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.

Shore Man January 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM
The helicopter is in place to help save lives. It's too bad some residents are put out by this noise, which seems to happen mostly during the day.
Donald Burrill January 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Absolutly amazing what some people have to complain about. I sincerly hope that those who complain never have to take a ride in these life saving helicoptors.
Kimber Malloy January 21, 2013 at 01:08 PM
newbies complain about EVERYTHING, can't wait till someone they know needs a life flight! the helicopter is most likely the tv traffic one. i Hope it flies lower! stupid lazy people, THIS is the new Avon Lake and i hate it!
Jim Strang January 21, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Were I Zilka, I'd be mortified to take that complaint to the Clinic. What pettiness.
Kristen LePrevost January 21, 2013 at 02:01 PM
That's absurd to complain about the noise of people getting much needed medical help. Don't be so petty folks and i pray you never need those life saving services. It's bee great having and emergency department so close..we are lucky!
pam ghaster January 21, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Really, complaining about the noise of a helicopters. They might save your life one day. I live in the Yacht Club basin in Rocky River that borders lakewood and i can hear and see the helicopter too and from Avon. My firsts thoughts are something bad has happened and then I think how grateful I Iam to have CCF facilities so close. Stop being so petty it reminds me of the neighborhood cat fights in Rocky River neighbohoods............next time some one has A HEART ATTACK AND TIME IS MUSCLE...........go ahead and complain about the helicopter. pam davis ghaster
Cheryl Lister January 21, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Really? Some people have way too much time on their hands to complain about helicopter noise! I live on Rt. 83 and rescue squads headed north and south are a daily and nightly occurrence. Do I complain-NO , because I'm grateful that perhaps someone's life is being saved!
Bill Bishop January 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
You've got to be kidding me. God forbid any of the complainers ever need to be life flighted anywhere, but for now you people should just call a "wah-mbulance"! I really can't believe our mayor took the time to speak with CCF either.
Lynn Crevda January 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
That's absurd !!!
courtney cummins January 21, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Absolutely preposterous. There were people in the neighborhood where my children go to school that were complaining about morning announcements being too loud. People amaze me.
Rebecca Melbar Randall January 21, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Absolutely ridiculous. I work downtown for the clinic and hear it on a regular basis, which isn't even a regular basis here, and I'm sure much, much less at the regionals with heli-pads. The 'disturbance' or noise lasts less than a minute (not proven, just my observation). The perfect 'life in a bubble' doesn't exist, the complainers would do themselves and their peace of mind well to find other more important things to focus their energy on. I'm with other commenters...very happy to see them in the sky and know they'll be there if I need them.
bob January 21, 2013 at 05:57 PM
i wish to file a complaint about the roar of the lake when the waves crash against the shore. also, please be sure to put baffles on the birds when they sing in the spring so i shant be disturbed.
Rebecca Melbar Randall January 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Bob I agree, and those dead leaves that scuffle along the driveway in the spring, making all that horrible rustling noise, put that in your complaint for me..
Kimber Malloy January 21, 2013 at 07:58 PM
And all the kids talking and laughing, especially playing at the parks!! It HAS to stop. What are you doing MR. Zilka ??
Geoff & Michele Hampe January 21, 2013 at 08:19 PM
People are seriously getting ridiculous!! Complaining about lifeflight that is saving a life? GET REAL people! I think that if u need to complain about something like this u are obviously a very lonely and sad individual! Find something useful to occupy your time and then maybe you wont even hear it!!
Geoff & Michele Hampe January 21, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Shame on u too Mr.Zilka for not setting these people in their place and leave the clinic alone. How petty do we need to be about things. We are very fortunate to have this facility so close to home!
Nick Perry January 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
you complainers wouldn't have this problem if you worked like the rest of us...Yes, i am talking to you stay at home wives/moms...Do everybody a favor and be productive in society and work....pay a daycare like the rest of us 2 parents working homes in avon lake...
william January 21, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I believe that stay at home moms are productive members of society. Actually it is probably one of the hardest jobs and without a doubt the most important.
Jane Sheard January 21, 2013 at 09:47 PM
This is absolutely embarrassing to know someone complained about this. It's one of the more calloused things I've ever heard, but then again, those types are ignorant and complain about the trains, dirtbikes, fireworks, chain saws,etc. yet never hesitate to run their mowers, leaf blowers, snowblowers.... it's all about them!
Nicole Barnes January 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Crazy! What is wrong with people. We are so fortunate to have this life saving transport available. Hopefully they will not need this service as they may disturb their neighbors and that would be completely unacceptable!
Buck98 January 22, 2013 at 01:13 AM
What a joke... Get a life. Probably the same people that were complaining about the grape farmer last summer. Zilka.... pathetic that you would even address the matter with the Clinic.
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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