Council and I recently appointed a Charter Review Commission as the charter requires us to do every six years. Our charter, which roughly equates to a constitution, requires that Council and the Mayor together appoint nine residents of the village to review the charter and recommend any changes they deem worthy to Council for legislative action. Any proposed amendment to the charter will ultimately be voted on in November by the electorate of the village. Members of the Charter Review Commission are: Sam Steinhouse, (Chair) Melanie Corcoran, Ruth Elliot, Jack Landskroner, Don Morrison, Louis Fow, Stacy Feiner, John Pogatschnik, and Steve Rosenberg. They are making a studious and thorough review of the charter and I appreciate their time and attention for this work. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and is interesting and worth your time.
The dedication of Potts Pier on Sunday, May 4, was a lovely and moving event which took place on a warm and sunny afternoon. The pond on which the “pier” is located is part of the expansion of Forest Ridge which is now open at 3800 Chagrin River Road. This opening is the culmination of work and collaboration with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy which began in 2004. The village, with funding from federal, state and local resources, and help from the Land Conservancy, has purchased and preserved nearly 145 acres of land, most of it covered with upland forests, cold water streams and spring-fed ponds. It is beautiful land which will be preserved in perpetuity. Green and Parks Commission Members have many plans for the park and we will continue to make improvements over the next few years. It is now open for hiking, fishing and exploration. The fish in the pond are mostly small and we prefer a catch and release form of fishing.
The May third Greening the Hills was a huge success. I’m thrilled that the residents of Moreland Hills have embraced this event as thoroughly as you have. The village offers confidential paper shredding, hazardous waste disposal and recycling of all kinds of items. When we started this event six years ago, Judy Neuger and I were able to stand around and get to know each other very well because we had few customers to interrupt our chatting. Greening the Hills has evolved into a busy, fun event for me, a time when I can meet new residents and catch up with long-standing ones.
You will see under Ordinances and Resolutions that Council awarded the contract for the 2014 road program to Specialized Construction. To see if your street is included in the program, click here.
Enjoy spring. We waited a long time for it!