CHAGRIN FALLS — Downtown parks in the village soon will be busy as civic and religious groups prepare for the winter holidays. On Monday, Village Council unanimously approved applications from six organizations planning events.
Topping the list of events is the Festival of Trees walk-through display in Riverside Park sponsored by the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and featuring 25 fully decorated trees. Tree purchases are available and proceeds will support the chamber and the Chagrin Valley Jaycee organizations.
Other events include the annual holiday lighting display in all village parks through New Year’s Day, sponsored by the Chagrin Valley Jaycees. Display work will begin in the next two weeks with the CVJ supplying partial funding and manpower.
Lighting of the Greens holiday kick-off event in Triangle Park is set for Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m., featuring brief holiday speeches by local dignitaries. It is sponsored by the village and the CVJ. All are welcome.
The menorah lighting of a 6-foot-tall menorah will take place on the first night of Hannukah, Nov. 28 at sundown, and will include music. The eight-day festival of lights continues through Dec. 6, sponsored by the BBYO of Northeast Ohio Jewish teen organization. The public is welcome.
Deck the Falls holiday events sponsored by Give Chagrin Valley Women’s League in Triangle Park each Saturday through the holidays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Santa Claus, entertainers, storybook characters, Christmas caroling and readings of “The Night Before Christmas” by actors from the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.
A Christmas Eve candle lighting service is set for 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 in Triangle Park, sponsored by the Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church. Glow sticks will be supplied and music will be featured. All are welcome. Donations will go to the Geauga County Job and Family Services.
In other business, Village Council approved a contract with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for stormwater testing for illicit outflow at an annual cost of $3,133 for the years 2022 and 2023. The service monitors, tests storm sewer outflow for illicit discharge of stormwater.
Because Chagrin Falls operates its own sewer system, it is not a member of the regional sewer district and does not benefit from its monitoring services, council members said.
Council also approved an agreement with the Senior Transportation Network, a nonprofit organization for transportation of Chagrin Fall ssenior citizens to medical appointments and personal business at a one-way fee of $34 paid by the rider. The fee can change with the prevailing cost of fuel.
While the service can be canceled on 30 days’ notice, the new contract calls for the automatic annual renewal, which caused concern for council members who unanimously agreed to the contract but asked they be advised before the next contract year so they can review it for changes.
Mayor William Tomko said the village does not have that many riders using the service, “but for those who use it, it is essential.”
Council also gave the OK for additional work at the village wastewater treatment plant improvements underway by Workman Industrial Services in the amount of $27,040.
The sum includes repair of a leak in the roof, installation of a wire transformer for UV reactors, floor repairs under the filters and a re-pipe of the non-portable water pump suction line for an influent line.