Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as saying: “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing is to do nothing.”
Drawing on this quote, I would like to say that I always strive to do the right thing, and especially, to do the right thing for the Village of Woodmere.
Since 2011, I have researched ways to save the Village money. An example of one of my successes is the use of the Woodbran Agreement Franchise Fee to lower your sewer bills from $127.00 to $96.00 per month. This puts $31.00 per month in the pockets of each home owner.
Since 1988 there has been talk about replacing the pipes that go down Belmont Avenue. Although these old pipes have been leaking sewage for years, no one has ever pushed Woodbran to do the necessary repairs. Finally, this year, I have gotten Woodbran to do the $1.5 million job with no cost to the residents. Although sewer rates have increased in Pepper Pike and Orange Village, I have managed to lower our rates by using the franchisee fees mentioned above.
Besides saving the Village money, I have become involved in the negotiations of rental agreements with business owners. This involvement resulted in an additional $25,000 in income from Regional Income Taxes.
Last but not least, many of you have seen me deep in business conversations over a luncheon or dinner table. I am happy to report that these meetings have, at this point, resulted in my being able to bring to Woodmere Village a total of 25 new businesses, all of which can be listed upon request. When I
first entered office, the commercial vacancy rate in Woodmere was a whopping 30%. By bringing in the 25 new businesses, I have reduced the vacancy rate to 9%. And, this is only the beginning; my focus on bringing business to Woodmere is ongoing. Soon, Ohio Savings Bank will be opening a new branch
in Woodmere, bringing our total number of financial institutions to eight, and making Woodmere the financial center of the Chagrin Valley. Retail in Woodmere is growing as evidenced by the Eton Mall expansion which will take place very soon.