Bentleyville to replace salt bins

After opting for a make-shift repair rather than replacement of the village’s two salt bins last June, Bentleyville Village Council approved Village Engineer Jeff Filarski to prepare plans and specifications and to advertise for bids to replace damaged facilities.

Last year, council received three options for repair and replacement for the structures from Caves Road Construction Inc., ranging from $11,990 to $33,240. Upon review, Mr. Filarski found that the council’s preferred option did not meet Ohio building code requirements and asked for a new estimate The cost then rose to $59,800, and council voted to table the matter, asking Mr. Filarski to work with Service Director Lloyd Nagle to make in-house repairs to the structures that would hopefully last through winter 2019-2020.

Bentleyville officials appoint leaders

At their first meeting of the year, Bentleyville Village Council voted for Councilman Ken Kvacek, the longest running council person, to continue his role as council president. Mayor Leonard Spremulli also announced his committee assignments. Councilman Alex Goetsch, assisted by Councilman Terry Hemmelgarn, will chair the finance committee. Councilwoman Kathleen Hale, assisted by Councilwoman Kathleen Esposito will chair the parks committee. Mr. Kvacek, assisted by Councilman Ryan Rubin, will chair the streets and safety committee. Mr. Hemmelgarn, assisted by Mr. Rubin, will chair the utilities committee. Mrs. Hale will be the council representative to Planning and Zoning, and Mrs. Esposito will serve as council representative to Public Safety.

Utilities discuss boxes, lights

Bentleyville Councilman and Utilities Committee Chairman Ryan Rubin switched from DirecTV to Spectrum in hopes of having more leverage in getting new box covers on utility boxes in the village.

“They said I would have more leverage if I was a user. Did I believe them? No. But I was planning on doing it anyways,” Mr. Rubin joked at a utilities meeting on Jan. 16.

According to Mr. Rubin, he and Village Engineer Jeff Filarski have been contacting Spectrum and have been making some headway. Mayor Leonard Spremulli said he would ask Village Law Director Charles Nemer to approach the matter from a legal standpoint, as the village has ordinances in place addressing the appearance and maintenance of such utility boxes.

Additionally, Mr. Rubin said that he is following up with First Energy about installing lights in the Bentleyville Community Park in an effort to increase safety.

Mr. Rubin said that he had contacted First Energy in March 2018, but at the time, they did not have LED lights available. Non-LED lights would cost $1,500 per light to install, and council was considering using two to four lights because there had been a theft at the park several years ago. Now that LED lights are available, Mr. Rubin suspected that the cost would be slightly higher, but said that a year ago there were several potential donors to pay for all of the lights or a portion of the lights. He said he would update council as discussions progress.

Gates Mills sergeant promotion

Gates Mills police detective Michael Day was promoted to sergeant at the Jan. 15 council meeting. Chief Gregg Minichello said that Sgt. Day also oversees the violations bureau and serves as the department’s court liaison and IT coordinator. Sgt. Day has worked full time for Gates Mills for 17 years. Mayor Karen Schneider administered the oath of office.

Anti-Semitic flyers found in boxes

Flyers depicting racist messages were reported at two little free library locations in the Chagrin Valley this past week. On Jan. 18, women found an anti-Semitic announcement flyer in Woodmere Village when performing a routine check of the drop box where residents are encouraged to take and leave books as they please. The women turned the flyer over to Woodmere police, the report states. An Olive Street resident called Chagrin Falls police Jan. 19 to report finding a similar flyer in his daughter’s community book-sharing box. The flyer featured anti-Semitic text and cartoonish characterizations distributed by “The Daily Stormer,” a white supremacist organization, police said.

KSU hosting state of county address

A state of Geauga County address will be presented Feb. 1 at Kent State University at Geauga. Professionals will address Geauga County’s opportunities and challenges by looking at seven different services areas, such as education, government, arts and leisure and agriculture.

The event is planned to begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration followed by a program at 8 a.m. A question and answer period will follow.

The event is free to the public but registration is required at For more information, contact

Sheriff advises safe Super Bowl driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office to remind football fans that designated drivers are the best defense against the dangers of drunken driving. The message is particularly poignant with the Super Bowl and its accompanying parties soon taking place.

“The Super Bowl should be a night of fun, so we want our community folks to plan safe rides home if they plan to be out at a party,” Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand said. “Even one drink can impair judgment. You should never put yourself, or others, at risk because you made the choice to drink and drive. For most, even one drink can be one too many.”

Sheriff Hildenbrand said to start with making sure your designated driver is sober. If not, call a cab or a friend. He said even walking impaired can be dangerous and, if attempted, make sure a sober friend is along.

He said even with a sober driver, everyone should follow the law and buckle up, your best defense in a crash.

If hosting a party, Sheriff Hildenbrand suggests preparing plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for guests and designated drivers. Those designated drivers can be added to the Wall of Fame by tweeting their name @NHTSAgov and using #designateddriver.

GGP hosting supervisor training

Geauga Growth Partnership has teamed with Steven Peter Consulting to provide a training formula for emerging and established supervisors.

The program, titled LEAD, or Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Development, is intended to assist new managers that have never had formal training and those looking to upgrade skills. The program will be conducted over three months and attendees may attend some or all of the programs.

A transition to supervision is scheduled for March 15; employee relations, March 22; onboarding and training for supervisors, March 29; communication skills, April 5; conflict management, April 12; performance management, April 26; teamwork, May 3 and problem solving/decision making on May 10.

Private and onsite customized training is also available. Those interested are asked to contact or call 440-564-1060.

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