A Message From the Mayor
Although we are well into February of 2018, I would like to wish all of the Village residents a belated Happy New Year! On Tuesday, January 2nd, I swore in our incumbent Councilpersons Kathleen Esposito, Ryan Rubin and Ken Kvacek. I also swore in our newly elected Councilperson, Terry Hemmelgarn. Congratulations to all of them and I look forward to working with them as we continue to do the Village’s business.
I would also like to congratulate Ken Kvacek, who was elected to the position of Council President at our first meeting of the New Year. Ken takes over as Council President from John Bourisseau, who did not run for re-election. Committee assignments were also made for 2018 and they are as follows:
FINANCE: Alex Goetsch, Chair / Ryan Rubin
PARKS: Kathleen Esposito, Chair / Kathleen Hale
UTILITIES: Ryan Rubin, Chair / Terry Hemmelgarn
STREETS & SAFETY: Ken Kvacek, Chair / Terry Hemmelgarn
I am pleased to report that the Village ended the year 2017 with a surplus of budgeted revenue over budgeted expenses. We can attribute the surplus to increased revenue in 2017 and the fact that we held expenses to below what was budgeted.
Thank you to our Finance Committee, Chair Kathleen Hale and member Alex Goetsch, and to all the members of Council who were so diligent in reviewing the Village finances each month. I would also like to thank the Department heads for their assistance in keeping Department expenses below the budgeted amounts.
It is our intention to allocate a portion of the 2017 surplus in 2018 to the Streets budget and a portion to the Capital budget. Although the surplus was welcome, it certainly does not solve the Village’s long-term financial needs, the five-year projection of anticipated road improvements and the capital equipment and repair expenses of the Village. Please click to view the projection: 2018-2022 Projection
Council and I are committed to continually explore other revenue sources to supplement our revenue from income tax and real estate tax collections. We are currently examining an opportunity for state and county funding for major improvements for the portion of Chagrin River Road, south of Holbrook Road.
I look forward to updating all the residents on the state of the Village in the spring newsletter. In the meantime, stay warm and please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of Council with questions, concerns or compliments.
Leonard A. Spremulli, Mayor
Village of Bentleyville
NOTICES FOR RESIDENTS
If your home in Bentleyville is 50 years old or older, you have access to free advice regarding home maintenance and improvement projects! The Heritage Home Program (HHP) offers free advice, personalized site visits, and access to fixed-rate financing as low as 1.85% to cover projects costs. To schedule a free site visit or to learn more about qualifying for a low-interest loan, call 216-426-3116 or visit heritagehomeprogram.org.
NOPEC’s mission is to work cooperatively to provide a competitive environment of energy costs for individual customers. Because we have no stockholders, our mission is simple and uncomplicated: We are here to bring reliable, stable and lower energy cost to the residents and small businesses in our member communities.
Learn more about this joint effort between County Planning, Cleveland Metroparks, and NOACA to build an interconnected system of greenways and trails that link neighborhoods, parks, and public transportation, and create a comprehensive countywide active transportation network.
Connect 4 Seniors Chore Referral Program
Connect 4 Seniors Chore Referral Program provides seniors with referrals for dependable paid workers. You will be provided with up to 3 separate referrals for the type of assistance you are requesting (i.e. carpentry, handyman, painting, etc.). Your referrals will have had reference checks completed by our volunteers and staff. You may then contact the referrals to discuss your needs. You decide and hire whomever you choose. The Chore Referral Program will continue with ongoing reference checks, by following up with you and others who have utilized the Connect 4 Seniors Chore Referral Program. They will find out if the job was completed and if the outcome was acceptable.
Contact the Solon Senior Center at (440) 349-6363 for more information.
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
Transportation service is available to seniors 60 years and older and adults with disabilities through the Senior Transportation Connection. This is a door-to-door transportation service to medical appointments, shopping, personal business, as well as to religious or social events. Service operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (800) 983-4782 for registration and scheduling information.
AUTO AND DRIVER REGISTRATION FEES
Just a reminder – when you register for your auto license or your driver’s license, be sure to specify “Bentleyville” rather than just 44022. That way Bentleyville will get the local portion of your fee rather than having it go to Chagrin Falls. Thanks for your help.
FIRST ENERGY CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
There are many programs available to Ohio customers who are having difficulty paying their electric utility bills. Please click this link First Energy Customer Assistance to review the programs to see if they may help you or someone you know.
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