Office of the Mayor
Mayor Glenn M. Broska
The first four months that I have been in office have been nothing short of an adventure. I am ecstatic over the show of support I received from the citizens of our great community. I sense a renewed enthusiasm at the prospects for our city. We have much to be proud of and with your help; things are going to get even better.
For the first time in recent memory we are going to have employees that are completely dedicated to improving our Parks, this is a huge step forward for us. Too many times I read on social networks and hear first-hand from our citizens that they must utilize parks in adjoining cities for their recreational activities; we are taking positive steps forward to improve all of our city parks for the enjoyment of all of our residents. By the time you receive this letter our newest addition, a new playground will be in place adjacent to Field 7. We have designed the playground to be expandable as funding becomes available. We have expanded our ownership or control of land that will be utilized as recreational areas by our citizens. This summer we will begin the process of adding walking trails and minor improvements to what is known as the Steffner, Rumsey and Beck properties. With the addition of this final piece of the puzzle, we found it necessary to add a Full-time Parks Maintenance Supervisor, a part-time permanent Parks Maintenance person as well as seven seasonal employees. Without these personnel we could not even begin to start this process. City Council and the administration worked hand-in-hand to bring these much needed positions to life, the city will significantly benefit from having these workers on board. Much of the funding for these positions became available from the cutting of wasteful spending in the city budget.
Recently, the city purchased 14.5 acres of land which was the missing piece that separated land either owned or controlled by the city. This purchase will ensure that that land will never be developed. It will be kept in a relatively pristine condition that will enable our citizens to commune with nature without having to leave our city. Many of you are unaware that Tinkers Creek, a main tributary of the Cuyahoga River, starts in our city and is a main watershed for a large portion of our community. Years ago before anyone had any concern over the management of storm water; much of it went unabated to that area. Since then we have tried to manage what reaches that location by adding detention and retention ponds where applicable. But that did not solve the problem of what happened many years ago and much of our storm water ended up unabated in the Tinkers Creek Watershed area. Subdivisions such as Sunny Slopes, Cherokee Trails, Tinkers Green, Greentree, and most of the area west of State Route 43, as well as some parts of southern Aurora drain to that area. If that land were to be developed it would add significantly to the flooding issue along State Route 303. These purchases will inhibit any further growth along that corridor and will add to the available park land for our citizens to utilize. The city is actively pursuing solutions to the flooding in that area. We are confident that the improvements that are going to be made along that corridor will cut down but probably not eliminate the flooding issue entirely. We will continue to pursue a solution.
The 2012 paving season is underway. This year, the city has budgeted $1,000,000 towards paving our streets. We were ready to go when the season started and got our bid packages out as soon as we could. This served us well. Because we started early, we received nine bids that in the opinion of the City Engineer, were significantly lower than they would have been had we waited. We will be able to pave all eight of the roads that had been slated for resurfacing. The winning bid came in $61,000 below what we had budgeted and nearly $76,000 less than the Engineer had estimated. In addition to our residential streets that will be paved from our capital improvements budget, ODOT will be resurfacing State Route 303 (they have already started) from the intersection of 303 and 14 by Bob Evans all the way to the Summit County line. They will also be paving State Route 14 from the Turnpike area to Maplewood Drive. Our citizens will be able to drive on many smoother roads in our city by the end of summer.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the exciting opportunities that exist between the City and our school system. The administration has been deeply involved in the Strategic Planning Process that the school is undertaking. It has been a pleasure working and building a relationship with Superintendent Bob Hunt and our Board of Education, they are truly and deeply committed to leading our school system to its fullest potential. I look forward to the successes that our community will share in.
Just a reminder, Saturday, June 3rd at 3:05 p.m., will be City of Streetsboro Day at Progressive Field; the Indians will take on the Minnesota Twins. Come and show your city pride and support the Tribe. Order forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Office in City Hall. They are $22.00 each and we will all be seated closely together. The order deadline is May 3rd. So come on out and support your great City of Streetsboro and the Tribe!
In closing, we are all very excited about the prospects for our City in the coming years. As a community and working together as a team, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. I look forward to working with all of you for many years to come. Go Streetsboro and Go Rockets!
The Streetsboro Fire Department conducted Fire Fighter training during the month of April, 2012 at a city owned structure on State Route 303 just west of Market Square Drive.
