It's Good To Be Home - Parma Heights City Hall Back In Business

Extensive damage done by the arson

It’s good to be home. I am happy to announce our return to Parma Heights City Hall at 6281 Pearl Road. The arson fire, which occurred two days before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, destroyed two offices, but it could have been much worse. I am most grateful that no one was injured. 

The past year was challenging due to the need to relocate our services between separate buildings. The majority of my administration was housed in The Heritage Building at 6500 Pearl Road. The Tax Department and Mayor’s Court were operating from office space in the Greenbrier Shopping Plaza next to City Hall. Mayor’s Court, City Council, Caucus and Commission meetings were held downstairs in the Cassidy Theatre, which has also been home to our city's Building & Service Departments. 

Why did it take almost a full year for the renovations to be completed? The damage wrought by the fire was far more extensive than any of us imagined. While the fire damage was contained to my office, the smoke damage was indiscriminate and permeated the entire City Hall building. Everything had to be removed, tagged, and cleaned. Artwork had to be restored. Appliances had to be safety tested. The ceiling tiles were taken out, floors removed, and in some cases, walls taken down to the studs.   

The $1 million renovation, paid for by our insurance, includes the installation of a new fire alarm system. The entire building has had upgrades to the electrical and communications wiring. Floors, lights, ceilings, carpet, and bathroom fixtures have been upgraded in much of City Hall.   

My office, which suffered the most damage from the fire, now has new furniture, carpet, lights, and communication improvements. The valuable personal items lost in the fire like family photographs and one-of-a-kind artwork can never be replaced. However, I am grateful for the generous gifts of many family and friends to help rebuild my office. 

Having everyone here under the same roof not only makes it easier for us to conduct business, but also makes it more convenient for Parma Heights residents and businesses. We were able to renovate our office space to include the Building & Service Department personnel staff with no additional cost to taxpayers. 

At this time of year as we count our blessings, I am are grateful for the outpouring of support from our residents and surrounding communities. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we have waited for the renovations to be completed. Most of all, we are blessed to call the City of Parma Heights our home and to have so many opportunities through services, programs, and stewardship to make this a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Come visit us anytime! 

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:14 AM, 12.01.2015