Monday, October 15, 2012

Looks like happy hunting in Mentor

The deer continue to drop in Mentor, there were some serious work-related accidents in the city, and a big car dealership project is moving ahead. Those items and more in the latest weekly city manager memo to City Council:

Manager Comments
• After almost a full week of hunting season within the city, 14 deer (the number was up to 32 as of today) have been reported as killed thus far. Several hunting sites have been visited by ODNR, and city staff from both Police and Recreation continues to closely monitor the program. No problems have been reported thus far. Me: At this rate, more than 540 deer will be killed by the end of archery season

• On Thursday, a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on SR2 near Hendricks Road rear-ended a 1998 Plymouth Neon with two female occupants, aged 22 and 23, both from Cleveland. The Neon was pushed left into the wall then flipped onto its roof across two lanes of traffic. The Cobalt went off the right side of the road. The two women exited the Neon shortly before it was hit by a semi tractor trailer that was also headed westbound. The Cobalt was driven by an Anthony Longo, 35, of Euclid. He fled the scene on foot and was later located. Longo admitted to the incident and was charged with DUS, no operating license, reckless operation, hit skip, OVI, and aggravated vehicular assault. He refused a blood test. The two women each had a concussion and one had four teeth broken. Both are at Hillcrest Hospital. The County Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

• We have received word that Penske Automotive Group is satisfied with the inspections of our Market Street property and that closing is scheduled for Oct. 31. (The plan includes moving an Audi dealership there from Willoughby.)

Fire Department
• On Oct. 4 at 4:48 p.m., a construction worker suffered serious leg injuries after being backed over by a fully loaded dump truck.  He was treated by Fire Station #5 personnel and transported to Hillcrest Hospital Level II Trauma Center.

• On Oct. 5, one narcotic overdose was treated and transported by Fire Station #1 personnel to Lake West Hospital.

• On Oct. 11 at 9:55 a.m., the Mentor Fire Department along with 19 other departments from communities in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County responded to Painesville Township for a large factory fire. This was MABAS Box 2723 with all five alarms being transmitted. Mentor provided an Aerial Platform, Engine and Air Truck, as well as an Incident Management Team. Most from Mentor were released by 7 p.m., although we did provide Battalion Chief Edmond as Operations Chief for the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. work period. It should be noted that this was a very significant “real test” of the new 800 MHz radio system. It worked well throughout this event with as many as six tactical channels being used. While this event was ongoing, Mentor also handled 24 other responses for service within the City.

• On Oct. 11 at 1:40 p.m., a worker with a very serious leg injury was treated and transported from one of the occupancies in Liberty Business Park. The worker suffered a broken lower leg from a 2000-pound sheet of steel that fell on his leg.

• On Oct. 11 at 2:29 p.m., paramedics treated and transported a 59-year-old male with a significant avulsion to his finger. This occurred during a welding operation at a Tyler Boulevard factory. He was transported to TriPoint Medical Center.

• On Oct. 11 at 11:39 p.m., Fire Stations #2 and #5 responded to Route 2 for a multivehicle accident with a rollover. Two female patients were treated and transported to Hillcrest Hospital Level II Trauma Center in stable condition.

• Battalion Chief Terry Szabo is retiring from the Mentor Fire Department after 32 years of service. Terry’s last actual work day was Oct. 5, with scheduled time off until his official retirement date of Oct. 1. 

Police Department
• On Oct. 6, a 10-year-old female and her parents came to the police station and reported that the juvenile had been raped by a 23-year-old male. The juvenile was interviewed and transported to the hospital for an examination. The male suspect was brought to the police department and interviewed. He confessed to raping the child and was charged appropriately.

• Over the weekend there was a breaking and entering at the Phoenix Buffet, 9354 Mentor Ave., and the UPS Store, 7665 Mentor Ave. The back doors of both businesses were pried open to gain entry and a small amount of cash was stolen from both locations. The cases are being investigated.

• On Oct. 8, a marked police car struck a deer while driving on Hendricks Rd. near the 8800 block. The vehicle sustained damage to the entire front grill and headlight assembly. The vehicle was taken out of service for repairs.

Economic and Community Development
• Tom Thielman participated in a MCTV video shoot regarding a segment on Economic Development and an overview of programs and incentives available to businesses.

• Thielman met with Dave Holtz, the developer of the prospective indoor shooting range, regarding various financing opportunities available through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

• Ron Traub met with two Mentor manufacturers regarding possible expansions and assistance.

Parks and Recreation Department
• The Senior Center had 75 people in attendance at their movie showing and 65 people in attendance at their “Oh My Aching Back – Back Pain and Arthritis” program. Both were held Oct. 8.

• Deposits for the 2013 boating season are now being accepted. To date, 100 deposits have been paid. 

• Aeration of tees has begun at Black Brook Golf Course.

• Eighty-four children, along with their parents attended the Great Pumpkin Hunt Oct. 5. Over 50 brides attended the Bridal Gala Oct. 7 at the Comfort Inn.

• Ohio House Representative Peter Beck hosted the fourth Municipal Income Tax Interested Party meeting in Bowling Green. The hearings are a continuation of discussions relative to the State’s efforts to develop and implement local income tax uniformity. We will continue to monitor this process and report on the results of this most recent hearing.

Public Works Department
• Ice Arena - completed resetting the retaining wall; removed wall on other side of drive, and erected scaffolding for siding repairs
• Storm sewer cleaning - Westmoor to Brentwood and Steeplechase
• Drainage Assistance Project - Magnolia/Tall Oaks underway
• Crack sealing - Center Street
• Slab jacking - Brandywine
• Oversaw backflow inspections of City facilities
• Working with consultant on Mentor Beach Park building roof
• Assisting with re-bid of City Hall HVAC project
• Durapatching - Jackson
• Inlet basin repairs - Whalers Cove area
• Coordinating upgrade of signals/traffic control equipment on Plaza Blvd.

-- Betsy Scott,, @ReporterBetsy


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