North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter November 2020 Wrap Up (Volume 4)

Greetings Residents,

Hope everyone had a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving. My family and I did an early mini Thanksgiving the before night to make it special for my wife Marissa who is a nurse. Like many others who had to work the holiday at hospitals on the front lines battling COVID-19 and saving lives! To all the doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, all those serving overseas in the US military. You all are heroes! God Bless and Thank You all!

Below I have a number of important COVID-19, local government, and holiday items to update you on as we get closer to Christmas.  As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com or call me at 440-785-4240.

Have a Great Week!

Dan Langshaw
Former Councilman &
2021 Candidate for North Royalton Ward 3 City Council

COVID-19 Update

Top 4 places to get accurate and 24/7 situational information you need to know in staying safe throughout this pandemic are the following resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

State of Ohio & Governor Mike DeWine

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

City of North Royalton
Website: www.northroyalton.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofNorthRoyaltonOH/

The increase spread of COVID-19 is real and you need to do what you can to help limit the spread. Even here in North Royalton. More alarming is the strain on capacity at our local hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients. Including ICU bed space. There are more and more folks I know who have COVID-19 in our community that luckily have been able to manage their symptoms at home by self quarantine without needing hospital care. But that is not the case for everyone. Read More.

Ohio Stay-At-Home Order & 21 Day Curfew
Effective November 19, 2020 the Ohio Department of Health has issued a 10:00pm to 5:00am statewide curfew for 21 days.The curfew does not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10:00pm. Click Here to view the full order.

Mass Gatherings Order
The Ohio Department of Health has issued a revised health order to limit mass gatherings. To minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other banquet events are subject to these restrictions. Click Here to view.

Updated Mask Order
Ohio’s updated health order enforcing mask-wearing in retail locations took effect on November 16, 2020. The order restates that everyone 10 or older must wear a facial covering when in a retail store and includes the listed provisions.This order does not apply to restaurants, bars, banquet and catering centers, hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, gyms, dance instruction studios, or personal fitness venues as these businesses fall under previously-issued, existing orders.Click Here to view the updated order.

Cuyahoga County Stay-At-Home Advisory
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has issued a Stay-At-Home Advisory that will last through December 17, 2020. Click Here to view.

Current COVID-19 Data as of November 30th
There are 398,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 6,009 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. A total of 26,864 people have been hospitalized, including 4,682 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov. In the 44133 Zip Code which North Royalton is located in there are 794 reported cases by Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Click here to see the full report issued by the CCBH.

Assistance Programs for those Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program
Cuyahoga County Council has approved $2 Million Dollars of CARES Act funding to provide utility assistance to residents who have been affected by COVID-19. Read More. CHN Housing Partners, the organization administering the Cuyahoga County Rent Relief Fund, will also administer the utility assistance grant program funded by the County. The program is expected to run from November 11, 2020 through December 31, 2020 but could go longer if an extension for CARES funding is approved by Congress that would allow for the program to extend beyond December 2020.To apply for the utility assistance funds, Click Here. For questions or help applying, call 833-377-7368.
Home Relief Grant
The state of Ohio, working with local Community Action Agencies, will help eligible Ohioans who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills catch up on past payments back to April 1, 2020 and provide additional assistance through December 30, 2020. Click Here to apply.

Learn Aid
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. Applications can be submitted at www.LearningOhio.com

In late March of 2020, while serving on City Council I launched my #MaskUpNoRo Initiative to get as many homemade cloth face masks to residents and businesses who urgently need in both Ward 3 and North Royalton Community to eliminate the spread of COVID-19!

Because of the help of many amazing volunteers “Mask Angels”, generous donations of supplies, and more. Over 4,000 FREE homemade cloth masks have already been given out so far to the elderly, those with high risk conditions to COVID-19, #NRWard3Buddy Program residents, nurses, front line health care workers, nursing homes, residential care facilities for those with developmental disabilities, essential businesses, essential workers, first responders families, kids, teachers and more throughout North Royalton! Wearing a mask on top of other measures like social distancing and proper personal hygiene will help get us hopefully closer to a return back to normal sooner!

If you need a mask or like to make a donation of supplies email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com or call 440-785-4240.

