North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: May 2021 (Volume 11)

Greetings Residents,

It’s been a long year since the  COVID-19 pandemic first hit our country. Finally there are some new hopes that life is returning to normal. I would like to update you on some COVID-19 information, things going on in our local government that you should be aware of, and community events happening around our community. 

Today is Memorial Day. Harry S. Truman once said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” On this Memorial Day let’s honor and remember all those who have paid the the ultimate price especially from our community so we all can live free as Americans. 

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.

May God Bless all the fallen and Gold Star Families on this Memorial Day.

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

COVID-19 Update

Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination Clinic Update
Ohio’s Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Wolstein Center is open 7 days a week. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or vaccination appointments can be reserved at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 833-4-ASK-ODH. There are also more than 1,200 other local area providers offering vaccines across the state. Those who receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Wolstein Center before the clinic closes will be scheduled to receive their second dose at an area Discount Drug Mart location. Free transportation in Cuyahoga County is available by calling 2-1-1. Youth ages 12-17 who are not emancipated must have consent from and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated at the Wolstein Center. Parking is free.

Some of you have asked what are the differences between the available COVID-19 vaccines, and how do they work? Here is a link and information below that may help you in deciding which one to get or not. http://bit.ly/AboutVaccinesOhio

Expiration of Statewide COVID-19 Health Orders
Governor DeWine announced earlier this month that he has asked the Ohio Department of Health to remove most pandemic health orders on June 2nd. The timeline will allow any Ohioan who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain one to protect themselves and others before the lifting of coronavirus mitigation protocols. Measures being removed will include facial covering protocols, social distancing guidelines, and capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events. Governor DeWine also announced that any pandemic health orders that would remain solely relate to either 1.) nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which will also to have federal safety protocols, and 2.) data collection related to the pandemic. Learn More.


Rumpke Waste & Recycling Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, just a reminder again Rumpke trash and recycling collection will NOT occur on Monday May 31st. Service will be delayed one day the rest of the week. This means if your regular pick-up day is Monday, it will be moved to Tuesday, Tuesday will be moved to Wednesday, etc. Rumpke will resume its normal schedule the week of June 6th. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 or Click Here for their full 2021 holiday schedule.


City Council Legislative Highlights

Some highlights from the North Royalton Council Meetings for the month of May. The following legislation was approved:

  • Ordinance 21-83, and ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter and execute a contract with CT Consultants Inc. as Consulting Engineer to provide engineering services for the city of North Royalton and approve the appointment of Justin Haselton as the City Engineer.
  • Ordinance 21-84, an ordinance approving staffing changes in the Building Department which include creating a planner position. Read More.
  • Ordinance 21-85, an ordinance approving a Change Order for Set in Stone Contracting LLC for 2021 City Road Maintenance Program due to issues that came up with work in Royal Valley subdivision.
  • Ordinance 21-89, an ordinance approving the purchase of a Pierce Velocity Pumper Truck for the North Royalton Fire Department to not exceed the amount of $715,772.00.

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 Amendments on November Ballot

North Royalton City Council on May 18th approved two Charter Amendments for the November 2, 2021 General Election Ballot that voters will be voting on. Please get education on both of these issues. Here is a little information to help you better understand what you will see on the ballot. The first Charter Amendment approved Ordinance 21-80 creates a new process that allows for City Council to participate in the creation of proposed amendments and for a collaborative resolution in the event there is a disagreement between City Council and the Charter Review Commission. Given the issues with last years Charter Review process this amendment makes sense. Read More.

