By Sue Botos
At last week’s Westshore Council of Governments meeting, the Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) was presented with a $4,500 grant from Dominion East Ohio for the purchase of two generators.
istrict 1 Cuyahoga County Councilman Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation had applied to Dominion East Ohio for the grant on behalf of WSC. According to Greenspan, who was on hand for the presentation at the Lakewood Park Woman’s Pavilion, the goal of the foundation is to support, promote and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs and services within the Westshore communities.
The grant is made possible through the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, which seeks to strengthen the climate and well-being of the communities in its service territory. Rose Dziak, representing Dominion, presented the check to the WCOG mayors, Greenspan and Westshore Regional CERT coordinator Tricia Granfors.
Also attending the meeting was District 16 congressional Rep. Jim Renacci, who was in town to speak on veterans affairs later in the day at the Tri-C Western Campus in Parma.
Mayors from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake make up the Westshore Council of Governments.
Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers illustrated that the need for the generators was underscored during Superstorm Sandy, as portions of several Westshore communities went without power for days after the late-October storm. He said that now, the Westshore was equipped even for a hurricane.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough also noted that the date, Aug. 14, marked the 10th anniversary of the massive 2003 power outage, which began in Northeast Ohio and spread to eight states and parts of southern Canada. “It’s appropriate the money will be going toward generators,” he stated.