Mayor Gorden

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Aug 17

New Lockbox Program will Expedite Emergency Access into Beachwood Homes

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 3:58 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

Fire Patch and LogoI am excited to share that our Beachwood Department of Fire-Rescue is offering a new residential lockbox program that will expedite emergency access into homes and reduce potential property damage caused by forced entry.

Often times in emergency situations, individuals are not able to open their door. The lockbox program will offer a faster and less costly solution than breaking down a door or window to help victims.

Residents who choose to opt-in to this program will pay a one-time $30 fee for a small, secure metal box which they will hang over their front door. The box is locked by a unique key that is accessible exclusively by Beachwood Fire Department and only in the event of an emergency.

Residents interested in purchasing a lockbox should contact the Beachwood Fire Department at 216.292.1965. An application and release form will be required, along with a house key to be placed inside your lockbox.

Please consider taking advantage of this program that helps our emergency responders help you faster.  In an emergency, every second counts.

May 05

Join fellow Beachwood Residents and Take Advantage of our Heritage Home Program Benefits

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

HHP Logo High Res 2014Beachwood is proud to be a Heritage Home Program (HHP) community offering Beachwood residents free technical assistance for home repair and maintenance projects for homes 50 years or older.  

The program, conducted in partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), has provided millions of dollars of free services to Beachwood residents.  Last quarter alone in Beachwood (January – March 2017) HHP received 11 inquiries, 10 calls for technical assistance, 8 site visits and signed 3 loans with one pending.  

HHP and CRS provide services including site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions, advice on energy efficiency, access to information on local contractors, evaluation of bids and much more.  Qualified Beachwood homeowners also have the option of obtaining a low-interest fixed-rate HHP loan. Eligible projects may include (and are not limited to):  

  • Exterior and interior painting
  • Window repair & replacement
  • Kitchen and bath improvements and remodels
  • Carpentry and plumbing
  • Chimney repair and masonry work
  • Basement finishing and waterproofing
  • Air conditioning
  • Wood floor refinishing

If you have a home that’s 50 years or older, you may qualify for this free resource and should consider taking advantage of it.  

To learn more about the HHP program, please visit  or call 216.426.3116 or review this helpful PowerPoint the town meeting Mayor Ward and I hosted at Beachwood City Hall on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presented:

Dec 19

Grab Your Skates! Beachwood's New Ice Rink is Open

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 2:13 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

IMG_0125We are excited to announce that the Service Department has completed the installation of Beachwood’s first outdoor ice rink. The temporary rink is located on the basketball courts, just behind the tennis courts on Fairmount Blvd. 

This fun family attraction is open dawn until dusk, weather permitting.  When the rink is open a sign will be posted.  Just bring your own skates and enjoy this FREE new amenity open to the public. 

Please stay safe and adhere to the following rules/guidelines:

 -  Use at your own risk.  No supervision is provided. 
 -  Safety helmets and protective gear is recommended.
 -  Parents are responsible for children.
 -  Use caution when skating and be considerate of others.
 -  Rink must be shared by everyone.
 -  Balls, pucks, hockey sticks, brooms, etc. prohibited.
 -  Open sunrise to sunset weather permitting.
 -  In case of emergency, call 911.

Hope to see you out on the ice!