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    A City of South Euclid Publication                                                                                            Spring 2010

Of Interest                                    Some thoughts from Mayor Welo...

    APRIL                                                                           e are living in   ●   Invested nearly $8 million over the
                                                                                    unprecedent-          last six years to fix our roads and
    3	    *Springfest	10 a.m.-Noon                                                  ed times, and         infrastructure
	         (See	Community	Center	column		                                  now more than ever,         ●   Improved and maintained our excel-
	         for	info)                                                       there is great truth to         lent police, fire, and EMS safety forces
                                                                          the old adage that “the     ●   Been proactive in making sure that
    4	    Easter	                                                         only thing that remains         the aftereffects of the housing and
                                                                          the same is change.”            foreclosure crisis — vacant and
    5-14	 Computer	Round-up	Service		                                                                     abandoned homes — do not further
	         Garage	8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                                           Change is ever abun-
                                                                                                          negatively affect our neighborhoods
                                                                          dant in Northeast Ohio
                                                                                                          and housing values, and implemented
    10	   Formation	of	Walking	Club		                                     as we continue to feel
                                                                                                          unique programs such as the Green
	         Brueggers	10 a.m.                                               the ripple effects from
                                                                                                          Neighborhoods Initiative to revitalize
                                                                          the recession that has
    10	   Texas	Hold	‘em	Fundraiser	for	                                                                  vacant homes in a unique and afford-
                                               gripped our national economy and the state of
	         S.E.	Baseball	&	Softball	Leagues		                                                              able way
                                               Ohio, taking with it millions of jobs and leaving
	         Winking	Lizard	on	Miles		            behind hundreds of thousands of vacant and             ●   Revitalized our parks and play-
	         5 p.m.-midnight                      foreclosed homes. In South Euclid, as in almost            grounds as safe and attractive places
                                               all of our communities, there are no walls that            for our children and residents to play
    13	   Recycling	Committee	mtg.	7:30 p.m.   protect us from this recessionary surge, but it            and relax
                                               also does not mean that we should batten down          ●   Worked with our business owners
    15	   Ward	1	mtg.;	St.	Margaret	Mary		     the hatches and wait out this recessionary storm.          such as Transdigm AeroControlex
	         6:30 p.m.                                                                                       to relocate a company from California
                                                 As we face our new and still unknown American            that will add more than 40 new high-
    15	   *Heights	Regional	Chamber	of		       Way we have two options: We must be ready                  paying jobs to our tax base and result
	         Commerce	(HRCC)	Business		           and willing to make difficult choices to guide             in the construction of a new facility
	         Breakfast	Series	“Change	Your		      us through these uncharted times, or we can do             in our Monticello-Green Industrial
	         Mind	–	Change	Your	Life”		           nothing and let the change manage us and accept            Corridor
	         Mark	Zust	Zust	&	Company		           the unknown consequences.                              ●   Remediated major contamination at
	         A.M.	McGregor	8 a.m.                   In South Euclid, we have been working to-                the old Cedar Center so that construc-
                                               gether to find unique ways to manage change                tion of our new Cedar Center district
    17	   Fifth	Annual	Community		             and come together as a community to ensure                 can begin this October, and brought
	         Clean-Up	Day                         that we continue to provide for the great needs            down the old cement batch plant that
                                               of our community today and move forward with               was a blight in the Monticello-Green
    21	   Coffee	with	Councilwoman		           initiatives and public/private investments that            Industrial Corridor for many years
          Goodman	Cedar	Center	Starbucks	      work to achieve a better and brighter tomorrow.        ●   Been responsible stewards of your
	         6-8 p.m.                             During the economic downturn we have had                   tax dollars and have responded to
                                               some successes:                                            the recession by streamlining
    26-30	Household	Hazardous	Waste		                                                                              Thoughts…Continued on page 3
	         Round-up	Service	Garage		
	         8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    MAY                                        The Economic Recession and 2010 Budget
    4	    Primary	Election	Day                 Challenges
                                                 These are challenging economic times for our country, region and our city. As you are aware, cities
    5	    HomeBase,	the	Home-Based		           are dependent primarily on income tax and property tax revenues to provide services. Unfortunately,
	         Business	Association	of	South		      as a result of the foreclosure crisis and economic recession, these revenue resources have been re-
	         Euclid’s	networking	event.	City		    duced, while costs for services continue to increase.
	         Hall	community	room		                  Since the beginning of the economic downturn, we all have been conscientious and dedicated to
	         (216-	291-4323	for	info)	7-9 p.m.    reviewing the budget, streamlining and reducing programming and looking for alternative revenue
                                               resources. In addition, we have reduced employees and taken measures to reduce expenditures by
                                               purchasing only necessary equipment and supplies. However, in 2010 we are facing new financial
          Of Interest…Continued on page 4
                                               challenges as a result of:                                       Economic…Continued on page 3
                      Council contact information can be found on the back page of the Update.

