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Rocky River, Ohio 44116
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Rocky River Updates

Drive-Thru Voter Registration at Six Locations

James Umerley

Drive-Thru Voter Registration at Six Locations

 

(Cleveland) In recognition of National Voter Registration Day on September 27, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will make it fast and convenient to register to vote or to update their name and/or address at six drive-thru locations.  Motorists and passengers will be able to stay in their vehicle to complete the process of registering or updating registration.

 

 “The Board is making it as easy as getting a hamburger or a cup of coffee by offering drive-thru voter registration to vote this November,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Board of Elections.  “Staff will hand you a clipboard to complete the form, and you will be on your way in minutes knowing you are registered to vote.”

 

Cuyahoga County leads the state in the number of new registered voters with over 56,000 people having registered to vote since January.  There are now close 880,000 voters and that number will only grow as additional registrations come in between now and the registration deadline of October 11th.  “This increase the result of joint efforts between the Board and numerous groups, organizations, and individuals who have held voter registration drives.  We owe them our gratitude as we recognize National Voter Registration Day,” said McDonald.    

 

The registration drive will be held Tuesday, September 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the following locations:

 

 

  • Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

 

  • Euclid Old City Hall/Polka Museum, 605 East 222nd Street, Euclid, 44123

 

  • Hispanic Alliance, Inc., 3110 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109

 

  • Parma City Hall, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129

 

  • Rocky River Recreation Department, 21018 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116

 

  • Warrensville Heights Civic and Senior Center, 4567 Green Road, Cleveland, OH 44128

 

Voter registration deadline is October 11th.  Voters who have not registered, moved, or have changed their name, must complete and return a voter registration card on, or before, October 11th. 

 

Voters may register at all public libraries and registration cards are also available on the Board’s website, or by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683).  Voters also have the option of updating their registration address information online at:www.443vote.com.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is looking for Poll Workers

James Umerley

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is looking for Poll Workers

Are you looking for a job or just another way to be involved in your community?  The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is looking for Poll Workers.  It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and be a part of democracy in action.  Poll Workers are paid up to $200 for working on Election Day and take a training class.  Apply online HERE

Construction Update For Northview Road

James Umerley

City of Rocky River construction update for Northview regarding repairs this week:  On Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21ST Northview - between Westway and Detroit will be closed to through traffic from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM while street repairs are being made.  Large equipment is needed for a repair and due to safety concerns this portion of Northview will be closed to through traffic.  

Please expect traffic delays on Northview this week and next week as repairs continue and paving begins.  Paving will continue through next week and if weather cooperates, it should be completed by the end of next week.

Thank you for your patience in this regard.  

FAA PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River is forwarding this important information at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

FAA PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing improvements to air traffic procedures in the Cleveland and Detroit metropolitan areas that will make the airspace more efficient and help reduce delays.

 

The improvements are part of the FAA’s efforts to modernize the National Airspace System through the use of satellite-based navigation as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, more commonly known as NextGen. The FAA expects NextGen to deliver $147.4 billion in benefits nationally through 2030.

 

The FAA has identified multiple Metroplex areas in the United States. Each Metroplex includes one or more commercial airports that serve at least one major city. A Metroplex allows the FAA to improve regional traffic movement by making the best use of airspace and procedures, using precise, satellite-based navigation. The use of NextGen procedures in these areas could improve on-time performance, which would benefit the region and the entire national airspace system.  For more information, please see our website:

 

http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/communityengagement

 

The FAA invites the public to attend information workshops, to be held in open house format, where representatives from the FAA will be available to answer questions. Written comments will also be accepted at the workshop. The workshop locations are ADA compatible and every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs will be considered.

 

The public is invited to attend during the times listed below:

 

CLEVELAND AREA LOCATION#1

Sept. 13, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gunning Recreation Center

16700 Puritas Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44135

 

CLEVELAND AREA LOCATION#2

Sept. 14, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Middleburg Heights Community Center

18000 Bagley Road

Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130

 

CLEVELAND AREA LOCATION#3

Sept. 15, 2016 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Gemini Center

21225 Lorain Road

Fairview Park, OH 44126

 

Written comments will be accepted at the workshops. Interested parties may also submit comments for the 30 days following the workshops at the web address listed above.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE for September 6, 2016

James Umerley

 

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE         

 

TONAWANDA:  Pouring concrete on the northbound lane of Tonawanda is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th, weather permitting.  One-way – southbound traffic only can be accommodated on Tonawanda from Hilliard to just south of Pocono due to the considerable scope of road repair work necessary between Hilliard and Pocono.  While that one side of Tonawanda’s new concrete is curing no traffic can be allowed on the road.  It is anticipated that concrete will be poured on the southbound side of Tonawanda the week of September 12th.  Following that concrete curing – asphalt paving for Tonawanda from Hilliard to Laramie will follow.

