April 2021
CITY OF FAIRVIEW PARK
MAIN STREET CONNECTION
MESSAGE FROM MAYOR COONEY
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Greetings!

I hope this letter finds you and your family well – even with the unseasonably cold temperatures and snow still facing us in early April! The good news is: warmer weather, blooming flowers, and hopeful times are ahead. As we pivot from the pandemic that was so new and challenging this time last year and open a new chapter in our lives, I wish health and prosperity for our whole community.
 
One way in which our community prospers is through the delivery of effective and efficient public services. As many of you know, and will continue to read below, there are two (2) important Issue renewals on the upcoming May 4, 2021 ballot: Issue 2, the Fire Department Levy renewal, and Issue 3, the Street Repair Program Income Tax renewal. Both ballot items are renewals that will not increase your tax rates. The renewal of Issue 2 and Issue 3 will directly fund firefighter/paramedic salaries and Fire Department operating costs, and street repaving and rehabilitation – respectively. Both Issue renewals will enable the City to maintain Fire Department staffing levels and current safety operations, and repair aging and deteriorating infrastructure.
 
Thank you for the passage of our previous Issue renewals! For more information regarding the renewal of Issue 2 and Issue 3, please read below. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (440) 333-2200.
Sincerely,
Mayor Patrick J. Cooney
RENEWAL ISSUES ON THE MAY 4, 2021 BALLOT
ISSUE 2 & ISSUE 3
On May 4, 2021, the electors of the City of Fairview Park will be asked to pass two (2) renewal Issues: Issue 2, the Fire Levy renewal, and Issue 3, the Street Repair Program Income Tax renewal. Issue 2 and Issue 3 are renewals – NOT tax rate increases or new taxes – and will directly fund projects and operational costs that uphold public health, safety, and welfare within our community.

Below are quick facts regarding these renewals, and additional information can be found at the links provided.
ISSUE 2 - FIRE LEVY RENEWAL
- The Fire Levy funds 12% of the Fire Department budget, including firefighter/paramedic salaries, maintenance of fire and medical apparatus, and essential operating costs.
- Per City ordinance, the Fire Levy must be renewed every five (5) years.
- Over the last 12 years, run volumes have increased by 40%, requiring more resources to be expended by the Fire Department.
- This past year, the Fire Levy funded operational costs associated with the pandemic, as COVID-19 patients accounted for nearly 22% of the FPFD’s entire run volume.
- This renewal, without a tax increase, will enable the Fairview Park Fire Department to maintain its current safety operations and staffing levels.

Please click here for additional facts about the Fire Levy.
ISSUE 3 - STREET REPAIR PROGRAM
INCOME TAX RENEWAL
- The City is currently in Year 32 of the Street Repair Program and a total of 266,640 linear feet of City streets have been resurfaced and rehabilitated through the program. That is approximately the distance from the City of Fairview Park to the City of Sandusky!
- Street Repair Program Income Tax revenue is the primary source of revenue for street repairs in the City, and is required for the continuation of the Street Repair Program.
- The Street Repair Program Income Tax was established in 2005 for street resurfacing and rehabilitation projects, and was subsequently renewed when up for passage in 2013.
- Per City ordinance, the Street Repair Program Income Tax must be renewed every eight (8) years, requiring renewal in 2021.
- This renewal, without a tax increase, will enable the City of Fairview Park to maintain the current Street Repair Program.

Please click here for additional facts on the Street Repair Program Income Tax renewal. Please click here for a database of street repairs by year and click here for a map showing street repairs by year.
These Issue renewals protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community. For additional facts about the Issue 2 and Issue 3 renewals, please do not hesitate to call Fairview Park City Hall at (440) 333-2200.
WARD 1 VOTING LOCATION CHANGE
Registered voters living in Ward 1 will be voting at the American Legion Hall Post #738 at 19311 Lorain Road. Fairview Village Apartments at 20000 Lorain Road will NOT be a voting location. The next election day is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
VOTING INFORMATION
The Voter Registration Deadline for the May 4, 2021 Primary Election is Monday, April 5, 2021 at 9:00 PM. This deadline also applies to anyone who needs to update the name or address on their voter registration record. Voters may register online, print a form from the website and mail it in, or drop it off in person. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by the April 5, 2021 deadline.

