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North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: October 2021 (Volume 17)

Greetings Residents,Before I give my update for October I wanted to give you an update on the campaign front. We are less than 12 days away from the November 2, 2021 General Election. Vote by mail & early voting at the Board of Elections is well underway. As of yesterday, my campaign has officially reached a new milestone. I have now walked over 62 miles of Ward 3 on foot personally going door to door meeting with residents. I am truly humbled by the positive support of residents.

In the remaining days I will continue to work long hours meeting residents like you so that I can earn your vote and return back to serving you and your family on the North Royalton City Council for Ward 3.
If I have missed you when I knocked on your door in the last few months or if you have any questions for me. Please feel free to contact me directly on my cell at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com. I am more than willing to return back and meet with you at your home about my campaign. You can also learn more about me, my campaign, and my North Royalton Recovery Plan at www.DanLangshaw.com.

Finally, if you believe in my campaign and would like to make a donation to help me in the final stretch. You can Click Here to make a donation now. Any amount is appreciated. Or if you are willing to volunteer any amount of time to help me in these finally few days. You can Click Here to volunteer or request a FREE yard sign for your home or business.

Please make sure you VOTE!


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


Election ALERT

Due to recent events that have occurred I would like to address the disgusting act of hate speech that has been brought to my attention.

There is a lot of dirty politics and hate going on in our city this election. Hit pieces from “anonymous” people who are most likely in power stoops even lower.

I want to be absolutely clear that my family and I do not condone this organized effort to slander, defame, spread false information, racism, and hate. Such behavior is extremely desperate in nature and disgusting. Like other candidates who have been targeted, I too am taking the proper steps to have this handled by the proper authorities in the proper venue. Unfortunately, I have learned folks will say anything at this point including things that are not even true or real to annihilate any opposition in our local government. Sadly, this all is just another example of why we need to work together to clean up our city hall this November 2nd.
I continue to meet with residents and focus on the issues that will make our city better for all of our families.

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Vote NO on Issue #49

 

What is Issue #49?

CITY OF NORTH ROYALTON
Proposed Charter Amendment
Shall Article XVII, Subsections (b) and (e) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to provide for the elimination of the run-off elections for Mayor and President of Council, and create a nonpartisan primary election to be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in May for the offices of Mayor and President of Council, in the event that there are three (3) or more candidates that have filed petitions for either office?

What does Issue #49 Do?

  • Amend Article XVII, Subsection (b) and to repeal Article XVII, subsection (e) regarding the current method of using a Runoff Election, replacing that section with a new Subsection (e) requiring a spring primary election in the event that more than two candidates file for the offices of Mayor and/or President of Council.
  • In 2008, North Royalton voters approved the run-off charter amendment, which is currently used, by a margin of more than two to one. The amendment changed the charter, allowing for a run-off election for the office of Mayor and/or President of Council when there are more than two candidates, but none receive at least 40% of the total votes. If that situation occurs, then a run-off election takes place on the first Tuesday in December of the top two candidates. The run-off election would only take place under that scenario.
  • The proposed charter amendment would require that the city hold a spring primary every time there are more than two candidates for the Mayoral or Council President race.
  • According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if this charter amendment is approved. A Spring Primary Election would cost North Royalton taxpayers over $75,000.

Reason why you should vote NO on Issue #49

  • According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if this issue was past the cost of a Special May Primary Election for Mayor and Council President would waste North Royalton taxpayers over $75,000.
  • The current system approved by voters back in 2008 by over 70% works. We have been able to select our mayor and council president without issue.  If it is not broken. Then don’t mess with it.
  • This charter amendment was not put on the ballot by the City Charter Review Commission but is being pushed by a select few on city council. Click Here to see who approved it.
  • As a former Chairman of the 2012 Charter Review Commission, this was not an issue then and has not been the last few after. 
  • If this charter amendment is approved it would allow for some members on council currently to run from a safe seat for Council President and Mayor. Then if said members are unsuccessful in such a possible scenario, they still be able to run in the November General Election to retain their seats. Click Here to learn more.
  • In another possible scenario if the incumbent Mayor and Council President lose in a Special May Primary. It would then create a situation of a Lame Duck Mayor and or Council President for seven months. Which the current city charter does not allow and past City Charter Review Commissions have worked hard to prevent happening because of concerns it would not be productive to the overall operations of the local government.
  • If approved Issue #49 will create longer campaign seasons in our city going from Winter to the Fall or longer.
  • The North Royalton Board of Education only has a November General Election and residents are able to select a winner in those races at a larger district level without issue or need of a Primary Election. 
  • The last decade or more North Royalton has NEVER been any need for a Spring Primary for the Mayor or Council President.

