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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 NEWS ...
Council contact information can be found on the back page of the Update.
Council President Dr. Miller elected
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 clid.com), 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
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,
gacounty.us) 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.
DEPARTMENT NEWS ...
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 “http://www.cityofsoutheuclid.com”. 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
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As a result of these decreases, the city has frozen all salaries, reduced employees and implemented Community Update
an across-the-board pay decrease for all non-union unit employees. Because of the economic recession, the city has
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
same dramatic decreases in revenues that are necessary to provide services and have implemented Update that are mailed to residents.
similar cost-cutting measures as well as other temporary revenue adjustments to ensure that safety A cost-effective way to continue communication
and public services continue for residents. with residents about important issues and infor-
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of the national economic recession and housing crisis. mer. Please go to www.cityofsoutheuclid.com
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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
2% 17% JUNE
5 Rain Garden Plant Sale S.E.
Service Garage 9-11 a.m.
21% 6 Summer Concert Workmen’s
Circle Klezmer Orchestra
Schools Notre Dame 7 p.m.
County 8 Recycling Committee mtg.
Schools 17 *HRCC Business Breakfast
60% Series “Finance Basics for the
Entrepreneur” Robin Sacks
A.M. McGregor 8 a.m.
26 2nd annual Dugway Brook
Watershed Festival featuring
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%
Capital Expenditures 2%
Parks & Recreation Services 2%
Community Services, Planning & Economic Development 1%
Public Works (Service, Streets, Garbage) 24%
Community Center/Senior Services 1%
Finance & Income Tax Depts. 4%
Mayor, City Council & Law Depts. 3%
Building & Housing Depts. 4%
City of South Euclid PAID
1349 South Green Road Permit No. 1173
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
Ruth Gray – Ward 1...........................................................382-0218 Asst. Police Chief .............................................................. James Franey
firstname.lastname@example.org Fire Chief...................................................................... Thomas Cannell
Edward Icove – Ward 3 ....................(H) 691-1751 (W) 802-0000 Asst. Fire Chief ............................................................. Thomas Palmer
email@example.com Public Service/
Jane Goodman – Ward 4 .................................................291-0442 Economic Development Director.............................. Ed Gallagher
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com Community Services Director ................................... Keith Benjamin
Sunny M. Simon – At Large ...........(H) 291-8773 (W) 241-0040 Law Director .............................................................. Michael Lograsso
firstname.lastname@example.org Community Center Director ......................................... Meg Martines