Welcome From The Mayor
Welcome to Bay Village! Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will enjoy learning about the many attributes that make our small town so special. Situated on the south shore of beautiful Lake Erie, Bay Village exemplifies the model family-oriented community with excellent schools, many activities, lots of green space, a recently certified Blue Wave beach, and great walkable neighborhoods that our residents value. If you like the outdoors, shady trees, and a safe environment, you will find quiet, peaceful Bay Village very attractive.
Consistently rated as one of the top communities in all of Northern Ohio, we strive to provide the best services possible for our residents. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can do anything to help you or if you just have a question. We are here to serve!
Mayor Debbie Sutherland
Mayor's Emergency Communications Task Force
recommendations to go to Bay Village City Council Monday, May 6,
On Monday, May 6, a special task force appointed by Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland will present to City Council. After nearly six months of study and deliberation, the task force will present their recommendations for improving the city's crisis communications with its residents. The task force was created last fall after Superstorm Sandy created communications challenges within the city.
The presentation -- led by task force co-managers Jennifer Kennedy and David Adams -- will occur during the regular city council meeting, at City Hall, Monday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. this is an open meeting and residents are welcome to attend to listen and ask questions.
While many of the recommendations do not require city council review or approval, Mayor Sutherland believes presenting the plan to council will help build consensus and support for more than a dozen actions designed to keep Bay Village residents safe by keeping them in touch with city officials, emergency response personnel and each other during a time of crisis.
"It is important for everyone in Bay Village to work together,
to do what they can, to help ensure that the our citizens stay in
close contact with those who can keep them safe during times of
crisis," said Mayor Sutherland. "We need to work as a team and I
think this plan outlines a series of actions that we -- both the
city and residents -- can take now to prepare for the future, in
anticipation of any issues that may arise."
Key task force recommendations and findings include:
Focus on tactics that target vulnerable and at-risk populations, particularly the elderly and infirmed.
Make better use of existing programs, processes and resources.
Use tactics that can be used in any type of emergency.
Directly assign responsibility.
Update and test the communications plan on a regular basis.
The Task Force focused its report on dual-actions: one is to take action now, prior to any emergency, and second to take action during or after an emergency.
"The level of communications success the city will have during any future emergency will depend on how much the city and its residents prepare now,'' said co-chair Jennifer Kennedy, "People need to take action now, and the city needs to show them what they can do and how to prepare."
Among the proactive, preparatory actions the city and its residents can take now include:
Sign up for the Nixle program, a system that sends out emergency announcements and information to subscribers via text and email. The program is free and operated well during Hurricane Sandy. It takes less than a minute, and you do not need to provide your name, your age or even your street address. To enroll, please visit www.cityofbayvillage.com and click on the Safety Services tab.
Register for the Mayor's free e-mail newsletter, which is emailed out when needed to all subscribers. To sign up click here.
Enroll in the Residential Lockbox Program by contacting the Bay Village Fire Department. The cost is minimal for residents ($25), and it provides the Fire and Police Departments access to enrollees' homes in the event that they need to gain emergency entry. The Bay Village Fire Department can be reached by calling 440-871-1214.
Enroll in the Bay Village Police & Fire Department's Community Care Monitor program, available to older adults, in which the departments use automated calls to check in on enrollees. If the phone is not answered, the police check on that resident. For more information, contact the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.