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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.

Sincerely,


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


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North Royalton Charter Amendments on November 3, 2020 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.

What are the Proposed Charter Amendments your Voting On?

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?

YES

Or

NO

*County Board of Elections Ballot Issues List pgs 9-10 https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/pdf_boe/en-US/2020/Nov2020/Nov2020IssuesList.pdf )

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?

YES

Or

NO

*County Board of Elections Ballot Issues List pgs 9-10 https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/pdf_boe/en-US/2020/Nov2020/Nov2020IssuesList.pdf )

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?

YES

Or

NO

*County Board of Elections Ballot Issues List pgs 9-10 https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/pdf_boe/en-US/2020/Nov2020/Nov2020IssuesList.pdf )

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?

YES

Or

NO

*County Board of Elections Ballot Issues List pgs 9-10 https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/pdf_boe/en-US/2020/Nov2020/Nov2020IssuesList.pdf )

Proposed Charter Amendments Explained

Issue #23 Makes the following changes below to the City Charter:

“ARTICLE III THE COUNCIL

(f) MEETINGS.

The Council shall meet at the Municipal Building of the Municipality at such time as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution, but and shall meet at least twice each month, except that the Council may designate one month in the summer season for vacation. Meetings of the Council shall be open to the public in accordance with State law, with the exception of Executive Sessions, which shall only be permitted in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Codified Ordinances of the City of North Royalton, or in the laws of the State of Ohio. 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.

Public Hearings conducted by Council, and notice for same, shall be handled in such manner as Council may by Ordinance provide.”

*Ordinance 20-91 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-091.pdf

Issue #24 Makes the following changes below to the City Charter:

ARTICLE VII POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT

(a) COMPOSITION

There shall be a Police Department, which shall be composed of the Chief of Police and such other officers, policemen and deputies as may from time to time be provided by ordinance of the Council, and a Fire Department, which shall be composed of the Chief of the Fire Department and such other officers and firemen, on a full or part-time basis, as may from time to time be provided by ordinance of the Council.

(b) CHIEFS; APPOINTMENT; VACANCY.

The Chief of Police and the Chief of the Fire Department shall be appointed by the Mayor from the ranks of the respective departments, in the manner hereinafter provided. When either office shall for any reason become vacant a suitable examination shall be given by and under the direction of the Civil Service Commission, to such members of the department who have obtained the rank of sergeant or higher, and desire to be considered therefor. The Mayor shall make the appointment from among the two persons receiving the highest grade on the examination and certified as such by the Civil Service Commission. Such appointment to be subject to confirmation by the majority vote of the members elected to Council. Such appointee shall serve during good behavior, as is hereafter provided. (11-7- 67)

(c) CHIEFS; REMOVAL.

The Council may remove the Chief of Police or the Chief of the Fire Department for gross misconduct or malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in or disqualification for office or conviction while in office of a crime involving moral turpitude; provided, however, that such removal shall not take place without the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the members elected to Council. In addition thereto, the Council may remove the Chief of Police or the Chief of the Fire Department from office for any cause deemed by it sufficient upon the concurrence of three-fourths (3/4) of the members elected to Council. In the event removal of the Chief of Police or the Chief of the Fire Department is sought for any cause, such official shall be notified in writing of the charge against him or her at least ten (10) days in advance of any hearing upon such charge and he or she or his or her counsel shall be given an opportunity to be heard, present evidence and examine any witnesses appearing in support of such charge. The resolution removing such official shall set forth in full reasons therefor. (11-4- 97)

(d) EXISTING CHIEFS.

The persons holding the offices of Chief of Police and Chief of the Fire Department at the time of the taking effect of this Charter shall not be required to be reappointed hereunder, but shall continue to hold such offices, subject to all provisions and terms herein: but further provided, that until such time as the Council shall by ordinance provide and establish a Fire Department having a full-time Chief, the Chief of the Fire Department shall be appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of a majority of the members elected to Council and may be removed by the Mayor at any time for any cause with the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the members elected to Council.

(e) APPOINTMENTS, FULL-TIME, FIRE DEPARTMENT.

When the Council, pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Article, establishes one or more full-time positions in the Fire Department, original appointments to such full-time positions as are initially established by the Council and to any additional full-time positions created within 730 days following the establishment of the initial full-time positions together with appointment to any vacancy occurring in any such position occurring within 730 days following the establishment of the initial full-time positions, shall be made pursuant to competitive Civil Service examinations among the then members of the Volunteer Fire Department of the Municipality without limitation as to the age of the applicant; except that the first original appointments to full-time positions shall be appointments to the full-time positions of Chief and subordinate officers and during such 730 day period appointments to the positions of Chief and subordinate officers shall be made directly by majority vote of the members of Council from among the then members of the Volunteer Fire Department without competitive examination and without limitation as to the age of the appointee. Such examinations shall be administered and graded in the manner provided in Article XI of this Charter. The eligibility list resulting from the examinations shall remain in force until all applicants receiving a passing grade have received or declined appointments or until the expiration of said 730 days, whichever occurs first.

