Monday, October 1, 2012

Mentor Teen Center continues to draw few

Mentor’s Teen Center continues to draw few participants, state money is on its way for demolishing condemned properties, and heroin continues to threaten the lives of area residents. Those items and more in the latest weekly city manager report to City Council:

Fire Department
• On Sept. 21, paramedics responded to three separate heroin overdoses in the city. All three overdosed patients were discovered unresponsive and in serious condition. Advance Life Support treatment included the administration of Narcan. All three patients were transported to the hospital where their condition improved to stable.

• On Sept. 24, the Mentor Fire Department assisted the police department and other agencies with an extensive search for a missing person from the Deepwood area. The missing male was later found. Reportedly, he deviated from his regular routine of walking home from work and instead chose to get on a bus.

• On Sept. 27 at 1:04 p.m., the fire department responded to a kitchen fire at 7289 Mentor Ave. Crews arrived to find the building evacuated and a working fire in the kitchen area. The fire was brought under control at 1:46 p.m. and crews remained on scene removing smoke and performing salvage work. The fire started from a torch that workers were using for remodeling work as the restaurant is the new home of Melt. There were no injuries and most of the damage was limited to the area of origin in the kitchen duct work.

Police Department
• Chief Llewellyn was credited with his first arrest in many years on Wednesday afternoon. While he was leaving the department, a young female ran from her mother’s car, which was parked in the front parking lot of the police station. She had a warrant for her arrest and did not want to go to jail. The chief pursued the suspect on foot into the woods near the station. He caught her and waited for back-up units to arrive.

• The police department responded to Deepwood for a mentally challenged client that was missing. An extensive search was completed with the help of Mentor Fire, Deepwood staff, local K-9 volunteers and search and rescue units. The client was eventually located, unharmed and returned to Deepwood. 

Parks and Recreation Department
• The Teen Center opened for the year and we are averaging four to five students nightly. 

• New blinds are being manufactured for the second and third floors of City Hall and should be installed Oct. 6 and 7, starting on the third floor. The blinds are part of the energy conservation program.

• There have been some problems with the compressor on the East Rink, which has resulted in the ice not freezing evenly, leaving soft spots and uneven ice.

• The Public Works crew is working in front of the ice arena redesigning the slope on the hillside. The end result will leave a cleaner image to the front of the building. 

• The Recreation Department has established committees for next year’s Mentor City Fest and has assigned staff responsibilities.

• Segway tours are held weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 or 6 p.m. through Oct. 26 and start from the Municipal Center. Sign up is required.

• Take advantage of our special Kalahari Getaway group rate on Nov. 9. Call the Kalahari Resorts directly at 877-525-2427 and mention the City of Mentor Group Rate to get the discounted price. 

• As a reminder, these are a few activities that will be taking place during the month of October: Great Pumpkin Hunt on Oct. 5, Employee Fun Day on Oct. 6, the Fall Bridal Gala on Oct. 7, the Fireside Series — “Betcha Didn’t Know” with Jim Collins on Oct. 10, 26th Annual Porcelain Treasures Show on Oct. 14 and the Howl-O-Ween Party for Dogs on Oct. 19. 

Economic and Community Development
• Tony Zampedro attended the second meeting of the Lake County Land Reutilization Corporation as a board director and reports the LCLRC has been approved to receive $650,000 in state funds for use in a countywide demolition program for condemned vacant residential properties. The board is currently preparing an RFP for grant administration and upon selection the demolition program will begin later this year.

• The unemployment rate for the City of Mentor decreased for the third month in a row to 5.3%. The rate had not been this low since November of 2008. The July 2012 rate was 5.6%; one year ago (August 2011) the unemployment rate was 6.5%.  In Lake County, the unemployment rate also decreased to 6.0% for August 2012 from 6.2% in July. The City of Mentor continues to have the lowest unemployment rate for any community in Ohio with a population over 50,000 and is tied for fourth lowest (with Medina) for any of the sixty-five cities for which unemployment numbers are calculated. The State of Ohio’s unemployment rate declined 0.6% for the month of August 2012 to 6.8%.

• Tom Thielman attended the Ohio Jobs Creation Tax Credit Authority meeting in Columbus on behalf of Safeguard Properties expansion plans at their Mentor facility. Safeguard is adding 50 jobs to the 137 jobs already at the Mentor office.  Ohio awarded them a 50% JCTC. 

• Stoneybrook Lane/Garfield Road Culvert Replacement: The guardrail on Stoneybrook Lane has been installed. The project is substantially complete and the contractor is submitting his final payment application.

• This week, RITA began mailing 3rd-quarter billing statements to individual taxpayers. Taxpayers receive billing statements for several reasons such as: late filing penalties, penalties associated with underpayment of estimated tax payments, and neglecting to remit the amount owed with the tax return, otherwise known as “balance due.”

Public Works Department
•    It’s Better In Mentor cleanup
•    Dog Park work - add fill to fence line
•    Assisted Finance Dept. with office/furniture relocation
•    Installed new sinks at ERW park restrooms
•    Landscape project at Ice Arena
•    Storm sewer cleaning - Champaign, S. Camelot, Appleton Ct.
•    Storm sewer televising - Weatherby, Champaign, Chablis
•    Completed drainage assistance project on Olde Farm
•    Inlet basin/concrete road replacement - Kathleen
•    Durapatching - Jackson from Station to Mentor Ave.
•    Crack sealing - SR 84
•    Slabjacking - Connie and Elizabeth
•    Assisted with re-bid for City Hall HVAC project

-- Betsy Scott,, @ReporterBetsy


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