 

NORTHVIEW:  Next week street repairs will begin and a new catch basin for storm water will be installed on Northview.  After these repairs are completed, a new asphalt surface will be installed.  That paving will not require any detours or one-way traffic.  However, please be advised that traffic delays may occur while street repairs and then paving is occurring.

 

AVALON:  Construction on Avalon Drive continues with preparations for road work between Wagar and Morewood Parkway; road stabilization work will continue through the next few weeks as weather allows.  It is anticipated that concrete installation could begin between Wagar and Morewood during the week of September 26th as weather allows.  Sprinkler repairs will continue to be made in the section between Parkview and Wagar after sidewalk work is completed.  Please be aware that the contractor will be addressing weeds that may be growing in the tree lawns and yards in the near future; however, the existing growth will protect the new top soil from washing away while construction continues.

 

HAMPTON & LAKEVIEW:  Water main cleaning and lining continues for Hampton and Lakeview (between Hilliard and Center Ridge).  The temporary water lines are in place on Hampton.  Lakeview’s water line is nearing completion and within a few weeks the temporary service may be removed.  Please be aware that Utilicon personnel must have photo-identification before entering your home to remove the temporary water line connection.  Lakeview and Hampton Road residents will be notified about planned periodic water outages by flyer being left on front doors; however, emergency water outages can occur without warning.  In addition, you should have a flyer with emergency contact information for after business hour emergencies.  Do not hesitate to contact the City if an outage occurs during working hours at 440-331-0600.

 

WOOSTER ROAD:  Good construction weather and the Wooster Road detour for one-way north-bound traffic has placed the contractor ahead of schedule.  The contractor has been granted permission by Cleveland Water and the City to continue the construction of the new water main from Detroit towards Shoreland this summer instead of putting in the one-way detour for four months next year.  Work has commenced at Detroit and is proceeding well.  There are three construction crews working on this project with the goal of completing this project before the end of November.  Even if weather does not allow the project to reach full completion, accepting this accelerated schedule eliminates extensive time for detoured traffic next year.  We urge you to continue to patronize businesses on Wooster Road, Hilliard Boulevard and Center Ridge during this construction.  Please be aware that all side streets are open to Wooster Road to afford easy access to local businesses.

 

Thank you for your patience regarding these traffic inconveniences as we continue important infrastructure improvements.

 

Rocky River Public Library Wants a 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 from Pre-K to high school senior 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.

Sewer Billing

James Umerley

The 2016 City of Rocky River 2nd Quarter Sewer Bills were mailed to residents on August 31, 2016.  Please watch for their arrival in your mailbox.  This quarterly bill reflects estimated usage and credits, if any, for the service period of June 1 to August 31.  Sewer bills are due on September 30, 2016.  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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - Friday, August 26, 2016

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Water line replacement continues on Wooster Road between Hilliard and Center Ridge – having the one-way north-bound traffic only detour has offered the contractor the ability to be ahead of schedule. The contractor has requested to continue the construction of the new water main from Detroit towards Shoreland this summer. Originally, the plans were to begin work from Detroit to Mitchell in the spring of 2017. The City has approved this request and they will begin installing the one-way traffic and detour signs on Monday. As soon as the contractor is ready for work and the detour zone is fully in place, traffic will be detoured – northbound only from Center Ridge to Detroit Road along Wooster. Thank you for your patience regarding these traffic inconveniences as we continue important infrastructure improvements. Residents along Wooster Road will be receiving additional information next week in this regard.

The City’s paving program is nearing completion. Paving on Tonawanda will begin next week and there will be one-way – southbound traffic on Tonawanda from Hilliard to just south of Pocono due to the considerable scope of road repair work necessary between Hilliard and Pocono. That one-way detour will be in place on Tonawanda from Hilliard to approximate 200’ south of Pocono. The Hilliard Boulevard and Tonawanda road repairs have begun – as soon as they are complete, paving will commence as weather allows.

