Ward 3 E-Newsletter: June 2019

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,
School is out and Summer is here! Things remain relatively busy in your City Government with a number of items to update you on below.


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 May. Council approved Ordinance 19-49 for the Royalton Road Water Main Replacement Project between State Road and Prince Charles Drive. Council also approved Resolution 19-50, a resolution in support of amending Substitute House Bill 166 the State Operating Budget and strongly urging the Ohio Governor and Members of the Ohio General Assembly to restore the Local Government Fund to pre-recession levels. Council approved Ordinance 19-51 for a new Emergency Medical Vehicle for the North Royalton Fire Department.

Safety Committee Update
As Chairman of the Safety Committee you may be aware that I have brought up the issue of the intersection of York Road & Albion Road after residents here in Ward 3 voiced concerns about increased traffic and congestion at the intersection due to the Route 82 construction. In my committee we have had continued discussions about this issue the last few months. Just an update at our May 21st Safety Committee Meeting we received word that the Northeast Ohio Areawide Agency (NOACA) will conduct traffic study of the intersection of York Road and Albion Road at no cost to taxpayers. They will also conduct traffic studies of some additional intersections in our city as well. 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

Royalton Road Widening (W. 130th  Street to York Road) Project Update
Working continues on the Royalton Road Widening Project. Asphalt is being placed along the south side of the new roadway between Spruce Run and just east of Abbey Road. Temporary ramps of stone and asphalt are being placed to transition from this new pavement grade to the existing roadway grade.  Please use caution when utilizing these ramp systems as some may be steep.  Work to complete sidewalks and driveway aprons will proceed after this is completed and in late June the traffic will be switched to the new south pavement in Phase 1 to allow for the work to be completed on the north side. If you have any concerns, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-9229. Read More.


2019 City Road Repair Program Update
The 2019 City Road Repair Program is underway. Good news for Ward 3 residents City Council has appropriated additional funds from the savings from our road program this year to add an additional project of resurfacing all of Albion Road this year from West 130th all the way up to Ridge Road. Albion Road resurfacing has been something I have been advocating for the last few years. I am not sure when work will begin. But I will give you an update when I have more information.


Summer Laborer Positions Available
The City of North Royalton is still hiring Summer Laborers. If you know of anyone looking for summer work especially students home from college. This might be a great opportunity for them. For more information Click Here

Around Ward 3

State Budget Testimony
On May 6th Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck and I provided Joint Testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee down in Columbus on House Bill 166 the State Operating Budget and advocated for increasing funding to the Local Government Fund to help cities like North Royalton.  Click Here to view video of our testimony. Our testimony begins at the 2:56:40 mark of the video. Read More.


NOCCA Human Trafficking Forum
On May 16th attended the Northeast Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA) Quarterly Forum on Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio: What Can We Do? Ohio is the 4th highest state in human trafficking in the US. The featured speakers Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy from Human Trafficking Specialized Docket of the Cleveland Municipal Court, Sergeant James Mackey from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force, Sister Ann Victory Director of Education from the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and Kenya Smith from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center were extremely informative on this issue! If you have a concern about possible human trafficking call 216-443-6085 for the Cuyahoga County Regional HT Task Force.

Safety Fair & Open House

On May 18th attended the North Royalton Fire Department Safety Fair & Open House this morning! This is a fun annual tradition for my family! This year is my youngest son Derek’s first time and he loved it! Special thank you to all our safety forces for what they do to keep us safe 24/7!

Soccer Days
Also on May 18th I stopped by North Royalton Soccer Club’s Soccer Days and cheered on my U 8 Girls Vegas Gold Team as they played their playoff game! It’s great to be a sponsor of their team and to give back to our community! Good Luck Girls!!!

Garden Fest
In the afternoon of May 18th I also to stopped by the North Royalton Garden Club’s Garden Fest! I am proud to say Club President Pam Wetterau is a Ward 3 resident! Thank you to Pam and the Garden Club for all the great things they do for our community!!

Purple Skies Homestead Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On May 19th it was an honor to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Purple Skies Homestead the First Bed & Breakfast to Open up here in North Royalton located at 18802 State Rd. Learn more about them at www.PurpleSkiesHomestead.com

Memorial Day Ceremony
On May 27th it was an honor to attend the Annual North Royalton Memorial Day Ceremony at the City Veterans Memorial. Thank you to all those who attended to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Read More.

Mayor’s Annual Senior Citizen Picnic
On May 29th it was great to stop by Mayor Stefanik’s Annual Senior Citizen Picnic! It was also nice to catch up with a few Ward 3 residents who were enjoying the picnic as well! ‬

YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s Annual Meeting
On May 30th attended the YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s Annual Meeting. Congrats to Mayor Stefanik for receiving the YMCA President’s Award for all his efforts over the years to bring the YMCA into our community and more! Also congrats to Ward 3 resident Amy Kuntz for receiving the YMCA Triangle Award for her volunteer work and all the amazing things she does to make a difference in our community!

Special Congrats!
Congrats to North Royalton Firefighter Paramedic Tom Sargent who was presented the 2018 – 2019 Friend of Education Award by the North Royalton City School District! I am proud to say he is also a fellow Ward 3 resident! We are so lucky to have such great people like him serving our community! Great job Tom! Read More.

2019 Dan Langshaw Leadership Scholarship Winner

I am proud to announce the winner of my 14th Annual Dan Langshaw Leadership College Scholarship is North Royalton Royalton High School Senior Ashley Costa! She will be attending the University of Dayton majoring in Nursing & Education. Congrats Ashley!

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
This month I want to make sure residents are aware that plastic bags have officially been banned in Cuyahoga County starting January 1, 2020. Cuyahoga County Council voted 8 to 3 to ban single-use plastic bags and bags that are not 100% recyclable or made from at least 40% of recycled material. It includes exemptions for restaurant leftovers or carry-out orders, bags consumers bring with them, bags for hazardous materials, bags for newspapers, dry-cleaning, meat, pet waste, prescriptions or partially consumed bottles of wine. The county will participate in educational efforts throughout the next few months so residents can learn more about this ban the passed. Read More. Most retail stores including grocery stores like Giant Eagle do offer recyclable bags to use. Now might me a good time to start getting some to prepare for the change in 2020.

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, & Utilities Committee Meetings June 4th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting June 4th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.


St. Albert the Great Church will host a Community Café  that will serve a free breakfast to adults once a month every second Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:30am stating June 11th.  This monthly breakfast will always be hosted in the hall in the lower level of the church building at 6667 Wallings Road. Read More.

North Royalton Senior Center Trip June 10th. Call 440-582-6333 for more information.

City Council Finance, Safety, Building & Building Codes, Review & Oversight Committee Meetings June 18th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting June 18th at 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: June 23, 2019
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
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 to be announced soon. For more information contact 440-237-7958 x244 or SupplyingSuccessNR@gmail.com

City Calendar for June