October 2021

Article as printed in Willoughby Times:

As we move to the fall season, we would like to look back at our successful summer and thank those responsible for bringing a renewed excitement and vitality to our city. While one of the summer events was canceled, we were fortunate that the Car Cruise-In, ArtsFest and Last Stop Willoughby enjoyed much success. Our Gazebo Concerts were well attended, and we were fortunate to reschedule two concerts at the end of the season. Our first Osborne Park Sunset Concerts were very well received, and attendance was excellent. We are planning to add more of these lakefront concerts next year. All these events would not have been possible without the planning, scheduling and coordination of Judean Banker and Parks and Recreation, Rich Palmisano and the Service Department and Chiefs Jim Schultz and Todd Ungar and their safety forces. Finally, we are looking forward to our inaugural Clambake at Lost Nation Golf Couse on Saturday, October 16th, the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ event on October 30th at Osborne Park and city-wide Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 31st.

We would also like to remind you that election day is Tuesday, November 2nd. Along with the mayor and all council members on the ballot, we have two very important renewal levies for consideration.

The first is a renewal of our Road and Bridge Levy, originally passed in 2006. This 2-mil, five-year levy generates about one million dollars per year and can only be spent on road and bridge improvements. Our Service Director and City Engineer maintain a master list of all roads within the city and rank them annually. This list determines what roads will be repaired during the summer. The second levy is a renewal of our General Operating Levy. This .9-mil, five-year levy was initially passed in 1976 and generates about $130,000 per year, with the funds going to support our operating budget. It should be noted that both levies are renewals and are not tax increases.

For those living in Ward 4, Precinct B, please note you will be asked to vote on the sale of wine and mixed beverages be allowed on Sundays between the hours of ten a.m. and midnight at Marc’s located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and SOM Center Road. This request is for a D-6 liquor permit for off-premises consumption sales.

The holidays are fast approaching, and as always, we recommend you check our website and Facebook page for updates on events and schedules.