Ward 3 E-Newsletter: July 2019

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

As City Council approaches its’ upcoming summer recess in August there are still a number of things going on in your City Government to update you on below.

Save the Date
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 August 31st from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Rd in North Royalton. More details coming soon….

July 5th Storm Update
On July 5th and days following since I have been assisting Ward 3 residents impacted by the storm that hit our area. I wanted to provide an update you that the cities of Parma, Parma Heights, and North Royalton are working with the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) to assess the overall damage caused by Friday’s microburst. All three cities bore the brunt of last week’s storm. The news media reported Parma received 4.1 inches of rain in less than an hour, primarily impacting the southwestern portion of the city. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, found spikes in the rainfall rates of about 5.5 inches per hour in parts of southern Parma and northern North Royalton. Officials from the three cities met yesterday at Parma City Hall with the county’s OEM team, NEORSD officials, and a representative from Congressman Anthony Gonzalez’s office to discuss potential resources for residents and businesses hit by flooding. Conducting a damage assessment in the communities is important for seeking potential state and federal assistance. County and city officials, however, caution that qualifying for those resources requires a high cost damage threshold for residences and businesses. While it is extremely doubtful last week’s flooding damage will meet the necessary criteria, the county and the three cities, nevertheless, are trying to determine whether costs associated with the flooding will trigger the high standard for receiving state and federal aid. In making that determination, the county’s OEM team has been visiting the area to assess the damage. If you are a Ward 3 resident who was impacted by the storm the city is asking residents and businesses impacted by flooding to fill this form by Clicking Here and email it to our city Safety Director Bruce Campbell at bcampbell@northroyalton.org. This data will help the county and city calculate the total flooding damage. Information on flooding insurance is also available. I will keep you posted on any additional information that I receive and will continue assist residents impacted by the storm.

Have a great rest of the week!

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 June. Council approved Ordinance 19-54 to establish a energy conservation project capital improvement fund. Council also passed Ordinance 19-55 establishing a municipal public improvement tax increment equivalent fund.

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

City Update

2019 City Road Repair Program Update
The 2019 City Road Repair Program is underway. Albion Road Resurfacing (York Road to Ridge Road) will be done by Crossroads Asphalt which be doing a mill and fill resurfacing along this roadway. This project is scheduled to take place tomorrow with a 14 day schedule weather dependent. I will keep you posted when I have more information.

Police K-9 Unit Up and Running
Our City’s new K-9 officer “Bear” recently graduated from his training. On June 14th both Officer Bear and his handler Patrolman Daniel McClintic began their first day of duty together! Read More.

Little Free Library Now Open
The first ever Little Free Library is now open in our city located at next to the entrance to the lower pavilion at Memorial Park at 14600 State Road. Thank you to Boy Scout Even Porter for doing this Eagle Scout project and promoting reading in our community! Read More.

Royalton Road Resurfacing (York Road to East Corporate Line)
Royalton Road will be resurfaced in 2 phases. Phase 1 is from York Road to just east of Ridge Road, and Phase 2 is from the end of Phase 1 to the east corporation line.  The project is a mill and fill pavement replacement, with catch basin adjustments and curb replacements along the project limits.  Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.  Message boards will be active and warn motorists of the construction. The project will be starting this week with Phase 1 will be from York Road to just east of Ridge Road and should be completed by the end of July/early August.

Columbia Gas Betterment Project (Albion to North Corporation Line)
Some restoration work has begin along the project corridor to repair driveway aprons and the roadway that was disturbed as part of this project. Columbia Gas is in the process of installing a 12″ diameter gas line along Ridge Road from north of Albion Road to north of Tilby Road. This  gas main will provide better pressures to portions south and west of this location for future and already expanded developments in the City. Portions of this gas main are being installed along the southbound lane of Ridge Road, while the remainder will be installed within private easements on the west side of Ridge Road that were acquired by Columbia Gas. While working in the roadway, there will be times of delays as traffic is stopped in one direction to allow traffic from the opposite direction to proceed.  Please use caution while traveling through this and any construction zone. This project is anticipated to be completed in the Fall (October) 2019.  Please direct any and all concerns to the Engineering Department at 440-582-3001.

Royalton Road Watermain Replacement (State Road to Prince Charles Drive)
This project has begun with the installation of the temporary bypass waterline being installed along this corridor.  Mainline construction will begin soon. It is anticipated that work will be completed by the end of August.  Please direct any and all concerns to the Engineering Department at 440-582-3001.

State Road Watermain Replacement (Sprague Road to Castle Drive)
This project is underway, with the bypass waterline installed and active.  The project to be completed in late September. Small construction zones will be in place and flaggers will be utilized to safely move traffic through this area.