Once the Tonawanda road repairs are complete – crews will move to Northview between Detroit and Hilliard Blvd. to make some road repairs. These road repairs will not be extensive – two-way traffic will remain in place during that work. Once repairs are complete, paving will begin as weather allows. We anticipate two-way traffic for Northview during this project but caution drivers that delays may be encountered as repairs and paving occurs.

Construction on Avalon Drive continues with concrete installation near completion for the section between Elmwood and Wagar Roads. Paving preparations for the section between Wagar Road and Morewood will continue through the next few weeks as weather allows. Sprinkler repairs will begin to be made in the section between Elmwood and Wagar next week once all sidewalk work is complete.

Water main cleaning and lining continues for Hampton and Lakeview (between Hilliard and Center Ridge). The temporary water lines are in place on Hampton and temporary water service will be tested next week – notices will be issued to Hampton residences to allow for the contractor to enter homes to connect the temporary water service. These personnel will have adequate identification – do not hesitate to ask for photo-identification. Hampton Road residents will be notified about planned periodic water outages by flyer on front doors. In addition, you should have a flyer with emergency contact information for after business hour emergencies. Do not hesitate to contact the City if an outage occurs during working hours at 440-331-0600.

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - August 19, 2016

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

There will be construction work on Linden Road over the weekend (August 20th and 21st) - pavement markings will be painted and grass restoration will be completed. Two-way traffic will resume on Linden Road on Monday, August 22nd.

Paving on Devon Hill and Country Club Boulevard is complete and street sweeping will clean up loose stone and asphalt next week. Morewood Parkway's paving will continue on Monday, August 22nd, as weather permits from Lake Road to the railroad tracks. (Paving will be concluded on Monday and the street sweeper will clean Morewood Parkway next week also.)

During the week of August 22nd Tonawanda street repairs / paving will begin as weather permits. There will be extensive concrete and paving work required between Hilliard and Pocono – accessible traffic lanes will be reduced – please expect delays or use West Asplin temporarily for access to the neighborhood.

After the paving on Tonawanda has been completed, paving will begin on Northview, from Detroit to Hilliard (not on the I-90 bridge).  Northview will remain open to traffic during paving but there may be delays traveling around paving equipment.

Construction on Avalon Drive continues with concrete being poured from Elmwood to Wagar Road – when the road concrete is completed - then driveway aprons will be installed in that construction area as weather allows. Street construction west of Wagar will follow immediately after those driveway aprons are completed.

Water main line cleaning and relining continues on Lakeview between Hilliard and Center Ridge and is progressing well. The Hampton water main line between Hilliard and Center Ridge will also be cleaned and relined immediately following the completion of the water line work on Lakeview.

Water line replacement continues on Wooster Road and is progressing on schedule. The one-way detour northbound will remain in place for the duration of the project. This project is anticipated to continue into early October.

Thank you for your ongoing patience as we continue to make important infrastructure improvements for our community.

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Job Fair

James Umerley

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must hire more than 300 temporary employees to assist in the administration of the November 8, 2016 General Election. Employment seekers are invited to attend a job fair to learn about the open positions, apply in person, complete a skills assessment, and set themselves apart from other candidates with face-to-face interactions with hiring managers.

 

Date:             Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Time:            10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location:       Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Cost:             Free (Free parking available in rear of building)

 

Registration is strongly recommended. Applicants may register by visiting the “Employment” page at www.443vote.com or by calling 216-443-6600.

 

The jobs can last up to several weeks or months depending on the assignment and department. Some examples of duties performed by temporary employees include proofing ballots, scanning, testing voting units, opening mail, processing absentee applications, staffing in-office early voting, preparing election-related equipment and supplies, counting and packing voter materials, providing customer service, and basic clerical functions such as typing, data entry, filing, copying, and answering phones, among other duties. To view all open positions and job descriptions, visit the “Employment” page at www.443vote.com.

 

Applicants attending the job fair should dress professionally, have questions ready and come prepared with several copies of their resume. Applicants should also plan to allow extra time to apply in person and complete a skills assessment.

The City of Rocky River is paving the following streets

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River is paving  the following streets:  Linden Road, Falmouth, Morewood Parkway (between Lake Road and the railroad tracks), Northview (between Detroit Road and Hilliard), Country Club and Devon Hill.  In addition, some repair / paving work will be completed on a section of Elmwood north of Lake Road.  Tonawanda will also be paved after a section of water line replacement is completed.  Due to repairs necessary on Linden Road a southbound detour is in place.  Additionally, water line replacement work on Wooster has required a north bound only traffic detour.  This year the Wooster Road work zone is from Hilliard to Wooster Parkway south of Center Ridge.  Next year the Wooster Road water line replacement will start at Detroit and end at the I-90 bridge north of Hilliard Blvd.

