Welcome to the City of Brooklyn, Ohio e-newsletter.
The City of Brooklyn is a strong and vibrant community located centrally
in the heart of Cuyahoga County. Brooklyn is the perfect place to live,
work and play. Generations of families, businesses and workers have
been proud to call Brooklyn home and we think you will too. Come see for
yourself all that Brooklyn has to offer.
Katherine A. Gallagher
Kathleen M. Pucci
Antony E. DeMarco
Ron Van Kirk
Mary L. Balbier
Barbara A. Paulitzky
Deborah G. Tomusko
Happy New Year! 2016 was a busy year at city hall. The State of the City
is scheduled in a couple of weeks and I look forward to re-capping our
city’s 2016 accomplishments that resulted from the hard work of
directors, council members, employees and citizens. In addition, I look
forward to sharing some 2017 plans for the city and some initiatives my
staff is working on to make sure the City of Brooklyn is a great place
to live, work and play.
Employee and Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Joann Haig who was recognized by Mayor Katie
Gallagher as the 2016 Employee of the Year! Congratulations also to Barb
Stepic who was chose as the 2016 Citizen of the Year! Thank you both
for all of your hard work and dedication that you give to the City of
Brooklyn on a daily basis.
Best Wishes to Cindy Bereznay, Branch Manager of the Brooklyn Library, on her retirement November 30, 2016
State of the City
Mayor Katie Gallagher will be giving the annual State of the City on
Thursday, February 9 at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Luncheon hosted
at 1 American Road off of Tiedeman Road. To register, please contact
the Brooklyn Chamber at email@example.com.
There will be a video presentation available on the City website at
brooklynohio.gov and played on the local government access channel.
Holiday House Decorating Winners! Congratulations! First Place – 8928 Torrance; Second Place 8708 Memphis Villas South; Third Place 6606 Archmere.
Nominations are being accepted for the Citizen of the Year 2017!
Do you know someone who is deserving of recognition? Tell us about it! Fill out the form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to City Hall, 7619 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 attn: Mayor’s Office. Click here for nomination form.
Room Rentals Now Available
The Senior-Community Center and the Community Room at the Brooklyn Fire Station are now available for public rental. Click Here for rental form and information. For additional information please call 216-351-2133 or go to www.brooklynohio.gov and click on room rental on the Home Page.
Economic Development Update
The 2006 City of Brooklyn Master Plan entitled “Our Plan for the Future”
envisioned an important new mixed-use urban district to emerge within
an area designated as the “City Center” Focus Area 2. This redevelopment
area calls for new retail/office buildings with medium density
residential housing in combination with the existing municipal uses;
i.e. city hall, recreation center, senior/community center and Veteran’s
Memorial Park along the eastern portion of Memphis Avenue. The primary
goal of this redevelopment is to create a new mixed land use activity
center for the City.
The “City Center” project area will evaluate the redevelopment potential
for new private and public real estate investment along Memphis Avenue
from Ridge Road on the east to the City of Brooklyn Service Department
property line at 9400 Memphis Avenue on the west, from Interstate 71 on
the north to Hurricane Alley on the south.
The project planning area encompasses over 180 acres of land. The area
is already considered a hub of activity because of the location of the
City Hall, Municipal Court, Police Department, Fire Station, Veteran’s
Memorial Park, Senior/Community Center and Recreation Center. This area
of the city is the most logical location for a “Main Street/City Center”
development. The goal of this project is to reflect the city’s image,
pride and prosperity with the physical enhancement of the area to
support local independent businesses.
The City of Brooklyn desires to develop a mixed-use district that embraces the following objectives:
- Be the primary gathering place for community activities
- Promotes the creation or retention of small businesses in the community
- Support local businesses and services that are identified with the City of Brooklyn
- Support local resident owned businesses and/or family owned businesses
- Support local community projects like parks, recreational uses, schools, and non-profit organizations
- Provide a stable economic environment for job growth and new private investment
- Increase homeownership opportunities and alternative housing styles
- Create new income and property tax revenue for the City and District
a more efficient and attractive land use of project properties that
will increase the value of all property throughout the city
The City 2006 Master Plan established a direction for future
development. The next phase will require a concentrated focus on the
“City Center” area and will require an extensive and exhaustive process
of encouraging public community input into the planning and development
phasing process. Therefore the Mayor and council have appointed a
seven member Steering Committee. The general purpose of a Steering
Committee is to act as a sounding board for new ideas and concepts. It
is not necessarily a final decision-making body. The final decision with
the adoption of a project will be decided by the Mayor and the City
Council. The Steering Committee is a group of residents and business
leaders that will provide feedback and advocacy for different opinions
in the community as to proposed ideas or planning concepts.
