Ward 3 E-Newsletter: October 2017

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! We even have Playoff Baseball again! Congrats to the Cleveland Indians for being AL Central Champions! Even with the change of season things remain relatively busy here in city government with a number of things to report on below.

Some quick reminders:

Rubbish/Recycling Collection
Monday October 9th is Columbus Day. There is no delay in collection for this week due to the holiday. Your regular pick up day will be as normal. Click Here for more information.

Halloween Trick or Treat Night

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

November 7th General Election
On the November 7th General Election ballot there are City issues, Municipal, Judicial, and School Board candidates as well as State issues that you will be asked to vote on. Click Here to see what is on the ballot. October 10th is the last day to register to vote in the November General Election. October 11th 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 7th from 6:30am-7:30pm. Click Here for more information.

Have a great weekend!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Highlights from Council Meetings
City Council was on recess for the month of September. Council approved Ordinance 17-100 to ban the use of electronic smoking devices, such as vape pens and e-cigarettes on city-owned property, including indoor and outdoor properties. Read More. Council also approved Ordinance 17-99 to clarify the city’s ordinance on animal trapping. Read More.

Medical Marijuana Update 
City Council by a 6-1 vote approved Ordinance 17-105 a third six month moratorium to temporarily ban medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries in the City of North Royalton. I again was the lone no vote on the extension. City Council has been debating this issue for over a year now without any action. I believe there are more important economic development efforts the city should focus on. I am urging for Council to put this issue on the May 2018 Primary election ballot for all residents to decide as a Zoning Amendment. Residents deserve to decide this issue to make the final decision on this so we can move on. 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

EMS Replacement Levy Issue #34
Voting will begin soon for the November 7th General Election.  Please make sure you vote all the way down your ballot because there are many candidates and issues that need your vote too. A very important issue on the ballot here in North Royalton is Issue #34 the EMS replacement levy which I especially like to urge for your support. The North Royalton Emergency Medical Service levy property tax rate has not changed since 1993. Since then the costs for providing this vital service has increased by over $3 million dollars annually. The EMS replacement levy will replace the current 1.7 mill EMS levy with a new 5-year levy at the same 1.7 mill rate, but updated at today’s property values back to the original intended amount that voters in early 1990s passed that has been lost to inflation, population growth, cuts in state aid, and House Bill 920. The EMS replacement levy is needed because our emergency responses have more than doubled with 1,171 runs in 1993 vs. 2,395 in 2016. Due to this increased activity costs have increased for staffing and equipment. The cost of the levy to a homeowner with a $200,000 home will be an additional $4.76 per month or $57.12 per year if the replacement levy is approved. No one expects to have a medical emergency that’s why it is called an emergency. When a loved one, neighbor, or even you has an emergency you want to get the best care and fast. If this replacement levy is not approved it will have a direct negative impact on the residents of our city. So please help us maintain this vital service to ensure that all our families continue to get the best care in the time of an emergency by voting in support of Issue #34 the EMS replacement levy! If you have any question please feel free to contact me directly at 440-785-4240 or via email at ward3@northroyalton.org.

Deer Hunting Season Reminders
Deer hunting season has begun. Archery season goes from September 30, 2017 to February 4. 2018. I just have a few reminders. Bow hunting of deer is allowed in the City of North Royalton by permit. Hunting is only allowed on tracts of land five continuous acres in size or greater. Some of the requirements are: Archers must have a hunting license and a deer permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, have the property owner’s consent; and have permission to hunt by way of that city’s police department. The police chief, or his designee, must visit the property where the hunting will take place and determine the best placement for the elevated stand. And, hunters must notify police before going out to hunt. An important change to note for this season is the five-acre tract of land requirement. Now it is the discretion of the police chief or his designee to determine if a proposed hunting site is enough acreage to safely hunt, which could mean areas less than five acres but typically more than 4.5 acres. Read More. If there are any issues or questions contact North Royalton Police Department at (440) 237-8686 or Click Here for more information about the program.
2017 City Road Program Update
This year’s road program is nearing completion which includes rehabbing Tilby Road, Parkdale Drive, and Royalhaven Drive. The Service Department has aggressively been working on cracking sealing roads throughout the city too. City council has recently authorized an additional $50,000 to Service Department to do a final push to get more roads repaired by filling in potholes or crack sealing before the weather gets bad. A majority of the streets and roads have been cracked sealed here in Ward 3 and road repairs to a portion of Washington Ave near the York Road entrance by Buntingtree Condos have been completed as well. Read More.