For the May 4, 2021 election, Vote-by-Mail begins on April 6, 2021. Early In-Person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections begins on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, and ends on May 3, 2021. Early voting hours are posted on the Board of Elections website.
 
To request a Vote-by-Mail ballot application, click here or call 216-443-VOTE (8683). Ballot applications are also available at all public libraries.
YARD WASTE COLLECTION
Weekly yard waste collection will begin on Monday, April 12, 2021. Preferably, please place yard waste in dry, brown, paper yard waste bags. You may also use cans marked "Yard Waste". Small branches must be cut and bundled not to exceed 3 feet in length or 3 inches in diameter. Bags, cans, and bundles should not exceed 40 pounds.
WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE 
To view the 2021 schedule for rubbish, recycling, bulk item, yard waste, leaf, and special recycling collections, click here.
SHREDDING AND HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
The Shredding and Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM behind City Hall. Proof of residency is required.

The following services will be available to the community:

  • Paper Shredding: A truck will be on-site to ensure your confidential information is completely destroyed in minutes. Please do NOT include paper(s) that can be safely recycled every Monday in your green recycle container. This service is for documents that contain confidential information, not any paper source. Please limit the amount of material to be shredded to two (2) copy paper sized boxes.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal: Click here for lists of accepted and non-accepted items.
RECYCLE BETTER, RECYCLE RIGHT
HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF......
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Medicine - click here
Batteries - click here
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Latex Paint - click here
Oxygen Tanks - click here
Additional plastic items (ie. yogurt containers) have been added to the accepted recyclable materials list. Click here to learn what additional items you can recycle.
FAIRVIEW PARK BUSINESSES
SHOP LOCAL
BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
The Salvage Yard & Unique Boutiques Resale Shoppe
Karen Smith, owner, operations and logistics manager of The Salvage Yard, has been leasing space to at least 50 independent entrepreneurs and small businesses since 2017. A visit to her enterprise at 22935 Lorain Road will likely walk you down memory lane where new and vintage items invite reminiscing. The 50 vendors each have their uniquely displayed wares where their talents are highlighted. The store is a unique arrangement of new, handmade, vintage and resale items for sale. Click here to learn more about The Salvage Yard.
FAIRVIEW PARK RESTAURANTS
Please click the link below for a list of restaurants in Fairview Park.
VACCINE INFORMATION
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO GET THE VACCINE
Vaccines are now available to all adult Ohio residents. Those 18 years of age and older will have access to both the Moderna or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Though they are not adults, those 16 years of age and older are able to take the Pfizer vaccine. Please check with your vaccine provider to know which vaccine will be available to you. Click here to schedule your COVID vaccine.

