Ward 3 E-Newsletter: October 2015

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

Fall is officially here. It is a fun time of the year with the leaves changing colors, hayrides, and Friday Night Football games to enjoy. Things remain relatively busy here in city government with a number of things to report on below.

Some quick reminders:

Halloween Trick or Treat Night
Halloween Trick or Treat Night will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 6-8 pm in the City of North Royalton.

November 3rd General Election
On the November 3rd General Election ballot there are Municipal, Judicial, and School Board candidates as well as State issues that you will be asked to vote on. October 5th is the last day to register to vote in the November General Election. October 6th Vote by Mail begins. To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website by clicking Here, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-8683, and at all public libraries. Polls are open on November 5th from 6:30am-7:30pm. Click Here for more information.

Have a great week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Highlights from Council Meetings
Some highlights from the City Council Meetings for September. Council approved Ordinance 15-33, authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Cuyahoga County for the Cuyahoga County Property Demolition Program. Council also approved Ordinance 15-78, accepting the bid of Bay Mechanical and Electrical Corp. for the North Royalton Waste Water Treatment Plant standby generator replacement for an amount not to exceed $281,050.00 as the lowest and best bid. Council approved Ordinance 15-72, updating the city’s zoning regulations for child care centers and adult day care centers. Council approved Resolution 15-81,accepting the recommendations of the tax incentive review council on the City of North Royalton’s enterprise zone agreements. Council also approved Resolution 15-82 and Resolution 15-83, authorizing the Mayor to seek financial assistance from the State Issue 1 Infrastructure Bond Program for funding various capital infrastructure improvement projects.

Streets Committee
The recommendations of the year long North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study that was conducted by Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency was presented to the City Council Streets Committee at its’ September meeting. The study recommends installing sidewalks in some of the following areas to best serve the needs of residents: State Rd. (Wallings Rd. to Castle Dr.), State Rd. (Royalwood Rd. to Wallings Rd.), State Rd. (Royalton Rd. to Goodman Dr.), State Rd. (Akins Rd. to Trumpeter), Wallings Rd. (State Rd. to Foxwood Dr.), Next Phase of the Royalton Rd Widening, Royalton Rd. (Prince Charles Dr. to Stoney Creek Dr.), Royalton Rd. (Stoney Creek Dr. to Broadview Heights border), Akins Rd. (Ridge Rd. to State Rd.), Valley Parkway Trail Extension, Bennett Rd. (Akins Rd to Valley Parkway), South Akins Rd. (Bennett Rd. to York Rd.), York Rd. (Royalton Rd. to Bennett Rd.), York Rd. (York Alpha Dr, to W Wallings Rd.), Royalton Rd. (York to Glenmont Dr.), State Rd. (Akins Rd. to Valley Parkway), and Ridge Rd. (Valley Parkway to Ohio Turnpike). Council will continue to have discussion about these recommendations and determine which areas are a priority over the next few months.

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

City Update

City Road Repairs Update
The 2015 City Road Repair Program is in full swing. Work is currently being performed on Hawley Drive and Goodman Drive to make numerous base pavement repairs to prepare for the asphalt overlay on these concrete roadways.  Akins Rd.(from Bennett Rd. to Ridge Rd.) has the intermediate course of asphalt placed at this time. Abbey Rd. (from Albion Rd. to Sprague Rd.) will begin shortly. Ward 3 residents who live near or use Abbey Rd. Please note that Abbey Road, for a portion of the project, will be limited to one-way traffic southbound between Pinebrook Drive and Albion Road.  The detour route will be Albion Road (west) to W. 130th Street (north) to Sprague Road (east). Please slow down and drive cautiously throughout these areas during construction. Bennett Rd. Resurfacing (Edgerton Rd. to Bridgewater Rd.) project should be finished by late October.

Oil and Gas Well Fight Update
On September 25th, the city received news that the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of Richard Simmers, Chief of the Oil and Gas Division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, appealed the recent decision of Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye Cutter Oil Company’s mandatory pooling application involving city property. The judge ruled on August 28th in favor of the city, affirming that safety, not merely economics, should be considered in mandatory pooling cases. Read More. The city Law Department will be putting together another brief for this case, which now heads to the 10th District Court of Appeals in Franklin County. Read More.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Ruling
The Ohio Supreme Court last month reversed an appellate decision and has ruled the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has full authority to create its fee supported regional storm water management program meant to help control flooding. This has been a long court case. About five years ago the sewer district initiated this storm water maintenance program to fund large projects with the mission to better control flooding issues region wide. About 66 communities including North Royalton disputed the fee, arguing it was viewed as a tax rather than a utility by filing a law suit. In about late 2012 or early 2013 the city withdrew from the lawsuit after making a deal with NEORSD officials. Read More.  The city is in the process of working with the NEORSD to discuss the impact of the ruling. Read More.