Letters to the Editor Against Issue #49

Date: May 23, 2021

Source: Cleveland.com
North Royalton mayoral primary would be a waste of money

On May 18, 2021, North Royalton City Council, in a 5-2 vote, approved Ordinance 21-81. This charter amendment would be on the Nov. 2, 2021, General Election ballot and would change the way our mayor and council president are elected in North Royalton.

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 would waste at least $40,000 to $100,000 or more of our taxpayer dollars just to pay for a special election.

This charter amendment 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.

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, stormwater issues, aid our struggling small businesses or provide more resources to our seniors.

I urge residents to vote NO on this charter amendment come Nov. 2.

Dan Langshaw

 

Date: October 7, 2021

Source: Royalton Recorder

I hope you will join me in voting NO on Issue 49
 
Issue 49 is an unnecessary, rushed, and ill-advised change that could lead to voter confusion and a lack of trust in our Elections! As far as I can research, North Royalton has NEVER had a Spring Primary for The Mayor or Council President.
 
Why start now?
According to the Board of Elections, Issue 49 could cost North Royalton taxpayers at least $40,000 on an unnecessary Primary Election. It is financially irresponsible to spend your tax dollars in this way.
In addition, Issue 49 will create longer campaign cycles, stretching from Winter to the Fall.
Campaign signs could be up for nearly a year! Am I the only one who feels like campaigning never ends!
Our current election system was created in 2008 by residents and approved by over 70% of voters. The current system works!
 
In November 2019, North Royalton residents did their homework! They investigated the 5 candidates, gathered information, and spoke with a clear voice, electing Mayor Antoskiewicz with over 51% of the vote!
Making the campaign season longer and adding costs simply doesn’t make sense in North Royalton. Further, Spring Primaries often have lower turnout and therefore less participation than Fall Elections.
 
We do local elections in the Fall, after having spent all Spring and Summer getting to know the candidates.
Issue 49 doesn’t make sense, costs taxpayers more money, and solves a problem that doesn’t exist.
Please join me in doing the financially responsible and common-sense thing and Vote NO on Issue 49.
 
Thank you,
Paul F. Marnecheck
Council President
City of North Royalton
 

Date: October 12, 2021

Source: North Royalton Post Newspaper

Vote No on Issue 49, a waste of tax dollars

To the Editor: There are some important charter amendments that North Royalton voters need to do their due diligence on before casting their vote.

Especially on Issue 49. I agree with Council President Marnecheck’s Oct. 7 letter against this charter amendment. This is something for the good of the city. We both can easily agree that a special May primary election for mayor and council president is an unnecessary waste of over $40,000 or more of our taxpayer dollars. This charter amendment is just so some on council could run from a safe seat for these positions.

Do you really want longer campaign seasons or make our community more political just for the benefit of the five members of council that are pushing this charter amendment?

As a former chairman of the 2012 Charter Review Commission, this was not an issue then and has not been the last few after. The current system approved by voters back in 2008 by over 70% works. We have been able to select our mayor and council president without issue. Also for example as a former school board member, I have run in a large field of candidates. Voters were able to select a winner in those races at a larger district level without issue from my experience.

Issue 49 is fiscally irresponsible, unnecessary and self-serving political power grab. The money wasted on this proposed primary could be better used to fix our roads, stormwater issues, aid our struggling small businesses or provide more resources to our seniors.

Vote no on Issue 49, tell city council we need less politics, not more in our city, and stop wasting our taxpayer dollars.

Dan Langshaw

North Royalton

 

May 18, 2021 Public Comments Against Ordinance 21-81 (Issue #49) by resident Michael McDonald

