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HUNTING VALLEY — Mayor Bruce Mavec took office in January and has already begun to tackle several goals in his first four-year term, including updating the zoning code, informing residents about recycling and acting as a good neighbor and member of the Orange school community.

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Orange Superintendent Lynn Campbell presented two recommendations for returning to school this fall, a blended learning option and a fully remote option. Two hundred people piled into the Zoom meeting on Monday to hear proposed plans for the Orange City School District.

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Village Engineer Joe Ciuni said that County Line Road is on schedule to be completed by Sept. 11 after a series of delays in 2019. The total project cost is $3.9 million with Hunting Valley paying $2.6 million and the Geauga County Engineer’s Office covering $1.3 million.

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HUNTING VALLEY — After a lengthy council discussion last week about residents who violate local exterior lighting limitations, Mayor Bruce Mavec said that the village will review and address the issue.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Homeowner Sylvia Korey will not give up on the fight to preserve her historic house, she said, which is why she refuses to accept the recent ruling from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia.

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Many local governments are not holding public meetings remotely during the current stay-at-home order, despite the passage of House Bill 197 signed into law on March 27, allowing Ohio communities to do just that during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mayor Bruce Mavec of Hunting Valley worked quickly to address a letter that was mailed out last week to encourage residents to vote down the Orange Community Education and Recreation levy renewal that was supposed to be on the Tuesday primary ballot. Director of the Ohio Department of Health…

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HUNTING VALLEY — In May of 2018, Sylvia Korey filed a lawsuit against the Village of Hunting Valley after she was denied a special use permit to turn her historic mansion, Roundwood Manor, into six luxury condominiums. There has been no word from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Mati…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Technology guru Dan Grajzl is the newest council member, replacing former councilman Bruce Mavec who now serves as mayor, the highest elected position in the village.

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PEPPER PIKE — At the end of 2019, the Orange Board of Education discussed a $2.5 million locker room renovation at the high school. The conversation soon expanded to include plans to renovate the front entrance of Orange High School and the board on Monday reviewed two rough sketches.

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At a special meeting on Dec. 17, the Orange Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve a proposal from ThenDesign Architecture to offer design services for the women’s varsity locker room renovation at a cost of $175,000. ThenDesign Architecture will make drawings for the project to update part…

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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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Meredith Bond, who lost her bid for an Orange school board seat, raised and spent significantly more money than her opponents during the Nov. 5 general election, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Council has continued to pay the Batchelder Company, a Columbus lobbying firm, to look for legislative paths to reduce public school property taxes for village residents even though Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed an amendment with this goal four months ago.

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HUNTING VALLEY — State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is working with Hunting Valley Councilwoman Barbara Burkhart to end vaping in Ohio. Representatives from the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayfield City School District and the Orange City School District Parent Teacher Association gathered to …

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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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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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HUNTING VALLEY — The village has spent more than $256,000 fighting the Roundwood Manor lawsuit since May of 2018, according to village records. The parties involved are now awaiting a decision by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia on the future of the historic home.

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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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HUNTING VALLEY — There are no newcomers in the Nov. 5 council and mayoral race in the village. Incumbents Bill Mulligan, Barbara Burkhart and Gerald Medinger are running for three available seats on village council. Mayor Richard Hollington is term limited after having served two terms over …

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State Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, sat down with local officials last week to address the Hunting Valley amendment, a provision in the state biennial budget that would have stripped between $3 million and $6 million from the Orange City School District. Though Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed th…

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Meredith Bond is running a unique campaign to capture a seat on the Orange Board of Education. Dr. Bond, a resident of Hunting Valley, is hosting a private fundraiser next week with the invitation listing contribution levels of $500, $1,000 and $2,500.

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HUNTING VALLEY — An 8-mill levy appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot for road repairs is necessary to decrease the village’s annual deficit and keep their investment pool at its current level of $54 million, according to village officials. Significant road improvements are becoming a major expense…

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Sometimes a face-to-face thank-you is worth the extra effort. Carole DePaola drove more than two hours last week to thank state Rep. Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, in person for her quick action to protect the Orange City School District from losing millions in revenue during the state budgetin…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Councilman Gerald Medinger is running for another term of office on Village Council during the Nov. 5 general election. Mr. Medinger, 79, is one of three candidates for three available council seats.