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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
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(440) 331-0600

Official website of the City of Rocky River, Ohio, providing community profile, information on local government, safety forces and education.

Rocky River Updates

Hiring Lifeguards and Learn to Swim Instructors

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River is currently hiring both Lifeguards and Learn to Swim Instructors.  Please visit our website at www.rrcity.com for job postings listed under the Human Resources Department. For additional information contact Human Resource Director Michael Greco at humanresources@rrcity.com, 440-895-3374, or Aquatics Manager Amy Klima at aklima@rrcity.com, 440-895-2591.  

Click HERE for local Lifeguarding Courses

2015 Holiday Kick-off Events

James Umerley

2015 HOLIDAY KICK-OFF EVENTS

 

 “All-Aglow”

Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 4th at 6 p.m.

On the Lawn in Front of City Hall

Free and Open to the Public

www.rrcity.com/rocky-river-events/2015/12/4/all-a-glow-tree-lighting

 

 

  Downtown River Holiday Walk

Saturday, December 5 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

www.downtownriver.com/downtown-river-events/2015/2/6/2015-downtown-river-holiday-walk

   

Holiday Home Tour

Rocky River Women’s Club

Tickets Now Available

Sunday, December 6 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

www.rrwc.org/our-events/hometour

 

   

Santa Skate

Hamilton Ice Arena

Saturday, December 19 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Skate and have pizza with Santa

 

   

Light Up River

Presented by Rocky River Beautification Committee

Sunday, December 20 – 6:30 p.m.

Luminary Kits for sale at the Holiday Walk on December 5th 

Kit Distribution/Pick-up December 16 & 19th

 

6th Citizen Police Academy

James Umerley

Mayor Pam Bobst, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, and the City of Rocky River
Division of Police are pleased to announce the 6th Citizen Police Academy.


 The Academy will be held at the Rocky River Police Department from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30-10:00 p.m. for 16 Tuesdays starting January 12, 2016 and ending with a graduation ceremony on Thursday May 5, 2016. (There will be no class Tuesday March 29, 2016 during Spring break)

 Topics will include RRPD Special Services, an overview of the Municipal and Common Pleas courts, crime prevention, internet crimes against children, domestic violence and stalking, firearms, unarmed self-defense, drug abuse, and more.

 The goals of the Academy are to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the RRPD, to provide insight into police work, to provide a clearer understanding of citizens’ role in assisting law enforcement, to help citizens feel comfortable communicating with police and City officials, and to strengthen the partnership between the police and the community.

 Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Rocky River or work in the City for at least one year, have no pending criminal charges or civil cases, no felony convictions, and have personal character consistent with community standards.

 Applications are available beginning Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Rocky River Police Department, Rocky River City Hall, or via email by request to Lieutenant George Lichman at glichman@rrcity.com. Applications are due no later than Tuesday December 15, 2015. Space at the Academy is limited.

 Questions can be directed to Lt. Lichman via email at glichman@rrcity.com, via telephone at 440-
799-8208, or at the Rocky River Police Department.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

James Umerley

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 Paving update:  street construction will continue (the week of November 16th) on Rockland and, if weather allows, asphalt on Riverview and Rockland will be installed next week. The paving on Carol and Westover will be completed early next week as weather permits.  A section of road work on Stratford near Elmwood will also be completed early next week as weather permits.

Sewer construction update:  Morewood Parkway’s new sewer force main is nearing completion.  The week of November 16th will include repairs to the road and tree lawns and concrete areas disturbed by construction.  Work will progress as weather allows. 

The Avalon Drive sewer improvement project continues west of Elmwood.  Westbound traffic only is permitted on Avalon from Elmwood - west to Lake Road; please expect delays for travel on Avalon as construction continues.  This work will continue along Avalon Drive during the winter and continuing throughout most of 2016.

The Storm Water Innovation Project construction which includes the parking lot at Rocky River Park is nearing completion.  There are a few items of work to complete during the week of November 16th.  Visitors to the park are welcome; however, the parking lot will not be opened during the week of November 16th. 

