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
Community Survey Results
Thank you for taking the time to complete our Community Survey. We appreciate your responses. Click here for Thank you and follow-up letter regarding the survey. Additionally, the results of the entire survey are available at www.brooklynohio.gov.
Mayor Gallagher recognized the Brooklyn Varsity Hockey
Team and State Qualifiers in Bowling and Wrestling at the March 27 City
Council meeting on their outstanding seasons. Congratulations!
Mayor Gallagher recognized Brooklyn resident, Sienna Jackson, a 6thgrade
student at Brooklyn Intermediate School, at the April 10 City Council
meeting, for earning 3 State Titles while representing her team, X-Treme
Gymnastics at the Ohio State Gymnastics Championship. Congratulations!
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – MAY 2, 2017
ISSUE 3 – PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
What does Supporting Issue 3 on the Ballot mean? You
are agreeing to add a section to Brooklyn’s Zoning Code to permit a
Planned Unit Development which amends the rules to allow mixed-use
development in the city.
Does the base zoning change? No. The rule change does allow additional uses in certain areas.
What type of acreage qualifies a landowner to apply for a Planned Unit Development? 25 acres for a commercial mixed use project and 15 acres for a residential project.
Why do we need this zoning change? The city does not
have sufficient amounts of commercial Class A office space to attract
new businesses and new jobs. Approving this zoning change will make it
possible for private developers to build more competitive office space
in our community and increase our revenue.
The City has informational pieces and videos available on the website if
you are looking for more information. You may also reach out to the
Mayor or Economic Development Director if you have any other questions.
News, Events, Highlights
City Council Updates
March 13, 2017
- Accepted a $1,200 donation by the Brooklyn Democratic Club to the Brooklyn Senior Center.
- Accepted body armor, helmets and basic medical supplies from the County.
- Approved the donation of the 1941 fire truck to the Western Reserve Firefighters Museum.
Notes for $202,000 to pay down building improvements, $238,000 notes to
pay down the re-surfacing of streets, and $1,500,000 in notes for the
reconstruction of Roadoan and Roadoan Alley.
- Established a new part-time Recreation Program Coordinator for a rate of $10 per hour to $15 per hour.
- Passed new Section 335.073 in the Codified Ordinances to permit police officers to ticket drivers without valid insurance.
- Passed the 2017 Annual Appropriations. Total of all funds is $21,882,943.
a job retention and creation grant with Inogen for an amount not to
exceed $100,000. This is 30% of the income tax for the first year, 20%
for the second and 10% for third. Inogen would commit to 240 new jobs
over three years with an annual payroll of $12,000. They also play
$500,000 in facility improvements to their new space in the old American
- Passed an amendment to the EMS billing
for non-residents as recoup cost of the unreimbursed charges related to
emergency medical and ambulance services.
- Other Matters:
- A Motion was made by Council to join other communities in a lawsuit
challenging Ohio Senate Bill 331 that will cause municipalities to loose
significant control over public right-of-way with regard to small cell
- Council discussed the division of property taxes.
There were 33 other communities in the County that have higher property
taxes and 26 communities in Cuyahoga County with lower property taxes.
Out of all of the property taxes collected in Brooklyn, 61.8% went to
Brooklyn Schools, 24.65% went to the County, 7.04% to the City, 3.56% to
Polaris Vocational, and 2.95% to the County Library.
March 27, 2017
- Proclamations honoring Brooklyn’s sports achievers (see separate note).
- Liquor Permit name transfer from High Point Stop & Shop at 4295 Tiedeman Rd. to Sunoco.
a contract with Cost Recovery Corp., LLC to permit billing insurance
companies on automobile accidents where police and fire personnel
- Approved Amended Section 1360(b) of the Codified
Ordinances. License Application Form and Fee now permits the City to
bill rental dwellings with 4 or more units $100 annual plus $25 per
dwelling unit with a max of $3,000.
- Approved Change Order #6
with Eclipse Co, LLC for the Tiedeman Road Project for an amount of
$8,335. This overages were caused by changes to the original
- Approved amended Section 143.02(a) and (b) of the
Codified Ordinances relating to EMS Service Charges. This permits the
city to charge medical insurance $150 for non-transport incidents.
an amendment with Soza Fitness to allow for a $120 annual pass for Soza
members to use the swimming facilities. Additionally, it set corporate
class rates from a range between $4 - $10 and special event class from
$10 to $18 per class.
