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The hearing for South Russell’s 2022 budget that began Monday was suspended for one week after the Geauga County Budget Commission questioned an excess of $4 million in the bank.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — The village is anticipating $360,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds by May 11, officials said during a Monday meeting. In preparation, Village Council established a fund for the coronavirus pandemic relief dollars from the federal government.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Engineer Eric Haibach met with South Russell Village Council Monday to discuss the Chagrin Lake dam that has fallen into a state of disrepair due to the overflow of heavy rain.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council Monday discussed two ordinances authorizing the Geauga County Auditor to certify the total amount of money generated if council were to renew levies coming due next year.

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Woofstock, an annual fundraiser for Rescue Village, will return to the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Metroparks officials recently gave their approval to hold the event in person at the Moreland Hills site, which has drawn crowds of up to 4,000 people in …

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council on Monday discussed the correction of ordinances authorizing the mayor to enter into agreements with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. linked to the Manor Brook Headwater Stream restoration project.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council members thanked the Whitetail Run Community Association for considering a request to use its property to improve the village by moving forward with the Manor Brook Headwater Stream Restoration Project during a special meeting on Monday.

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Less than a week after former South Russell Village Administrative Assistant Nancy Grattino resigned from her position, Mayor William Koons announced that the building department has three interviews scheduled for new assistants.

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With the goal to “sustain Chagrin,” Superintendent Robert Hunt and Treasurer Ashley Brudno nailed down the importance of passing the 3.85-mill school levy on the Nov. 3 ballot in a virtual town hall with district residents. The biggest message was that approval of Issue 20 will not raise taxes.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — After initially proposing to hire the Chagrin Valley Fire Department to perform fire marshal services for the village, Mayor William Koons instead recommended contracting with Bainbridge resident Sean Davis for $23 an hour.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village employees will be able to carry over two weeks of vacation time at the end of the year thanks to the Human Resources Committee members, who last week voted to double the amount of vacation carryover in 2021 because of the pandemic.

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Village employees are set to reopen the South Russell playground on Bell Road as soon as council takes final action. Council was scheduled to vote on the matter during an 8 a.m. special meeting on Wednesday.

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South Russell — The Village Properties Committee plans to recommend an inventory list to keep track of high-value items in each of the village departments following the misplacement of a Microsoft Surface computer from the Building Department in early July.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council heard the latest update of an amendment to the job description of one of its building department employees at a Zoom meeting for the first time since last month, when the idea for the amendments was introduced with some controversy.

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When Seema Acharya started crafting aesthetically pleasing desserts at her bakery Frosted Cake Art in 2014, she never expected the business would grow into a full-time endeavor. Even farther back in her mind, she said, was the idea of the business landing her on a Netflix baking show like “S…

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SOUTH RUSSELL — The 292 residents who use septic tanks can now wait an extra year to empty them after Village Council voted last week to extend the septic tank cleaning ordinance, a decision that Mayor William Koons called a “real win-win”.

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School may start a week later than originally anticipated for the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, and even later for kindergarten, with proposed changes to the academic calendar as officials draft plans to open schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ongoing talks between South Russell and residents of a private development ended in a stalemate, as officials announced that the village is unable to offer money to upgrade Paw Paw Lake Road to public street standards. Village officials, however, said at a Street Commission meeting on July 1…

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Dave and Tracy Murray last week shared their frustrations over an electrical pole that was to be put in the front yard of their Lake Louise house without their knowledge or consent.