Source: May 18, 2021 Regular North Royalton City Council Meeting Minutes

Mr. McDonald stated he is here to lobby for all of Council’s votes, to not vote for this Ordinance.  He believes it is a very bad Ordinance. There was no consensus at the Committee meeting; between the discussions he had heard, us residents have an opportunity to permit in those committee meetings if we so chose to. We also have an opportunity to stand here in front of Council on any legislation that we don’t like; not trying to bully anyone. The reasons are quite
simple; first off, this last general election demonstrated that there is no need to have a Primary election. 2 candidates emerged with a substantial majority of all of the votes. Secondly, what  citizens really want to go and vote in an odd year Primary where there are only 2 things to vote for on the ballot. You are not going to get a great turnout and even vote in the Primary election in the even year for Presidential here. So why have a special Primary election? Most importantly it
is a waste of our tax payer dollars; do you really want to waste our tax payer dollars by having a special election every four years? An election that is going to cost a minimum of $30k or maybe up to $100k. Multiply those times how long the average citizen has lived in the City; 20 years? Multiply those times 5 and you are looking at some substantial dollars that could be used to benefit the City in a much better way. This appears to be a potential scheme that those candidates that
run and don’t finish in the top 2 theoretically run for a Ward Council seat, and I don’t think anyone should be allowed or permitted to run twice for basically the same election.

 

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Issues on November 2, 2021 Ballot

North Royalton residents will see some issues on the November 2, 2021 General Election to vote on. Please make sure you vote all the way down your ballots and do your due diligence before voting on them. Below is what the actual language you will see on the ballot and a little explanation of what you are approving as well.

Issue #48

Ballot Language:

CITY OF NORTH ROYALTON
Proposed Charter Amendment
Shall Article XII, Subsection (b)(2) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended by adopting a new Master Land Use Plan and Zoning Map for rezoning the City?

If approved Issue #48 would do some of the following:

  • The zoning changes that were proposed by the 2021 City of North Royalton Master Plan. To view the proposed zoning map that outlines the various parcels and zoning classifications. Click Here.
  • The bulk of the rezoning changes in the city involve R1A Residential and Rural Residential zoning changed to PF Public Facility zoning. In which a big part of those changes surround updating of parcels that were purchased by the Cleveland Metroparks.
  • There are also rezoning changes to sections within the Harley Hills Development that adjusts the zoning from RO Research Office to R1B Residential zoning; and the zoning adjustment of GB General Business along the east side of the York Road corridor, south of Wallings Road, to RO Research Office.
  • If you like to read the full 2021 City of North Royalton Master Plan. Click Here.

Issue #49

Ballot Language:

CITY OF NORTH ROYALTON
Proposed Charter Amendment
Shall Article XVII, Subsections (b) and (e) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to provide for the elimination of the run-off elections for Mayor and President of Council, and create a nonpartisan primary election to be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in May for the offices of Mayor and President of Council, in the event that there are three (3) or more candidates that have filed petitions for either office?

If approved Issue #49 would do some of the following:

  • Amend Article XVII, Subsection (b) and to repeal Article XVII, subsection (e) regarding the current method of using a Runoff Election, replacing that section with a new Subsection (e) requiring a spring primary election in the event that more than two candidates file for the offices of Mayor and/or President of Council.
  • In 2008, North Royalton voters approved the run-off charter amendment, which is currently used, by a margin of more than two to one. The amendment changed the charter, allowing for a run-off election for the office of Mayor and/or President of Council when there are more than two candidates, but none receive at least 40% of the total votes. If that situation occurs, then a run-off election takes place on the first Tuesday in December of the top two candidates. The run-off election would only take place under that scenario.
  • The proposed charter amendment would require that the city hold a spring primary every time there are more than two candidates for the Mayoral or Council President race.
  • According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if this charter amendment is approved. A Spring Primary Election would cost North Royalton taxpayers over $75,000.
  • Click Here to view reasons why you should vote NO on Issue #49

Issue #50

Ballot Language:

CITY OF NORTH ROYALTON
Proposed Charter Amendment
Shall Article XVIII, Subsection (f) of the Charter of the City of North Royalton be amended to provide for a process that allows for Council to participate in the creation of proposed charter amendments and for collaborative resolutions in the event of a disagreement with the Charter Review Commission?

If approved Issue #50 would do some of the following:

  • Allow City Council to participate in the process of drafting proposals that the Charter Review Commission decides to present to the voters and, could ultimately lead to Council being the final deciding factor on which amendments go to the voters.
  • Currently, Council does not have representation on the actual commission, but does appoint four of its members.
  • Once the City Charter Review Commission decides what they would like to place on the ballot as proposed charter amendments, Council does vote on the measures, but only to forward them to the Board of Elections. In essence, they have limited input.
  • If this charter amendment passes, Council has a say on who’s on the Commission, can have a say on the proposed amendments and, in actuality, block amendments from going to the voters. So if there is a situation, where the City Charter Review Commission decides to reduce the City Council term limits from twelve to eight years, Council could block that amendment from going to the voters.
  • Per the City of North Royalton Charter the City Council does, however, have the right to introduce its own Charter Issues on any ballot, at any time. For example this election Issues #49 and Issue #50 are both put on the ballot by City Council and not the City Charter Review Commission.

