I hope you find the spring edition of In and About Moreland Hills interesting and enlightening. There is a great deal of useful information throughout the newsletter, so please take a few minutes to read and enjoy it.
Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm to consider four zoning code amendments. Our ordinances require that we hold a public hearing and give residents a 30-day notice of this hearing for any zoning code change. The notice was put in the Chagrin Valley Times on April 9, 2015, so we met that obligation. The amendments are also listed and described elsewhere in this newsletter.
One of the recommendations to come out of the Shared Services/Merger study was to collaborate with other communities to purchase needed equipment that can be shared among several communities. As you will see in the “Ordinances and Resolutions” section of this newsletter, the Village of Moreland Hills partnered with Orange Village and Pepper Pike to purchase an asphalt roller and trailer which will aid our Service Department members in their efforts to fix potholes and do road repairs. Our respective service directors took the lead on this issue and have vowed to continue to work together to identify more ways to share equipment, services and expenses. In the long run this equipment will help save money and improve the roads.
The Village is working with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to apply for grants for bridge and trail repairs in Forest Ridge and for funds to install trails near and around Potts Pier. Kelly Ovsek continues to work with her group to install a community garden as you will see elsewhere in this newsletter. I am excited about all the planned improvements for the park at Forest Ridge. On Saturday, May 9th we will hold our annual garlic mustard pull at Forest Ridge. We will meet at 9:00am at the House on the Hill behind Potts Pier.
The Building Department will soon start Outdoor Maintenance Inspections. Village ordinances require that homeowners keep their residences in good repair. The foundation must be solid and kept in a manner that prevents leaking or seepage. The roof, gutters and downspouts must be kept in good repair. All exterior wood surfaces must be painted or otherwise sealed. Fences, walls and other structures must be kept in good repair as well. If you are cited for any of these issues, you will be given time to remediate the problems. Please keep Moreland Hills beautiful and cooperate with the Building Inspector.
The recycling tonnage for 2014 increased 10 percent over the 2013 amount. The increase is due, in part, to the biweekly recycling program and in part to the very successful “Greening the Hills” events the Village holds twice a year. The Green/Parks Commission members work hard to organize the event and make it run smoothly. In addition, Service Department members give up a Saturday morning twice a year to carry boxes and help residents in any way they can. The process has gotten more organized over the seven years we have held this event and last October was definitely the best. We shredded over 7500 pounds of paper and collected over 2570 pounds of paint, chemicals, and batteries that would otherwise have gone into a landfill. We collected a lot of computers whose hard drives will be wiped to Department of Defense standards, reconditioned, and donated to schools. The next Greening the Hills is Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 to noon at Village Hall. I hope to see you there.
Have a wonderful spring.