Their role is to ensure that various opinions are heard about the plan
and then try to garner a consensus with an outcome. This group will be
the initial sounding board and hopefully steer the City clear from major
controversial issues as we discuss and analyze the feasibility of a
In order for this project to become reality, the City will be required
to update and amend the City’s zoning code to allow for this type of
development. On January 9, 2017, legislation was introduced to amend the
existing zoning code to allow for a Planned Unit Development District.
All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please
contact Andi Udris, Director of Economic Development at 216-635-4289. To
provide your ideas and opinions in writing, please address your
comments to “City Center” Steering Committee, Brooklyn City Hall, 7619
Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio.
News, Events, Highlights
City Council Updates
December 12, 2016
- Recognized Cindy Berezny for her work on behalf the City while managing the Brooklyn Library.
- The City recognized Barb Stepic as the First Annual Citizen of the Year.
- The City recognized JoAnn Haig as the First Annual Employee of the Year.
- Approved an HVAC bid with Smith and Oby for a total contract price of $47,750 per year.
- Adopted Temporary Appropriations (final appropriation change on 12/27/17).
rules, regulations and rental fees for the Fire Station Community Room
and Community Center. Fire Station fees - $20 per hr. for residents and
$40 per hr. for non-residents and Community Center $25 per hr. for
residents for half the room and $75 per hr. for the entire room; $40 per
hr. for non-residents for half the room and $125 per hr. for the entire
room. All rules, regulations and rates are available on the city’s
- Authorized the purchase of 21 mobile radios from
Cleveland Communications in the amount of $53,611.15 for the Brooklyn
Police Department. This is a 2017 capital expenditure.
an additional expenditure of $557.12 to purchase the Integrated
Precision System (key fobs) for the Recreation Center that was
previously approved by Council for $17,504.54. The new total for this
2016 capital expenditure is $18,061.66.
December 27, 2016
- Approved inter-fund transfers and advances for 2016. These transfers
include $280,500 from the General Fund to Safety Force Construction
Fund then to the Bond Retirement Fund; $731,648 from the General fund to
the Economic Development Fund; and $1,640,000 from the General Fund to
the I-480 Tiedeman Road Fund.
- Approved an amended final annual
appropriations. The total impact of all adjustments is $2,797,728 and
the total Permanent Appropriations is $27,695,992.
fees for admission and use for the Ice Show Participants in the Brooklyn
Recreation Center. These include ranges for Figure Skate Club members
from $15-35 per skater or $25-45 per family; Learn to Skate members from
$10-30 per skater or $15-25 per family.
January 10, 2017
- Confirmed Meg Ryan Shockey to the Planning Commission for a term running until December 31, 2017.
Regis Barrett; Earl Bloam; Craig Farkas; Walter Parker and Dean
Bredenbeck to the Brooklyn Zoning Board of Appeal for terms running
until December 31, 2021.
- Approved a grant application request
from the Fire Chief to the Fire Chief to the State of Ohio Division of
Emergency Medical Services up to $3,000 with no local match. If awarded
the monies would be used on EMS equipment.
- No objects were made to a liquor permit request renewal from Dollar General.
a contract renewal for HVAC services at the Recreation Center for
$26,686 during the period from January 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
the city to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s Office and
Ohiocheckbook.com. This is a transparency measure for the residents to
review the city’s financial documents at no cost to the city. Once the
city’s financial records are uploaded to State’s system, the city hall
will announce via newsletter, council meetings and other measures the
information is available to review.
- Adopted a change to the
non-bargaining salary for the city prosecutor. After functioning a year
with one magistrate, the Administration would like to continue in 2017
with one magistrate instead of hiring a second magistrate at $15,000.
The new salary would be $25,000. This is savings from the original
proposal to hire two magistrates and a huge long-term savings to the
city based on previous years.
- Authorized a contract for the
sale and purchase of vacant city land bank property on Pepper Ridge
Drive (PP# 431-17-072) for $1,000 and other good and value
- Adopted replacement Chapter 929 of the Codified Ordinances for a Comprehensive Stormwater Management plan.
- Adopted replacement Chapter 1351 of the Codified Ordinances for Erosion and Sediment Control.
- Adopted replacement Chapter 933 of the Codified Ordinances for Discharger and Illegal Connection Control.
- Adopted a revised and updated Storm Water Management Plan.