If the eligibility list resulting from examinations under this paragraph (e) is exhausted prior to the expiration of said 730 days, a subsequent eligibility list may be established in the manner provided for the original eligibility list. If no eligibility list results from examinations given pursuant to this paragraph, then such appointments in the Fire Department shall be made pursuant to Article XI. Following the expiration of said 730 days, appointments to full-time positions shall be made pursuant to Article XI.

Appointments to full-time positions in the Fire Department shall be original appointments and shall not be considered promotions from Volunteer Fireman. To the extent possible, officers of the Fire Department shall be full-time firemen. (11-8- 60)

(f) APPOINTMENTS; PAID CALL FIREFIGHTER.Appointments to the position of Paid Call Firefighter shall be made in the manner prescribed by ordinance of Council, and shall not be subject to Civil Service. (11-3- 81; 11-4- 97)

ARTICLE VII DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

(a) DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

The Mayor may appoint a Director of Public Safety subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of City Council. The Director of Public Safety shall have charge of the Department of Public Safety. The Director of Public Safety shall supervise both the Division of Fire and the Division of Police, shall approve of and is responsible for the enforcement all necessary rules and regulations for the governance of the Department. The Director of Public Safety shall perform such other duties as may be required by this Charter, by ordinance or as directed by the Mayor. In the absence of a Director all such duties and obligations of Safety Director shall be the responsibility of the Mayor.

(b)DIVISIONS.

The Department of Public Safety shall consist of the following Divisions:

(i) The Division of Fire

(ii) The Division of Police

(c) DIVISION OF FIRE.

The Division of Fire shall be headed by a Fire Chief who shall have active charge of and responsibility for organization and operation of said Division. All appointments to the Division, except the Chief, shall be made in accord with the Civil Service Rules and Regulations of the City of North Royalton.

(d) DIVISION OF POLICE.

The Division of Police shall be headed by a Police Chief who shall have active charge of and responsibility for organization and operation of said Division. All appointments to the Division, except the Chief, shall be made in accord with the Civil Service Rules and Regulations of the City of North Royalton.

(e) APPOINTMENT OF FIRE CHIEF AND POLICE CHIEF.

The Fire Chief and the Police Chief shall be appointed by the Mayor from among those qualified candidates who apply. Such appointment is subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of City Council. Such appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The Mayor may select a chief from within or without the Division of Fire or Division of Police, respectively. Any candidate selected must have had at least ten (10) years of experience in the profession. A candidate selected from within the Division may choose, upon removal, to be reinstated to that individual’s former rank with full benefits within fourteen (14) days of removal. In the event of a vacancy in the office of chief said position shall be filled in the same manner as provided for original appointment.

*Ordinance 20-92 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-092.pdf

Issue #25 Makes the following changes below to the City Charter:

ARTICLE X MUNICIPAL CEMETERY

The Council shall have the power by ordinance to provide, expand and establish fees and costs to maintain lands for a Municipal Cemetery. The Director of Public Service Director of Municipal Parks, Properties, Cemeteries and Recreation shall be responsible for the administration of the Municipal Cemetery.

*Ordinance 20-93 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-093.pdf

Issue #26 Makes the following changes below to the City Charter:

ARTICLE XVI FINANCE

(h) PUBLIC BIDDING

The Council may authorize, in specific cases, expenditures of the funds of the Municipality without public biddings: in the instance of an emergency that significantly affects the duties and obligations of the municipality, for the acquisition of real estate, for the discharge of noncontractual claims against the Municipality, for personal services, for the joint use of facilities or exercise of power with other political subdivisions, or for the product or services of public utilities (including those Municipally operated). But No other expenditures in excess of the amount allowed by Section 733.22, 735.05 and 737.03 and other pertinent sections of the Ohio Revised Code shall be made except pursuant to contracts made with the lowest and/or best bidder after public advertising and receipt of bids in the manner provided by ordinance. Nothing herein shall be construed to require Council to accept any bid.