The second Charter Amendment City Council approved in a 5-2 vote Ordinance 21-81. This charter amendment would change the way our Mayor and Council President are elected in North Royalton. The Council President and Ward 1 Councilwoman were correct in voting against this Ordinance. Sadly this is another move by the current majority on city council that wastes taxpayer dollars. If this new charter amendment is approved, it would add a special May primary election with only the top two vote getters for Mayor and Council President moving on to the November ballot. A primary election will waste at least $40,000 to $100,000 or more of our taxpayer dollars just to pay for a special election. Turnout for most municipal elections are typically low. How many residents want to, or will even show up to vote in an odd year primary? This is an unnecessary waste of our time. The current Council President was quoted recently in a local newspaper saying, “Current system has worked previous times when multiple candidates ran for mayor and the current system gives plenty of time to evaluate candidates”. I concur too that the current process is not broken. In 2019, our current Mayor defeated four other candidates and obtained over 50% of the vote. Our current Council President ran unopposed. This charter amendment if approved only benefits the five individuals on Council who voted for it and have higher ambitions as we get closer to the 2023 Mayoral and Council President elections. This will allow them to run from a safe seat for Mayor or Council President in future elections. If they are one of the eliminated candidates of the proposed new special primary elections they can still run to retain their Ward Council seats in the same year, which currently nobody can do. This all is just a ploy to keep the current majority in power and keep others out of the top two elected positions. This charter amendment is fiscally irresponsible, confusing, and self-serving. The money wasted on this proposed primary could be better used to fix our roads, storm water issues, aide our struggling small businesses, or provide more resources to our seniors. Past City Councils and Charter Review Commissions have come to the same conclusions that this would be a waste and still are correct today. I urge residents to vote NO on this charter amendment come November 2nd.

New Police Chief Appointed

City Council this month approved Lieutenant Keith Tarase as the new Chief of the North Royalton Police Department and is officially on the job. He replaces Chief Ken Bilinovich, who retired on April 2nd. Read More.

 2021 City Road Repair Program Update

Royalton Road Widening Project (West 130th Street to York Road) Update
Here is an update  on the Royalton Road Widening Project (West 130th Street to York Road). Work continues on finishing up the sidewalks along the eastern portion of the roadway, as well as landscaping. The project is almost complete and still ahead of schedule! It is so exciting to see this project almost completed that has been many years in the making when I was on City Council and even before me. This is an improvement for traffic and the Ward 3 and Ward 5 businesses on this stretch of Royalton Road. Also the sidewalks installed on both sides of the road has increased more connectivity for the city

Boston Road Resurfacing (West 130th to Ridge Roads)
The City has partnered with Medina County and will be resurfacing Boston Road. Construction is planned for summer 2021.

State Road Widening Project
As part of the new Elementary School for the North Royalton City School District, State Road is being widened from the new school to north of the intersection of Valley Parkway. The widening on the west side of the road is scheduled tenatively be complete by the first week of June 2021. The east side is scheduled to be complete by the first week of July 2021. There is a detour route for southbound traffic.

North Royalton City School District Construction Projects


Earlier this month, demolition began on the old part of the North Royalton High School built in the 1950s and 1960s. As a 2004 NRHS graduate I have a lot of fun memories from my days at North Royalton High School. Construction continues on the High School, Middle School, and new Elementary School projects. Read More.


Cuyahoga County Rental Assistance Program

The Cuyahoga County Rental Assistance Program is available to help County residents who are having difficulty making rent payments due to the pandemic. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available. Residents can apply for rental assistance now at neorenthelp.org. For help applying, residents can call 1-833-377-RENT (7368). Please share this with any fellow Ward 3 or residents in North Royalton who are in need of assistance.


Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing

The North Royalton Fire Department has started their annual fire hydrant flushing. The Fire Department will begin flushing hydrants throughout the city. Currently they are in Ward 2. Sometime next month they should be in Ward 3. It may take them longer due to call volume, training, weather and other mandatory daily requirements.  Please be alert for discolored water and if it should occur, run your cold water until it is clear. Before an area is tested, residents will be notified through the city’s reverse 911 phone system called ReadyNotify.

If you have not signed up for the city’s reverse 911 Click Here to sign up.

Around Ward 3 & Our City


Congrats to North Royalton Ward 3 Resident and Paramedic Firefighter Tom Sargent on his recent retirement from the North Royalton Fire Department after over 29 years of dedicated service to our community and saving countless lives!

