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Rocky River, Ohio 44116
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Rocky River Updates

Master Plan

James Umerley

www.CountyPlanning.us/rockyriver

The information presented at the August 10, 2017 Master Plan Public Meeting along with a survey can be found by clicking on the documents below. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts on the Plan’s core projects and goals by completing the survey.

We look forward to receiving your survey comments.

Presentation

Display Boards

Draft Policies Document

Survey

Public Meeting #1 Results Report

www.CountyPlanning.us/rockyriver


Click image below to read the Master Plan July 2017 Newsletter



Rocky River Master Plan update will strengthen commercial centers, improve walkability, connect neighborhoods, and enhance identity

Click image to visit www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

Construction Update for September 15, 2017

James Umerley

Thank you for your patience as you travel in Rocky River as the following construction projects are ongoing or planned for the City of Rocky River during the 2017 construction season:

 ODOT's paving on I-90 will continue at night and weekends. It is anticipated that all lanes open for day-time traffic Monday through Friday.  Please be aware that weekend and night-time construction may cause delays in east and westbound lanes.

AT&T will be working on manholes along Detroit Road - please expect delays while this manhole rehabilitation work proceeds.  

  • During September (2017) the County's repair work for the Detroit Bridge (between Lakewood and Rocky River) will require one lane of traffic for east and westbound traffic. Please expect delays as the contractor will be working on repairs to the road and on various parts of the bridge.  The County’s contractor for this work is Great Lakes Construction.

 PAVING: Asphalt paving for road surfaces has been completed on the following streets: Palmer, Buckingham, Morewood / Erie Alley, Smith Court, Stratford (west of Wagar) High Parkway.

  • Streets to be paved in the upcoming weeks are:
    • Wooster Parkway
    • Kensington Oval
    • Stratford (the section east of Wagar to Morewood)
    • Elmwood (from Lake to Avalon)
    • Orchard Grove (to Westmoor)
    • Erie (West from Elmwood through and including Whittlesay Lane)
    • And concrete repairs on Southbend Circle and Southbend Drive.

 

Concrete repairs are scheduled for the City Hall parking lot in front of the Municipal Court have commenced. There will be a slight change in the traffic pattern in front of the Police Division / Court house – also  2 new stop signs will be added east of the Court entrance.   Milling and the asphalt process will begin the week of September 18th in the parking area between the Civic Center and Court building.  During the milling and asphalt paving of the City Hall parking lot, our paper / cardboard bins will be temporarily moved to the Fire Department parking area.  All paving is weather dependent; however, we anticipate paving projects to be completed by the end of September.

 

  • Construction will continue on Lakeview towards Hilliard Boulevard. As work progresses into the intersection of Hilliard and Lakeview, delays can be expected. This work is anticipated to move towards the intersection the week of September 18th.  The City’s sewer replacement work is moving south along Lakeview and will move into the Hilliard Blvd. Intersection at Lakeview beginning Monday, August 28th.  Please expect delays on Hilliard during the week of August 28th as this work progresses.  As necessary, one-way detours will be put into place as follows: Hampton- northbound traffic only; Lakeview southbound traffic  from Hilliard to Center Ridge and on Lakeview from Westway to Hilliard -northbound traffic only.  Lakeview / Hampton  construction zone residents: please watch for flyers / notifications at your front door from the contractor regarding access to  driveways, etc. throughout the construction project. 

  

  • Elmwood (north of the railroad tracks) Kenwood (west of Elmwood) and Parklawn (south of Lake Road) – Sewer Grouting Improvements: please expect equipment in the road as contractors will be grouting and sealing joints and connections in the sanitary sewer. No detours will be necessary and two way traffic will be accommodated; however, there may be traffic delays as equipment will be situated in the streets.  This work will continue through September, 2017.