*Ordinance 20-94 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-094.pdf

Problems with some of the Proposed Charter Amendments

VOTE NO on Issue #24

  • Charter Amendment is NOT supported by any of the Public Safety Forces of the City of North Royalton.
  • Not supported by some current and former Elected Officials.
  • 2016 City of North Royalton Charter Review Commission was against this Amendment and did not put it on the November 2016 General Election Ballot.
  • Ballot language for Charter Amendment is extremely short (less than about 28 words), vague, confusing, misleading, and meant to trick voters.
  • Charter Amendment lacks transparency in explaining what voters are really approving and the dramatic impact it will have on the city’s overall public safety.
  • Gets rid of the current Civil Service Commission’s power in helping select from the top candidates for the Fire Chief and Police Chief which prevents cronyism, corruption, and politicization of our Public Safety forces.
  • Makes the process of selecting Police Chief and Fire Chief a political one. Public safety should never be political. Period. It is the largest part of the city’s budget and the most important we all count on sometimes with our lives when we call 911. 
  • Charter Amendment would give the Mayor more power so they can pick someone who is only loyal to them and them alone. In an effort to prevent a Police or Fire Chief from speaking out against the Mayor. For example when Police Chief Ken Bilinovich spoke against the Mayor Antoskiewicz’s unilateral closure earlier this year of the city jail that was later reversed. After the Chief and community members raised opposition to it.
  • Lowers the standards for the Police and Fire Chief to just only a qualification required of 10 years within the profession.
  • Does not modernize the Police or Fire Department. It would set back all the positive progress that has been made under the current Charter of better equipment, good vehicles, updated policies and procedures, and even recently the Police Department has begun using both vehicle and body dash cameras.
  • If approved the Charter Amendment would merge both the Police Department and Fire Department into divisions under a newly created Department of Public Safety. Such a move would make them open to privatization/outsourcing and unilateral changes by the Mayor since they would be a “division” and not a “department”. If you are a division under a separate section of the current City Charter under Article IX and Article IV (d). It has been used as a legal justification by former and current Mayors to justify eliminating the City’s Dispatchers and most recently in the attempted closure of the city jail.
  • Changing especially police departments to a new department of public safety is part of a national effort that is anti-police in nature and to ultimately in some cases try to defund it.

Sources:

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf
*https://www.facebook.com/DanLangshawNR/photos/a.404228218748/10158559292748749/
*March 16, 2016 North Royalton Charter Review Commission Meeting Minutes file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/031616.pdf
*Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Ballot Issues List page 10 https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/pdf_boe/en-US/2020/Nov2020/Nov2020IssuesList.pdf )
*Ordinance 20-92 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-092.pdf
*Planned closure of North Royalton Jail Causes Backlash News Channel 5 Cleveland June 19, 2020
https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/planned-closure-of-north-royalton-jail-causes-backlash
*North Royalton City Charter IX http://www.northroyalton.org/en-US/Code-of-Ordinances.aspx
*North Royalton City Charter IV (d) http://www.northroyalton.org/en-US/Code-of-Ordinances.aspx
*Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish ‘Holistic’ Public Safety Force NPR June 26, 2020 https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/26/884149659/minneapolis-council-moves-to-defund-police-establish-holistic-public-safety-forc
*Group seeking to replace Cincinnati Police with public safety department WCPO Cincinnati August 14, 2020
https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/group-seeking-to-replace-cincinnati-police-with-public-safety-department

VOTE NO on Issue #26

  • Adding additional ways to waive the requirement of public bidding and picking the lowest and/or best bidder is not fiscally responsible for the City or taxpayers.
  • Ballot language for this Charter Amendment is also vague, confusing, misleading, lacks transparency, and meant to trick voters. The term “Emergency” especially is too broad and not clearly defined to protect taxpayers from possible fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • The City of North Royalton has existed since 1818 with various forms of government and have been able to operate in delivering services to residents even during times of Emergency.
  • Charter Amendment is not necessary. COVID-19 has not stopped the City of North Royalton from functioning or even completing projects during this global pandemic.

Sources:

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf
*Ordinance 20-94 http://www.northroyalton.org/pdf_northroyalton/en-US/CouncilOffice/Legislation/2020Legislation/20-094.pdf

What People are Saying about Proposed Charter Amendments

Issue #24

Letter to Editor in North Royalton Recorder (pg 8) by North Royalton Police Department Lieutenant Keith Tarase. Dated September 3, 2020.

Linda Barath, North Royalton Ward 2 Councilwoman

“Ms. Barath stated I want to reiterate that yes; this would not be a vote of mine and I want to encourage everyone in this audience to start your campaigning. If this is something you don’t want, you need to get it out to your friends, neighbors and they should go to the polls and tell us this is not what we want.”

