By Kevin Kelley
Although he’s been mayor for 27 years, Dennis Clough believes he still has more to accomplish in Westlake.
Goals for what would be his eighth term in office include the opening of American Greetings’ new headquarters at Crocker Park and switching the city’s water supplier from the city of Cleveland to Avon Lake Municipal Utilities.
“Those are the largest two,” Clough said of
his goals for a new
term, which would begin in 2014 if he is re-elect-
ed in November. He quickly added the planned widening of Detroit Road near the intersection with Bradley Road and the reconfiguration of Clemens Road to alleviate traffic at the Interstate 90 interchange. And he spoke of continuing the proper management of the city’s finances. Although the city has faced declining revenues, Westlake has not felt the pinch of the depressed economy as acutely as many other municipalities have.
Clough wouldn’t say if an eighth term would be his last term.
“I’ve learned never to say never,” he told West Life.
As the year for municipal elections approached, Clough said many residents, anticipating a positive response, eagerly asked him if he would seek re-election.
“I get a lot of reward out of serving the public here,” he said.
Clough said he made his mind up to seek re-election after American Greetings made its announcement to move to Crocker Park in May 2011. The company said on Nov. 28 that it is delaying its headquarters move until a bid by management to take the company private was finalized. But Clough said he is not worried about the delay.
“They are still strongly committed to the city of Westlake and building the facility here,” he said, adding that the company is proceeding with its achitectural design work in spite of the overall delay.
All seven City Council seats and the position of law director are up for election in November 2013. The filing deadline for candidates is March 8 for the May 7 primary.