 

  • Purnell and Laurel: Water Line Replacement: Cleveland Division of Water will fund the City’s replacement of water lines (this project requires 2 construction seasons). A section of water line on Laurel from Lakeview to Hampton will be replaced this year starting in September, 2017. The remaining water line on Purnell and Laurel will be replaced in 2018.  This construction will require one-way traffic zones to be put into place in zones as necessary.  This water line project is funded by the Cleveland Division of Water and will be managed by the City of Rocky River. 

 

  • Shoreland / East Shoreland and Wooster Crosswalk / Pedestrian Signal Upgrade: Grant funded improvements for better pedestrian safety.  Anticipated construction start:  fall, 2017.

Fishing Pier at Bradstreet’s Landing - Closed

James Umerley

The fishing pier at Bradstreet’s Landing Park on Lake Road will be closed as of today, September 15, 2017.  The City will be making a thorough evaluation of the pier and its infrastructure.  During the evaluation the pier will be closed for safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we further evaluate the pier’s structural needs.  There is no re-opening date for the pier at this time.  The park will remain open.

Hazardous Waste and scrap Tire Round-up September 18-22, 2017

James Umerley

City of Rocky River and

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District’s

Hazardous Waste and scrap Tire Round-up September 18-22, 2017

 

Please place your scrap tires and hazardous household waste items on your tree lawn on your scheduled collection day during the week of September 18-22, 2017, or bring them to the Service Garage at 22401 Lake Road (across from Bradstreet’s Landing).  Please put your household hazardous waste into a bag labeled HAZARDOUS WASTE before bringing to the Service Garage or placing it onto the tree lawn.  Household hazardous wastes are materials that are marked dangerous, caustic or flammable.  For a list of acceptable items, please visit http://cuyahogarecycles.org/hazardous_waste

 

Old latex paint can be thrown out in your regular refuse collection, if dried out.  To dry out old paint add cat litter to the can of paint. 

 

Questions - call 440-331-0600 for assistance.

Construction Update for September 8, 2017

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thank you for your patience as you travel in Rocky River as the following construction projects are ongoing or planned for the City of Rocky River during the 2017 construction season:

 

Construction will continue on Lakeview towards Hilliard Boulevard.  As work progresses into the intersection of Hilliard and Lakeview, delays can be expected. This work is anticipated to move into the intersection the week of September 11th.

 

  • Lakewood construction update for Clifton Boulevard:  re-striping will begin this weekend and the City of Lakewood will create a new traffic pattern on Clifton Boulevard Extension from the Rocky River Bridge to West Clifton Boulevard. The intent of the new traffic pattern is to provide pedestrian access for an area which currently has no sidewalks, and increase mobility by means other than a car. The roadway will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction, with multipurpose paths replacing the outside lanes.   Work will begin on this project the weekend of September 9th.

 

  • An emergency sewer repair will be completed this SATURDAY, September 9thon Detroit Road between Smith Court and Lakeview Avenue. Please avoid the area if possible.  Two way traffic will be maintained; however, traffic delays may occur.  If the emergency sewer repair work requires – work may continue into Sunday, September 10th. 

 

  • Repair work has begun for the Detroit Bridge (between Lakewood and Rocky River) will require one lane of traffic for east and westbound traffic. Please expect delays as the contractor will be working on repairs to the road and on various parts of the bridge.  The County’s contractor for this work is Great Lakes Construction.

 

  • PAVING: Asphalt paving for road surfaces has been completed on the following streets: Palmer, Buckingham, Morewood / Erie Alley, Smith Court, Stratford (west of Wagar).
  • Streets to be paved in the upcoming weeks are:
    • Wooster Parkway
    • Kensington Oval
    • Stratford (the section east of Wagar to Morewood)
    • Elmwood (from Lake to Avalon)
    • Orchard Grove (to Westmoor)
    • Erie (West from Elmwood through and including Whittlesay Lane)
    • And concrete repairs on Southbend Circle and Southbend Drive.