Items Needed for Buddy Program for Christmas

There are still a number of residents in the Buddy Program, especially those who are elderly or have health conditions that make them at greater risk to COVID-19. Since COVID-19 is unfortunately not going anywhere anytime soon.  It is so important for those in the program to have all the supplies they need. Plus some fun things to brighten their spirits too. If your able to donate any of the below items please let me know at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com or at 440-785-4240:

  • Handsantizer
  • Lysol
  • Microban sanitizing spray
  • Gift cards for grocery or drug stores
  • Fast food gift cards or certificates
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Disposable surgical or multi layered masks
  • Non Parishable or canned food items
  • Christmas spirit items (poinsettias, very mini Christmas tree (real or artificial), wreath, and etc.
  • Homemade Christmas Cards made by little kids

If is easier. You can also drop off any of these items at my home anytime and leave them at my front door or on my front bench. My address is:

5970 Wallings Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

Thank you for all your help!

City Council Legislative Highlights

Some highlights from the Council Meetings for the months of October and November. The following legislation was approved:

  • Ordinance 20-120, establishes a temporary moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications for zoning, occupancy, conditional use and/or building permit approvals for small box discount stores in all zoning districts in the City of North Royalton. Read More.
  • Resolution 20-121, authorizes the Mayor to seek State Issue 1 Funding. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-128, provides relief to the YMCA in paying off their debt for the North Royalton YMCA facility.
  • Ordinance 20-133, clarifies that in addition to HOAs being able to apply for the city’s Storm Water Grant Program that individual property owners can apply as well for certian types of mitigation projects.

If you like to learn more about what is going on in City Council check out the minutes online by Clicking Here. Also your welcome to attend City Council Meetings, just make sure that you wear mask or face covering while inside City Hall.

Charter Amendment Issue #24 Defeated

Thank you to all the voters for taking the time to make a decision on North Royalton Charter Amendment Issue 24. On Election Day November 3rd Issue 24 was historically defeated by a NO vote of 11,023 71.36% vs a Yes vote of 4,424 28.64%. A clear message was sent that the community overwhelmingly values our brave police officers, firefighters, and politics kept out of our safety forces! A special thank you to fellow community leader Dawn Carbone-McDonald for helping me so much with this historic effort to keep North Royalton safe for all our families! I am so grateful for all those who worked so hard to help educate fellow residents on this issue, including all the members of the police and fire departments, residents who wrote letters to the editor to our local newspapers, those who came out to work the polls all day yesterday and all those who put signs in their yards. Also a thank you to those who showed up at City rallies over the last several weeks to support our police and fire departments while taking extra personal safety measures due to COVID-19. Read More.

Results of other Charter Amendments on the November 3rd General Election Ballot

North Royalton Charter Amendment Issue #23 regarding allow City Council to meet Remotely during Emergencies PASSED.

North Royalton Charter Amendment Issue #25 regarding City Cemetery PASSED.

North Royalton Charter Amendment Issue #26 regarding changes to Public Bidding was DEFEATED with 6,252 Yes votes 42.81% vs. 8,352 NO Votes 57.19%.

Read More.

Need Food Assistance?

North Royalton Food Partnership
The North Royalton Food Partnership is accepting applications by phone for the holiday food box program and “Adopt a Family” now through Wednesday, December 2nd for those in need. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the process has been restructured, and you will need to apply by calling 440-582-6333 Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. There is no voicemail option, so please be patient and try your call again during those hours. Applications will NOT be taken in person at the North Royalton Office on Aging. When calling, please be prepared and have available the necessary information: household income, household size, current address and telephone number. To qualify, your total income must be at or below 175 percent of the Federal Income Guidelines. If you are able to help the Food Partnership provide food assistance with a cash donation, you can mail a check to the North Royalton Food Pantry, Attention Terry Close, 11680 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44133.

City 2021 City Budget

City Council has begun the 2021 City Budget process. I encourage you to take a look at the budget and see how your taxpayer dollars are being spent. One of the most important functions of the City Council is to determine how your hard earned tax dollars are spent in the city. It was announced at the last City Council meet that they may have a final vote on the budget before the end of the year. Below are links to all the 2021 City Budget documents.

