The new automated garbage truck has arrived and Service Department employees have started to train on it. I anticipate that it will be in operation within the month. Most of you either own or have purchased a trash cart that can be used in our new operation. If you do not have the appropriate can, please contact Vickie at 440.248.1188 as soon as possible. The trash carts come in 35-, 65- and 95-gallon sizes.
As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, the Police Department now has a Drug Drop Box in their lobby. It is part of a county-wide program to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of people who may abuse them and out of our water supply. You may drop unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions into the box 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drugs will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly and confidential manner.
Last month Council updated an ordinance designed to regulate house-to-house solicitations while respecting the free speech of solicitors. The Police Department will now keep a “Do Not Knock Registry” of all residents who prefer solicitors NOT to come on their property at any time. You may register to be on this list through the Police Department. Furthermore, it prohibits solicitors from entering on properties with a “No Solicitors” sign which are easily purchased and installed.
Our architectural design firm, Sixmo, has completed the drawings for the renovations of the Community Building. The renovations include installation of an indoor elevator, removing interior walls on the second floor and replacing windows and doors. This will make the existing unused space an attractive, usable area for both residents and employees. I anticipate that the village will go out for bids on this project in late April or early May. If you are interested in seeing the designs or materials we anticipate using, please stop by Village Hall; they are in the Conference Room.
This summer the village will replace its current Reverse 9-1-1 program with a program designed for better communication with the residents. It will be used not only for emergencies but also for notification of road closures, estimated restoration time during a power outage, and other information deemed important to residents. It is not our intent to bother you, but to keep you better informed. If you are not currently on the Reverse 9-1-1 list please sign up at the Police Department.
As you probably know the village recently completed a collaboration/merger study. The results of the study indicated that merger is not recommended at this time. However, as situations change in the future, it may become more desirable or even necessary. In the meantime, Pepper Pike Mayor Rick Bain and Service Director Bob Girardi recently acted in a very kind and regional manner: they provided Moreland Hills road salt when we had almost none left. For that I am very grateful.
See you at Greening the Hills on May 3!