 

Concrete repairs are scheduled for the City Hall parking lot in front of the Municipal Court this Saturday, September 9th.  This work will also be ongoing the week of September 11th as weather allows.  Once those concrete repairs are complete, the asphalt process will begin in the area between the Civic Center and Municipal Court.  During the milling and asphalt paving of the City Hall parking lot, our paper / cardboard bins will be temporarily moved to the Fire Department parking area.  All paving is weather dependent; however, we anticipate paving projects to be completed by the end of September.

 

  • Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvement (between Center Ridge and Westway) The City’s sewer replacement work is moving south along Lakeview and will move into the Hilliard Blvd. Intersection at Lakeview as construction progression allows. Please expect delays on Hilliard at Lakeview as this work progresses.

(As necessary, one-way detours will be put into place as follows: Hampton- northbound traffic only; Lakeview southbound traffic from Hilliard to Center Ridge and on Lakeview from Westway to Hilliard -northbound traffic only.  Lakeview / Hampton construction zone residents: please watch for flyers / notifications at your front door from the contractor regarding access to driveways, etc. throughout the construction project.)

 

  • Elmwood (north of the railroad tracks) Kenwood (west of Elmwood) and Parklawn (south of Lake Road) – Sewer Grouting Improvements: please expect equipment in the road as contractors will be grouting and sealing joints and connections in the sanitary sewer. No detours will be necessary and two way traffic will be accommodated; however, there may be traffic delays as equipment will be situated in the streets.  This work will continue through September, 2017.

 

  • Purnell and Laurel: Water Line Replacement: Cleveland Division of Water will fund the City’s replacement of water lines (this project requires 2 construction seasons). A section of water line on Laurel from Lakeview to Hampton will be replaced this year starting the week of September, 11th. The remaining water line on Purnell and Laurel will be replaced in 2018.  This construction will require construction zones to be put into place as necessary.  This water line project is funded by the Cleveland Division of Water and will be managed by the City of Rocky River. 

 

  • Shoreland / East Shoreland and Wooster Crosswalk / Pedestrian Signal Upgrade: Grant funded improvements for better pedestrian safety.  Anticipated construction start:  fall, 2017.

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated September 1, 2017 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.  The September 1 sanitary sewer bill is an estimate for the service period June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017, the 2nd quarter of the billing year.  Your bill is generally based on one quarter of the past year’s water consumption.  Please be aware, there is a minimum charge of 1 (one) MCF per quarter (or $38.00).  The City’s sewer rate is $38.00 per MCF (thousand cubic feet) billed at 1/10 of an MCF ($3.80) of water used.  If eligible, the Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Sprinkling Credit has been applied to your account and is reflected in the amount captioned “Payments Received”.  Sewer bills are due on September 30, 2017.  If you do not receive your bill, please call our Sewer Billing Department prior to the due date at (440) 331-0600, ext. 2022.

Back to School Traffic Safety!

James Umerley

We have had a busy summer in Rocky River and with school resuming this week it will only get busier! Please take a few minutes to remember some basic traffic safety rules, no matter how you plan to get around this fall. 

If you drive, please be aware that there will be more pedestrians during school commute times. Take the extra time to look for them, especially before turning right and driving through crosswalks. Watch for pedestrians when pulling onto a roadway from driveways, shopping centers, or other private property. Drivers have a duty to stop prior to crossing sidewalks and to yield to pedestrians. 

Remember to stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading children. If a school bus has activated red flashing lights or deployed a stop sign, it unsafe and a traffic violation to overtake the school bus going the same direction on any street. If a street has four or more lanes or is divided by a median, drivers may pass a school bus going the opposite direction. 

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Watch our for bicycle riders, too! Bikes can operate on roadways or sidewalks in Rocky River. If a bicycle operator chooses to ride in the street, he or she must comply with all traffic laws, including riding with the flow of traffic, obeying traffic control devices and traffic lights, signaling intentions, and having proper lighting during restricted hours. If a bicycle rider chooses to ride on the sidewalk, he or she must comply with pedestrian traffic laws, like crossing at crosswalks and with traffic signals. Drivers of motor vehicles must stay at least three feet from bicycles when passing in the roadway. It is recommended that bicyclists always wear a helmet when riding. 