- Explanation of the last four changes - The federal Clean Water Act,
which was enacted in 1972, provides that the discharge of pollutants to
waters of the United States from any point source is unlawful unless the
discharge is in compliance with a National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Clean Water Act amendments of
1987 explicitly required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
to adopt regulations to require NPDES permits of storm water
dischargers. The purpose of issuing an NPDES general permit for small
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) is to ensure these
discharges can be in compliance with applicable state and federal
regulations. Ohio EPA’s NPDES Small MS4 general permit (OHQ000002) was
issued on January 30, 2009 and expired on January 29, 2014. The City of
Brooklyn is now covered under the third-generation NPDES Small MS4
general permit (OHQ000003). This third-generation permi t requires the
City adopt updates to their Storm water Management Plan (SWMP) along
with adopting updates to their ordinances related to Erosion &
Sediment Control, Storm Water Management and Storm Drainage System
Discharges. To assist local municipalities with this endeavor, a model
SWMP and model ordinances have been developed by the Chagrin River
Watershed Partners (CRWP) which have been utilized to prepare the
replacement of the City’s SWMP and replacements to existing ordinances.
- Civil Infraction Penalties for violations of the Trash and Recycle Ordinance.
the Moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing and retail
in the City. The State of Ohio still has not set guidelines on this
- Enacting Chapter 1127, Planned Unit Development
District – This ordinance follows the ongoing discussions over the City
Center project proposal modeled after the 2006 Master Plan. If enacted
(and later approved by the voters), it would create a new chapter in the
zoning code that allows for "Planned Unit Development" overlay areas
within the city. A traditional PUD, which must undergo a rigorous
approval process before the Planning Commission and City Council,
permits areas of well-thought-out, well-designed structures that can be
mixed-use in nature and might diverge from the traditional uses within
particular zones, but offer flexibility in the planning of large tracts
of assembled land in the city. This is, in a nutshell, what the City
Center concept whose planning is underway advances. In order to meet
project timelines by seeking voter approval at the May 2017 countywide
election, we would ask that the ordinance be adopted not la ter than
Jan. 23, 2017.
- Extending the Moratorium on small cells and
nodes for commutation in the city. After the passage of a recent bill,
the city needs to create an approval process.
- Budget Work Session – Thursday, January 12 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.
Commission Special Meeting to discuss Planned United Development
District – Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Conference
Dear Brooklyn Residents,
The City of Brooklyn wants your feedback on the services, facilities,
and programs that are most important to you. If you receive a Community
Survey in the mail over the next few weeks, I encourage you fill it out
and mail it back in the pre-paid envelope. Your feedback is very
important to prioritizing City services, facilities, and programming for
2017 and beyond. With the loss of American Greetings in September of
2016 combined with the City of Cleveland’s income tax rate changes, the
City is projected to collect $6.1 million less in income tax revenue
during 2017. That represents a loss of over 30% of the City’s largest
source of revenue. Before making difficult decisions that will better
align future City expenditures with the new normal of projected revenue,
the City is requesting resident input to better understand the
services, facilities, and programming you value the most.
If you don’t receive a survey in the mail, you will still be able to
provide your feedback. A link to the Community Survey will be posted on
both the City’s Website and Facebook Page. There will be more
information provided over the next few weeks.
The City is working with ETC Institute, and independent consulting
company, to administer the Community Survey. They will compile the
responses and present the results to City Administration. Your responses
will remain confidential. If you have any questions or want more
information, all of my contact information is detailed below.
City of Brooklyn
7619 Memphis Ave
Brooklyn, OH 44144
If any resident is in need of additional Simple
Recycling bags, they are available at City Hall, Senior Center and the
Skating is a Blast at Brooklyn! Join us on Saturday, January 28 from
2:15-4:30pm. FREE lessons for beginner skaters from 2:30-3:00pm *skate
rental fees apply. Family Skate, Raffles, Prizes and registration for
Baron Cup Hockey tournaments are February 6th-February 12th dates and times to be announced
Sectional and District hockey tournaments are February 13th-March 3 dates and times to be announced
Youth Soccer registration start February 1st Resident rates $60.00
Silver Sneakers Stability Classes February 2nd, 16th and March 2nd and
16th- 45 minute class that helps improve balance, strengthen ankles,
knees and hit joint as well as reactionary skills. All fitness levels
Thank you to Sgt. Cindy Eschweiler and School Resource Officer Dan
Meadows for organizing the City of Brooklyn Police Department’s Shop
with a Cop. This event was made possible by a grant provided by
Wal-Mart. Click here to read the entire article.
