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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

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Rocky River Updates

Master Plan June 2017 Newsletter

James Umerley

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

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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.



  • 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.


Construction Update!

Cindi Williams


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:

·         Westway Sewer Improvement (from Northview to Wagar) – Ongoing through July, 2017.  One-way traffic – westbound only during project.

·         Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvement (between Center Ridge and Westway) Replacing sewers to begin in July, 2017.  One-way detours will be put into place: Hampton- northbound traffic only; Lakeview southbound traffic from Hilliard to Center Ridge and on Lakeview from Westway to Hilliard -northbound traffic only.  On Hilliard sewer construction will interrupt traffic from July through August, 2017 -the sewer construction will impact traffic on Hilliard from Hampton to the I-90 / Westway intersection.  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 (estimated to be 24 months).

·         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.  Ongoing from June, 2017 through August, 2017.

·         Purnell and Laurel: Water Line Replacement and Refurbishing / Kensington Oval (cleaning / re-lining): Cleveland Division of Water will fund the replacement of water lines (this project requires 2 construction seasons with an anticipated start date of September, 2017).  This construction will require one-way traffic zones to be in place to be determined at a later date. Kensington Oval water lines will be cleaned and lined – work is nearing completion and will be followed by paving.  The water line projects are funded by the Cleveland Division of Water and will be managed by the City of Rocky River. 

·         Paving projects are estimated to begin in July, 2017 for 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   South Bend Drive and South Bend Circle - concrete repairs

o   Buckingham

o   City Hall parking lot

(This paving is for surface of the street between curbs only – curbs, sidewalks and driveway aprons will NOT be replaced.  The paving process is a surface repair only and takes three to four days to complete – as weather allows.)

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

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.

You can learn more about scams at the FTC website.

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  

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

Fire Hydrant Flushing

James Umerley

April 2017 Hydrant Flushing

The City of Rocky River fire hydrant testing program has begun. Signs will be posted on the main roadway near the streets where hydrants will be flushed. After hydrants are flushed, please run cold water for a few minutes to make sure the water runs clear. It is advised to not run laundry during and immediately after hydrant flushing. If there are any laundry issues that occur during hydrant flushing, please contact the Fire Department (440-331-0600).

Thank you.

Westway Road Closure

James Umerley

Westway Rd. will be closed to east bound traffic between Wagar Rd. and Northview Rd. for sewer upgrades and repairs. The project is expected to be completed by July 8, 2017.

During that time, the Wagar/Westway intersection may be compromised periodically to accomodate the construction. Traffic will be maintained in the area as much as possible, including traffic direction as appropriate.

Detroit Rd. and Hilliard Blvd. are alternate routes for east bound traffic.

It is recommended that motorists avoid the Wagar/Westway intersection during daytime hours to avoid delays and reduce congestion.

Traffic delays are expected. If you see a dangerous situation during this construction, please contact the Rocky River Police Department at 440-331-1234 and press "0" to speak with a police dispatcher or, in the case of an emergency, call 911.

Summer Sunset Concerts

James Umerley

Summer Sunset Concerts

Concerts held on Sundays from 7:00-8:30 PM at City Hall Park Gazebo

* July 16 concert held at Rocky River Park                                      

May 28                                 Rocky River High School Jazz Band                                 

June 4                         Rocky River Community Chorus – Held at the Senior Center

June 18                       Out of Eden/Just One Look – Eagles Tribute/Linda Ronstadt

July 2                           Jersey Beat – Frankie Valli Tribute

July 14 (Friday)           Special River Days Concert - TBA    

*July 16                       Revolution Pie – Beatles Tribute Band – Pie in the Park (free pie)

July 23                         Classic - Music from the 50’s & 60’s

August 6                     GBDB – Rock *Held at Rocky River Park!*

August 13                   Silver Creek- Eclectic Mix – Southern Country, Rock, Blues

August 20                   Rumours Band – A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac – Dog Days (free hotdogs)


  • Concerts are free and open to the public
  • Parking permitted on residential streets from 6 – 9 pm on concert days
  • City Hall Park Gazebo – 21012 Hilliard Blvd.
  • Rocky River Park – 20250 Beachcliff Blvd.
  • Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show!


Check for updates on concert locations and a list of 2017 Concert Sponsors.

Performers and locations subject to change.


Are you interested in sponsoring the 2017 Summer Sunset Series?  Sponsorship is a great way to gain exposure in this community and surrounding areas.  For as little as $100 your business or family can become part of these exciting summer events.  In return, you will be recognized on our City website, as well as banners and signs displayed in Rocky River.  Please consider a sponsorship this season for our summer concerts – we have a great line-up in store.  Can we count on YOU?  If interested, call 356-5657 and ask for Jan.

Click here for printable information

Rocky River Meals on Wheels needs your help

James Umerley

Are You Interested in Volunteering in the Community?


                Rocky River Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers, especially substitutes at this time.  Kitchen help is needed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Drivers are needed Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.  Flexible schedules are available.  Meals on Wheels operates out of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 20300 Hilliard Boulevard, delivering up to 300 meals per week to those who find it difficult to purchase or prepare food.  If you can help, please call 440-333-6298 weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  For more information about Rocky River Meals on Wheels visit    Thank you.


Cindi Williams

Click on the month for the latest fitness classes.  






  • Tuesday/Thursday Barre Class at 7:30 AM is cancelled through May and June.  It will resume in July.  Please make a note of it.


  • Welcome  GARRETT HERMAN our new Personal Trainer to our Fitness Team!

