March 2021 e_Grapevine
Trustees Corner
It has been just over a year since the current Board of Trustees began their term. Our community has accomplished a great deal this past year. We have come together and endured the challenges of a pandemic while remaining undeterred in making Concord a community in which we all take pride.

Concord continues to grow attracting new residents. New houses along the new portion of Hunting Lake are springing up, Lilly Farms is nearly sold out, and Eagle Pointe off Colburn Road is getting underway this spring and has already generated a great deal of interest. Commercial development coming soon includes several new office buildings along Auburn Road and a new grocery store, Lucky’s Market, which will open this year. An ice cream and gelato store and a drive-thru car wash were also recently approved by the BZA for construction on Gold Court, off Crile Road. 

The spring road program will be underway soon along with the County Engineer’s project to widen Crile Road. The Crile Road project will include widening to accommodate growth in the area, driving increased traffic along with a much-needed resurfacing. It is important to note that this project does not use Township funds since it is a county project. The project should take place in early spring as weather permits soon followed by the opening of the new grocery store in Gristmill Shopping Center.

The fire station project is progressing. The trustees, township Administrator and fire department leadership continue to work on this project. Recently, a very informative work session was held to discuss the sequencing of the stations. Additional work sessions will take place as the project moves towards bid. The fire department and the design team have been collaborating on the construction-drawing phase of the project. Updates will be discussed during the Trustees meeting on the first and third Wednesday of each month and during work sessions. Stay tuned!

During the past year, we have taken prudent, necessary steps to work through the COVID pandemic while making it a priority to keep residents informed. Currently, Town Hall offices and our meetings are open to the public. Concord Trustees are excited to offer expanded access to our meeting through WebEx and our YouTube Channel for broadcasting meetings and now Facebook Live. Everyone at Concord Township is dedicated to keeping the community connected. In fact, you can have all of our communication at your fingertips by downloading our Concord Township app. It is free in the app store! We welcome your input and participation. As we begin the month of March, let’s hope spring brings bright days and sunshine!

Welcome to the Fleet

We recently put our newest command vehicle into service. The 2020 Ford F250 pickup will respond from Station #1. Utilizing the skill and expertise of our firefighters we design, fabricate and install components into the vehicle to meet the specific needs of Concord Township.  

We’d like to give a shout out to Lt. Mike Homovec and Firefighter Shawn Rodeheaver for spearheading the vehicle retrofit. To learn more about this vehicle, visit the fire department page.  
Are you a Concord Township resident interested in staying up to date with recently approved commercial projects and residential developments in the township? If so, consider attending a monthly zoning board meeting or visit the Township website for more information. Concord Township has two zoning boards; the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Information regarding these boards, including their duties, may be found below.

The Zoning Commission consists of five members and two alternates that are appointed by the Trustees. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on matters concerning amendments to the Zoning Resolution and the Zoning Map. In addition, the Zoning Commissions reviews applications for Site Plan Review for commercial, non-residential uses, and multi-family projects proposed within the Township. Agendas are typically posted on the website a week prior to a meeting. The Zoning Commission is always looking for citizen input, and welcomes residents to their meetings to discuss zoning related topics.

The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five members and two alternates appointed by the Trustees. Their function is to act upon requests for variances, grant conditional use permits, and review appealed administrative decisions. Agendas are posted on the website a week prior to a meeting.

If you can’t make the meeting in person, you can watch it live from the comfort of your own couch on the Concord Township YouTube channel!
As the winter season ends, the Concord Township Service Department begins preparing for the upcoming construction season. Evaluation of roadways helps in deciding what areas are in need of attention throughout the Township. Crews get busy on readying the equipment and evaluating material needs for the upcoming projects. The 2021 Road resurfacing projects will include the Cherry Hill Subdivision and the Fay Rd. area. These road projects will begin this spring and are projected to be completed in early summer.

The 2020/2021 winter came on hard and left hard. Heavy snowfalls and cold temperatures made for a challenging plow season. The Service Department used an estimated 1800-2000 tons of road salt, which was down from last year’s totals.

As we change seasons, we look forward to Spring. On Arbor Day, the Service Department looks forward to the annual tree planting to celebrate the day. Other signs of Spring is the prepping of the baseball field’s and making them ready for the 2021 season. As the weather breaks and the construction season begins, we remind residents to be cautious when traveling through work zones, Slow Down and Move Over.

We remind residents with questions or concerns to contact us at 440-350-3225 or by email at The Service Department wishes everyone a safe and healthy Spring.
Cemetery Clean-up

Please understand that if you are placing sentimental items on the graves, they may get lost, stolen or damaged; if it’s something that’s near and dear to your heart, we do not recommend that it be placed in the cemetery.

A gravesite clean-up is scheduled for April 1st. Please allow two (2) weeks to be sure removal has been completed before placing new decorations on your gravesite, this will protect your new decorations from being accidentally removed; items in an urn or on a monument will not be removed unless items pertain to a past holiday or they are unkempt; please contact the cemetery office if honoring a loved one seven (7) days prior the removal times listed above.

