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Transportation Boulevard Widening Project

The City of Garfield Heights and the Ohio Department of Transportation will be widening Transportation Boulevard to improve traffic flow in the area.

Transportation Boulevard Improvements includes -

  1. Widening the pavement along Transportation Boulevard from Granger Road (State Route 17) to the I-480 Bridge
  2. Widening the Transportation Boulevard Bridge over I-480
  3. Minor modification of the I-480 west-bound ramp at the intersection
  4. Improve Transportation Boulevard's traffic signal coordination from Granger Road to I-480 interchange

Construction should begin late 2017 and be completed the fall of 2018.

Comments may be directed to Frederick Alderman, Assistant, City Engineer, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125, or (330) 913-1056 or Comments will be received until March 22, 2017.

Rain Barrel/Compost Workshop

Help the environment by learning the benefits of having a rain barrel and a compost bin on you property.

For information about a March 30 workshop, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water District, click here.

Rec Center News

T-Ball registrations begin March 1st to 31st.  Click here for more information.

Click here for Rec Center's open office hours.

Walkway of Recognition Brick Orders Accepted

Create a memory that will last a lifetime by purchasing an engraved brick to be placed on the city’s Walkway of Recognition located in front of the 9-11 Memorial at the Veterans Plaza in the Civic Center Complex, 5407 Turney Road.

Standard bricks are $40. Bricks with military logos are $60. To access the order form, click here.

The Walkway was installed in 2016 and additional bricks will be added this spring. The deadline to order an engraved brick is March 30.

The city also continues to accept donations for the 9-11 Memorial erected last year. Send your donations to 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH, 44125, Attn: Mayor Vic Collova’s office.

For information about the Walkway of Recognition or the 9-11 Memorial Fund, contact Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, Ext. 2425, or e-mail

Public Auction Notice

In accordance with Chapter 129.02 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Garfield Heights and with Chapters 721 and 737 of the Ohio Revised Code, there will be a Public On-Line Auction for the disposal of City owned vehicles. This merchandise will be sold AS-IS, NO GUARANTEES.

The City of Garfield Heights has entered into an agreement with GovDeals Inc to provide for on-line auctions of unusable city equipment and confiscated items. Potential bidders must be registered in the GovDeals Inc on-line auction system in order to bid on items posted to the site. In order to register please go to the website and use the registration link in the upper right corner of the home page.

The GovDeals on-line auction of vehicles is scheduled to begin during the week of February 13, 2017 and continue until all authorized items are posted to the site. Individual items will be available on the site for a period of one week depending upon the posting date. The closing date of each item to be auctioned will be available on the GovDeals site. All bidding, payment, and pick up requirements are available on the GovDeals Inc web site pertinent to the City of Garfield Heights’ on-line auctions. Please review all requirements in detail.  

Pursuant to:  Ordinance #48-2015
                      City Council
                      Garfield Heights, Ohio

Listing of Current 2016 Items for Auction
Available on the website

  1. Police Car #3417 - 2007 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr. Sedan (134,398 mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71W17X152512
  2. Police Car #3411 - 2007 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (131,060 mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71W57X152514
  3. Police Car #3422 - 2007 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (159,466 mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71W97X152516
  4. Police Car #3421 - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (128,460mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71VX8X167499
  5. Police Car #3412 - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (152,911mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71V48X167496
  6. Police Car #3414 - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (130,280mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71V68X167497
  7. Police Car #3415 - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (160,820mi.) - S/N: 2FAHP71V88X167498
  8. Police Car #3451 - 2008 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr Sedan (90,268mi.) - S/N: 2FAFP71W72X142955
  9. Police Car #3437 - 2009 Dodge Charger (117,133mi.) - S/N: 2B3LA43V09H637540
  10. Police Car - 2000 GMC Jimmy SLT (151,387 mi.) - S/N: 1GKDT13W1Y2351325

The above vehicles are currently posted on the web site – the closing date for these auction items is February 20 or 22, 2017 at various times throughout the day.

Mayor Clarifies Auditor’s Scorecard

The financial health of Garfield Heights has improved dramatically since we were in fiscal emergency several years ago. Last week, the Ohio state auditor issued a new “Fiscal Physical” tool to help cities and counties stay fit.  

