms. Wolgamuth asked if Committee members have signed up to receive the Village email blast or the Grove email list and many had not.
Mr. Marrie suggested mass mailings to residents. Mr. Mitri responded that mailings can be costly. Mr. Marrie asked if there was any budget for the CPA or Reserve Hall. Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the Village does not assist the CPA with promotion or programming except for advertising in the Voice of the Village. She added that Reserve Hall has historically been treated differently than The Grove, which is financially supported by the Village. Mr. Marrie asked why that was and Ms. Wolgamuth suggested that it might just be the way Reserve Hall had evolved with Fairmount being the first group to use the venue when it opened. Fairmount operated separately from the Village and a budget for Reserve Hall has never been established.
Mrs. Batcheller suggested hanging posters at local businesses, linking to YouTube, and offering dinner packages to local restaurants.
Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein suggested that a name change be considered. She stated that “Conservatory for Performing Arts” does not suggest comedy. Mr. Mitri responded that the CPA’s tag line is “more than just laughs”, but agreed that a name change might be helpful.
Mrs. Batcheller asked if the shows might attract more of an audience if alcohol could be served. Mr. Mitri responded that he thought that would help a lot. Ms. Wolgamuth stated that she and Mr. Mitri are looking into the types of permits available, but serving alcohol at the Civic Center would require Village support.
Mrs. Williams asked if the CPA promotes to other cities. Mr. Mitri said that they do and they try to focus on social media targets. They are trying to get some of the local papers to do articles and are working on a Fox 8 special.
Mrs. Batcheller suggested putting on short comedy performances during Cruise Night or July 4th. Alternatively, she suggested a repeating video. Ms. Wolgamuth added that since stages and sound are already set up on Cruise Night, perhaps the CPA could arrange to fill band breaks with comedy routines.
Mr. Williams suggested planning an open house and inviting the community.
Mr. Mitri thanked the Committee for their suggestions and input.
Garry Regan – Presentation re: The Grove
Mr. Regan, Chairman of The Grove Committee, provided some background on The Grove Amphitheatre. He described that The Grove has been in the making for many years. Mr. Regan stated that The Grove is a lovely outdoor place for people to gather and is all part of the Parks and Recreation experience. The hill was constructed over a period of years with dirt from other projects. About three years ago, the Mayor asked a group of residents to see what they could do with it and they have since worked to recommend programming and infrastructure.
Mr. Regan advised that limited programming was presented in 2013 with only four events. That grew to 19 programs in 2014. Mr. Regan stated that The Grove has the same issues as the CPA and he is here tonight to ask residents to get there and to drag their neighbors. “In order for the Village to enjoy the benefits of The Grove, we need people from other communities. We can’t survive on residents alone.” Mr. Regan added that he has a background and Master’s Degree in Recreation and he believes that a community providing recreational opportunities is as important as providing Police and Fire services. He stated that Village residents are lucky to live in a community that supports recreation.
Mr. Regan reviewed with the Committee a PowerPoint presentation (a copy is attached) showing past programming and completed infrastructure upgrades as well as plans for 2015. He concluded his presentation, again stating that The Grove needs the help and support of the community.
Mrs. Bodnar stated that Mr. Regan and the Grove Committee have done an amazing job and thanked Mr. Regan for the presentation. She suggested to the Committee that they chose a Grove event to attend this summer as a group. Ms. Wolgamuth agreed to provide the Grove summer schedule to the Committee when the Minutes are forwarded.
Mr. Marrie reported on the following items:
- The Village website is being updated.
- Summer part-time hiring is underway; wage rates have been revised.
- Approximately 80 trees are being planted this spring in a variety of locations throughout the Village.
- Plans for this year’s Road Program are underway.
- The sewer conversion project on Eastgate & Meadowood is nearing completion.
- The Service Dept. did a great job this winter. Being able to store salt in the ODOT salt dome has helped tremendously.
- The 2015 Budget was passed.
- The Easter egg hunt was a huge success with a large turnout.
- Village revenues are up this year.
- The Charter Review Commission has been appointed and its work is underway.
- An additional full-time firefighter has been hired. Another hire is expected soon.
- The Chiefs are working to develop an agreement with CECOMS. The Village will be one of the first groups to join this County regional dispatch center.
Mrs. Bodnar commented that Mr. Piteo and Mr. Singer are both on the Charter Review Commission. She stated that she saw the recent article about the salaries of Mayors and was surprised to see that our Mayor doesn’t make much money. Ms. Wolgamuth advised that the Mayor and Council have not received an increase for 15 years. Mrs. Bodnar stated that she hopes the Commission plans to address this and believes salaries should come up periodically for review.
Mr. Singer responded that Mayor Rinker “does not do it for the money” and that the Mayor enjoys the work and the community. Mrs. Singer added that the Mayor puts in many hours that residents don’t know about. “Sometimes he is in his office until midnight.” Mr. Piteo stated that he does not agree with automatic increases and believes that the Mayor and Council should have to ask for a raise. Mrs. Bodnar responded that we want good qualified candidates to run in the future and she believes they should be paid appropriately.
Mrs. LaRiche-Goldstein asked about plans for the hanging baskets this year. Mrs. Marrie advised that they would be free of charge this year because they were so terrible last year.
Mrs. Singer provided a Memorial Day update and reported that everything is all set.
Upcoming meetings of the Citizens Advisory Committee are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Apr 27
Tuesday, May 26
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration