Westlake clerk digitizes a century's worth of council documents
After seven years and nearly 20,000 documents, Dover Village has entered the digital age. Dover, as Westlake was known until 1940, originally also included Bay Village and part of North Olmsted. In 1911, shortly after the secession of residents to Bay and North Olmsted, Dover Township was incorporated as a village and Frank Bailey was elected mayor.
Up until the early 1920s, handwritten records were kept of every council meeting and legislation passed. The very first ordinance, passed May 8, 1911, set the salaries of city officials (mayor, $100 per year; clerk, $300 per year; treasurer, $150 per year; marshall, $2.50 per day; council, $2 per meeting).
Thanks to Westlake’s present-day clerk of council, Denise Rosenbaum, that record – and 19,194 others from 1910 to the present – are now stored in digital form, allowing for easy research and protection from damage or loss.