A writer wrongly interpreted the auditor’s scorecard and mistakenly reported that Garfield Heights is headed for financial trouble. That is not the case. While we certainly still face challenges, the city has materially improved its financial performance since 2009 and continues to make impressive strides in its effort to operate in a fiscally healthy and disciplined manner.

My administration and our city council members are very proud that we are successfully managing the resources of the city. We have had to deal with severe cuts from the state, orchestrated by Gov. John Kasich. And the reductions in the collection of local property and income taxes hurt us considerably as well. This loss of money is beyond our control. But, I can assure everyone we are dealing with it in a responsible manner.

We spoke with the auditor’s office last week about the new “Fiscal Physical” tool and its 2015 preliminary report. “The detail of the report shows you have made progress,” said Benjamin Marrison, director of communications for the state auditor. “It is obvious how proud the Garfield Heights mayor and staff are of the progress they have made in improving the city’s fiscal health.” “The state indicators provide a snapshot of the fiscal health of each city and county in Ohio. In Garfield Heights, the indicators reflect that real progress has been made,” Marrison said.

The auditor’s office reports that local leaders throughout Ohio have performed well in navigating the financial storms they’ve faced. As mayor, I am pleased that the state auditor’s office is proactive in its efforts to provide tools to local governments to assist us in evaluating our financial condition. But, I also feel it should be more vigilant as to presenting the financial health indicators within the proper framework and context of the city’s historic and current financial performance.

Basically, what the state auditor’s office reported, we already know. The analysis provided by the state auditor’s office is nothing new to the city administration. We continue to budget and forecast in an extremely conservative manner. Garfield Heights scored in the “positive outlook” category for half of the auditor’s financial health indicators. And we are diligently working to improve what the auditor’s office considers less than positive indicators. The state auditor’s office reports that 82 percent of Ohio counties and 92 percent of Ohio cities have at least one “cautionary” or “critical” indicator.

Here in Garfield Heights, our bills are paid on time. Our loan payments are made on time and our debt has been cut in half since 2009. We are in much better shape financially than we were when I became mayor. I can assure everyone living and working in Garfield Heights that my administration is committed to our city being a financially stable and healthy community.

Clothing Recycling Encouraged in Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights residents can recycle clothing, shoes and household textiles using a free curbside program. Garfield Heights officials are working to reduce the amount of recyclable material that ends up landfills. Clothing and shoes are 100 percent recyclable, yet 85 percent still ends up in landfills. Garfield Heights residents have the Simple Recycling program available to them to help change the statistics and improve the environment. This program is separate from the Kimble curbside collection, yet occurs the same day.

Once a resident determines that items are no longer useful, they can place them in a green Simple Recycling bag, provided by the company at no cost, and put it on the curb the same day as their regular rubbish pick up. Bedding, belts and ties, hats and gloves, stuffed animals and more can be recycled.

Collected items are sorted and graded for condition. Top quality materials, approximately 20 percent of what residents no longer want, are sold to local thrift stores. The vast majority of clothing collected, about 80 percent, will not be resold in the United States, so it is further sorted for international export or broken down for raw materials. Only five percent ends up as waste. The other 95 percent is exported as secondhand clothing, converted to other materials such as cleaning rags for industrial and residential use, or recycled into fiber used in home insulation, carpet padding, etc.

Residents can pick up Simple Recycling bags at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. For additional information about the program, contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 or e-mail Residents also can contact Pat Salemi at Garfield Heights City Hall, 216-475-1100 Ext. 2425, or e-mail Simple Recycling also benefits the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center.

Garfield Heights Info Line Reactivated

Garfield Heights has reactivated its original info line, 216-475-6607. Callers can listen to a recorded message and will be prompted to contact the appropriate city department for assistance.

Municipal Court Website Has Useful Information

Four letters: g-h-m-c hold an abundance of information about the workings of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court. That information is just a click away by logging onto the court’s website:
The website has the latest information regarding both criminal and traffic cases.  One can search the docket by name to see the status of cases to be heard in the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website also has information on which offenses require a court appearance and those that can be paid on line.

