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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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Dan Langshaw’s Statement on Ordinance 21-81 passed by City Council for a Charter Amendment to change the election process of Mayor and Council President


May 21, 2021

On May 18, 2021 the North Royalton City Council in a 5-2 vote approved Ordinance 21-81. This charter amendment would  be on November 2, 2021 General Election ballot and would change the way our Mayor and Council President are elected in North Royalton. The Council President and Ward 1 Councilwoman were correct in voting against this Ordinance. Sadly this is another move by the current majority on city council that wastes taxpayer dollars.

If this new charter amendment is approved, it would add a special May primary election with only the top two vote getters for Mayor and Council President moving on to the November ballot.

A primary election will waste at least $40,000 to $100,000 or more of our taxpayer dollars just to pay for a special election. Turnout for most municipal elections are typically low. How many residents want to, or will even show up to vote in an odd year primary? This is an unnecessary waste of our time.

The current Council President was quoted recently in a local newspaper saying, “Current system has worked previous times when multiple candidates ran for mayor and the current system gives plenty of time to evaluate candidates”. I concur too that the current process is not broken. In 2019, our current Mayor defeated four other candidates and obtained over 50% of the vote. Our current Council President ran unopposed.

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North Royalton Ward 3 & Community E-Newsletter: April 2021 (Volume 10)

Greetings Residents,

Living in Northeast, Ohio you never know what to expect when it comes to our weather. Hopefully we have experienced our last of freak snow storms and can enjoy more fun spring activities! This update includes a number of important COVID-19, local government and community events happening this spring. I also have some exciting news to share with you.

Special Announcement

I wanted to share some good news with you all that the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections recently validated my petitions and I am officially on the November 2, 2021 General Election ballot to retake my North Royalton Ward 3 Council seat. Read More.

As I walked and drove around Ward 3, I thought about issues many of you residents shared with me such as paying high taxes and not getting much in return of city services, making our city more business friendly, and adding more checks and balances on the power of our local government. These are all issues I plan to address back on city council. Thank you to those who signed my petitions to get me officially on the ballot.
I plan in the coming months to meet with as many Ward 3 residents as possible, learn more how to best serve the community moving forward, and work even harder than before to address vital issues in North Royalton to get our city back on track regardless of the continued malicious politics in our city.

Click Here to view Dan’s Full Announcement Video.

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

Have a great week!

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

COVID-19 Update

Below are the top places to get accurate and 24/7 situational information you need to know in staying safe throughout this pandemic and resources if you are interested in getting the vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

State of Ohio & Governor Mike DeWine

State of Ohio Central COVID-19 Scheduling Website

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

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

Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination Clinic Accepting Walk-Ins
The Wolstein Center Vaccination Clinic in Cleveland is now accepting walk-ins from 8:00am to 7:00pm beginning April 27, 2021. From April 27, 2021 to May 3, 2021 the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered while the second dose will be administered from May 18, 2021 to May 24, 2021. Officials still recommend making an appointment. To register for an appointment go to gettheshot.conronavirus.ohio.gov. Those with trouble navigating the internet or those without internet access can book an appointment by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).

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Dan Langshaw Ordinance 21-67 Proposed Mobile Food Unit Ordinance Public Comments at the April 6, 2021 North Royalton City Council Meeting & Statement

Below is my full comments at the April 6, 2021 Regular North Royalton City Council Meeting about the Food Truck Legislation Ordinance 21-67 that I addressed City Council on during the public comments portion of the meeting agenda.

Unfortunately City Council passed this final version of legislation that was available to the public and the media only on Monday and passed it on First Reading not allowing Three Readings for further public input before a vote nor without any changes to the legislation.

The vote on Ordinance 21-67 was 5-2. I appreciate that our city’s charter and council rules allow for residents an opportunity to be heard and from past experience has been extremely helpful before I took tough votes on council.

I fully support residents first amendment rights to be heard. Thank you to the Council President and Ward 1 Councilwoman for at least voting against this legislation last night and taking into consideration residents and businesses concerns that were raised to try improve the legislation.

