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City of Mentor Holiday Lighting Ceremony

christmastreeThe City of Mentor will be holding a holiday lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 4th at 5:30 PM in front of the Mentor Municipal Center located at 8500 Civic Center Blvd. A 27 foot Norwegian Spruce was planted over the weekend and will be the centerpiece of the display.

This year’s display far exceeds what has been done in the past and City Council would like to invite everyone to join in the festivities.

We’ll be joined by the big guy himself who will arrive on a horse drawn carriage to hand out candy canes to the kids. Also, enjoy choral arrangements by students from Mentor Schools as well as hot cocoa, and free cookies donated by Eat’N’Park! Come join in the fun!

Refreshments will be served in the beautifully decorated lobby immediately after the ceremony.

We hope to see you there!

Mentor Special Edition – Community Newsletter

Mentor Special EditionThe print edition should have already hit your doorstep but if you prefer to read on your computer or electronic device, you can download the PDF.

This month!

  • New Year, New You
  • Connect with Mentor
  • Fighting the Opiate Epidemic Together
  • Keeping Mentor on the Move
  • Construction Updates
  • Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods
  • …and much more

Do you have a story idea or is there something you’d like to see? Let us know at

Mentor Police 2nd Annual Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive Update

fillacruiserMentor Police held their second annual Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Giant Eagle located at 7960 Plaza Boulevard in Mentor.

Generous shoppers helped completely fill two Mentor Cruisers with non-perishable food items. The donated food was taken to St. Bede’s Food Pantry and St. Mary’s Food Pantry in the City of Mentor to help benefit those in need.

Mentor Police also collected $1,623.00 in cash donations which will be used to support Mentor’s Kops-N-Kids program. The donations amounted to more than double what was raised last year.

The Kops-N-Kids program is a volunteer program which started in 1983 which provides holiday gifts for kids in need. The program accepts outside donations and holds annual golf outing to raise the funds for the program.

Families are identified with the help of the Mentor School System, Mentor’s Victim’s Assistance program and police officers themselves.

Fill-a-Cruiser and Support a Cause

fillacruiserMentor Police will be hosting their second annual Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Giant Eagle located at 7960 Plaza Boulevard in Mentor.

Donated food is distributed to food pantries to benefit families within the City of Mentor.  Money collected is used to support Mentor’s Kops-N-Kids program.

Last year, generous shoppers helped fill two police cruisers and donated over $800.00 in just four hours.

“We felt it was a nice way to give back to the community,” says Detective Steve Ondercin. “Last year, we held it right before Christmas. This year we wanted to host it a little earlier so those in need could enjoy their Thanksgiving as well.”

The Kops-N-Kids program is a volunteer program which started in 1983 which provides holiday gifts for kids in need. The program accepts outside donations and holds annual golf outing to raise the funds for the program.  Families are identified with the help of the Mentor School System, Mentor’s Victim’s Assistance program and police officers themselves.

In addition to the funds raised by the program, several local businesses including the Longo Family, Chick-fil-A and Best Buy donate their time and services.

“The program has been in place for over 30 years. We’re really proud of the effect it’s had on needy families in our community,” says Police Chief Kevin Knight.

Mentor Firefighters Rescue the Needy Food Drive

mentorfirerescuetheneedyMentor firefighters will be presenting the Salvation Army with a check and non-perishable food items raised at their annual Rescue the Needy Food Drive.

Mentor firefighters collected cash and non-perishable food items at the Northeast entrance of the Great Lakes Mall on November 7th and 8th.  Through the generosity of donors, they were able to raise $5,131.00 and a trunk full of food.

The Rescue the Needy Food Drive has been held every year for the past 20 years and has raised over $100,000  during that span of time. Mentor firefighters have worked with a number of organizations over the years. This is their fourth year of donating to the Salvation Army.

“It’s important for us to help those in our community in need. The Salvation Army has been a great partner over the years and ensures that the money and food raised stays in Lake County,” says Firemedic Dominic Vivolo, who along with Lt. Mike Smith, started the program back in 1994.

Mentor Fire Chief, Robert Searles, adds, “I am privileged to be able to work not only with firefighters who care about their community, but also, to work in a community who care so much about the needs of others.”

The check presentation will occur on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Salvation Army of Painesville & Lake County located at 69 Pearl Street in Painesville.

Snow Emergency Update

Updated: November 14th, 2014 – 10:45 AM

A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Lake County until 9 AM Saturday.  Snow accumulations of 2-4 inches may be expected today with an additional 2-4 inches of snow this evening. White out conditions with further accumulations can occur where snow bands persist.

All available city snow crews remain active. Residents are advised that a street parking ban is still in effect until further notice in the City of Mentor.

Residents are advised to limit travel as much as possible and to remain alert to the presence of emergency vehicles.

Motorists are further advised that icy conditions make it difficult to maintain traction on bridges, hills, curves, railroad crossings and even minor slopes.

Additional information will be shared when it becomes available.

Public Meeting: Central Lake County Blueway and Greenway Plan

bikewayThe City of Mentor has teamed up with neighboring communities as well as several Lake County agencies to identify and plan a regional network of recreational trailways.

The Central Lake County Blueway and Greenway Plan will connect existing bikeways, pathways and water trails throughout the area.

We encourage area residents to join us for the initial public meeting which will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Mentor Senior Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m to share your input on the proposed plan.

One of the areas of focus will be on incorporating beautiful lakefront locations such as Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor’s Lakefront Preserve and other scenic destinations in neighboring communities.

Please be sure to join us.

Click to View a Prelimary Design of the Central Lake County Connectivity Plan

LEGAL NOTICE: Forestry Maintenance

Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Purchasing Department, City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio until 12:00 Noon on November 17, 2014 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following project:


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

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for Forestry Maintenance

Post Job Openings on The Mentor Channel

The City of Mentor wants to help job seekers and local businesses connect. Mentor businesses with job openings can now have the notice posted on The Mentor Channel and on the City’s website.

Mentor companies, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants can email job opening details to, and the information will be added to The Mentor Channel’s bulletin board that is broadcast between video programs, and listed on the new Community Employment page found under the Work tab at Employers are asked to include a job title, short description (25 words), and how potential employees can apply. The free job listing will be broadcast and advertised on the City’s website for a two week period.

According to Economic Development Director Ron Traub, “The new service will serve as a valuable tool to help both Mentor businesses and those seeking employment. Mentor’s unemployment rate has dropped dramatically over the last few years and connecting employers with potential employees will only help that trend continue.”

The Mentor Channel is broadcast on Time Warner channel 12 (digital adaptor) and 96.12 (digital), or AT&T U-verse channel 99. The channel is also streamed live online at

Removal of the “Bridge to Nowhere” Scheduled to Begin

Work on the Mentor Harbor Bridge Demolition Project commonly known as the “Bridge to Nowhere” is scheduled to begin on or about October 20, 2014 according to the City of Mentor.

This project will remove the 186 foot long Mentor Harbor Bridge which is currently standing over a portion of the Mentor Lagoons. A temporary haul road will be constructed, maintained and removed to facilitate the demolition work.

Actual removal of the bridge is scheduled to begin on November 3, 2014 and should last between 4 to 6 weeks. During the bridge removal phase the channel will be closed to boat traffic.

The scheduled completion date for the demolition phase of the project is December 15, 2014. The removal of the haul road will be performed in the spring and the completion date for the restoration is June 12, 2015. Work will be performed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.

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