Ward 3 E-Newsletter: August 2018

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

Wow the summer has gone by fast. It is hard to believe it is already August. Before you know it will be back to school time for the kids. Also this year is a special occasion for our city as we have begun to celebrate our rich past and bright future in this our bicentennial year since our founding in 1818. (Read More about our City’s History) In the Upcoming Events section of my newsletter you will see listed various events to celebrate our 200th Birthday as a City. I encourage you and your family to come celebrate this unique milestone in our City’s history! Also please Save the Date for the Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Event on September 1st below is more information.


Save the Date
Back by popular demand. North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw will host his Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park on September 1st from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Rd in North Royalton. In the case of rain the event will be held inside the community room at city hall. No RSVP is needed. Councilman Langshaw invites all North Royalton Ward 3 residents to come out to enjoy a fun afternoon in the park. Filled with FREE food, games, and a chance to meet fellow neighbors too. Kona Ice will be serving up their famous sweet treats. Entertainment by North Royalton Dance Academy Hip-Hop Dance Team. Special appearances by the North Royalton Fire Department and North Royalton Police Department for the kids. Donations are welcome at the event to help support the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital NICU in honor of Councilman Langshaw’s newborn son Derek who was born 7 weeks premature this year and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. Also pop tabs will be collected to help support the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital as well at the event. For more information please contact Councilman Dan Langshaw by email at ward3@northroyalton.org or by phone at 440-785-4240.

Happy Bicentennial North Royalton!

 

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council


Council Update

Highlights from Council Meetings
Some highlights from the City Council Meetings for July. Council approved Ordinance 18-77 to authorize the repair five more streets as part of the 2018 Roads Program and to work with the City of Parma to add a thin surface overlay to Sprague Road ahead of the complete repair planned in 2020. Read More. Council also approved Ordinance 18-81 and Ordinance 18-82 approving agreements with the North Royalton City School District to re-new the lease of city property on Royalton Road for the School District’s bud garage. Also to allow the high school students to park at some parking spots at Memorial Park and Old City Hall parking lots for the upcoming school year due to construction beginning on High School. Council approved Ordinance 18-83 a cost sharing agreement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Council approved Ordinance 18-84 authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Winkler Enterprise LLC and Architectural Fabrication for a Community Reinvestment Area Tax Incentives which will allow for the business to expand to build a new facility on York Rd here in ward 3 and create additional jobs in our community. Read More.

Call to Action
There is an issue being debated in City Council that I want to bring to your attention so you know where I stand as your member of City Council. Also I could use your help too! At the July 17th City Council Meeting Ward 6 City Councilman Dan Kasaris introduced several pieces of legislation Ordinances 18-87, 18-88, and 18-89 that propose to put Charter Amendments to abolish term limits of Mayor, City Council President, and City Council in the City of North Royalton for the November General Election Ballot. Currently we have 12 year term limit in place for all these elected officials.The legislation deeply concern me on many levels. First the legislation is being introduced by a Councilman who is term limited and ineligible to run again in 2019. Second there are two other members of City Council who are also term limited too. Third this legislation was proposed for a vote before City Council goes into recess for the month of August which does not give the residents of our community enough time to be even heard whether they even want this on the ballot in the first place. Thankfully growing opposition on City Council has temporarily stopped a vote for now. Fourth as Ward 3 City Councilman I love serving my community and being a public servant. However this legislation if passed will only serve a select few in the city vs we the people. It is self serving at best. City Council should be focusing its time on more important issues in our city than this like fixing our roads, improving infrastructure, bring new jobs, storm water, and so much more! Read More about the City Council debate on this issue.As I have said in the past I am against abolishing the term limits that the residents of our city have put in place. They had a good reason and I trust their judgment. Read my past comments on this issue by Clicking Here. I will fight against this legislation being proposed. The May failure of the Senior Housing District sent a few strong messages. But one that I took note of is that the majority of City Council needs to do more to listen to the people of this city. It cost taxpayers money to put issues like this on the ballot. Zero residents in our ward have urge me to support abolishing term limits in the city. If this was a major issue then let a independent group like the City Charter Review Commission look at this issue in a few years and take the time to study whether or not any changes should be made. Our City Charter should not be changed on a whim. So I urge you to please speak up on this issue on Facebook, Twitter, and word of mouth. If you want come to the below meetings and voice your concerns in person feel free too! Also tell your friends, neighbors, and family about this issue! If they do not live in Ward 3 but in other parts of our city and do not know who their City Council Representative is Click Here for more information.

City Council Review & Oversight Committee Meeting
September 4th
6:00pm
City Hall
14600 State Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133

City Council Meeting
September 4th
7:00pm
City Hall
14600 State Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133

Thank you for being engaged residents on this issue!

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


City Update

Royalton Corners Project Update
The new Speedway gas station, the first phase of the Royalton Corners development project has been completed. Read More.

2018 City Road Repair Program Update
This year’s road program remains underway. City Council recently authorized the repair five more streets as part of the 2018 Roads Program and to work with the City of Parma to add a thin surface overlay to Sprague Road ahead of the complete repair planned in 2020. Read More.


