Mayor’s Column for September 12, 2018


As many of you know, the City of Avon Lake and Avon Lake City Schools utilize the services of Code Red to contact residents for school closings and other important announcements.  This service is an important one and we have committed to continue to use that service.  One additional component of the service is a weather alert option that residents may sign up for when they agree to Code Red.  The optional weather alert is similar to what a cell phone owner can receive by subscribing to various apps which are usually free on many electronic devices.  Additionally, weather alerts commonly appear on television and radio stations.  In the past, the city has paid $5,000 for the weather warning service.

After discussion with the safety forces and several administrative departments the weather app option will no longer available to you under our contract with Code Red after September 18th. Code Red will still be used to notify families of school closings and city response to major weather events, but you will not be notified of typical thunderstorms or other common weather events under the current system.  You can get general weather notification by downloading an app or referring to TV or radio alerts.  

On a much lighter note, we hope to see you at the annual Big Trucks event to be held at the Safety Center on Walker Road from 10:00 am-2:00 pm on Saturday September 15th!  We will have many city vehicles and safety equipment on hand, plus three medical facility helicopters are scheduled to make an appearance, weather permitting.  Vintage safety vehicles will also be on display and the Fire Department will conduct a CPR demonstration, as well as a vehicle extrication demo. Explore vehicles up close and meet the people who protect and serve our community!

The popularity of the Waterfront Wine Fest held each June has prompted residents to inquire about a Beer Fest.  Their dream will become a reality on September 22nd at Miller Road Park as part of Avon Lake’s Bicentennial festivities. The event runs from Noon until 6:00 pm with twelve craft breweries offering their best products. Live music and six food trucks will be on hand as well. Come join us for what is sure to be a great time! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

And finally, former Mayor John Picken will be the Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade on September 29th. Mayor Picken was our mayor during the Sesquicentennial in 1969 and helped shape our city to what it is today.   Help us thank him for his service to our community. The parade starts at 10:30 am at Bleser Park and concludes at Avon Lake High School. Come help us celebrate this historic event.

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