Wednesday, January 23, 2013
City Council took the discussion off the agenda last week.
Residents who are interested in hearing more about a proposed cell phone tower in the southwestern part of Westlake will have to wait—City Council’s vote has been postponed until February. The Verizon tower was first proposed in September, and planning commission voted to recommend plans to build a 100-foot tower on the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church property in early December. But some members of the community have expressed concerns about having a tower so close to residents’ homes, and the city is listening. Council’s vote was first delayed during its Jan. 3 meeting. It was again postponed during the meeting on Jan. 17. The city’s Planning Director, Robert Parry, said council wanted to give the applicant time to report on alternate …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Here's what you were reading and talking about this past week
AJ Hyland is stepping down as president and chief executive officer at Westlake-based Hyland Software. The news comes as the company prepares to expand with a new building at the old Nordson headquarters that could bring up to 600 new jobs to town. The search for a new coach for the Cleveland Browns had the attention of lots of readers. So, what do you think of Coach Chud? Westlake Police are noticing a trend of thieves stealing purses from cars parked at local fitness centers. Westlake City Schools will receive just over $82,000 in tax revenue from casinos. Flu season is going very strong, not just here in Westlake but almost everywhere in the country. We've got information to help you prevent the flu and get through it.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
School board member Nate Cross running for Connole's Ward 2 seat
Changes may be coming to Westlake city government with November's elections. City councilman James Connole, who has represented Ward 2 since 2001, is listed as a candidate for president of City Council with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Current council president Michael Killeen, who has served on council for 31 years, 14 of those as council president, said after last week's City Council meeting that he was not ready to announce his plans one way or the other. Two contenders have stepped up to replace Connole in Ward 2: Westlake City Schools Board of Education member Nate Cross, and Brian Thompson. Cross said Monday that he has not yet decided on his future with the school board. Connole had announced in 2010 that he planned to …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Here's what you were reading and talking about this past week
A cell phone tower propsed for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church had nearby residents concerned. City Council put off a decision on the tower until alternative sites were explored. Westlake mayor Dennis Clough looked ahead to what's coming for Westlake in 2013, including business growth, road projects and his re-election bid. The flu is on the rise in Cuyahoga County. We've got some tips for you to help fight it. Gretchen Wang, a founding member of the Westlake Historical Society, died at age 79. As people rang in 2013, they looked back on 2012 and its most popular story on Westlake Patch, the Fifty Shades of Grey book-burning party by radio personality Alan Cox.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The financial company will get a tax abatement and other incentives.
It looks like the Equity Trust Company is coming to Westlake. Westlake City Council approved two ordinances on Thursday night allowing the mayor to enter into agreements with the retirement investments company. The agreements would reward the company for bringing jobs into the city and for updating the building it will inhabit. The company will get a tax abatement. It will also get an incentive for bringing about 250 jobs to the community, Mayor Dennis Clough said. “We look forward to working with you as you become members of the Westlake community,” Council President Michael Killeen said to the company’s representatives during Thursday’s meeting. Equity Trust is looking to retrofit the old Cleveland Clinic building, Clough said. The …
Westlake City Council will hear from residents one more time before making a final decision on Verizon’s proposed cell phone tower.
City Council will hear comments from the public on Verizon’s proposed cell phone tower on the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church’s property before making a final decision. The public hearing is set for Jan. 3, before the regular council meeting. Council heard the second reading of the ordinance during Thursday night’s meeting. Planning commission decided to recommend the measure at its meeting on Monday. The tower is needed to fix a gap in coverage in a portion of southwest Westlake, but residents have expressed concerns about the tower being so close to homes. For more:
Friday, November 23, 2012
Premen served for 20 years on City Council
Margarita (Birontas) Premen, 87, a 20-year member of Westlake City Council, died Nov. 18. She was born Feb. 11, 1925, in Lithuania. Premen served from 1974-1993 on City Council, representing Ward 4. She is survived by children Dr. Victor E. Premen (Catherine), Edward V. Premen (Susan) and Dr, Andre J. Premen (Nancy); grandchildren Harrison Premen, Victor Premen, Suzy Bahu, Matthew Premen, Zachary Premen, Jacob Premen and Nicholas Premen; great-grandchildren Autumn, Trey and Luke Premen; and sister Victor Birontas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Premen. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Jenkins Funeral Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at St. Ladislas …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Westlake has some work to do before project can get going
The City of Westlake will tackle the next stages of the American Greetings world headquarters project in the coming weeks. At Thursday's meeting of City Council, council president Michael Killeen said a special meeting of the Committee of the Whole -- comprised of Mayor Dennis Clough, members of council, and city department heads -- could be called in the next few weeks to take up the next step in the project, hiring a general contractor. After council approved the preliminary development plan for the project in September, the general contractor job for the city's share of the project was put out to bid. City engineer Robert Kelly said after Thursday's meeting that the bids are still being reviewed. After the Committee of the Whole goes …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Our Lady of the Wayside will operate Center Ridge Road facility
An adult day care center run by Our Lady of the Wayside has gotten the green light. Westlake City Council approved Thursday night the plans for the day care center, which will be in the rear of what has been known as the King James II building at 24650 Center Ridge Road. Approval was unanimous. The day care center, which will bus in residents from nearby residential facilities, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No more than 50 clients will be in the day care center, said city planning director Robert Parry. A fenced courtyard will be added. Parry said that Our Lady of the Wayside plans to begin work on the day care center as soon as possible. The approval added the condition that fire suppression at the day care center meet Ohio code for…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Our Lady of the Wayside plans facility on Center Ridge Road
A vote on a planned adult day care center for people with developmental disabilities will be held at the Oct. 4 meeting of Westlake City Council. At Thursday's meeting at City Hall, council members heard a second reading of the ordinance that would permit Our Lady of the Wayside to open the day care center at 24650 Center Ridge Road. A public hearing will be held prior to the 8 p.m. Oct. 4 council meeting. The day care center would be in the rear of what has been known as the King James II building, said city planning director Bob Parry. It would be a single-story facility. Handicapped-accessible vans would be bringing residents from nearby residential facilities to the day care center in the morning, and then picking them up in the …