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Election recap

Tuesday's election included the following issues:

Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for complete results.

In Lorain County, voters rejected a quarter-percent sales tax increase. The county will institute cuts that include reducing its contribution to Lorain County Transit from $100,000 to $50,000. Avon voters approved a charter amendment that establishes a minimum lot size for residential areas.

The November 8 ballot includes several planning and zoning issues in Cuyahoga County communities.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has a complete list of issues (PDF) and an absentee ballot application.

In Avon, voters will decide a charter amendment that would establish a minimum lot size.

The News Herald reported on sustainability programs in three east-side Cuyahoga County suburbs: the stormwater management project at Mayfield Heights City Hall, the Mayfield Village Greenway Corridor, and the City of South Euclid's Green Neighborhoods Initiative.

The Ohio EPA awarded 10 grants through its Section 319 program to help communities address nonpoint source pollution. The $2.8 million in grants included a $184,429 grant (PDF) to Mayfield Village for the Chagrin River watershed, a $478,075 grant (PDF) to the City of Aurora for the Upper Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River, a $169,000 grant (PDF) to the Medina County Park District for the Chippewa Lake watershed, and a $57,078 grant (PDF) to Bath Township for the Yellow Creek watershed.

The agency also declared that brownfield remediation has been completed (PDF) at the Steel Slitting site on Aetna Road in Slavic Village, and issued a covenant not to sue.

Update: the Sun Messenger has more details about the grant received by Mayfield Village.

URS Corp. will conduct engineering studies for the Mayfield Village Green Corridor this year. Construction is scheduled for 2012 and 2013. The project received $600,000 in Transportation Enchantment funds in December, as one of 17 selected for funding (PDF).

Election recap

Bay Village
Issue 13 (attached housing): passed

Brecksville
Issue 30 (accessory structures): passed

Broadview Heights
Issue 37 (retail rezoning): passed

Fairview Park
Issues 54 & 55 (residential rezonings): passed

Mayfield Village
Issues 84 & 86 (referendum zoning changes): failed

Moreland Hills
Issue 88 (open space zoning): passed

Solon
Issue 129 (residential rezoning): failed

For complete results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The Cleveland Metroparks agreed to buy a 10-acre wooded site adjacent to the North Chagrin Reservation for $405,000. The purchase is contingent upon receiving a grant from the Clean Ohio Program.

Mayfield Village officials are among those frustrated by the lack of local oversight of natural gas and oil wells.

Geis Companies, a local industrial developer, is using the proceeds from its January sale of ten suburban industrial properties to reinvest in projects across Greater Cleveland. Through its Hemingway Development division, the company has made purchases in Brecksville, Boston Heights, Mayfield Village, and Warrensville Heights.

Mayfield Village purchased the Stabile property on SOM Center Road for $750,000. The four acre property includes a waterfall and ravine.

Yesterday, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners approved two $20,000 grants to create Innovation Zones in Beachwood and Mayfield Village.

The Cleveland Metroparks acquired 33 acres of forest in Mayfield Village for $2.1 million. The property will be added to the North Chagrin Reservation and includes the headwaters of Foster's Run and Beecher's Brook, tributaries of the Chagrin River. The purchase was aided by $1.4 million from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program.

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