Please be aware that crack and joint sealing equipment will be working on several side streets beginning SATURDAY, November 14th.  Traffic delays may be caused by this equipment working on the following streets:  River Oaks, Carmen, Cottonwood, Frazier (Buckingham to Beachcliff), Roslyn (Argyle to Frazier), Elmwood (Erie to the railroad tracks), Linda St., Smith Court, Allen Court, Hampton (Purnell to north of Riverview), Malvern, Colahan and parts of the Valley View / East Shoreland neighborhood.  This work will protect and sustain our streets; thank you for being patient as this equipment will be working in the City throughout the week of November 16th and into the week of November 23rd as necessary.

The City appreciates your ongoing patience as we move toward completing all of these important infrastructure improvements.  If you have any questions in this regard please call the City of Rocky River at 440-331-0600.  Thank you!

MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS YOUR HELP

James Umerley

MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS YOUR HELP

ROCKY RIVER MEALS ON WHEELS IS LOOKING FOR

KITCHEN HELP AND

SUBSTITUTE DRIVERS TO DELIVER MEALS TO

ROCKY RIVER RESIDENTS.

KITCHEN HELP IS ONE DAY A WEEK FROM 8:30-11:00.

DRIVERS ARE ONE DAY A WEEK FROM 11:00-12:15.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CALL
440-333-6298
OR
EMAIL TO: Rjburns5@hotmail.com

THANK  YOU

Conversion to the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA)

James Umerley

Rocky River taxpayers recently received 3rd Quarter 2015 estimated tax bills from CCA (Central Collection Agency).  It is timely to communicate about the City’s conversion to the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) from CCA beginning January 1, 2016.  

Early in 2015, the City of Rocky River initiated a study to compare the service level and costs related to local income tax collection and administration. Using 2014 as the basis for comparison and acknowledging that there are some service level differences, it was found to be of financial benefit for the City to join the RITA.

The income tax rate of 2.00% (and related credit) that became effective January 1, 2015 will not change with the City’s conversion to RITA from CCA.

Both the 3rd and 4th Quarter 2015 estimated tax payments should be paid to CCA.  CCA has credited (or will credit) those payments to your account as 2015 estimated payments.  Your filing and payment information will be fowarded to RITA from CCA records and used to set up an individual account for you with RITA.  Tax returns for 2015 taxes will be filed with RITA.

See more information and answers to frequently asked questions at www.rrcity.com and for future alerts on this important conversion and to stay current on other events and activities in the City, make sure to sign up for e-updates through the City web site.

 

Detroit Road Traffic, Parking Analysis and Marion Ramp Feasibility Study

James Umerley

 CLICK IMAGE to read the complete study

CLICK IMAGE to read the complete study

Executive Summary

The City of Rocky River was awarded a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to study traffic, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle movements in the vicinity of the Detroit Road corridor.

The project study area is within western Lakewood and eastern Rocky River in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The limits extend along Lake Road from West Clifton Boulevard to Wagar Road and along Detroit Road between Wooster Road and Wagar Road for assessing traffic while the main study area for improvements to pedestrian, bicycle, and parking issues is focused along Detroit Road, between Lakeview Avenue and Old Detroit Road. There are traffic congestion and deficiencies in parking, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities within the residential and commercial district surrounding Detroit Road.

The purpose of this study was to assess existing conditions and determine improvements that can be made to better facilitate vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle movements/connections within the study area as well as identify opportunities for improved parking facilities. Additionally, the study assessed the feasibility of removing or repurposing the Marion Ramps from the study area and the resulting impacts of this change in traffic pattern within the study area, specifically along West Clifton Boulevard, Sloane Avenue, Linda Street, and nearby residential streets. Traffic counts and associated analysis of traffic volumes and signal operations were assessed to determine existing and future Level of Service (LOS) to use as the basis of the recommendations.

The Detroit Road Traffic, Parking Analysis, and Marion Ramp Feasibility Study was created during a multi-level community engagement program that consisted of civic leaders, a focus group of stakeholders, and the general public. The overall direction of the study was driven by the Rocky River community stakeholders. Their value came into play in guiding the development, providing input, assessing issues, and formulating decisions as the project progressed. In a series of workshops, the stakeholders provided feedback and suggestions while the AECOM team supplied the technical input, analysis, and best practices for the concept and recommendation process.

Recommendations for improvements are categorized as short, medium, and long term improvements to address the varying needs of the community. The study identifies various improvements and their ability to address the goals of improving pedestrian and bike linkages. It also provides an increase of opportunities for parking and creating a more walkable experience, while offering acceptable levels of traffic operations. The timeframe for the implementation of these alternatives is variable and dependent upon specific need and available funding.