Sewer and Water Billing Change Reminder
I continue to get some phone calls and emails about this from residents. Just a reminder residents now get a combined monthly water and sewer bill. Also residents will just get a quarterly bill for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer Districts’ Stormwater Management Fee instead of a monthly bill. Read More. Any specific billing issues contact Cleveland Water at 216-664-3130.

Around Ward 3

Ward 3 Picnic in the Park

On September 2nd I hosted my North Royalton Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Event at Memorial Park. Residents & their families enjoyed a fun afternoon in the park. Filled with FREE food, games, and a chance to meet fellow neighbors too. Special thanks to the Fire Truck Pizza Company for serving up their famous pizza. Also thank you to North Royalton Fire Department for the special appearance for all the kids. We collected $345 for John Owen’s Adventure which is the most money raised for one of my annual ward events! I am so happy the rain did not stop folks from coming out to have a fun time and help a great cause too! Read More.

North Royalton CERT Fundraiser

It was great to be at North Royalton CERT Foundation Indians Tailgate Fundraiser on September 17th to support all the great things they do for our community! Thank you North Royalton CERT for all that you do for our our city! ‬ If you are interested in joining CERT or learning more about them check out their website at http://www.northroyaltoncert.org

Harvest Fest 
On September 24th 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!

Blossom Hill Clambake
Also on September 24th attended Blossom Hill’s Annual Clambake Fundraiser at Olesias Place to support all the great things that they do to care for adults with physical and mental disabilities. If you like to learn more about them check out their website at http://blossom-hill.org.

Congrats to North Royalton Ward 3 business Best Equipment Company on celebrating 100 years in business and its new location here in Ward 3! Read More.

Annual Bears vs Bees Game Charity Bet
I am looking forward to my annual bet for charity with Broadview Heights Ward 2 City Councilman Brian Wolf for the upcoming Bears vs Bees High School Football Game on Oct 13th at Brecksville Broadview Heights High School. Each year Brian and I make a friendly bet for charity on which team will win the Golden Shoe Game. The loser of the bet has to wear the winning teams t-shirt as part of their dress attire for a future city council meeting and make a donation to Winners charity of choice. This year my charity of choice is #EthanStrong which is a local fundraising effort to help a 5th Grader by the name of Ethan who is a student at the North Royalton Middle School that is battling Burkitts Lymphoma. If you like to learn more about Ethan check out https://www.gofundme.com/qvpv2b-ethanstrong or you can also Read More about this year’s bet.

Ward 3 Recycling Tip of the Month
Help the Environment and Donate at the Same Time! The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is a part of a cell phone recycling program that allows you to help the environment and a great cause. They receive funds from the phones they recycle, generating nearly $10,000 each year. All funds received support the free services they offer and have been offering since 1974. They accept all cell phones, smart phones, iPods and iPads, regardless of age and condition. They accept only the device and battery; they cannot recycle cords or other accessories. You can mail your donation to the address listed below, or drop off your donation at their offices during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
The Halle Building
1228 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

To arrange a donation drop-off, contact Tressa Trodden at (216) 658-2994 or tressat@clevelandrcc.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 ward3@northroyalton.org

Upcoming Events

City Council Streets, Storm Water, Review & Oversight,  & Utilities Committee Meetings October 3rd at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting October 3rd immediately following the Committee Meetings but no sooner than 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

Fire Prevention Week Open House
North Royalton Fire Department will be hosting an Open House to end Fire Prevention Week on October 14th from 10:00am-12:00pm at Station # 1 located at 7000 Royalton Rd. Fire Prevention Week 2017 is observed from October 8th – 14th. This year’s theme is: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out.” In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. Come out and Meet some of your Firefighters and Meet Our Trucks. This is a family fun event that provides a fun way for friends and neighbors to get together as their children explore the vehicles they see in movies, books or even just driving down the street. This is also an opportunity to speak with their Firefighters and learn more about all the services the Fire Department provides the Community. This event is free and open to all in the Community.

City Council Finance, Safety, and Building & Building Codes Committee Meetings October 17th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting October 17th immediately following the Committee Meetings but no sooner than 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

Medication Take Back Day 
Help to keep our community safe by dropping off unneeded, expired medications for safe disposal at the Medication Take Back Day on October 28th from 10am-2pm at Timber Ridge Plaza 9199 Sprague Rd or Giant Eagle Plaza 6000 Royalton 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: October 28, 2017
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Where: Subway
5660 Wallings Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

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

November 7th 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