On Tuesday evening, the Richfield Village council passed an emergency resolution supporting FoCH’s intent to purchase the property currently known as Crowell Hilaka from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The resolution acknowledges the historic, cultural, and environmental value of the property. The formal document of Richfield Township’s endorsement was similar- not simply the short notation as I originally thought.
Both the Township and the Village resolutions note that the property is zoned as a Conservation District, intended to preserve historic and scenic areas, protect ecological balance, and to reduce the flooding problems associated with intensively developed areas. Having the endorsement of both the Township and the Village gives our plan an official stamp of approval which will make it easier to attract pledges.
Corey gave a great presentation to Village Council using a power point made by Kelly Clark. The problem with any discussion of CH is that there is so much to say that it’s hard to fit it all into a short speech! Besides the power point, she had a large, painted map of C/H on a floor easel; and a smaller display board showing how the mill produced electricity and can be used for STEM education programs. During her talk she touched on the topography , history, and current recreational facilities very briefly. Then she moved on into our plans for future operations- including a very nice description of zipline networks. Then we got into the pledge campaign and the timeline etc. A slam dunk. If we had more time, I have no doubt at all we’d be able to raise the full amount.