Gemini Center ready as shelter in case of power outages
Trick-or-treating postponed until Sunday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Decision on trick-or-treating cancellation may come Tuesday
By Kevin Kelley
UPDATED, 6PM TUESDAY: The Gemini Center, the city’s recreation center located at 21225 Lorain Road, is prepared to serve as an emergency shelter for residents who experience extended electrical power outages, Mayor Eileen Patton said Monday night.
Patton said city officials met Monday to prepare for emergencies associated with Hurricane Sandy, which is impacting a large portion of the eastern half of the country.
Patton told City Council members that her concern is that if power outages take place, they may last for days. She later told West Life that is her assessment and that she has not been told that by any officials from First Energy or any governmental agency.
The Gemini Center has its own emergency generator but does not have cots, so residents who go there are advised to bring sleeping bags or blankets, the mayor said.
If additional shelter space is needed, the city offer the use of City Hall, then Gilles-Sweet Elementary School, Patton said.
The mayor informed West Life late Monday night that Halloween trick-or-treating will be postponed until Sunday, from 5 to 7 p.m.
No decision has yet been made on whether to cancel Halloween trick-or-treating by children, the mayor said. Patton said she has been consulting with several area mayors and that they would likely issue any cancellation announcement together. Such an announcement could come Tuesday, she said. If canceled, trick-or-treating would likely be rescheduled for Sunday, the mayor said.
The mayor said Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Brion Deitsch has offered to broadcast Halloween cancellation information on the school district’s Honeywell Instant Alert emergency notification system.
The mayor spoke just before a special City Council meeting at which members unanimously agreed to place a rezoning measure on the February ballot. The ballot question would rezone the Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home property at 18871 Lorain Road from multifamily status to office building status. Abode Living has an option to purchase the property. The developer’s first choice is to build luxury condominiums on the site but needs the Cleveland Metroparks to modify a property easement to proceed with the plan. The backup plan is to construct an office building on the site, and that requires voter approval of the rezoning.