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WOODMERE — Village Council members have a position to fill now that Councilman Charles Smith resigned on March 17 after his recent election to the post. Mr. Smith, who served as mayor of the village from 2010-2017, said that his resignation was effective immediately.

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WOODMERE — The village is likely to receive grant money for the Chagrin Boulevard widening project next year instead of this year. That is due to a conflict with the timeline of the project and the grant application deadline for the Ohio Public Works Commission.

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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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WOODMERE — Council President Jennifer Mitchell Earley filed a formal complaint against Mayor Ben Holbert for alleged harassment and a hostile work environment, according to a Jan. 23 email to village human resources consultant Jennifer Osborn.

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WOODMERE — After discussing the purchase of a new quint fire truck for more than a year, officials are taking steps toward achieving that goal. The 1994 engine truck ended up in the shop for brake repairs, and the need for a new fire truck came to the forefront again.

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WOODMERE — Council members questioned the value of attending conferences and various types of training sessions as travel proposals are trickling in. Benefits Coordinator Eric Hammond is requesting to attend the Ohio State Auditor’s Office training in Columbus from April 7-9 at a cost of abo…

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WOODMERE — The village Police Department is in need of six new mobile data terminals for the cruisers at a cost of $20,821, according to Police Chief Sheila Mason. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, which is the software that the terminals use.

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WOODMERE — Village officials are working quickly to replace former Treasurer Rhonda Hall, who resigned mid-January after five months on the job. Mayor Ben Holbert plans to reach out to an applicant for the position while Law Director Frank Consolo reached out to Tom Cornhoff, who served as t…

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WOODMERE — Rhonda Hall resigned as the village treasurer last Friday after serving in the position for five months. She did not give a specific reason for her resignation, but said she found another job.

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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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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.