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WOODMERE — Council members last week expressed their disappointment with the renovations in the fire department, a $184,279 project meant to repurpose space so firefighters could work efficiently and safely.

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WOODMERE — Service Director Frank Paparone met resistance from council members when he requested a pay increase for two of his employees. There currently are six tiers in the pay structure and Mr. Paparone proposed eliminating the lowest tier. The workers in the lowest tier earn $12.96 per h…

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WOODMERE — After Mayor Ben Holbert vetoed two ordinances that council passed to cut his spending authority and require more oversight on council expenditures, Village Council members overturned his vetoes Monday night by a 6-1 vote. Council members explained that the village is losing money …

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WOODMERE — Residents indicated at three recent public meetings that the Chagrin Boulevard widening and zoning updates are priorities in regard to the master plan. The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission gave a presentation on Oct. 30 on the data that they have gathered about the village so f…

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WOODMERE — Councilwoman Jennifer Mitchell Earley retained her seat during the general election on Tuesday and will be joined on council by Vivian Walker, Charles Smith and Nakeshia Nickerson in January, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. They beat ou…

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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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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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WOODMERE — Four Village Council seats are up for grabs during the Nov. 5 general election with eight candidates looking to win a spot. The field includes three of the four incumbents and five newcomers. Councilwoman Alberta Fanning is not running for re-election.

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WOODMERE — There’s an ongoing need to improve how the village Fire Department is staffed, especially when considering purchasing a new truck, according to the council members. Treasurer Rhonda Hall and Fire Chief Johnny Brewington are working to find a new model that will provide enough fire…

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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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WOODMERE — The Village Hall renovation project will stay on budget, village Engineer Ed Hren told the Finance Committee last week. With three recent change orders, Mr. Hren said that the new guaranteed maximum price, also called GMP, is about $694,000.

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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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WOODMERE — A crowd of 1,500 or more gathered on Sunday for the second annual Woodmere Music Festival, which featured games, activities for children, food and drink tastings, tech demonstrations and, of course, music. One performer after another entertained crowds both inside and outside of E…

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WOODMERE — Village Council appointed Rhonda Hall as the new treasurer last week. Mrs. Hall replaces Tom Cornhoff, who served as the village treasurer for 22 years and retired in May.

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WOODMERE — Residents of Belmont Road gathered at a council meeting on Aug. 8 to address concerns about encroaching development and sewage on their property. Six residents on Belmont were contacted by a commercial property company in regard to selling their homes.

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Councilwoman SharNette McCully pulled a petition to run for re-election in Woodmere in July. She was appointed in February of 2018 to fill the seat of Mayor Ben Holbert, formerly a councilman before he was elected mayor. Ms. McCully is a budget analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice and …

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WOODMERE — The Village Council race is heating up as two newcomers have pulled petitions to challenge the incumbents during the Nov. 5 general election. Seth Young and Beata Fleszar are working to collect their signatures before the Aug. 7 filing deadline with the Cuyahoga County Board of El…

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WOODMERE — Mayor Ben Holbert’s final push for $25,000 to fund a 75th village anniversary celebration dinner in November and other items hit a brick wall last week when council members didn’t even take a vote allowing the proposal to simply die.

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WOODMERE — Nakeshia Nickerson pulled a petition earlier this month from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to run for a seat on Village Council with a goal to offer a unique and fair perspective. Ms. Nickerson, 38, a 12-year resident of the village, said that she is ready to invest more …

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WOODMERE — Council members convened for a special meeting last week to discuss the ongoing tension between the administration of Mayor Ben Holbert and council members. Each council member aired a variety of grievances throughout the two-hour meeting, but most focused on improving communicati…

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WOODMERE — Community identity came to the forefront as the village Steering Committee met regarding a master plan. After the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission held a public meeting in March to hear feedback about the village from community stakeholders, steering committee members discussed…

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WOODMERE — Village Council voted to override Mayor Ben Holbert’s vetoes on two ordinances and a resolution in a meeting that lasted 5 minutes this past Saturday morning. Councilwoman Alberta Fanning was not present, but otherwise council’s vote was unanimous and there was no discussion.

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WOODMERE — Councilwoman Alberta Fanning has been absent from every council session since January due to undisclosed medical issues, and council has granted her requests to be excused from those meetings, according to village records.

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WOODMERE — Mayor Ben Holbert used his veto power for the first time since taking office in 2018 on three ordinances approved last week by council involving calling meetings, donations and a new council handbook.

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WOODMERE — Law Director Frank Consolo, Treasurer Tom Cornhoff and Engineer Ed Hren plan to donate a total of $1,200 to the village after council expressed concerns over a $1,100 expenditure linked to the annual holiday party for 80 guests.

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WOODMERE — Treasurer Tom Cornhoff plans to retire at the end of May after 22 years as the village treasurer. Mr. Cornhoff, 66, oversaw significant changes in the village, including the renovation of Eton Chagrin Boulevard, the increased income tax and the new service department.