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Richfield Council members learn about Take Me Home program

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Police Chief Keith Morgan told Richfield Village Council Oct. 15 about the Take Me Home program, which can help an elderly or mentally disabled person return home after getting lost.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry and Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh teamed up for the project. If your loved one gets lost, police will search the Take Me Home database to locate the missing person’s home. For more information, call 330-643-8617.

“If it’s a need you have, it’s something you should look into,” Morgan said. “It’s a great help to us.”

Doug Piekarz, of the Akron Zoo, appeared at the meeting to talk about Issue No. 3, a 0.8-mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

He said the zoo has been good stewards of the money voters approved in 2000 and 2007.

“We have delivered more animals, more exhibits and more opportunities to learn,” he said.

Piekarz said the zoo broke attendance records this year, thanks to its new Grizzly Ridge exhibit. He added the levy, a renewal, would cost about $2 per month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

In other news:

  • Mayor Bobbie Beshara reported the painting of the Eastwood House has been completed.
    She also said she would like to have legislation at the Nov. 5 meeting to choose a gas aggregation company for the village.
    Beshara said she was one of 23 volunteers who joined the Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), which requires 16 hours of training. The CERT group can assist the safety forces in the event of a disaster: for example, they can get blankets, water and other vital materials to people in need.
    Council approved Beshara’s appointment of Chris Meneer as a part-time firefighter/emergency medical technician. A 2010 graduate of Revere High School, Meneer has been volunteering for the Richfield Fire Department for the past 18 months.
    “We all appreciate his service to the community and we’re glad to have him on board,” said Councilman Ralph Waszak.
  • Morgan said the Revere CARES group was sponsoring a program called “Hidden in Plain Sight” at the Richfield Library Oct. 23. It demonstrates how drugs and other items can be hidden in an ordinary looking room.
  • Assistant Fire Chief Phil McLean said the Richfield firefighters teamed with local colleagues for a water shuttle drill, in which they were able to move 64,000 gallons of water, which was then returned to a retention pond.
  • In his written report, Fire Chief Jason Mihalek stated 90 percent of Richfield’s fire hydrant flushing was completed before the Cleveland Water Department imposed a moratorium on flushing for the rest of the year.
  • Recreation Director Ruth Jocek said the Tree Lighting will take place Nov. 29 and Santa Claus will make his annual appearance Dec. 1. More details will come in the following weeks.
  • Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz said the Summit County Brownfield Coalition approved a $75,000 grant to the village. Pending confirmation of those funds’ availability, the village would be able to move the Soni project on Congress Parkway into the final stages of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approval, Frantz reported.
  • Council also voted to allow the installation of rain gauge equipment with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD). The gauge will be located at the village’s service garage at 4450 W. Streetsboro Road and will transmit information about precipitation to the NEORSD.

The next Richfield Village Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

Before the meeting, a public hearing will take place at 7:45 p.m. on a proposed ordinance that would allow the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve signs to be located less than the required distance from the right-of-way in certain circumstances.

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