There is also information on how a person can file a small claims case.  The Garfield Heights Municipal Court hears cases involving money damages up to $6.000 in value in Small Claims Court.  Claims over $6,000 but less than $15,000 are heard in Civil Court.

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court also handles landlord and tenant disputes.  The most common procedure involves evictions.  The website also has information on Rent Depositing.  This is when the rent is held by the court when a tenant believes the landlord is not fulfilling the obligations outlined in the rental agreement.

A person can also get the necessary documentation to get various court proceedings started. Printable forms are available on the website regarding Small Claims, Evictions and Driving Privileges..

If a wedding is in your future, a marriage ceremony can be performed at the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website has information on what needs to be done before the couple says “I do.”

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays.  The court website: is always available.

The court jurisdiction covers eight neighboring communities: Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Brecksville, Independence, Valley View and Walton Hills.

9-11 Memorial Service

On Sunday, Garfield Heights honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack with the dedication of a new memorial monument at the Garfield Heights Civic Center Complex. Located adjacent to the city’s Veterans Memorial plaza, the 9-11 Memorial “Never Forget” was designed by the Johns Carabelli Company, designers and builders of quality, spectacular-looking memorials throughout greater Cleveland since 1879. Program speakers included Mayor Vic Collova, Fire Chief Tom Nemetz and Police Captain Bruce Thailing

The project is being funded 100 percent through donations. To make a donation, send a check payable to the city of Garfield Heights, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH, 44125. Attn: 9-11 Memorial Project.

The memorial site also includes the city’s engraved brick Walkway of Recognition. Brick orders are still being accepted. Forms are available at the Garfield Heights Civic Center. For additional information, call 216-475-1100.

Eviction Mediation Pilot Program

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court has launched a pilot program to find more amicable solutions to landlord / tenant problems.  The Eviction Mediation Program began August 2nd and has already shown some positive results.  “It’s like seeking a peaceful divorce,” Garfield Heights Municipal Court Presiding Judge Deborah Nicastro said.

According to Judge Nicastro, about 30 to 40 evictions are filed with the court each week. The standard procedure is to have an eviction  hearing between the landlord and tenant scheduled in two weeks. That is followed  by a second hearing in 30 days. But with the new program, instead of two hearings, a mediation session is scheduled in a week.

The court sets aside 90 minutes and a mediator with the Cleveland Mediation Center works with the landlord and the tenant to work out the dispute. Both parties leave with a written agreement.  Sometimes the lease is re-negotiated, the rent is reduced, a payment plan for back rent is made or an agreed upon move out date is set.    

The goal is to keep police from having to remove people from their homes and all their belongings thrown to the curb. It would also help landlords who would be left with damages and no way to recoup lost rent.   

The Court has funding to handle ten to 14 mediation sessions a week.  “I am surprised how well the program is working.  We have met our initial goals, reached agreements and no one had to be evicted,” Judge Nicastro said.

Currently, a landlord or tenant could request a mediation session instead of an eviction hearing.   The Eviction Mediation Program will continue until the end of the year.

The court jurisdiction covers Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Independence, Brecksville, Newburgh Heights, Valley View and Walton Hills.

Lead Poisoning Protection

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health offers up to $8,000 to repair windows, doors and porches at homes located in target cities including Garfield Heights. The goal of the program is to prevent lead poisoning that can cause learning and behavior problems. For more information, call 216-201-2000. For additional details about the program click here.

Garfield Heights & the Family Resource Center

Published on Feb 16, 2016

Ruth Pollack talks about the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center, located inside the Civic Center at 5407 Turney Road. She helps people of all ages with many different problems and situations and loves what she does. Ruth is also an author of the book "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in a Dysfunctional Family," where she talks about her past and what she has gone through that made her who she is today.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, please call (216) 475-1103 or walk in to Ruth's office at 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Families Anonymous

Does someone in your family have a problem with drugs or alcohol? A Garfield Heights Families Anonymous Meeting offers free help to people whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. Families Anonymous is a 12-Step Program for anyone concerned about the drug and alcohol abuse or behavioral problems of a relative or friend.

