Ward 3 E-Newsletter: December 2019

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family and friends! About 17 more days till Christmas! As we approach the end of 2019, things remain relatively busy in City Government as we begin to prepare for the transition with a new majority of City Council, Council President, and Mayor with much to update you on below.

2nd Annual North Royalton Ward 3 Neighborhood Holiday Lighting Contest
I invite all Ward 3 residents to participate in the 2nd Annual Ward 3 Neighborhood Holiday Lighting Contest. Click Here to watch contest video for details. The purpose of the contest is to stimulate and enhance a sense of community by rewarding North Royalton Ward 3 residents that go above-and-beyond in decorating their home for the winter holiday season.

Contest Rules
1. Entry is FREE, no cost or fees apply.
2. Participation is open only to North Royalton Ward 3 Residents.
3. Decorations must be visible from the street only for judging.
4. Last day to submit online entry form is Sunday, December 22nd.
5. Decorations for the contest must be available and lit up on December 23rd between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm for judging.
6. Contest winners will be announced on Christmas Eve December 24th.
7. All participants agree to have one or more photos of their decorated residence exterior posted on Councilman Dan Langshaw’s Facebook page, Twitter, website, and E-Newsletter. Participants agree there will be no compensation of any kind for said postings or publication.
8. In addition, there will be a Facebook contest for those who submit a photo and address for residents to vote on. Facebook contest Winner will be announced on December 30th.

Best Holiday Spirit– Light display that truly captures the classic holiday spirit!
Clark W. Griswold – The display you can see from outer space!
Straight Out of a Hallmark Christmas Movie-The display that reminds you of classic Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel like: The Christmas Card, A Heavenly Christmas, The Christmas Ornament, A Christmas Detour, Christmas Under Wraps, and more.
(Facebook Contest – Residents’ Choice)

Best Holiday Spirit Winner: $50 VISA Gift Card, Family Fun Package ($99 value) at The Jump Yard, and $10 Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Ice Cream Gift Certificate.
Clark W. Griswold Winner: $25 Kavana Social Kitchen Gift Card and FREE Salt Spa Room Session ($40 value) at the Holistic Halo Salt Spa.
Straight Out of a Hallmark Christmas Movie Winner: $25 Jazzy June Bug Gift Card, Jazzy June Bug Momma Bear Prize Package ($50 value), and (5) FREE Extra Value Meals at McDonald’s Restaurant
Facebook Contest Winner: $25 VISA Gift Card, $20 Loder’s Shake Shoppe Gift Certificate, and (5) FREE Extra Value Meals at McDonald’s Restaurant.

To register email Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw at ward3@northroyalton.org or by Clicking Here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Council Update

Highlights from Council Meetings
Some highlights from the Council Meetings for the month of November. Council approved Resolution 19-89 to confirm the Mayor’s appointment of Mark Vittardi as a member of the City of North Royalton Board of Zoning Appeals. Council also passed Ordinance 19-90 authorizing the Mayor to submit two applications to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency for funding through the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative. Council approved Ordinance 19-86 for a zoning change for a property on the corner of Wallings and State Roads from Local Business to General Business. Council also approved Ordinance 19-102 that makes some staffing changes to the City Building Department requested by the Mayor-Elect that will provide for additional Building Inspector and staff.

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
Phase 2 is being worked on to widen the north side from the City Service Center to just east of the new retaining wall. The pavement widening has been completed.  Small work zones are in place to allow crews to install drive aprons and sidewalks in this area. If you have any concerns that come up this project, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-9229.

State Road Watermain Replacement (Sprague Road to Castle Drive)
The last of the sidewalks are being poured this week, as well as the last bit of asphalt work.  Also, the concrete that was poured this week will be stripped and warming blankets removed.  Any areas that did not grow grass will be addressed next Spring 2020. Please report any issues to the City Engineering Department at 440-582-3001.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Ringer Volunteers Needed
The service clubs here in our community lead by the Royalton Hills Lions Club, have a longstanding tradition of helping others during the holiday season by organizing a Red Kettle Drive benefiting the North Royalton branch of the Salvation Army. Anyone who would like to sign up to ring for the red kettle can call Donna Urban at 440-582-8712 or the Office on Aging at 440-582-6333. Read More.

Cuyahoga County Plastic Bag Ban Update
The Cuyahoga County Plastic Bag ban grace period has been extended to July 1, 2020.

