North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: September 2020 (Volume 1)

Greetings Residents,

As a former North Royalton School Board Member, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board Member, North Royalton City Councilman and United States Army Veteran, I truly love serving my country and community through public service.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our community, our city was already in trouble with the dysfunctional city government leading it.  Serving in the minority of City Council, I began to blow the whistle on these serious issues. I even successfully led a historic community effort against the mayor’s unilateral closure of our city jail and saved it. But the majority did not like that at all. They resorted to grimy politics, deleting public records, trying to get me kicked out of my church, violating my constitutional rights, led a mutiny against me to force me out as a duly elected official and the list goes on.

No doubt politics is a very dirty business, but when they targeted my 13 year old step son’s race and other family members for sport it became very personal. I have taken the time these last few months from it all so my family and I could heal and grow from this horrific experience. I have more desire than ever before to make sure the community has a voice. So many residents like you have contacted me, helped with the healing process, expressed your personal experiences of how you have been hurt by officials in our city government, and urged me to retake my seat on council.

I am ecstatic to announce that I will be re-running to earn back my Ward 3 City Council seat with your vote and support in the November 2021 General Election. I am confident that with an entirely new City Council and majority that we can make North Royalton a better city for all our families.

This is the first volume of my new and improved E-Newsletter to help keep you up to date on what is going on with our City Government, Community, and ways we can work together to advocate for the changes we need to help clean up City Hall.

Please feel free to contact me if I can be any service to you or your family.  I look forward to earning your support so that I can successfully return back to City Council and work even harder for all of you.


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/

Current COVID-19 Data as of September 25th
There are 148,894 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 4,734 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 15,127 people have been hospitalized, including 3,243 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 350 reported cases by Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Click here to see the full report issued by the CCBH.

New Data Dashboards
Governor DeWine recently announced the state has launched the Schools Dashboard and the Children’s Dashboard to provide school districts and parents the best information to make decisions about their child’s education and social interactions. The Schools Dashboard will show new and cumulative COVID cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. The data can be sorted by county or school district and includes students and staff. Schools are required to report cases to their assigned Local Health Department who then report to the Ohio Department of Health. The Children’s Dashboard, developed in consultation with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, includes information about cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 among children aged 0-17 in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. Both dashboards are available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Flu Shot Reminder
Although we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu season is approaching. It is important for you to consider getting a flu shot this year to reduce the spread of the flu and its impact on our hospital systems. While it doesn’t protect you from COVID-19, it does provide another layer of protection to keep yourself, your family, friends and communities healthy. I actually just got mine recently at Discount Drug Mart and was in and out. Starting next week, October 7th the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be hosting Drive Up Flu Clinics every Wednesday 9:00am-11:30am. No appointment necessary. Masks required. No insurance? No problem. CCBH has affordable options for clients lacking current medical coverage. Appointments are also available at CCBH Parma and Warrensville Hts. (South Pointe Hospital) locations by calling 216-201-2041 through June 2021. For questions call 216.201.2077, email ccbhnurse@ccbh.net, or visit https://www.ccbh.net/flu-shot-vaccine/ Those who are elderly and need help getting to their physician’s office can contact their local Area Agency on Aging at 866-243-5678 to access transportation resources and other services. Anyone without a primary healthcare provider can visit vaccinefinder.org to find nearby pharmacies and other healthcare locations offering the flu vaccine.

COVID-19 Assistance
What can help your family during the COVID-19 health emergency? Rent or utility help? More food? Cleaning supplies? Click Here to get information and download the application for the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance. This program will no longer be available after September 30th.

#MaskUpNoRo Initiative

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 3,000 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.

Trick or Treat in North Royalton is Still ON

This year Trick or Treat will still occur here in North Royalton on Halloween October 31st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

To protect the safety and health of all members of our community while celebrating Halloween, please use caution for Halloween and other fall festivities. While broad in nature to cover the situations experienced by most Ohioans, the Ohio Department of Health’s “Celebrating Halloween” guidance provides the following good advice:

For Parents/Guardians of Trick-or-Treaters

  • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.

For Community Members

  • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence.

For more information Click Here.