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Dan’s North Royalton Recovery Plan Part 5

5) Provide excellent communication, service, experienced leadership, and COVID-19 aide to residents of Ward 3.

  • Maintain open lines of communication to ensure prompt addressing of resident concerns.
  • Keep constituents informed about what is going on in North Royalton and on city council through various forms of communication from my electronic newsletters, website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Continue to host monthly constituent coffees and periodic ward events to engage residents while providing them with an opportunity to share concerns and ask questions in a one-on-one setting.
  • Work with community leaders and elected officials on all levels of government to address specific issues and concerns of residents in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Ensure that no resident’s voice is left unheard in Ward 3 by utilizing my years of dedicated experience serving the community.
  • Support regionalism and other collaborative efforts with other government entities as a way to help lower spending and improve government efficiency and services to residents.
  • Fight to protect taxpayer dollars against further state funding cuts through direct advocacy with the Ohio General Assembly.
  • Advocate for a freeze on automatic legislative and department salary increases and reallocate those dollars towards COVID-19 economic recovery efforts instead for residents and businesses in need.
  • Continue to assist residents adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with maintaining the Ward 3 COVID-19 website, North Royalton Buddy Program, #MaskUpNoRo Program, and other support resources as needed.
  • Explore post pandemic policies and legislation that will provide greater flexibly to residents and businesses to adopt more health and safety measures to prevent future pandemics after COVID-19.
  • Work with health professionals, local drug stores, and hospitals to ensure more residents have access to COVID-19 vaccine and other resources they need in the community.
  • Focus on returning the city back to closely pre-COVID-19 normalcy while ensuring resident’s civil rights are protected and health of residents.

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Dan’s North Royalton Recovery Plan Part 4

4) Fight to better protect victims of crime, address growing safety needs, and keep our neighborhoods safe for all families.

  • Reach out to non-profit organizations such as Cleveland Rape Crisis, Marsy’s Law Ohio, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to find more ways to better assist victims of crime and their families in North Royalton.
  • Continue to ensure the city jail remains open, fiscally transparent, increase revenues, and explore long-term solutions such as creating a Council of Governments with other communities.
  • Advocate for a formal review of the city’s current agreement with the Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center and explore if there are better alternative options that will be more fiscally conservative and deliver better services to residents.
  • Support working with the Chiefs to increase staffing for police and fire departments to meet the growing safety needs of North Royalton as calls for service continue to rise in the community for help.
  • Seek creative solutions to reduce non-emergency EMS calls for service with the North Royalton Fire Department by exploring community paramedicine programs such REACH (Resource, Education, and Advocacy for Community Health) to assist seniors and other underserved residents through in home consultations and preventative care.
  • Maintain our strong safety forces by ensuring they are transparent, have all modern equipment, continuous training, and resources they need to help keep us all safe 24/7.
  • Host ward or neighborhood events to help promote public safety, community resources, and training for residents.
  • Seek out better alternatives than lateral transfers to recruit highly qualified men and women for the city’s safety forces.
  • Support working with the Chiefs to increase staffing for police and fire departments to meet the growing safety needs of North Royalton as calls for service continue to rise in the community for help on an annual basis.

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Dan’s North Royalton Recovery Plan Part 3

3) Make the city more business friendly to retain existing businesses, attract new ones, and lessen the tax burden on residents.

