Ward 3 E-Newsletter: February 2016

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

2016 is already shaping up to be a busy year in City Government with much to report below.

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 January. Council approve a number of the Mayor’s re-appointments of City Department Heads and Officials for the new mayoral term of office.Read More. Council also approved Ordinance 16-15 and Ordinance 16-21 for the remaining labor agreements with the city’s unions. Read More. Council passed Ordinance 16-16 and Ordinance 16-17 for the Mayor to enter into agreements with MWH Americas, Inc, for the City’s Waster Water Treatment Plant A influent pump station ESDC consulting services and City’s Waster Water Treatment Plant B screw pumps consulting services. Council approved Ordinance 16-24 authorizing the purchase of one 2016 Dodge Dump Truck for the North Royalton Cemetery Department. Council also approved Ordinance 16-25 authorizing the mayor to submit grant applications to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to construct a sidewalk on State Rd. from City Hall to RT 82. Read 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

City Stepping Up Efforts to Address Blight
The Administration is stepping up efforts to address blighted properties in the city.  Some of these efforts include increased drive by inspections, introducing legislation for rental property registry requiring such properties submit to interior and exterior inspections, upgrading software in the Building Department to streamline and better improve enforcement. Also the Safety Director’s duties will be expanded. Every seven to 10 days, he will be driving the wards on the lookout for properties that may have fallen into disrepair or other violations. If there is a property in your neighborhood you are concerned about, please report it to the Building Department at 440-582-3000. Read More. I support the Administration’s efforts and it will help in addressing issues of blight I have been working to combat here in Ward 3.

RT 82 Widening Project Update
Widening of RT 82 between York Rd. and West 130th St. is still in the works. They are in the process of finishing up the design work and begin the land acquisitions later this year. A tentative community meeting will be held about the project sometime mid to late summer, the project will go out to bid sometime in 2017. Then Phase 1 of construction in 2018 followed by Phase 2 in 2019. The plan calls for widening the road to three lanes, to help reduce traffic congestion. Project also includes sidewalks on both sides of the road. Phase 1 will be from Abbey Rd. to West 130th St., and then Phase 2 completes the portion from Abbey Rd to York Rd which one side of it is located in Ward 3. Read More.

Issue 10
When you vote in the March 15th Primary Election, besides helping narrow down the field of who our next President of the United States will be. You will also see Issue 10 on your ballot dealing with the deer issue. As we get closer to the election, I just wanted to provide you with additional information so you are prepared to vote on this issue. Whatever the vote outcome is will direct the city on what is the best way to address the urban deer issue. As your Councilman I will support whatever the majority of residents decided is the best course of action. Below is a copy of what the ballot language will look like:

Also Click Here to read the full text of Resolution 15-101 that City Council passed back on November 17th to put the issue on the ballot. Also Click Here to read some news coverage about the issue too. Please make sure you VOTE! If you are not registered to vote, the deadline to register is February 16th. Click Here for a voter registration form. Also you can vote by mail by Clicking Here for a vote by mail application form.

Around Ward 3

Planning Commission
On January 6th attended the City Planning Commission Meeting that included an item for a new business Line-X of Greater Cleveland coming to Ward 3 on RT 82.

Metroparks All Purpose Trail Community Meeting
On January 14th attended the Cleveland Metroparks All Purpose Trail Community Meeting for Phase 1.The Metroparks has secured all the funding necessary to extend the All-Purpose Trail from where it ends near Ridge Rd here in North Royalton eastward into Broadview Heights. This in the Phase 2 of the project which is scheduled to start in 2017. Phase 1 starts this year and will work westward from Brecksville into Broadview Heights constructing that leg of the All Purpose Trail. Read More.

Woodbury & West Hampton HOA Meeting
On January 23rd attended the Annual Woodbury & West Hampton Home Owner’s Association Meeting.

Board of Zoning Appeals
On January 28th attended the City Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting that had two items that involved Ward 3 properties.

Ward 3 Sidewalk Survey
I like to thank all those who participated in my Ward 3 Sidewalk Survey. Your feedback was very helpful. I wanted to share with you some highlights from the survey. A total of 68 residents participated in the survey. 59.09% of them had sidewalks in the front of their property and 40.91% did not. Those who did not have a sidewalk were first asked if they be willing to pay to have a sidewalk installed in the front of their property. 26.92% said yes and 73.08% said no. Those same residents who did not have sidewalks were asked in a follow up question “If you were required to have a sidewalk installed in the front of your property and you could make small payments to pay for it over the course of 10 or 20 years. Would you be more willing to have a sidewalk on your property?” The numbers change with 45.83% yes for sidewalks and 54.83% no. A difference of 9%. A majority of residents 81.54% said yes that sidewalks should be installed on one side of State Rd to connect City/Memorial Park to the corner of State Rd & RT 82. Residents were also asked additional areas they like to see sidewalks in Ward 3 and throughout the city. The responses matched much of what the 2014 City Master Plan, North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study, and previous resident feedback I have received recommended. Based on resident feedback I walked on foot the two areas that the North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study recommended in our ward for sidewalks which are the portion of (State Rd) from Wallings Rd. to Castle Dr. and the portion of (York Rd) from Wallings Rd to York Alpha Dr. I also walked on foot an additional area that residents recommended which was the portion of (Abbey Rd) from Glen Abbey Dr. to Worthington Way. Read More.

Ward 3 Residents named to City Charter Review Commission
Great to see two Ward 3 residents Amy Kuntz & Jeanne Cilenti to be appointed to the City Charter Review Commission. Every four years the City Charter Review Commission is assembled to review the city charter and determine if it needs to be modernized or changed in any way. The commission will have until June 1st to submit any proposed charter amendments and alterations, which would then be placed on the November ballot. Prior to serving on City Council, I had the honor of serving as Chairman of the last Charter Review Commission in 2012. It is a very important process and a great way to ensure our city charter is up to date. Read More.

Special Recognition
I like to recognize some fellow Ward 3 residents Bill & Cindy Babitt. They have recently sold their business Babitt Funeral Home to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services.  I like to thank them both for all that they do for our community and their over 37 years of business as well. I wish them the best on their retirement! Read More.

See Something Say Something

Ward 3 Residents if you see something or someone suspicious in your neighborhood report it to the North Royalton Police Department immediately at (440) 237-8686.

Report Power Outages
If you experience a power outage it is important that you report it immediately to the Illuminating Company at 1-888-544-4877 or Click Here to report it online. Never assume that a neighbor has already reported the issue. By reporting the outage it is helpful for the Illuminating Company to determine the source of the outage.

NOPEC Opt Out Letters
Residents may receive a natural gas opt out letter from NOPEC. Click Here for more information if you do get such a letter.

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 February 2nd at 6pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting February 2nd at 7:30pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

City Council Finance, Safety, and Building & Building Codes Committee Meetings February 16th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting February 16th 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: February 20, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:00am.
Where: Subway
5660 Wallings Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

North Royalton Baseball League Sign Up
2016 On-line registration for North Royalton Baseball Boosters is now open for all Girls & Boys Summer Leagues, through April 1, 2016.  Please visit eteamz.com for all the details.

2016 Stuff The Bus
The 2016 Stuff The Bus event sponsored by the North Royalton City School District Bus Drivers will take place on March 5th from 10am-6pm at the North Royalton Giant Eagle. All items and donations collected benefit the North Royalton/Kiwanis Emergency Food Bank.

City Calendar for February


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