Tree Maintenance and Removal Companies wishing to become part of a list to be supplied to Willoughby Residents should contact the City of Willoughby Service Department at 440-953-4111 with your contact information and any other information, such as Liability Insurance, that you wish to provide. This is strictly voluntary. No one Company will be recommended over another and any work resulting from this list is strictly a private contract between Resident and Contractor. The list is being provided to residents upon request as a courtesy.
The past month brings some new faces to City Hall with the promotion of others. We are pleased to announce that Diane Bosley, our Assistant Finance Director has been promoted to Finance Director. Over the past years, Diane has worked closely with our retiring Finance Director Ray Rogowski in maintaining our reputation for excellence in accounting. She brings an intimate knowledge of our budgeting process, business systems and staff that will insure continued stability in this department.
We are also pleased to announce the selection of Lee Bock as our new Service Director. Lee brings 30 years of experience as a member of Euclid’s Service Department and is familiar with every department and task associated with a large and complex service team. He has certifications in waterline, highway and sewer construction as well as storm water management. While at Euclid, Lee was successful in obtaining significant grant funding, and we are hopeful he will continue those efforts in Willoughby.
Finally, we are delighted that Tom Thielman will be our new Director of Economic Development. Tom is a Wickliffe resident where he started his career in Economic Development before working for the City of Parma. Most recently, Tom spent 12 years as an Economic Development Administrator for the City of Mentor. Tom earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Our goal over the next months is to help our new directors become more familiar with Willoughby and, more importantly, understand the qualities that make our city unique and special.
As we leave the holidays and move through the worst days of the winter season please remember a few things. Our service crews are obligated to plow main roads first. This insures safe passage of emergency vehicles. In a heavy snow event, this may cause a delay in plowing side streets. Please be patient, they will get to your street. Also, our plows may push snow onto your apron. This is difficult to avoid and may require cleanup by the homeowner. Finally, if you are using a plowing service, please make sure you neighbors know when and where you will be pushing the snow.
While we endure the coldest days of the year, please remember we are only about 6 weeks from the first day of Spring!
For over a quarter of a century we have been reading this column authored by Dave Anderson so it is only fitting the first notes of 2018 be an acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to the City of Willoughby. Dave has provided consistent, balanced, and forward-thinking leadership throughout his service and the results can be seen every day in our thriving businesses, neighborhoods and active Historic Downtown. Thank you Mayor Dave! It is a truly an honor to continue the great work you’ve accomplished.
Along with Mayor Anderson, the following executive team members will be retiring from their roles including:
• Ray Rogowski, Finance Director
• Angelo Tomaselli, Service Director
• Janice Lipscomb, Community Development Manager
These three executive team members have provided Dave with invaluable support and guidance over the years. Our goal is to replace these vacancies with individuals of the same quality, experience and collaborative spirit that our residents expect and deserve.
I would like to thank outgoing Council Members Jerry Ranally, Jeff Black and Steve Norris. Each of these councilmen invested considerable time and energy in making our City a great place to live, work and play. Their commitment to Willoughby and their ability to work cooperatively has provided steady leadership for years.
Finally, I’d like to give a warm welcome to the following new Council Members:
• Katie McNeill, Council at Large
• Ken Kary, Ward 2 Council
• John Tomaselli, Ward 3 Council
• Dan Anderson, Ward 5 Council
I am looking forward to working with these new community leaders along with returning Council Members Bob Carr, Council Ward 4, Bob Harrold, Council Ward 6 and Chris Woodin, Council Ward 1. I am confident this team will provide the same thoughtful and deliberate leadership our City deserves. Looking forward, I am excited for the opportunities that are before us. Due to Dave’s leadership, and with the support of the City Councils that have worked with him, our community is poised for a new and exciting future. We are ready to investigate ways to improve neighborhoods, support local businesses and re-invent our Downtown. Currently we are working towards creating an ongoing collaboration with our neighboring cities to find ways to share resources and combine planning efforts in order to sustain and improve all Western Lake County Cities. I am already meeting with Mayor Regovich of Willowick and Mayor Morley of Eastlake as well as Eastlake Councilman Mike Zuren to develop strategies to support businesses along the Vine Street corridor from Lakeshore Boulevard to Downtown Willoughby. The first step is to review and coordinate the zoning codes of our cities and identify planning opportunities along Vine Street. We are also considering a Lake Erie Coastal study for our three communities. Our hope is to create a long-term strategy to improve our coastline from Willowick to Mentor. This will be an important step in planning for North Willoughby, our Gateway District. Another economic development strategy will be to strengthen our relationship with the Willoughby/Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce whose goal is to promote and grow our local businesses.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
For the upcoming November 7, 2017 General Election, Ohio voters will decide a number of local issues and races. Click here to see the LOCAL ISSUES.
Ohioans will also vote on two statewide ballot issues. Click here to see the STATE ISSUES.
Willoughby Residents can click here to see the Candidates for Mayor, City Council seats and Willoughby Municipal Judge.
The Willoughby-Eastlake School Board issue can be viewed here.
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The 2017 Pavement Repair Program has been bid and awarded to Chagrin Valley Paving and TC Construction. Work has already begun and will continue through the month June, weather permitting. The program will provide asphalt pavement resurfacing and concrete slab repairs on sixteen streets throughout the City.
The streets included for asphalt resurfacing are; Riverbend Road, Riverside Drive, and Code Avenue. Streets included for concrete repairs with an asphalt overlay are; the northern portion of Beidler Road, Glenbrook Road, Nantucket and Cheltenham Drives.
Streets requiring full depth concrete slab repairs include; Oak Ridge Drive, Beacon and Colonial Drives, Topps Industrial Parkway, Biltmore Place, River Road (SR 174), Polo Park Drive , Ramona Street, Westminster and Drury Lanes, Heritage Court and Western Parkway.
Residents and businesses are asked to refrain from parking in the street during this time.
The City of Willoughby will make available for public auction two (2) 2013 Ford Police Interceptor (Taurus) vehicles.
Most police equipment and decals have been removed from the vehicles. Both are in working condition but may be in need of minor repairs. Details and photos will be included on the auction listing. Below is some basic information:
Car 1 Car 2
2013 Ford Police Interceptor (Taurus) 2013 Ford Police Interceptor (Taurus)
VIN: 1FAHP2M88DG109724 VIN: 1FAHP2M8XDG109725
Manufacture date: 03/2012 Manufacture date: 03/2012
Mileage: 92813.7 Mileage: 90819.7
Engine: 3.7L Gas V6 HP: 300 Engine: 3.7L Gas V6 HP: 300
Drive train: AWD Drive train: AWD
Those interested can view the vehicles by appointment. Call (440) 953-4212 and ask for Police Administration