Cuyahoga libraries to open July 6

The Cuyahoga County Public Library system plans to open branches on July 6, Executive Director Tracy Strobel announced on Tuesday.

“We are looking forward to entering this next phase of the library’s re-opening plan. With the introduction of drive-thru and curbside service earlier this month, we have carefully developed new procedures to keep our staff and customers safe. We know that many in our community rely on the library for access to computers, high-speed broadband and information resources. It is critical that we make those resources available,” Ms. Strobel said.

Prior to the branch re-openings, the library will expand curbside service to 14 additional locations. All 27 branches will offer either drive-thru window or curbside service starting this Monday.  

When the branches re-open, building capacity will be limited to approximately 25 percent. Meeting rooms and audio recording studios will remain closed, but the library’s three Innovation Centers, printer/copier/fax machines and public computers will be available for use. 

Library staff members will wear masks and patrons are encouraged to do the same, she said. Patrons who need staff assistance must wear a mask. Furniture will be spaced for social distancing, materials will be quarantined for 72 hours and high-touch areas will be cleaned on a regular basis, she added.

Branches will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first hour of each day (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) will be reserved for vulnerable/high-risk populations.

Senior trash pick-up rescheduled

The Troy Township Trustees are working with the Geauga County Department on Aging for the rescheduled 2020 Troy Senior Trash Pick-Up Days, slated for July 22 and 23. Registration is required with the Department on Aging at 440-279-2130 by July 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Seniors (60 years or older) should have items outside their home or garage by July 21 the evening before pick-up. The township road crew and department members cannot enter homes. Do not leave items by curbside. There is a limit of 10 household items per home. For more information, call the Department on Aging weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 440-279-2130.

Geauga planners issue survey

The Geauga County Planning Commission, along with its consultant, Envision Group, LLC, is embarking on a public engagement process to gather community input for an update to the Geauga County General Plan to guide future policy decisions and development.

Participants can access the link to the General Plan Update Community Survey on the county planning commission website at https://co.geauga.oh.us/Departments/Planning-Commission. A copy is also available as a PDF that can be printed as a paper copy and mailed or dropped off to the planning commission.

For more information, call the planning commission office at 440-279-1740 or email planning@co.geauga.oh.us. The survey is for Geauga County residents only.

Leadership team named

The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation announced its 2020-2021 leadership team during its annual meeting. 

Louis G. Joseph, president and CEO of The Brewer-Garrett Company, was appointed chairperson. He has served as a Foundation director since 2001 and received the Foundation’s Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award in 2017 for his exemplary service to the College.

Mr. Joseph succeeds John Skory, who led the Foundation over the past year and will continue to serve on the Foundation’s Executive Committee. He is vice president of utility operations at FirstEnergy Corp.

Other Foundation board officer appointments include:

• Vice chairpersons: James B. Aronoff, partner, Thompson Hine LLP; Bernie Moreno, chairman, Ownum; and Lorna Wisham, vice president, corporate affairs and community involvement, FirstEnergy.

• Secretary: Katherine T. O’Neill, community leader.

• Treasurer and vice chairperson: Gregory J. Skoda, senior partner, Marcum LLP.

• President: Megan O’Bryan, vice president of resource development. 

The Foundation also welcomed William “Bill” Lacey, president and CEO of GE Lighting, as a new director to its board.

In addition, the Foundation appointed Jerry L. Kelsheimer as director emeritus for his exemplary contributions to the College, its students and the Foundation. He served as a Foundation director from 2003 until this spring. He is president of MMG Healthcare Solutions.

Case goes to prosecutor

In December of 2019 the Chagrin Falls Village administration became aware of possible thefts within its building and utilities departments, the police investigated and the suspected employee resigned.

This week, Mayor William Tomko announced the case had been turned over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor for review.

He added the village’s insurance protects it from acts of theft by employees and would have no further comment.

ReStore inventory moved to Lake

Inventory from the Newbury ReStore, which is currently closed, is being moved to the Lake County location to be sold. The Eastlake ReStore opened at the end of May after being closed temporarily for the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, Executive Director of Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity Jim Thie said that the Newbury location would remain closed for the foreseeable future due to declining profit margins and deferred maintenance. He said that sales are strong at the Eastlake ReStore, but it has been challenging to retain and recruit staff members following the pandemic. People interested in truck driver positions may email restore@lakegeaugahabitat.org. Mr. Thie added that Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity is still considering the Newbury ReStore property for sale.

Senator wants language change

As soon as November, Ohio residents could have a say on whether to remove a slavery exception from the state constitution.

State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-Avondale, said he is introducing a joint resolution to remove the exception. The measure will go to voters to decide if three-fifths of the state House and state Senate approve it.

The resolution would delete the phrase “unless for the punishment of crime” from Article 1, Section 6 of the state constitution, according to a news release. It currently reads, “There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime.”

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