Ward 3 E-Newsletter: May 2019

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

As the weather gets better you will start to see a lot of road work and other projects getting under way throughout the city. In City Government I have a number of things to update you on as well below.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s here in Ward 3!

Happy Mother's Day Tag on Flowers

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 April. Council approved Ordinance 19-35 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a memorandum of understanding between Cuyahoga County and the City of North Royalton for the use of the Cuyahoga County mass notification system Read Notify. Council also approved Ordinance 19-36 authorizing all actions necessary to accept the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) Energized Community grants. Council approved Ordinance 19-24 authorizing the Mayor to enter into an energy savings contract with Leopardo. Council passed Ordinance 19-39 providing for the issuance and sale of not to exceed $2,911,000 aggregate principal amount of bonds of the city of North Royalton to pay costs of constructing and installing a city-wide energy conservation project. Read More.

Safety Committee Update
As Chairman of the Safety Committee I brought the issue of the intersection of York Road & Albion Road at our March Meeting. After residents here in Ward 3 voiced concerns about increased traffic and congestion at the intersection due to the Route 82 construction. The Police Department and Administration are still looking into possible some options. I am hoping at out May 21st Committee Meeting to get an update on what they recommend. Read More. On a seperate note the Police Department is currently field testing some different types of Police Body & Dash Cameras and will be giving my committee a recommendation in the coming months of which is the best to move forward with purchasing.

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

City Update

New Police K-9

The North Royalton Police Department’s new K-9 is named Bear, a one-year-old German Shepherd. He is the first K-9 our department has had in about twenty years. Bear is the second dog chosen for this program. The first dog, which was chosen unfortunately had to be returned, as he had a health problems due to a hernia. North Royalton’s K-9 program was re-instituted after we received a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation in the amount of $12,800, which funds the cost of the dog, kennels and a bulletproof vest for the dog. The city also received 10-week K-9 training by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, free of charge. Once Bear and his partner complete their training you will see them soon out in our community! Read More.

Royalton Road Widening (W. 130th  Street to York Road) Project Update
Work continues on the tap-ins for the water main for the next 30 days or so for the Royalton Road Widening project from W. 130th Street to York Road. Earthwork has already begun with the removal of pavement on the south side of the roadway to construct the proposed cross section for the new roadway.  There will be significant cuts and fills occurring.  This is all in preparation to begin paving the eastern portion of the roadway this year. If you have any concerns, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-9229. Read More.

Water Main Projects
Cleveland Water Department is doing two major water main projects this summer. Two water main projects are in the works this summer. The first is the State Road Water Main Replacement Project will replace approximately 5,323 feet of water main between Castle Drive and Sprague Road. This project also includes replacement of valves, fire hydrants and service connections. This project has begun and should be done tentatively by July. The other project is Phase 2 of the Royalton Road waterline replacement project  a section of 1,950 linear feet of the waterline from State Road to Prince Charles. Read More.

2019 City Road Repair Program Update
The 2019 City Road Repair Program is underway. Crossroads Asphalt Recycling has begun two pavement repairs projects of Bunker Rd (between Ridge Rd and State Rd) will be milled and repaved. Monticello Estates Subdivision (Chesapeake Dr) will have partial depth joint repairs.
Both lanes of traffic will be effected during these projects and it should take about 1 month to complete.

Around Ward 3

St Matthew the Evangelist Church
On April 3rd I attend the North Royalton Planning Commission Meeting to speak in support of Ward 3 St Matthew the Evangelist Church’s plan to rebuild their church as a result of a fire last year. I’m excited to see them rise from the ashes and for their entire congregation to be able to return back home to our city! Read More.

North Royalton High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
On April 6th attended the North Roylton High School Groundbreaking Ceremony. Special thanks to the Superintendent Gurka for inviting me to have the honor of being a part of this special event! My sons Henry and Derek look forward to attending the newly renovated school when they are old enough! ‬

YMCA Easter Egg Hunt
On April 7th my son Derek, my family, and I had a great time at the 4th Annual North Royalton Family YMCA Easter Egg Hunt! Thank you to the YMCA for putting on such a fun family event for our community!

