From The Mayor's Desk
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|Addressing concern and confusion about some of our village
Several village residents have voiced their concern and confusion about some of our village laws and ordinances recently so, I thought I might take a minute to try to clarify some of the points of confusion.
As a little bit of background, I read through our village charter, which was established in 1857 when Cleveland was growing quickly. As more and more people built homes close to one another, the residents gathered together to to make rules to protect our residents from fire, disease, and any use of property that could be dangerous.
As an example of the problems they were dealing with back then, heres a few of the items in the charter, that the newly established Village Board would have the authority to regulate by law:
Just swap horses for cars and you can see that the problems of the past were very similar to the problems we have now. Those rules were created to make it easier for lots of people to live together safely and peacefully. That was the reason the village was created in 1857 and its the same right now!
To create a safer and more pleasant village we need to respect our neighbors. We also need to have a general understanding of the local codes and ordinances. Heres a brief rundown of the local laws that people have had questions about.
The village board respectfully requests that all village residents make an effort to comply with these ordinances and to restrain your children from disturbing the village late at night. It is the intention of the Village Board to make a stronger effort to enforce these laws as well as the traffic laws.
We want to curb the reckless driving and routine disregard for village stop signs and speed limits within the village before we have a tragedy to deal with. We also would encourage village residents to take the license plate numbers and description of cars driving dangerously through the village. These descriptions can be called directly into the State Troopers, County Sherriff's or the Village Hall at 675-8611. Its up to us as citizens to help police our Village. If you call in a crime, even if it cant be attended to right away it will be addressed when it can be if its not an emergency.
If you are not happy with a response from the police then call the problem in to the village hall. We will make sure that the appropriate authorities hear about your complaint!
Dont be discouraged.
Its also up to us as residents to help to educate our kids and their friends about right and wrong, about respect and discipline.
If we renew our respect for each other and start acting when we see someone breaking the law, acting dangerously or disturbing the peace, the people, especially the kids who are causing these problems will begin to see that people are watching. Theyll begin to worry that they might get caught. In this way we might save a life or stop a serious accident before it occurs.
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Copyright Roy Reehil, 2004