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
Thank you to all who participated in the City of Brooklyn Memorial Day
parade and ceremony. Thank you to Councilwoman and Laurel Garden Club
President Barb Paulitzky along with the Laurel Garden Club of Brooklyn
and Laurel Garden Club of Ohio for their hard work on the Blue Star
Memorial Marker and Gold Star By-Way Marker Dedication. Click Here for a list of donors.
On June 3 over 100 volunteers gathered for the 19th annual Big Creek
Watershed Clean Up! It was a success at the Brooklyn site. Thank you to
all who helped! Click here to read article.
Safe Routes to School 5K Race and City of Brooklyn Fall Festival
– Saturday, September 30. The 5K race begins at 9:00am and registration
begins at 8:30am. The Fall Festival begins at Noon and ends at 6:00pm.
There will be Hayrides, Children’s Activities, Pumpkin coloring, Magic
Mike balloon creations, Home Depot kid’s construction workshop,
Metroparks “Nature Tracks” Food Trucks, Fall Craft Show, Brooklyn Safety
Forces, complimentary treats from Polaris Career Center, and Chili
Cook-off and Fall Dessert baking contests. To enter, please email Barb
The judging for the Chili contest will begin at 2:00pm and baking
contest will begin at 3:00pm. Please drop off your entries by 1:30pm at
the B rooklyn Senior-Community Center-7727 Memphis Ave. There will be
cash prizes for the winners!
News, Events, Highlights
City Council Updates
April 24, 2017
- Meeting canceled due to lack of a quorum.
April 27, 2017
- Accepted a donation from Wal-Mart in the amount of $1,000 to be used or smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
continuing with the Brecksville Salt Consortium. This will extend the
contract until 10/31/2018 with pricing at $52.29 per ton with a minimum
of 80% of 2,800 tons. The price and tonnage is less than last year.
the Roadoan Road Reconstruction bid to CATTS Construction who was the
lowest and best bid at $2,234,541.75 which is 4.5% over the engineer’s
original estimate. This expenditure was included in the 2017 budget.
- Rejected a resolution to support Issue 3 – Planned Unit Development.
- Rejected an ordinance to amend the Rules of Council to include prayer at the beginning of each meeting.
- Authorized two change orders with Eclipse Company for the Tiedeman Road Project in the amount of $32,147.08.
- Authorized changes in the Ice Rink admission rates ranging from $5 to $15 per hour based on resident status.
changes in the summer figure skating program rates ranging from $10 per
hour to $18 per hour or $160 per session to $300 per session.
- Authorized entering into a non-exclusive agreement with Cleveland Public Power to provide electricity to customers in Brooklyn.
the amendment of fees at the Recreation Center to range from $1 to $7
depending on age range, resident status, and skate sharpening.
- Amending rates for Parma Heights members ranging from gratis to $6 per day based on the age range.
Mayor Gallagher to enter an agreement with Davey Resource Group. During
the past six months we have been working closely with our environmental
attorney, Chris Jones with Calfee Halter, regarding the Brooklyn
Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) property on Tiedeman Road north
of the Plain Dealer building. The CIC is looking at alternative
development options for this property and believes that this land is in
an “isolated wetland” and therefore would fall under the jurisdiction of
the State of Ohio EPA for development review and approval. If so, the
City would work with the State and not the US Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) to seek an acceptable development plan for this property. The
CIC property had a market value of $425,000. It is recommended that a
new environmental study be undertaken by Davey Resource Group with a
topographical survey to document these assumptions to the USACE. The
cost of the total study including, the topographical study, would be
$37,240.00. The contract includes an additional $3,960.00 for shrub and
bush removal for the topographical study. The contractor may reduce the
fee if conditions in the field allow for less clearing. The final work
required will be contingent upon the weather.
May 8, 2017
- Approved the purchase of a 5600 G-Series Bobcat from Bobcat Company for $52,866.92 under government contract pricing.
- Authorized the sale of city owned vehicles through Greater Cleveland Auto Auction.
the amendment of the Audit Services Agreement with James G. Zupka,
C.P.A. for the audit period of 2015-2018. This amendment was for $2,320
to pay for a single audit that was required for the Tiedeman Road
project that exceeded the $750,000 audit threshold.
May 22, 2017
- Approved the purchase of security cameras for the Senior Community Center through Bailey’s Communication for $11,059.50.
the Permit Fees Ordinances to compensate for inspection and
administration cost based on surrounding community comparisons.
- Amended the Occupancy Permit Ordinances to coincide with the Ohio Building Code.
- Amended the General Traffic Code Ordinances amending fines in a construction zones to match the state law.
- Amended the Soza Fitness rates at the Recreation Center to include a monthly fitness pass.
June 12, 2017
- Accepted a $600 donation from Ellwood Machine.
- Passed a
resolution in support of the City’s Application to North coast
Brownfield Coalition Community Assessment Initiative Guidelines Grant.
This would reimburse the city $13,000 for engineering cost related to
the Rule 13 permit application to support the Solar Panel Farm on the
City Landfill property.
- Authorized a Community Cost Sharing
Agreement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the Roadaon
Road Improvement project in the amount of $200,000.
the purchase of two (2) Storm Force Dump Body package from Cenweld Truck
Bodies and Equipment for $21,790 through Government Contract.
