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Avon Lake Mayor Meets With Clinic Officials Over Helicopter Disturbances

Mayor discounts "regular 4:30 p.m. flight" over the city.

Responding to concerns that Cleveland Clinic helicopters were causing disturbances to residents in Avon Lake, Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka met with Clinic administrators this month to discuss the issue.

The Cleveland Clinic's Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, located in Avon, opened an emergency room on Sept. 5 that included a helipad for transporting patients.

Zilka said he met with staff members at the Clinic on Jan. 8 to discuss flight times and paths.

“The (designated) flight path is along I-90 as patients are transferred to Cleveland,” Zilka said.

Zilka said he had heard complaints from residents of a regular 4:30 p.m. flight over Avon Lake.

“Records do not show a regular or even intermittent flights at that time,” Zilka said.

The helicopter on occasion makes a stop at Burke Lakefront Airport and intermittently then returns to the Avon Cleveland Clinic location, but it is usually earlier and does not have a set time.

The mayor said the Clinic advised they were sensitive to residents in the area.

“On occasion a helicopter may stray north of the railroad tracks due to weather,” Zilka said, but added he was told that was a rare occurrence.

The mayor said he had fielded numerous complaints since the Clinic’s ER, located near the new Nagel Interchange opened, but noted that the Clinic was  not the only ones who used a helicopter that flew over Avon Lake.

jeff Rink January 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Nick Perry, those stay at home moms don't need to work because they didn't buy that oversized house or the newest cadillac or biggest SUV. They probably have a budget and little or no credit card debt. I would guess that they may even homeschool their children. Chances are they productive citizens. I doubt they are a drain on any government welfare program.
linda January 23, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Thank you Mayor for taking the complaints of 12 citizens to CCF. Now the entire city looks ridiculous on the front page of the Chronicle! The whole idea is so absurd and now you have made a laughing stock out of everyone. Must have been a couple very influential folks complaining or you wouldn't have wasted time on it!
linda January 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Also, everytime I hear that chopper, I say a prayer for whomever is on it and thank God for my own family! Its never a nuisance!
Kimber Malloy January 23, 2013 at 06:38 PM
YEA-o wait-i stay at home and am a mom, o well. BUT i do contribute to society, i shop and spend money. Plus i drink so that helps pay taxes. I never heard the helicopter all summer while i was at pool being unproductive-so there! OK-time to go back to doing nothing while others support me and my son
Tim Allen March 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
What's so bad about the sound of a helicopter anyway!!. I like the sound of it. Some people have no life and just sit around and try to start problems. Go live in the country and stay away from people if the community is to much for you.

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