The City of Rocky River's paving contractor will be milling Falmouth and Morewood Parkway, August 5, 2016.  Paving those streets will continue through next week as weather allows.  Please avoid traveling on these streets scheduled for paving as traffic delays will be caused by paving personnel and equipment over the next 45 days.  Please avoid parking on the street during paving until after 7:00 p.m. 

There are many construction projects scheduled in our community currently.  We greatly appreciate your patience while we complete these important infrastructure improvements.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

It is construction season again and the City of Rocky River has improvement projects beginning on the following streets:

 

·         Linden:  street repairs and paving require a one-way – south bound traffic only;

·         Falmouth repaving;

·         Northview (from Detroit to Hilliard) repaving;

·         Morewood (from Lake Road to railroad tracks) repaving;

·         Devon Hill & Country Club repaving;

·         Elmwood (north of Lake) a section of street repair and repaving;

 

The City’s paving program will continue through September of 2016 and please consider alternate routes during this time for these roads. Thank you for your patience while this important infrastructure work is completed.

 

In addition, water line work has commenced for the following streets:

 

·         Tonawanda will have the water line replaced from Hilliard to Pocono and after that is complete – Tonawanda will be repaved from Hilliard to Laramie.

·         Wooster Road – water lines will be replaced over two years in two phases – this year Phase 1’s construction zone is from the I-90 bridge to Wooster Parkway and this area will detour traffic – one-way- northbound only.  Next year Phase 2’s construction zone will be from Detroit Road to Mitchell and will also require one-way, northbound traffic only.

·         Lakeview between Center Ridge and Westway and Hampton between Center Ridge and Hilliard will have the water main relined (with a sewer replacement project in place for 2017).

 

Sewer replacement construction on Avalon Drive will continue through this fall with one-way westbound traffic only.

 

Thank you for your ongoing patience while experiencing inconveniences within our many construction zones.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the City at 440-331-0600.

Announcing the 2016 River Bright Spot Recipients

James Umerley

Announcing the 2016 River Bright Spot Recipients

 

We hope that these Bright Spots inspire you. We look for more nominations when the program continues in 2017. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination!

Find more information about the group’s activities, more Bright Spot details (pictures and a map), and past Bright Spot recipients at:

www.rrcity.com/beautification-committee/

Community Bright Spot

Cul-de-sac circle on Eriewood Dr., cared for by neighbors on Eriewood Dr.

Residential Bright Spots

 

21442 Aberdeen Rd., Pete & Andrea McGannon

20617 Beachwood Dr., Kevin & Mary French

20881 Beaconsfield Blvd., Ann & Terry Coyne

50 Buckingham Rd., Angela Lilley & Rob Stirm

1145 Chatham Pl., Brad Charnas & Paulette Moylan

21655 Cottonwod Dr., Beth Thompson

2739 Country Club Dr., Maureen & Mike O’Malley

2711 Hampton Rd., Keith & Laurie Zimcosky

22710 Hilliard Blvd., Bob & Barbara Sopata

3407 Kings Mill Run, Amanda & Austin Hover

3600 Kings Post Pkwy., Briccio & Rosario Celerio

20844 Lake Rd., Heather & Bruce Burnett

20853 Morewood Pkwy., A.J. Miner, Stacy Miner

20890 Morewood Pkwy., Fred & Lisa Schirmer

19990 Parkview Ave., Kent & Lori Klodnick

19647 Shoreland Ave., Norman & Barbara Mackay

3790 E. Surrey Ct., Brian & Linda Neitzel

1709 Wagar Rd., Almerinda Giampaolo

20278 Westover Ave., Scott & Debbie Baumann

21760 Whittlesay Ln., Ryan & Jess Lintz

 

 

The Bright Spot program is a way to recognize residents who spend extra time and effort to enhance their property and Rocky River as a community. It is not a competition.  Bright Spots have lovely gardens, interesting designs, and quality maintenance. As in the past, the focus was on front yards and curb appeal so that volunteers did not have to go on private property during the review process.  Limited volunteer resources dictated that we focus on only one residential category this year, which was single family homes. We look forward to expanding in future years with more members. Please join us!

