No Replanting Needed in Logged Area Expert Says – CVT September 24, 2017

14 Oct

Chagrin Valley Today, September 24, 2017 – Township trustees learned that the best way to mend the area where tress were felled for logging country to a court restriction is to let nature takes its course.

This May logging was carried out on a buffer between private homes and the former Cedar Fair property contrary to a court order.  Bainbridge township questioned Cedar Fair who approved the logging and what could be done to remediate it.

Read the full article here.

Cedar Fair meets Bainbridge Trustees – CVT 07/07/17

17 Jul

Chagrin Valley Times, July 7, 2017 – Bainbridge Trustees met with a Cedar Fair representative, as well as members of Hanna Commercial, who said they have several potential buyers in the Cedar Fair property.  The meeting concluded with all parties agreeing that there is a lot of work to be done for development of the vacant property.  The discussion also focused on the recent logging activities at the site.

Read the full article here.

Bainbridge Trustees probe logging at Geauga Lake – Chagrin Valley Times 6/7/2017

12 Jun

Last week a resident, Joyce Hannum, reported that her husband and her had noticed logging on the Cedar Fair property and reported it to the authorities – read the news post.

Chagrin Valley Times (June 7, 2017) is reporting that the Bainbridge trustees are investigating the logging on the Cedar Fair property, which by court order is to remain a natural buffer between homes and the Cedar Fair property.  The loggers should not have been on that property according to Bainbridge Trustee Jeff Markley.  After inspecting the site, Bainbridge Zoning Inspector Karen Enders estimates hundreds of trees were taken out.  Read the full article here.

Ilegal logging on the Cedar Fair property next to Rivers Edge Community

7 Jun

Rivers Edge resident, Joyce Hannum, who lives on Brewster Road alerted us to illegal logging that was taking place last week on the Cedar Fair property that borders our community.  Please also see contact information below to report  any other potentially illegal logging activity.

Joyce and her husband noticed that logging was taking place but it sounded a little off from where they should have been.  There are two properties which buffer our community from the “commercial” part of Geauga Lake properties. One is owned by Cedar Fair and they are not allowed by court order to develop but must leave in “pristine” condition. The other belongs to Bainbridge Township and is in a conservancy status.  The logging was directly behind the residents of Lori Lane and about 6 properties on Brewster Rd.

Her husband contacted the Zoning Inspector for Bainbridge, Karen Endres. She investigated and found that the loggers were in fact logging on the wrong lots in violation of the court order.

Karen Endres contacted the Bainbridge Trustees, Lorri Sass Benza, Kristina O’Brien and Jeff Markley. Ms. Benza and Mr. Markley contacted the police department

Inspector Endres and the police chief and one other officer went to the property and shut down the logging activities pursuant to the existing court order.  Rivers Edge property owners are to be aware and if we hear them continue to cut down trees or any large equipment causing damage to these properties we are requested to call the Bainbridge police department (use non-emergency number 440-543-8252) or contact the village offices and let the zoning inspector know.

Lorri Sass Benza suggests that the concerned members of our community contact Mr. Duff Milkie, VP of Cedarfair at one of the following numbers:  419-680-4283, 419-609-5770 or 419-627-2377 and let him know this is unacceptable and that Cedar Fair should have control of any contractors (loggers) that they hire. In the past they have been good neighbors but their loggers are destroying property that directly affects us and our community.

Incidentally, other neighbors had noticed heavily-laden logging trucks on Brewster Road on the same day.

Thank you Joyce for reporting the logging activity to the authorities and for passing along the contact information.

Survey: Geauga lakefront prime for family fun, hiking and retail – CVT May 22, 2017

24 May

A report on a long-term vision for the former Geauga Lake property based on four months of research and survey has been released.  The results of the survey will be presented to the Bainbridge Trustees.  The report notes the unique history and ecology of Geauga Lake and emphasizes public access to the lake, environment conservation and a mix of land uses that contribute to the environmental and economic health of the region.

Read the full article… CVT 05-22-2017

Liberty Ford dealership to move into former Geauga Lake property

17 Dec

Liberty Ford Solon will be moving to Aurora and investing about $10M in a new dealership. The auto group has signed a deal with Cedar Fair, owner of the former Geauga Lake Amusement Park and Sea World property, to purchase a 14­-acre parcel for $1.43 million. The property will be located at the corner of Aurora and Squires roads, at the entrance to the Old Sea World complex near the Wild Water Kingdom sign and just 4 miles from the current Solon location.  Read the full article (Chagrin Valley Times)