Around Ward 3

Troop 526 Pancake Breakfast 

On September 13th attended the Annual Pancake Breakfast for Boy Scout Troop 526. The pancakes were awesome and it was great to be a sponsor for the event! Most importantly I want to give a special thank you to all the Boy Scouts in our city for all the great service projects and work that they do to help our community!

South Point Community Church Community Picnic
On September 13th attended the South Point Community Church’s Community Picnic. It was a fun time and great to meet the church’s pastor. South Point Community Church is one of three churches that call Ward 3 home. If you like to learn more about them, check out their website at www.southpointcc.org.

Harvest Fest 

On September 20th attended the North Royalton Harvest Fest. It was a fun event and a great way to officially celebrate the start of Fall. Thanks to all the service organizations and groups who helped put it together!

Community Engagement Committee Coffee
On September 24th participated in one of the North Royalton School District’s Community Engagement Committee Coffees. It was a good discussion on what the future needs are for the school district and community. The purpose of these neighborhood coffees is to gather input on the North Royalton City School District and its facilities. A letter was sent to all residents of the school district explaining the coffees and asking people to host or attend. Please consider hosting a coffee or even just participating in one. You will need to do nothing more than pick a date and invite people to attend and determine the refreshments to serve. Someone will facilitate the coffee and handle everything else. If you can host or want to participate, please either call Superintendent Greg Gurka at 440-582-9030 or email nrschoolfeedback@gmail.com. At the end of this process, a community meeting will be held in December for the committee to disseminate the information.

Police Reserve Raffle 
On September 26th attended the North Royalton Police Reserve’s Fall Fun Charity Raffle. It was great event. I just like to thank both our Reserve Police Officers and all those in the North Royalton Police Department who serve our community and help keep us all safe!

Beware of Scams
I just want to thank residents for being vigilant and bring to the attention of the North Royalton Police Department and me about some concerns regarding a solicitor last month. A number of Ward 3 residents received flyers taped on their mailboxes offering residents the opportunity to have their address painted on the curb. They ask to have the resident leave payment taped to their front door and the work will be done. It has been reported in other cities that often the money is taken and no work is completed. Similar to a scam that happened in Bath Township a few years ago Click Here to read more. I am happy to report that on September 15th the North Royalton Police Department caught the two individuals doing this soliciting on Castle Drive. The individuals were issued summons for soliciting without a permit. Just as a reminder please make sure any solicitor or vendor coming to your door is registered with the city as a solicitor and have the necessary permits to do any kind of work. If you have any concerns about a solicitor or vendor contact the North Royalton Police Department on the Non-Emergency Phone # at 440-237-8686. If you do need a reliable address sign the North Royalton Fire Department does them for residents. They offer a reflective metal address sign that can be attached to your mailbox that can be seen by emergency responders year round in any weather. The cost for the sign is just $15.00 to cover the cost of materials. The Fire Fighters will even install the sign for residents if they are unable to do so themselves. Click Here if you are interested purchasing one.

New Ward 3 Business
Stretch My Dollar is a new business that has opened up in the DiAngelo Plaza located at 5620 Wallings Rd. On October 17th at 10am they will be having a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Check out their website at http://www.stretchmydollar.biz to learn more.

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

City Council Streets, Storm Water, and Utilities Committee Meetings on October 6th at 6pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting October 6th at 7:30pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

City Council Finance, Safety, Building & Building Codes, Review & Oversight Committee Meetings October 20th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting October 20th at 7:30pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

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: October 31, 2015
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Where: Subway
5660 Wallings Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

Halloween Trick or Treat Night will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 6-8 pm in the City of North Royalton.

November 3rd General Election 
Polls open from 6:30am-7:30pm
Click Here for more information.

City Calendar for October


Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council
14600 State Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133
Phone: 440-785-4240
E-mail: ward3@northroyalton.org