We have approval from the State of Ohio for our Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) program. I introduced this legislation to Council in September 2015. Our Administration and Council worked together to finalize all of the details of this program. We are closer to launching this program which will benefit our residents and local businesses by offering tax incentives on certain improvement projects. This program will not only benefit a particular resident but will bring up the property value of the entire neighborhood. The CRA program will cover the entire city. We need to set up a Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council and a Tax Incentive Review Council. We need 5 volunteer members for the CRA Housing Council and 2 volunteer members for the Tax Incentive Council. They should be residents of the City. If you are interested, please mail a letter of interest to City Hall or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a winning situation for the entire city.
The storm sewer project on Lake Street is progressing well. We appreciate the patience of our residents living in this part of the city. This project is one of many to improve drainage in the city. We hope to complete this project before the end of summer.
Our Service Department has been working on completing our new salt shed. We had the cement walls and floor poured. They have done an exceptional job completing the roof. Relocating the salt shed will make City Hall Park more visible from Andrews Road.
Our Fire Department was recently awarded the State EMS Grant. The grant is for $2,925. This grant will allow us to buy needed EMS equipment and supplies. We continue to search for various grants which will benefit all of our departments.
Our Police Department created the MeetUp Spots program through OfferUp to work together to support local buyers and sellers in our community doing business over the internet. Our lobby at the Police Department is open 24/7 and offers a safe, monitored place to buy/sell from the internet. Thank you Chief John Gielink for creating this meeting place.
I hope your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. We continue to plan for our second annual Fall Festival which is Saturday, September 9 from 12 PM to 10 PM at City Hall. This is a free event with food, drinks and live music all day.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at home (440) 257-6029, leave a message at City Hall (440) 257-7216 or email me at email@example.com. Follow us on Facebook at City of Mentor on the Lake, Mentor on the Lake Fire Department and Mentor on the Lake Police Department for all that's going on in our city.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at home (440) 257-6029, leave a message at City Hall (440) 257-7216 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.