HUNTING VALLEY — The village kicked off 2020 with new leadership as Mayor Bruce Mavec began the first of his four-year term. Former Mayor Richard Hollington was term-limited after serving two terms.

Mayor Mavec planned to keep the village moving forward with its conservation efforts and road repairs. He also emphasized the importance of recycling in the village and being a good neighbor to other local communities.

Dan Grajzl joined council in January of 2020, filling the seat that Mayor Mavec vacated. He owns the technology-focused learning company Roundtable Learning in Bainbridge. Mr. Grajzl set goals of working on cost containment, maintaining residential services and green space preservation.

The village conserved property at the corner of SOM Center Road and Shaker Boulevard. A developer planned to build a house there, but the Hunting Valley Foundation and village residents raised $275,000 to buy the lot from Larry Bloch Homes, LLC. The mayor said that this was the first time that the village bought a property for conservation without working with a land conservation agency.

Hunting Valley is working with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to conserve land that it owns in Moreland Hills at the corner of South Woodland Road and Chagrin River Road. Officials are waiting to hear back about a grant from the Natural Resources Assistance Council.

A $3.9 million road project on County Line Road was completed in the fall of 2020. Hunting Valley contributed $2.6 million and the Geauga County Engineer’s Office paid $1.3 million. A portion of the roadway is shared with Russell Township. Part of the project was called a “full depth reconstruction” and other parts included adding curbs, drainage structures and widening the road. The road was slightly relocated and bumps were smoothed out.

For the past two years, the village has been in a legal battle with Sylvia Korey, owner of the historical Roundwood Manor. She sued the village in 2018 after the Planning and Zoning Commission denied a conditional use permit that would allow her to turn her 55,000-square-foot mansion into six luxury condominiums. In March, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia ruled in favor of Hunting Valley, blocking Ms. Korey’s plan.

She quickly appealed her case to the Eighth District Court of Appeals and filed the case in United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. Both cases are pending.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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