Rocky River law requires pedestrians to walk on sidewalks when they are available. If there are no sidewalks available, pedestrians may walk in the roadway, against traffic, staying as close to the curb as practical. 

Road construction and improvements continue throughout Rocky River, including water and sewer work on Lakeview and Hampton Roads, and repaving throughout the City. The City will continue to update residents as the roadwork progresses. 

As always, please report any traffic hazards to the Rocky River Police Department at 440-331-1234. 

A Library Card for Every Child

James Umerley

Rocky River Public Library Wants a Card for Every Child

Nine library systems in Cuyahoga County, including Rocky River Public Library, have teamed up on an initiative to help ensure every child in Cuyahoga County owns a library card and takes advantage of the resources that libraries offer.

The initiative, called “A Card for Every Kid,” takes place throughout September to coincide with National Library Card Sign Up Month. It is a cooperative effort among the library systems to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens.

The libraries are encouraging children and teens to sign up for a free library card, and offer one-time fine forgiveness to children and teens who have been blocked from using their library cards because they owe fines. Jamie Mason, director of Rocky River Public Library, is focused on providing library cards to as many children as possible in the new school year. "A library card is the best item any school supply list could include," Mason said.

For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-333-7610 or visit www.rrpl.org.

City Hall paper / cardboard recycling bins have been temporarily moved

James Umerley

The Rocky River City Hall paper / cardboard recycling bins have been temporarily moved and are now located near the Wagar Road entrance - next to the Fire Department.  We anticipate the paper recycling bins to be relocated for three weeks while the City Hall parking lot is being repaved.  Once paving is complete - the bins will be moved back to be located near the Civic Center.  The bin area near the Civic Center will be expanded as part of this paving project to provide additional, safe space to drop off recycling. The paving area extends from the Civic Center to the Municipal Court.  The two-way traffic driveway leading to the Civic Center and Ice Rink will also be paved.

All public / municipal buildings will be open and operating during paving.  The paving contractor will accommodate all traffic and parking areas will be available but travel to the Civic Center and Ice Rink may require short delays while paving equipment is being operated.  Please be aware that some paving and pavement marking work will occur on Saturday mornings over the next month as weather allows.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience in this regard.

Paving has also begun on the some of following streets scheduled for paving in Rocky River (milling is the first item of work then a seal will be installed and then asphalt will be applied in three separate phases):

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    • Kensington Oval
    • Wooster Parkway
    • High Parkway (from 18519 High Parkway to East Shoreland)
    • Palmer
    • Stratford
    • Elmwood (from Lake to Avalon)
    • Orchard Grove (to Westmoor)
    • Erie (West from Elmwood through and including Whittlesay Lane)
    • Smith Court (from Ingersoll to South Falmouth / South Kensington)
    • Buckingham
    • City Owned Alley off Morewood and Erie
    • City Hall parking lot
    • And concrete repairs on Southbend Circle and Southbend Drive.

Concrete repairs will also be made in the City Hall parking lot in front of the Municipal Court. Once those concrete repairs are complete, the asphalt process will begin in the area between the Civic Center and Municipal Court.  We anticipate street paving projects to be completed by the end of September - as weather allows.

Construction Update!

Cindi Williams

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE AUGUST, 2017

Thank you for your patience as you travel in Rocky River as the following construction projects are ongoing or planned for the City of Rocky River during the 2017 construction season:

·         PAVING: The paving contractor will begin the process of paving next week.  Asphalt paving for road surface only will begin during the month of August on the following streets: 

o   Wooster Parkway

o   Kensington Oval

o   High Parkway (from 18519 High Parkway to East Shoreland)

o   Palmer

o   Stratford

o   Elmwood (from Lake to Avalon)

o   Orchard Grove (to Westmoor)

o   Erie (West from Elmwood through and including Whittlesay Lane)

o   Smith Court (from Ingersoll to South Falmouth / South Kensington)

o   Buckingham

o   City Hall parking lot

o   And concrete repairs on Southbend Circle and Southbend Drive.

