Mentor PD schools some safety force members
• The police department conducted a one-week basic evidence technician training class for new department evidence technicians. Instructors included Mentor Detectives Jim Collier and Ed Zigman in partnership with the Lake County Crime Lab and BCI.
The 40-hour class included training in fingerprinting, photography, shoe/tool impressions, DNA collection and more. The police department had five officers attend and the fire department had two of their arson investigators attending. There were also officers from 13 local departments participating in the training for a total of 24 students.
• Income tax collections for the month of January were up $568,000 compared to January of last year, a favorable change of almost 22 percent.
• A male was arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills at Walmart. The male was purchasing items with the counterfeit money and then returning the items for real money at a different Walmart. The male, from Wilmington, Del., is being charged with theft and criminal simulation. The Secret Service is also investigating the case.
Parks and Recreation Department
• Deer culling wrapped up last week with a total of 212 deer harvested under this portion of the program.• The Senior Center’s paging system is completed. Paging can be heard in all rooms.
• Renee Ochaya will be meeting with the Senior Levy Committee today to discuss the senior funding for the Senior Center.
• The “2ba Healthy Kid Festival” scheduled for March 16 currently has 16 vendors signed up for this event.
• On Feb. 2nd at 8:01 p.m., paramedics responded to an assault where the patient had been hit over the head multiple times. He was treated at the scene and transported to TriPoint Medical Center.
• On Feb. 2 at 11 p.m., paramedics responded to a possible overdose; the patient was unresponsive. Narcan was administered and the patient became alert during transport to TriPoint Medical Center.
• On Feb. 4 at 4:49 p.m., Paramedics responded to a patient whose heart stopped. Advanced Life Support Resuscitation efforts were successful and the patient was transported to Lake West Hospital in stable condition.
• Public Education Specialist Nathan Peters visited 609 fifth-grade students in Mentor Schools for an annual Fire Safety Talk this week. Firefighter Peters also taught the students Hands-Only CPR.
• The K-9 unit, Bo and Titan, responded to Eastlake North High School to conduct a drug sniff at the request of the school and Eastlake Police Department. No drugs were found in the school.
• Heisley Road Bridge Deck saw cutting is now complete in the southbound direction. Deck slab removal was expected to be complete by Feb. 8. “Do Not Enter” signage has been added to the north side of the bridge to help reinforce the one-way northbound traffic condition.
• Shown below is a summary of Building Division activity comparing December 2012 with January 2013:
Prior Month Month of
Dec 2012 Jan 2013
Total Permits Issued 160 179
Value of Permits Issued $3,059,333 $3,987,976
Building Permit Inspections 651 567
New Plan Review Cases 32 50
Engr. & Bldg. Permit Plan Reviews 162 262
New Contractor Registrations 10 478
Economic and Community Development
• Tom Thielman and Ron Traub met with the officer of a local manufacturer regarding expansion or new construction.
• Tom Thielman and Terry Botirus participated in a SBA 504 loan closing for Cleveland Geriatrics, Inc., a Lake County business that used MEACO as their SBA funding source for a building purchase in Willoughby. Loans outside of Mentor earn MEACO revenue as its originator and servicing agency. The total project cost was $355,000.
Public Works Department
• Snow and ice control
• Mailbox repair
• Pothole patching
• Storm sewer repair - Dawson and Edgewood
• Chipping Christmas Trees
• Assistance with deer culling program
• Building picnic tables for BBGC
• Facility upgrades - Garfield ballroom, Old Council Hall, Senior Center
-- Betsy Scott, BScott@News-Herald.com, @ReporterBetsy