Lyndhurst Neighborhood E-News Volume 1
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From The Mayor's Desk
Spring is upon us and the bite of winter seems to have passed. The City of Lyndhurst faired well through the winter months. I am very proud of our Service Department and the great job they did with snow removal this year.
Budget - On March 21, City Council passed a budget that allows the city to continue operating and providing services to residents. In preparing the budget, we look at all the departmental needs and work to integrate them into the administrative focus, Council requests, and residents' expectations, then roll it together for a sound fiscal policy. We discussed and evaluated the 2005 budget many times before finalizing it. A good budget is not simply inserting numbers into a spreadsheet; it is the major policymaking tool for the city and will identify the service priorities and make them the foundation upon which all other costs are built.
Finances - The city's financial health is good. But, like many cities, villages and townships in Ohio, we need to watch our revenues and expenditures. Regarding the many questions about proposed tax relief vs. the city's current financial status, let me explain: Since the 1980s, Lyndhurst has been able to grow its reserves, primarily from a healthy economy and prudent and conservative planning from mayors, councils and department heads. Lyndhurst has always maintained a healthy reserve fund, a so-called rainy day fund. Over the years, the cost of doing business has increased, and we have dipped into that fund when expenses outpaced revenues. That is not an uncommon practice for municipal budgets and by no means indicates financial difficulty. According to Moody's bond rating and National City Investments, the City of Lyndhurst is in good financial position. But just as Lyndhurst families sometimes must tighten their belts, at City Hall we need to do the same. We need to watch expenditures by implementing cost savings and spending cuts along with finding ways to increase revenue through economic development.
Tax millage - A separate issue involves tax millage, also known as the city portion of your property taxes. On April 4, Council voted to reduce the city portion by 1.5 mills. This rollback will save the average homeowner $75 on a home valued at $160,000. The millage reduction does not affect any city services or the general operating fund. It can be used only to pay off debt incurred by the city. As of now, Lyndhurst has very little debt; most of it has been paid off. I was glad to support this rollback because I understand the burden placed on our Lyndhurst families.
Please feel free to contact my office anytime you have a question or a comment you would like to share. I am very proud to be serving as the mayor of this city. Thank you for the trust and support you have shown. I look forward to seeing you this summer at the pools, in the parks or just strolling the streets.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
JOSEPH M. CICERO, JR., Mayor
The Police Beat
By: Chief Anthony Adinolfi
By the time you receive this newsletter, the warm weather will be upon us hopefully. As always, I want to pass on a few reminders and some information.
Speeds: Watch out for the children on bicycles, tricycles, etc. Let's keep the speeds down on the side streets, especially near the city parks and playgrounds. Traffic officers will be enforcing the speed laws vigorously this summer. Speaking of speed, if you want the department to put the speed trailer on your street, contact Lt. Porter in the traffic bureau: 440-442-1234 EXT: 120.
Skateboarding: Just a reminder that it is illegal to skateboard in city streets. The city has provided you with a skateboard facility in Brainard Park.
Starting April 1, the Skateboard Park will be open from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. every day through Home Days weekend.
* We have a new a K-9 Unit. Patrolman Greg Traci will be on patrol starting in late April as soon as his dog, Sully, graduates from K-9 school.
* Patrolman Jonathan Willard will be joining Patrolman Chris Cianciolo as a bicycle patrol officer.
* Lieutenant Rick Porrello has put together a fine booklet, Identity Theft, Internet Theft, Protect Yourself. You can read this booklet on the city's Web site: www.lyndhurst-oh.com. Click on the Police Department menu. Or you can obtain a copy at City Hall. Lt. Porrello has put on two presentations so far this year at the Community Center on this very important subject. There will be additional presentations later this year.
* Sergeant Patrick A. Rhode graduated March 24th from the School of Police Staff and Command. The 10-week, 400-hour course was held at the Ohio State Patrol Academy, Columbus. Sgt. Rhode is a 10-year Lyndhurst veteran and is a team leader on the Suburban Police Anti-Crime Network SWAT Team. Sgt. Rhode also serves as an advisor with the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Diversion Program at the Lyndhurst Police Department. Sgt. Rhode and his wife Kristin are Lyndhurst residents.