Click Here to view what else is on your November 2, 2021 General Election Ballot.

  

North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: September 22, 2021 Quick Update (Volume 16)

Greetings Residents,

I just wanted to update you on a few items below. As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to call me at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Have a great rest of the week!


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


Community Coffee with Dan (Date Change)
Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Ice Cream has changed their hours for the fall. So my next Community Coffee for North Royalton Ward 3 residents will be on September 26, 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Peeboo & Beanie Gourmet Ice Cream 12971 State Road in North Royalton. I hold 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 me better. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and grab a FREE cup of coffee with me.


November 2nd General Election Information
The November 2nd General Election is coming up. If you have never voted before or are new resident to resident to North Royalton, there is still time to register to vote. Click Here to register to vote today. If you like to vote by mail for the November 2nd General Election you can Click Here to request your vote by mail application.
I have spoken with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and officials from the North Royalton City School District about concerns residents have had of where Ward 3 residents will be voting this upcoming election since the normal polling locations of the old Albion and Valley Vista Elementary Schools have been closed. Tentatively the new North Royalton Elementary School is planned to be the new polling location. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will be finalizing the details in the coming weeks. When I have more information I will let you know. Also you will get a notification from the Board of Elections that will confirm where your new polling location will be. More information will be posted here if you would like to check yourself.
Important Dates:
  • October 4th Voter Registration Deadline
  • October 5th Opening of Early In-Person and Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) voting
  • November 1st All Vote-by-Mail / Absentee ballots mailed anywhere in the U.S. must be postmarked on or before this date and received at the Board of Elections on or before November 12, 2021 in order to be counted.
  • November 2nd Election Day Polls Open from 6:30am-7:30pm

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North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: September 4, 2021 Quick Update (Volume 16)

Greetings Residents,

I just wanted to update you on a few items this Labor Day Weekend below. As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to call me at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Hope to see you at my picnic today!


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


Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Today 1-3pm

North Royalton Ward 3 residents and your families are invited to my 5th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park Today Saturday September 4, 2021 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Road, North Royalton, OH 44133. Enjoy a fun afternoon in the park filled with FREE food, games, and a chance to meet fellow neighbors. Bulldog Ice Cream will be serving up their famous sweet treats. This year’s picnic will help support Brady’s K9 Fund that donates practical, mission ready ballistic vests to police and military working dogs. Special appearance by North Royalton Police Department’s K9 Officer Bear, a recipient of one of Brady’s K9 Fund vests. Some additional special guests include the Ohio National Guard and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit. Event will happen rain or shine. No RSVP is needed. For more information contact me at 440-785-4240 or danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com


Holiday Waste & Recycling Schedule

In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, Rumpke Waste and Recycling service will be delayed one day the week of September 6th. This means that if your regular pick up day is Monday, your rubbish will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday collection will move to Wednesday, Wednesday collection will move to Thursday, Thursday collection will move to Friday and Friday collection will move to Saturday. Rumpke will resume their regular pick up schedule the week of September 8th. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 or Click Here for their full 2021 holiday schedule.


NRFD Fill the Boot

This Labor Day Weekend Firefighters will be out on the streets, malls, grocery stores and sporting events collecting for MDA. Please stop, say hi and drop anything you can spare in our boots. Every little bit helps. North Royalton Firefighters will be out in front of Station 1 on Royalton Road on Monday September 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: August 2021 (Volume 15)

Greetings Residents,

I want to wish all the students in our community a great and safe 2021-2022 school year. Our kids have been through a lot during this pandemic. Special thanks go out to all the amazing teachers and staff for all they do to ensure our kids get a quality education even during a pandemic. Below I would like to update you on some things going on in our local government, about the new Delta Variant of COVID-19, community events happening around our community, and additional items you should be aware of.
I am enjoying all the conversations with residents as I go door to door to hundreds of homes in Ward 3. If I haven’t been to your neighborhood yet I am still working my way throughout the ward and hope to see you in the coming months as I campaign for City Council.

Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park
North Royalton Ward 3 residents and your families are invited to my 5th Annual Ward 3 Picnic in the Park this Saturday September 4, 2021 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Park Pavilion #2 located at 14600 State Road, North Royalton, OH 44133. Enjoy a fun afternoon in the park filled with FREE food, games, and a chance to meet fellow neighbors. Bulldog Ice Cream will be serving up their famous sweet treats. This year’s picnic will help support Brady’s K9 Fund that donates practical, mission ready ballistic vests to police and military working dogs. Special appearance by North Royalton Police Department’s K9 Officer Bear, a recipient of one of Brady’s K9 Fund vests. Some additional special guests include the Ohio National Guard and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit. Event will happen rain or shine. No RSVP is needed. For more information contact me at 440-785-4240 or danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Holiday Schedule for Rumpke Waste and Recycling Reminder
In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, Rumpke Waste and Recycling service will be delayed one day the week of September 6th. This means that if your regular pick up day is Monday, your rubbish will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday collection will move to Wednesday, Wednesday collection will move to Thursday, Thursday collection will move to Friday and Friday collection will move to Saturday. Rumpke will resume their regular pick up schedule the week of September 8th. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 or Click Here for their full 2021 holiday schedule.

As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to call me at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Hope to see you at my picnic and have a happy Labor Day Weekend!


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

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North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: July 2021 Recap (Volume 14)

Greetings Residents,As a community leader, I am always looking for ways to gain input from residents. Your voice is valued and your input is greatly appreciated. Accessibility and transparency are aspects that must be brought back to public service. To achieve a better understanding of pressing issues you may be facing, please take a few minutes to fill out my Community Survey by clicking the below link.

https://forms.gle/VLdfZe1ThcN9THGC7In the month of August the City Council will take a Summer Recess. I would like to update you on some things going on in our local government that you should be aware of and community events happening around our community. I am enjoying all the  conversations with residents as I go door to door throughout Ward 3. If I haven’t been to your neighborhood yet I am working my way throughout the ward and hope to see you in the coming months as I campaign for City Council. I hope you all are having a safe and fun summer too!

As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to call me at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Have a great weekend!


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


Simple Recycling Contract Terminated

The city has terminated its contract with Simple Recycling for the for soft recyclables which included primarily men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as items such as jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, pictures, mirrors, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows, rags, sewing scraps, sleeping bags, small furniture, small appliances, irons, radios and audio equipment, TVs and video equipment, cameras, lamps, hair dryers, tools, toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, computers and household or consumer electronics, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, glasses and etc. Read More. This change will have no impact on your regular Curbside Recycle Pickup with Rumpke. Click Here to view the City’s Trash & Recycling Guidelines. 

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North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: June 2021 Recap (Volume 13)

Greetings Residents,

July 4th marks the birthday for our nation. For generations we as Americans have been blessed to live freely. It is easy to forget sometimes the true meaning behind Independence Day. John F Kennedy said it best “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” A big reason why we are a free is because of the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in the US Military. So if you see a veteran or a service member in uniform on July 4th, thank them for their service. 

Below I like to update you on some things going on in our local government that you should be aware of, and community events happening around our community. Also I am enjoying all the excellent conversations with residents as I go door to door throughout Ward 3. If I haven’t been to your neighborhood yet I am working my way throughout the ward and hope to see you in the coming months as I campaign for City Council. 

As always if I can be of any service to you or your family don’t hesitate to call me at 440-785-4240 or email me at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July Weekend!


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

 

Rumpke Waste & Recycling July 4th Holiday Schedule

 

There is NO DELAY for Rumpke trash and recycling collection on July 4th. Service will  remain as normal. Service will  remain as normal. If you have any questions, please call Rumpke at 1-800-828-8171 or Click Here for their full 2021 holiday schedule.

 

State Budget for FY 22-23

On June 3rd I returned to back to Statehouse in Columbus on June 3rd. This time building off the progress from my previous testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee regarding Substitute House Bill 110, the State Operating Budget back on March 11, 2021. This time I gave testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee in response to numerous changes made by the Senate to the House version of the budget passed last month. In my testimony I drew the Committee’s attention to three main areas of the budget that impact communities throughout Ohio including our community of North Royalton.Read More.

If you like to watch the video of my full testimony Click Here and fast forward to 2:26 mark.

Click Here to view the Full Text of my testimony. 

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Dan Langshaw’s Testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on Substitute HB 110 on June 3, 2021

Former North Royalton Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw and former Treasurer for the Northeast Ohio City Council Association returned back to Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on June 3, 2021. This time building off the progress from his previous testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee regarding Substitute House Bill 110, the State Operating Budget back on March 11, 2021. Langshaw provided testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee in response to numerous changes by the Senate to the House version of the budget passed last month. He drew the Committee’s attention to three main areas of the budget that impact communities throughout Ohio including his home community of North Royalton.

