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Unemployment Dips in Mentor

jobsThe unemployment rate for the City of Mentor decreased 0.2% to 4.6% for the month of March 2016, ending four months of increases. One year ago the unemployment rate was 4.3%. In Lake County, the unemployment rate decreased to 5.2% in the month of March; one year ago the unemployment rate was 4.9%.

The City of Mentor tied for fourth with Kettering behind Lakewood, Columbus, and Cleveland Heights for the lowest unemployment rate among cities with a population of 50,000 or more.  The City’s civilian labor force remained 26,200.

The State of Ohio’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.4% for the month of March; 0.2% higher from one year ago.

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SOURCE: March 2016 Civilian Labor Force Estimates – Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Office of Workforce Development and Bureau of Labor Market Information.

Wildwood Fine Arts Festival Returns

fineartsfestivalThe 36th Wildwood Fine Arts Festival will be held Sunday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center, 7645 Little Mountain Road in Mentor.

The show, held on the lawn of the beautiful and historic Wildwood Estate, has developed into an artistic event unique to Lake County. It draws upon the work of artists from northeastern Ohio and beyond. A wide variety of juried arts and crafts will be available for sale. The public can visit with many of the artists and purchase original works ranging from paintings and carvings to textiles, jewelry, and glass. There will also be refreshments, live jazz music, kids’ activities and free historical tours of the Manor House.

The annual festival is sponsored by the Creative Artists Association, Wildwood Cultural Center and Community Arts Commission. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, contact the Festival Committee at or call (440) 974-5735.

LEGAL NOTICE: Purchase of a Compact Excavator

The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Office, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time) on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 for:

Purchase of a Compact Excavator

Bids must be in accordance with specifications advertised and on forms provided below, or RFP’s will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office for the cost of printing. Bidders are responsible for checking for Addenda and obtaining any from the website.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for Purchase of Compact Excavator

Sale of Land


The City of Mentor is offering for sale on a “as is” basis a 19,600 sq. ft. real property parcel zoned R-4, Single Family Residential.

East Heisley Rd, 16-D-115-B-000-060 min. bid $20,000

Site inspection can be made by interested parties and additional information is available at the office of the Economic & Community Development. The highest bid may be awarded the property. A sealed bid of no less than the stated minimum must be submitted on the forms provided here or Request for Proposal packets will be available for pick-up at the cost of printing, at the the Purchasing Office of the Finance Department.

Bids will be accepted until 12:00 noon, on May 2, 2016, at the Finance Department, 2nd floor,  8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio 44060.

Kenneth J. Filipiak
City Manager

Bid Package Sale of Land

Mentor Means Business

Click to DownloadAre you thinking about expanding or relocating your business? Then find out why Mentor is where you want to be.

Mentor, Ohio is a dynamic, business-friendly community whose continued success is built upon sustained growth in manufacturing and retail.

Over 1,700 companies with more than 59,000 employees, including major corporations, manufacturers, retailers, specialty shops and small businesses, call Mentor their home.

And, Mentor is a shopping and dining destination with over 325 independent and chain retailers and 170 restaurants.

Our city offers attractive investment incentives, advanced site selection services, as well as international trade assistance – all customized to fit the needs of your business.

Download our newly updated Economic Development brochure.

Mentor Fire Department ISO Rating Improves to a Class 2

mentorfire250The Mentor Fire Department was recently notified that its fire protection rating has improved from an ISO Class 3 to an ISO Class 2 as a result of a Public Protection Classification (PPC) audit by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

ISO is a national insurance industry risk rating and assessment service. ISO rates municipalities on a scale of 1 to 10.  An ISO Class 10 rating is considered the least effective fire defense while an ISO class 1 rating is the most effective fire defense system from an insurance analysis perspective.

“I am very proud of our fire department and the news of the upgrade in our ISO classification. Moving forward, we want to continue to deliver the high level of service the community expects and make an even greater impact on community risk reduction through increased fire prevention efforts as well as providing fire and life safety education to our public,” says Mentor Fire Chief Robert Searles.

Of nearly 49,000 fire departments audited nationwide, approximately 2% achieve a rating higher than ISO Class 3.

ISO ratings play an important role in the underwriting process of insurance companies.  Many insurers use these ratings as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write coverage to or what prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

This new rating will take place July 1st, 2016.

Mentor, Then and Now

mentormap250Have you ever wondered what Mentor might have looked like in the 19th century?

We were doing some historical research and came across a Lake & Geauga County Tract Map from 1857.

The original map is available for download from the Library of Congress.  We’ve cropped the Mentor section and also created a copy with a superimposed 2016 street map so you can find your neighborhood in relation to the tracts from that period.

Please bear in mind that the original map was hand drawn so some items don’t exactly match up. Shoreline erosion is another variable you’ll notice.

All in all, we hope you agree this is an interesting look at Mentor’s past.

LEGO® Day Proclaimed in Mentor, Ohio

lego250Those who drive past Garfield Elementary School on Hopkins Road have probably noticed signs posted on the fence over the past year greeting “Jacob”, Garfield’s resident super hero.

Jacob Goss is a fourth-grader who has been battling cancer for three years.

Jacob’s positive attitude and superhero toughness have served as an inspiration to all who have met him.

It’s a well-known fact that one of the caped crusader’s favorite pastimes is building LEGO®s.

Recognizing that LEGO®s are the nexus between toughness, creativity and fun, Mentor City Council has proclaimed Saturday, April 9, 2016 as “LEGO® Day” in the City of Mentor in Jacob’s honor.

“We should all strive to be more like Jacob in life by fighting through the struggles we are faced with while still taking the time to have fun,” says Janet Dowling, President of Mentor City Council.

The City of Mentor encourages all families to spend quality time together on April 9th by playing with LEGO®s, thereby nurturing creativity, imagination and communication among family members in a positive loving environment.

Mentor Earth Day Celebration at Wildwood


Celebrate Earth Day with the “Earth Mentors” on Friday, April 22th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Wildwood Cultural Center & Park, located at 7645 Little Mountain Road in Mentor.

This free, family-friendly event will feature kids games and crafts, free tree seedlings, the opportunity to build a rain barrel and much more. Mentor Natural Resources experts
will also be on hand to offer tips as well as answer questions you may have about living green.

The event is sponsored by the City of Mentor and Waste Management.


Traffic Advisory: Oversize Load on March 17

A large transformer will be moved this Thursday, March 17th through the City of Mentor.  The load will move from Carpenter Street to Rt 615 South and the proceed along Rt 84 East.

The transfer is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and will take several hours.

This will be a very slow moving process. Traffic will be affected and motorists are advised to consider alternate routes in the affected area.