Thursday, September 20, 2012
Development agreement with American Greetings may be voted on by council
Westlake City Council will take up another matter relating to American Greetings building its new world headquarters in Crocker Park at Thursday's meeting. The second reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Dennis Clough to enter into a development agreement with American Greetings for the project is on the agenda for the meeting, which is at 8 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Council can either declare an emergency and pass the ordinance, or let the second reading stand and vote on it after the third reading at the Oct. 4 meeting. Also on the agenda is a conditional use permit for Our Lady of the Wayside to run an adult day care center for people with developmental disabilities at 24650 Center Ridge Road. Council will also consider seeking …
Friday, September 7, 2012
660,000 square foot building to be at southern end of Crocker Park
Building the world headquarters for American Greetings took another step forward Thursday night as Westlake City Council approved the revised preliminary development plan for the project. The 660,000 square foot building and the adjacent parking garage will be built on the southern end of Crocker Park. The planning commission approved the plans, with conditions, at its Aug. 27 meeting. Planning director Richard Parry gave a presentation of the plans, which also included landscaping and parking garages. He showed how raised landscaping at the southern end of the property will help screen noise and light for residents of the nearby Wyndgate development. Residents west of Crocker Park will get a buffer of fencing, landscaping and an outdoor …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
American Greetings, Bradley-Detroit road project on agenda
Westlake City Council returns from summer break Thursday night. Council will hold its first meeting since mid-July at 8 p.m. at City Hall. Among the items on the agenda are an updated development agreement in regards to American Greetings headquarters at Crocker Park, and possible reimbursement for work on the Detroit Road-Bradley Road intersection. Check out the attached PDF for the full agenda.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Council approves ban to ease traffic
While improvements to the area around the intersection of Crocker and Clemens Roads are coming, the city is taking steps to ease the congestion in the meantime. Westlake City Council approved an ordinance at Thursday's meeting that will ban right turns on red from Clemens Road eastbound onto Crocker Road southbound betwee 4 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Right turns on red will also be prohibited from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on school days. Work on the Crocker-Clemens intersection will be completed in 2013. This was the last meeting of council before its summer recess. There will be no meetings until Sept. 6. Keep up with traffic in Westlake and find the best gas prices on our Commute page.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Council approves hiring design firm
Westlake City Council has approved hiring a firm to design plans for a renovation of the Columbia Road interchange. The city will hire Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC for the design project. Ward 1 councilman Edward Hack voiced his objections to the hiring at last week's council meeting at City Hall. "My concern is that it puts time, effort and moneys into an intersection where there aren't major problems," Hack said, adding Crocker Road needs to be addressed. City engineer Robert Kelly said the city would be spending about $80,000 for the design. The remaining $400,000 would be coming from state safety funds. Council chair Michael Killeen pointed out that state money can't be diverted from the project it was granted for to something else. "It's …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
City hopes to fix problems at interchange, Columbia and Detroit
A step towards a revamped Columbia Road interchange at Interstate 90 is on the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting at 8 p.m. at City Hall. There will be a second reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Dennis Clough to enter an agreement with Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC for designing the plans for the interchange. Either the ordinance passes on declaring an emergency, or there is a third reading at the June 21 council meeting City engineer Bob Kelly detailed changes the city hoped to make to the interchange in a recent interview. Moving the eastbound ramps a little to the north and changing the westbound off-ramps are designed to streamline traffic on Columbia and help keep traffic from impacting Detroit Road. Is this the worst …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Plans are being made now
Is the Bradley Road-Detroit Road intersection a pain to navigate? The city intends to make it a bit easier. Director of Engineering Robert Kelly said at Thursday's City Council meeting that the intersection will be widened next year. Design work is underway now, Kelly said. The plan is to widen Detroit Road to five lanes, as it is near Crocker Road, all the way to Bradley and then 1,000 feet west. The widening will add thru lanes. "This will make that intersection not only more efficient, but safer," Kelly said. Construction will begin in early 2013.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Council also discussed a proposed Speedway gas station on Dover Center Road.
The Recreation Center will be getting some new upright bicycles soon, after City Council members approved the purchase Thursday night. "Every couple of years, we replace some of the equipment as well as change out some pieces that aren't used as much," said Mayor Dennis Clough. The city may now spend as much as $58,807 to update the equipment. "Most (bikes) are four or five years or older," said Recreation Department Director Mike Rump. "They've got some wear and tear. We try to keep the equipment updated and replace it when it starts to cost more to repair them than replace them." Council members also discussed driveway plans for a proposed Speedway gas station at 2726 Dover Center Road. "The driveway is at the far west end so that there'…
Friday, September 16, 2011
Mike DelRegno, one of Westlake's residents affected by last winter's flooding, urged that the issue be resolved before the upcoming winter.
During Thursday’s regular City Council meeting, resident Dave DelRegno stood to address his frustrations that stem from flooding issues in his Richmar Avenue neighborhood. Last February, lots of water – created by the winter thaw – overwhelmed the Rocky River Treatment Plant and caused raw sewage to backflow into the basements of several Westlake homes. Since then, residents and local officials have been working to find out whether or not the problem can be fixed to avoid future flood damage. At the meeting, DelRegno wanted to know why the final report to identify the cause and possible solutions was not yet completed after six months. Council members said they received a draft of the report from the treatment plant and its consultants…
Monday, June 20, 2011
Council members said it the issue isn't a problem in the city, but new legislation sends the right message.
Westlake City Council is taking a stand on ‘double dipping’ with new legislation that gives council members oversight on hiring in situations where a potential employee has retired from government job. “These ordinances were not brought because we’ve had a problem in Westlake,” said Council President Michael Killeen. “There is concern overall on these issues and we’re trying to send a message. We made a statement for better or for worse. We’ve hired these types before and I can’t think of a time I would have had an issue with any of them.” Council members said they are not opposed to hiring a retired employee if he or she is the best fit for the job, but would want to review the hires on a case-by-case basis. Only with both mayoral and …