Many recovery programs are available for addicted loved ones when they are ready to seek help and recovery. However, Families Anonymous is for you - the parent, spouse, brother, sister, or any other emotionally involved relative or friend. Your identity is protected at all meetings as anonymity is an underlying principal of the program.

Families Anonymous meetings are every Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center, located in the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

For information, send an e-mail to, or call 216-475-1103.

Garfield Heights Awarded $930,000 for Property Demolition

Garfield Heights officials learned they will receive $930,000 from Cuyahoga County to demolish unsalvageable residential and commercial properties.  The Property Demolition Program is expected to strengthen existing communities, accelerate property value growth and restore neighborhoods, according to Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Nineteen other communities were awarded part of the more than $10 million project allocation. The first round of awards will address about 10 percent of the vacant properties throughout the various communities hit hard by the foreclosure crises and declining values.

“Addressing vacant and distressed properties is an urgent issue throughout Cuyahoga County,” Budish said. “We are committed to working with communities and housing advocates, side-by-side, to eliminate blight, promote redevelopment and ultimately, create stronger neighborhoods.”

Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova said he is pleased the county was able to find the money to help struggling communities. “We appreciate the commitment of the executive and the county council members. This is a program we definitely need and our city will see its benefit,” said the mayor.

Applications for a second round of funding will be accepted beginning May 1. Garfield Heights Economic Development Director Noreen Kuban said officials have identified 92 structures to be demolished with the first-round funding the city will receive. “And we know there are additional vacant and blighted properties we can take care of, if we receive more money from the county program,” Kuban said.

According to Cuyahoga County officials, Bedford will receive $425,000; Cleveland, $992,240; Maple Heights, $908,000; and Newburgh Heights, $525,000.

Yearlong Paper Drive

Support the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center by recycling your paper products in the River Valley Paper Company bin at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. The Resource Center helps at-risk families and youth and offers referral services. Items accepted include newspaper, mail, phonebooks, office/school paper, magazines, catalogs, paper bags, hard and soft bound books and cardboard. All proceeds generated from the yearlong paper drive will benefit the Resource Center. For information about the resource center, call Ruth Pollack, center manager, at 216-475-1103 or e-mail For information about recycling, call Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, ext. 2425 or e-mail

Unique Gift Items and Cards for Sale

A variety of unique gift items and inexpensive greeting cards are available for purchase at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Talented crafters meet daily to crochet scarves, hats, baby blankets and booties, etc, and also to create unique decorative and household items.

These items are sold for reasonable prices in the Craft Room store at the Civic Center. There are cards for 25 cents; gift bags and wrapping paper prices range from 25 cents to $1; and bows are 75 cents and $1.

Shoppers will be impressed with the selection of items inside the Craft Room store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Telephone Scam Alerts

Garfield Heights officials have received reports of telephone scams demanding immediate payment for taxes and utilities.Regarding the tax scam, the caller states he is from a tax collection agency and claims the person answering the phone owes taxes. The potential victim is told if they do not pay within one hour, they will be arrested. There is no authorized tax collection procedure of this type, said Police Chief Robert Sackett. He said if anyone receives a call and believes they owe taxes, the person should contact the tax collection agency directly. No personal information, such as bank information or social security numbers, should be given to someone saying you owe taxes.

The Illuminating Company is warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as and electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless and immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card. Although the utility company reminds customers of past due accounts, a variety of payment options would be presented.

Anyone who receives a call they are uncomfortable with taking, should hang up. Suspicious calls also can be reported to the police.

Information Notification System for Garfield Heights Residents

The city of Garfield Heights is partnering with Cuyahoga County to bring an information notification system to residents. ReadyNotify is a mass notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations, water boil alerts, utility outages and other important messages. Participation is voluntary.

To sign up, residents need a valid e-mail address or phone number. Messages will be delivered via cell phone, text messages, home or work phone numbers or FAX.

Residents can utilize the computers at the Garfield Heights Public Library where staff is available to assist with requesting email addresses and registering for the program.

