Village Council Members

Council Member Scott Bilsky

Scott and his wife Amy have lived in Orange Village since 2004.  They are the proud parents of 2 sons who attend the Orange Schools.

After graduating from Hawken School, Scott attended Miami University where he graduated with a degree in Accountancy.

He is Executive Vice President and a partner at SimTax where he has worked since 1997.  SimTax is an accounting firm which specializes in procuring Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) for employers.  Scott frequently spends time in Washington D.C. lobbying for the continuation and expansion of the WOTC program.

Volunteering and giving back to the community are important to Scott and Amy.  Scott is a member of the Orange Village Finance Committee.  He has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Fairmount Temple and served the Chair of their Budget Committee for many years.  Scott has served as Class Agent at Hawken School.  Amy is very active at the Orange Schools where she was President of the Elementary and Middle School PTA and where she currently volunteers in many capacities.

In addition to his various board responsibilities, Scott has coached his boys’ baseball, soccer and flag football teams.  He plays softball during the summer and spends his free time in the winter practicing baseball to prepare for his annual trip to Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp.

Scott is very proud of his community and how it operates.  Orange Village is a great place to live, and a wonderful place to raise a family.  Our leadership is committed to fiscal responsibility and to listening to our residents.  With the opening of Pinecrest and the development of the Chagrin Highlands project, this is an important time in the history of the village.

Scott introduced the Do Not Knock Ordinance which allows Orange residents to add their address to a Do Not Knock Registry in order to protect their home from unwanted solicitors.

He also helped Orange Village become the first municipality in Ohio to enact restrictions on the use of disposable plastic bags to ensure Village businesses are engaging in environmentally friendly practices.

Scott would love to hear from his fellow residents about their experiences and any of their concerns.

Council Member Herbert L. Braverman, ESQ.

I have served on the Council for more than (20) years, after having been initially appointed by Mr. Nichols, at a time when the Council had been decimated by resignations and recalls. It was a bleak period in the governance of our Village and I stepped in (with others) as a volunteer to help the Village recover its government and organization.

I have enjoyed serving on the Council, and being its President for several years, for so many reasons. First of all, I have enjoyed contributing to the governance of our Village, including seeing it through some very difficult times and growth periods. I have enjoyed the regular, recurring rhythms of municipal government, as well as the unique projects and challenges that have come my way over the past (2) + decades in Orange Village. During that time frame, our Village has erected a much needed new Village Hall, created a wonderful Village Park for a community with more and more children, wrestled with the proposed Figgie project and obtained for ourselves an additional 127 acres of land, as well as other benefits, such as endorsed the new Pinecrest Development and created an emergency medical service system for our Village that is second to none in the area. I am looking forward to continued prosperity and happiness for our Village and its residents into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Our family moved into Orange Village by building a new home on Orangewood Drive in the fall of 1983. Both of my children, Becca (32) and Benjamin (30), have grown up in the Village and have had no other home. My former wife, Jan, practiced speech pathology (speech therapy) for several years, but is now working diligently as a reading enrichment teacher for young boys and girls.

I was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Columbus, Ohio, until I graduated high school and left for college. I graduated with a degree in economics from The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and, subsequently in 1972, I graduated from The Harvard Law School with a J.D. Since graduating law school, I have practiced law continuously in Cleveland, Ohio, concentrating my efforts in the areas of estate planning, personal planning, business succession planning, probate and probate litigation.

Alan Charnas

Council President Brandon Duber

Brandon Duber is a partner with the law firm Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., and concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security and criminal defense. Brandon’s political interests began around 2010 when he moved back to Orange Village and his inquisitive personality led to him learn more about how the Village spends its time and money – prompting his interest in having a greater voice in the community.

As a lifelong resident of Orange, Brandon brings new ideas and a unique perspective to the council, having lived in the Village during all stages of his life. His election to council represents the necessity in getting our young professional residents more involved in their community, as new ideas from our younger residents will help the Village prosper in the future.

Brandon was originally elected as a councilman in November, 2011, and was re-elected for a second term in November, 2015. During his time on council, Brandon has chaired the Safety Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee, served as President Pro-Tem, and now serves his second term as President of Council. Brandon has been instrumental in the campaign to install all-purpose trails throughout the Village, as well as in the design and securing the necessary funding for the project, and has been influential in the creation of a dog park and the complete overhaul of the community playground. Brandon’s legal background was also advantageous in creating the framework for the Pinecrest development.

Brandon has lived in Orange Village for the majority of his life. He was born and raised in Orangewood, attended Orange High School, and after a brief stint where he lived in Colorado, he moved back to Orange. He resides in the Villas of Orange with his wife Amber and their dog Cameron.

Brandon received his bachelor of arts degree from Skidmore College, and his Juris Doctor from the Case Western University School of Law.

Council Member Judson A. Kline

Judson A. Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP is the retired Sr. Director and Partner of Herschman Architects, Inc., where he has practiced since 1976, and has established CIVITAD Services LLC to work with community economic development professionals to identify, and implement opportunities for community re-development. He is also an adjunct professor in the Kent State University College of Architecture He has NCARB certification, is a licensed architect in multiple states, LEED AP, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

He is a member of AIA (Ohio 2012 President, Cleveland past President, AIA 150 Cleveland Champion), Greater Cleveland Real Estate Organization President, Rotary Club of Shaker Heights past President and a member of the Orange Village Architectural Review Board and chairman of the Orange Village Sustainable Building Committee. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the John Hay High School of Architecture and Design and also served on the International Council of Shopping Centers CenterBuild Committee; Member of the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design Advisory Board and team leader for the ACE Mentors program at New Tech Academy of East Technical High School. He serves on the AIA’s National Diversity Council (DivCo) and Chairs the AIA’s TEACH Schools community.

