Ward 3 Quick Update

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

July 4th marks the 237th birthday for our nation. For generations we as Americans have been blessed to live freely. So sometimes it is easy to forget the meaning behind Independence Day. It is a day to reflect on our struggle to gain independence, our history as a free nation, and the sacrifices by our brave men and woman in the US Military to keep us all free. If you see a veteran or a service member in uniform, thank them for their service. I wish you and your family a safe and fun holiday! Just a few quick items to update you on:

Independence Day Holiday Schedule for Rubbish Collection
If the actual date of the Independence Day holiday occurs on or before your collection day, Rumpke service will be delayed one day. For example, those residents with service on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday will not be affected by the holiday. Rumpke service will not take place on Independence Day, July 4th, therefore, service will be delayed one day the rest of the week. This means that Thursday’s collection will move to Friday and Friday’s collection will move to Saturday. Rumpke will resume its normal schedule the following week. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171.

Reminder on Ohio Fireworks Laws
Ohio has one of the most restrictive fireworks laws in the country. There are some consumer fireworks that are legal to set off and others that are legal to buy, but not ignite without an exhibitor’s license. Of course, in addition to the state laws, many individual communities have fireworks statutes. Here’s what you need to know to stay legal this July 4th season.

What’s Legal:
According to the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3743, it is legal for those age 18 and older to purchase consumer fireworks from a licensed dealer. These include firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains. However, purchasers must sign an affidavit that they will transport the fireworks out of state within 48 hours of purchase.
Novelty fireworks, which include sparklers, snaps and smoke bombs may be purchased and used within Ohio.

What’s Not Legal:
It’s not legal to discharge non-novelty, consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and bottle rockets in Ohio without an exhibitor’s license (even though it IS legal to purchase these items.) Professional-grade fireworks are not legal to purchase or discharge in Ohio without a professional operator’s license.

Penalties for Using Fireworks Illegally:
Using consumer fireworks like firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains in Ohio without a license is a first degree misdemeanor and punishable by a $1000 fine and up to six months in jail.

If you experience any problems with illegal fireworks going off in your neighborhood over the holiday please contact the North Royalton Police Department at (440) 237-8686.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council
13834 Ridge Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133
Phone: 440-785-4240
Fax: 440-237-5024
E-mail: ward3@northroyalton.org