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf

Anton Krieger, Resident & Former Candidate for North Royalton Ward 1 City Council

Mr. Krieger stated the piece of legislation that I wanted to speak about was 20-92. I think the Civil Service Commission is really important, it was implemented long ago to prevent cronyism and I just implore the City Council members to educate all the residents to know how to vote this November. I know it’s going to be on the ballot this November, there’s really not much you guys can do about it now. I just ask that you guys take a stand so we can prevent cronyism and encourage the Civil Service Commission to continue in the selection of our Fire Chief and Police Chief. Thank you.”

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf

Lieutenant Keith Tarase, North Royalton Police Department

“I’m Lt. Keith Tarase and for nearly a quarter of a century I have served the residents of North Royalton. This, in its entirety, is longer than anyone on Council, and I dare to say, longer than all of your years of service combined. During that time, I’ve spent 9 years in Patrol, 6 years as a Sergeant, and the past 8 years as a Lieutenant. From day one I have given my heart and soul to this department and community, striving to be the best police officer that I could be and to lift up those around me to be their best as well. I take pride in saying that every day I try to leave this agency better than the day before. With that being said, I find it sad that this Charter Review Commission believes, and have publicly stated in the proposed ordinance, that the North Royalton Police Department is not professional or modern. I strongly believe the opposite and from my interactions with the community, I know the majority of the North Royalton residents feel the same as I do.I know this because of the contributions I have been a part of for our police department that have moved us in a positive direction. Whether it was by receiving as much training as possible, ensuring that our officers received proper training, writing or updating policies and procedures, or looking at ways that technology can help us do a better job, it was all done to provide better service to this community. I consider this above and beyond being professional.Please stop and think of the message that this legislation says to the officers of NRPD and what message does this send to the community? I can tell you what it says to those who have spoken to me and what I think it says. It is as close to a statement of “no confidence” as you can get without saying those words. That we are unprofessional, and no matter how hard you work at your profession and contribute to the safety of this community, our officers will never be capable of serving as Chief of Police because the Mayor and Council gets to decide that someone from outside this Department knows what is best for the safety of the community. What is the advantage of doing your job to the best of your ability and achieving advancements through the ranks if that is the case?I am highly offended that the Council and Charter Commission call my fellow officers unprofessional and I voice my opinion here tonight to defend my fellow officers. Neither of these groups are qualified to do so! You do not know my fellow officers, how hard they work, their dedication to this community, or what they endure daily, just by wearing the uniform. The nights, weekends, and holidays that they are away from their families so that they can keep you and yours safe. So, I ask, how does this Charter Amendment make the Police Department more “modern”? What did you find that is not modern about it? We have had many upgrades to the department based on decisions and policies implemented by this group – solid equipment, good vehicles, updated policies and procedures, and have even begun using vehicle and body cameras. All of this being done under the current City Charter. So how does the proposed Charter Amendment allow for the “highest professional caliber from the largest available pool of qualified candidates…” when the only qualification required is 10 years within the profession? Sure, that creates a larger pool but definitely not a more qualified one. Chiefs that work in the best interest of the department and the officers usually have the best departments! These are the officers that through hard work and determination have achieved this status; not those that are appointed from outside the places they serve. This seems to be more of a political appointment. This proposed Charter Amendment is not only bad for both the Police and Fire Departments, it’s bad for the community.The proposed wording for the ballot is also short, vague and confusing for voters. It seems as if it’s being used to trick them into voting for the Amendment change without realizing what their vote actually means. There are just 28 words for voters to consider in completely changing the way that police and fire chiefs are picked in this city. Just 28! Doesn’t our community deserve better? More transparency from our elected leaders? In closing, I would like to state the obvious. Being a police officer is hard enough under normal circumstances, even more so in today’s environment. This is reflected in so many ways – specifically I can speak to the number of police applicants that has been dwindling over the years. With no hope of one day becoming Chief, how many less do you think are going to want to apply for OUR test in the fall? I will also remind the council and the Mayor once again, this Department is full of MY COWORKERS who are professional officers committed to this city and yet the continued actions against the Department will force good officers out of the job for less qualified, political appointments. This and the former Administration has been fond of out-sourcing city services for a number of years. Are the Police and Fire Departments next? For the safety, well-being and overall wellness of the fine residents of this city, I hope not! If you decide to approve this ordinance, I believe the residents will see through this thinly veiled attempt to usurp the department and jeopardize the safety of our community. I believe they are smart enough to do just that!Who know our city better? A complete outsider, or one of its own officers and potential residents? I don’t even think I need to answer this, but I will. One of our own. And although I may not live here, this is my city, my residents to protect, and my community to be a part of. “

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf

Issue #26

Michael McDonald, Resident

“Mr. McDonald stated Ordinance 20-94 is kind of more of the same, if you do the right thing and get the quotes and don’t cut corners, you’re also covering your own — per say.”

