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4350 SOM Center Road Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022
Phone: (440) 248.1188
Fax: (440) 498.9591
Police Non-Emergency: (440) 248-7585
Fire Non-Emergency: (440) 247-8281
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3/1/2024 - Harvest for Hunger
2/19/2024 - Village Offices Closed-Presidents' Day
2/1/2024 - Kindergarten Information Night
2/1/2024 - Village Mechanic Job Posting
1/17/2024 - Service Department Reminders
1/17/2024 - 2024 Village Events
1/17/2024 - Updates from Hiram House Camp
1/17/2024 - Cuyahoga County Appraisals
1/17/2024 - Honoring Moreland Hills Veterans
1/15/2024 - Village Offices Closed-MLK Jr. Day
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A Message from Mayor Ethan Spencer
Hello Fellow Residents,
I’m pleased to share with you that at our Organizational Meeting last month, Bill Janke was re-elected as Village Council President. He did a super job in 2023, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of Council as we serve the Village in 2024. Steve Richman was re-elected Chair of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Jennette Irish Glass was appointed Chair of the Facilities Committee and Rick Vincent was appointed Chair of the Roads & Safety Committee. Also, at that meeting we approved new resident members for our Commissions. I have talked about our resident-led Commissions in a recent newsletter, so I will not go into details here, but suffice it to say I appreciate their volunteer work. We have a good combination of both experienced and new members. To the new folks, Elizabeth DiLauro (Diversity and Inclusion), and Shayna Sharpe (Green), thank you for stepping forward to make our Village better!
Those of you who read the Chagrin Valley Times may have seen an article last month featuring our rooftop solar project that is expected to be installed this spring. I was planning on saving this topic for a future newsletter, but now that the CVT has picked up on it, I’ll share a little of my perspective with you. First, I believe that Sue Reid did an excellent job in her article detailing the project, its goals, and its timeline. In the first year, we expect to save on average about $900/month on electricity costs and up to $1500/month at the peak time of year. If we stay on schedule, we should be operational before the 2024 peak when the days are the longest. These savings will only increase as energy costs rise and our cost of generation remains constant. The net investment of just under $100K will be fully recouped in a little over eight years, and we will continue to reap savings for another 20+ years. Over that time, we will reduce carbon emissions equal to burning 1.6M pounds of coal. That’s a big impact for a small village!
Moreland Hills Solar Rooftop Project
Another topic that came up in last year’s Village Survey was the desire of some residents to have the Village initiate a curbside leaf collection service like three of our neighboring communities, all of which average significantly smaller lot sizes. This topic was evaluated several years ago by a previous mayor, and the decision was made not to move forward due to cost. However, things change over time, so I asked our Service Director to evaluate the feasibility again. The new estimates are even higher due to inflation. To start such a program, we would need a new funding source estimated at about $270K. Rather than asking all our residents to bear this cost, my view is that we can facilitate a connection with reputable contractors for those residents who wish to make use of such a service. I have asked our Service Director to develop a list of multiple contractors willing to offer a discount to Moreland Hills residents and post it on our website in advance of the next leaf season. We plan to continue the current bagged leaf collection program for those who request it, as it requires no specialized equipment and results in the leaves being composted, which is good for the environment. You are always welcome to reach out to me, or to call Village Hall with questions about this, or anything else, at 440-248-1188.
Have a great rest of winter.