Ward 3 E-Newsletter: July 2014

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

July 4th marks the 238th birthday for our nation. For generations we as Americans have been blessed to live freely. It is easy to forget sometimes the true meaning behind Independence Day. Abraham Lincoln said it best “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”. A big reason why we are a free and great nation is because of the sacrifices made by our brave men and woman in the US Military. So for the upcoming holiday weekend 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!

Rumpke Independence Day Holiday Rubbish Schedule FYI
Customers with service on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will NOT be affected by the Independence Day holiday. Service will not occur on Friday, July 4th. Friday service will move to Saturday. Rumpke will return to its regular collection schedule the following week.

Happy 4th of July!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Some highlights from the City Council Meetings for June. Council passed Ordinance 14-71 an ordinance amending the codified ordinances of the city of North Royalton, Part Twelve Planning and Zoning Code, Chapter 1266 Amendments, Section 1266.04 Public Hearings; Notices and Part Two Administrative Code, Chapter 220 Council, Section 220.06 Rules of Council, Rule IB Public Hearings. This ordinance is more of a house cleaning item to make the public hearing process clearer for residents. Council also approved Ordinance 14-74 an ordinance accepting the bid of Crossroads Asphalt Recycling for the rehabilitation of existing roadways for the 2014 Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation with Asphalt Overlay Program. Council passed Ordinance 14-81 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with South Shore Construction Company for the purpose of extending the fiber optic cable, the property of the Southwest Regional Communication Network Council of Governments from it’s existing terminus point at Bennett Road and Royalton Road to the newly renovated city hall building at 14400 State Road and for additional connections to such other municipal buildings. Click here to learn more.

If you like to learn more about what is going on in City Council check out the minutes online at: http://www.northroyalton.org/Council_Minutes_2014.htm


City Update

Turnpike Noise Mitigation
The Ohio Department of Transportation has preliminarily approved funding for the turnpike sound wall applications which includes North Royalton. ODOT will study the feasibility of these noise walls before the Turnpike Commission approves the actual construction of these walls. Our city would receive $999,500 to install 16-foot tall sound walls in the North Akins area on the northern section of the turnpike along the westbound lanes between the Bennett and York bridges, a 3,600-feet section. Click here to learn more.

City Master Plan Update
Last month the City Planning Commission recommended the 2014 City Master Plan Update and Zoning Changes to City Council for approval. Currently it is now before City Council for consideration under Ordinance 14-77
and Ordinance 14-78 on third reading. Click here if you like to view the entire 2014 City Master Plan. Once these changes are approved by City Council it will then go on ballot for November General Election for residents to approve.

2014 Roads Program Update
The 2014 Roads Program is underway. Click here to learn more.

North Royalton Board of Education Wants Your Input
Beginning with the June 4 meeting and continuing throughout their meetings in June, the North Royalton Board of Education has discussed the next steps to address the facility issues of the School District.  The Board of Education would like to hear from residents of the district as to their opinions of the four options.  Click here to learn more about the four proposed options. This can be done by emailing the Board of Education members directly at:


and also by attending an upcoming Board of Education meeting and speaking to the options during the public participation section of the meeting.  The upcoming Board of Educating meetings are:

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:30 PM, High School Community Room
Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:00 PM, High School Community Room


Around Ward 3

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.

Building Code Violations for Weeds & Grass
As your Councilman I get weekly reports from the Building Department on various violations by Ward 3 property owners; that city building inspectors have found during their inspections. A common violation I see this time of the year is of non-compliance with Section 660.14(a) (b) (c) (d) of the Codified Ordinances of North Royalton titled “Weeds and Grass”. A majority of these are properties that appear to be either vacant or in foreclosure, in which the grass has not been cut or the weeds have become overgrown. If you know of any properties like this in our ward, please let me know by e-mailing me at
ward3@northroyalton.org with the address. I want our ward looking nice, but most importantly I want to ensure resident safety with any vacant or foreclosed home that may be around our ward.

Semi Annual Business Breakfast
Attended Mayor Bob Stefanik’s Semi Annual Business Breakfast held in June. Guest speakers Terry Deis and Dr Eric Bieber from University Hospitals highlighted the exciting things going on with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. City Economic Development Director Tom Jordan gave an overview of the economic outlook for the region/city and the development activities currently going on in our city. It was also great to meet some representatives from various Ward 3 Businesses.

Pictured Q104 Fee's Kompany Producer Woody Justik & Councilman Dan Langshaw

Pictured Q104 Fee’s Kompany Producer Woody Justik & Councilman Dan Langshaw

W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Event 
On June 25th I participated in the 2nd Annual Cleveland Have A Heart Charity Bachelor Raffle to benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. It was a fun filled evening in which $20,000 was raised for this great cause that has even helped families here in North Royalton.  Also congrats to Brandy from Lakewood in winning a date with me as part of the Bachelor Raffle. Click here to learn more about the event. Also if you are interested in learning more about W.A.G.S. 4 Kids check out their website at www.wags4kids.org

Send In Your Feedback
Got an issue you are concerned about? Is there a Homeowner Association Meeting, Condo Association Meeting, Community Organization Meeting, Block Party, or Event that you would like for me attend? Email me your feedback at

Upcoming Events

City Council Streets, Storm Water, and Utilities Committee Meetings on July 1st at 6pm at City Hall.

City Council Meeting July 1st at 7:30pm at City Hall.

North Royalton Salvation Army Christmas in July
Please join us on Saturday, July 12th from 10 am until 2 pm at the North Royalton Drug Mart for “Christmas in July.” Free hot dogs with a donation to the North Royalton Salvation Army along with a car wash, DJ, Lydia’s Strudel and a special visit from Santa 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

Op NR Cares Graphic

Operation North Royalton Cares Program
The 2014 Operation North Royalton Cares Program will run from July 14th-August 4th. The program benefits families of students in need of basic school supplies in the North Royalton school community. Supported by the North Royalton City School Community, North Royalton YMCA in coordination with the City of North Royalton Office on Aging and Human Services. Click here for the donation wish list. 

Cash donations accepted. Checks can be made out to the Charitable Fund of North Royalton Kiwanis in the memo portion of the check please put down School Supplies. If you are making a gift card or monetary donation, please drop them off only at the Office on Aging & Human Services. All other donation items can be dropped off at the following locations throughout the city:

Office on Aging & Human Services
13500 Ridge Rd.

North Royalton Family YMCA
11409 State Rd.

Royalton Recorder Office
13737 State Rd.

North Royalton Library
5071 Wallings Rd

For more information, contact Judy or Debbie at the Office on Aging at 440-582-6333 or Councilman Dan Langshaw at 440-785-4240.

City Council Finance, Safety, and Building & Building Codes Committee Meeting July 15th at 6pm at City Hall

City Council Meeting July 15th at 7:30pm at City Hall.

Monthly Coffee with Councilman Dan Langshaw
If you are a constituent living in the North Royalton Ward 3, you are invited to attend my monthly constituent coffee. I hold these coffees in order to stay in touch with fellow residents and listen to their feedback. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and talk to me. The next coffee will be held on:
When: July 19, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Where: Mugshotz Coffee & Smoothies
6556 Royalton Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

North Royalton Community Meal
The North Royalton Community Meal is sponsored by the churches of North Royalton and held the last Sunday of each month from 3-5 pm at St. Albert the Great Church. The Community Meal provides an opportunity for building fellowship within the North Royalton community, and also a delicious hot meal for all those who attend. All are welcome. The next Community Meal will be held on July 27th at the St. Albert The Great Parish Hall 6667 Wallings Rd.

City Calendar for 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