November 2021 | Issue 12
From My Desk to Your Inbox

November is traditionally the month we honor our veterans and give thanks for the good things in our lives. Veterans Day celebrates all the men and women who served the country in war and peace. As you ride down Mayfield Road, take a look at our Hometown Heroes' names and faces. These are some of the Mayfield Heights residents who served our great country. We are grateful and we honor those who helped defend our freedom.
 
We recently unveiled the conceptual design plans for the new Aquatic and Community Center. It is exciting to see the culmination of our residents' wants coming together in the conceptual design. Thank you for your input through our focus groups and surveys. It has helped to shape the future of our parks and pool. For more information on the conceptual design, see the Recreation Department brief.
 
November starts the holiday shopping season, and the Police Department brief has helpful insight on how to keep your valuables safe while you shop. Additionally, you will find hints on inspecting your vehicle before the winter season hits. While you are out shopping this season, remember to shop local. We have great businesses in Mayfield Heights, and shopping local keeps our businesses open.
 
Thanksgiving is an excellent time to reflect on life's blessings and thank those who have a positive impact on your life. It is also an ideal time to help those in need. One way to do that is by donating to the local food pantry at Our Savior Lutheran Church. The food pantry will be grateful for your time, talent, or treasure.
 
Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Anthony DiCicco, Mayor/Safety Director
Here's What's Happening at City Hall
From Community Partnership on Aging
Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7, 2021, with coverage changes in effect on January 1, 2022. During this time, you can find a plan that better meets your needs, saves money, or both. Our social work team is available to provide unbiased information about your plan. Schedule a time to discuss your coverage with one of our social work team members by calling 440-442-2628.
From the Parks & Recreation Department
Aquatic and Community Center Project Update

Below you will find the conceptual design for the new Aquatic and Community Center presented to the public on October 19, 2021. If you missed the presentation, you can view it on the City's YouTube channel here. An updated building structural design was presented to City Council at the November 8th meeting. You can see the updated plan here. Please note, the plans are subject to change. To keep informed of updates on this project and the park and trails, visit the city website's Promises page on the city's website.
Trails
Meet our Neighbors

Hear what our neighboring cities are saying about their trails. View videos from Mayfield Village former Mayor Bruce Rinker, Orange Village Mayor Katy Mulcahy and residents of Orange Village, Beachwood Council Member Justin Berns, and residents of Beachwood. Visit the Trails page for the links to watch the videos.

Trails Meeting

We want to hear from you! Please join us for a trails meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the DeJohn Community Center. This is a public meeting seeking resident feedback on the Gates Mills Blvd. trails and potential Phase II trails projects.
First & Ten and Trunk-or-Treat Highlights

October was a busy month for programs and events. The First & Ten program concluded with a Saturday night under the lights at Wildcat Stadium on October 16th. It was a great night! On October 23rd, the annual Trunk-or-Treat event took place at City Park's south entrance with a hay maze, treats, and great costumes! See highlights from First & Ten and Trunk-or-Treat below. Keep up with programs and events on Mayfield Heights Parks & Recreation Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
From the Police Department
Coffee with our Victims Advocates

Every Wednesday, beginning November 10th, our victim's advocates will be at Starbucks at 1456 Som Center Road from 4 PM-7 PM. Did you know our advocates assist any resident who may have questions or seek resources regarding their health and safety? Even if you are only looking for someone to have a cup of coffee and conversation with, stop in. Allison and Janice would love to meet you!

Gift Card Scam Alert
Have you heard about the scam involving gift cards? The police department has taken several reports where individuals are contacted via email or phone and told that they have to pay for goods or services with a gift card. In some cases, they may claim to be the government or IRS. No legitimate business or agency takes gift cards as a form of payment. Do not hesitate to contact the police department at 440-442-2323 if you feel you may be a victim of a scam or if you have any questions regarding scams.

Winter Travel
Before the snow falls, it is a good idea to inspect your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to operate on icy roadways. Make sure that the tread depth on your tires is sufficient. Ensure that all lights and turn signals are in working condition and check your windshield wiper blades. A car accident due to an unsafe vehicle will cost significantly more than maintenance costs. And remember, please do not leave your keys in your vehicle unattended to warm up your car!

Parking Ordinances
Help the police and service departments keep the roads clear! When the snow begins to fall, try to avoid parking on city streets. Please note: there is no parking on city streets between 2 AM - 6 AM unless you have obtained permission through the police department. You can register for parking permission on the police department website or by calling the non-emergency number, 440-442-2323. Parking permission will not be granted during heavy snowfalls.

Shopping Safety Tips
As you begin your holiday shopping, make safety a priority. Be aware of your surroundings, and do not leave purses unattended in shopping carts. Most criminals take advantage of crimes of opportunity or easy targets. The best way to stop crime is to prevent crime. Keep your valuables secured and out of sight while you shop!

Events
From the Service Department
Leaf Pick-up Information
November Announcements & News
Welcome New Council Member, Nino Monaco
Nino Monaco was sworn in as a council member on October 25, 2021. Mr. Monaco was amongst 14 applicants who submitted their application and resumé for the council seat held by the late Donna Finney. Mr. Monaco previously served as a Mayfield Heights building inspector and council member. He is currently a building commissioner in Warrensville Heights. 
 
During the October 25, 2021, council meeting, Council President Diane Snider recognized all the applicants and their skill sets, saying each candidate brought a distinct skill beneficial to the city. Mrs. Snider encouraged them to remain active in their service to the City of Mayfield Heights. After Council chose Mr. Monaco, the 38-year resident, promised to do “whatever is best for the residents of this great City.”