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TO: FROM: DATE: SUBJECT: City Council Members Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager September 9, 2011 Recent Activities through September 9, 2011
Manager Comments · Chief Harvey, Chief Llewellyn, several other city police and firemen, and I attended a brief ceremony in front of Mentor High Friday morning, after which a flag in remembrance of 9/11 was dedicated and placed on their wall of freedom. Many members of the Safety Department also attended the annual 9/11 Memorial event at Lake High School the same day. The students and faculty at Lake, as always, were very generous with their appreciation for all the region s police and firemen serving. If you can, Council and the Administration are invited to attend the Blue Mass at St. John Vianney Church this Sunday at 9:00am. The summer swimming season is over and all facilities are closed. We had an annual attendance of 84,240 swimmers, 15% above the 5 year average. The revenue was $315,420, 2% above the 5 year average. Considering the late start due to the rain, the numbers are good. As part of our ongoing efforts to alleviate potential flooding concerns in the city, the Lake County Department of Utilities is televising sanitary sewers east of SR306 in the President Streets area. They recently installed a flow meter in the sanitary sewer on SR306, just south of Chestnut Commons. A device to measure sanitary sewer surcharges was installed in the sewer serving Bellflower Terrace. We will continue to communicate and coordinate efforts with the County and report the findings. The City collected $66,570 in TIF revenues as part of the second half real estate settlement distributed by the Lake County Treasurer. The TIF fund balance is now approximately $650,000.
City Council Members September 9, 2011 Page Two City Manager Comments (continued) · Ron Traub and I attended a very informative presentation by Mark Kvamme, President and Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio sponsored by the Ohio Venture Association. This organization is predominately made up of venture capitalists and Mr. Kvamme presented his Ohio vision and what it will take to jumpstart investment interest in the state. Ron and I represented the only city there, and we were fortunate enough to speak with Mr. Kvamme about Mentor. We also unexpectedly met up with Ray Kralovic (STERIS founder) and talked with him about his newest projects.
Employee News · Newly appointed Career Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Duke will be sworn-in next Tuesday, September 13 th at 8:00 a.m. in the Honorable Judge Trebets courtroom.
Fire Department · On Monday, September 5th at 8:56 p.m., the Fire Department was called to 9541 Hoose Road for a report of a suicide attempt by gunshot to the head. Paramedics arrived to find a 25 year of age male unconscious. The male then awoke with what appeared to be post seizure activity with evidence of alcohol use. A short time later he became very combative. It appears that the male attempted to shoot himself in the head with a .22 caliber gun and mostly missed. His injury was a small bullet graze mark with a powder burn on the top of his head. The male was transported to Tri-Point Hospital for further treatment and evaluation in Mentor Squad 1112 escorted by the police. We continue to respond to calls related to heroin use. The most recent occurred on Wednesday, September 7th at 4:06 p.m. Paramedics responded to 6305 Meldon to treat a 28 year old female who was experiencing bad withdrawals from recent heavy use of the drug. She was treated and transported to Lake West Hospital. Members of the Fire Department will be attending several 9/11 remembrance events this upcoming weekend, including ceremonies at Mentor High and Lake Catholic High Schools on Friday 9/9 and the Blue Mass at Saint John Vianney Church on 9/11.
Police Department · On September 3 at about 6:50 a.m. officers responded to 7830 Division Dr, Princeton Tool, for a reported breaking and entering. Sometime overnight a person threw a landscaping rock through the window. Stolen were a laptop computer, a cellular phone, and cash.
City Council Members September 9, 2011 Page Three Police Department (continued) · At about 8:00 p.m. on September 3 officers responded to 4712 Corduroy Rd for a reported burglary. A female acquaintance of the resident was not allowed on the property. She returned while the resident was away and stole several picture frames and took the resident s Jeep. All items were later returned. She was charged with burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. During the overnight hours of September 3 to 4 someone stole the catalytic converter off a car parked at the Hampton Inn on Emerald Ct. On September 4 at about 12:10 a.m. an officer arrested a male on SR2 for various charges. He was stopped initially for speed, 70 in the 50 mph construction zone. After investigating further the male is facing several drug related charges, including trafficking, possession, and paraphernalia. He had in his possession about 9 grams of methamphetamines and some marijuana. Also, a large amount of cash and supplies/equipment used in drug trafficking. During the overnight hours of September 4 to 5 there were two attempted thefts of autos in the Diamond Center area. One attempt was made on a rental truck that was parked at LaMalfa/Holiday Inn. The other attempt was at the Hampton Inn where someone tried to steal a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. At about 3:15 p.m. on September 5 officers responded to Studio 6 for reported suspicious, possibly drug, activity. During the course of their investigation a female who was staying at the hotel was arrested for drug related charges. She had marijuana, heroin, and drug paraphernalia related to the use of those two drugs. On September 7 at about 1:20 p.m. officers responded to Black Brook Golf Course for a reported suspicious device located near the 10th green. The item was about the size of a cigar box, wrapped in duct tape, and had some sort of wick or fuse coming out one end. The Bomb Squad was called and determined the box contained fireworks. Due to the nature of the package, the fireworks likely would have caused no damage and minimal injury to anyone in the vicinity if set off. Two other firework devices were found nearby; one had been used, the other had a burned fuse, but had not functioned.