To sign up for this new messaging system, offered at no cost to the city, visit

Properties available to Purchase and Renovate

To view the properties available through the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp.’s Land Bank program, click here.

Latex Paint Disposal

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District campaign reminds residents to dispose of latex paint curbside with their regular trash. For details about disposal, click here.

Food Bank Days and Times

Garfield Heights offers two monthly food banks for residents only at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Pre-registration is required. The daytime food bank is from 1-2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. The evening food bank is from 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

People needing assistance can register between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Civic Center. Proof of residency, income and birthdates of all household members must be presented at registration. Food bank participants can not register on distribution day. They must be pre-registered.

Donations to the Garfield Heights food bank can be made at the Civic Center. Food and money are accepted.

Unused and expired prescription drugs can be disposed of safely at the Garfield Heights Police Station

This county-wide Prescription Drug Drop Box program is helping keep prescription drugs out of landfills and water sources. The drop box is located in the lobby of the police station and is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“Anyone can drop off any unneeded or outdated prescription medication, no questions asked,” said Police Chief Robert Byrne.  Needles, liquids or other medical waste is not accepted. Cuyahoga County purchased the boxes for any police department that requested one. The Cuyahoga County Sheriffs department helps collect and weigh the drugs and is responsible for record keeping of what is being disposed.

For additional information about the program, visit or

Help and Resources for Families Just a Phone Call Away

Ruth Pollack answers calls for help at the new Garfield Heights Family Resource Center.

Located at the city’s Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, the center offers information about drug treatment, counseling, support groups, prevention and other assistance to troubled families.

“We are offering all sorts of local resource information that can assist our families and their needs,” Pollack said.

A longtime Garfield Heights resident, Pollack has many years of experience working with children, teens, adults and their families. For many years, she was employed by the Garfield Heights City Schools district where she worked as a truancy prevention specialist, prevention coordinator, program coordinator and learning support specialist.

Pollack implemented programming to reduce learning barriers in the classroom and dealt with topics such as bullying, character education and improving social skills. She also worked with school personnel responding to student discipline concerns by facilitating conflict mediations and crisis intervention. She has spent much of her career working with at-risk students to help them crate and achieve personal goals.

“It is with honor and zest for our community that I take on my new role as manager of the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center,” Pollack said.

Pollack and her husband, Gary, have been residents of the city for 22 years. They have three adult children. Pollack has donated many volunteer hours to the community. She also chaired the community relations board, and is a former member of the zoning board of appeals and the planning commission.

The Resource Center is maintained with grant funding obtained by the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.

Confidential messages can be left at the Garfield Heights Help-Line, 216-475-1103. People in need are encouraged to schedule an appointment, but drop-in visits to the Family Resource Center are also welcome.  To view the news article, please click here

Heroin Anonymous Meetings offer help and hope for those suffering from addiction and there are now two weekly meetings in Garfield Heights.

Heroin Anonymous Meeting
Every Tuesday 8-9 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
14600 Turney Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137
Meet in the school next to the church

Heroin Anonymous Meeting
Every Friday 1-2 p.m.
Signature Health
5410 Transportation Blvd. Suite 4

Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Domestic Violence Advocate Will Assist Victims
Garfield Heights Domestic Violence Advocate Karen Gordon is available to help victims.
Call 216-229-2420 Ext. 254
Click here for the 2014 Annual Report

Family Resource Center Accepting Donations

The Garfield Heights Family Resource Center is accepting donations to support efforts to help at-risk youth and families. The program was developed with grant funding to provide resources to families in crisis. “We have been able to help many residents in need through the resource center and are already making a difference in our community,” said Manager Ruth Pollack.

Located at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, the resource center offers non-therapeutic, non-clinical services to youth and families including family mediation, drug and alcohol dependency and mental health referrals, as well as support groups for teens and parents. Anyone who contacts the center will be linked to resources provided by various agencies and programs in Cuyahoga County.

Pollack also works with young people assigned to the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Youth Diversion program, which provides a second chance for non-violent offenders, along with students at the Garfield Heights Learning Center.

Help is just a phone call away. To be connected to resources provided by the Family Resource Center or to make a donation to support its programs, call (216) 475-1103 or e-mail