If you like to watch the video of Dan’s testimony click on the link below and fast forward to 2:26 mark:
Click on the link below to view the Full Text of Dan’s testimony:

Honorable Dan Langshaw Substitute House Bill 110 Testimony Ohio Senate Finance Committee June 3, 2021

Chairman Dolan, Vice Chair Gavarone, Ranking Member Sykes, and Senate Finance Committee members. My name is Dan Langshaw, I am a former North Royalton City Councilman and former Treasurer for the Northeast Ohio City Council Association. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on Sub. H.B. 110 the State Operating Budget for FY 2022 and FY 2023.

Since my testimony before the House Finance Committee back on March 11, 2021 on Sub. H.B. 110. (See attached March 11, 2021 House Testimony) The House has made many positive improvements to the overall biennium budget, however, I would like to draw the Committee’s attention to three main areas of the budget that warrant amending and or a second look due to the impact it will have on local governments and communities throughout Ohio including my community of North Royalton.

Additional Oversight of the Ohio Department of Health

The House removed Governor Mike DeWine’s original budget proposal for a $50 million ad campaign however the Governor is now wasting $5 million dollars through the Ohio Department of Health by using federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to have Vax-A-Million Drawings. Members of the General Assembly from both parties such as Representative Powell and Representative Sykes have spoken out against this. Using millions of dollars in relief funds in a drawing is a grave misuse of money that could be going to respond to this ongoing pandemic. I do hope people continue to get the vaccine if that is something they choose to do and help our state reach herd immunity but I believe we can achieve this same goal without this high priced incentive. If there is anything that can be done in this next biennium to provide additional oversight of the Ohio Department of Health, I urge you all to explore additional options so this does not happen again.

Interstate 71 Transportation Study

The House added to Sub. H.B. 110 a requirement for the Ohio Department of Transportation to perform a traffic study of highways and other roads in Brunswick, Strongsville, and North Royalton, three communities off of Interstate 71. (See attached Sub. H.B. 110 Amendment HC2079) This amendment was a good addition to the budget as traffic has increased over the last decade in this area that some of you on this committee represent. Such a study will help improve public safety, address infrastructure needs, and future economic development for all of these communities including my community of North Royalton. I respectfully ask for you to keep this in the budget.

Local Government Fund (LGF)

Since 2011, the state has made deep cuts to the Local Government Fund by slashing it in half from 3.68% to 1.66% today. Last biennium budget back in 2019 in which I testified, it was positive to see the General Assembly approve HB 166 with a slight increase to LGF. However, this biennium the Governor proposed $425 million in FY 2022 and $440 million in FY 2023 to the LGF. Disappointingly this is going backwards on the progress made by HB 166 by returning the Local Government Fund to the statuary level of 1.66%. (See attached LSC February 4, 2021 Revenue Forecast page 11)  As a result, my own city of North Royalton has experienced approximately over $7 million dollars in state local government funding cuts since 2011. (See attached is a chart of a breakdown of those cuts since 2011). On top of a 2021 city budget for my community factoring in the impacts of the pandemic with a -3% decrease in 2020 income taxes and additional decrease this year of -1.5% decrease or about $235,000 less is a big impact on any local government in Ohio. (See attached North Royalton City Budget 2021 Projected Revenues) I propose that this committee approve the amendments to the budget offered by Representative Skindell in the House that would restore the LGF back to 3.68% or at a minimum just keep the FY 2020 and FY 2021 LGF Levels in place for this biennium or higher than the 1.66%. Providing the proper support to Ohio’s local governments is key to our state’s overall COVID-19 economic recovery. (See attached H.B. 110 Amendment HC0789, Sub. H.B. 110 Amendment HC1646, and Sub. H.B. 110 Amendment HF2103)

In closing Senators, the decade of cuts in the local government fund and the negative economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic all highlights the importance that the General Assembly include as much COVID-19 relief in this budget so Ohio can successfully recover whether you are a small business, local government, or just an ordinary Ohioan.

Thank you for the opportunity to advocate for these important issues that impact my community and others throughout Ohio. I am happy to answer any questions you may have for me at this time and am also available via email at danlangshawfornrward3@yahoo.com.

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.

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