Parking: Don't forget: In general, you cannot park on city streets 2:00 AM - 6:00 AM. If you have a disabled vehicle or have visitors and no room in your driveway, you can get permission from the Police Dispatcher (440-442-1234) for short-term overnight parking on the street.
All of us at the Police Department wish all of you a safe and enjoyable summer.
Wanted: Lyndhurst Women's Perspectives
Please join Ward 2 Councilman Joe Gambatese and the Women of Ward 2 to discuss community issues and concerns from a woman's perspective. Women from throughout the city are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Please mark your calendars and bring your ideas and suggestions.
Where: Lyndhurst Community Center
When: Thurs., June 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Pizza Time with Joe - Ward 2
Please join Ward 2 Councilman Joe Gambatese at his family's restaurant, Compola's Tasty Pizza, 5101 Mayfield Road. Drop by to say hello or to share your ideas, thoughts and issues with Joe over a slice of pizza.
Sat., June 25, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sat., August 27, 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Sat., October 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Road Report from Josh Mandel
As Chairman of the Roads and Utilities Committee, I am responsible for keeping you informed on the 2005 Road Improvement Plan. This year, Council voted to invest approximately $1.4 million into improving city streets.
This plan includes:
Harleston/Lansbury (east ends)
Winchester (Summit to Mayfield with curbs and aprons)
Asphalt reconstruction with curb and apron replacement
If you have any questions, please call me at 440-461-4011, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Service Director Rick Glady at 440-473-5100.
Open Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 1:30 PM
Passes will be on sale at City Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. weekdays beginning May 9. You must show proof of residency, such as a utility bill. Passes are non-transferable and must be sewn on to a bathing suit. Photo IDs are available for an additional $5 for those who do not wish to sew on a pass.
Single pass: $55
Family pass for 4: $150 ($5 for each additional person)
Children 3 years old and under: Free when accompanied and supervised by an adult pass holder or person with paid admission.
Senior citizens (60 and older): Free but must get a pass at City Hall
Learn to swim: $15 per session
Instructors will be teaching the new, updated American Red Cross techniques. To register at either pool (there will be no reciprocity between the pools) from 9:00 a.m. - noon and 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on registration days, you will need a season pass.
Registration days are:
June 13, 14 - Session 1 (June 15 - July 1)
July 4, 5 - Session 2 (July 6 - July 22)
July 25, 26 - Session 3 (July 27 - August 12)
Sea Monkey Swim Team
Sign up Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Monday through Friday:
1:30-5:30 p.m. open swim - both pools
5:30-6:30 p.m. adult lap swim at both pools
6:30-8:15 p.m. open swim at both pools
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adult lap swim Brainard pool
12:30-5:30 p.m. open swim Brainard pool
1:30- 5:30 p.m. open swim Lyndhurst pool
5:30-6:30 p.m. adult lap swim both pools
6:30-8:15 p.m. open swim - both pools
10:00 a.m.-noon adult lap swim Lyndhurst pool
noon-5:00 p.m. open swim - both pools
July 4 and Labor Day noon-5:00 p.m.
Note: As of August 15, there may be revised hours. Please check at the pools.
Baby Pool at Brainard New this year
Opens 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 6 years and under with adult supervision.
Early Birds - Adults are welcome to swim with the swim team Monday through Friday from 7:45-8:45 a.m. through August 12. Lap lanes are available during swim lessons at Lyndhurst pool for circle swimming.
Pool Closing Dates
Sun., August 21 Brainard pool
Mon., Sept. 5 Lyndhurst pool
Community Center News
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
3rd annual Senior Gala - Sunday, June 5th
Watch for more details
Concerts In the Park
(held at Lyndhurst Park behind City Hall or the Community Center in case of bad weather)
Wed., June 15
Tues., July 5 (note date change)
Wed., July 20
Wed., August 17
As temperatures rise, so do the number of people out riding bikes. With that in mind, please remember our ongoing bike helmet program, Using Your Head.
This program is run in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Safe Kids Coalition, an affiliate of the Pediatric Trauma unit of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Community Safety and Resource Center. Through Safe Kids we are able to offer Bell Sports helmets at the reduced price of $8. All Bell helmets are tested to exceed stringent bicycle helmet standards.
Under ideal circumstances, a properly fitted helmet can be used for up to 5 years, but its integrity and the protection it can provide are drastically reduced after only one impact.