Sidewalks Update
The sidewalk connecting Memorial Park to the town center is completed. The city is applying for additional grant funding to connect Memorial Park on State Road to Akins Road and then continue on to the all-purpose trail at Valley Parkway. The city is applying in two parts: Memorial Park to Akins and Akins to the Parkway. The goal is to connect the entire school system, between the new elementary school on State Road at the Valley Parkway, the middle and high school on Ridge Road and state Route 82 to the north, a welcomed project by the school district. This is very positive. In 2020 I plan to continue to advocate for more sidewalks and connecting our city without burdening taxpayers through continue to seek out more grant funding opportunities at the county, state, and federal levels of government like this. Read More.

NEW ID Requirements for Flying Beginning October 1, 2020
The federal government will no longer consider standard driver licenses and identification cards as sufficient forms of identification for air travel. TSA will require a federally compliant driver license, identification card or another acceptable form of identification (such as a US passport or military ID) to fly within the U.S. Read More.

Around Ward 3

Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony
On November 4th attended the City Office on Aging & Human Services and Hospice of Western Reserve’s Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony. It was an honor to participate in this special ceremony. Thank you to Wally Ohler, City of North Royalton Office on Aging & Human Services, and the Hospice of Western Reserve for the wonderful Veterans Pinning Ceremony they hosted today! Special thanks to my Strongsville VFW Post 3345 for presenting the colors. It was also an honor to have been asked to lead the ceremony in the Pledge of Allegiance. Finally a big thank to all those in our community who have served our country!

Golden Shoe Football Game Bet for Charity
A bet is a bet. At the November 6th City Council Meeting I wore my Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees T-Shirt since I lost my annual bet for Charity on the Bears vs Bees Golden Shoe High Football game with Broadview Heights Councilman Brian Wolf. The Bears fell to the Bees 31-57. Better luck next year to my Bears! I am waiting to hear back from one more local business. But So far I raised $200 for my charity this year the North Royalton Band Boosters Thank you to both Royalton Gifts & Madelyn Rose Boutique for each donating $50 each! I look forward to personally delivering the donations soon to our amazing North Royalton Band Boosters! Read More.

St Albert the Great School Military Salute

On November 8th it was great to attend the St. Albert the Great School Military Salute Mass and Reception today. Thank you to the students, staff, and Mrs. Barbo at St. Albert the Great School that host this annual event! What a blessing for those of us who are veterans or on active duty from our community!

Boy Scout Troop 526 Annual Pancake Breakfast
On November 10th it was an honor to be one of the sponsors of Boy Scout Troop 526 Annual Pancake Breakfast at St Albert the Great Church! Special thank you to Troop 526 for all the great things they do in our community!

YMCA Veteran’s Day Celebration & Special Flag Dedication
On November 11th it was an honor to partner up with the North Royalton Family YMCA  to organize a  Veteran’s Day Breakfast & Special Flag Dedication. Thank you to all the representatives from United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, United States Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, American Legion Post #703, VFW Post #3345, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, and the Senior Veterans Administration Services of Ohio for providing helpful information on VA healthcare, VA compensation, and other veteran’s benefits available. I also have many to thank for making the Special Flag Dedication so amazing too. Click Here to watch dedication ceremony video. Thank you to American Legion Post #703 Color Guard for lead things off with the posting of the Colors. Rev. Daniel Pina & United States Army Veteran from North Royalton Journey Church for giving a blessing. United States Congressman Anthony Gonzalez for giving some key remarks to recognize the community’s veterans along with some other special guests in attendance. Then finally a big thank you to Joe Burdick, a United States Navy Veteran and owner of Burdick Custom Flags for helping officially unveil the artistic custom made wooden subdued green line American Flag that he donated to our North Royalton Family YMCA, that will be on permanent display to honor the community’s veterans and their service. Joe’s artwork is nationally recognized. Some of his clients include A-List celebrities, professional athletes, elected officials, veterans, first responders and charities. Read More.

NOCCA Post-Election Season Palooza Networking Event
On November 14th attended the Northeast Ohio City Council Association’s (NOCCA) Post-Election Season Palooza Networking Event. It was great to meet some new council members from a variety of cities in Northeast Ohio.

Local Government Talk
On November 15th it was great to give Mrs. West’s Class from North Royalton High School a tour of the City Council Chambers and teach them a little about how the legislative branch of our Local Government works! They also got to eat lunch at City Hall. Then did a fun activity of solving clues to tour North Royalton’s city services!