- Authorized the purchase of two 2017 Ford
Interceptor Sedans from Bob Gillingham Ford along with ancillary
equipment and decaling for the Police Department for a total cost of
$75,805.57. This was approved as part of the capital budget and will
include a trade in for $4,500.
April 10, 2017
- Repealed a Community Reinvestment Area Tax Agreement with Trinity Land Holdings, LLC.
Section 131.04 of the Codified Ordinances increasing the Mayor’s
Authority to Dispose of Unwanted Personal Property from $1,000 to
- Approved an Agreement with Bailey Communication for
$51,641.10 to provide maintenance of network, software, support and
other related services. This is the same contract price as 2016.
- Approved amendment of Section 1 of Ord. 2006-19 to now read Ice Rink walk on participants fee per 1 hour skating is:
- Resident Student/Adult - $11 - $15
- Parma/Parma Heights Student/Adult - $12-$17
- Non-resident Adult - $13-$18 16 one-hour sessions
- Resident - $160-$200
- Parma/Parma Heights - $175-$235
- Non-Resident - $190-$300
- Approved the purchase of a Hustler Super Z Hyper Drive Riding
Mower from Baker Vehicle Systems for $11,284 through Government Contract
Pricing. This was previously approved as part of the capital budget.
amendment of Ord. 2000-75 to now read Rink or Ice rentals at a range
not less than $100 per hour nor more than $400 per hour for Hockey,
Speed, and Figure Skating Club and Private Party Rental for up to 200
person not less than $100 per hour nor more than $400 per hour and 200
or more person to be determined by the Recreation Commission or
Coffee with a Cop will be held on May 17 from 7:00-8:00pm at the Westbrook Village Apartments. All are welcome to attend. Click here for information.
Congratulations to Brooklyn Firefighters/Paramedics
Lt. James Mochan; Edward Kriausky; Eddie Coyne and Bryan Suesse on
being nominated by Fire Chief Joe Zemek for the EMS Star of Life Award.
This award is meant to recognize individuals/agencies for their
remarkable life-saving efforts and exceptional patient care performed
during a particular call in the state of Ohio. This awards program
reunites patients with their EMS providers at the ceremony.
Congratulations on this honor!
The fire department will have (in the next few weeks)
some smoke detectors to hand out to those residents who’s income
prohibits them to purchase the units. Residents must show “proof of
residency” and a picture ID. Detectors may be picked up at the fire
station (8400 Memphis Ave) Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 4pm.
University Hospitals, Parma Hospital EMS Services, the Parma Regional Center,
and the Brooklyn Fire Department will begin using Pulse Point. This
program is a free app that can be downloaded on any device. The dispatch
center will give instructions to the caller (each and every dispatcher
is certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch). The app will be activated
notifying users that CPR is being performed and where the closest AED is
located. Bystander CPR can be initiated quicker until the arrival of
trained responders. University hospitals has paid for the program for
The members of our fire department have received
training, and are certified, in Advanced Stroke Life Support. This
certification and the classes were paid for by University Hospitals, and
taught by Parma Hospital EMS Services instructors. It will enable
Brooklyn Fire responders to assess patients and live stream their
condition to a physician in Parma’s emergency department / Certified
On June 10th from 11am to 3pm the fire and police
departments will be doing a safety fair visit at WalMart. University
Hospitals’ MedEvac (helicopter) will be landing around noon!
Holiday rubbish collection will be one day late in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no special pick-ups that Friday, May 26.
Reminder! Pick up your Community Wide Garage Sale permit application. The sale will be held on June 24 and June 25. Click here for informational flyer.
The Ice will be down for the month of May for maintenance.
Day Camp registration starts May 1st and Camp begins June 12th.
Pavilion Rental starts May 14th, call Tina Westfall to reserve 216-635-4283.
Memorial Day - Recreation Center Close
We now take on-line registration for youth activities. Go to www.activityreg.com.
Soza Fitness Programs
Soza will be hosting a special event May 21st at 6:30 pm Hot Yoga By the Pool –cost is $13
Hot Boxx with Marlin will Start May 4th 6:15-7 pm Max 10 people- cost is $10
“Jazzercise – May Free Days” Brooklyn Rec Center, 7600 Memphis Ave. Brooklyn, Ohio.
Come try your FREE classes the entire month of May – no strings attached.
Burn calories, sculpt lean muscle and torch fat in this one hour class.
(6) classes each week - Mondays through Thursdays 5:30p.m. Saturdays at 9:00a.m., Sundays at NOON.
