Council OKs more outdoor dining

Chagrin Falls Village Council on Monday unanimously approved the addition of four tables to the outdoor dining area of M Italian, 22 W. Orange St., as permitted by amended temporary zoning rules designed to help village restaurants maximize seating capacity during the COVID-19 crisis.

The permission allows the tables to be located in the front yard setback but behind the 6-foot public right of way.

Under the temporary zoning, council approved in June, it granted a rear yard dining extension to Aurelia, 16 N. Main Street, which added tables in its parking area.

The moratorium will continue through September and will be reviewed by council at its first meeting in October when it could be extended further into fall.

Councilman Andrew Rocky asked for a decision “as soon as possible to give these restaurants time to plan.”

Village Law Director Dale Markowitz suggested copies of the temporary rules be sent to every eatery in the village.

Mayor William Tomko, who has promoted an accommodating attitude toward restaurants during the pandemic, said officials in some places are talking about banning all indoor dining.

Council accepts project bid

The lowest best bid for a massive contract for the first phase of improvements to the Chagrin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant, at $308,000 less than the village engineers’ estimate, was unanimously approved by village council, Monday.

Cost of the initial phase is just under $1.5 million.The contract was awarded to Workman Industrial Services Inc. of Kent, a company the village has worked with in the past.

Mayor William Tomko told council the $600,000 in government loans for the project requires will cost less as well with the expected 1-percent interest rate dropping to .02 percent.

Improvements are being done with approval of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as alternative to a complete rebuild of the plant.

In other business, council approved separate contracts to providers, which will take care of employees’ dental health and repair village streets.

The cost of dental insurance will not change in the coming year’s coverage and remains at $24.72 single and $84.71 family.

Chagrin Valley Paving will take on the village’s 2020 road program at the contracted cost of $290,693.

Obey signs, chief says

Chagrin Falls Police Chief Amber Dacek laid down the law to motorists who continue to drive through the East Washington Street construction zone in her report to Village Council on Monday.

The chief said nonresidents are disobeying the barriers and getting stuck as the work on new water and sewer lines is being done on both sides of the street.

So far officers have been given warnings, she added. This week, she said, citations will be issued to violators.

Clinic, CWRU to host first debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today that the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic will host the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 in its Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion.

Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said in a joint statement that they were honored to host the debate. “This pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of health care and scientific discovery in unprecedented ways. To have the presidential candidates discuss these issues in our innovative learning space represents a tremendous opportunity for both institutions – and our entire region,” they said in a joint statement.

The presumptive candidates are President Donald Trump, a Republican, and former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat.

The need for a new Sept. 29 location arose after original host University of Notre Dame withdrew because of the complexities COVID-19 created for its fall semester. Case Western Reserve also is deep in COVID-19 preparations, but the partnership with Cleveland Clinic – and the HEC’s distance from the university’s main campus – made co-hosting more feasible, local officials said.

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