Next week, concrete repairs will begin in the City Hall parking lot in front of the Municipal Court. Once those concrete repairs are complete, the asphalt process will begin in the area between the Civic Center and Municipal Court.  During the milling and asphalt paving of the City Hall parking lot, our paper / cardboard bins will be temporarily moved to the Fire Department parking area.  All paving is weather dependent; however, we anticipate paving projects to be completed by the end of September.

·         Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvement (between Center Ridge and Westway) Replacing sewers has begun.  The construction near Hilliard and I-90 is nearing completion.  Once the Hilliard Blvd. area sewer construction is complete – crews will move to Lakeview at Westway and construction will move south to Hilliard.  As necessary, one-way detours will be put into place as follows: Hampton- northbound traffic only; Lakeview southbound traffic from Hilliard to Center Ridge and on Lakeview from Westway to Hilliard -northbound traffic only.  Lakeview / Hampton construction zone residents: please watch for flyers / notifications at your front door from the contractor regarding access to driveways, etc. throughout the construction project. 

·         Elmwood (north of the railroad tracks) Kenwood (west of Elmwood) and Parklawn (south of Lake Road)Sewer Grouting Improvements: please expect equipment in the road as contractors will be grouting and sealing joints and connections in the sanitary sewer.  No detours will be necessary and two way traffic will be accommodated; however, there may be traffic delays as equipment will be situated in the streets.  This work will continue through September, 2017.

·         Purnell and Laurel: Water Line Replacement: Cleveland Division of Water will fund the replacement of water lines (this project requires 2 construction seasons). A section of water line on Laurel from Lakeview to Hampton will be replaced this year starting in September, 2017.  The remaining water line on Purnell and Laurel will be replaced in 2018.  This construction will require one-way traffic zones to be put into place in zones as necessary.  This water line project is funded by the Cleveland Division of Water and will be managed by the City of Rocky River. 

·         Shoreland / East Shoreland and Wooster Crosswalk / Pedestrian Signal Upgrade:  Grant funded improvements for better pedestrian safety.  Anticipated construction start:  Fall, 2017.

Road repair work on I-90

James Umerley

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun road repair work on I-90 in our community from the Rocky River Bridge to the Westlake corporation line. This ODOT road repair work will be completed during the overnight hours. Road repairs begin this Wednesday night (8/9/17) starting at 7:00 p.m. and will require the high speed lane - westbound only - to be closed through Saturday,  In addition, the lane adjacent to the high speed lane will be closed during the night work hours (7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.) for westbound traffic.  During those overnight work hours - there will be at least one lane open for westbound traffic.

ODOT's project scope includes road repairs and surface paving of I-90 from Hilliard Bridge to the Westlake corporation line for east and westbound traffic.  The project will continue through October of this year as weather allows.   Specific scheduling of night-time construction work, lane closures and paving progression is weather dependent and will be updated by the ODOT.

Thank you for your patience as this important ODOT road improvement work is completed.

Simple Recycling

James Umerley

Dear Rocky River Residents:

     Beginning next week, Simple Recycling will offer new opportunities for all residents of Rocky River to participate in curbside recycling of unwanted items.  This no cost, curbside collection offers everyone additional opportunities to remove items from waste collection and lower our community’s landfill costs.  The City will continue to collect from your backyard the blue bag co-mingled recycling containing appropriate paper, plastics, metal and glass on your scheduled refuse collection day.