A summary of the recommendations and their associated implementation schedule are as follows:

Short-term Improvements: (0 – 2) years
1. Resurface Detroit Road *
2. Upgrade various project signals to include protected left-turn movements
3. Revise signal timings for better vehicular and pedestrian operations
4. Add Sharrows and associated signage to Detroit Road
5. Improve parking by preparing a parking wayfinding plan to educate patrons
6. Place bicycle racks proximate to Detroit Road
7. Improve/sign bicycle connections at Eldora Road and Dorothy Avenue

Mid-term Improvements: (3 – 5) years
1. Provide pedestrian “bump outs” along Detroit Road and decorative crosswalks
2. Improve curb ramps at intersections
3. Provide mid-block pedestrian crossings with Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB’s)
4. Reduce Clifton Avenue to one lane in each direction over bridge to provide bike lanes

Long-term Improvements: (5+) years
1. Remove the Marion Ramps, grade and provide basic landscape the areas adjacent to Lake Road
2. Re-route SR2 from Marion Ramp to coincide with US20 along West Clifton Boulevard and Sloane Avenue
3. Construct new Arundel Road intersection and connector road to Beach Cliff Blvd – including trail
4. Provide additional parking along Detroit and behind Beachcliff Market Square in area vacated by Marion Ramps
5. Connect Beachcliff area to the Linda Street Corridor
6. Construct a streetscape project that upgrades the existing signals along Detroit Road to new decorative mast arms with all new signal and pedestrian heads. Also, provide additional roadside amenities such as street trees, benches and trash receptacles.
7. Construct a pedestrian bridge spanning the Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad tracks

* Pavement resurfacing is part of the ODOT Urban Paving Program. Other roadway improvements can be undertaken with this mill/resurface project. Other items to be incorporated in the project are listed in the recommendations table above and costs associated with these items as well as other improvements, which can be implemented at the City’s discretion are provided in Appendix C. The costs are provided in a menu type format as they can be executed separately or in combination with other improvements.

Several attempted entries to homes

James Umerley

This past weekend several attempted entries to homes occurred on the south end of town, all during the night season.

 

During this past weekend, several attempted entries to homes during the night season occurred from the night of October 9th to the morning of October 10th. Homes were located on Parkview Ave, Mercedes Ave, Westhaven Lane and Idlewild Dr. All incidents were very similar in nature, screens to windows and doors were cut and or removed, entry was then attempted. In addition several unlocked autos were entered and property removed. 

This is a trend that we are seeing in numerous west side suburbs. We are asking that if you see anything that looks out of the ordinary that you please contact the Rocky River Police Department and report it immediately.911 or 440 331-1234

 

Sincerely, 

Chief Kelly J. Stillman

Residents are receiving phony IRS calls

James Umerley

Phony IRS calls are being received by residents demanding money be wired to avoid back taxes. Do not pay and hang up.

Rocky River residents are receiving phony IRS calls demanding money be wired to the caller to avoid arrest for back taxes. Do not return the phone call, pay or give any personal information and hang up. All callers so far have recognized this as a scam and have not sent any money.

You may contact US Treasury Tax Inspector General at 800.366.4484 or go to www.tigta.gov. to report the scam. You can also contact the Ohio Attorney General phone scam hotline at 1-800-282-0515.

Important Communication from Police Chief Kelly Stillman

James Umerley

Important Communication from Police Chief Kelly Stillman:

Once again, several residents in the City experienced their cars being entered and items taken. 

The vehicles that were entered were all unlocked.  

The Rocky River PD cannot stress enough how important it is to secure your property. This means locking your cars in your driveway at all times, checking your home before you retire to make sure everything is locked and secure.

Crimes such as these are crimes of opportunity, this means the criminals will prowl the neighborhood looking for unlocked vehicles, homes, etc. Anything that is unlocked and easy access allows them to continue in their criminal behavior. If you have checked the news lately you will see that these crimes are happening in all the west side suburbs, Bay Village, Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake to name a few. PLEASE help us help you, lock your property and remain vigilant for anything at any time that is out of the norm for your neighborhood. If you see anything that looks out of place, call the Rocky River PD immediately and report it.
As always if you need to discuss anything at any time feel free to contact me. My office line is 440-356-5625.