Items Needed for Buddy Program

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. In addition to COVID-19, we will be approaching flu season too. 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
  • Halloween Candy
  • Greeting 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 July & September (August Council was on Summer Recess). The following legislation was past:

  • Ordinance 20-91 is a Charter Amendment for the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot that would allow Council to meet remotely or suspend, or postpone meetings during declared emergencies that encompass the city of North Royalton. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-92 is a Charter Amendment for the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot that establishes a section to create a new department of public safety, changes how Police & Fire Chief are selected, and dramatically changes the city’s public safety forces structure. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-93 is a Charter Amendment for the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot that identifies the officer responsible for the administration of the municipal cemetery. The Director of Municipal Parks, Properties, Cemeteries and Recreation has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city’s Municipal Cemetery. The existing charter language identifies the Director of Public Service as the responsible officer. The amendment will correct the language to identify the proper officer. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-94 is a Charter Amendment for the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot that allows Council the discretion to waive public bidding in the event of an emergency and to select the lowest and/or best bidder when appropriate. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-101 approved the bid of Transport Services Inc. to purchase 13 acres from the city for $350,000 for the parcel, which is directly behind the company’s existing building and property off the south side of Royalton just west of York Road. Transport Services Inc. plans to use the land for an expansion. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-112 authorizes the cash purchase of the property, located at 12704 Ridge Road for the amount of$175,000. The city hopes to use the property to mitigate issues with that part of Ridge Road. Read More.
  • Ordinance 20-115 amends the rules of city council to add economic development as an additional issue that can be discussed in the standing city council committee of Building & Building Codes.

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.

City 2020 City Road Program & Construction Alert

2020 City Road Program
The 2020 City Road Program is underway for Mapleridge, Sedgewick Ct, Claridge Ct, & Montridge Ct., Ridgedale, Parkside, and Thornton Dr to be repaved as part of the 2020 Roads Program and are anticipated to be completed by mid-October.

Royalton Road Widening (W. 130th Street to York Road) Project
Work continues on the north side of Phase 2. On September 25th at night, mainline paving of the whole section is to be performed. Traff tech is scheduled to come in and do the striping the same night. DiGioia has contacted the police to have officers, with cars to help with traffic. All driveways should be completed by this time. We will have zones set up after this to complete the sidewalk and landscaping. If you have any concerns, please contact the County at their local field office in North Royalton at 440-628-8300.

Road Construction in Ward 3
North Royalton Ward 3 Residents who live on Sedgewick Ct, Claridge Ct, & Montridge Ct. Crossroads Asphalt Recycling Inc has begun and will go till about the end of the month. Residents should also be getting a flyer on their front doors advising them of the schedule of the work. Below is also a copy of that flyer too.

2020-2021 School Year has Begun

I wish all the students in the North Royalton City School District a great 2020-2021 School Year! This isn’t like years past due to COVID-19 and the school year starting out 100% remote learning at first. But I am so proud of my son Henry who is in the 8th Grade at NRMS. Thank you to the teachers and school district staff for trying their best in these tough times! #NRInspireGreat

Click Here to view the North Royalton City School District COVID-19 Resources & Updates

School Safety Reminders

The North Royalton City School District has begun this week with some in person learning as part of their hybrid learning phase. You will see more school buses on the roads. Above is a reminder of when you are required to stop for a school bus in Ohio when the bus is stopped for the purpose of picking up or dropping off any school child.
Also please follow all the posted speed limits throughout our city especially 25mph speed limits in the neighborhoods and school zones.

Fine for Not Stopping for School Buses has been Increased
Earlier this year after working for several months with the North Royalton City School District, North Royalton Police Department, City of Broadview Heights, and other officials on addressing the issue of improving school bus safety for the children of our community. I was able to draft legislation and sponsor Ordinance 20-63 before City Council to increase the fine for not stopping for a school bus to a $1,000 fine. I am so proud that even with the pandemic we were able to pass this into law. Read More.

US Census Deadline is September 30th

Don’t forget to complete the US Census! Every community, county and state uses Census data for planning and funding of schools, businesses and other things that benefit citizens. Funding is often allocated based on the population of certain areas. It is everyone’s responsibility to get the count right for Ohio. Click Here to learn more about the US Census and more why your participation is so important.

Need Food Assistance?

North Royalton Food Partnership
The North Royalton Food Partnership will be hosting a food box distribution on October 24th for those in need. Families in need of assistance can apply now till October 14th. The application process has been restructured, and you will need to apply by phone at 440-582-6333 between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. 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 through a cash donation, please mail your check to Royal Redeemer Food Pantry, Attention Terri Close, 11680 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44133.

North Royalton Produce Market
The North Royalton Produce Market’s outdoor season has been extended through November. The market is hosted on the second Tuesday of each month. The next market dates are October 13th and November 10th. Distribution for this program will take place from 2:00pm-3:30pm at the York Road Ball Field Pavilion, 14875 York Road here in North Royalton. Due to COVID-19, it will be necessary for you to remain in your vehicle. For the safety of the community, volunteers and participants, we are requiring that your trunk be clear prior to the distribution. For safety reasons, volunteers cannot enter your vehicle to load food, and you must stay in your vehicle to receive food.The program is specifically geared toward serving the senior citizen population within our community; however, anyone who meets the income criteria, determined by the Federal Government Poverty guidelines, may receive fresh produce from the market. If you are in need of monthly food assistance, call Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church at 440-237-7958 ext. 130 or St. Albert the Great Church at 440-237-6760 for information on their food pantry requirements.

