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4350 SOM Center Road Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022
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7/22/2019 - Stream & Stormwater Management Workshop
7/10/2019 - Question/Answer Session with the Illuminating Company
7/4/2019 - Village Offices Closed - 4th of July
6/17/2019 - Chipping Week
6/15/2019 - Community Kids Fishing Day
6/12/2019 - Scam Alert
6/8/2019 - Rain Garden Re-Planting Event
5/28/2019 - Moreland Hills is the #1 Rated Community
5/27/2019 - Memorial Day Service Highlights
5/9/2019 - New Plans for Forest Ridge
Message from Mayor Susan C. Renda
Every year Orange High School allows its seniors to
explore their dreams and possibilities by participating in a “Senior Project.”
This year I was honored to be asked to sponsor one such student, Ethan Sands.
As you will see from his letter he is enthusiastic, intelligent and dedicated.
He came to us asking to better understand local government. We tried to give
him a well-rounded experience. He was up for every task from discussing the
difference between our Charter and Ordinances to helping repair a trail in
Forest Ridge. It has been fun. Thanks, Ethan, for sharing your time with us and
for writing my newsletter. It’s been great!
Hello! My name is Ethan Sands and I
am a senior at Orange High School. Currently, I am completing my senior project
at the Village of Moreland Hills. Mayor Renda has graciously allowed me to
write this month’s issue of the Moreland Hills Newsletter and I am very
thankful for the opportunity to do so.
On Tuesday, May 7th, I had the
privilege to sit in on a meeting of the newly-restarted Parks Commission. The
Commission, which had been on hiatus for 5 years, consists of passionate,
civic-minded residents of Moreland Hills who wish to see the village’s public
lands used in the best manner possible, as well as the Mayor, Service Director
Ted DeWater, and Clerk of Council, Sherri Arrietta. In Moreland Hills, we are
lucky to have the Forest Ridge Preserve (the entrance is located on Chagrin
River Road, across the street from the Polo Field), a 142-acre park featuring
winding forest paths, sweeping elevation changes, and sheer cliff-faces.
Altogether, the park is a tremendous encapsulation of the natural beauty
present in Northeast Ohio. However, there are some features of the entrance to
the park that many in the community believe could be expanded upon. During the
enthusiastic meeting, members discussed the culmination of months of work: the
possibility of an upcoming grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
which would allow for the demolition of the old “House on the Hill” that
currently lies at the end of the drive, the construction of a recreational
pavilion, and the installation of an ecologically sustainable restroom on the
site. Beyond this grant, however, there are other improvements that members of
both the Commission and the community would like to see. Luckily, the Parks
Commission is not going anywhere and its members have their eyes on the future!
Additionally, I would like to
briefly cover what types of experiences I have had on my senior project so far.
Most days, I have been able to meet a different employee of the village and
learn about their role and the type of work they do. For example, I spent time
individually with Treasurer Prashant Shah, Building Department Commissioner
Paul Kowalczyk, Housing Inspector Tom Merhar, Law Director Aimee Lane, and
Village Prosecutor Santo Incorvaia. Mayor Renda and her secretary Sherri have
been kind enough to reach out to not only employees on the Moreland Hills
campus, but also other community leaders like Chagrin Falls Fire Marshal Jim
Alunni, who let me follow him through a normal day and gave me a new
perspective on matters of fire safety and emergency services.
As a closing message, I would like to once again thank the Mayor and the entire
staff of the village. I have met employees from nearly every department and
have felt nothing but welcome the whole time. As I take stock of my life so far
and prepare for the next part, I count myself lucky for a variety of reasons:
lucky to live in a such a beautiful place, lucky to have access to lands like
the Forest Ridge Preserve and the Metroparks, and lucky to have gotten to meet
those dedicated public servants who work hard to ensure a thriving community
for us in Moreland Hills.
Thank you and enjoy the summer,