Council President                                                                                           Dr. Miller elected
David Miller
                                                                                                            council president
  Greetings, friends and neighbors. I trust each        If you have not had a chance to visit the new         Councilman-at-large David Miller has been
of you has enjoyed the winter months even with        and improved city website (www.cityofsoutheu-         elected president of city council, succeeding Ward
the frigid temperatures and snow. Soon winter’s, I encourage you to do so as it is easy     2 Councilman Moe Romeo, who nominated Miller
grip will loosen and spring will bring its renewed    to navigate and provides you with a wealth of         for the position. He was elected unanimously.
sense of optimism and hope.                           information about city meetings and activities.
                                                                                                             An associate professor at the Mandel School of
  In May, you will be asked to vote for a 2.5 mill       We are a community that will succeed only be-      Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve
road levy. Passage of this road levy is essential     cause of the involvement of our caring residents.     University, Miller is married and has two children.
for our city’s future. Beyond the people of South     If you would like to get involved or have an idea
                                                      or opinion, I want to hear from you.                    “I look at this as an opportunity to work with
Euclid, our roads and housing stock are our most                                                            my colleagues and to put forth an agenda that
valuable assets. The revenue generated from             Have a wonderful spring and if I can be of any      includes public safety, quality of life and youth
this levy will provide the resources needed to        service, please let me know. My contact informa-      development,” Miller said.
begin work on road improvement for streets            tion is on the back page of the newsletter.
rated as 1 or 2.                                                                                              He added that he has a desire to “get youth
                                                                                                            more involved” in their city and its workings.
  Without this levy, roads will continue to de-                                                             He further said, knowing he was moving into a
teriorate, which in turn will contribute to lower     Sunny Simon
                                                      Councilwoman-at-Large                                 tough job that includes the city’s budget, “I really
property values. Yes, these are difficult economic                                                          want to take what’s a jewel of a city and polish it.”
times for everyone and family budgets are tight.        As many of you have heard, South Euclid and
Your city government has taken significant steps to                                                           Miller was elected to council two years ago after
                                                      surrounding communities have seen an increase         being initially appointed two years prior to that.
tighten its budget as well. However, with declining   in home break-ins over the last several months.
property values, there are not enough resources in    The sought after items appear to be electronics,       He received his Master of Public Health and
the general fund to support road improvements.        such as big screen TVs.                               Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a
  In the coming months council and the adminis-                                                             Master of Social Work from the University of
                                                        Local law enforcement agencies are working          South Carolina.
tration will hold informational meetings at which     hard to apprehend the perpetrators. However,
you can ask questions regarding the levy so you       there are certain precautions you can take to
can make an informed decision when you vote           prevent these crimes from occurring.
in May. More detailed information on the road
                                                        It is important that if you see any suspicious
                                                                                                            Around Our
levy and its costs to individual homeowners can
be found on the city’s website.                       activity, not matter how trivial it may seem, to      Community
                                                      call the police and tell them. Remember, you are
  Please mark your calendars for April 17, for the    the eyes and ears of the community.                     Daniel Klaber, a 15-year-old Brush student, and
Fifth Annual Community Clean-Up Day. Please                                                                 his ice skating partner, Holly Moore of Chagrin
come out at 9 a.m. and help beautify our city.          When you leave your house, lock your doors
                                                                                                            Falls, won a silver medal in the intermediate
                                                      securely and leave lights on. Consider installing
  Paz                                                                                                       dance competition at the U.S. Junior National
                                                      a security system with a loud alarm. If at all pos-
                                                                                                            Championships. They had qualified for the
                                                      sible, keep electronics out of sight.
                                                                                                            championship by winning the competition at the
Tony Caroscio                                            You may also want to check the Cuyahoga            Midwest Sectional Championships in Wichita, KS.
Councilman-at-Large                                   County sheriff’s website (www.sheriff.cuyaho-
                                                                                                              Rick Friedl, a South Euclid police detective,
                                             to see if there are any registered
                                                                                                            recently graduated from the Police Executive
Welcome to Spring everyone!!!                         sex offenders in your neighborhood. Registered
                                                                                                            Leadership College in Columbus. The college,
  My thanks to every one who voted for me in          offenders may not pose a threat to your family,
                                                                                                            one week a month for three months, is designed
November. I look forward to exceeding your            however, becoming aware of who lives in your
                                                                                                            to “foster the values of good citizenship, to en-
expectations. For those of you who did not vote       neighborhood is an important step to keeping
                                                                                                            hance the prospects of secure communities and
for me, I look forward to earning your trust and      it safe.
                                                                                                            to brighten the future through constructive social
respect in the coming years. I represent each of        South Euclid is a vibrant and safe community        change within Ohio communities.”
you and will always keep that in mind with every      However, it is not immune from the challenges
                                                                                                              Councilman Ed Icove recently appeared before
decision I make.                                      facing inner ring suburbs. Let’s work together to
                                                                                                            the U.S. Supreme Court representing a client in a
                                                      make this city thrive.
                                                                                                            debt collection case. The debt collector, who was
                                                        If you are interested in conserving green           determined to have violated the law, argued it
                                                      space, please join the South Euclid Citizens for      made a mistake of law and should not be liable.
                                                      Land Conservation’s efforts to identify valuable      Icove submitted that ignorance of the law is not an
                                                      wooded areas for preservation. If you would like      excuse, and adopting the debt collector’s position
                                                      more information on becoming involved in this         would permit it to evade the law. The Solicitor
                                                      dynamic group, please feel free to contact me         General, consumer groups and states, including
                                                      or check my city website for more information.        Ohio, have lined up in favor of Icove’s client.