  • We also have Christine Frey and 360 Fitness available for personal Trainers


Check-in at either the Front Desk (for Water Exercise) or Fitness Desk (upstairs) for all classes.


Voting Precinct Moves for Rocky River

James Umerley

Voting Precinct Moves for Rocky River


The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections recently made voting location changes due to the non-availability of Rockport United Methodist Church for future elections.

The following Precincts were moved as follows:

Precinct 04- A will now vote at the Rocky River Middle School located at 1631 Lakeview Ave

Precinct 04- B will continue to vote at the Rocky River Civic Center located at 21016 Hilliard Road

Precincts 04- C and D will now vote at Goldwood Primary School located at 21600 Center Ridge Road

All affected voters will receive a “Voting Location Notification” card that will inform them of the change to their voting location. These changes will become affective for the May 2, 2017 Election.

If you have any questions, please call the Board of Elections at 216.443.3200.

Sewer Billing, 2017 Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program

James Umerley

Re:  Sewer Billing

The 2016 City of Rocky River 4th Quarter Sewer Bills will be mailed to residents on March 1st.  Please watch for their arrival in your mailbox.  This quarterly bill reflects estimated usage and credits, if any, for the service period of December 1 to February 28.  Sewer bills are due on March 31, 2017.  If you do not receive your bill, please call our Sewer Billing Department at (440) 331-0600, ext. 2022.

Click here for more information about the City’s Sanitary Sewer Billing program.

Re:  Summer Sprinkling Credit

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Sprinkling Credit Program. This is an annual program with qualifying eligibility criteria. Eligible residents who apply will be given a credit of one MCF (thousand cubic feet) in the amount of the current sanitary sewer rate of $38.00 per MCF. The credit will appear on the September 1st sewer bill which covers the service period of June to August.  Applications must be received by April 30 of each year to be eligible and the sewer account must have a zero dollar balance as of March 31.  The application can be found at the following link.

During the early morning hours of Friday, 01/20/2017, several homes and cars were entered in the Old River neighborhood of Rocky River

James Umerley

During the early morning hours of Friday, 01/20/2017, several homes and cars were entered in the Old River neighborhood of Rocky River, including Riverwood Ave., Purnell Ave., Magnolia Dr., and Northview Rd. All of the homes were entered via unlocked doors or windows, and all cars entered were left unlocked. One purse was removed from a house and was located outside missing cash. Cash was taken from a purse in a second home. One car was stolen from Northview Rd. using keys taken from within the home. 

No suspects were seen, and no one was injured during these incidents. 

These crimes are unacceptable in our community and are being investigated by police. In the meantime, there are things residents and community members can do to prevent them or similar crimes from occurring. 

  • First, and foremost, please continue to lock house doors and windows, garage doors and windows, and cars. This is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a theft from occurring.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view within your home or cars.
  • Utilize exterior lighting, including motion sensing lights and landscape lighting, to illuminate the exterior of your home, particularly near doors and windows.
  • If you see or hear anything unusual, particularly dogs barking at unusual times, consider that it may be because of an intruder or prowler and call police as appropriate.
  • Pay attention to what is happening in your neighborhood and notify police as you see things that don't seem right. This could include suspicious persons, slow moving or parked vehicles that are not common in your neighborhood, particularly during early morning hours, motion lights activating for unknown reasons, seeing people you don't recognize in yards, walking up to houses, trying doors, etc.

Rocky River Police Patrolman Chris Camp is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and is available to help organize Neighborhood Block Watches and answer questions or assist with safety concerns in your home. Ptl. Camp can be contacted at or 440-799-8212.  

Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on

James Umerley

January 4, 2017          


Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Cuyahoga County Local Government Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 990 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with


COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the City of Rocky River, Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Tri-City Park and the Safe Air for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) Council of Governments’ online checkbooks on  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row. 


Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on, and the Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tri-City Park and S.A.F.E. Council of Governments are the third, fourth, fifth and sixth special districts in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on


The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:


·         Rocky River’s online checkbook includes over 70,000 individual transactions that represent more than $185 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Municipal Court’s online checkbook includes over 10,900 individual transactions that represent more than $15.8 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant’s online checkbook includes over 6,400 individual transactions that represent more than $29 million of total spending over the past six years. 

·         Tri-City Park’s online checkbook includes over 200 individual transactions that represent more than $52,000 of total spending over the past six years.

·         S.A.F.E. Council of Governments’ online checkbook includes 12 individual transactions that represent more than $4,000 of total spending over the past four years.  


“I believe the people of Cuyahoga County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”


”Rocky River is excited to join,” said Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst.  “This website will provide greater transparency for our residents and allows easy access to public information. The officials of Rocky River, the Municipal Court and the Wastewater Treatment Plant continuously work to be transparent with the greater community. This website will allow citizens to use up-to-date technology to view expenditures in an easy and convenient format, and we are excited to join.”


On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments.  These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts. 


A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for and local government transparency, including:


·         Ohio Municipal League

·         Ohio Township Association

·         Ohio Association of School Business Officials

·         Buckeye Association of School Administrators

·         County Commissioner Association of Ohio

·         County Auditor Association of Ohio

·         Ohio Newspaper Association

·         Ohio Society of CPAs

·         Buckeye Institute

·         Common Cause Ohio was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government.  Since its launch, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of January 3, 2017 there have been more than 686,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $564 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 153 million transactions.  The website includes cutting-edge features such as:


·         “Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;

·         Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;

·         Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,

·         Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.


In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data.  Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of  Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.


In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.   


The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.


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