Royalton Road Widening (W. 130th  Street to York Road) Project Update
Traffic has been shifted to allow for the removal of the old roadway and construction of the new roadway on the north side between Spruce Run Drive and just east of Abbey Road. As of July 1st, the intersection at Abbey Road will be closed for 30-40 days to allow for the reconstruction of this intersection. Message boards and detour routes will be posted. Work continues to install the sidewalks and driveway aprons along the new southern portion of the widening between Spruce Run Drive and just east of Abbey Road. If you have any concerns, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-9229.

Around Ward 3

Inaugural Ward 3 Business Meet & Greet Breakfast Meeting

On June 5th I hosted my Inaugural Ward 3 Business Meet & Greet Breakfast Meeting at The Hidden Backyard for businesses to network with other fellow Ward 3 businesses, get to know better me, and discuss ways for further engagement and dialogue for the future together. Thank you again to all the Ward 3 businesses that participated! I greatly appreciate their feedback and hope to do another one of these later this year. Read More.

Park Bench & Tree Dedication Ceremony

On June 8th it was an honor to be at Memorial Park for the Dedication Ceremony for the park bench and tree in memory of Ward 3 residents Suzanne Taylor, Taylor Pifer, and Kylie Pifer. Special thank you to Juliana Gordon, Betsy Engel, and all those in the North Royalton Community that made this happen! These women will not be remember for the horrific way they were taken from us but for their lasting legacy of kindness with this bench and tree for all to enjoy. Read More.

Annual St. Albert the Great Church Founders Day Family Festival

On June 9th my family and I attended the St. Albert the Great Church Founders Day Festival. We had fun time. This year was extra special since it was the 60th Anniversary for St. Albert the Great Church! I am extremely thankful for all the great things the church does for the North Royalton Community and surrounding area!

State Budget Testimony
On June 17th I provided testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee down in Columbus on Substitute House Bill 166 the State Operating Budget and to continue to advocated for increasing funding to the Local Government Fund to help cities like North Royalton. Click Here to view video of my testimony. My testimony begins at the 31:03 mark of the video. Read More.

Summer Soiree Event
On June 23rd my boys and I had a fun time at the North Royalton Summer Soirée Event sponsored by Royalton Gifts & Madelyn Rose Boutique.

11/12 year old Girls Softball Team

I want to recognize my North Royalton 11/12 year old Purple Panthers Girls Rec Softball Team for playing a great season! It was an honor to be the sponsor of their team this year! Go Purple Panthers!

9/10 Boys Baseball Team
I also want to recognize my North Royalton 9/10 Boys Rec Baseball Team the Marauders for play a great season as well! It was an honor to sponsor their team as well this year! Go Marauders!

Abbey Rd Road Closure Has Begun
Abbey Road is closed to ALL traffic from Royalton Road to just south of the last Royal Redeemer drives which began on July 1st, for 30-40 days as part of the Royalton Road Widening Project. I will keep you updated as this impacts Ward 3 residents who live in that area.

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 to the Building Department at 440-582-3000.

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
Relearning Recycling. We’re all learning about the impact of placing the wrong items in our recycling bins. The world’s recycling economy has been reeling from many different factors, including contamination, and recycling properly is more important than ever. You can help be part of the solution by recycling right at home, at work and at school. Click Here for some important recycling FAQs.

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

City Council Streets, Storm Water, & Utilities Committee Meetings July 2nd at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting July 2nd at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

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

City Council Meeting July 16th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

16th Annual George Modock Jr Memorial Fishing Derby will be on July 19th at 10:00am at Memorial Park lower pavilion. Registration starts at 9:00am. Bring your own bait. For more information contact the City Recreation Department at 440-237-5646.

North Royalton Fire Department Food Drive
In December, the North Royalton Fire Department had a very successful food drive organized between University Hospitals, Parma Medical Center and surrounding city Fire Departments. Their goal was to schedule a “Christmas in July” Food Drive, however have been unable to secure a date at this time. Beginning July 1st, North Royalton Fire Department would like to challenge North Royalton residents to drop off “unexpired” food donations during the month of July to our main station, located at 7000 Royalton Road. All food donated will be distributed among families in our community through the Food Pantry at Royal Redeemer. The reason for this challenge is due to the inventory being low during the summer months at the Food Pantry. The Food Drive will take place for the month of July! Read More.

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: July 27, 2019
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Where: McDonald’s
5304 Royalton Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

Supplying Success Program

The Supplying Success Program is a new local program to provide children with the tools they need to get a successful start to the school year and help fulfill the school supply requirements for North Royalton families in need by creating a community wide school supply program. The school supply drive will run from July 12th-August 2nd. Drop off locations are Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Royalton Library, North Royalton Schools Admin Building, North Royalton City Hall, Royalton Woods, and North Royalton YMCA. Read More. For more information contact 440-237-7958 x244 or SupplyingSuccessNR@gmail.com

City Calendar for July