2010 Road Levy Information                                                                                      Thoughts…continued from page 1
Paving Our Way To A Better Future!                                                                                    budgets, reducing costs for services
                                                                                                                      and reducing the number of city
  Every five years since 1980, South Euclid residents have voted to support the renewal of the South                  employees. As of the publication
Euclid road levy. The levy provides funds that are dedicated to repairing and replacing our roads                     of this issue, all non-union unit
and infrastructure.                                                                                                   administrative employees have taken
                                                                                                                      pay freezes and across-the-board
  On May 4, 2010, residents will be asked to consider a new 2.5-mill replacement levy.                                pay cuts.
  In the winter Update, residents were asked to consider several options and provide input and feed-              As a community, we cannot simply sit still
back as to how the city should move forward. In addition, in 2009 and 2010 the administration held              and wait out the storm. While millions of dol-
meetings with residents who live on some of the city’s worst rated streets, to discuss street repair            lars in stimulus funds have been distributed
progress and reach a consensus on how to move forward with the 2010 road levy.                                  to our state, Cuyahoga County and our larger
  In February, city council unanimously voted to put the 2010 levy on the May 4 ballot as a 2.5-mill            neighboring communities, smaller cities such
road levy, replacing the 3.0-mill levy that was approved by voters in 2005. The new levy will nearly            as South Euclid are left with little assistance.
double funds available to repair our streets from nearly 567,000 currently to just over $1,000,000              We are on our own and must take responsible
with the replacement.                                                                                           actions to ensure our future.