Permit Fee Amendments. Amended Roofs section to charge $100 base fee
plus $10 per 1,000 square foot or part thereof and eliminating yard
drains in Plumbing Permit Fees.
- Passed an Amended Solicitors
and Peddlers Ordinances. These amendments change the method of
background investigations and changes on non-profits to be more in line
with case law.
- Authorized a payment amendment to Change Order 9
with Quality Control Inspection, Inc. for Memphis Avenue PID No. 86256
in the amount of $268.80. This is the Village of Lindale’s portion that
will be reimbursed to the city.
To read the summer brochure – Click here
The second session morning learn to swim registration will start July 6th cost is $50.00
The Recreation Center will be closed Tuesday, July 4th
For pavilion rentals please call Tina at 216-635-4283.
To read the July-August Chit-Chat-click here.
Congratulations to Brooklyn Police Sgt. Cindy Eschweiler who graduated
on June 7th from the FBI National Academy program at Quantico,
Virginia. Click here for the entire press release.
We would like to remind our residents that it is illegal in the City of
Brooklyn to possess for sale, discharge, ignite or explode any firework
inside the city (Brooklyn Codified Ordinances Chapter 1519-Fireworks).
The safety forces will respond to any and all complaints regarding the
discharging of fireworks. Any violation of the fireworks provision could
result in a fine of up to $1,000.00, or 6 months in jail or both.
Please enjoy a safe Fourth of July!
The summer months often lends itself to opportunities for young people
to start taking on more responsibility and employment. The Brooklyn
Police Department has tips for aspiring babysitters and the parents that
hire them. Click here for information.
Brooklyn Fire Department receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award
Click Here to read.
ODOT SOUND BARRIER PROJECT
The project will be completed by October 31, 2017. Currently, the
project has run out of panels. The panels must be painted and the
conditions have not been up to par to have them completed. Typically, 20
panels a day could be painted with 60 panels being put up in a day. The
project is ahead of schedule. Work will resume in mid-July.
Roadoan Road construction will begin at the end of July. As with all
construction jobs in the past, residents will be notified by letter from
the City of Brooklyn when the job is to begin. The contractor will be
responsible to notify residents when they will not have access to their
Recycling Rules are Changing: Bulbs and Batteries Have New Directives
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District Encourages Residents to Look to New Resources
Did you ever wonder what you should do with fluorescent bulbs and
rechargeable batteries once you’re done using them? Neither should go in
curbside recycling, so what do you do with those batteries and bulbs?
In the past, you might have included them with other household hazardous
waste items and taken them to your city service department for proper
Today, there’s an alternative that doesn’t cost taxpayers any money and
is just as simple. Now you can take household compact fluorescent bulbs
(CFLs) to any Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement store. It’s free.
There is also a free, nationwide program to recycle rechargeable
batteries through an organization called Call2Recycle. Call2Recycle has
numerous drop-off locations including Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe’s
Home Improvement stores in Cuyahoga County. To find a location near you,
search with your zip code at www.Call2Recycle.org or call 1.877.2.RECYCLE.
Once processed at Call2Recycle, batteries are recycled into a variety of
new products including steel, stainless steel, silverware, golf clubs
and new batteries.
About The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is the public agency helping
the people of Cuyahoga County reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at work
and in our communities. We serve as the leading resource in the County
for information, expertise and programs that support sustainable
materials management and reduce the environmental impact of waste. Visit
www.CuyahogaRecycles.org or call 216.443.3749 to learn how to recycle
in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Picnic in the Park - August 19 in the Grand Pavilion from 1:00-8:00pm - Fun for the whole family. Click here for flyer.
Cleveland Metroparks is the proud winner of the National Gold Medal
Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management. For over 100
years, Cleveland Metroparks has grown to include 23,000 acres which
includes 18 park reservations, 8 lakefront parks, 300 miles of
all-purpose, hiking, and biking trails, eight golf courses, five nature
centers, and the nationally acclaimed Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Go to
clevelandmetroparks.com to discover more!
Click here for information.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Re-adjustment Counseling Service
9th ANNNUAL COPS RIDE SUNDAY JUNE 25TH WILL HONOR OHIO’S FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT
On Sunday June 25, 2017, the 9th Annual Cops Ride Ceremony will be held
at 10:30 AM at the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial located at
the corner of West 3rd and Lakeside, with Monica Robins of WKYC as the
Master of Ceremonies. The purpose of the Cops Ride is to honor and
remember Ohio’s Fallen Officers. It is anticipated that approximately
five hundred (500) motorcyclists will attend the Ceremony and will join
in a police escort processional ride, after the Ceremony, to honor the
Fallen Officers that will begin at the Cleveland Police Memorial and
travel through Cleveland, Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, North
Ridgeville, Grafton, Brunswick Hills, Medina Twp. and conclude at
Stinger Harley Davidson in Medina for food and entertainment. Click here for the entire press release.
Community Garage Sale
Click here for a list of participating homes and items being sold.
NOPEC's recognition program this year involves municipal Clerk's of
Council. Brooklyn's Clerk of Council, Mary-Jo Banish, was recently
recognized by NOPEC for her hard work. Congratulations Mary-Jo!
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