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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.

Trick-or-Treat in Mentor is October 31

The City of Mentor will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 31st. Trick-or-Treat hours are scheduled from 6 to 8 PM.

The Mentor Police and Fire Departments want to remind our little ghosts and goblins (and their parents) to keep safety in mind when preparing for Halloween night. Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
  • Don’t use candles in your jack-o-lantern; rather use a flashlight to light up your pumpkin.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Be cautious with face paint. Test it before putting it on. Some may trigger allergic reactions.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always walk, don’t run from house to house.
  • Stay on sidewalks. Look for cars when walking by a driveway.
  • Eat only wrapped candy. Parents should check candy and discard any that appears suspicious.
  • Report anything unusual to the Mentor Police Department at 440-255-1234, or for an emergency call 911.



Lane Closures on I-90

LAKE COUNTY (Thursday, October 9, 2014) – Overnight Thursday, October 9, crews will close the right lane on I-90 westbound near SR 615 and the right two lanes on I-90 westbound at SR 306 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, October 10 in order to perform pavement repairs.

On Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m., crews will close the right lane on I-90 westbound near SR 615 and the right two lanes on I-90 westbound at SR 306 until 4 p.m. Sunday, October 12 in order to perform pavement repairs operations. Traffic delays are expected. Motorists are encouraged to use SR 44 to SR 2 as an alternate route.

All work listed in this update is weather permitting.

ACHA National Hockey Showcase Schedule

Some of the best college club hockey teams will be coming to the Mentor Ice Arena  October 10 – 12. The American College Hockey Association National Showcase Men’s Division II will start on Friday, October 10th at 10 AM.

The top Division II teams in the country will bring their sticks to Mentor to play in a showcase format. Tickets are available at the door.

All Tournament Passes are $30 – Adults, $25 – Seniors and $20 – Students.

Or purchase a Day Pass for $15 – Adults, $12 – Seniors, $10 – Students. Kids ages 5 & under get in free.

Game times are as follows:


ACHA SCHEDULE National College Hockey Showcase Division II


FRIDAY 10/10                                                         

EAST RINK                                                                                          

10:00 AM
Belleville vs.  Kentucky

12:15 PM
NJIT vs. Cincinnati

2:45 PM
Dayton vs.  SIUE

5:00 PM
AZ State vs. Lindenwood

7:15 PM
Davenport vs. Rowan


WEST RINK                                                                                         

10:15 AM
St. Cloud vs. Louisville

12:30 PM
Utah vs. Toledo

3:00 PM
Central Michigan vs. Delaware

5:15 PM


SATURDAY 10/11                                                  

EAST RINK                                                                                          

9:00 AM
NDSU vs. Delaware

11:15 AM
NJIT vs. St. Cloud

1:30 PM
Toledo vs. AZ State

3:45 PM
GVSU vs. Utah

6:00 PM
Lindenwood vs. Louisville


WEST RINK                                                                                         

9:15 AM
Cincinnati vs. Davenport

11:30 AM
Belleville vs. Central Michigan

1:45 PM
Rowan vs. Dayton

4:00 PM
Kentucky vs. SIUE

6:15 PM
Davenport vs. NDSU



SUNDAY 10/12                                                        

EAST RINK                                                                                          

8:00 AM
Kentucky vs. NJIT

10:15 AM
GVSU vs. AZ State

12:30 PM

2:45 PM
Lindenwood vs. Dayton

5:00 PM
Toledo vs. Belleville


WEST RINK                                                                                         

8:15 AM
Rowan vs. Central Michigan

10:30 AM
Utah vs. Davenport

12:45 PM
Delaware vs. Cincinnati

3:00 PM
Louisville vs. St. Could


Click here for a printable schedule.

Mentor Police Target Impaired Drivers

The Mentor Police Department encourages all drivers to be safe while driving over the Homecoming weekend. We would like to remind drivers, especially young drivers, that drinking and driving can result in property damage, serious injury, or even death. Therefore, the Mentor Police Department will be targeting impaired driving during the weekend of September 26th. Extra patrol officers will be working in the city during the weekend looking for impaired drivers. If you are stopped and impaired you will be arrested.


