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Village declares Community Days success

8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village Council President Rick Hudak hailed the 2013 Community Days celebration as a “huge success” at the Aug. 20 Council meeting.

The three-day festival included a parade, steak fry, Safety Services open house, Explorers Post pancake breakfast and the main celebration Aug. 11.

Hudak was grateful for the success of the parade.

“I would like to thank everyone in this room,” Hudak said. “You all helped at one level or another. We didn’t have a lot of huge vehicles, but as far as participants go, it may have been a record.

“The steak fry had been dwindling, but it did phenomenally well this year,” he added.

Service Director Melanie Baker said people at the pancake breakfast were looking for tickets to the steak fry so they could enjoy a day without cooking.

The steak fry was presented by the Masons and the Sons of AMVETS to raise money for Revere High School scholarships.

Fire Chief Jason Mihalek said the children at Community Days liked the landing of the University Hospitals (UH) helicopter. He also thanked UH for the first-aid kits distributed during Community Days.

“Also, it was my pleasure that retired Fire Chief Russ English rode with us in the parade. He’s the one that hired me,” Mihalek said.

Recreation Director Ruth Jocek thanked her staff for a “bang-up job” on Community Days. Hudak and Councilman Hank Novak complimented Jocek for her own work on Community Days.

Novak also praised Baker for her department’s work after the celebration, saying Richfield Woods Park was “unbelievably clean” on the morning after the event.

In other news:

  • Members of the Military Order of Purple Heart attended the meeting to honor Richfield as a Purple Heart Village for showing respect to veterans.
    Mayor Bobbie Beshara accepted the award on behalf of the village. She noted that Council members Andy Ellis and Novak are veterans, and retired police chief Dale Canter is a Purple Heart recipient.
    The mayor also talked about the Chili Cookoff on Sept. 21 at the Masonic Temple from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will raise money for the Richfield Fire Department for programs such as the smokehouse and Bandage Day.
    In addition, Beshara said she attended 16 hours of crisis management training with the leaders of the Richfield and Bath police and fire departments. They learned about how to deal with a variety of school crises, such as a shooting, hurricane, tornado or hazardous-materials incident. The University of Findlay presented the training at no cost.
  • Bill Roemer, a Richfield resident who serves as an at-large representative on Summit County Council, appeared at the meeting. He noted Richfield is the only community in Summit County with two representatives on Council, with the other being Nick Kostandaras (D-District 1).
    Police Chief Keith Morgan credited Kostandaras with helping the police secure a $4,000 grant to fund the juvenile diversion program. Morgan also said the rabies-shot clinic at the Safety Forces Open House was well attended.
  • Baker said the water line broke at state Route 303 and Sawbridge Drive Aug. 1 and again Aug. 8. Cleveland Water Department personnel came out to deal with the problems.
  • Jocek talked about the Fall Fest Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eastwood Preserve. Residents will be able to buy freshly extracted honey.
  • Planning and Zoning Director Bryan Frantz said the Planning and Zoning Commission approved an expansion of the parking lot at the BCI building in Stonegate Corporate Park.
  • Finance Director Sandy Turk said tax receipts were down 1.9 percent in in July compared to last year. However, income tax receipts for the year to date are up 6.3 percent from 2012.
    Council agreed to Turk’s request for an extra $274 in addition to the $9,000 the village spent on fireworks, tables, chairs and tents for Community Days.
  • Councilman Mike Wheeler said the Richfield Community Center task force is putting the final touches on a survey it will mail to residents.
  • Hudak said the Finance Committee will meet Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room outside the mayor’s office. One topic, he said, will be “the revenue vs. the hassle factor” of mayor’s court.
  • Council approved a resolution to rename Town Park, located at the corner of Streetsboro and Brecksville roads, to Oviatt-Newton Park. Kelly Clark, of the Richfield Historical Society, thanked Council for recognizing two of the town’s historic families, who donated the land in 1841.
  • Council OK’d a contract with Cavanaugh Building for work on connecting the Carter Pedigo Trail to the library parking lot at a cost of $16,410.

The next Council meeting is set for Sept. 3 at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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