To help schedule vaccinations, the Ohio Department of Health has established a call center (1-866-982-1979) to assist those without internet access. Cuyahoga County Public Library, including the Fairview Park Branch, also has personnel available to assist in scheduling an appointment. Finally, you can call Laura, Cathy or Sandy at the Senior Center at 440-356-4437 and they would be happy to assist you in booking a vaccination appointment.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY VACCINE INFORMATION
COVID-19 vaccine distribution is under way in Cuyahoga County. Click here for information and check back often for more updated information about the vaccine rollout.
SERVICE AND DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
CITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
The City of Fairview Park has multiple community improvements scheduled for 2021 including many paving projects. The paving project with the highest impact on vehicle travel will be the West 210 Street paving project from Lorain Road to Mastick Road.
WEST 210 PAVING PROJECT
  • The pavement will be milled off the entire project area from Lorain Road to Mastick Road. After the surface pavement is removed, sub-pavement conditions will be reviewed and an intermediate layer of new pavement will be installed to protect the sub-pavement infrastructure. Finally, the road repairs will be made within zones.
  • West 210 Street will close to one lane of travel in construction zones. Northbound only traffic will be allowed in the construction zones. 
  • The construction zones will be put in place in 3 separate phases with one-way, northbound traffic in each zone.
  •  Detours will be in place for the 3 phases of this repair work.
  • The project schedule is from April through mid-October as weather allows.
  • If you would like to receive periodic email updates of this project, please email kathleen.fayen@fairviewpark.org to be placed on a West 210 Street Construction Update email distribution list.
  • We are thankful for our partners at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordination Agency (NOACA), Ohio Department of Transportation and Cuyahoga County Public Works for funding over 80% of this project’s costs.
ADDITIONAL CITY ROAD PROJECTS
  • Year 32 for the Street Repair Program: West 229 Street (Lorain Road to Westwood Avenue), Brookway Drive, North Valley Drive (Story Road to North Valley Lane), Eastwood Avenue (West 210 Street to West 204 Street) and Eaton Road (West 213 Street to West 220 Street).
  • Crack and joint sealing for recently paved streets (various streets).
  • Water replacement projects at Cromwell Avenue and Parkwood Avenue both from West 210 Street to West 213 Street and on Bain Park Drive with new pavement curb-to-curb.
  • Crack sealing for the following County Roads: Eaton Road (West 210 Street to Mastick Road); Mastick Road (Valley Parkway to North Olmsted border); Story Road (Lorain Road to Rocky River border); and Wooster Road (Lorain Road to Henry Road).
  • Updates on construction/work schedules will be provided.
DOMINION GAS COMPANY: WEST 220 STREET
  • Beginning in April, the completion of street paving and sidewalk replacement related to gas line installation will occur.
  • Restoration of grass will continue through spring, 2021.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: BAIN PARK RESTROOM
  • A new restroom will be replacing the existing structure at Bain Park adjacent to the playground / pavilion area.
LORAIN ROAD BRIDGE
Construction on the Lorain Road Bridge over the Rocky River will begin on Thursday, April 8, 2021. 
 
  • Westbound curb lane and westbound sidewalk will be closed on the Lorain Road Bridge.
  • Eastbound curb lane and eastbound sidewalk will be closed after the westbound work is completed.
  • The single lane closure will be in place from April 8, 2021 through early November 2021.
  • There will be a pedestrian detour to direct pedestrians to the open sidewalk.
  • Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained at all times on one side of the bridge.
POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
AVOIDING VACCINE EMAIL SURVEY SCAMS
AND CONTACT TRACING SCAMS
The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs and Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) are warning the public to avoid two COVID-19 scams reported by County residents. One scam is an emailed “survey” that baits people into participating by offering bogus $90 rewards for sharing their opinions about the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Do not open or click on any links on the email, including the unsubscribe button. The other is a phone scam in which an imposter contact tracer asks people for their social security number. Legitimate contact tracers never request social security numbers or payment information. Click here to report a scam.
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
The 5 year Fire Department Renewal Levy will be on the ballot Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The levy helps to fund some of the fire department's operating cost.
Please click here for additional information.
RECREATION AND GEMINI CENTER UPDATES
"BE WEST SIDE WELL"
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital and the West Side Recreation Centers (Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) are coming together to send a message of hope and support that we can become a community through wellness and ‘Be West Side Well’ in 2021.
 
We have a limited supply of complimentary journals available at the front desk donated by the Community West Foundation Straight From The Heart and Fairview Hospital. These are complimentary to our members as a way to help keep track of their health. Each week we will share tips and online events from all of our partners online to help everyone get back on track. Click here for more information.
RECREATION CENTER PROGRAMS
The Gemini Center is offering programs for residents of all ages. For information about Safety Town, Summer Camp (registration is open), SilverSneakers, life guard positions, camp counselor positions, Summer Swim Update and more, click here.
SENIOR LIFE DEPARTMENT
Fairview Park Senior Center Staff will use the Ohio Public Health Advisory System to determine if and when conducting in person activities is safe. When Cuyahoga County is at a Level 1 (yellow) or Level 2 (orange) Public Emergency, the building will be opened at a reduced capacity for limited activities. Cuyahoga County is currently at a Level 3 (red) designation which, according to the Ohio Health Department, means there remains a public emergency for increased exposure and spread, and that people should “exercise a high degree of caution". While Cuyahoga County remains at a Level 3 (red) or if it increases to a Level 4 (purple) Public Emergency, the building will remain closed for all in person activities. Masks and social distancing will still be required per CDC guidelines. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we move towards full programing once again.
STABILITY & FALL PREVENTION
On Tuesday, April 13, at 1:00 PM we will have a Stability & Fall Prevention - Virtual Seminar with Vicki from Devoted Health. Join Vicki via Zoom from the comfort of your own home to learn and experience simple techniques to enhance your balance. Improved balance increases stability which may help prevent falls. Click here for more information and to register.
Jeff Varga
PARTY IN THE
PARKING LOT
We are thrilled to announce that we will be having a “Party in the Parking Lot" fundraiser concert on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM in our Senior Center parking lot. Local folk singer Jeff Varga, who you might remember from our last concert in the park, will be performing for us! Click here for more information and to register.
MEAL DELIVERY
The Fairview Park Senior Life Office is delivering three frozen meals, fruit, bread and milk every Wednesday to Fairview Park seniors who are age 60 and older. This service is made possible through a generous grant from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Please call the Fairview Park Senior Center at 440-356-4437 to register or for more information.
TRANSPORTATION
Senior van transportation services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM for medically necessary appointments and essential services such as grocery shopping, banking, and prescription pick up. Only one rider or family group is permitted at a time. Masks are required. Please call the Senior Center at 440-356-4439 to make your reservation.
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION - APRIL