Helmets are available in sizes ranging from toddler to adult. Children must be at least 2 years old for us to fit them.
To schedule your appointment for a fitting/inspection of your current helmet or to purchase a new one, please call the Community Center: 440-449-5011.
Need an escape? How about joining the SELREC Singers in Sin City, and you never even have to leave town. The 40-member adult show choir performs a tribute to all things Vegas in its annual musical spectacular at 7:30 p.m. June 16-18 at Brush High School.
Tickets at the door are $9, or call for special advance sale prices and group rates. You won't want to miss this musical treat complete with choreography, sets, costumes and great arrangements of popular tunes.
For more information or to order tickets: Gayle Roth 216-381-1041.
Hillcrest Women's Club/GFWC
We are pleased to announce that the following officers for the 2005-2006 club year will be installed May 23:
President - Esther White; First Vice
President - Dianne Austin; Second Vice
President - Sara Dvorin;
Secretary - Marian Trela;
Treasurer - Pat Marlitz
We invite all women who want to contribute to their communities through volunteer work to join us for our fun and informative programs or participate in our welfare projects: driving a Meals on Wheels route; creating Blue Bears for traumatized children; creating breast forms and comfort pillows for surgery patients; and supporting families at Ronald McDonald House and the residents at the Domestic Violence Center.
Mark your calendars for Sat., August 27, when the annual Gift of Life Walk to benefit LifeBanc, the organ and tissue procurement center for Northeast Ohio, will be held at Edgewater Park. More information and downloadable registration forms are available on our Web site: www.angelfire.com/pro/hillcrest50/.
Mark your calendars:
Sun., May 15, 1:00 p.m. - the Opening Day Parade - the route is City Hall to Brainard Park.
Wed., June 15 - Family Fun Night at Brainard Park for all of the ballplayers and their families.
Lyndhurst Garden Club
Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Community Center. Our members created flower arrangements for the April 9 fashion show and luncheon benefit for the American Cancer Society. Here are the exciting topics we have lined up:
May 5 - Not Just Your Same Old Container Gardening will be presented by Sharyn Horvath from Bremec Nursery.
June 2 - Member Jackie Mercer will demonstrate how to make a living wreath.
Annual Plant Sale
Call Phyllis Huston, 216-382-9621, for order forms. Orders are due May 1. Pick up is May 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Rae Rd. parking lot. If you prefer, you may go to Bremec Nursery between May 5 and May 17 to pick out your own plants, after obtaining a triplicate order ticket from Phyllis.
Homegrown Perennial and Herb Sale
Sat., May 21, 8:00 a.m.-noon at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Richmond Rd., just south of Mayfield Rd.
Ladies of Lyndhurst
About 100 women enjoyed our Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, April 9th, at the Community Center, to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Talbots of Legacy Village provided our models all cancer survivors with a stunning array of fashions.
Lyndhurst Florist provided the centerpieces, and the Lyndhurst Garden Club provided several floral arrangements.
Raffle prizes included Legacy Village Gift Certificates and specialty baskets of picnic supplies, household items, wine glasses and gardening supplies. An estimate of proceeds that will go to the Cancer Society is $1500.
Hillcrest Relay for Life
The Hillcrest Relay for Life will be held July 15th through 16th at Mayfield High School Track.
Teams are forming now. Please join a team, form a team, support a team, or donate to a team.
All proceeds will go to the Cleveland area American Cancer Society. You can pick up information at City Hall or by contacting the American Cancer Society.
This organization provides assistance to police officers, firefighters or EMS professionals who are facing an emergency or personal financial crisis.
Hillcrest 100 is a non-profit organization managed by volunteer residents of the six communities it serves: Lyndhurst, Gates Mills, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Mayfield Village and Mayfield Heights.
The organization is endorsed by both the Lyndhurst Fire and Police Departments. For information or to become either a personal or a business member, call Eric Bergsman, president, 440-829-9714, or Lyndhurst trustee Fred Geisheimer, 216-382-5258.
Lyndhurst Neighbor To Neighbor
We hosted our first Welcome to Lyndhurst Breakfast Reception on Saturday, March 12th, at the Community Center.
We invited residents who moved to the city from September through December 2004. Everyone who attended had a wonderful opportunity to meet other new residents and share stories and phone numbers. The group was a typical Lyndhurst mixture of young families, empty nesters/retirees, couples, and singles.
If you have a new neighbor, be sure to walk over to say Hi, in the true spirit of Lyndhurst, "a community of neighbors".
Our next reception will be held sometime this summer.
Most work within the city requiring a building, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical or plumbing permit requires the contractor to register with the Building Department. If you hire a contractor, ask to see the permit for the work to be done. We will issue a permit only to those contractors who have met certain requirements and have registered with the Building Department. If your contractor cannot produce a permit or says one is not needed, for your protection please call the department at 440-473-5108 for verification.
Rental Housing Inspections
We will be inspecting the exteriors of all one-, two-, and three-family rental homes, their accessory use structures and yard areas during the spring and early summer. If you are a tenant, an inspector will identify himself to you and inform you that he will be inspecting of the property. We will write up any violations of the housing maintenance codes and send a notice to the property owner. If you are not home at the time of the inspection, we will leave a notice at your door telling you that an inspection was made. If you are a tenant in a one-, two-, or three-family home and by July 30 you have not had an inspector announce his presence or leave notice that he was there, please call the Housing Department at 440-473-5108. We will make arrangements to conduct an inspection.
2005 Sidewalk Program
This year's inspection program will take place on the following streets: Ashwood, Blanchester, Bromton, Case, Eastover, Edenhurst, Edgefield, E. Farnhurst, Graham, Henning, Hickory, Irene, Kneale, Linden Lane, Lynd, Marion, Mayview, Parkview, Richmond, Ridgebury, Roland, Spencer, Thornbury and Willshire. We will inspect the sidewalks on these streets for deficiencies. If any are found, we will notify property owners. Information and instructions will be in the packet you receive. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Ralph Gates at 440-439-1999 during the hours indicated in your packet.
The Weekend Rubbish Program resumed Saturday, April 16th and will continue every Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., until late November, weather permitting. We will accept oil-based paint and pesticides, but please let the attendant know if that's what you're dropping off because these items are handled separately from refuse. This service is for Lyndhurst residents only, so please bring proof of residency.
We no longer will be accepting tires for curbside pick up. During weekend rubbish drop off only, from August 6-7 through September 10-11, we will be participating with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District in a scrap tire round up. At that time, we will accept tires, off the rims. This service is for Lyndhurst residents only, so please bring proof of residency.
Due to budget constraints, we will have a limited tree program this year. Our tree crews must limit maintenance and aesthetic programs but as always will still respond to emergency situations. Unfortunately, there will not be a tree planting this spring or fall. We hope these programs will be reinstated at a future time.
Help keep our city neat and clean. Please remove
empty recycling and rubbish containers from the tree
lawn the same day of collection.
Seniors On The Move
We have a lot of fun and informative events this summer.
May 4, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Senior Health Fair
Highland Heights Community Center.
May 16, 11:45 a.m.
Senior Day Party with special entertainment and refreshments.
Lyndhurst Community Center.
Reservation deadline: noon,
Thurs., May 12 - 216-291-0772.
May 18. 12:15 p.m.
Program and slide show on Antarctica with Fran Bayless.
South Euclid Community Center.
May 23, 12:15 p.m.
Katherine Kohl, Lakeview Cemetery Foundation, will present a historical program, "Cleveland's Women: A Full Circle".
Lyndhurst Community Center
May 26, 12:20 p.m. The Big Band Combo performs for listening and dancing.
South Euclid Community Center.
May 27, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Card party and light lunch.
South Euclid Community Center.
Tickets are $5.00 and must be presented at the door.
For information, call 216-381-5245 or 216-381-2949. Proceeds benefit services for seniors.
Spring is a wonderful time for travel.
Don't don't miss out on these great opportunities - register now:
May 15 - House of Blues Gospel
May 27 - Cleveland Botanical Garden
June 14-17 - Chicago Adventure
June 29 - Chorus Line, Carousel
Lunch and program information: 440-442-2665.
Trip information: 440-473-5138.
Lyndhurst Community Center - 1341 Parkview Drive
South Euclid Community Center - 1370 Victory Drive
Highland Heights Community Center - 5827 Highland Road