Due to the Easter Holiday falling on April 4th, Easter decorations will not be removed until April 19, 2021.

Cemetery Decorations Rules

  • Live cut flowers are allowed year round with restriction, placed directly in front of or in an “in-ground” container (no vases of any type are allowed for cut flowers)
  • One (1) live decoration per occupied gravesite (pot/basket/urn) - April 15th-Oct 31st
  • One (1) non-floral, stand-alone decoration (such as statutes, pinwheels, trinkets, garden/stepping stones, holiday place cards) is permitted in urns, pots or flower holders placed alongside the monument on the footer extension as long as it does not impede the maintenance of grounds

Decoration Placement

  • Any decorations to be placed must be placed at the side or front of the headstone or at the head of the grave if no headstone exists
  • One (1) steel rod hanger (shepherd’s hook) is permitted per monument; hangers shall be placed flush at the side of the monument; all hangers should have a visible decoration on the hook at all times for the safety of those walking by the hanger

For more specific details, the Rules and Regulations are available at the entrance of the cemetery, at Concord Township Town Hall, and at

Call Karen Warner in the Cemetery Office at 440-354-7518 for any questions. All persons are subject to the rules and regulations.
Red Cross
American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Community Center

Tuesday, March 9th
10am – 3pm

Your donation can save 3 lives!

Happy 199th Birthday Concord Township!
Happy Birthday
Sign-up to receive a free Birthday Treat! Drive through the Community Center Parking lot on Monday, March 8 between Noon and 2pm to pick up a sweet treat in honor of Concord Township's 199th Birthday! Quantities are limited. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 440-639-4650 or email to sign-up.
Concord Township Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt
Calling all Concord Businesses!

If you are interested in participating in the Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt and handing out treats, there are still spaces available at the Town Hall location. 

Contact the Recreation Department at 440-639-4650 or email for details. 
March Classes at the Concord Community Center

  • Martial Arts (Adults and Juniors)
  • POUND!
  • Yoga Pilates Fusion 
  • Baton (Youth)
  • Photo Coaster Craft Class
  • Chalk Couture
  • Getting Started with Medicare
  • Ready for Retirement
  • March Family Fun Adventure Box (at-home kit)

Photo Coaster
Photo Coaster

To sign up for Recreation classes, contests, and programs visit  

For more information on all Recreation activities, call 440-639-4650.
Concord Township History Coloring Book!
Concord Coloring Book Page
Written by Dan Maxson with sketches by Marie Kozan, this charming coloring book includes images of iconic Concord historic sites. Kids of all ages can bring local history to colorful life! Books are available now for $5 each. To get yours, email with the subject line "Coloring Book" or call the Recreation Department at 440-639-4650. Tell us your name and phone number and we will contact you to complete the purchase and confirm your preferred method of receipt (mail or pick-up).
Senior Socials
March 3: "Meet Me at Gate A" - Local historian Dennis Sutcliffe explains the history of a famous stadium that was intended to provide a venue for sports and boost Cleveland's economy, but ran into roadblocks when the Indians refused to play there. This program is offered via ZOOM. Call 440-639-4650 or email for participation information.
Luck of the Irish
March 17: "Luck of the Irish Lunch to Go" - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a free holiday-themed lunch. Simply drive through the Community Center parking lot to pick it up between 1-2pm on March 17. Quantities are limited and pre-registration is mandatory. Call 440-639-4650 to sign-up..
Spotlight on a Local Non-Profit Group
Recreation Needs You! Become a Sponsor!
Become A Spnsor!
Interested in becoming a sponsor for a Recreation program? Connect with Concord residents and show them how you give back to our community by becoming a sponsor for an event. 

The Recreation Department is currently seeking sponsors and donors for our Summer Concert Series, seasonal events, senior socials and family programs.

Check out the ways you can become a sponsor!
Celebrate Concord Township: Where History Never Grows Old
Concord Township’s Bicentennial year is 2022. Each month, we will feature several photos depicting Concord’s history. This month, we celebrate farm life, and pay tribute to all of our hard working ancestors who had homesteads in our township, shaping our history. If you have pictures of life in Concord Township throughout the decades that you want to share, please send them to
(Photo Courtesy of the Rust Family) Rust children Olive, Hazel, Donald and Hubert stand in front of the family home on Auburn Road in 1909
(Photo Courtesy of the Malkamaki Family) Blake Malkamaki drives a 1936 tractor on the family’s 50 acre farm on Colburn Road.
(Photo Courtesy of the Stanford Family) Susie and John Stanford sitting on a farm wagon in 1948.
(Photo Courtesy of Linda Legg)  Clarence Cameron and daughter Linda Legg on a 1949 Massey Harris tractor on Chestnut Ridge Farm. The tractor is still in service today.
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