Click Here to read the May-June chit-chat
Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 29. The
parade will begin at 11:00am from Brooklyn High School and will end at
City Hall around noon where ceremonies will begin shortly thereafter.
Please join us as we pay tribute to those who have served our country.
The Mayor will continue the tradition of reading the names of those
service members from Brooklyn. Please contact Tina at 216-635-4283 to
add your name to the list. Click here for more information.
Brooklyn Historical Society
May 31st General Meeting Spring Quilt Raffle and Author Ralph Pfingsten, Berea Sandstone Quarries
June 28 6:00pm Members Potluck
Chamber of Commerce
Supports Issue 3 on the May Ballot
The 11th annual “Taste of Brooklyn and All That Jazz” Fundraiser, which
benefited the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship & Education
Fund, took place on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event was a huge
success in raising over $6,100 for the fund! We had 245 people in
attendance, which is the most we have ever had! “Taste of Brooklyn and
All That Jazz” took place at Copper Stone Catering and Event Center and
featured the Brooklyn High School Jazz Band and the culinary expertise
of many local restaurants and businesses.
For the 11th year in a row, Sean Sullivan and the Brooklyn High School
Jazz Ensemble amazed everyone in attendance with their music. They are
truly an amazing group of students! The event also included 50/50 and
raffle basket tickets for sale.
A special thanks to Nick Jovonovich and his staff at Copper Stone
Catering and Event Center for providing the venue for the event. He also
donated food, valet parking, table cloths, décor, etc. Nick truly went
out of his way to make this year’s event a spectacular evening for
I would also like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who helped in
making this event a success: Nick Jovonovich and his staff (Copper
Stone Catering and Event Center); Andy Celcherts; David Nodge (Brooklyn
Adults Activities Center); Dr. Mark Gleichauf, Sean Sullivan, &
Laura Baker (Brooklyn City Schools); David Hill (Dollar Bank); Nick
Maroulis & Campus Life Students; Chris Ellis (Hampton Inn); Jennifer
Piechowski, DeAnna Kristanko, and student interns (KeyBank); Jeff Suhay
(PNC Bank); Denise Christescu, Christine Ferraro & Leslie Racy
(Westbrook Village Apts/K&D).
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is so thankful for all the people and
businesses that donated their food, time, and space to make the “Taste
of Brooklyn and All That Jazz” such a huge success. We look forward to
working with all of you next year! Click here to view pictures from this year’s event…
Buffalo Wild Wings
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Copperstone Catering and Banquet Center
Polaris Career Center
The Sausage Shoppe
Buffalo Wild Wings
Copperstone Catering and Banquet Center
Ferrous Metal Processing
Jinisha Patel, State Farm Insurance
KeyBank Operations Center
Mayor Katherine A. Gallagher and Family
Richard and Barbara Balbier
Ridge Park Square
Teamsters Local 436
The Floor King
The Frey Family
Wally’s Auto Service
Thank you to the following for their donations to the event:
Brooklyn City Schools
Brooklyn City Schools Music Boosters
Brooklyn High School Jazz Ensemble
City of Brooklyn
Richard & Barbara Balbier
Westbrook Village Apts./K&D Staff
Wally’s Auto Service
Youth For Christ/Campus Life
Big Creek Connects
Big Creek Supports Issue 3 on the May Ballot
Click here to read their letter.
Volunteers needed for the 19th Annual Watershed Clean Up – Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00am-Noon
Click here for informational flyer
Heritage Home Program
The City partnered with the Heritage Home Program again for 2017. In
2016, residents received free technical visits totaling $460,300.
Are you looking to do improvements to your home this year? Most homes in Brooklyn qualify for this program (50 years or older).
Here is a helpful link to the Program’s website to do a free technical visit - http://www.heritagehomeprogram.org/technical_assistance_form.php
For over 35 years, the American Water Works Association along with its
members have celebrated Drinking Water Week. This celebration is a
unique opportunity for both Cleveland Water professionals and the
communities we serve to join together to recognize the vital role tap
water plays in our daily lives.
On Saturday, May 13th, Cleveland Water will be opening the doors between
the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for our customers to learn how we
deliver reliable, quality water from Lake Erie to the tap.
We would like to personally extend an invitation to you and your community to attend our free tour at the:
Nottingham Water Treatment Plant
1300 Chardon Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44117
Please join Cleveland Water in celebrating our most valuable natural
resource-high quality water. It ensures the health, safety and quality
of life our communities enjoy.
Margreat A. Jackson
Office of Public Affairs
Department of Public Utilities
1201 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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