As you will see in the Ordinances and Resolutions section, Council passed legislation enabling the Police Chief to appoint a full-time detective to the Moreland Hills Police Department. Scott Williams has served as both detective and patrol officer for 21 years. He will now be a full-time detective, devoting all his time to solving crimes and interacting with our prosecutor and the courts. As you probably remember, there was a rash of burglaries late last year and earlier this year in Moreland Hills and the surrounding area. Detective Williams took the lead in solving those cases. Currently our residents are dealing with internet scams and identity theft. In an effort to provide our residents the best safety services possible, Chief Wyant asked that we make Officer Williams a full-time detective so that he isn’t pulled away from detective work to do shift work. I also swore in a new Police Officer, Tom Pate, at the Council meeting. He replaces Officer Nick Sidor who left the department last month. Congratulations Detective Williams and welcome Officer Pate!
Councilman Dan Fritz will chair a Master Plan Commission to update the Village’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan which was worked on in 2002 and adopted in 2003. He and I will appoint eight residents to the commission which will meet monthly to identify and discuss land use issues in the Village. We will ask for a great deal of resident input so in addition to the input from the eight residents who are appointed to the Commission, the Commission will hold several public meetings. I will keep you informed when dates are set and will urge you to attend. I am very excited about this process but, as is customary, I will not sit on the Commission as it is very important to hear from residents, not the mayor.
I am happy to announce that Moreland Hills has continued participation in the Heritage Home Program for the 2015 calendar year. The Heritage Home Program is a specialized house maintenance and rehab program for owners of homes that are 50 years old or older. The program is administered by the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS). If your house in Moreland Hills is at least 50 years old, you have access to free technical assistance and low-interest financing to cover project costs. For more information call (216) 426-3116 or visit www.heritagehomeprogram.org
The Community Building is finally complete; we will hold an open house and dedication on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00. I would love to see you then. You may reserve the building for homeowners’ association meetings, small parties, book clubs, etc. by calling Sherri at 440.248.1188.
I have heard from many residents lately who are interested in having vacuum leaf pick up as a service the village offers. Council is going to study the issue over the next few months and discuss costs and possible funding sources. If you feel strongly about this one way or another, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, on Saturday, May 9 ten residents and three Service Department members met to help rid Forest Ridge of the invasive plant, garlic mustard. To learn more about our garlic mustard warriors, visit our website, www.morelandhills.com