Ward 3 Business Visit
On November 25th toured North Royalton Ward 3 business Induction Tooling Inc. located here in the Industrial Parkway. I enjoyed learn more about their business, some history of the industrial Parkway I didn’t know about, and getting a chance to meet with their President Bill Stuehr. Check out their website at www.inductiontooling.com to learn more about them. Thank you to Induction Tooling Inc. for their investment in our community!

Deepest Sympathy
North Royalton Ward 3 resident Neil Sheeley recently passed away. Neil was a great guy, community leader, and was very involved in giving back to our community for several decades! Most notably in the North Royalton Lions Club and being a founding member of the North Royalton CERT. I would like to offer deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sheeley family. Neil will be greatly missed! Read More

York Road Resurfacing Grant
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency recently announced that it will fund the bulk of the York Road resurfacing between Wallings and Sprague roads. This great news for Ward 3 residents on York Road. NOACA has agreed to fund 80% of this estimated $529,397 resurfacing project, providing eligible construction costs up to the maximum amount in the specified State Fiscal Year of implementation, targeted for 2022. The city must match the remaining 20%. Read More.

I have had some residents contact me about some sightings of coyotes in some neighborhoods of Ward 3. I reached out to our Animal Control Warden and wanted to pass along some helpful information he gave me. First coyotes are very common animals throughout Ohio and generally don’t cause any problems. A pair will mate for life. They don’t live in “packs” like wolves, but can be in family groups for some of the year. The city usually gets more calls in winter about coyotes because the leaves are off of the trees and the animals are seen more easily. They also expand their hunting range in winter. That being said, they aren’t generally know to be aggressive towards humans but could be towards pets in some cases. But this too is not very common. The first line of defense against coyotes is to avoid attracting them. Coyotes can adapt to any environment that provides food, water, and even housing. Keeping food sources, especially garbage, scarce is your first priority. I’d recommend putting garbage into garbage cans that cannot be opened by coyotes and cannot be tipped over. Make sure there aren’t open areas under houses, sheds, or decks that coyotes, (or other animals) can use as a den area. Close these open areas off to animals. Fencing is always the best way to deter coyote from a property but it sometimes isn’t financially possible to fence in an entire property. You can however consider fencing in a smaller area for pets if that makes you feel more secure. I’d strongly recommend not leaving pets outside unattended, especially during night time hours. Coyotes have been here in Ohio for many years and being the top predator in the area, they sometimes scare people. They move around often and you may see them regularly for a time and then not see one for years. If you have an Animal Control issue or emergency contact them at 440-237-0665.

Snow Parking Ban Reminder
Since the snow has arrived. Here is a reminder about snow parking bans and where to find out if one is in effect. A snow parking ban pertains to all city streets is not cancelled until a North Royalton Police Department supervisor deems all roads safe and clear, which typically occurs after snow plow operations have been completed. Violators of the snow parking ban are subject to parking citations and/or impoundment of their vehicles. If you like to find out if a snow parking ban is in place you can check out the NRPD Facebook page. You can also see updates in the Facebook and Twitter feed portions of my website’s homepage at www.danlangshaw.com

Ward 3 Recycling Tip of the Month
When you’re done with the old lights, recycle them. Until January 15, the Solid Waste District collects broken, burned out or tangled strings of holiday lights for recycling. Click Here to learn more. Drop unwanted light strings, power cords and power strips at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. No bags or boxes in the recycling bin, please. Place items loose in the marked lobby drop box and take all bags, boxes and containers home with you. Sorry, we cannot accept pre-lit trees or garland. Lights must be removed from the item for proper recycling.

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

Special City Council Finance Committee Meeting December 3rd at 6:30pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

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

The Third Annual North Royalton Christmas Walk is on December 13th. Click Here to learn more.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
On December 14th at 12:00 PM, Wreaths Across America will be at North Royalton Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Please help our location lay wreaths at as many graves as possible by clicking the red “Sponsor” button. Or, if you would like to volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony, please click the “Volunteer” button next to the cemetery name below, and don’t forget to click the “Invite” button to invite your friends and family to join you. Click Here for more information.

City Council Meeting December 17th immediately following the Committee Meetings but no sooner than 7:00pm 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: December 27, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: McDonald’s
5304 Royalton Road
North Royalton, OH 44133