2021 City Budget Presentation

2021 Original City Budget Ordinance

2021 Capital Equipment Highlights

Shop Small this Holiday Season

This past Saturday was Small Business Saturday. Before COVID-19 hit many of our local businesses were having a hard time. Then COVID-19 pandemic hit and made things worse for many of our small family run businesses here in North Royalton. Anything you can do help #SupportNoRoBusinesses will be greatly appreciated this holiday season.

Santa on Wheels

Since COVID-19 has canceled a lot of the normal Christmas fun here in North Royalton. Like the annual Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony where Santa comes to make a brief visit for the kids before his big day the 25th! So a few of Santa’s elves got together and are bringing Santa to visit the kids of North Royalton in their neighborhoods this year. They can also get a social distant photo with Santa too! (Map and list of neighborhoods of Santa’s route coming soon) Special thank you to Carbone-McDonald Family, Langshaw Family, Royalton Gifts, Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Ice cream, Beyond Words: Music & Dance Center, Generations Antiques and More for making this happen! #SantaOnWheelsNR

Around Ward 3 & Our City

Thanksgiving Buddy Program Care Packages
On November 25th it was great delivering all the Thanksgiving Care Packages for my #NRBuddyProgram and making Thanksgiving a little brighter during this COVID-19 pandemic for those going through a tough time. It was especially moving seeing some of the residents that were in tears of joy getting their care packages and just knowing how kind the North Royalton Community is! Thank You to all those whose children and students that made so many wonderful Thanksgiving cards, the wonderful items donated for the care packages, gift cards, and food for those in the program!

Veterans Day
COVID-19 can’t stop honoring all those who have served our great nation. On Veterans Day November 11th I enjoyed attending my Strongsville VFW Post 3345 Veterans Day Celebration. Thank you all our local elementary schools for the wonderful virtual Veterans Day Celebrations to honor veterans in North Royalton!

Midwest Cheer Elite’s Drive Thru Trunk or Treat
On October 24th my son Henry and I had so much fun participating in the Midwest Cheer Elite’s Drive Thru Trunk or Treat this evening! Seeing so many happy kids at least have some safe Halloween fun was worth it! Thank you to Midwest Cheer Elite for all the positive things they do here in North Royalton like this family fun event each year!

The Green Heart of North Royalton Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony
On October 18th  as a Trustee & Chairman of Historical Marker Committee for the North Royalton Historical Society it was an honor to attend The Green Heart of North Royalton Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony. This was such a dream come true to finally have the Ohio Historical Marker preserving the history of the North Royalton City Green dedicated today. This project took me countless hours and about 2 years of work to pull off, especially in getting a grant to pay for pretty much the entire marker all worth it. Now that the entire community can now enjoy it!
I want say some special thank you to the following individuals, groups, and organizations for making this project a success: Ohio History Connection, William G. Pomeroy Foundation, Cuyahoga County Archives, Western Reserve Historical Society, Surviving Ancestors of the Sprague Family, State Senator Matt Dolan, State Represenative Tom Patton, City of North Royalton, North Royalton Historical Society President Don Harris, North Royalton Historical Society Trustee Pat Harris, North Royalton Historical Society Secretary Beverly Phiel, North Royalton Historical Society Treasurer Georgia Viehbeck & Historical Marker Committee Member, the entire North Royalton Historical Society Membership, and all the others who played a role in some what making this happen! Thank you so much! Read More. Note: Marker can be seen from the Ridge Road side of the North Royalton City Green

Upcoming City Government Meetings & Community Events

Special City Council Committee Meeting December 1st at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting December 1st at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

Jingle All the Way for JOA! Join JOA December 5th for a great Family Friendly Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Grab a carload of friends and meet us at 1:00pm at Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Ice Cream at the corners of State and Royalwood in North Royalton. They got a great scavenger hunt planned including Holiday charm and festivities. Prizes for those that are scavenger savvy and of course distanced fellowship. Register at www.joainc.org $50 a carload and donations, of course, always accepted!

City Council Meeting December 15th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

Full City Calendar for December

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, Zoom Townhall Meeting, or Event that you would like for me attend? Email me your feedback or invite to an event in the city or ward at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com