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf

Dawn Carbone-McDonald, Resident & Former North Royalton Ward 5 City Council Candidate

“Ms. McDonald stated Ordinance 20-94, do the right thing, make every attempt to obtain a minimum of 3 quotes. Even if they have to be quickly solicited (inaudible) real estate, have real-estate firms submit percentage of commission, the city will pay per tran action over a defined period; say six months or a year. For the discharge of non-contractual claims against the city, have legal firms submit hourly rates or fixed rates and award them the contract over a defined period, etc. for each possible matter. Don’t cut corners. Do the right thing and obtain the minimum required quotes. Our residents deserve this.”

*July 7, 2020 North Royalton City Council Meeting file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/070720-1.pdf

Ward 3 E-Newsletter: July 2020

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,

I wish I was contacting you on more of happier note or just sending you my normal Monthly Ward 3 E-Newsletter for July. Unfortunately this will most likely be the last newsletter you may get from me for sometime possibly. Below I wanted to share why.

Have a Happy 4th of July & Thank you!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council



End Racism Everywhere including here in North Royalton, Ohio

Everyone that knows me well. I am a very passionate person and dedicated to serving my community the last 7 years as their Ward 3 City Councilman. The series of events that transpired over the jail closure crisis, were completely out my character. Also above all my family comes first. Since City Council has already decided my fate before I had a chance for any kind of due process or even just a chance to tell the other key fact of my story that has been missing which is the why I lost my cool. Also why Mayor Larry Antoskiewicz was embarrassed to show his face at the June 30, 2020 Special City Council Meeting.

I believe it was because he knew in advance that just maybe that he did not want me or my lawyer to ask him this question… Who was it that he knows that attacked my family over the heated jail crisis? The below extremely racist flier was left in my newspaper box by a support of Mayor Antoskiewicz attacking innocent 13 year old step-son Henry on the basis of his race. In a sick racist attempt to provoke me and my family. All because I was the most vocal opposition to Mayor Antoskiewicz’s shady Parma Jail deal and his unilateral closure of our city jail. Like any loving father. I lost it. In my over 34 years of life I have never been this outraged and it rocked my family and me to our core.

Although what I did following it was not right and I have taken responsibility and apologized for the private phone call to a now former friend venting for this all to end. Does not excuse either how the Mayor and his friends exploited this situation and my family for his own personal political gain. Nor the hell my family and oldest child have been put through as a result.

To the racist Mayor Antoskiewicz’s supporter and to the Mayor. You both owe my son Henry, my wife Marissa, and me an apology. Also like me Mayor. You need to take responsibility for what you did too! Also the racist Mayor Antoskiewicz supporter as well! Yes my son Henry is Mexican American. He is also a proud African American and Irish young man too! He is a US Citizen! Most importantly was born in Texas, USA! My amazing and beautiful wife Marissa is African American and other half Irish.

Also a legal US Citizen born in Pennsylvania! What transpired in our community is part of a much larger problem in country and community worse than COVID-19, which is historic hate and racism. No matter what happens to me. My wife Marissa and I are actively committed to End Racism everywhere! So there you go! If folks still want to continue saying hateful things here on social media, emails, and phone calls about me and my family go ahead. But at least now you know the rest of the why. I truly hope that you reconsider and use your energy in working towards a solution to this much bigger problem that it took my family and I to experience personal to understand why we all need to act now to address this without further delay!


Full Text of My Letter of Resignation from North Royalton City Council:

Hand Delivered & E-mailed

Subject: Letter of Resignation

July 4, 2020

Dear President of Council & Members,

Alexander Hamilton said “Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.” The leftover Jimmy Dimora Era Democrats, Robert Stefanik, Larry Antoskiewicz, and Paul Marnecheck, and friends must maintain their kingdom at all costs. “They” control everything and we the people do not. They can keep selling this city away to the highest bidder. My friend, mentor, and predecessor the late Ward 3 Councilman Don Willey warned me as such. Don, today is the day their reign and tyranny of holding back North Royalton’s true future, must come to an end! Thank you for preparing me!

Residents, you are absolutely right there is something evil going on in our city government. When you cross them, out their evils, or worse publicly blow the whistle. You will end up on the list, just like me for blowing the whistle!

