FEBRUARY City News & Updates
February 2021 | Issue I
Welcome to the first Resident e-Newsletter!
In an effort to enhance communications within the community, we are launching the resident e-newsletter. We hope that you may find these monthly communications to be helpful. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to sign up and help us get the word out!

Greetings from Mayor George
We are settling into the new year and January moved quickly and so are many of the initiatives that Lakewood has been working on this year.

We kicked off discussions about our downtown development site with CASTO, an Ohio-based developer of complex, successful urban projects, earlier this month and we look forward to creating a project that fits the current and long-term needs of our community. Stay tuned for public meetings to be announced as part of this process.

The Westshore Council of Governments had our first meeting of the year. This group meets monthly and consists of the mayors of Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Westlake, Bay, and North Olmsted. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of this collaboration between westside municipalities.

In January we honored the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his historic work concerning civil rights and social justice. This month, join us in celebrating Black History Month. Here in Lakewood, we are working every day to create a more diverse, inclusive, educational, and accepting culture for everyone. The important work of the City's Anti-Racism Task Force is underway to ensure the value of anti-racism is expressed in all City objectives and initiatives.

I am encouraged by this momentum as we move into February and the rest of 2021. Please stay safe, healthy, and positive.

Mayor George
City News & Updates
Community Outreach Survey
The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) invites you to complete their first Lakewood Community Survey, which will help the members to better understand what residents appreciate about our city, as well as some of the challenges that we may face.

The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission is a group of volunteer residents serving in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing, and making recommendations to City officials on matters related to community relations in an effort to advance respect for diversity, equality, and bonds of mutuality.

Please take a moment to fill out our community-wide survey and help our city better serve you!
Volunteers Needed for Meal Deliveries
The Division of Aging is actively seeking volunteers to assist with delivering meals on Monday mornings. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from all of our volunteers who have helped us deliver over 36,766 meals to seniors since April.

If you have the interest and ability, we would like to talk to you! Call our volunteer services at 216-521-5005 or email aging@lakewoodoh.net for more information.
Have you Considered Composting?
Community supported composting is a partnership between Rust Belt Riders, the City of Lakewood and Keep Lakewood Beautiful to ensure residents have an alternative to landfills for their household food waste.

Did you know that over 40% of all food ends up in landfills? Food scraps placed in these bins are turned into high quality compost that support local gardens and farms. Composting fights climate change, protects our lake, and promotes public health health. Lakewood now has Drop Off Locations at Lakewood Park and Madison Park.
How it Works:
  • Collect your foodscraps at home
  • Bring foodscraps to a drop-off bin
  • Unlock bin with your membership combination
  • Dump foodscraps into the bin and re-lock
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions