As most of you have probably heard, I am finishing my 26th year as Willoughby’s Mayor and have chosen not to run for re-election this fall. This means that many yearly activities will be the “last one” for me as Mayor; i.e. the last Arbor Day ceremony, the last Student Government Day, etc.
As such, this will be my last “summer reminders” column in this paper. With the summer approaching, here are just a few reminders for the season:
One of the most common complaints I get this time of year involves dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs. Pet owners need to be aware that our laws state that pet owners MUST clean up any mess that their dog leaves. The penalty for not doing so can run several hundred dollars. The vast majority of pet owners are responsible people who understand their responsibilities. Unfortunately, a few do not. If they are caught, the penalty can be substantial.
Another pet complaint I receive involves people letting their dogs run loose in our parks, notably Osborne Park and Todd Field. I understand the desire to let animals run free, but many other pet owners don’t appreciate an unleashed dog coming up to them or their pets. Please remember that dogs must be leashed whenever you bring them onto public property.
Summer also begins the garage sale season, which many people enjoy. Residents must register their garage sales at City Hall (there is no fee) and are limited to TWO garage sales per year. While our ordinances state that signs are not permitted in public right-of-ways (street corners) or on telephone poles, we also understand that these signs help direct people to the sale. Hence, we’ve allowed these signs at street corners. We cannot permit, however, a multitude of signs directing people to the sale. In some years, we’ve picked up more than a dozen signs for one sale, some of them miles away from the house. This clutters the area and reflects poorly on the City and our neighborhoods. Please limit garage sale signs to your street only and pick them up immediately after the sale is over.
Real estate signs are permitted in the front lawn areas of people’s homes. They are not permitted on street corners, however. These signs will be confiscated by City personnel.
Also, with kids playing outdoors, please watch your speed on our side streets.
All of these are pretty much common sense issues and help maintain the look and feel of our City. Our government is based on personal freedom, but this can only be successful if people also accept civic responsibility. In Willoughby, I believe that most citizens readily accept this responsibility and genuinely care about the City and their neighbors.
Have a great month and a great spring. I hope to see many of you at the Saturday Outdoor Market and our many summer events.
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