Q: Why conduct this extensive training? A: In order to survive, Fire Fighters must be able to think critically and clearly and solve problems quickly, under extreme stress. This can be especially difficult in an actual fire. Live fire training drills, where buildings are purposely set on fire, provide an opportunity for firefighters to learn new skills and perfect techniques. The overall goal of this behavioral training is to instill good habits in all Fire Fighters which produce a more efficient and effective fire department..
If you have any questions, please call our business line at 330-626-4664.
This has been an exciting year for the Streetsboro Police Department so far. In January, Ptl Jason Hall was recognized as the 2011 Officer of the Year and Disp Alex Melomed was recognized as the 2011 Dispatcher of the Year by Mayor Broska at a city council meeting. Also recognized for his years of service to the city was retired Sgt John Bodnar. In February, Det Brian Shaffer and Det Jim Wagner played a leading role in arresting 5 suspects in a multi-county burglary ring. Also in February, Ptl Dan Mulcahy finished his training program and is now working the road on the afternoon shift and we hired another new patrol officer, Art Milner. Ptl Milner is still in training but will go on his own next month. Ptl Jason Fogleman was introduced as the new DARE officer and began teaching his first classes in February as well.
The police Department has also began utilizing new tools to communicate with the community. We already have a popular Facebook page at www.facebook.com/streetsboropd and a Twitter page. This year we also started using Nixle, a service that allows us to send out text and email alerts to subscribers in emergency situations. To become a subscriber of Streetsboro PD, just text our zip code, 44241, to 888777 from any cell phone or go to www.nixle.com and follow the instructions. We are also using the county reverse 911 system that makes phone calls to home phones during emergencies. Both Nixle and reverse 911 were recently used successfully during an evacuation of Camelot Village for a gas leak.
We are looking forward to serving the community throughout the year. For more information about our department, visit us at www.streetsboropolice.org.
The Service Department began Brush pick up in the month of April. Fall Brush pick up will begin September 24th, Foundations for the Cemetery began April 30th and general cleanup continues so it remains looking nice for Memorial Day. We are asking residents to have their winter items cleaned up as soon as possible.
We have three new pick up trucks ordered with state pricing and we have gone out to bid for a new plow truck for next winter season.
Possible future projects include replacing the State Route 43 culvert at the Turnpike due to deterioration and the box culvert on State Route 303 west also needs replaced due to deterioration. These improvements will help alleviate any future flooding.
The Water Department has signed a water agreement with Portage County and The Water Tower is going out to bid. Arcadis will be doing a water Quality Study. The yearly CCR reports mandated by the EPA will be mailed out in June.
Hydrant flushing began April 30th and will end May 15th. The Water Department employees will be installing drinking fountains at The City Park. We have ordered one new utility truck at state bid pricing. We are currently working on estimated costs for future water projects. Please call the Service Department with any questions. 330-626-2856
The City of Streetsboro
The City of Streetsboro Safety forces in conjunction with the Streetsboro Senior Center and Mayor Glenn Broska have initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the City of Streetsboro. Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the police department to develop “S.A.F.E” – Senior Awareness for Everyone.
This program allows the police/fire departments to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file. Police officers and dispatchers will be assigned to make phone calls along with home visits as manpower and circumstances permit, to see if the senior citizen is in need of any special assistance.
Many times police are called to check on a senior citizen’s welfare and there is no answer at the door. The City Of Streetsboro safety forces are committed to making contact with the resident and at times officers have had to force entry into the residence. By filling out the “S.A.F.E” contact form with emergency names and contact telephone numbers, police officers can first contact someone to see if they know of a reason the senior citizen may not be answering the door.
Emergency contact information is also vital in the event a senior citizen is ill or has fallen and has to be taken to a hospital. The designated contact person(s) can be notified and answer important medical information.
Senior citizens age 60 and older; those who are 55 and retired; or any citizen that is disabled are encouraged to fill out the contact form. A link to this form is posted on the police department homepage under “Programs/Services”. Contact forms may also be obtained through Streetsboro Senior Center and at the Streetsboro Police Department.
If you or someone you know is a candidate for this program, you may also contact Dispatcher Linda Leanza at 330-626-4976; Katie Mathies, Senior Citizen Services Director at 330-626-2398 or the Mayor’s office at 330-626-4942 ext. 106 to obtain the form or to inquire further about this program. Participation in this program is completely voluntary.
Please return form to the Streetsboro Senior Center:
9184 State Route43
Mayor's Office ext 106