September 2021 | Issue 10
From My Desk to Your Inbox

As we move into fall and transition from outside activities to indoor activities, it is a great time to consider creating an emergency preparedness plan for your family. Having a plan of action for an emergency or disaster is vital for your family’s safety. With September being National Preparedness Month, both the Fire Department and Police Department briefs below address the importance of being prepared for an emergency or disaster at home and in our community.
 
The 2021 Sidewalk Program begins this month, and you will find a list of streets below in the City Engineer’s brief. The Sidewalk Program has been made possible because of the passage of Issue 9. Promises made, promises kept! And speaking of promises kept, don't miss the update on the aquatic and community center project below in the Parks & Recreation Department brief. It is exciting to see this long-awaited project take shape.
 
Finally, we have several great events and programs this month for all ages to enjoy. Don’t miss the details for the 2nd Annual Community Garage Sale this weekend and the basketball and volleyball youth sports sign-ups below.
 
Have a great September!

Anthony DiCicco, Mayor/Safety Director
Here's What's Happening at City Hall
From the City Engineer
Worton Road Reconstruction
The reconstruction project on Worton Road is about 40% complete. The west side of the road will be poured in the next 2 weeks providing there are no delays.

Ashcroft Area
The Ashcroft area streets are about 85% complete. Sidewalks and other restorations are in progress. The final surface asphalt will be placed in the next few weeks.

 2021 Road Program
Giesse Drive, Golden Gate Boulevard, Bonnie Lane, and Bonnie Place have been paved, Eastwood Avenue and Parker Drive are scheduled next, followed by Parkland Drive, Mayfield Road, and Cedar Road.

2021 Sidewalk Program
Work will begin on the sidewalk program on September 13. Streets in this year's program include Elmwood Road, Maplewood Road, Sunset Road, Washington Boulevard, Temple Avenue, Longwood Avenue, Radnor Road, Rugby Road, Mayland Avenue, Edgewood Road. Also Ridgebury along the aforementioned streets, and Oakville along the aforementioned streets.
From the Fire Department
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Whether it be a weather event, active threat, or power outage, being prepared and having appropriate resources available can make a difference! The 2021 theme is ‘Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love. For more information, visit www.ready.ohio.gov.
From the Police Department
School Bus Violations
Did you know that school bus drivers can document school bus violations and forward them to the police to issue traffic citations? School bus violators may have their license suspended. Please note: On two-lane roads, all traffic must stop for busses with the red lights flashing. On four-lane roads, traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop for red lights flashing. Traffic traveling in the opposite direction may continue with caution.
C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)
With September being National Preparedness Month, it is a great time to consider joining CERT. The CERTprogram educates volunteers about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent approach to volunteer training and organization that professional first responders can rely on during disaster situations, which in turn, allows responders to focus on more complex tasks. For more information click here.

Catalytic Converter Thefts
Many agencies including Mayfield Heights have taken reports of Catalytic converters thefts from vehicles. These types of thefts occur very quickly and require suspects to use power saws to remove catalytic converters from the undercarriage. Catalytic converters can be very expensive to replace. Toyota and Honda vehicles are the top targeted vehicles. To help prevent converter thefts, try to park in well-lit or populated areas and report any suspicious behaviors, specifically individuals observed climbing underneath vehicles.
From the Finance Department
Reduced Payroll Withholding Tax Rate
The State of Ohio has reduced payroll withholding tax rates by 3%, effective for payrolls that end on or after September 1, 2021. Revised tax tables for use by employers are available here. If you have any questions, please contact the State of Ohio, Division of Taxation at 1-888-405-4039, or email here.

For questions on your local income taxes, the Regional Income Tax Agency is the administrator for Mayfield Heights. Please contact RITA at 800-860-7482 or at www.ritaohio.com.
From the Parks & Recreation Department
Aquatic and Community Center Project Update
 
If you have been following along with the progress of the aquatic center and community center project, you know GPD Group has been selected as the owner's rep and LevelHEADS as the architect of record. The city is currently conducting interviews for a construction manager and hopes to have the final piece of our team in place by the end of September. Meanwhile, we are working on the aquatic and community center schematic design plan using input received from the surveys conducted in 2019 and 2020. We hope to have something to present to the community later this fall. Look for updates on the city's website and Facebook.
Parks & Recreation Events & Program
And Annual
Community Garage Sale
September 10-11
Friday and Saturday, 9 AM -3 PM
Over 40 garage sales in Mayfield Heights! Location map available on the city's website, Facebook page, or the Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Hard copies will be available
at City Hall.
LBJ
Lil’ Biddy Jumpers is an exciting basketball program for children that emphasizes the basic fundamentals of the game while introducing game competition. Division format this year:
K & 1 st grades are COED; Grades 2 & 3 will be Boys only. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-442-2627 for more information.
WLBJ
Women's Lil’ Biddy Jumpers is an exciting new basketball program for girls that emphasizes the basic fundamentals of the game while introducing game competition. Division format this year: Grades 2 through 4 will be girls only. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-442-2627. for more information.
Fall Little Spikers Volleyball
Ages 5-12. Rooke Sports and Mayfield Heights is bringing volleyball to the area this fall!.
Space is limited. There is a minimum of 10 per session, and a maximum of 20 per age group.
Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-442-2627. for more information.