City Chit Chat
The Police Station site has been cleared and will be readied for construction. The building plans will be bid by our Construction Managers, Panzica Construction. The facility is to open in 2018.
City Council Clerk Mary Scullin retired April 3, 2017 after serving our city for 28 years. She has been an exemplary employee who demonstrated tireless efforts, high levels of efficiency and simply stated, one of the finest members of our staff. She involved herself in civic activities, Christmas Plays and many events over the years as part of our city family. Mayor Hruby stated at her final Council meeting that Mary was without doubt the main catalyst in a cooperative working relationship between Council and the Administration. He also stated that much of the success he has enjoyed as Mayor can be directed towards Mary Scullin’s assistance. She will be missed.
Tammy Tabor has been appointed by City Council as its Clerk of Council. She has a background as Clerk for the Olmsted Township Trustees and possesses many talents that made her an outstanding candidate for this position. Welcome!
Rt. 82 from Rt.21 west to the city corporation line will be reconstructed at a cost of $4.3M. The State of Ohio will grant the city $1.2M in a reimbursement payment for this project. Removal of the current roadway and concrete/metal guardrail median. They will be replaced with a new subsurface road bed, concrete roadway and curbs, drainage, and a soil median strip planted with grass. Trees and other improvements to the median will follow. Work will begin this summer. Traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction. Be patient and, if possible, avoid the area during rush hours.
February 7, 2017, ThenDesign Architects and the Mayor were authorized to enter into a contract with the City for the design of the proposed additional Water/Aquatics facility and the Field House facility. As a result of this study, it has been determined that the best plan for an expanded water facility would be at our Community Center. The Jack A. Hruby Natatorium would be expanded to include an additional pool with slides and other activities for all, toddlers to adults. Plans also call for a new outdoor facility replacing the current facility. It is being planned to be slightly larger than what was originally planned for Blossom Hill. Additional parking will also be in the plans.
Capital Projects at the Community Center clock tower and roof will be under way soon along with the Fire Station projects. We continue to improve or maintain our facilities to meet the needs and to provide the best service to our residents.
The Palmieri Property on Hillsdale and Parkview has been donated to the Land Conservancy and MetroParks and will not be developed for single family residential dwellings.
Old Town Hall (1874) has restored front steps, archway and walkways. The Cupola has been rebuilt exactly as the original. The Annex Building (1925) adjacent to Old Town Hall has had an exterior renovation and new plantings. These historic structures are hallmarks of our city. The city is working towards its plans to improve the Old Town Hall stage lighting and sound systems and connect the Annex directly at stage level to the Old Town Hall.
The Community Garden had a very wonderful and successful first year. All 77 plots looked great and were harvested daily with many fine flowers and vegetables. Renewals were February 1, 2017 and the garden opened March 1, 2017. Interested residents contact Communitygarden@Brecksville.Oh.us.
Police Chief Dan Jereb retired June 1, 2016 and has been replaced by William Goodrich as Police Chief on June 2, 2016. Police Sergeants Bob Johnson and Stan Korinek have been promoted to Lieutenant May 3, 2016 and June 7, 2016 respectively. Patrolman John Chrisopulos was promoted to Sergeant February 7, 2017. Patrolman Bill Reppa became a Sergeant on March 19, 2017.
MetroHealth Emergency and Surgery Center opened its doors on August 16, 2016, and our ambulances have begun transporting patients to this facility. For the past 18 months, MetroHealth has been partnering with our Human Services Center in a variety of wellness programs. This is a full service facility and offers many services and procedures. We are so pleased they are now part of our community and have reduced the time it takes to be transported to an emergency facility with these services. They played a major role in our 2016-2017 Safety Day programs as well as Home Days.
Over $12,000 was raised at the Mayor’s Inaugural Ball and was donated to the relocation and building of a new Safety Town for our Police to operate their annual summer program. The facility will relocate to Blossom Hill. Toth Painting Solutions of Brecksville, donated $1,378.00 from their company’s profits in 2016, an annual and very generous donation to the city. Previous allocations were made to the Human Services Pantry.
Police DARE Officer John Chrisopulos has been named the 2016 State DARE Officer of the year in a ceremony at King’s Island. Congratulations John for being named to this prestigious award and the recognition that goes with being awarded this honor.