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GATES MILLS — From the beginning, Councilman Chip AuWerter, chairman of the shared services subcommittee of the Long Range Financial Planning Commission, has emphasized his goals. The committee was set up to understand the police, fire and service departments in the village and compare their…

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GATES MILLS — Members of the Village Council Long Range Financial Planning Commission are continuing to study ways to decrease the anticipated $450,000 yearly deficit. Councilwoman Ann Whitney chairs the subcommittee on taxes, which met last week to further discuss taxes that would bring mor…

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GATES MILLS — For at least the past 70 years, the Village of Gates Mills has celebrated Independence Day with a popular parade through the main drag of town, Chagrin River Road. Children scampered about picking up candy thrown from cars and floats while members of the Mayfield High School ba…

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GATES MILLS — Due to a delay in the Central Collection Agency processing information, the village’s switch to the Regional Income Tax Agency has also been pushed back. Gates Mills was supposed to switch from CCA to RITA for its municipal income tax collection by June 30, but Gates Mills Tax …

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GATES MILLS — As part of a plan to decrease the village’s ongoing deficit, which is estimated at $450,000 for 2020, a group of residents and village officials reviewed possible cost saving from shared services.

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GATES MILLS — With an ongoing deficit of $450,000 in the forecast for the village, residents and officials on the tax subcommittee of the Long Range Financial Planning Commission gathered on June 3 to discuss tax alternatives to bring more revenue to the village. The main proposals were taki…

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GATES MILLS — Village officials and residents met via Zoom last Saturday to consider multiple sources of revenue for the village. Treasurer Tim Reynolds forecasted a deficit of $464,000 for 2020 so the village convened a Long Range Planning Commission to address the shortfall.

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GATES MILLS — The village has re-convened the Long Range Planning Commission in an effort to end the structural deficit that is forecasted in the budget. Nearly 30 residents, Gates Mills officials and local leaders have gathered to determine how to improve the village’s financial outlook thr…

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GATES MILLS — Village Council is considering deferring up to $640,000 in expenditures to avoid deficit spending and maintain reserves in the era of COVID-19. Treasurer Tim Reynolds forecasted a $464,000 deficit for 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The unknown economic impact of the …

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GATES MILLS — Council members voted to set new tap-in fees for residents and non-residents to use city water instead of wells. The new tap-in fee is $16,500 for village residents and $20,000 for non-residents, such as people in Chester Township with property adjacent to the municipal boundary.

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Though you may not know the name Becky Everett, you might recognize the church bells. She is the carillonneur for St. Christopher by-the-River Episcopal Church in Gates Mills, where she plays the carillon every Sunday despite suspended in-person services due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

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In a small village like Gates Mills along the Chagrin River, there are more than a few gems. It remains a quiet, residential village with a quaint charm. From the outside, the town’s buildings seem to match, including the library, Sara’s Place restaurant, the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club and St.…

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GATES MILLS — As the deadline approaches to renew flood insurance on village-owned land, officials likely will renew coverage on three of nine properties. Flood zones have changed in recent years, according to Village Engineer Chris Courtney, and he “does not disagree” with the village’s dec…

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Giant Eagle announced last week that the grocery chain plans to eliminate all single-use plastic from its operations by 2025 in an effort to improve the environment. Starting Jan. 1, the chain plans to stop using plastic bags at its Cuyahoga County stores, supportive of the county ban. The s…

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Community bans on single-use plastic bags may become obsolete after the Ohio House of Representatives last week passed a bill taking away local control of that issue. With a plastic bag ban already in effect in Orange Village and a Cuyahoga County ban set to begin Jan. 1, local leaders are c…

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The Village of Gates Mills received a $551,699 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve the intersection of Mayfield and Chagrin River roads. Village Engineer Chris Courtney said safety is a concern due to the number of serious traffic accidents that have occurred at the i…

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GATES MILLS — State Rep. Phil Robinson, D-Solon, said last week that education, workforce development and gun reform top his list of priorities for District 6. Constituents braved the first winter storm of the year to see Rep. Robinson at the Gates Mills Community House on Nov. 11 as part of…

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GATES MILLS — After considering a decrease on the village income tax credit, Village Council members last week decided to keep the credit at 0.5 percent. In October, Councilman Jay “Chip” AuWerter brought up the possibility of decreasing the income tax credit from 0.5 percent to 0.25 percent…

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Candidates in council and school board races across the eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County filed the required campaign finance reports last week with one of the largest contrasts seen in the Orange Board of Education race.

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GATES MILLS — In an effort to decrease the operating deficit, council members last week discussed a decrease in the income tax credit to bring more revenue to the village. Councilman Jay “Chip” AuWerter, who introduced the ordinance, emphasized that it was only a “placeholder” until official…

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Residents gathered last week to hear from the three candidates running for two Orange Board of Education seats during two separate well-attended forums in Pepper Pike and Orange Village. Though residents asked about the high per-pupil spending and seventh-grade math proficiency, much of the …

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Fiscal responsibility and the success of students are issues that have surfaced in the Orange City School District Board of Education race. Vying for the two seats on the Nov. 5 election ballot are incumbents Melanie Weltman and Beth Wilson-Fish as well as political newcomer Meredith Bond.

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GATES MILLS — After three years of grant writing, designing and execution, the bank stabilization project for the Chagrin River is complete. The village worked in partnership with Chagrin River Watershed Partners and three private property owners to stop erosion along the river bank and main…

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GATES MILLS — Council members Jay “Chip” AuWerter, Sandra Turner and Ed Welsh are running for re-election this fall. At this point, there are no challengers to the three incumbents.

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GATES MILLS — Mayor Karen Schneider is running for re-election this fall and plans to “refresh” various parts of the village. After the grand opening of Marston Park in June, a longtime dream for Mayor Schneider, she said that she wants to update a few other things in her next term.

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GATES MILLS — After a sparse turnout at a May meeting to educate the community about protecting their watershed, Councilwoman Ann Whitney is seeking to inform residents about riparian zones and draft an ordinance for stream bank management.

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GATES MILLS — The Western Reserve Land Conservancy honored Gates Mills resident Betsy Juliano in June for her contributions to the organization. Ms. Juliano, 63, was given trustee recognition after serving as a board member for the conservancy for 12 years.

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Area residents will see two major road projects begin in June on Cedar and County Line roads and can expect road closures for several months. The projects span Hunting Valley and Gates Mills villages in addition to Russell Township.

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GATES MILLS — Only five teachers across the country are bestowed with Northwestern University’s Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award. This year, Bob Shurtz, a calculus and physics teacher at Hawken School, is one of the five winners.