Sincerely,

Chief Kelly J. Stillman 

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: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-us/online-pollworker-application.aspx

National Voter Registration Day

James Umerley

THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY WITH A 10,000 VOTER REGISTRATION GOAL.

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2015, we have partnered with Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and Cleveland Votes for the “Register Now” campaign.  Help us reach our goal of registering or updating the registrations of 10,000! http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx

How do I register OR update my registration? 

If your information is not current in the County database, complete this Voter Registration Form, print it, sign (must have the original signature) and mail it to the Board of Elections - 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. 

  • You can update your Ohio voting address electronically on the Secretary of State Website "Click to Continue Online"
  • To print blank registration form "Click here"  
  • Call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-3298 for a Voter Registration Card to be mailed to you. Complete it and mail it back.
  • You may register at one of the following locations in your city:

Magnificat High School (Main Office)
20770 Hilliard Road

Rocky River City Hall
21012 Hilliard Road

Rocky River High School (Main Office)
20951 Detroit Avenue

Rocky River Library
1600 Hampton Road

 

Voters must be registered in Cuyahoga County in order to vote in any election. In order to vote in Cuyahoga County, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a United States Citizen;
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the General Election;
  • You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days;
  • You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote.
  • 17 year old residents can register and vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 on or before the General Election. 17-year-olds can vote for candidates only.

 

 

House break in and several cars entered on Riverview Ave

James Umerley

On Sunday, 09-13-15 in the early morning hours we had numerous cars entered on Riverview Ave. We also had a house entered and the suspect(s) stole property and the residents car. The vehicles that were entered were all unlocked, the home that was entered had an unlocked window that the suspect(s) used to gain access to the home.
The Rocky River PD cannot stress enough how important it is to secure your property. This means locking your cars in your driveway at all times, checking your home before you retire to make sure everything is locked and secure.
Crimes such as these are crimes of opportunity, this means the criminals will prowl the neighborhood looking for unlocked vehicles, homes etc. Anything that is unlocked and easy access allows them to continue in their criminal behavior. If you have checked the news lately you will see that these crimes are happening in all the west side suburbs, Bay Village, Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake to name a few. PLEASE help us help you, lock your property and remain vigilant for anything at anytime that is out of the norm for your neighborhood. If you see anything that looks out of place, call the Rocky River PD immediately and report it.
As always if you need to discuss anything at any time feel free to contact me. My office line is 440-356-5625.

Sincerely,

Chief Kelly J. Stillman 

Free Disaster Preparedness Training

James Umerley

Be Your Own Hero

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, and outages or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team is offering free classes on several disaster preparedness topics. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information.

All disasters are local. Do your part to keep your family and our neighborhoods safe and prepared. To register or for more information contact WSC Coordinator Tricia Granfors at (440) 716-4135 or granforst@north-olmsted.com. Space is limited.

Training begins Saturday, October 3. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at St. John Medical Center and the Westlake Service Center from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for  Class Syllabus

CLICK HERE for Basic Training Flyer

Cuyahoga County Triennial Property Valuation

James Umerley

Cuyahoga County Triennial Property Valuation 

Cuyahoga County has completed the triennial analysis of property values of the properties in the County.  The mailings with notices to residents should be received in homes by September 11, 2015.  If you do not receive a notice, please contact the Appraisal Department at the County at 216-443-4663.  This review is required by the Department of Taxation and Equalization and uses statistical data based on statistics gathered by the County.  These statistics include information such as sales, location and property attributes to assist in obtaining the information on the level of increase or decrease.  If you feel the new value of your property is too low or too high please see the instructions included in the mailing per the Informal Review Process or visit the County’s website at the link below for information on the process.

http://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ComplaintLogin.aspx

This Informal Review Process will conclude September 30, 2015 so it is important that you respond before this date if you would like a review of the County's calculation.

 

Rocky River Park Parking Lot Construction

James Umerley

The parking lot at Rocky River Park will be under construction beginning this Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  The park, playground, picnic tables and restrooms will be open during most of the construction.  The parking lot will be closed for the duration of the construction.  Please pay special attention to neighborhood no parking signs if driving to Rocky River Park. Since there are few parking opportunities in the area, please plan on walking or riding your bike to enjoy Rocky River Park.

As construction progresses updates will be sent regarding completion dates, etc.  Have a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend.