Scam advice clinic

A free and public scam awareness clinic sponsored by the Chagrin Falls Police Department and Cuyahoga County Scam Squad will be held at 5 p.m., Sept. 8 in the Philomethian Street Intermediate School.

The informational session will offer participants information on how to recognize and protect against fraud and actions to take if victimized by a scammer.

For more information, call the police department at 440-247-5036.

Garden club’s record donation

A check for a record-breaking $9,000 was presented by the Dogwood Valley Garden Club to Chagrin Falls Mayor William Tomko, Monday.

“The flower baskets are the nicest things that happen in downtown Chagrin Falls during summertime,” he said in thanking the club.

The gift represents the club’s decades-long fundraising effort dedicated to the downtown hanging flower baskets and planted hay racks displays.

Dogwood Garden Club member Kathy Goldman made the presentation on behalf of the organization.

Building payment OK’d

The Geauga County Commissioners on Tuesday approved partial payments of the new $27 million Geauga County office building that is being built in Claridon Township.

The board approved the payment of $1.25 million.

County Administrator Gerard Morgan said that the office exterior should be “weather-proof” by the end of September, as the building will have its completed windows, walls and roofing.

County Commissioner James Dvorak said the building is progressing nicely, noting that as of Monday, the brick is 30-percent laid on the outside of the building. By the winter months, Mr. Dvorak said, the building will have heat and electricity so inside work can be done during the colder months.

Commissioner Timothy Lennon said the building still is on schedule to be completed by the middle of March in 2022.

The next Geauga County Commissioners meeting is on Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the Geauga County Offices in Chardon, followed by a public meeting at the Geauga County Fairgrounds on Sept. 2 at 10 a.m.

Chagrin OKs project funding

Chagrin Falls Council on Monday passed three pieces of legislation allowing expenditure of funds for road and infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods throughout the village. They are:

▪ An agreement with Burton Scot Contractors of Newbury for completion of the 2021 road repair and infrastructure program at a budgeted cost of $547,087. The project includes repairs to the brick paver path in Triangle Park.

▪ An agreement with United Survey Inc. of Oakwood to provide cleaning and televising storm and sanitary sewers in the southwest historic district of town, the first step in plans to replace sanitary and stormwater sewers and water lines.

At $101,460, the budgeted project was the lowest and best bid received.

▪ A contract with SET Inc. or Lowellville, OH for the relining of sanitary sewers and lateral home connections on Water Street between Center Street and West Washington. The cost is $544,928.

Councilman James Newell, chair of the utilities committee, said both United Survey and SET Inc. worked on the recently completed East Washington Street improvement project and each company provided excellent service.

Next steps for South Russell budget

The South Russell Village Finance Committee last week discussed the details of the budget before the next appearance at the Geauga County Budget Commission.

The county commission suspended an Aug. 16 hearing after members questioned why the village had $4 million in the village bank account.

The county commission recommended that the village suspend the collection of $180,000.

Village officials said if council does not take action the county commission could do so. Council was scheduled to consider action during a special Tuesday meeting.

Village officials are set to appear back before the county commission on Friday.

The other option would be to remove both a police levy and a road levy that had previously been approved by council to be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot, Councilman Chris Berger said. The levies are on the ballot “a year early,” and by taking this option, the village would wait a year before bringing the levies before the voters, he said.

Donate to veterans food pantry

The Geauga County Veterans Food Pantry is seeking donations, requesting nonperishables and other food items, as well as toiletries. Examples of specifically requested items include: pasta, vegetables, peanut butter, beans, soup, cereal, jelly, rice, canned meat and fruit, oatmeal, brownie mixes, potatoes, pasta sauces, juices and quick bread mix, as well as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and razors. Residents can check with their communities for local drop-off locations. Geauga County Veteran Services is located at 470 Center St. in Chardon, Building No. 5-B. For more information, visit

Town hall for Newbury fire levy

The Newbury Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a town hall on Aug. 29 to inform residents of the upcoming 5.5-mill fire levy and proposed station upgrades and renovations. The town hall will take place at the fire station, 1111 Kinsman Road (Route 87), at 2 p.m.

Last month, the trustees approved placing a combined 5.5 mill fire levy on the upcoming Nov. 2 ballot this fall, in which 4.5 mills will support additional fire personnel and 1 mill will support the debt obligation of a proposed 7,125-square-foot expansion to and renovation of the existing 11,700-square-foot structure. The levy, if voters approve it, will cost taxpayers $192.50 annually per $100,000 of home valuation and is estimated to bring in more than $1 million in revenue at 98-percent collection.

“That [town hall] will be to help give information out, show everyone what we want to do and answer questions,” Fire Chief Ken Fagan said during the Aug. 18 trustees meeting.

Historical society seeking support

The Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, located in Burton, is seeking financial support from surrounding townships, according to correspondence to the Newbury Township Trustees last week.

Trustee Chairman Bill Skomrock reported during the Aug. 18 meeting that the historical society sent correspondence asking for monetary donations, either from the American Rescue Plan Act as feasible or as personal donations.

“They’re really in dire straits because of [COVID-19],” Mr. Skomrock said, noting they’re $86,000 “in the hole,” according to the correspondence.

“Their attendance has been way down significantly, and they have a lot of buildings that are in need of repair,” he said. In the correspondence, the historical society noted two buildings originally from Newbury that were relocated to Century Village Museum, including an 1865 barn originally located on Music Street that was moved to the museum site in 1962 and an 1872 schoolhouse from the corner of Bass Lake and Kinsman (Route 87) roads that was moved in 1954.

“Just keep that in the back of your mind,” Mr. Skomrock said.

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