CUYAHOGA FALLS: During the 11 years Heather Shaw has lived in Ward 1 on the city’s east side, she has seen changes in her neighborhood.
Crime seems to be everywhere.
Her husband’s truck was broken into twice.
The house across the street was burglarized.
A relative complained about suspected drug activity near her house. Shaw is tired of hearing about meth labs and break-ins.
“It’s not just my neighborhood,” she said. “It’s the whole city. I’ve watched the downfall. I want it brought back to where it used to be.”
She contacted Councilman-at-large Jeff Iula and her ward councilman, Vince Rubino.
Shaw began using Facebook to engage Cuyahoga Falls residents.
Ward 6 Councilman Don Walters was creating his neighborhood initiative when he heard of Shaw’s plans.
Walters joined her to create the Cuyahoga Falls Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The group’s Facebook page now has more than 300 “likes.”
Their plan is to teach residents to be proactive, report problems in their neighborhoods and share information via Facebook and email.
Walters hopes to follow residents’ actions with legislation aimed at law-breaking neighbors and housing violations.
Meetings will be held throughout the city to explain the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative to residents and, hopefully, get them involved.
On Wednesday, the group will hold its first public meeting, this one for Ward 1 residents. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Preston Elementary on Tallmadge Road.
Some expected to speak are police Chief Tom Pozza, Stow Municipal Judge Kim Hoover and a representative from the city’s Housing Department.