Sidewalk survey discussed

Chagrin Falls Streets and Sidewalks Committee Chairwoman Erinn Grube announced Monday that 35 of 56 surveys sent to property owners on Walters Road and Hickory Hill have been received and none have voiced objection to the assessment for sidewalks along the north side of Walters.

The village will pay the first $2,948 with each of the 56 property owners paying the balance including engineering, legal and administrative fees with the option of paying their share up front or having it added to their property taxes for 10 years.

Mrs. Grube announced there will be a follow-up meeting with residents to go over details prior to the Feb. 26 council meeting. A board of revision will be seated to hear any subsequent objections to the project. Installation is expected within the next construction season.

Alley named for Himes

The alley that runs from West Washington to Center Street between Walnut and Water streets will be named for Chagrin Falls’ recently retired village administrator Benjamin Himes with a ceremony to be held later this year.

On Monday, Mayor William Tomko said the idea came about because, “We wanted to do something significant for Ben for his 40 years of service.”

With no objections from council members, enabling legislation and adding the new name to the traffic control map, will be formally voted upon at their next meeting Feb. 26.

While “Himes Way” has been suggested as the name, Councilwoman Julia Lipp has asked consideration to “Himes Lane” as a better fit for the narrow, picturesque alley.

Mr. Himes retired at the end of 2017 but will return to village as a part-time consultant. His work will focus on expanding water resources within the village owned and operated well system with the goal being to rely less on the purchase of bulk water from Cleveland.

Budish names chief of staff

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish this week named Earl Leiken of Shaker Heights as chief of staff. Mr. Leiken replaces Sharon Sobol Jordan who resigned to take a position as CEO of Unify Project.

Mr. Leiken comes to the county after 10 years as mayor of Shaker Heights. A strong proponent of regional collaboration, Mr. Leiken worked with other mayors to create the Heights Hillcrest Dispatch Center to dispatch police and fire calls for five cities.

Company receives bid approval

At their Tuesday meeting, the Geauga Park District Board of Commissioners awarded the 2018 aggregate stone material bid to Arms Trucking, which is owned by Commissioner Howard Bates, and Shelly Materials.

When the board began discussing the aggregate bids, Mr. Bates announced that he was the owner of Arms Trucking and later abstained from voting.

Executive Director John Oros stated that the bid was properly advertised in local papers and that the park district complied fully with the statutory requirement for the bidding process.

According to park documents, five companies picked up bid packets for the 2018 aggregate stone materials bids, including Osborne Concrete and Stone, the Shelly Company, Construction Journal, Building Exchange and Arms Trucking.

Arms Trucking picked up a bid packet on Jan. 16, 2018. Geauga County Probate Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell swore in Mr. Bates as a board member on Dec. 29, 2017 to replace Len Barker, who resigned to be the head baseball coach at Notre Dame College.

According to the documents, only Arms Trucking and the Shelly Company submitted bids on Jan. 25. Park Planner Annie Lynch wrote in a memo to Director of Planning and Operations Mark McCue that after reviewing the bid materials, Arms Trucking was the low bid for all materials except two types of limestone. She recommended that Arms Trucking be awarded the bid for everything except the limestone, which should be awarded to Shelly Company. Mr. McCue extended that recommendation to Mr. Oros in a memo dated Feb. 1.

Board President Andrej Lah and Board Vice President Jackie Dottore voted in favor of awarding the bids accordingly.

Park board changes meeting time

The next meeting of the Geauga Park District Board of Commissioners will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 13. The meeting will begin with an executive session.

Pay traffic tickets online

Chagrin Falls Police Chief Amber Dacek advised Village Council on Monday that new software allowing parking tickets to be paid online has been available since Feb. 9 and so far has processed six transaction in four days.

Last year, the chief suggested the software be brought online to save time for the department’s office staff that had been processing tickets by hand.

She added officers will field questions about this and the new Your 911 emergency call system during Coffee with a Cop set for 3 p.m., Feb. 28 in the Atrium at Hamlet Village.

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