  • Clean up the toxic anti-business policies the city has through legislative action to remove over-regulation, unnecessary moratoriums, and other obstacles to allow for more future economic development in the city.
  • Continue Ward 3 Business group to allow for further direct dialogue with business community leaders on a quarterly basis and survey businesses who have left the community to discover ways we could improve in the future.
  • Focus on aggressively filling our empty strip malls through legislative tools like a Vacant Property Registration Ordinances (VPRO), which will provide a strong financial incentive to vacant property owners to find businesses for their spaces while keeping residents safe. These are legal in Ohio and have worked throughout the state, notably in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid.
  • Keep North Royalton focused on the future. Box stores and strip malls are projected to be less important in the long run than locally-owned small businesses. These should be encouraged both for their economic value and for their unique contribution they make on our community.
  • Focus on implementing recommendations from business owners to improve the York Alpha Industrial Parkway to encourage more manufacturing and business that better fit the long-term future of the city.
  • Review any economic development types of legislation before city council to make sure it helps foster a business friendly environment that will retain existing businesses, attract new ones, and encourage residents to buy local in North Royalton.
  • Focus on ways as a city to promote good-paying jobs we can count on while preserving the jobs we still have.
  • Encourage more historic preservation of the community’s historic sites, buildings, and heritage to help attract more tourism and commerce to the city.
  • Support the city utilizing more economic development tools such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentives to bring larger mix-use or redevelopment projects to fruition, creating more revitalization districts, Community Development Supplemental Grants (CDSG) from Cuyahoga County’s Casino Revenue Fund, and address issues with current zoning ordinances that do not align with the needs of residents and local businesses.
  • Encouraging development and growth that creates a more sustainable tax base and removes the burden from residents; for example neighboring communities like Strongsville and Brecksville each pay less in taxes and receive better services because of their business revenues.
  • Push for fiscal responsible solutions to address the fiscal challenges ahead for North Royalton that is fair and sustainable without burdening residents and business owners.

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Dan’s North Royalton Recovery Plan Part 2

2) Work to enhance city services for families, youth, seniors, and address urgent infrastructure issues.

  • Residents pay high taxes for little return in city services compared to neighboring communities. Residents deserve more for what they are paying to live in North Royalton.
  • Introduce legislation to create Home Maintenance Assistance Program (HMAP) to provide low income families with exterior home repair grants to help address issues of blight in ward 3 and citywide by exploring possible partnerships with non-profits and other governmental entities.
  • Support the North Royalton City School District to possibly acquire some of the old elementary school properties for future public parks, recreation, and storm water mitigation opportunities once they are closed for good.
  • Explore possible new partnerships with North Royalton City School District, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Cuyahoga Community College, and other surrounding schools to develop more opportunities for summer jobs, internships, and apprenticeships for the youth to attract and retain them after they graduate high school and college in the community.
  • Encourage more collaboration with the YMCA and community groups to provide more recreational programs opportunities for our families and youth.
  • Oppose further efforts by the current city administration to dismantle the City Office on Aging and Human Services and instead will advocate for greater resources for the department to meet the needs of residents including those with disabilities.
  • Support enhancing senior services to address both the needs of our growing aging population and of the whole community in which many seniors want to remain active and involved members. While investing in more programs for them like creating an Are You OK? Program to help address safety and wellbeing needs of seniors in the community with regular automated safety check ins.
  • Encourage the city to revisit discussions of instituting a city leaf collection program that could also address storm water mitigation issues.
  • Support efforts to enhance our tree canopy that has declined -8.6% according to the 2019 Cuyahoga County Planning Commission’s Urban Tree Canopy Assessment as a tool to address storm water issues in the community.
  • Change land development codes to be stricter to reduce storm water runoff, deforestation, and increase flood control measures to address the more frequent 100 year storms our city keeps experiencing.
  • Encourage more community education programs for storm water management, creation of a city wide storm water awareness week, increase grant opportunities for residents and businesses to mitigate historic flooding, and addressing bureaucratic obstacles.
  • Continue to support recommendations from the North Royalton Alternative Transportation Study for strategic placement of sidewalks, bike lanes, improved connectivity of the city, and explore creation of a city sidewalk fund to help pay for future sidewalk projects.
  • Work with the administration to address street repairs and storm water issues for Ward 3.
  • Discover ways to secure additional funding sources and grants necessary to fund infrastructure needs from the county, state, and federal levels of government.
  • Continue to advocate for a more permanent resolution of the decade traffic congestion and safety issues with the intersection of York Road and Abbey Road.

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