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Heisley Road Construction Update

heisleyconstructionWork on the Heisley Road expansion in Mentor will soon begin affecting traffic.  A section of Heisley between Mentor Avenue and Lori Jean Drive will be closed to northbound traffic beginning Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

A detour has been established directing northbound traffic via Hopkins Road. Southbound traffic will be maintained on Heisley between Jackson Street & Mentor Avenue. This traffic pattern will remain in effect through the remainder of the 2015 construction season.

Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays throughout the rest of the project which is scheduled for completion in Fall, 2016.

For additional information, contact the City of Mentor Engineering Department at (440) 974-5785.


Mentor Receives State Grant

ohiostatehouseThe City of Mentor is pleased to announce that the State of Ohio has allocated $350,000 as part of the recently adopted State budget for the purpose of helping to reduce the risk posed by large rain events in parts of the City.  The project will help protect as many as 300 homes south of Lakeshore Blvd. that have experienced property damage and flooding from past storm events.  The funding is a direct result of the efforts of State Senator John Eklund – District 18 and State Representative Ron Young – District 61, who championed the project early on and supported it through the entire budgetary process.

City Manager Kenneth J. Filipiak commented, “We are very fortunate to have legislators like Senator Eklund and Representative Young who understand the need to work with local communities to get important projects done that directly impact people where they live.  This project will protect homes and reduce flooding; offering many residents some peace of mind.”

The funding will be provided through the Ohio Division of Soil and Water Resources and will be used for establishing a storm detention project on vacant land that is part of the site of the former Dale R. Rice School.  The 18-acre land parcel is owned by the Mentor City School System.   The proposed detention basin will increase the efficiency of the existing storm water infrastructure by holding back water for up to a 50-year storm event.  The total estimated project cost is $1.5 million dollars, with local City funds offsetting the remaining non-grant balance.  The City and the School System are currently negotiating terms for the purchase of the land by the City.

Mentor manages and maintains all public stormwater infrastructure within the city.

The project is part of a larger initiative by the City to obtain funds for ‘green infrastructure’ projects that will improve water quality as it drains into Lake Erie.   The award represents the fourth such grant that it has received from State or Federal agencies for this purpose over the last three years.


LEGAL NOTICE Light Pole Foundation and Directional Boring Installation Project at Civic Center Boulevard

The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Department, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time) on August 7, 2015 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following project:
Light Pole Foundation and Directional Bore Installation Project at Civic Center Boulevard
Bids must be in accordance with specifications advertised and on forms provided on website or Request For Proposal packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office for the cost of printing, pick-up at the Purchasing Office. The bidder shall be responsible to check for Addenda and obtain same from the website.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager
Bid Packet for Light Pole Foundation


LEGAL NOTICE Mentor Cemetery Ornamental Fence Replacement Project

The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Department, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until 1:00 P.M. (local time) on August 7, 2015 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following project:

Mentor Cemetery Ornamental Fence Replacement Project

Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided on website or Request For Proposal packets will be available for the cost of printing, pick-up at the Purchasing Office. The bidder shall be responsible to check for Addenda and obtain same from the website

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for Ornamental Fence Replacement Project

Addendum No. 1

Addendum No. 2

Typical Drawings

Aerial Picture


Heisley Road Expansion Enters Next Phase

detourWork on the Heisley Road expansion in Mentor will soon begin affecting traffic along this busy thoroughfare.

The two lane road is being expanded to four lanes in order to accommodate over 22,000 vehicles per day.

Until now, crews have been on hand moving utilities along the side of the road. All of that is about to change the first week in August when a section of Heisley between Mentor Avenue and Lori Jean Drive will be closed to northbound traffic as road construction commences.

A detour has been established directing northbound traffic by way of Mentor Avenue to Hopkins Road to Jackson Street. Southbound traffic will be maintained on Heisley between Jackson Street & Mentor Avenue.

This traffic pattern will remain in effect through the rest of the 2015 construction season.

Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays throughout the rest of the project which is scheduled for completion in Fall, 2016.

For additional information, contact the City of Mentor Engineering Department at (440) 974-5785.


Flammable Liquids Fire Training

firetraining2Residents are advised that the Mentor Fire Department, in conjunction with AmeriGas, will be hosting flammable liquids training July 21st – 23rd at the AmeriGas facility located on Tyler Boulevard in front of the former Catepillar facility. Area fire departments will be involved with this opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience.

If you see smoke or flames, please do not be alarmed. This is a scheduled training exercise.


City of Mentor Financial Report – 2014

cafr250A copy of the City of Mentor’s financial report for the year ended December 31, 2014 is available for public inspection in the Finance Department at the Mentor Municipal Center, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  It is also available by clicking here.


Lake County EMA Siren Testing Today

SirenJust a reminder that the Lake County Emergency Management Agency will be testing their sirens today (July 8th) at 11:00 AM.

The sirens are designed to alert those who are outdoors that some sort of danger

In the event of a real emergency, please take shelter and tune in to local TV or radio for further instructions.

The City of Mentor will relay emergency information as it becomes available on the Mentor Channel as well as 1620 AM. You can also follow the City of Mentor on Facebook & Twitter as well as download our Mobile App.

Please do not call 911 unless you are experiencing an emergency.

Learn more at www.lakecountyohio.gov/ema.


Headlands BeachFest is the Ultimate Beach Party

beachfest250Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Then don’t miss “the ultimate beach party”.  Now in its third year, Headlands BeachFest is an all-day celebration of wind, water and sand.

BeachFest will be held on Saturday, July 25th from 11 am to 7 pm and will feature live entertainment, activities, food trucks, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts vendors.

Entertainment will be provided on stage as well as on the beach, and will include live music by three area bands, acrobats, fire dancers, performance artists, a fashion show and more.

Recreation Superintendent Paul Hegreness is excited about this year’s Headlands BeachFest.

“Once again we have three world champion sand sculptors competing for the title of “Ohio’s Master Sand Sculptor,” says Hegreness. He adds, “BeachFest is a great way to spent a very special day at the beach at little to no cost, enjoy great food, shop at over 25 arts and crafts vendors, be amazed at the world champion sand sculptors  and listen to fun beach music.”

Families can compete in a sandcastle building contest as well as try their hands at watersports. Kayak and paddleboard rentals will also be available along with a windsurf simulator and a mechanical shark ride.  Nearly a dozen food vendors will be on hand offering everything from wood fired pizza to gourmet cupcakes.

Naturalists from the Cleveland Natural History Museum, City of Mentor, and Ohio Department of Natural History will be on hand for fun and informative programs and tours of the nearby dunes.

Admission and parking is free. Headlands Beach State Park is located at 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060.

Learn more at www.headlandsbeachfest.com.


Mentor Receives Ohio EPA Grant

Recycle BinMentor has received a Community Development Grant from the Ohio EPA to stimulate recycling efforts in the city.

The grant will be used to multiply recycling opportunities within Mentor parks and facilities, including Black Brook Golf Course and the Mentor Lagoons Marina and Nature Preserve. It will also be used to bolster awareness of the importance of recycling.

“You’ll see new recycling bins located throughout the park system, particularly on trails, near ball fields, as well as parking lots,” says Nick Mikash, Mentor Natural Resources Specialist.

Part of the grant will help fund educational programs offered by the Earth Mentors, whose mission it is to promote a greener lifestyle.  The group provides educational programs throughout the course of the year at city sponsored events.

“We’re very pleased to receive this grant and we’re looking forward to putting it to good use throughout the city,” says Mikash.

The total amount of grant is $20,648.00.