A long-standing tradition in the City of Bay Village calls for the inauguration of government officials to take place on New Year’s Day.
Jan. 1, 2018 saw one of the biggest gatherings in city history come together at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center to witness the oaths of office delivered by Mayor Paul Koomar, Council President Dwight Clark, Nancy Stainbook (at-large), David L. Tadych (Ward one), Lydia DeGeorge (Ward two), Sara Byrnes Maier (Ward three), and Peter J. Winzig (Ward 4).
Law Director Gary Ebert welcomed guests by paying tribute to the tradition that started in the community in 1948. In honor of the occasion, Ebert wore the cufflinks of longtime City Council President and mentor to the Law Director, T. Richard Martin.
The spirit of day, said Ebert, is reflected in the city’s Mission Statement that was included in the Inauguration Day program: “The mission of the City of Bay Village is to continue our heritage as a desirable lakefront community by preserving and enhancing our quality of life, natural surroundings, and residential character, strengthening our business environment, and striving to provide superior services in a fiscally responsible manner.”
Mayor Paul Koomar shared his enthusiasm for a community that is at the confluence of several exciting projects that include a new Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to be built on the site of Bay Way Cabin, new condos to be constructed on the former site of the long-departed Wolf Road Shell Station, the relocation and construction of a new Vivid Jewelers at the corner of Dover Center and Wolf Road, and the implementation of a community connectivity plan that will see new bicycle and walking trails to enhance lakefront and park access.
Fr. Timothy Gareau of St. Raphael Catholic Church offered the invocation, and the Bay High Choraleers under Devon Gess offered patriotic sounds as American Legion Post 385 presented the colors. The honorable Brian F. Hagan, Judge, Rocky River Municipal Court, administered the oaths of office.