2021 Dan Langshaw Leadership Scholarship Winner
Congrats to North Royalton High School Senior Nathan Weagraff on being the winner of my 16th Annual Dan Langshaw College Leadership Scholarship! Click Here to view video clip from the North Royalton High School Senior Honors & Awards Virtual Presentation.

Grand Opening for Range 42

On May 22nd, I visited and met some of the owners of a new North Royalton Business called Range 42 Virtual Shooting Range & Store located at 5740 Royalwood Road on their Opening Day! I even tried out their virtual range. If you like to learn more about them check out their website at www.Range42.com

North Royalton Purple Heart City Designation Ceremony

On May 29th it was an honor to attend the ceremony designating North Royalton as a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). North Royalton now becomes part of the MOPH’s Purple Heart Trail that is a symbolic trail that commemorates and honors all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the US Armed Forces. I especially like to thank a friend, a fellow veteran, and North Royalton Ward 3 resident Joey Myers who worked so hard to lead this entire effort to make our city a part of the Purple Heart Trail and Purple Heart City. Joey is also a Purple Heart recipient himself, a strong advocate for helping fellow veterans, and truly an inspiration to many. Because of Joey, more veterans in our community will be honored for their sacrifices to our country and those who have paid the ultimate price with their lives for our country as well. Read More.



Upcoming City Government Meetings & Community Events

Storm Water, Streets, and Utilities City Council Committee Meetings June 1st at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

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

North Royalton Produce Market
The next North Royalton Produce Market will be June 8th from 2:00pm-3:00pm outside at the York Road Recreation Field Pavilion, 14631 York Road. The other outdoor season dates are July 13th, August 10th, September 14th and October 12th. 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 Parish at 440-237-6760 for information on their food pantry requirements.

City Master Plan Committee Meeting June 8th at 7:00pm at City Hall.

Memorial Park Master Plan Open House
On June 10th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm the City will have a Memorial Park Master Plan Open House in the Community Room at City Hall located at 14600 State Road. Representatives from Behnke Landscape Architecture will share and discuss final design plans for Memorial Park. Informational boards will be made available, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments directly to the design team. This is a come and go, drop-in meeting, so no formal presentations will be made. Residents can stop by anytime during the open house.

CLE Market
The City has partnered with Cle Market to bring an outdoor, artisan-style venue for our community once a month on the City Green. Established in 2020, the popular Cle Market pops up monthly around Northeast Ohio.  The market showcases 30 vendors, including local businesses, selling high-quality foods, baked goods, art, textiles, flowers and more. Every market will have a local, non-profit partner, so be sure to keep an eye out for who that may be. The next one will be held on June 12th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. For businesses interested in participating in the market, an application is available on the Cle Market website under vendor application.

Community Coffee with Dan
Dan Langshaw candidate for North Royalton Ward 3 City Council invites North Royalton Ward 3 residents to his next Community Coffee on June 13, 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Cream 12971 State Road in North Royalton. Dan holds these coffees in order to stay in touch with fellow residents, listen to feedback on ways to improve the community, and an opportunity for residents to get to know Dan better. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and grab a FREE cup of coffee with Dan.

Finance, Building & Building Codes, and Safety Council Committee Meetings June 15th at 6:00pm at City Hall. Click Here to view agendas.

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

Royalton Gift’s 3rd Annual Summer Soirée on Main Street on June 19th from 11:00pm-3:00pm at The Royal Plaza. There will be 10+ pop up shops from local small businesses, photo booth, special discounts, food trucks, and so much more! Click Here for more information.

North Royalton Community Meal
The next North Royalton Community Meal will be on June 27th. The meal is in its summer picnic-themed menu. Also, please note that the June meal will be hosted 3:00pm-4:00pm. at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church, not St. Albert.

Full City Calendar for June

Send In Your Feedback or Invite to an Event
Got an issue you are concerned about? Is there a Homeowner Association/Condo/ 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 at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com