Regularly scheduled Council meetings shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month with the Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting being scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Regular Council meeting shall be convened immediately following the adjournment of the Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting When any such Tuesday is a legal holiday, Council shall meet in regular session on a date determined by Council.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Although, there were many celebrations in Eastlake in December, we also had an event to help promote our local businesses. On December 8th, the City of Eastlake Economic Community Development Committee (ECDC) held a joint meeting with the Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce for Eastlake business owners. The purpose of the meeting was to create an open forum where business owners and Eastlake officials could discuss ideas on how to promote and make our businesses more successful. During the meeting, Karen Tercek from the Chamber of Commerce discussed a variety of tools small businesses can use to promote themselves. These ideas included: greater exposure, relationship building, and networking opportunities. Mayor Dennis Morley, Dave Menn (Building Director), and Nick Rubertino (Service Director) all spoke in support of creating an open and friendly environment in Eastlake for the business community. We are all vested in the success of our businesses. Their success directly affects the future of Eastlake and opportunities for our residents. Also, the discussion included: a job fair with local colleges, restaurant promotion, joint meetings with the Lake County Port Authority, opportunities available through the Lake County Land Bank, and business interviews posted on Facebook. The City of Eastlake wants to make it clear that we support our businesses and have an open and friendly attitude towards business. During the meeting, business owners were offered the chance to be featured on the Eastlake Community Block watch page. Chris Krajnyak administers this Facebook page and she offered to meet, interview, and videotape each business that is interested in featuring their company on her page. Meeting times and dates for these ideas will be announced over the next few months. The ECDC committee will be finalizing the details for the Taste of Eastlake event. The purpose of this event is to showcase our local restaurants and invite residents to sample food from local food establishments with the hope they will start to patronize these establishments more often in the future. The following is a basic outline of the Taste of Eastlake event. Each Eastlake food establishment will be offered a chance to participate in this event. A passport (map) will be created disclosing the name, address, and food sample offered by each participating restaurant. Individuals will be encouraged to post their comments, pictures, and video feeds on the Eastlake social media site to increase visibility and hopefully traffic for the participating restaurants. The time and date for this event will be announced on the social media pages in Eastlake. Once again, I hope everyone had a fun and joyous Christmas season and Happy New Year.
Michael Zuren, Ward 1
Hello Eastlake, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas season full of fun and happiness. The
Christmas events in Eastlake include the following: at EPAL an evening with Santa on November 27th
from 6 to 9pm, then November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st from 6 to 9 pm (pets are welcome
from 8 to 9, but must be on leash). The Eastlake police, fire, EPAL, and city employees will be accepting
monetary and toy donations until December 9th to give to Eastlake families in need for the Christmas
season. If you would like to help, please call the Eastlake Police Department victim advocates hotline at
The Economic Community Development Committee (ECDC) is holding a meeting on December 8th with
the Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce at city hall. The meeting is for Eastlake business
owners to help them promote their businesses. This idea came from the online survey that was used to
find out the opinions and short-term outlook of Eastlake business owners. The goal is to assist our
businesses in promotion, financing sources, finding qualified employees, and to help create an
environment that provides stability and success. The City of Eastlake is committed to assisting our
businesses, so they can overcome challenges and find paths to maximize opportunities.
Another idea that has been discussed in the ECDC committee and the Help Hands Alliance (Councilman
Kim Evers and Sharron Poole) is an event to promote local Eastlake Restaurants. One suggestion would
be to call this event “A Taste of Eastlake”. We have discussed possibly having a map or passport listing
restaurants that are participating in the event and their best dish. The idea is to have a set day and timeperiod
(likely 3-hours), where individuals can take their passport to each restaurant for a sample of their
best dish. Hopefully, this event would result in new clients that patronize our local restaurants. If you
are interested in helping or participating in this event, please contact Kim Evers or myself.
There was a Ward 1 & 4 meeting for residents on November 5th. Approximately 35 to 40 people
attended. It was nice to see such a large turnout. There were many topics discussed, one of the
suggestions presented by a resident was the creation of a levy task force. Many of the participants
showed interest in helping promote a fire or police levy. Also, discuss at the meeting was the Miracle
League, Mayor’s Court, Rental Property Inspection, Impound Lot, and Video Traffic Enforcement
legislation. I would also like to thank Angela Schmidt. She gave a presentation on Mail Chimp, which is a
free (limited) email outreach system that can be used to keep businesses and residents informed about
city events, business promotions, and festivities.
Once again, I hope everyone has a fun and joyous Christmas season and Happy New Year.
Michael Zuren, Ward 1