When, I walked into the Council Chambers on June 30, 2020 after a leaked audio and documents to Cleveland.com, the conduct of the President of Council denying the residents for or against me to even be heard, and none of you members of Council even pretending to discuss any alternative ways to resolve this matter fairly. I knew then, you would never give me any type of due process, my sincere apology did not matter, the public humiliation you put me through, and sadly you had already sealed my fate over the weekend. Adding insult to injury you even had the person you most likely handpicked to replace me in the Council Chambers that night too. Now that you have finished me off for good for raising alarms about issues I discovered going back to end of 2019. This is textbook political payback at its worse playing out in public. You did warn me to “Stay in My Lane”. But this is a democracy, not a dictatorship. So let’s not fool this community any longer the mission all along was to silence me. Period.

So you Mr. President Marnecheck and former Mayor Stefanik enjoyed destroying me at all costs and all the positive accomplishments I have done in my entire life thus far for the good of our community. You WON! Mayor Atoskiewicz especially WON the most in all of this regretful series of events! When one of Mayor Antoskiewicz’s supporters put an extremely racist flier in my newspaper box attacking my innocent 13 year old son. On the basis of his race because I was the most vocal opposition to the shady Parma jail deal and the Mayor’s unilateral closure of our city jail. You outraged me Mr. Mayor the most I have ever been in my 34 years of life. I fell hook line and sinker for your political trap and messed up. You broke me! Our city leadership currently is evil. Which is why we can’t even have places like a Starbucks in town!

A select few having so much power is more important than doing anything for we the people of North Royalton. Serving currently at this time in this government has become so toxic, dysfunctional, rubber stamp, a social drinking club, embarrassment, and even worse made me almost become like the evil that holds this city back and truly acts like behind the scenes. No more! That is not who I am nor ever want to be!

In the end I declare my independence from all of this evil! I choose having my soul and my loving family over all of this! If “they” will destroy my over 7 years of dedicated service to the community for sport! All of you on Council are next! Don’t be fooled! I’m not your enemy. The real enemy is those who pull your strings. However, your submissiveness as leaders makes you all just as guilty or worse.

I urge all citizens of North Royalton, Ohio to finally Wake Up, Speak Up, and work together peacefully to Clean Up the mess that is our city government! Until the residents finally do that. I hereby resign effective immediately this July 4, 2020 at 10:04am as the North Royalton Ward 3 City Councilman.

I will no longer be another excuse for your evilness and allow you to destroy my family. Especially my children! As I leave office, Ward 3 residents I am sorry to those I have let down and hope you will forgive me. Rest assured I will be back when I am stronger and spiritually ready to combat the evil that we all know is holding us up! I am excited for my new freedom in the coming months to help more residents in our entire community without any limits of a ward boundary, more time with my loving family, and working with my friend who is a pastor at a local church to be a better Christian man and the leader this entire community needs even more than ever!

/s/ Dan Langshaw
Dan Langshaw                                                
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council


Thank YOU to the over 5,500 North Royalton Ward 3 Residents for the honor of electing me the last 7 years to be able to serve you all as your voice on City Council! This is not good bye forever. Its more of a cya later! I plan to remain active in the community in other ways. When my family and I have time to heal. I hope to share more about what that means for you all and our community too!

Ward 3 Residents Needing Assistance
All those who reported an issue to me. I made sure was sent in. As of today if an issue comes up in the ward please call the North Royalton City Council Office at 440-237-4260 till they fill the Ward 3 Council vacancy.

End Racism Everywhere including here in North Royalton, Ohio

Everyone that knows me well. I am a very passionate person and dedicated to serving my community of North Royalton the last 7 years as their Ward 3 City Councilman. The series of events that transpired over the jail closure crisis, were completely out my character. Also above all folks that know me well too know that my family comes first. Since my fellow City Council Members have already decided my fate before I had a chance for any kind of due process or even just a chance to tell the other key facts of my story that has been missing. Which is the why I lost my cool. Also why Mayor Larry Antoskiewicz was embarrassed to show his face at the June 30, 2020 Special City Council Meeting. I believe the answer to that was because I think he knew in advance that just maybe that he did not want me or my lawyer to ask him this question……… Who was it that he knows that attacked my family over the heated jail crisis? The below extremely racist flier was left in my newspaper box by a support of Mayor Antoskiewicz attacking my innocent 13 year old step-son Henry on the basis of his race. In a sick racist attempt to provoke me and my family. All because I was the most vocal opposition to Mayor Antoskiewicz’s shady Parma Jail deal and his unilateral closure of our city jail. Like any loving father. I lost it. In my over 34 years of life I have never been this outraged and it rocked my family and me to our core. Although what I did following it was not right and I have taken responsibility and apologized for the private phone call to a now former friend venting for this all to end. Does not excuse either how the Mayor and his friends exploited this situation and my family for his own personal political gain. Nor the hell my family and oldest child have been put through as a result. To the racist Mayor Antoskiewicz’s supporter and to the Mayor. You both owe my son Henry, my wife Marissa, and me an apology. Also like me Mayor. You need to take responsibility for what you did too! Also the racist Mayor Antoskiewicz supporter as well! Yes my son Henry is Mexican American. He is also a proud African American and Irish American young man too! He is a US Citizen! Most importantly was born in Texas, USA! My amazing and beautiful wife Marissa is African American and other half Irish. Also a legal US Citizen born in Pennsylvania! What transpired in our community is part of a much larger problem in our country and community worse than COVID-19, which is historic racism. No matter what happens to me. My wife Marissa and I are actively committed to End Racism everywhere! So there you go! If folks still want to continue saying hateful things here on social media, emails, and phone calls about me and my family go ahead. But at least now you know the rest of the why. I truly hope that you reconsider and use your energy in working towards a solution to this much bigger problem that it took my family and I to experience first-hand to understand why we all need to act now to address this without further delay!