  What am I paying now for the current road levy?                                                                 In this issue, we update you on the upcoming
                                                                                                                Road Levy replacement, which will be on the bal-
  With the current levy, residents who own homes valued at $100,000, pay approximately $41 a year               lot for your consideration on May 4. We also are
for the road levy. Seniors with a Homestead Exemption pay approximately $31 a year.                             providing you with a snapshot of South Euclid’s
                                                                                                                budget, outline how your tax dollars are spent
  What will I pay with the new road levy in 2011?                                                               and how the recession has affected our budget
  The new replacement levy would cost an additional $36 a year, or approximately $76.56 for a home              and our challenges in providing services.
valued at $100,000. If you are a senior and qualify for the Homestead Exemption, you will pay $57.42              Even with these challenges, South Euclid is
a year for the new levy in 2011.                                                                                still a great place to live and raise our families.
                                                                                                                We have a diverse and solid housing stock, great
  What will I pay with the new road levy in 2012-2015?
                                                                                                                public schools with a 97% graduation rate, a
  You will actually pay about the same you are paying now for four of the five years of the new road levy. At   growing and expanding Notre Dame College,
the end of 2011, a recreation levy established in the 1990s to pay for recreation and swimming pool             public parks and spaces for recreation includ-
improvements will be retired and will result in a lowering of levied taxes paid by homeowners. As               ing the Euclid Creek Metroparks, and walkable
a result, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 will see a reduction of approximately $36 a year.              neighborhoods with sidewalks and front porches.
With the reduction, total levied taxes will be reduced to approximately the current level they
                                                                                                                  But most important, we have great people like
are now ($41 a year on a home valued $100,000).
                                                                                                                you who live in South Euclid and care about
  Additional information, including the 2010 Street Rating report and Road Levy Options that were               making it a better place to live, work and play.
considered can be found on the city’s website at “”.                            Your support and guidance have allowed us to
                                                                                                                be innovative, try new ideas and take educated
                                                                                                                risks that will provide both short and long-term
                                                                                                                benefits. It’s because of you and your support that
                                                                                                                South Euclid remains a great place to live, and
Economic…continued from page 1                                                                                  with your continuing support, I know we will
                                                                                                                emerge from the surrounding “storm of change”
                                                                                                                as a progressive, caring and healthy community
  ●   A projected $800,000 decrease in property tax collections as a result of the Cuyahoga                     with an even brighter and better future.
      County Auditor’s 12% reduction in property values
  ●   A projected $300,000 decrease in income tax collection due to the economic recession
      and job losses                                                                                            Sign Up for the South Euclid E-News
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  As you are aware, we are not alone in this crisis. Nearly all cities in our region are experiencing the       reduced the number of page and issues of the
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                                                            Of Interest…continued from page 1
                                                                11	   Recycling	Committee	mtg.		
    Do you know how much of your Property Taxes             	         7:30 p.m.

         actually go to pay for City Services?                  12	   HRCC	Business	Expo		
                                                            	         Landerhaven	3-7 p.m.

                                                                13	   Deadline	for	ordering	rain		
    Only 17% of your property taxes goes to the City to     	         garden	plant	kits	
    provide Police, Fire, EMS, Parks and Public Services        20		 *HRCC	Business	Breakfast			
                                                            	        Series	“Tools,	Tips	&	Tactics		
    such as street repair, garbage collection, recycling,   	        for	Talking	to	the	Media”		
                  salt and snow-plowing.                    	        Bruce	Hennes	Hennes	Paynter		
                                                            	        A.M.	McGregor	8 a.m.

                                                                31		 Memorial	Day	Parade		
        Our Property Taxes? Where Do They Go?               	        9 a.m.	Kickoff
                          Library      City 
                            2%         17%                      JUNE

                                                                	5	   Rain	Garden	Plant	Sale	S.E.		
                                                            	     	   Service	Garage	9-11 a.m.	
                County                           City 
                 21%                                            	6	   Summer	Concert	Workmen’s		
                                                            	     	   Circle	Klezmer	Orchestra		
                                                 Schools    	     	   Notre	Dame	7 p.m.

                                                 County         8		   Recycling	Committee	mtg.		
                                                            	     	   7:30 p.m.
                            Schools                             17	   *HRCC	Business	Breakfast		
                             60%                            	   	     Series		“Finance	Basics	for	the		
                                                            	   	     Entrepreneur”	Robin	Sacks		
                                                            	   	     Identity	Coach		
                                                            	   	     A.M.	McGregor	8 a.m.

                                                                26    2nd annual Dugway Brook
                                                                      Watershed Festival featuring
                                                                      family-friendly activities,
                                                                      demonstrations and stuff for kids
                                                                      Forest Hill Park Boat House
                                                                      11 a.m.-3 p.m.