     Enclosed are items to help you recycle cloth and related materials with Simple Recycling, a company that collects unwanted items that you do not wish to donate to a charitable organization.  Items that can be collected are clean clothing, sheets, towels, blankets or other materials.  In addition, small appliances, tools, toys and shoes can also be recycled. The enclosed information explains the Simple Recycling process. As in all recycling efforts, eliminating these items from the landfill will save the City landfill fees. In addition, the City will receive a modest rebate from Simple Recycling that will be applied to our Refuse and Recycling efforts.

      Recycling items with Simple Recycling is straightforward:  fill the Simple Recycling bag provided with unwanted items and place the bag on your tree lawn the day of your refuse collection.  An empty replacement bag will be left on your doorstep for your next donation.  Simple Recycling will collect their recycling bags weekly from your tree lawn.  Please use the easy to spot “Simple Recycling” bag which will be easily recognized and collected by Simple Recycling personnel.

      We appreciate all your efforts to recycle and are pleased to offer this convenient opportunity to discard unwanted items and avoid additional landfill costs.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Pamela Bobst
Mayor
City of Rocky River
 

Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPELs)

James Umerley

We're happy to announce that the Rocky River Police Department has been designated a MeetUp Spot where sales transactions that originate online using apps such as OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist can be securely completed.

In addition to reducing the chance of fraudulent or criminal transactions, Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPELs) let buyers and sellers avoid giving personal information, such as home or work addresses, to complete a transaction.

As always, buyers and sellers should only make transactions they are comfortable with. Police will not be screening transactions, but will be available if problems arise. Buyers and sellers are welcome to come into the department lobby for extra security.

Regardless of the meeting place, buyers and sellers should avoid meeting at night but, if they must, should choose a well lit, public location with other people around. Try to bring a family member or friend when completing a transaction, and consider using cash or another form of payment that does not disclose personal financial or identifying information.

Happy Sales!

Summer Crime Prevention

James Umerley

Summer Crime Prevention

The warmer weather that comes with summer often brings opportunistic property crime to Rocky River. Please consider the following tips to help protect your homes and property.

Please lock your house and car doors, even if you’re outside in the back yard or won’t be gone for long. It only takes a minute for a thief to enter an unlocked home or car to take your hard earned property.
Do not leave keys in your car.

Even with locked car doors, don’t leave highly valued or expensive items like mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, purses, coins, or wallets in plain view. They are safest removed from the car and kept in the house. If you must store those items in your car, leave them in the trunk.

Do no leave valuable property unattended or unsecured for even a short time.

Thieves do not like well-lit areas. Motion lights, landscape lighting, or porch lights may deter attempts to get into your home or car.
Security cameras are more affordable than ever. Some notify homeowners when there is activity outside the house, allow you to talk with people at your door without the person knowing you are away from home, and high definition video can provide valuable evidence if a crime occurs.

Call police at 440-331-1234 or, in the case of an emergency, 911, as you observe suspicious behavior or as soon as possible afterward. The Rocky River Police Department has an excellent response time and can often get officers to your neighborhood to investigate suspicious behavior within minutes…IF you call.

Certified Crime Prevention Specialist Patrolman Christopher Camp is available to help residents establish a neighborhood watch program or provide home security information. You can contact Ptl. Camp by email at ccamp@rrcity.com or 440-799-8212.

Over the last five years, crime in Rocky River has remained low. Reports of burglaries and theft offenses for the same p eriod (March-June) has been consistent from 2013-2017, with a minor decreasing trend. The Rocky River Police work hard to prevent crimes from happening, stopping crimes in progress when possible, and solving crimes that have occurred. If you would like more information about crime data in Rocky River, please contact Public Information Officer Lt. George Lichman at glichman@rrcity.com or 440-799-8208.

As always, Police Chief Kelly Stillman is available for any other questions or concerns you may have by email at chiefstillman@rrcity.com or telephone at 440-331-1234.

While no crime is acceptable, Rocky River remains a safe community in which to live and work.

