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A Message from the Mayor

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By Ben Garlich

November has come in with some authority. I was mowing my lawn and raking leaves on Sunday the 10th and using my snow blower and shovel on the following day the 11th. I prefer using the mower and rake but not in my control. 

The Village employees observed Veterans day which prevented leaf pickup before the snow but the service crew did come in to ensure the streets and sidewalks were safe and maintained for Tuesday morning motorists and pedestrians. I’ve learned, as has the service crew, it snows heaviest on holidays, weekends and late evening to make the work schedule as inconvenient as possible. 

We all realize that is part of the job and a way of life in Northeast Ohio. I’m glad we have such a dedicated crew. 

I attended a Chamber luncheon on Tuesday following Veterans day. The lunch was held at the Middlefield VFW Post 9678. A remarkable story recounting some experiences of his years of service and a recent trip to Washington DC was given by veteran Jim Warren. It was obvious during his presentation the pride and relationships built during the years of defending and serving this great country were life changing and will never be forgotten. I am so glad there seems to be a revival of respect and appreciation for all those who served and provided the freedom we should never take for granted. Thank you, Veterans, for your service. 

The Village has had multiple meetings this month preparing projects to bid for completion next summer. We have many more side streets failing catch basins requiring repair and drilling additional water wells. We are prioritizing to insure we repair those areas in the poorest condition. I look forward to the day when we can confidently say our infrastructure is top notch. With your continued support and patience that day will come. 

I am pleased I have the privilege of being your Mayor for the next 4 years. I commit to work every day to ensure this Village is moving in a positive direction and we all see our quality of life being improved. There are business expansions slated for next year as Chem Tech remains bullish about expanding their facility on the South East corner of Madison Road. Harrington’s are expanding the current facility occupied by US Bank and MyoFit with a few new tenants and ODOT is slated to construct their new facility on Tare Creek. We are blessed to have a community where people have chosen to invest creating more amenities and employment.  

Be informed, be involved, exercise your right to vote, shop Middlefield and visit www.middlefieldohio.com.  

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