Welcome spring! It is the time of year to begin thinking of warmer weather and sunshine. With the winter behind us, we are pleased to provide updates on city services, a few reminders, and some exciting business news.
Yard waste pick-up through Republic Services begins on April 3rd. Pick up will be the same day as your trash collection, and yard waste needs to be in brown, 50lb kraft bags or a container marked “Yard Waste.” Twigs and branches can be bundled in 4-foot lengths but should not exceed 30 lbs. With the beginning of our lawn maintenance season, please remember not to blow grass clippings into the street. These clippings can find their way into our storm sewers, possibly causing sewer back-ups. Those living near steep slopes, usually along the river, are asked not to throw clippings over the edges as this may cause erosion. Disposing of grass clippings along utility easements and public rights-of-ways is also not permitted.
As we spend more time outdoors with our pets, please remember to keep pets off private property and clean up after them.
Our Parks & Recreation and Service Departments are still looking for seasonal help. This includes lifeguards, and we are currently offering classes for lifeguard certification. Seniors are also invited to help with our children’s pools, and certification is not required. If you are interested in joining our seasonal help teams, applications can be found on our website, or contact our Parks and Recreation Department at 440.953.4200 for more information.
We are also pleased to announce that University Hospitals is planning significant renovations to our Lake West facility. Looking to enhance and expand cardiac care service, UH will spend more than $20 million dollars in improvements. As mentioned before, Lake West already has provisional approval as a Level III Trauma Center.
The May 2nd special election is quickly approaching, and early voting begins on April 4th. The city has a safety levy on the ballot for your consideration. This 2.5-mills continuous property tax levy (Issue 2) will be used to support the capital needs of our Police and Fire Departments, including converting the former Meister Media building (37733 Euclid Ave) into a modern law enforcement facility, replacing a ladder truck that has been in service beyond its average life expectancy of 20 years, and create a sustainable revenue source that will enable the city to meet the future capital needs such as vehicles and equipment of our first responders. This levy cannot be used for wages or benefits. For more information, please visit our website, contact City Hall at 440.951.2800 or your Ward Councilperson.
We are looking forward to a busy and exciting spring into summer. As always, we encourage you to visit our website and Facebook page for updates and event information.