Rocky River Police
21012 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
440-331-1234

Scam Warning: Residents report receiving a computer generated call for collections

James Umerley

Residents are receiving phone calls from a computer generated message stating they are from a debt collection agency. The number is showing up as a City of Rocky River number. Please be advised that the City of Rocky River will not call you for credit card information over the phone, nor any other government agency. Hang up the line and do not give out any sensitive information. If you find yourself the victim of this or any other such scam you can contact the Police Department at 440-331-1234.

Rules on Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

James Umerley

Rules on Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

As the weather improves and we shed our winter gear, our Fire Prevention Bureau has important safety information and rules to share with our residents who wish to enjoy outdoor fires.  Questions about these rules should be directed to the Fire Prevention Bureau by calling 440-895-2589.

Recreational Fires

  • Fire must be at least 25 feet from structures and other combustible materials
  • Fuel area may not exceed 3 feet in diameter may not exceed 2 feet in height
  • Only solid fuels are allowed (no rubbish)
  • Dry grass, leaves and other combustibles must be cleared for a minimum of 10 feet around the fire area
  • Any condition which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure must be eliminated
  • Fire must be constantly attended by a competent adult
  • A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, or alternative means of extinguishment such as a garden hose, must be in place for immediate use
  • In addition, as a respectful neighbor please be mindful of excessive smoke that may be an annoyance to neighbors.

 

Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

  • Must be at least 15 feet from structures and other combustible materials
  • Only solid fuels are allowed (no rubbish)
  • May be an open design or equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top
  • Must be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
  • Must be constantly attended by a competent adult
  • A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, or alternative means of extinguishment such as a garden hose, must be in place for immediate use.
  • In addition, as a respectful neighbor please be mindful of excessive smoke that may be an annoyance to neighbors.

 

Regulated

  • A permit is required for open burning which includes burn barrels, bonfires, beach debris, or fires regulated by the EPA Clean Air Act.

 

Prohibited Burning

  • The burning of yard waste, rubbish, trash, combustible and non-combustible waste materials is prohibited.

 

Be alert for gift card scams!

James Umerley

Be alert for gift card scams!

Rocky River and area residents and businesses have recently reported attempted telephone scams involving the purchase of gift cards as payment for non-existent debts.

Generally, a victim will receive a phone call indicating they owe money, often to the IRS, a utility, or to get a relative out of jail. The caller instructs the victim that the debt can only be paid via gift card and must be done immediately. A return phone number is provided to the victim with instructions to get the gift card and call back with the account numbers.

Legitimate creditors will never ask that you pay debts using gift cards. Never provide gift cards or other account numbers or personal identifying information over the phone unless you called the company or utility and are confident you are speaking with a legitimate representative. If you have any doubts, discontinue the call.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam, you should file a report with the Rocky River Police Department or the police department in the jurisdiction where the fraud occurred. In addition, you can report attempted or completed scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0054-how-file-complaint

You can learn more about scams at the FTC website.
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams

For full details, view this message on the web.

Information Regarding Sewer Billing

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated June 1, 2017 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.


The June sewer bill has two components:  
1)    The annual adjustment, if necessary, based on actual water consumption in the 12 month period March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.  

Water consumption can vary greatly due to weather, household factors, conservation efforts, accuracy of metering equipment as well as other factors.  You may contact the Division of Water, City of Cleveland with questions at (216) 664-2444.  A portal is also available to view consumption and account information at https://my.clevelandwater.com/.  

2)    An estimate of sewer charges for the first quarter (March thru May 2017) of the next yearly cycle.

The quarterly estimates for the next yearly cycle are based on actual water consumption information received by the City of Rocky River from the Division of Water, City of Cleveland for the 12 month period March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.  

The annual billing cycle is as follows:

For questions concerning sewer billing, please contact Kimberly Waltz, Sewer Charge Administrator or Michael A. Thomas, CPA, Director of Finance (440) 331 – 0600.   Or email to sewerbilling@rrcity.com.