Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Field of Flags will once again grace the west lawn of city hall starting May 20, 2013.
Part landscaping, part show of patriotism, the flag display at Beachwood City Hall will begin Monday May 20, 2013. The Field of Flags is a 30-foot by 60-foot flag painted on the grass of the west lawn of city hall. The giant painting includes acutal flags as well, said Karen Carmen, Beachwood's Community Services Director, by email. The display will stay up until June 14, Flag Day. Check out this photo gallery of last year's display.
Gorden is practically an institution in Beachwood, having served the city for many years on city council, as a firefighter and as mayor and safety director for the last four terms.
Mayor Merle Gorden is up for a raise next year. But The Plain Dealer's recent article about Gorden's status as a "double dipper" --collecting retirement benefits while still working for the city -- questioned whether city council should consider that in determining whether to give him a raise. The Plain Dealer reported that Gorden is collecting $157,000 in retirement benefits from the state in addition to his Beachwood mayoral base salary of $175,000. Add another $23,000 for the value of his pay for officiating marriages, the use of a car and some of his contributions to Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and his annual salary is $355,000. Gorden's base salary is more than the $148,337 annual salary of Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2012…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
City Council will hear more details at a May 6 meeting.
Just before the city's regular council meeting on May 6, the economic development committee will get updated on the progress of the city's new Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The bureau launched a website in October. Sun News reported earlier this week that the bureau has seen a number of successes including getting Beachwood named in the latest edition of the Ohio Travel Planning Guide. The economic development committee meets at 6 pm on May 6 in council chambers.
Budish is one of two Democrats considering the county's top post.
Ohio Rep. Armond Budish is among the two Democrats considering a run for Cuyahoga County Executive now that Ed FitzGerald has announced his intention to run for Ohio Governor. Budish, the democratic leader of the House from District 8, which includes Beachwood, told the Cleveland Jewish News that he was taking a "good, hard look at it," reported the newspaper. The Plain Dealer also reported that Budish was one of three Democrats considering a run at the county executive post. Also considering the job is Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and former Cuyahoga County Treasurer. It seemed that Chris Ronayne, the president of University Circle, was interested in also running, but he is not, reported The Plain …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Heated sidewalk to be installed at City Hall in 2013 Ashalt Pavement Program
Beachwood City Council opened bidding for the city's 2013 Asphalt Pavement Program at Monday's meeting. The project includes resurfacing Hendon Road from Fairmount Boulevard to Richmond Road and resurfacing the parking lot of City Hall. Workers will also install a heated sidewalk from Fairmount Boulevard to the front entrance of City Hall. Council also opened bidding for a replacement gate for the Beachwood Police Department entrance on Richmond Road. The estimated cost for that project is $75,000. Bidding for both projects will close May 10.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Several Patch blogs got you talking this week. We gathered the conversation starters, in case you missed 'em.
We love to get you talking, and this week we had a few blogs that touched on some hot-button issues. Take a glance at these blogs and let us know where you stand in the comments section. We appreciate your input! 1. Rose Petsche couldn't believe Rob Portman's "no" vote on the bi-partisan background check for the purchase of firearms bill. She asks, "Is there any question that money buys political votes?" Read what else she said here. 2. Dr. Barbara Berkeley says this pill is guaranteed to help you lose weight. Which pill? The answer will surprise you. 3. Psychologist Gene Benedetto asks, "Have you really seen any government program that does not wreak of corruption and fraud?" Do you believe crisises are used to create more programs that …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The city advises that if you should encounter rusty water during the flushings, then run the cold water on the faucet closest to your water meter.
The city of Beachwood will be flushing its hydrants from April 28 through May 3. The city advised residents that hydrant flushing can occur on any given street during any day that week. Furthermore, if residents find their water to be rusty during that time, they are encouraged to run the cold water on the faucet closest to your water meter. If residents have any other questions about hydrant flushing, they can call the Beachwood Fire Department at 216-292-1965. The city's fall flushing will be September 29 through October 4.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The mulch can be purchased for $2 per bag from the City’s Service Center
The city of Beachwood is using yard waste to make organic mulch that can be purchased from the City’s Service Center. Beachwood residents can purchase organic mulch for $2 per bag, which contains two cubic feet of double-shredded mulch. Our mulch is created in house,” said Dale Pekarek, Beachwood Service Director, on the city's web site. “Brush and logs are collected from the curbside before being recycled into local, organic mulch.” Last year, the city collected and recycled a total of 11,500 tons of recycling materials which included 2,600 tons of leaves and 1,790 tons of brush.