Reminder - Overnight Parking Ban
From Nov 1st to through March 31st there is no parking on city streets from 2 am to 7 am.
Also anytime there is 2” or more there is no parking on City streets for 24 hrs.
351.16 OVERNIGHT WINTER PARKING; SNOW EMERGENCIES.
(a) The term “Motor Vehicle”, as used in this section shall be construed
to include automobiles and all other vehicles propelled otherwise than
by muscular power.
(b) Beginning with the first day of November of each year and ending
with the last day of March of the following year, it shall be unlawful
for the owner or operator of any motor vehicle to park said vehicle on
any public street within the City of Brooklyn between the hours of 2:00
a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(c) It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any motor vehicle
to park said vehicle on any public street within the City of Brooklyn at
any time within twenty-four (24) hours after a snowfall of two inches
(2") or more has occurred.
(d) Any person convicted of violating any provision of this section
shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more than one
hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisoned in the City jail for not more
than ten (10) days, or both. (Ord. 1968-55. Passed 10-14-68.)
Demolition is underway for the expansion of the Ryder Truck facility at
11250 Brookpark Rd. They will be consolidating their location from
across the street to include a new building and an addition to the
The Building Department webpage now has listings for all contractors
that are currently registered with the city. This registry requires that
contractors are insured and licensed. It is categorized by the type of
work they perform.
Cuyahoga County Board of Health Lead Safe Program
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Brooklyn Branch-Cuyahoga County Public Library Programs
Power of Meditation
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host
Power of Meditation on Tuesday evenings, January 10th , 17th, 24th and
31st from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Combined Meeting Room/Conference Room.
Meditation has been proven to strengthen memory, lower blood pressure,
help with chronic pain, depression, anxiety and decrease stress. Join us
for a four-week mini-series of meditation exercises facilitated by
Kemper House. No experience necessary. Registration required. To
register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Brooklyn Branch at 216.398.4600.
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Monday Afternoon Book Discussion on January 2nd from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. Join us for great conversation as we discuss The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay. Books will be available at the circulation desk one month before the discussion. No registration.
Drop In and Download
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Drop In and Download
on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Monday,
February 13th from 5:45-8:45 p.m. Learn how to borrow free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and music from our Digital Collection
anytime, anywhere. Bring your device and passwords to the Library and
our staff will get you started. Our Digital Collection is available
24/7, 365 days a year, and there are never any late fees! No
Monday Evening Book Discussion
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Monday Evening Book Discussion on February 6th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. Join us for great conversation as we discuss Britt Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. Books will be available at the circulation desk one month before the discussion. No registration.
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Pre-Oscar Party
on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting
Room. Come hear David Moss, Fox 8's Mossman, talk about the Oscars
including the rules, 24 award categories and nominated films. You are
invited to a Pre-Oscar party to celebrate the upcoming 89th Academy
Awards that will be televised on Sunday, February, 2017. Participants
will have an opportunity to predict who they think will win and enter a
contest for free movie tickets. Registration required. To register,
visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Brooklyn Branch Library at 216.398.4600.
Internet 101 – Basics
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Internet 101 – Basics
on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Large
Meeting Room. Struggling to wade through a sea of information online?
Learn how to use search engines to find what you're looking for.
Prerequisite: Computers 101 or experience using a mouse. Spaces limited.
Registration required. Registration begins January 15, 2017. To
register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Brooklyn Branch Library at 216.398.4600.
Old School Gaming
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Old School Gaming
on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Combined
Meeting Room/Conference Room. Experience a blast from the past! Come
play nostalgic games such as Space Invaders, Centipede, Pac-Man, Donkey
Kong, Super Mario Bros and many more on the Atari Flashback 6 or Classic
Nintendo game consoles. Both gaming systems have been updated from the
old analog system to the new digital system with improved graphics.
Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Brooklyn Branch Library at 216.398.4600.
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Monday Afternoon Book Discussion on February 20th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. Join us for great conversation as we discuss Britt Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. Books will be available at the circulation desk one month before the discussion. No registration.
Job Applications Made Easy
The Brooklyn Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Job Applications Made Easy
on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Storytime
Room. Join a Career Counselor for this workshop which will skim over the
basics of what is required to complete a job application. Participants
will learn about the development of a profile as part of the job
application process and how to copy, paste and upload a resume. This
workshop will also address other items required in the application,
potential red flag issues and completing assessments. Prerequisites:
Computer Essentials, Internet Essentials or equivalent. Registration
required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Brooklyn Branch Library at 216.398.4600.
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