Friday, May 3, 2013
The final two meetings are slated at 10 a.m. May 11 and 7 p.m. May 29.
A group of Brecksville residents are wrapping up the process of re-examining city’s charter. In more than 50 years, there have only been 15 amendments to the city’s charter. The idea behind the Charter Review Commission is to decide whether certain aspects of the city's governing document that need some updating. The new commission began its review earlier this year, and hosted another meeting on Monday. Among the topics covered so far include city council wards (an idea that hasn't gained much traction), changes to qualifications for the finance director post and others to the zoning code. Whether those issues will make it to the voters isn’t yet settled. One of the early topics of discussion is whether the city should change the spending…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
In an attempt to alleviate some of the flooding issues around the city, Brecksville officials are set to begin several projects around the city.
Last week, we outlined this summer’s numerous paving projects. However, there are also going to be quite a few culvert, storm water and sewer lines replacements around Brecksville this summer. Most of the projects have already approved and are ready to go. The engineer’s office has estimated costs of the projects, however the city is still waiting on many of the bids. The total of the projects is around $1.9 million, but some of that will be paid for with federal grant money — see below. The rest is paid for out of a fund collected by residents' water bills. Here’s they are (the costs are all engineering estimates): State Route 82, near Highland Road: A deteriorating pipe will be replaced, with an estimated $250,000 price tag. ODOT is …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Two filing errors — both made by the businesses — were discovered by a recent state audit, and now the city's required pay up.
Two businesses in Brecksville that erroneously overpaid on their taxes a few years ago will each get a big refund check from the city of Brecksville. The errors — both made by the businesses — were discovered by a recent state audit, and now the city is required pay up. To the tune of about $138,000. One business will be refunded $130,000 and the other about $7,000. Brecksville Finance Director Virginia Price declined to identify the businesses, but based on how businesses file taxes with the state, the error for the larger dollar amount was likely made by a utility company. “It’s not the kind of letter you like to get in the mail,” she said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. The state collects it, the state audits the returns.” Price …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Meeting is slated to take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Brecksville officials: Natural gas bills in May shouldn’t be any higher than $4.57.
Natural gas bills for Brecksville residents in April should have a rate no higher than $4.03. And the bills in May shouldn’t be any higher than $4.57. “Yes, that is a significant increase,” according to a statement released by the city on Thursday, “but do not reach for the panic button.” Rates are still lower than 2009, according to the release. If residents use any supplier other than Dominion East Ohio or NOPEC, they are encouraged to call and cancel. “Check if your plan has an early termination fee. If it does, wait until it expires before cancelling,” according to the statement. If the letters SSO, SCO or MVR are on your bill call NOPEC at 888-848-7914 and ask for their “variable rate.” Some people are still on NOPEC’s higher fixed …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Miss any of the meetings? There are still a few more slated.
The process of re-examining Brecksville’s charter is well under way. But don’t fret: There are still several meetings scheduled. The idea is to decide whether certain aspects of the city's governing document that need some updating. The new commission began its review earlier this year, and recently hosted another meeting. Upcoming meetings are slated for: All meetings take place in Brecksville City Hall Community Room. One of the first items of business is to see whether the city should change the spending limit — without city council approval — from $3,000. “When I first became mayor, the spending limit was $500,” Mayor Jerry Hruby said recently. “The government couldn’t spend $500 unless the council approved the expenditure.” However …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Council meeting slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Brecksville City Council is expected to weigh a measure that would accept an easement for work on a sanitary sewer line on Carriage Hill Drive. Here's the rest of the agenda for the council meeting slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday.Easement – a Resolution accepting an easement for construction, reconstruction, operating, maintaining, repairing and replacing sanitary sewer facilities, and appurtenances thereto in, under, across and through Permanent Parcel Nos. 601-07-039 and 601-20-025 Carriage Hill Drive owned by the Woods of Brecksville Condominium Homeowners Association. Service Department Equipment – an Ordinance accepting the bid of Ohio Materials Handling, Inc. for the purchase of a ten thousand pound lift truck for use by the Brecksville …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The idea behind the charter commission is to decide whether certain aspects of the city's governing document need some updating.
A group of residents has begun the process of re-examining Brecksville’s charter. The idea is to decide whether certain aspects of the city's governing document that need some updating. The new commission began its review last month, and recently hosted another meeting. One of the first items of business is to see whether the city should change the spending limit — without city council approval — from $3,000. “When I first became mayor, the spending limit was $500,” said Mayor Jerry Hruby at the Conversation With the Mayor event on Tuesday. “The government couldn’t spend $500 unless the council approved the expenditure.” However in recent years, the charter commission has upped the limit to $3,000. Compare that to the state limit of $25,…
Celebrate Brecksville with the Bicentennial Commemorative Book titled “Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Envision the Future.”
Brecksville residents have an opportunity to own a little piece of the city’s history. All 202 years of it. The Brecksville Bicentennial Committee and the city of Brecksville are selling the book “Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Envision the Future” to celebrate the city’s rich history. “It is not a history book per se, but there is plenty of history found in it,” according to a press release. “There are stories regarding past events and the people who deserve to be honored for the past, stories about those who remember and deserve to be embraced for our present, and an envisioning look toward the future of Brecksville. “If you grew up in Brecksville, this book will bring back pleasant and perhaps forgotten memories. If you are new…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Although, the city of Brecksville has its own service department with snowplows, city council agreed to stick with its supplementary snowplow service.
The city of Brecksville will have some extra help with snowplows if needed. Although the city already uses its own service department for plowing, the city routinely has back-up, supplementary services. On Monday, Brecksville City Council unanimously approved a contract — the same as the one approved in 2012 — for $20,000 with Mattes Landscaping. The company will provide “supplementary snowplowing and salting services” for the city’s parking lots and sidewalks through Oct. 10, 2013.