-North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw

Copy of racist Mayor Antoskiewicz flier left in Councilman Langshaw’s home newspaper box.

Letter of Resignation Full Text

July 4, 2020

Dear President of Council & Members,

Alexander Hamilton said “Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.” The leftover Jimmy Dimora Era Democrats, Robert Stefanik, Larry Antoskiewicz, and Paul Marnecheck, and friends must maintain their kingdom at all costs. “They” control everything and we the people do not. They can keep selling this city away to the highest bidder. My friend, mentor, and predecessor the late Ward 3 Councilman Don Willey warned me as such. Don, today is the day their reign and tyranny of holding back North Royalton’s true future, must come to an end! Thank you for preparing me!

Residents, you are absolutely right there is something evil going on in our city government. When you cross them, out their evils, or worse publicly blow the whistle. You will end up on the list, just like me for blowing the whistle!

When, I walked into the Council Chambers on June 30, 2020 after a leaked audio and documents to Cleveland.com, the conduct of the President of Council denying the residents for or against me to even be heard, and none of you members of Council even pretending to discuss any alternative ways to resolve this matter fairly. I knew then, you would never give me any type of due process, my sincere apology did not matter, the public humiliation you put me through, and sadly you had already sealed my fate over the weekend. Adding insult to injury you even had the person you most likely handpicked to replace me in the Council Chambers that night too. Now that you have finished me off for good for raising alarms about issues I discovered going back to end of 2019. This is textbook political payback at its worse playing out in public. You did warn me to “Stay in My Lane”. But this is a democracy, not a dictatorship. So let’s not fool this community any longer the mission all along was to silence me. Period.

So you Mr. President Marnecheck and former Mayor Stefanik enjoyed destroying me at all costs and all the positive accomplishments I have done in my entire life thus far for the good of our community. You WON! Mayor Atoskiewicz especially WON the most in all of this regretful series of events! When one of Mayor Antoskiewicz’s supporters put an extremely racist flier in my newspaper box attacking my innocent 13 year old son. On the basis of his race because I was the most vocal opposition to the shady Parma jail deal and the Mayor’s unilateral closure of our city jail. You outraged me Mr. Mayor the most I have ever been in my 34 years of life. I fell hook line and sinker for your political trap and messed up. You broke me! Our city leadership currently is evil. Which is why we can’t even have places like a Starbucks in town!

A select few having so much power is more important than doing anything for we the people of North Royalton. Serving currently at this time in this government has become so toxic, dysfunctional, rubber stamp, a social drinking club, embarrassment, and even worse made me almost become like the evil that holds this city back and truly acts like behind the scenes. No more! That is not who I am nor ever want to be!

In the end I declare my independence from all of this evil! I choose having my soul and my loving family over all of this! If “they” will destroy my over 7 years of dedicated service to the community for sport! All of you on Council are next! Don’t be fooled! I’m not your enemy. The real enemy is those who pull your strings. However, your submissiveness as leaders makes you all just as guilty or worse.

I urge all citizens of North Royalton, Ohio to finally Wake Up, Speak Up, and work together peacefully to Clean Up the mess that is our city government! Until the residents finally do that. I hereby resign effective immediately this July 4, 2020 at 10:04am as the North Royalton Ward 3 City Councilman.

I will no longer be another excuse for your evilness and allow you to destroy my family. Especially my children! As I leave office, Ward 3 residents I am sorry to those I have let down and hope you will forgive me. Rest assured I will be back when I am stronger and spiritually ready to combat the evil that we all know is holding us up! I am excited for my new freedom in the coming months to help more residents in our entire community without any limits of a ward boundary, more time with my loving family, and working with my friend who is a pastor at a local church to be a better Christian man and the leader this entire community needs even more than ever!

