Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Clough talks business growth, city projects and elections
While 2012 didn't end exactly the way Westlake mayor Dennis Clough anticipated, as American Greetings put the brakes on the construction of its planned Crocker Park world headquarters, he's not letting that get in the way of his optimism for 2013. "There's going to be a lot going on around town," he said in a recent interview. Clough has said that he remains optimistic that the American Greetings project will happen. He said that business news around town is good. Hyland Software is building a new building on the former Nordson property. That project could bring as many as 600 new jobs to Westlake. It is expected to be open later this year. Equity Trust is expected to move to Westlake sometime in 2013. That move benefits the city two ways…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
New year, new possibilities for the city
Happy 2013, Westlake! With 2012 kicked to the curb, it's time to look ahead to a new year. There could be a lot going on in Westlake in 2013. The American Greetings project remains on hold as the company decides whether or not to go private. Elections for mayor and city council will be held. The new Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School will open. Do you think the American Greetings project will happen? Will anyone challenge mayor Dennis Clough, who has served for 27 years? What new businesses will come to town? What are you looking forward to for the city in 2013? Take our poll and tell us what you think will happen in the comments.
Monday, December 17, 2012
City left waiting on building of new American Greetings project at Crocker Park
Westlake mayor Dennis Clough has two words for people worried about the future of the American Greetings world headquarters planned for Crocker Park. Don't be. "As far as I'm concerned, this delay is temporary," Clough said. "I'm pretty optimistic this will happen, and it will be even bettwe and more exciting than we anticipated." American Greetings announced Nov. 28 that it was delaying the construction of the new world headquarters while it was dealing with a proposal by the Weiss family to take the company private. Clough said he has received assurances from American Greetings that the project will go forward as soon as the privatization matter is settled. He added that the company is continuing design work on the world headquarters …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Westlake mayor spoke at rally before Ryan's appearance
Tuesday's rally featuring Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was arranged over this past weekend, Westlake mayor Dennis Clough said Tuesday. Clough, who spoke at the rally ahead of Ryan, said he was contacted by a representative of the Romney/Ryan campaign on Friday, and a meeting was held late that afternoon. "We went through possible sites where we could hold a rally, what they would need," Clough said. Saturday morning, shortly after he was the top finisher in the 2-mile walk at the North Coast Challenge, he got word that the campaign had selected the Westlake Recreation Center for the rally. So much for a leisurely Labor Day weekend for Clough and other city workers. "I had to get in contact with the service department, …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Race raises money for local charities and organizations
Saturday's North Coast Challenge brought out everyone from hard-core racers to walkers to children for the annual event that supports Westlake charities and organizations. More than 430 runners ran the 5-mile race that started near St. John Medical Center's entrance on Center Ridge Road. Ages ranged from 10 to 84. Were you at the race? Share your photos here! Click the "Upload photos and videos" button to get started. Mourad Marofit was the overall winner in 23 minutes, 22.5 seconds. Jessica Kuhr was the top woman finisher in 26:30.67. Westlake mayor Dennis Clough was the first finisher in the 2-mile walk. "I don't train for this," he said. "I just do the elliptical five times a week." The race was also a family experience. Children …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Westlake mayor Dennis Clough talks Rumpke and automated trash pick-up
Don't anticipate any big changes with your trash removal as the City of Westlake brings in a new trash hauling company, Mayor Dennis Clough said Monday. Rumpke, which was awarded the contract for trash hauling in the city at last week's City Council meeting, will begin collecting trash here on August 1, Clough said. Clough said there were no complaints with soon-to-be-former hauler BFI/Allied Waste. "They did a great job for us," he said. But $400,000 in savings plus sterling references made Rumpke too good to pass up, he added. Clough said there will be no changes in trash pick-up, or what day residents get their trash picked up. "There may be a period of adjustment as they get used to the routes," Clough said of Rumpke. Any residents who…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Recent study shows changing over from Cleveland Water Distribution could provide lower rates to residents, more control of infrastructure.
After years of studies, Westlake is moving forward with plans to switch water suppliers from the Cleveland Division of Water to Avon Lake Municipal Utilities. City Council's Committee of the Whole voted unanimously on Tuesday night to allow Mayor Dennis Clough to begin negotiations with Avon Lake, and to hire a consulting firm to create a plan for design and construction. Consultants at the firm HTNB began the first feasibility study for the switch back in 2007, and on Tuesday night, council members saw and discussed the results of a second study analyzing risks, benefits, costs and construction involved. The study recommends that Westlake pursue the change in suppliers, noting that it would improve water pressure, create a new revenue …
Friday, November 4, 2011
City Council honored the work of council members, trustees, mayors and clerks over the past 200 years.
Amidst cheers and clapping, City Council unveiled a bicentennial plaque commemorating the work of Westlake and Dover Township's government officials Thursday night at City Hall. Clerk of Council Denise Rosenbaum spent months researching the names of 100 trustees, 122 council members, 15 mayors and 39 clerks who served over the past 200 years.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The police and fire levy renewal would support the salary of 16 public safety workers.
Dear Editor, On November 8, 2011, Westlake voters are asked to renew the 0.9 mill levy that currently supports the salary of eight firefighters/paramedics and eight police officers. This funding source has been in effect since 1966 and has been renewed every five years. Consequently, it is important that we maintain this funding to continue to keep our police and fire personnel properly staffed to meet the eveyrday demands of our growing economy. Westlake has taken pride in managing your tax dollars in a responsible and effective manner. Your continued support of this renewal (NOT A TAX INCREASE) will assure a strong and responsive safety force for the next five years. Please vote yes on Issue 99 as you cast your ballot for the November 8…
Monday, October 24, 2011
The pathway brings together the names of Dover Township pioneers and community members in a lasting memorial.
Westlake’s past and present came together at Clague Park on Saturday as members of the community gathered to dedicate the Bicentennial Founders Walk. In honor of the city’s bicentennial, volunteers and city administrators created a memorial walk in front of the Clague Family Memorial. The walk, paved with bricks from the old Red Brick Schoolhouse, combined stones engraved with the names of Westlake’s 24 founding families with bricks dedicated by community members. “The individuals that we’ve honored in this walk were a part of Westlake at a different time, but we’re all pleased they had a part in creating the great community that we all enjoy right here, today, in 2011, celebrating Westlake’s bicentennial,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. The …