November 3rd General Election

This November 3rd General Election there is a lot at stake with voting for President of the United States, Member of United States Congress, Members of the Ohio General Assembly, Judges, local issues, and more. Read More. Please make sure you vote. The last day to register to vote is October 5th. Click Here if you like to register to vote. Also if you like to vote by mail Click Here to request an application. If you have any questions contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-8683

North Royalton Charter Amendments on the November 3rd General Election Ballot

North Royalton Residents please make sure you vote all the way down your ballots. Because there are four Charter Amendments Issue #23, Issue #24, Issue #25, and Issue #26 on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot that could have direct impact on your daily lives, your families safety, how your taxpayer dollars are spent, and the future of North Royalton. I will have more details in my next E-Newsletter about specific issues with some of these proposed changes. You can also Click Here for more details. Below are what you will see on the ballot.

ISSUE # 23

Proposed Charter Amendment
City of North Royalton

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall Article III, Section (f) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to provide that in the event of a declared emergency that encompasses the City of North Royalton, Council retains the authority to meet remotely or suspend or postpone its meetings until practicable?

ISSUE # 24

Proposed Charter Amendment
City of North Royalton

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to repeal and replace Article VII to create a new Department of Public Safety, which shall include the Divisions of Police and Fire?

ISSUE # 25

Proposed Charter Amendment
City of North Royalton

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall Article X of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to authorize the Director of Municipal Parks, Properties, Cemeteries and Recreation be responsible for the administration of the Municipal Cemetery?

ISSUE # 26

Proposed Charter Amendment
City of North Royalton

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
Shall Article XVI, Section (h) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to authorize Council in the instance of an emergency that significantly affects the duties and obligations of the municipality, to waive the requirement of public bidding and where public bidding is employed, to allow Council to choose the lowest and/or best bidder where appropriate?

Around Ward 3 & Our City

Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church Rebuilt
On September 19th It was an honor to be invited to a banquet celebrating the rebuilding of Saint Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church located at 10383 Albion Road here in Ward 3. It is so great to see their church rise from the ashes after having a major fire back in 2017. Thank you to Pastor Andrew Harmon, members of the church, other local churches, businesses, and members of the North Royalton Community that helped Saint Matthew’s rebuild! Read More.

Helping those Impacted by COVID-19
On August 8th my son Henry and I volunteered with our friends at Journey Church here in North Royalton to help distribute food boxes to the elderly and those in need impacted by COVID-19 in our community.  A Big Thank you to Journey Church and all their members for their kindness! Keep the faith! #InThisTogether

COVID-19 Business Zoom Webinar
A few months ago I hosted a Zoom Webinar with an expert panel from UH and CCBH for North Royalton Ward 3 Business Owners regarding COVID-19. Any Ward 3 or North Royalton Businesses that could attend. Please feel free to watch and share. There is a lot of helpful information to local business owners on how to safely operate during this COVID-19 pandemic.Click Here to watch. #SupportNoRoBusinesses

Upcoming City Government Meetings & Community Events

Blue Star & Gold Star Dedication Ceremony
The North Royalton Garden Club will be dedicating two veterans memorials for the community on September 27th at 10:00am at the Veterans Memorial site at the North Royalton Cemetery. The Blue Star Memorial is dedicated to all who have served in the armed forces. The Gold Star Memorial honors those families and friends who have lost a loved one serving in the armed forces.
These memorials began after WWII in honor of that specific conflict. This was expanded in 1951 to include all persons who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The Garden Club invites all community members to join in honoring these veterans. This is an outdoor ceremony, and guests are asked to wear a mask and social distance.

North Royalton Community Meal
The next North Royalton Community Meal will be hosted on September 27th. Meals, along with a bag of grocery items, are still being distributed via drive-thru pickup. The meal is scheduled for 3:00pm-4:00pm. Participants will enter Saint Albert the Great, located at 6667 Wallings Road, via parking lot A or C and then follow the parking attendant’s direction. Everyone will remain in their vehicles with the trunk open. Anyone may participate, no questions asked. The schedule of meals for the remainder of the year is: October 25th and November 29th.

Full City Calendar for September

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

City Council Meeting October 6th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

City Council Finance, Safety, & Building & Building Codes Committee Meetings October 20th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting October 20th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

Halloween Trick or Treat Night
Halloween Trick or Treat Night will be held on October 31st from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the City of North Royalton. For more information Click Here on ways to stay safe from COVID-19 while still enjoying all the fun.

November 3rd General Election 
Polls open from 6:30am-7:30pm
Click Here for more information.

City Council Streets, Storm Water, & Utilities Committee Meetings November 4th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

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

City Council Finance, Safety, & Building & Building Codes Committee Meetings November 17th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

City Council Meeting November 17th at 7:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agenda.

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 city or ward at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com