/s/Dan Langshaw
Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

Councilman Dan Langshaw’s Statement at the June 30, 2020 Special City Council Meeting

Good evening everyone. As you all know, there has been a great deal of publicity surrounding a private phone call I made to Jamie Anton and rightly so. Tonight I would like to address that phone call. The phone call I made was inappropriate, rude, and particularly with regard to the language I used during the call, it was offensive. I deeply regret having made the phone call and wish I could undo it. I also regret I have lost a friend because it too. But, of course, I can’t undo it, all I can do is acknowledge what I have done is wrong, ask for your forgiveness, and vow to learn and get better from it. And that is what I am doing tonight. As a Catholic, my faith teaches the importance of forgiveness. To all of those embarrassed and offended by my private phone call, including this Council, the Mayor, my friends and family, but most of all to Ms. Anton, I want to apologize and say how deeply sorry I am for what I said. Many of you know me and this phone call was out of character for me. I am very passionate about North Royalton and helping people. I vow to do better in the future and I hope you can all find it within yourselves to forgive me. Again, I’m sorry. Especially, as we all still must battle a very serious pandemic on top of this. Thank you!

Ward 3 E-Newsletter: June 2020

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,Summer is here. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic is still here too. Here in Ward 3 we have lost a resident to COVID-19. We have also had residents get COVID-19, including one resident who was hospitalized for over 40 days and even was on a ventilator. They have beaten COVID-19 and are home now. But their kidneys are compromised as a result of the virus and require dialysis. I share this with you all because we all want things to return back to normal.  But until there is a vaccine and further medical advances we all still need to be careful. So please continue to wear a face-covering or mask in public, use social distancing, wash your hands, sanitize commonly used surfaces at home, stay home if you are sick, and proper hygiene to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in our community! You can also read by Click Here why I feel it is important to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Again I am so proud of how brave, patient, and caring you all have been to help our fellow neighbors and local businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19! I have some additional COVID-19 information that you should be aware of since my last update and whats going in your city government.

Have a great week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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Ward 3 Quick Update: May 26, 2020

Ward 3 Resident,

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. Although yesterday this Memorial Day was not the normal that we are all use to due to COVID-19. We still gave pause and thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation in our Armed Forces. Whether they fell in the Revolutionary War or the Global War on Terrorism and every war in between. They paid the ultimate price for the freedom we all enjoy today. We honored them unfortunately without the normal public ceremonies, but with private or virtual ones. President Trump even ordered all flags to half-staff this weekend to also mourned and honor the over 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

As our city, state, and country continue to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is still among us. Please continue following safety measures below to keep yourself and others safe from further spread of COVID-19: Stay at least six feet from others at all times; Avoid crowded areas; Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others; Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.

Since my last update, Governor Mike DeWine has ordered additional business re-openings, and some additional items locally I like to give you a quick update on.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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Ward 3 Quick Update: May 23, 2020

Ward 3 Resident,

As our state and country continue to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to first remind you all some basic preventative measures we all can do to stay safe and limit further spread of COVID-19:

  • Social Distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others in public.
  • Wear a face covering or mask in public.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

Since my last update, Governor Mike DeWine has taken a number of measures to loosen the past restrictions that have been in place the last two months due to COVID-19 that I like to make you aware of and also some other COVID-19 local updates below too.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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Ward 3 E-Newsletter: May 2020

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,Hope all the mothers here in Ward 3 had a Happy Mother’s Day! We all don’t like this random snow. But is great to see the flowers starting to bloom and our state start the process of re-opening slowly but safely as we still combat this COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the virus is still all around us and will continue to be something we will still have to deal with for the next several months or more. Current COVID-19 totals from the Ohio Department of Health are: 24,777 confirmed case; 4,413 hospitalizations; 1,357 deaths; 209,153 tested; and there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in all 88 counties throughout our state. Here in Cuyahoga County, the current COVID-19 totals from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health are: 1,540 confirmed cases;  age range 1 week to 101 years old for confirmed cases; 104 deaths; and 87-143 confirmed COVID-19 cases for our area in the 44133 zip code. So even as the current stay at home order is lifted come May 29th. Please continue to wear a face-covering or mask in public, use social distancing, and proper hygiene to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in our community! Even how tough things have been. I am so proud of how brave, patient, and caring you all have been to help our fellow neighbors and local businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19! Every day there seems to be new COVID-19 news we get bombarded with. So, I wanted to update you on some key COVID-19 news that you should be aware of since my last update and return back to a little more to my normal monthly updates on what is going on in your city government. So apologize this may be longer than my normal updates but just wanted to make sure I keep you in the loop.

Have a great week & Stay Safe!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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