3 charged in Mentor park vandalism
• Three juveniles were arrested for breaking into the building at Mentor Beach Park on Memorial Day and causing damage, which consisted of holes in the drywall, broken ceiling tiles, light fixtures, and a broken window. Entry to the building was gained through an unlocked window. All three juveniles were charged by Mentor-on-the-Lake Police with breaking and entering and vandalism.
There was over $2,500 of damage done. The park caretaker reported the teens to Mentor-on-the-Lake Police. Park crews began repairs on Tuesday morning. Mentor-on-the-Lake Police also have charged two teens for spray-painting on the back walls of the Mentor Beach Park building.
• A traffic stop on a vehicle resulted in two males being arrested for trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and marijuana. The vehicle was stopped on I-90 by officers participating in the ACE unit. The officer smelled an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and marijuana was located. The two male occupants were searched and cocaine and crack cocaine were located on both males. The drugs, along with the suspect’s vehicle, cell phones and $860 in cash were seized.
• The mobile app iWatchNEOhio is functioning and ready for download from all mobile app stores by smart phone users. Choose “Mentor Police” as the home department. Citizens can send tips regarding criminal and suspicious activity anonymously to the Police Department. This mobile app allows our citizens to partner with law enforcement to help protect our community.
• Lake Health has agreed to be the naming sponsor for CityFest. Its two-year commitment will equal $25,000 and will allow Lake Health to be listed on all advertising just below the “Mentor CityFest” logo.
• SR 2 Widening & Reconstruction — Paving of mainline Route 2 is scheduled to be completed this week and the Route 615 lane adjustment work at Classic Chevy is scheduled to begin. It is anticipated that daily lane closures will occur during the widening operations. Traffic signal work on Route 615 is anticipated to be complete the week of June 10. Heisley Road traffic signal work is anticipated to be complete in early July. Noise wall work adjacent to west Heisley is anticipated to be complete by the end of June.
• On May 28 at 5:05 p.m., Fire Station 1 responded to Lincoln Electric for an industrial accident. A 1,000-pound bale of wire fell onto a 23-year-old male’s lower leg. The coil was removed prior to Station 1’s arrival. The patient was treated and transported to Lake Health West.
• On May 29 at 4:23 p.m., Fire Station 4 responded to a car vs. bike accident on Bellflower Rd. A 10-year-old male was not wearing a helmet; he complained of back, leg pain and had multiple contusions throughout his body. The patient was treated and transported to Hillcrest Pediatric ER.
• Due to weather conditions last week, the Heisley Road Bridge project Stage II traffic control was moved to May 31. During Stage II, traffic across the bridge will remain northbound only. The northbound traffic will be shifted onto the newly placed bridge deck utilizing crossovers to the southbound side of the roadway. This traffic shift will be between the exit and entrance ramps only and all traffic will be back to its original location past these ramps. The southbound traffic detour will remain unchanged (SR 2 West to SR 615 to SR 2 East). Periodic off-peak lane closures will continue on SR 2 under Heisley Road Bridge.
• 2013 Road Repair Program — The Market Street and Munson Road intersection area was paved May 29. All streets included in the Road Repair Program have now been paved. Punch list work items have been sent to the contractor for their attention.
• Station Street Resurfacing — The asphalt surface course was placed May 30 on Station Street from Jackson Street to Center Street. This should complete all work items on the project with the exception of restoration.
Parks and Recreation Department
• Pool pass sales have started to increase along with the temperatures. All pools were filled this week (that’s 1.2 million gallons of water!) and the filtration systems are running.
• The Civic Ice Arena has been busy with annual maintenance and projects. The Women’s coaches’ room move has been completed and the Men’s coaches’ room is under remodel. The old ceiling in the studio rink has been removed and replaced. The west cooling tower has been removed and the new tower was installed and operational.
Economic and Community Development
• Tom Thielman met with a prospective new restaurateur interested in opening a “fast-food” Indian-style restaurant in the Great Lakes Mall food court. The Mentor Small Business Loan fund was discussed and may be a possible source for some of the funding.
• MEACO is currently reviewing two new applications for the Mentor Small Business Loan program and a new SBA 504 loan application for a chain restaurant in Ashtabula. MEACO is authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide financing throughout the State of Ohio. Each loan that is approved and funded is added to MEACO’s loan portfolio, which then generates both upfront and annual fees.
• The City of Mentor, in cooperation with the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce and JumpStart Inc., will be co-sponsoring Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business “orientation” meeting at the Mentor Holiday Inn, 7701 Reynolds Road from 7:30 – 9 a.m., June 13. This free mini MBA program is targeted to small businesses of three or more employees and sales of at least $150,000.
• On May 30, Fire Lieutenant Scott Parcell retired after 28 years of dedicated service to the Fire Department. We wish Scott well in his retirement.
• The Promotional Board, as specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, took place on May 29. Effective June 3, 2013, Fire Lieutenant Ron Zak will be promoted to the Battalion Chief and Firefighter/Paramedics Tony Higginbotham and Bill Malovrh will be promoted to Fire Lieutenant. The swearing-in ceremony will be on June 4 at 8 a.m. in Council Chambers.
Public Works Department
• Prepping base for curbing at Marina
• Exposed utilities at Lagoons with Vacall
• Storm sewer repair – 7538 Murray
• All swimming pools prepped and being filled
• Inlet basin rebuilds (3) – Sugarbush
• Sign upgrades – ongoing
• Pool restroom upgrades at EBG
• Vandalism repair at Mentor Beach Park
• Crack sealing – Headlands Rd.
• Coordinated/installed generator at FS #1
• Approx. 15 property maintenance cleanups
-- Betsy Scott, BScott@News-Herald.com, @ReporterBetsy