Ward 3 E-Newsletter: November 2014

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

I hope everyone had a great Halloween yesterday! Fall continues to be a busy one here in our ward and city with much to report on below. Before my updates, I have three important reminders for you.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don’t forget Sunday, November 2nd we go off daylight savings time. Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour. Also it might be a good idea to check all the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries in your home too; just to make sure they are working properly. 

Election Day
Exercise your right to Vote. November 4th is Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30am-7:30pm. The following are polling locations for Ward 3 residents:
North Royalton United Methodist Church
Precincts 3A and 3C
Southpoint Community Church
St. Matthew Orthodox Church

If you are still not sure what your polling location is then click here to search by your address for your correct polling location via the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website.

Veterans Day
November 11th is Veterans Day. Please join me in thanking all those who have served or are currently serving our country in the United States Military. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for all their sacrifices they have made in the defense of our great nation.

Have a great weekend!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Highlights from Council Meetings
Some highlights from the City Council Meetings for October. Council passed Resolution 14-116 a resolution requesting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to exercise its authority to control deer population in Cuyahoga County. Click here to learn more about the issue. Council passed Ordinance 14-117 an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Automated Data Processing (ADP) to provide payroll services for the city of North Royalton for an amount not to exceed $2,821.65 per month. By privatizing city payroll it will help save the city annually $20,000 and will help make the city’s time keeping more efficient too with some upgrades. Click here to learn more. Council also approved Ordinance 14-120 for a second change order for the city hall project for the remaining IT equipment for the building. Council approved Resolution 14-121a resolution authorizing the Mayor to seek financial assistance from the state Issue 1 Infrastructure Bond Program for funding various capital infrastructure improvement projects.

Building & Building Codes Committee

The City Council Building & Building Codes Committee discussed having legislation drafted to help provide some financial assistance to residents experiencing issues with a registered contractor’s work. Click here to learn more. The committee also got an update on the City Hall Project. The new city hall is almost complete with only a few finishing touches remaining. November 7th is the move-in day that has been set for city employees. The new city hall will officially be open for business on November 10th. The address for city hall will be 14600 State Rd. Click here to learn more.

2015 City Budget

City Council will start reviewing the 2015 City Budget this month. The budget for 2015 is expected to very conservative just as the 2014 budget was. I will keep you posted as we start the process. Click here to learn more.

If you like to learn more about what is going on in City Council check out the minutes online by clicking here.

City Update

May 12th Storm Update
The May 12th storm cost our city roughly $703,000 for damages, manpower, and equipment. Recently the city got good news from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, that the city will be recouping approximately $527,475 in state funds.  $400,500, which is 75 percent of $534,000 worth for projects related to storm damage repairs plus the $126,975 being reimbursed for the immediate clean-up and manpower efforts. Click here to learn more.

Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center Update
Great news. The city of Berea has agreed to join the Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center located in Strongsville. Berea joins our city North Royalton, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville that are also part of it. Click here to learn more.

Issue 64 Proposed Charter Amendment 2014 Master Plan Update & Zoning Changes
Issue 64 pertains to the changes recommended by the Master Plan Task Force that was assembled in 2013 and finished their work in 2014.  By law, every seven years, the City is required to revisit the current Master Plan and recommend changes to that document. Issue 64 is the very last item on the November 4th North Royalton ballot! In 2013 we assembled a diverse group of residents and business stakeholders, along with representatives from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, to review the existing Master Plan. Monthly meetings, workshops and town hall meetings were held over a nine month period.  Earlier this year the Task Force recommended a few minor changes to the current Master Plan. The following is a short summary of those changes:1) Rezoning approximately 300 acres of land to Public Facility.  This is property acquired by the City & Metroparks that will remain green space and/or public parkland.2) Rezoning the Spyglass Hill subdivision from two family zoning to single family zoning.  Spyglass Hill currently is all single family homes.

3) Rezoning eight parcels on West 130th, north of the Turnpike, back to residential zoning.  These entire properties were changed to Office Research in 2004.  The front of these properties will revert back to residential while the back of their properties will remain Office Research.

4) Rezoning property on the southwest corner of State Road & Sprague Road to General Business.

5) Allowing age restricted Senior Citizen District within  General Business zoning at York Road & Royalton Road.  The Master Plan Task Force members concluded there is a substantial need and demand for senior housing due to our aging population and residents wanting to stay in the North Royalton area.

This is a short synopsis of the changes you will be voting on November 4, 2014. If you have questions or concerns please call either Mayor Bob Stefanik at 440-237-4300 or Community Development Director Tom Jordan at 440-237-5484 for further clarification. You can also click here to learn more details too.

Holiday Food Bank
Eligible residents can apply for the Holiday Food Program starting on October 13th until November 7th. Only one application is necessary for both Thanksgiving and the Christmas food box. If you have children, we will ask you to fill out another form if you will be in need of help with gifts for your children at Christmas through our Adoptive Family Program. The following items will be necessary when applying:
  • A current ID.
  • Proof of income (if you have no income you will have to show how rent, utilities, etc are being paid).
  • Current utility bill with your address on it for proof of residency.
Distribution of the food boxes will be on Saturday, November 22nd and Saturday, December 20th at the food bank house. Directions will be given to you when you complete the application. You will then be given a numbered orange card. All information is confidential and families are identified by number only. Click here to learn more.


Around Ward 3

Alternative Transportation Study Update
Ward 3 Residents here is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on what areas of our city you would like to see sidewalks possibly. There is a community meeting scheduled for November 6th at 7pm at the current city hall, located at 13834 Ridge Road. Residents will learn more about the North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study, or sidewalk study as many city officials refer to it. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from community members, as well as provide residents with up-to-date details regarding the project. Potential outcomes will also be relayed. Click here to learn more.

New City Hall FYI
City Hall will be closed on Friday, November 7th due to our scheduled move. City Hall will re-open on Monday, November 10th at 8 am at 14600 State Road at Memorial Park. All phone numbers will remain the same.

Curbside Yard Waste Guidelines Reminder
As fall yard clean-up occurs in preparation for the winter season, please keep in mind that yard waste is picked up with your regular weekly rubbish by RUMPKE Waste and Recycling Services.  For collection, yard waste can be placed in rubbish cans, plastic bags or lawn & leaf paper bags. All branches must be cut to three-foot lengths and tied in bundles weighing less than 35 lbs. All containers are not to exceed 60 pounds in weight.  If there are any questions regarding curbside collection services, call the North Royalton Service Department at 440-582-3002.

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 ward3@northroyalton.org


Upcoming Events

November 4th General Election 
Polls open from 6:30am-7:30pm
Click here for more information.

City Council Streets, Storm Water, and

Utilities Committee Meetings on November 5th at 6pm at City Hall 13834 Ridge Rd.

City Council Meeting November 5th at 7:30pm at City Hall 13834 Ridge Rd.

Alternative Transportation Study Meeting 
The City of North Royalton will be holding a community meeting regarding the North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study. The meeting will take place on November 6th at 7pm at City Hall 13834 Ridge Road.

City Council Special Finance Committee Meeting November 10th at 6:30pm at (New) City Hall 14600 State Rd.

City Council Finance, Safety, and Building & Building Codes Committee Meetings November 18th at 6pm at (New) City Hall 14600 State Rd.

City Council Meeting November 18th at 7:30pm at (New) City Hall14600 State Rd.

City Council Special Finance Committee Meeting November 24th at 6:30pm at (New) City Hall 14600 State Rd.

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: November 29, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Where: Mugshotz Coffee & Smoothies
6556 Royalton Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

City Calendar for November


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