                                                              *	There	is	a	fee	to	attend	these	

                                                              All	programs	are	at	South	Euclid	
                                                            Community	Center,	unless	otherwise	
                                                            noted.	Call	(216)	291-0772	for	all	Tri-
                                                            City	program	information.

                            2010 Income Projection Versus 2009 Actual

                   2009 actual ($17,065,234)                           2010 projection ($15,568,675)







































                                South Euclid 2009 Expenditures
                                                  Sources of Income


                  Public Works/Service                                      2%


                           Police	30%
                           Capital Expenditures 	2%
                           Fire/EMS	24%
                           Parks & Recreation Services	2%
                           Community Services, Planning & Economic Development	1%
                           Public Works (Service, Streets, Garbage)	24%
                           Community Center/Senior Services	1%
                           Court	3%
                           Finance & Income Tax Depts.	 4%	
                           Mayor, City Council & Law Depts.	3%
                           Building & Housing Depts.	4%
                                                                                                                                                                      PRESORT Std.
                                                                                                                                                                     U.S. POSTAGE
                              City	of	South	Euclid	                                                                                                                       PAID
                              1349	South	Green	Road                                                                                                                  Permit No. 1173
                                                                                                                                                                     Cleveland, Ohio
                              South	Euclid,	Ohio	44121-3985

City to conduct exterior housing inspections
The city’s housing department will be conducting complete exterior inspections of all residential premises located on these streets
between March 1 and September 3, 2010
 Acacia Drive                                   Genesee Road                                           Montagano Blvd.                                            Stuart Drive
 Adrian Road                                    Greenway Road                                          Monticello Place Lane                                      Tamalga Drive
 Angela Drive                                   Hillrock Drive                                         Norma Drive                                                Verona Road
 Belvoir Mews                                   Jefferson Lane                                         Queen Ann Court                                            Victory Drive
 Buxton Road                                    King George Blvd.                                      Queen Mary Drive                                           W. Farnhurst Road
 Donwell Drive                                  Langerdale Blvd.                                       Ramblewood Trail                                           Wallingford Road
 Dorshwood Rd.                                  Lucille Avenue                                         Renwood Road                                               Warrensville Center
 Edenwood Rd.                                   Maydor Lane                                            S. Belvoir (1473-2132)                                     Whitehall Drive
 Farnhurst Rd.                                  Mayfield Rd. (4614-4767)                               S. Lyn Circle                                              Wilburn Drive
 Francis Court                                  McFarland Road                                         Sheffield Road                                             Wrenford Road
 Garden Drive                                   Monarch Road                                           Stonehaven Road
                                                                                                                                                     Printed on Recycled paper.
 South Euclid City Officials
                     MAYOr/sAfeTY dIreCTOr                                                                                    MUNICIPAL COUrT
                            Georgine Welo                                                                                 Patricia Ann Kleri – Judge
        Administrative Office Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • 381-0400                                                       Hedy I. Rapeport – Magistrate
                                                                                                                       Lindsay P. Jones – Clerk of Court
                                 CITY COUNCIL                                                                    Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – 381-2880
    Council President – Moe Romeo - Ward 2 ................. 381-7365
                                                                                            Police Chief ....................................................................... Kevin Nietert
    Council Members
    Ruth Gray – Ward 1...........................................................382-0218   Asst. Police Chief .............................................................. James Franey                                                               Fire Chief...................................................................... Thomas Cannell
    Edward Icove – Ward 3 ....................(H) 691-1751 (W) 802-0000                     Asst. Fire Chief ............................................................. Thomas Palmer                                                                     Public Service/
    Jane Goodman – Ward 4 .................................................291-0442           Economic Development Director.............................. Ed Gallagher                                                            Finance Director ........................................................ Joseph G. Filippo
    Tony Caroscio – At Large .................................................691-0963
                                                                                            Building Commissioner ............................................. Paul Kowalczyk
    David Miller – At Large ..................................................291-0451      Housing Manager............................................................... Sally Martin                                                              Community Services Director ................................... Keith Benjamin
    Sunny M. Simon – At Large ...........(H) 291-8773 (W) 241-0040                          Law Director .............................................................. Michael Lograsso                                                                   Community Center Director ......................................... Meg Martines

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