In Bob Carr’s latest newsletter, the Ward 4 councilman discusses changes in the Parks and Recreation department, upcoming Willoughby events and plans for new housing developments in the city.
PARKS and RECREATION New Director
Congratulations to Brian Katz for his retirement after 19 years as Director of Parks and Recreation! Lots to be proud of including the building of Osborne Pool and Lost Nation Municipal Golf course club house. Judean Banker is a familiar face to many of us in the community and has been promoted from Program Coordinator to be the new Parks and Recreation Director. Congratulations also to Judean. Analysis of the department is leading
to some changes that will be of additional benefit to our community. The Parks maintenance workers who cut grass, plow and maintain the parks will be moved over to the Service Department which will allow for more efficient use of resources. Judean will be backfilled with an entry level Program Coordinator. Net annual savings to Willoughby will be approximately $40,000 with the changes we are enacting.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS HANDS ONLY CPR
Willoughby Fire Department along with Lake County Hospital is encouraging the entire community to be trained in providing Hands Only CPR.
Saving a life just got simple:
1. Call 911
2. Push hard and fast in center of chest until help arrives
Family & Friends CPR Anytime Course is FREE. To register contact Willoughby Fire Prevention 440-953-4344.
CHANGES IN THE COMMUNITY
- Willoughby South Parking lot and access drive will soon be seeing some improvements. The access drive will no longer exit on Shankland but will connect to the driveway that leads out to RT 84, past the Middle School. The parking lot to the North will be reconfigured for better traffic flow and more parking spaces.
- Do you miss your McDonald’s? By now, I am sure most of you have noticed the McDonald’s on Euclid Ave has gone missing. By fall you will see a brand new McDonald’s in it’s place with a reconfigured drive thru that will no longer defy logic. A very nice-looking design and utilizing the new 2 lane drive thru concept you may have seen at other McDonald’s in the area.
- New Brownstone Condominiums coming soon at the corner of Sharpe and Euclid Avenues. As you head into downtown, the large vacant lot across from Point Park has been approved to be developed as a gateway to our downtown district. Twelve (12) brownstone style buildings are planned for the property. These will be three-story buildings with commercial on the ground floor and residential on the upper floors.
- River Isle Apartments has been purchased by Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority and will be undergoing a $2.4 million renovation. What is currently a bit of an eyesore and problem for the city will be completely renovated and support the housing needs in our county.
- Laketran will be building two new bus shelters on RT. 84 in front of the Lithuanian Center and Pine Ridge Apartments.
Bob Carr is Willoughby’s Ward 4 councilman. For questions or comments, please e-mail Bob Carr at email@example.com.