 

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s mission is focused on projects and recreational activities that foster community involvement to improve the appearance of the city. The Committee strives to enhance the quality of life in Rocky River. Fundraisers like Light Up River allowed the Committee to refurbish the stone wing walls at the corner of Detroit Road and Erie Road last year. One of the current projects is focused on upgrading the City of Rocky River sign and landscaping at the corner of Hilliard Boulevard and Wagar Road.

Wooster Road water main replacement

James Umerley

June 30, 2016

 

 

Dear Wooster Road Residents:

 

The City of Rocky River is pleased to inform you that the Cleveland Division of Water has funded a water line replacement project for Wooster Road from Wooster Parkway to Detroit Road. Due to the large scope of the project, work will be phased over two (2) years. Phase 1 will begin July 11, 2016.

 

Phase 1 will zone construction from the I-90 overpass – south – to Wooster Parkway. Traffic will be restricted to one way, northbound traffic only and detours will be put into place. Phase 1 construction is scheduled to conclude in mid-November as weather allows. Phase 2 construction, from Detroit Road to the I-90 overpass near Purnell Avenue will commence in March of 2017. In this construction zone traffic will also be limited to one-way, northbound only.

 

During this water line construction there will be temporary water outages. The contractor, Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co., Inc. will notify you in advance, when possible, of water outages.

 

We will continue to keep you informed with more specific information as the two phases of the project proceed. If you would like to be informed via email, please send your email address to Jan Thomas, Safety Service Coordinator at jthomas@rrcity.com. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me or the Director of Public Safety Service, Mary Kay Costello with any questions or concerns at 440-331-0600.

 

Kindest regards,

 

 

 

 

Pamela E. Bobst

Mayor

 

 

cc:       Safety Service Director Costello

            City Council

Tonawanda Drive water main replacement

James Umerley

July 1, 2016

 

 

Dear Tonawanda Drive Residents:

 

The City of Rocky River is pleased to inform you that the water line main on Tonawanda will be replaced from Hilliard Blvd. to Pocono Dr. The Cleveland Division of Water will be funding this water main replacement. After construction of the water main is complete; the City of Rocky River will then pave the construction area. New pavement will be installed from Hilliard to Laramie on Tonawanda.

 

            Construction on the water main replacement will begin the week of July 11, 2016. During that water main construction, it will be advisable to use W. Asplin as an entrance to your neighborhood. Traffic on Tonawanda will be allowed throughout construction – however, expect delays as construction on the water main and paving is completed. During this water line construction there will be temporary water outages. The contractor will notify you in advance, when possible, of water outages.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as this important infrastructure is completed. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at 440-331-0600.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Mary Kay Costello

Director of Public Safety Service

 

 

 

 

 

cc:       Mayor Bobst

            City Council

Prescription Drug Drop Box Program Information

James Umerley

Prescription Drug Drop Box Program Information

Rx Drug Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Rocky River Police Station

21012 Hilliard Boulevard

 

Prescription opiates are often the gateway to heroin addiction.  Prescription opiates are commonly found in many medicine cabinets.  It is vital that old prescriptions be properly disposed of in order to keep one's family safe.  Pills left unattended in a bathroom or medicine cabinet can be easily taken and misused.

 

Please utilize Cuyahoga County's Rx Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Rocky River Police Station, 21012 Hilliard Boulevard.  The box is available for your use 24/7.  Keep your loved ones safe.  It's easy!  Do it today!

Estimated income tax payment

James Umerley

Important Taxpayer Notification from the Regional Income Tax Agency

 

On behalf of the City of Rocky River, the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) recently issued estimated income tax bills.  The estimated income tax payment due dates have changed as a result of a state law (House Bill No. 5) passed in 2014, effective January 1, 2016.  Please note, the due date changes are not a result of the City’s conversion from CCA to RITA.  A provision of the new law is to establish the same due dates for estimated income tax payments for all taxing entities throughout Ohio, including Rocky River.  You may contact RITA at their website:  www.ritaohio.com and telephone:  (800) 860-7482.

 

The remaining due dates in 2016 for estimated income tax payments are:

 

06/15/2016

09/15/2016

12/15/2016

 

Please contact Michael A. Thomas, CPA, Director of Finance and Tax Administrator, City of Rocky River at (440) 331-0600 with comments or questions.  Connect to the following link for additional information:  https://www.ritaohio.com/businesses/hb-5.