Perram Electric begins signal upgrade in City of Solon

City of Solon’s traffic signal contractor, Perram Electric, began drilling pole foundations and boring cables under roads on SOM Center Road from 422 to Aurora Road and on Solon Road from Cochran Road to Richmond Road.  All 43 traffic signals within the City of Solon will be replaced and/or upgraded during the 2 year project.

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Gazebo in City of Solon Ohio

Upon completion, all signals will be accessible through a central computer system located at City Hall. The system will include the latest in traffic technology including video detection and fiber optic communications. 80% of the $4.2 million project cost is covered by a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.  There will be temporary lane closures at the various intersections during construction.

Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

Rating of SAFE Cleveland Suburbs

RANKING OF Best Cleveland Suburbs based on crime data and other factors

According to SafeWise, based on their own research and FBI Crime Data report from 2011, the best suburbs in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio based on safety are:

City of Solon, Ohio is 10th safest in NEO

City of Solon, Ohio is ranked 10th safest in NEO

Broadview Heights (1),
Hudson (3),
Brook Park (5),
North Ridgeville (6),
Solon (10),
Brunswick (13),
Berea (16),
North Olmsted (19),
Parma Heights (20),
Willoughby (24),
Mayfield Heights (27),
South Euclid (30),
Strongsville (31),
Shaker Heights (37),
Lakewood (38),
Cleveland Heights (43) and
Eastlake (47).

Karen Prasser has high morality and ethics

For 17 years, I served as the pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Solon, retiring in August of 2010.

Karen Prasser, Solon Center for the Arts

Karen Prasser, Solon Center for the Arts

For several years preceding my retirement, Karen Prasser served as the music director of our church in addition to serving as director of the Solon Center for the Arts. Through her encouragement, my wife and I became fans of Solon Center for the Arts and attended several of its theatrical productions and art shows.

It was apparent to me that Karen had built Solon Center for the Arts into a thriving enterprise during her tenure there. She was equally successful in building up the music program at our church, where she continues to do a marvelous job.

My reason for writing, however, is not to extol Karen for her accomplishments, but to testify regarding her character. Karen is a person of unimpeachable integrity. As a pastor I have become thoroughly acquainted with human nature in both its positive and negative aspects and I can honestly say that I have not met anyone with a higher standard of personal morality and professional ethics than Karen.

I strongly urge those who are conducting this ill-founded investigation that it be brought to a speedy conclusion and that her character be publicly vindicated.

Powell Woods
Pastor Emeritus of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Solon, Ohio

Solon Resident Judge Harry Jacob III Indicted

The Law Director of the City of Bedford and a Judge at Bedford Municipal Court have been indicted on charges involving public corruption and prostitution, Cuyahoga County Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Harry J. Jacob III. Judge, Bedford Municipal Court

Harry J. Jacob III. Judge, Bedford Municipal Court

Law Director and City Prosecutor Kenneth Schuman has been charged with one count each of Bribery, Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract, Money Laundering, Theft in Office, Obstructing Justice, Falsification, Receiving Improper Compensation and Soliciting. The first six of those eight charges are felonies.

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Welfare for the poor, subsidies for the rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

There are two sides to a coin, according to a popular cliche.  In fact, there are at least three sides to a coin.  Welfare is the assistance provided by the government so that the poor can try to maintain a minimal level of dignity in their lives.  There are proponents and opponents of the welfare, like two sides of the coin.  The third side of the coin represents the reality of the welfare system.   If the only flaw in the current welfare system is that is pays more than minimum wage does, then there is no flaw in it.   Who might step up to make the welfare system perfect; the Democrats or the Republicans?  Neither.  Continue reading

Theft in Chagrin Highland home in Solon Ohio

Solon Police Officer Robert Bozak responded to 39910 Lochmoor Drive in Chagrin Highland Subdivision in Northeast Solon on a report of breaking and entering on November 15, 2013.  Carmen Uroic, a subcontractor for Altisource reported that copper pipes and other items were missing from the foreclosed property.

Carmen Uroic advised that the property was foreclosed in April 2013.  He had changed the door locks in August 2013.  At that time the drywall was damaged and copper pipes were removed from three bathrooms and a laundry room on the second floor, one bathroom and laundry room on the first floor.  In the basement all the copper pipes were removed in addition to a hot water tank and gas furnace.

Chagrin Highlands Subdivision in Solon

Chagrin Highlands Subdivision in Solon

The owner of the property at 39910 Lochmoor Drive is US Bank, Trustee.  Altisource, based in Atlanta Georgia, provides services to sub-prime servicers, government agencies and many lenders, servicers, investors, mortgage bankers, credit unions, financial services companies and hedge funds.  William Shepro is the CEO of Altisource.

Chagrin Highland subdivision is located in former Councilwoman Toni Richmond’s City of Solon Ward 3.  City of Solon is currently accepting applications for this Ward 3 city council representative vacancy.