NRAB Night at the Races Fundraiser
On April 13th the First Lady of North Royalton Ward 3 and I along with our family/friends had a great time at the 20th Annual North Royalton Athletic Boosters Night at the Races! A big thank you to the Athletic Boosters for all that they do for our student athletes! GO BEARS!

North Royalton Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

On April 14th my son Derek had a great time at his first North Royalton Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt! The rain did not stop all the fun! It was cool to have it inside City Hall this year! Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for putting on this great annual family event and all they do for our community!

Mayor’s Spring Business Breakfast Meeting
On April 24th attended Mayor Stefanik’s Spring Business Breakfast Meeting. Economic Development Director Tom Jordan gave a brief update on various projects going on throughout the city. The guest speaker from First National Bank was very informative about ways businesses can avoid being victims of different types of fraud. Also great to see a number of North Royalton Ward Businesses owners in attendance too‬!

Help a Fellow Ward 3 Resident in a Time of Need
There was a very bad motorcycle accident that happened here in North Royalton Ward 3 last month. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe Keider (Jojo) and his family. Jojo is a Ward 3 resident who lives in the Southampton Neighborhood. He is truly lucky to be alive and has a long road to go as he recovers. He and his family could use some help with medical bills and more. If anyone would like to donate through GoFundMe, can visit gofundme.com/jojo-keider-recovery-fund. Direct deposits can also be made through PNC Bank in either Mark or Joe Keider’s name. There is also a fundraiser for Jojo planned from 1-5 p.m. May 26 at The 3 Spot, located at 13855 Ridge Road. Tickets are $25 each in advance or $30 at the door, and will include three drink tickets, pizza, pasta, wings and salad as well entertainment from the band Bronx Country. There will also be a $500 lottery basket and tickets are $10 each, also available at The 3 Spot all month.  Also Read More about what happened to him and his recovery. To follow his progress, visit Joe Keider Updates.Your help is appreciated!

Need Extra Help Around the Yard?
If you are an elderly resident or handicapped and in need of some extra help with yard work. If so the outdoor Home Helper Ministry from St. Albert the Great Church can help you. If you are interested please contact Sue Kurzweil at suekurz@wideopenwest.com or call Denise Bobulsky at 440-237-6760 for more information.

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
What do you do with your outdated or unused medications at home? Don’t flush them. Flushing pills down the toilet can be a water quality issue because wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove pharmaceuticals from the wastewater. Those medications could affect the environment and endanger public health. Protect your family and the environment by properly disposing of your medications safely at the North Royalton Police Department which has a 24/7 drop-off bin for prescription pills, tablets and capsules in the Police Station Lobby. Needles, syringes and liquid medications are not accepted.

Hosts Needed Still for Ward 3 Neighborhood Meet & Greets?
Something new I want to try out for 2019 is doing Neighborhood Meet & Greets throughout Ward 3. I need some residents who are willing to volunteer to host the meeting at their homes anytime this year that is convenient for them. The purpose of these meetings is to get to know me better as your Councilman, share ideas or concerns for the city/ward, and to get to know your neighbors a little better too. If you are interested in being a host home please email me at ward3@northroyalton.org or call me at 440-785-4240 for more information. Thank you for your help!

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 May 7th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

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

North Royalton Fire Department Safety Fair & Open House
on May 18thth from 10:00am-2:00pm at Fire Station #1 located at 7000 Royalton Rd. Read More.

2019 Garden Fest
hosted by the North Royalton Garden Club will be on May 18th from 9:00am-3:00pm at the North Royalton Christian Church 5100 Royalton Rd.

City Council Finance, Safety, Building & Building Codes, Review & Oversight Committee Meetings May 21st at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting May 21st at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

North Royalton Family YMCA Veteran Appreciation Weekend May 24th-27th. Learn more by calling 440-230-9339.

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: May 25, 2019
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Where: McDonald’s
5304 Royalton Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

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

City Calendar for May