The name of Fairview Park stems from its scenic location near
the Cleveland Metropolitan Park. The first meeting of the Village
Council was held on November 22, 1910, at the State Street School.
The first ordinance appropriating funds for the operation of the
new Village was passed January 5, 1911, and provided the sum of
$590.00 for the first six months of 1911. At that time the Village
of Fairview was primarily a rural area, the major industry was truck
gardens and orchards.
On August 7, 1913, the Village Council authorized the purchase
of a Town Hall site for the sum of $700. On October 2, 1913, the
Village purchased $499 worth of lumber and hired laborers to erect
a Town Hall. This structure was used until late 1967. A new municipal
center was erected on the same site. It contains the administrative
offices, safety-service facilities, including police and fire divisions,
and a community room accommodating three hundred people.
In 1924 the Village purchased its first fire engine. This equipment
was kept in a frame garage to the rear of the Town Hall until a
Fire Station was constructed.
In 1948, in establishing its own post office and in order to avoid
confusion with other towns of the same name, Fairview Village changed
its name to Fairview Park. The Village became the City of Fairview
Park in 1950 with an estimated population of 9,000.
In the mid-1950s it became evident that home rule with its greater
flexibility was desirable and in November 1957, the voters elected
a commission to frame a charter. The Charter for the City of Fairview
Park was adopted effective January 1, 1959. The Charter called for
a Mayor-Council plan designed to place responsibility for governmental
policy with the City Council and administration on the Mayor.
In 1997 the new full-service library, located at 21255 Lorain Road,
became a hub of community activity. Inside the contemporary building,
the focal point of the spacious lobby is an impressive, open stairway
offering access to all three levels. A unique collection of fine
art work is exhibited throughout the building. The airy, bright
modern bookstore ambience is complimented with places for quiet
study, separate areas for adults, young adults and children, audio/visual
and new title browsing areas. Computer terminals allow public access
to information and the library's catalogue. A public meeting room
that accommodates 170 people and can be divided to serve more that
one group at a time invites organizations to use the library as
a meeting place. Conveniences include restrooms on every level,
an elevator and a drive-up book return. Visit the library soon to
explore a world of opportunities and to find an exciting surprise
around every corner.
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