Jud is a graduate of Miami University with a BArch, studied at the Architecture Association of Bedford Square, London, U.K. and Case Western Reserve University Masters of Engineering Program. He is the author of numerous articles and contributor to: The ICSC Guide to Renovating and Expanding Shopping Centers the Smart Way, The ICSC Guide to Operating Shopping Centers the Smart Way, Sustainable Retail Development and The Retail Project. He has been a featured speaker at ICSC, AIA, IREM, Construction Employer Assn and Society of American Registered Architects programs throughout the country.

Judson A. Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Phone: 216-831-3959

kluter2016Council Member Frances Ritsky-Kluter

PINECREST:
It is July 2016 and finally the shovel is in the ground and the wall is being completed. I was told that by the Fall we shall see the project being developed. “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and the rumor mill is being quelled. The Pinecrest opening date is the spring/summer 2018. All the houses were purchased in the spring. The TIF is apparently in place and I have been assured that it is not uncommon for a project of this size to have some postponements. For Orange village it is the largest mixed use development that I have witnessed in my years on Orange council. I want it all to be fabulous. I am finishing out 30 yrs. of public service as an elected Councilwoman their year. It still is an honor and a privilege to serve you. My goal is to see the Pinecrest development to fruition making sure that the developers follow all of the rules and laws.
FINANCES:
I meticulously scrutinize all of the finances every single month. We are slated to have a complete new playground built out in 2017. The current one has lasted 25 years and has seen generational use.
We have a new dog park in Orange. I walk my own senior, newly rescued dog Sammy regularly in our OV Park and am pleased that the dog park is getting some good use. I supported this for all the canines inside and out of the community. The dog rules are posted.

We still have to be guarded in our budgeting process. We have to spend what we need and not what we want. Council is getting a new audio system in August 2016. The current one is about 12 yrs. old and the recordings for Council CD’s are acoustically not great. I am pushing for live streaming of our council meetings to support open transparency. We are in the 21st Century. I will be the watchdog of your tax dollars and follow all of the Sunshine laws meticulously. On this there can be NO compromise.

My LEGISLATION: I introduced:
Mandatory bicycle helmets for all children up to 16 on all Orange roads. We are into the second or maybe third generation with this law. Head injuries can kill.

Free snow plowing for all seniors and disabled residents who meet financial criteria.

Reflective clothing from dusk to dawn.

INITIATIVES.
I supported the acquisition of the Hungarian church property and your right to vote on this. This is now the site of the Service Dept.
I supported almost two years ago your vote to rezone Pinecrest from residential to mixed use commercial for the new Pinecrest development.
As a breast cancer survivor of 37 years I supported a forum of distinguished professional to talk to us about early detection of all forms of cancer. Knowledge is power.
I endorsed Orange goes green .
I spear headed community shredding of your documents.
I support all residents with limited means to obtain rehab loans/grans thus maintaining our housing stock.

I HAVE SERVED ON EVERY COUNCIL COMMITTEE INCLUDING THAT OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT FOR TWO YARS. I AM CURRENTLY THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE.

FROM MY SAFETY COMMITTEE.
BUCKLE UP . CLICK IT OR TICKET. Orange is the first area community to cite this as a primary offence.
Texting and driving kills. You cannot text or use a cell phone while driving in Orange Village.

SOCIAL:
I have lived in Orange Village for almost 42 yrs. I am a graduate of London University with M.A.in English. I am a freelance writer and write with a core group of writers once a month at the town hall. We are almost into our 10th year of doing this. I am an instructor for the Rose Institute of Lifelong learning. I am a teacher of creative memoir writing for Beachwood seniors and for the Hazak group of B’nai Jeshurun where I am a member. I have led book discussions at Laurel Lake community in Hudson as part of KSU “Keys to a sharper mind.” I am a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art and a strong supporter of the Cleveland orchestra. My two adult sons graduated from Orange High School. I have two granddaughters Sadie 17 and Celia 15 who live with my son and daughter-in-law in Kent and who love to visit me in Orange.

I have a passion for social and economic justice. I bring critical, analytical thinking to Orange council with a desire to make this community the very best in the area. Good government is one of checks and balances. There has to be a delineation of power between the administrative and legislative branches of our government. A differing opinion does not mean opposition. It means healthy debate. I am NOT a rubber stamp! I am independent thinker.

Phone:831-2592

Council Member Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry was elected to council in November of 1997. Lisa has served in various positions which include: Council President January 2004-2006, January 2013-2015; Chairperson of the Finance Committee January 2013-present; Council President Pro-Tem January 2003-2005, January 2008-2013; Chairperson of the Charter Review Commission 2010-2011; Chairperson of the Safety Committee 2002-2006; Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission 1996-2000; and Chair Person of the Buildings, Grounds and Utilities Committee.

Lisa has lived in the Orange area most of her life, and both she and her husband, Jeff attended Orange Schools. She currently lives on Lander Road with her husband. Lisa also works full time at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Specialist since 1994.

Councilwoman Perry became interested in politics to help restore a sense of cooperative, effective government to the community. When working with administration, council members and village employees, Lisa believes in treating everyone with respect and professionalism. “It’s not a matter of agreeing with everyone, rather than working toward solutions which benefit the whole community.”

Lisa welcomes residents to call or write to her with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at home (440) 349-2699.

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The current agenda is posted each month online. Minutes are archived online for 2 years. If you are looking for something beyond those dates you may public records request by contacting Village Hall.
Contact Village Hall with your public records request.
Village residents are welcome to join the Finance Committee.
Interested parties can contact Chair Lisa Perry at (440) 349-2699 or Vice Chair Scott Bilsky at (216) 831-3644.