The virtual book discussion will take place Wednesday, April 28, at 1:00 PM. We will be chatting via Zoom about The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah. Participants will receive a copy of the book courtesy of O'Neill Healthcare. Space is limited in this program so please call 440-356-4437 to reserve your spot and book today.
SENIOR CALENDAR and SENIOR SCOPE
Click here to view the April Senior Life Calendar and click here to view the Senior Scope.
BITS AND PIECES OF FAIRVIEW PARK HISTORY
Fairview Village In the 1940s
Tracing Fairview Park History, Chris H. Gerrett
 
In the early 1940s, our small village, Fairview Village, with a couple of dozen family-owned and operated stores (feedstore, gun & tackle, meat markets, grocery, open-air market, diners, clothing stores, and gas stations) began to expand at a rapid pace. By the late 1940s, there were 66 streets with 1,699 occupied homes and 196 homes under construction. 
 
The majority of homes were north of Lorain Road. West 210 Street had the most homes, 83 total. West 223 Street and South Sagamore were neck and neck as the next most populated area with 62 houses and 61, respectively.
 
The streets with the fewest homes were south of Lorain Road. West 211 Street had 2 homes, and Briarbanks Drive had 1 home. 
 
The new shopping center brought in an additional 32 businesses and the number of stand-alone businesses continued to grow, reaching about 79 locations to shop and dine in the village.  
 
This growth was just the beginning. As time marched on, undivided farmland and open fields were allotted into smaller parcels including pacels in Parkview Village (known today as Ward 5) after its annexation by Fairview Park in 1968. Today, only a handful of the original farm homes still exist, though most have gone through extensive remodeling and replacement of many of the original components. But the stories about the farms, families, and life in the old days will live on. 
FAIRVIEW PARK GARDEN CLUB
THE PETAL POWER RAFFLE
Are you interested in a chance to win one of the four $500 Visa Cards being raffled off by the City's Garden Club? Thanks to the Garden Club, our community has beautiful fresh flowers throughout the City during the summer. The proceeds from the Petal Power Raffle go toward beautifying the City. Click here for more information about the Petal Power Raffle. For tickets for the raffle, click here.
SHADE TREE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A lethal fungus that threatens the population of oak trees in the United States has been spotted in Fairview Park. Oak Wilt, first discovered in the 1940s, progressed unchecked for four decades before experts registered the loss of millions of trees. The fungus is spread through the tree's roots and once infected, there is no cure. If we are to save our valuable resident trees, we must act now. This summer watch for signs in the oaks around you. Unseasonal bronzing of leaves at the crown or localized branches, early leaf loss, or just a subtle wilted appearance in a more resistant white oak, may indicate a problem. If you suspect a problem, contact an arborist for an accurate diagnosis.

Preventative treatments are available to protect healthy trees. To avoid inadvertently contributing to the spread of this fungus, please follow these simple rules: never prune oaks from April to October and immediately repair accidental wounds or storm damage to an oak using tree sealant. Learn more here. To alert the city of a suspected infection of a tree on public land or if you have a question about the health of a private property tree, please contact the Service Department at 440-356-4410.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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