HUNTING VALLEY — Councilwoman Barbara Burkhart is seeking re-election to Village Council and filed her petition at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on July 16. Mrs. Burkhart said that her experience in finance is an asset to the village as she focuses on fiscal responsibility.
As a 20-year resident of Hunting Valley, Mrs. Burkhart said that she loves the village and wants to do what she can to sustain it.
“I love to make a difference,” she said. “I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work. I’ve got the knowledge and talent to do the things I need to do for the village.”
Mrs. Burkhart, 68, said that she is now retired, but has 35 years of business experience in payroll processing and office management. She owned her own payroll processing company for eight years and later served as a controller for an insurance company for 13 years. In addition, she served as a systems analyst at ADP Payroll Solutions Company.
Aside from her work experience, Mrs. Burkhart has dedicated much of her time to charities and nonprofit organizations. She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, the Women’s Committee for the Cleveland Orchestra, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School and United Way. She has also chaired fundraisers for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, she said.
Mrs. Burkhart recently approached a local private school to implement a program for grandparents at the school. She explained that grandparents should have the opportunity to serve as a liaison in the school and said that grandparents could be involved in activities such as mentoring and teaching etiquette.
“The school is going to roll it out in September,” she said. “That’s really important for the kids.”
For 10 years, Mrs. Burkhart served as the president of the Daisy Hill Homeowners Association in Hunting Valley. She said that she balanced funds and disbursements in order to restore water lines and repair drainage systems. She also helped coordinate new construction and other infrastructure improvements. Mrs. Burkhart was instrumental in updating Daisy Hill’s charter and adding contemporary amendments, she said.
She has served on council for the last eight years. Her goals for Hunting Valley include maintaining fiscal responsibility and the village’s beauty. Since the village has no commercial tax revenue, Mrs. Burkhart said that it is challenging to keep up quality services.
When the cost of repairs to Cedar and County Line roads are factored in, the village is forecasting a deficit of $3.9 million, according to Deputy Finance Director Bernice Schreiber.
Mrs. Burkhart also said that much of the land in Hunting Valley, such as along Chagrin River Road, has been placed in a conservation easement so it cannot be developed in the future.
“I have the energy, experience and commitment to preserve the environment and balance the budget,” she said.
She needed at least 10 signatures from registered voters in the village to become an official candidate.