Monday, March 11, 2013
Did you know that he’s a huge Walt Disney fan? Or that he’s an avid historian?
Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby is all business when it comes to running the city. He’s done it for the past 26 years. At his recent State of the City and Conversation with the Mayor, Hruby recapped the past year, and shared some thoughts on the future. But it was all business. We thought we’d take a few minutes to get to know the man behind the mayor’s desk a little better. For starters, he’s been married to his wife, Patricia, for 43 years. What makes Brecksville the best place to live and work? Our location, amenities and schools. Young couples come here they want a good school system. Location is equally important. And we’ve got 33,000 acres of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in our backyard. What’s something people don’t know …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Port of Cleveland CEO William Friedman said updating the port's infrastructure is key to the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio.
Keeping the Cleveland's port infrastructure in good condition is key to the economic vitality of Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio, said Port CEO William Friedman. That's why Friedman wants county voters to approve Issue 108, a .67 mill tax levy to help the port improve the maritime infrastructure along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. The levy, which includes renewal of previously passed levy money and a new tax increase, would bring in about $90 million over five years. The cost of the levy on property owners would be about $20 per year for every $100,000 in home value. The taxes would be first collected in 2014. Friedman said that nearly 18,000 jobs and $1 billion in payroll depend on the waterways and that the region can't afford to …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Council will also discuss extending the city’s moratorium on Internet cafés and next year’s Community Center fees.
Brecksville City Council will meet at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall. Here are a few items on the agenda. The full agendas can be found to the right. Do you have any questions about the issues scheduled to be discussed? Leave them in the comments.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The U.S. Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a report criticizing the merger. What do you think should have been done?
The U.S. Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks the merger of the Brecksville and Wade Park facilities was flawed, according to a recent report. According to an Oct. 1 Plain Dealer article, the Inspector General reviewed the merger and recently issued a lengthy report criticizing it, saying it would cost taxpayers money, rather than saving it. The investigation began after the project’s contractor was accused of corruption-related crimes. Check out the full story for a closer look at the Inspector General’s issues with the consolidation. In 2011, Medical Center Director Susan Fuehrer told Brecksville Patch that the move was “the best thing for patients,” focusing on the continuity of care the merger would provide…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The restaurant hopes to be an engaged part of the community, said its regional managing partner.
The people in charge at Burntwood Tavern are looking forward to becoming an integral part of Brecksville. “We want to be a part of the community,” said regional managing partner Ian Hopkins. The restaurant tries to treat customers as guests—they don’t even use the word customer, he said. That community mentality can get lost in bigger restaurant chains, Hopkins said, but it’s remained important to the Burntwood Tavern as they’ve expanded. The restaurant opened in Solon this summer and announced that it was opening in Brecksville earlier this month. Residents who are proud of Brecksville’s history will be glad to know the staff of the Burntwood Tavern is excited to build on the “natural beauty” of the old Spanish Tavern building. As of …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Plans for the new Marc’s store are still moving forward.
There hasn't been much news lately, but plans for the new Marc’s store are moving forward. The rendering from ADA Architects above shows the planned design for the front of the building. According to the minutes from the Sept. 6 Planning Commission meeting, the design will include three different styles of brick, two types of siding, six shopping cart corrals and 392 parking spaces. Plans for outdoor lighting and signs will come at a later date. What do you want to know about the new Marc’s? Leave your questions in the comments.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The store, which will feature yarn and fashion, will open at 10 a.m.
A new business is opening in Brecksville today: Crochet Innovations. The shop will sell contemporary yarn and supplies, as well as handmade accessories and apparel, said owner Marianne Krier. Krier will also offer classes in crocheting. “I’ve always crocheted my whole life, since I was a child,” Krier said. Krier said she set her hobby aside when her family and former full-time job as a nurse came around, but she never gave up her love of crochet. When her grandchildren were born, she got started again by making baby blankets. Krier said the plans for the shop just came together—she had been looking for something a bit more creative than her last job working in medical records, she said. Now, she’s doing something she “always wanted.” The …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
There’s just about a month left until it opens.
The new Shell/truenorth gas station on Brecksville Road is well underway, and there’s just about a month left until drivers can check it out. Lindsay Lyden, general manager of marketing for truenorth’s Brecksville office, said the new gas station and car wash should be open in mid-July. The old building was torn down in April. Check out this article to see some of the features the new station and convenience store will include.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Keeping up the quality of streets and other infrastructure comes first, but the city is looking forward to building some new amenities.
Brecksville’s elected officials and department administrators are on the same track when it comes to city priorities: maintaining the city’s streets and buildings are the most important, but it’s time to grow. City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday and discussed a survey the council members, mayor and administrators took on what they feel are the most important issues facing the city. The survey helps council set priorities and plan financially, President Greg Skaljac said in an email. Mayor Jerry N. Hruby described some of the issues that were important to everyone, such as expanding city services and developing more recreational facilities. But improving city infrastructure—like sanitary sewers and roads—still comes first. “And …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The group moved its offices earlier this spring.
Earlier this spring, the Ganley Management Company moved 25 employees from its former headquarters in Lakewood to an office in Brecksville, bringing the “behind-the-scenes” employees closer to home for the Ganleys. The new office holds people in departments like accounting and legal for the Ganley Auto Group, said Ken Ganley, chief operating officer. The office is in the Gateway building at 8748 Brecksville Road, which Ganley purchased. The other current tenants will remain in the building, as well. “I think it’s a great fit for us and good for the city,” Ganley said. Both Ganley and his father, Tom Ganley, live in Brecksville. And the city is central to its 23 Northeast Ohio facilities. The company moved its employees in March and has …