Finance Department · This week the City submitted its third request for payment ($65,958) to the Ohio Department of Development for reimbursement of costs incurred under the CDBG Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
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September 9, 2011 Page Four Engineering and Building Department · SR2 Widening Phase 3: ODOT s contractor is approximately 30 days behind schedule due to weather delays and issues regarding the roadway subgrade. Subgrade issues have been worked out and mainline construction has resumed. The contractor is attempting to finish the mainline asphalt base paving from Newell Creek to Hendricks Road. When the asphalt paving has been completed, noise barrier foundations will begin to be installed. Ramp work at SR 615 continues. Upon completion of the ramp work, SR 615 widening will proceed. Bridge painting of the SR 2 Bridge over Center Street continues. ODOT has indicated that the work will be completed by September 16 th. Daily lane closures from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Center Street will continue until the painting is completed. Lakeview Waterline Replacement Project: A preconstruction meeting was held on September 8th for the waterline project on Lakeview Drive. This project will replace approximately 2,150 feet of 6-inch cast iron waterline with 8-inch ductile iron waterline and will extend from Garden Lane to Headlands Road. Work will begin on September 19th and the project, including restoration, should be completed by October 30 th. D. B. Bentley, Inc. will be the general contractor for the project. Letters will be sent to all residents adjacent to the project. Signs with advance notice of work will be posted by September 14 th. It has been determined that no school buses use the street and that garbage collections will occur on Fridays between 7:00 am and 8:00 am which is prior to the contractor starting work.
Public Works Department
The Public Works Activity Highlights this week were: Assist with implementation of new court roof and court/mpd parking lot resurfacing; Preparing bid specs for Senior Center generator backup project; Supported last weekend's baseball tournament; Provided workers for 2 burials last weekend; Hotpatching - areas north of Bellflower; Modification to Old Johnnycake retention pond complete; Storm sewer cleaning - Maple, Tyler/SR 306, Western Reserve Condos; Inlet basin rebuilds - Jane (2), Doral (2); Sewer Cleaning/lateral locating - Buchanan, Meadowbrook, Dallas, Melshore, Antoinette; and, Lining/prepping 30 athletic fields - 16 soccer, 10 baseball and 4 football. ODOT has "turned over" the SR 306 over SR 2 traffic signals and we have downloaded an updated coordination plan for the entire SR 306 system.
Parks and Recreation Department · The Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale takes place this Saturday, September 10, with sellers arriving at 8:00AM at Garfield Park and buyers are welcome to
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September 9, 2011 Page Five Parks and Recreation (continued) start shopping at 9:00AM and ending at Noon. Each vendor has at least a 10x10 spot to display and sell all things kids. This event is very well attended and both vendors and buyers are pleased at the end of the day! · September 10 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Mentor Cruise-In. Come out to the Municipal Center and see hundreds of great collector cars. The Cruisers may start arriving at 8:00AM and there is no registration fee. The first 200 Cruisers to register will receive goody bags and 500 will receive a commemorative 10th Anniversary Dash Plaque! Enjoy Eddie and the Edsels and DJ Jesse Webb as they provide musical entertainment as you stroll the grounds looking at the cars and enjoying some great refreshments. The event is FREE and open to the public from 10:00AM until 4:00PM. Mentor s Bike Day Lake County event is being held at Garfield Park on Saturday September 10 from 1:00PM until 3:00PM in the parking lot at Garfield Park. This first year event will feature a Bike Rodeo for children up to age 12, bike inspection and registration, a chance to decorate your helmet and a bike raffle with 1 Youth and 1 Adult bike being given away at the event! Get your bike and come join us for a great family event sponsored by the City of Mentor Recreation Department and the Safe Routes to School Program. The Mentor Police Department Cops & Kids golf outing will be held at Black Brook Golf Course on Saturday, September 10. The outing has 136 golfers scheduled to play in the event. The Practice Center at Black Brook was re-seeded this past week. With the rains we have had lets hope that it does not get washed out again! The other area look good and the grass is growing in very nicely. The Recreation Department is moving forward on Community Gardens to be placed at Wildwood. The plots will be 20x25 feet and will cost $35. The plots will be for Mentor residents only with registration beginning on October 3.
Economic and Community Development · · Ron Traub met with one of the City s larger employers regarding retention and possible expansion. Ron Traub participated in a Business Advisory Council (BAC) meeting and had occasion to meet William Wade, the new principal of Mentor High School. Tom Theilman & Ron Traub met with representatives of U.S. Endoscopy to tour their new facility at 6091 Heisley Road and discuss access issues with their main campus.
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