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Mentor Receives Award from Ohio Auditor of State

auditaward250The City of Mentor has received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for their 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The award is presented to entities which file an annual CAFR and timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP as well as receive a “clean” audit report.

The City’s audit financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or any questioned costs.

“We are very pleased to receive this award from the Auditor of State. It reflects the dedication to responsible financial reporting by so many employees of the City of Mentor administration. I am most proud of the excellent staff within the Finance Department, whose efforts made this award possible,” says David Malinowski, Director of Finance for the City of Mentor.

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is the highest award issued by the Auditor’s office and was presented by Rebecca L. Widowski, Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison for the Auditor of State.

In a written statement, Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State indicated, “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”


Aerospace Leaders to Land in Mentor

boeing

Aerospace leaders will be in Northeast Ohio to discuss changes and recent updates in the industry as well as showcase opportunities for businesses in Greater Cleveland at a symposium hosted by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative.

The event will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015 from  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm at the Noah’s Event Venue, 8200 Norton Parkway in Mentor, Ohio.

Representatives from the Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA, Boeing, Parker-Hannifin and others will be on hand to educate area businesses on available programs as well as help build valuable connections.  The conference will feature a number of presentations from thought leaders as well as the opportunity to schedule face-to-face meetings with giants in the aerospace industry.

“Business owners will have a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from Boeing on how to become part of their supply chain as well as learn how to comply with new and changing ITAR regulations, says Kimberly Holizna, International Trade Program Manager for the City of Mentor.

“If your company sells directly to the aircraft manufacturers or is a tier supplier, this program is for you,” she adds.

Aerospace Updates & Opportunities is the fifth in a series of symposiums presented by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative whose mission it is to assist companies who seek to expand or develop new export markets. Learn more at www.mentorglobal.trade.


Mentor Receives Community Tree Planting Grant

treeplantingThe City of Mentor recently received a $5,000 Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant from Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation.

More than 30 grants, totaling $160,000, are being awarded to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates throughout the country.

The Keep America Beautiful/UPS grant program is intended to help:  sequester levels of carbon dioxide through strategic plantings; emphasize the importance of native tree planting; produce fruit from fruit trees for local consumption; and plant trees that will have a greater likelihood of withstanding natural disasters in communities that have lost a significant number of trees because of a recent natural disaster.

The UPS Foundation grants are part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative designed to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas in the United States and around the world. UPS has surpassed the company’s 2014 tree planting goals, planting more than 1.7 million trees during that year’s grant cycle. Since 2012, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees have planted more than 3 million trees across 47 countries to support the environment.

“It is a privilege for UPS to partner with Keep America Beautiful, an organization which has been advocating for and protecting the environment for decades,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Last year, The UPS Foundation gave nearly $4 million toward environmental sustainability efforts worldwide.  Our Global Forestry Initiative helps foster more resilient, sustainable communities globally.  Awarding these grants to Keep America Beautiful affiliates demonstrates UPS’s continued commitment to the environment.”

The UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant Program, now in its eighth year, is one element of The UPS Foundation’s overall support of Keep America Beautiful. The UPS Foundation also has supported Keep America Beautiful’s Vision for America Award, which is presented annually to distinguished leaders whose personal and corporate commitments have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the U.S. UPS was the recipient of the Vision for America Award in 2007.

 


Mentor Advances in Retail Sales Volume

salesThe City of Mentor has moved up to the sixth place in retail sales volume according to a Census of Retail Trade Report recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Columbus continues to dominate retail sales in Ohio followed by Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland and Akron. Mentor now ranks sixth; up from seventh in 2007.

One revealing statistic regarding the strength of retail sales in Mentor is the volume of retail sales in the city. With a population of approximately 47,000, Mentor ranks twentieth in the State of Ohio and is approximately a quarter of the size – population wise – of fifth place Akron.

“With a degree of levity, we like to tell people that if you can’t buy it in Mentor, it’s probably not worth having,” says Ronald M. Traub, Director of Economic and Community Development, “Mentor has become a shopping destination in Northeast Ohio due to our robust blend of independent retailers and national chains. As a result, it’s an ideal location for new retail opportunities.”