Around Ward 3

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Christmas in July Event
On July 21st participated in the City of North Royalton Office on Aging & Human Services and Royalton Hills Lions Christmas in July Event that helps support the North Royalton Salvation Army Unit. I enjoyed wearing the big red suit and supporting this great cause! Thank you to all those who made this event a success in raising $600 to help those in need here in North Royalton.
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Greek Festival
Also on July 21st visited the St Paul Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival with my family! Special thanks to St Paul Greek Orthodox Church for all the great things they do for our community too! The food was amazing!

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Pet Carnival
On July 29th stopped by the North Royalton Animal Hospital’s Annual Pet Carnival on the City Green! The First Dog of North Royalton Ward 3 Missy loves this event each year! Great to see so many Ward 3 Families and their pets too at the event!

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Softball Team Sponsor
It was great to sponsor 9/10 Girls North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw Softball team better known as the “Pink Panthers” this season! Great job girls!

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Baseball Team Sponsor
It was also great being both the sponsor and coach of my son Henry’s 11/12 Boys Baseball Team the North Royalton Ward 3 City Councilman Dan Langshaw Pirates! Great job boys!

Abbey Road Bridge Closure
FYI Ward 3 Residents who live near Abbey Road. The bridge at the north end of Abbey Road near the Sprague Road intersection is being completely replaced by the county.  Abbey officially is closed to through traffic at the bridge from May 1st and will remain closed through August. The detour is Sprague Road to West 130th Street to Albion Road. Read More.


Ward 3 Recycling Tip of the Month

Can you recycle a pizza box? Yes, you can recycle cardboard. Yes, a pizza box is made of cardboard. But no, you cannot recycle pizza boxes. The problem is the crumbs, cheese and grease that while delicious can contaminate the whole recycling process.

School Supplies Tax Holiday
Am. Sub. H.B. 49 enacted a sales tax holiday to occur only in 2018. The holiday starts on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  Additionally, Sub. S.B. 226 provided for a permanent sales tax holiday on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August each year. Read More.

Summer Safety Tips
During the summer months it is a good reminder there were way too many targets of opportunity for thieves, remember to lock your cars, valuables, and homes up! Also if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood report it to the North Royalton Police Department. See Something Say Something! If you have plans to go on a vacation this summer or will be out of town. You can also contact the North Royalton Police Department to advise when you will be out of town and request a vacation watch. The non-urgent number to the Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center for North Royalton is 440-237-8686. Also in an Emergency besides calling 911 you can also text 911 anywhere in Cuyahoga County Click Here to learn more.

Exterior Property Maintenance Reminder
As your Councilman I get reports from the Building Department on various violations by Ward 3 property owners, which city building inspectors have found during their inspections. A common violation I start to see this time of the year as the weather gets warmer 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. Here are some helpful reminders about what property owners are required to do for exterior maintenance of their property. Property owners are required to cut any weeds, grass, underbrush and non-edible grass or woody vegetation in excess of 6 inches. Ensure that any ditches are kept clear of any type of grass, underbrush in excess of 6 inches. Exterior of property areas of all premises and lots shall be kept free of any debris, objects, material or conditions which may create a health, accident or fire hazard. The exterior of every structure or accessory structure including fences, shall be maintained in good repair and all surfaces shall be kept painted. Storing abandoned or junk vehicles on your property is not allowed. If you know of any properties like this in our Ward that may have an issue, please report them directly to the Building Department at 440-582-3000.

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 Bicentennial Celebration Gala Ball

The City of North Royalton is having a Bicentennial Celebration Gala Ball is Saturday, August 4th at Carrie Cerino’s Ballroom from 6:00pm to 11:30pm. Semi-formal Attire. Join us for an evening of dining with open bar, dancing to the music of Twist. Click Here for more information about tickets. Read More about all the other events for this years Bicentennial Celebration.

City FREE Bicentennial Picnic

North Royalton Bicentennial Community Festival
August 10th-12th at the City Green. Read More.
*Fireworks at dusk on August 12th

North Royalton Bicentennial Community Festival Parade
North Royalton Community Festival Parade is on August 12th Steps off at 3:00pm from St. Albert the Great and proceeds down Ridge Rd. to the North Royalton High School.

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: August 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Where: Subway
5660 Wallings Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Event
Back by popular demand. North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw will host his Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park on September 1st from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Rd in North Royalton. In the case of rain the event will be held inside the community room at city hall. No RSVP is needed. Councilman Langshaw invites all North Royalton Ward 3 residents to come out to enjoy a fun afternoon in the park. Filled with FREE food, games, and a chance to meet fellow neighbors too. Kona Ice will be serving up their famous sweet treats. Entertainment by North Royalton Dance Academy Hip-Hop Dance Team. Special appearances by the North Royalton Fire Department and North Royalton Police Department for the kids. Donations are welcome at the event to help support the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital NICU in honor of Councilman Langshaw’s newborn son Derek who was born 7 weeks premature this year and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. Also pop tabs will be collected to help support the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital as well at the event. For more information please contact Councilman Dan Langshaw by email at ward3@northroyalton.org or by phone at 440-785-4240.

City Calendar for August


Contact:

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

 

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