August 2021 | Issue 9
From My Desk to Your Inbox

August has traditionally been a month of changes. We start off with the dog days of summer and end with the Friday night lights of the football season and the anticipation of the fall. But we still have a lot of summer fun activities left in Mayfield Heights starting with tomorrow night’s First Responders Community Night at City Park. Come on out to meet our first responders and enjoy a warm summer evening of family fun. See the flyer below for details and don’t forget to check the other August events and activity flyers.

The first phase of the parks and pool projects, the aquatic center and the community center, are moving forward nicely. LevelHEADS architectural firm has been selected to design the new centers. We look forward to seeing their designs and presenting them to the community. Look for updates on the projects on social media and the city’s web page.

As we continue to enjoy the summer and move into the fall season soon, we are more inclined to have recreational fires. Make sure you check out the fire codes for recreational fires on residential properties in the Fire Department report below. If you have questions regarding the city’s ordinances pertaining to recreational fires, please don’t hesitate to contact the Fire Department.

Wishing you a fantastic August!
Anthony DiCicco
Mayor/Safety Director
Here's What's Happening at City Hall
From the Parks & Recreation Department

Upcoming Events
August is a sign that summer is winding down and school is getting ready to begin. The Parks and Recreation had a busy summer with many of our traditional events returning. We hope you had a chance to come out and enjoy some of the events. There a few remaining special events scheduled for August include our annual First Responders Night, which is this Friday night in City Park from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, and the Car Show coming up on August 26 at the Mayfield Heights Winking Lizard from 6- 9 pm. See more information on these events below.

Aquatic and Community Center Update
The Aquatic and Community Center project is taking shape. LevelHEADSs has been selected as our architect and we are excited about what they will bring to the table. Meetings with LevelHEADS and the our owners representative, the GPD Group, have begun with a focus to create a facility our residents will be proud to have in our city. We hope to have somthing to show our comminty in the fall.

We are in the process of completing our project team with the hiring of a construction manager. We hope to complete the hire in by early October.We are still on schedule to break ground next May and to open the facility in May of 2023. Look for update on Facebook and the city website.

From the Fire Department

Recreational Fires on Residential Property
The Ohio Fire Code, Ohio Revised Code, and City of Mayfield Heights Ordinances allow for small recreational fires on residential property under the following conditions:
1. The fires are fueled with seasoned firewood, natural gas, or other clean burning fuel with the emissions that are equivalent to or lower than those created by burning seasoned firewood.
2. The fires are for recreational purposes only, such as, cooking, pleasure, warmth, or similar purposes. Burning of yard waste, landscape waste, or garbage is not allowed.
3  The fuel area for the fire shall be less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
4. The fires are to be constantly attended with a fire extinguisher or other means of extinguishment (such as a garden hose) readily available.
5.  Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material, e.g. homes, sheds, fences, decks. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
6.  Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.
Although recreational fires are allowed on residential property, Mayfield Heights Fire Department requests that you be courteous and respectful to your neighbor as some individuals have sensitivity to smoke due to an underlying health condition.

Please remember the fire code official is authorized to order the the extinguishment of a fire if it creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation. Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for any questions at 440-442-2626, ext 286.
From the Police Department

Andrew Rocco was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Andrew has been a police officer for 20 years. Prior to his promotion, he was a detective and field training officer. His is also a member of the SPAN SWAT team.

Officer Matt Mikolay was appointed to the Detective Bureau. Detective Mikolay has been a police officer for 17 years. He also served as a field training officer and is a member of the SPAN Drug Enforcement Unit.

Cpl. Van Snider was appointed to serve as the school resource officer for Lander Elementary School. Van has been a police officer for 23 years as a patrol officer and detective. Van also played professional baseball before starting his law enforcement career. 

Worton Blvd. road construction will be starting very soon. Residents may use adjacent roadways for parking if you are not able to access your driveway. Many other city roadways are also in the process of being repaved.

Please ensure that you are not blocking fire hydrants or violating other parking ordinances during this time. For questions, contact the PD non-emergency number, 440-442-2323,. Don't forget you can register your vehicle for overnight parking on the police department webpage. 

Walk in the Park with our Advocates
Our advocates are here for you! Every Saturday at 8:30am, meet our advocates in the police department parking lot for a nice walk through the Mayfield Heights City Park! Whether you want to just walk, need resources, or have questions about how they can assist you, our advocates will be there!
From the Finance Department

The city has received $968,000 in American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funds and will receive an equal amount next year. Per the U. S. Treasury, allowable uses of these funds are:

  1. To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
  2. To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers.
  3. For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency.
  4. To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

The funds must be spent by December 31, 2026. The city is in the process of determining the best use of the ARPA funds. Please continue to monitor the city’s website and future editions of this newsletter for information on how to share your thoughts on the use of the ARPA funds.
What's happening in the city this month?
First Responders Night
August 6
City Park
August 18: Frank & Dean
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich
Car Show
August 26
at Winking Lizard Mayfield