Annual sales volume among 303 establishments within Mentor is now approaching $1.5 billion. The retail sector employs 5,884 individuals with a $130 million payroll. Lake County’s sales volume is $3.5 billion, representing 789 establishments and 12,537 jobs.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers represent approximately one-third of the sales volume in Mentor followed by general merchandise stores (20%) and gas stations (7%).

The Census of Retail Trade Report is conducted every five years and compiles data from local communities as well as sources at the county and state level. The latest report pertained to sales data from 2007 to 2012.

For further information, contact Ronald M. Traub, Director, Economic & Community Development, City of Mentor at (440) 974-5736 or traub@cityofmentor.com.


Mentor Animal Welfare Ordinance

Beagle puppy close-up shootIn case you missed it, Mentor City Council recently adopted changes to the General Offenses Code to strengthen the animal welfare ordinance.  As a result of those amendments, no owner of a domestic animal shall knowingly put that animal in harm’s way.

This includes:

  • Keeping them in an unsanitary environment
  • Failing to provide clean drinking water and sufficient food, located to avoid contamination
  • Failing to provide sanitary, size-appropriate shelter and protection from the elements if the animal is housed outside
  • Tethering an animal outdoors, without shelter, for more than 8 consecutive hours in a 24 hour period
  • Keeping an animal outdoors without shelter if a heat or cold advisory has been issued
  • Using a tether that is less than 15 feet in length, allows the animal to cross property lines or is attached by an unsafe or ill-fitting collar
  • Confining an animal in a motor vehicle under conditions that could endanger their health

An animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator, law enforcement officer, firefighter or rescue squad worker who believes that the health and safety of an animal is threatened due to owner’s neglect of any of the above instances may bring about a complaint and take necessary action to ensure the well-being of the animal, up to and including entering a motor vehicle by practical means after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or person responsible for the animal.

Violation of any section of the ordinance could result in charges against the owner.

If you have a question regarding the ordinance, contact the City at (440) 205-1100.


City of Mentor’s Rank Rises among Food & Drinking Places

localtavernIn mid-July the U.S. Bureau of the Census released data for Ohio pertaining to Accommodation and Food Services for 2012. The City of Mentor’s ranking in terms of the number of food services and drinking places increased from 8th to 7th in the State of Ohio with 166 establishments from 2007 to 2012.

Mentor ranks 4th among the top 10 cities in terms of the sales/establishment at $900,837 and 1st in terms of the number of establishments per capita.

The number of establishments in Mentor increased by 6 (or 4%), with sales increasing by 2%, payroll by 3% and the number of paid employees decreasing by 0.5%. By comparison, the number of establishments in both the county and Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA declined by 6%.

Sales per establishment increased a more robust 6% within Lake County and 12% in the MSA, while the annual payroll increased by 8% in Lake County and 12% in the MSA and the number of employees virtually remained the same in Lake County and declined 1% in the MSA.


Vintage Cars Cruise In to Mentor

Classic car buffs may think they’ve gone to heaven on Saturday, August 8th at the Mentor Cruise-In. Now in its 14th year, this free event is expected to attract over 1,000 cars and 2,500 enthusiasts to Mentor Civic Center Park.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s Cruise-In,” says Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, “We’ve worked hard to make it bigger and better than ever with refreshment vendors and a DJ who will be providing entertainment throughout the day.”

The main attraction, of course, are the cars.  Car lovers will find a seemingly endless array of classic rides. Registration for those showing off their automobiles is free as well.  First arrivals will receive goodie bags and dash plaques. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event.

Mentor City Council President Ray Kirchner has been involved in the Mentor Cruise-In since its inception. He says, “An event like this helps bring people in our community together. We get people of all ages who attend to share their love of cars.”

The event will be held rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mentor Civic Center Park is located at 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, OH 44060. Learn more at www.mentorcruisein.com or call (440) 974-5735.


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