Grube remains council president

There will be no changes in the leadership of Chagrin Falls Village Council in 2021 with members, Monday night, voting unanimously to return Erinn Grube to council presidency and Angela DeBernardo to the president pro-tempore positions.

The composition and chairmanships of council committees and commissions will remain unchanged as well.

Council also confirmed Mayor William Tomko’s reappointment of citizens Greta Insolia to the Cemetery Commission, Bill Childs and Philip Koepf to the Architectural Review Board and Rachel Freshman-Johnson to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Mrs. Grube reminded council 2021 is a charter review year and asked members to review the document in preparation for suggesting possible changes which will be put before voters on the November ballot. An independent Charter Review Commission will be named at a later date.

Fatalities over New Year’s weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 10 deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2020-2021 New Year’s holiday, according to provisional statistics. Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a safety belt when available, four were OVI-related and five were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began at midnight Dec. 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 3. This is higher than the two-day reporting period last year, when four fatalities were reported.

Troopers made 3,979 traffic enforcement contacts including 303 OVI arrests, 115 distracted driving and 478 safety belt citations.

Trapp named presiding judge

Judge Mary Jane Trapp of Ohio’s Eleventh District Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from the common pleas, municipal, and county courts in Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Portage and Trumbull counties, has been unanimously elected to serve as the court’s Presiding and Administrative Judge for 2021.

The presiding judge conducts the annual meeting of the judges and presides during hearings. The administrative judge is responsible for all aspects of the court’s operation and compliance with the rules of superintendence, as set by the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Trapp resides in Russell Township and is in her second term on the appellate court.

Tri-C plans MLK observance

Cuyahoga Community College will host a virtual celebration for its annual birthday observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., continuing a tradition that began in 1977.

 The 44th annual celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. The online remembrance will feature an assortment of musical performances as well as scholarship presentations and student speeches honoring the civil rights leader.

“Cuyahoga Community College understood early on the importance of honoring Dr. King’s dream of civil rights and racial harmony,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “We come together in his memory to reflect on the power of collective action in fighting injustice.” 

Visit to register for the free event.

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