With the arrival of cooler temperatures, it will soon be time to turn on your furnace. The Mentor Fire Department wants to remind residents of the importance of having a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. To avoid CO from vehicle exhaust, pull vehicles well clear of the garage when warming up, so car exhaust containing carbon monoxide isn’t blown into house.

The Carbon Monoxide Detector will warn you when CO levels are too high, and allow you to exit your home to seek fresh air. If your CO detector goes off, call 911 and have the Mentor Fire Department come and check the CO levels in your home. Avoid a tragedy by installing a Carbon Monoxide Detector today or replacing detectors that are out of date.

 Click here for Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.

Public Notice: 2013 Financial Report Available

A copy of the City of Mentor’s financial report for the year ended December 31, 2013 is available for public inspection at the Mentor Municipal Center, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Or, click here to view the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

I-90 Lane Closures

LAKE COUNTY(Thursday, September 18, 2014) – Overnight Thursday, September 18, crews will close the right lane of I-90 eastbound at SR 615 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the right two lanes of I-90 westbound at SR 615 from midnight to 6 a.m. in order to perform pavement operations.

On Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m., crews will close one lane of I-90 eastbound between SR 615 and the Concord Township Rest Area and two lanes on I-90 westbound between SR 615 and SR 306 until 4 p.m. Sunday, September 21 in order to perform pavement repair operations.

Traffic delays are anticipated during this work, therefore motorists are highly encouraged to use alternate routes. I-90 eastbound motorists leaving downtown Cleveland should continue on SR 2 eastbound to SR 44 south to I-90 east. I-271 northbound motorists are encouraged to use I-90 west to SR 2 east and exit at SR 44 south to I-90 east. I-271 northbound motorists could also exit at SR 91 north to SR 2 east and then exit at SR 44 south to I-90 east.

All work listed in this update is weather permitting.

For more information contact:

The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email

Mentor Police Catch Hit/Skip Driver

On Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm Mentor Police attempted to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a hit/skip accident in Painesville Twp. The vehicle, a maroon Chevy Blazer, had exited SR2 at Center St and turned westbound onto Bellflower Rd. An officer got behind the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Blazer began braking but eventually accelerated away from the officer and continued westbound on Bellflower Rd. The vehicle drove off the road at the curve on Bellflower and hit a fence. The driver refused the officers orders to exit the vehicle. After trying to continue forward the driver put the vehicle in reverse and at a high speed backed across Bellflower Rd striking the front of an arriving police car. The vehicle then continued in a southbound direction along the tree lawn and sidewalk area. At one point the vehicle re-entered Bellflower Rd and then went back off the road out of control and flipped onto its side near the entrance drive to Independence Place Condominiums.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot eastbound into the condo complex where he eventually surrendered to the officers pursuing him on foot.

The driver has been identified as KYLE P. DODSON, age 23 of Ardoye Dr. in Painesville. Dodson was transported to Lake West Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

One officer was treated and released for a minor hand injury that occurred while attempting to get the driver out of the car.

Kyle Dodson will be arraigned in the Mentor Municipal Court this morning. He is being charged with:
Failure to Comply with a Police Officer, a third degree felony;
Obstructing Official Business, a fifth degree felony;
Resisting Arrest, a fourth degree felony;
Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a first degree misdemeanor;
Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence, a first degree misdemeanor;
Driving Under Suspension, a first degree misdemeanor;
No Driver’s License, a first degree misdemeanor;
Reckless Operation, a minor misdemeanor;
Failure to wear a seatbelt, a minor misdemeanor.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office may have additional charges.

Contrary to some earlier media reports, at no time were any gunshots fired by the Mentor Police officers on scene. The suspect was not armed.

Fall “Special Edition” in the Mail

Mentor residents should have received their copy of the fall edition of “Special Edition,” the city’s quarterly newsletter. You can also read it here, or pick up extra copies at City Hall, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard.