Ward 3 E-Newsletter: August 2019

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. City Council is officially on Summer Recess for the entire month of August. However, there are still a number of things going on in your City Government to update you on below. Also please Save the Date for my 4th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Event on August 31st below is more information.

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park

Back by popular demand. I will host my 4th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park on August 31st from 1-3pm 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. I invite all North Royalton Ward 3 residents and their families 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. J.R. Grieco Cleveland’s first choice for Magic will be doing balloon art entertainment. Special appearances by the North Royalton Fire & Police Departments for the kids. Each year I select a local charity or cause for my event to support. This year those who attend are encouraged to make a donation at the event to help support 22 year old Ward 3 resident Joe Keider, who was tragically injured after being hit by an alleged drunk driver in April while riding his motorcycle. In addition I am working with the Keider Family to help raise awareness about motorcycle and motor vehicle safety in hopes to save lives in the community. At the event Polaris Career Center will have helpful information to promote motorcycle & motor vehicle safety. For more information please contact me by email at ward3@northroyalton.org or by phone at 440-785-4240. Click Here to watch the Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Preview Video to learn more about all the fun.

Have a great weekend!Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Highlights from Council Meeting
Some highlights from the Council Meetings for the month of July. Council approved Ordinances 19-61 and Ordinance 19-62 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Community Cost-Share Agreement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the Royalton Road and State Road storm improvements. Council also approved the Mayor to enter into a grant agreement with NOPEC for a portable charging station for cellpones for special city events. Council also approved Ordinance 19-67 another grant from NOPEC for $121,350 for the city to upgrade its Christmas Lighting Display. Starting this Christmas you will see well overdue upgrades to lighting displays through out the community and city green. Read More.

State Operating Budget Budget Success
Since 2011, the State of Ohio has made deep cuts to the Local Government Fund (LGF), slashing it in half from 3.68 percent to 1.66 percent. As a result, our city of North Royalton has experienced approximately $7 million in funding cuts. On behalf of our residents and community. Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck and I traveled to the Statehouse to testify before the House (May 6th) and Senate (June 17th) Finance Committees and met with state lawmakers to advocate for an increase in the LGF. As a result, I am happy to report that the State Operating Budget for FY 2020 and FY 2021, recently signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine, does contain a slight increase for the Local Government Fund. Is this perfect? No, but it is a small step in the right direction. The more funding is restored, the more we can address urgent issues such as aging infrastructure and storm water systems without needing to ask residents for more money. Councilman Marnecheck and I would like to especially thank our State Senator Matt Dolan and State Representative Tom Patton for their efforts. We hope this is just the first step in restoring Ohio’s investment in local communities.

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 Road Widening (W. 130th  Street to York Road) Project Update

Abbey Road is back open to traffic. Work will continue on Abbey Road to complete some catch basins but will not close the roadway. Work continues on the northern portion of the road between Spruce Run Drive and east of Abbey Road with new curbs being prepared to be poured next week (week of August 5th) and asphalt paving the following week (week of August 12th). Sidewalks and drive aprons will follow and hopefully this entire section will be open (north and south) by Labor Day. If you have any concerns, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-9229.

Royalton Road Resurfacing (York Road to East Corporate Line)
Phase 1 is underway with the intermediate course of asphalt installed.  Catch basin, manhole and valve box adjustments in the pavement are underway. New curbs are being prepared to be installed on the western portion of the project which will take a few weeks.

Columbia Gas Betterment Project (Albion to North Corporation Line)
Main line gas main installation should be completed in the roadway this week. Project completion is ahead of schedule by 45 days and should be completed by Labor Day.  Minor restoration work of seeding may occur after this time. Please direct any and all concerns to the Engineering Department at 440-582-3001.

Royalton Road Watermain Replacement (State Road to Prince Charles Drive)
Main line construction is completed, with the crossovers to Ashley Woods and Swan Lake being performed this week. Lateral connections will be the next item completed and then restoration work to follow. Please direct any and all concerns to the Engineering Department at 440-582-3001.

State Road Watermain Replacement (Sprague Road to Castle Drive)
Main line construction is underway. The contractor is currently between Sprague Road and Oakridge Drive replacing the water main.

2019 City Road Repair Program Update
The 2019 City Road Repair Program is underway. Albion Road Resurfacing Project is underway. The portion of Albion Road between York Road and Ridge Road is almost completed with minor restoration work being performed. The portion of Albion Road between W. 130th Street and York Road will take place shortly. I will keep you posted when I have more information.

Sidewalks Update
I want to thank First Energy, Cleveland Metroparks, and the City Service Department for connecting the missing link on Ridge Road from Willow Lake to Valley Parkway All Purpose Trail with sidewalk last month! I have been an advocate for increasing connectivity in the city and implementing the city’s Alternative Transportation Study recommendations through utilizing grant funding and partnerships such as this! My advocacy also helped get the study which now you start to see action after decades of gridlock on this issue. I will continue to advocate for such projects to connect to great resources like the Cleveland Metroparks for our community with sidewalks without burdening taxpayers.

Around Ward 3

14th Annual North Royalton Pet Carnival

On July 28th my sons, Missy the First Dog of North Royalton Ward 3, and I all had a great time at the 14th Annual North Royalton Pet Carnival! It was great to catch up with a few of my furry Ward 3 Constituents and their families too.

NRHS Alumni Association’s 14th Annual Wing Ding Fundraiser
On July 27th attend the North Royalton High School Alumni Association’s 14th Annual Wing Ding Fundraiser at Mario’s. Thank you to the Alumni Association for all they do for the School District and Community! Also it was great to meet the owner Mario who is also a proud NRHS Alumnus like me. GO BEARS!

Welcome Home!
I want to officially welcome back home North Royalton Ward 3 resident Joe Keider who was released from the hospital last month after 100 days since being injured by a suspected drunk driver while riding his motorcycle back in April. Thank you to all those who have been supporting both Joe and the entire Keider Family through this tough time. There is still a long road ahead. But truly amazing to see Joe come home and all those neighbors, friends, and family that were here this evening to give him a proper welcome home! It was an honor to be a part of this! Just a reminder my 4th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park on August 31st from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Rd. This year’s charity my picnic will be supporting is Ward 3 resident Joe Keider and his medical expenses. Donations can be made at the picnic or even now. For more information please email me at ward3@northroyalton.org or call me at 440-785-4240.

Greek Festival
On July 19th my family and I had a great time at the St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival! The food was amazing as always! Thank you to St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church for all that they do to help our community!

Coyote Sightings in North Royalton Ward 3

There has been a rise in coyote sightings here in Ward 3. Click Here for some helpful tips to protect your property and pets from coyotes. Also contact our City Animal Control if you need assistance as well at 440-237-0665.

Beware of Solicitors and Scams 
As the weather gets warmer I start to get complaints from residents about people soliciting without permit selling things to curb painting scams. Also I get complaints about folks taping fliers on their mailboxes soliciting as well. If you see someone doing this report them to the North Royalton Police Department on the Non-Emergency Phone # at 440-237-8686 so they can check them out. As you know I fought hard to increase the penalty of people soliciting without a permit and want to keep our neighborhoods safe. Read More. 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.

Ward 3 Recycling Tip of the Month
Leave recyclables loose not bagged. Plastic bags do not belong in your recycling bin or cart. Plastic bags get tangled in the sorting machines at the recycling facilities and cause major problems for the recycling process. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Giant Eagle, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Marc’s, Target and Walmart stores.

Send In Your Feedback or Invite to an Event
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 or invite to an event in the ward at ward3@northroyalton.org

Upcoming Events

North Royalton Community Festival
The 135th Annual North Royalton Community Festival will be held on the City Green on August 23rd (6:00pm-11:30pm), August 24th (12:00pm-11:30pm), and August 25th (12:00pm-till dark). Fireworks at dusk on August 25th. Please stop by and say hi to me at my booth at the Community Festival. Hope to see you all there!

North Royalton Community Festival Parade
North Royalton Community Festival Parade is on August 25th. 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 28, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: McDonald’s
5304 Royalton Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

City Calendar for August

Fall Community Shred Event

The next Community Shred Event will be on September 21st from 9:00am to 12:00pm located at 14600 State Rd (City Hall/Memorial Park parking lot). This event is open to all North Royalton, non-business, residents (please make sure you bring proper identification) at no cost. Funding for these events is provided through a grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Document destruction services will be provided by Gateway Products Recycling, Inc. All documents are shredded on site and the best part… there’s NO LIMIT to how much material you can bring! Acceptable items include financial documents, bank statements, tax returns, credit card statements, expired credit cards, insurance forms and records, junk mail, family records and confident information. Staples and small paper clips are okay, but here’s a list of what you can’t bring: Newspapers, phone books, magazines, binders, books, pendaflex folders, food and candy wrappers, waxed paper, photographs, napkins and Styrofoam containers. Protect your identity and our landfills by shredding!