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Rocky River, Ohio 44116
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Rocky River Updates

Rocky River City School District Digital Newsletter

James Umerley

On Behalf of the Rocky River City School District

 

Dear Rocky River Resident,

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of our Rocky River City School District Digital Newsletter - Fall 2016.  To be published quarterly, this newsletter will highlight achievements of our students and staff and provide information about our schools.

 http://pub.lucidpress.com/RrSchoolsFall2016/

To receive future issues of our digital newsletter, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/Oa5DB8P6ilSO4Qm02

Sincerely,

Dianna R. Foley, Ph.D. Executive Director, Communications & Technology Rocky River City School District

Rocky River Police - Crime Update

James Umerley

Community: Rocky River Police Crime Update

Recently, City of Rocky River residents have expressed concerns about high-profile crimes and crime rates to City officials and on social media. These concerns prompted Police personnel to research Calls for Service statistics from 2011 through September 30, 2016. That research indicated that Calls for Service for violent and property crimes in the City have been consistent over the last five years, with no significant changes in 2016 through September 30th.

Over the last several years, Police Chief Kelly Stillman has made efforts to keep the public better informed about their community and Police Department including a Rocky River Police Department Facebook Page and utilization of Nixle and Ready Notify notification systems. He has also appointed a Public Information Officer specifically for improved communication with the media and the public, including more comprehensive weekly updates to the media abou t crime and other police activity and proactive press releases sent when there is the need notify the public about a specific event. Those efforts, combined with public engagement on social media forums, have helped to create a greater public awareness which can sometimes be perceived as an increase in crime.  

Rocky River remains a safe community in which to live and work. However, no level of violent or property crime is deemed acceptable. The Police Department continues to work to investigate crimes that have occurred, proactively prevent crimes from occurring, and build relationships in the community to enhance crime prevention and awareness.

Several community outreach events are being planned over the next several months. On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at Memorial Hall, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, Westshore Enforcement Bureau Special Agent in Charge Jeff Capretto, and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Detective John Morg an will discuss crime prevention and solutions at a community forum. Residents are invited to attend a Coffee With a Cop event on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at Erie Island Coffee. And applications for the 7th Citizen Police Academy, scheduled to begin in January 2017, will be available beginning Tuesday, October 25, 2016. 

To continue to keep Rocky River safe, we encourage all residents to be aware of their surroundings, protect their homes and belongings by locking house and car doors, and to promptly report unusual or suspicious behavior to police at 440-331-1234. 

Mayor Pam Bobst and Chief Stillman remain available to address additional questions or concerns about these or any other issues. 

2017 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 7th 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 14 Tuesdays starting January 24, 2017 and ending with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday May 2, 2017. (There will be no class Tuesday, April 18, 2017 during Spring break)
  • Topics will include RRPD Special Services, an overview of the Municipal and Common Pleas courts, crime prevention, Internet safety, domestic violence and stalking, firearms, use of force, police legitimacy and procedural justice, 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, have no pending criminal charges or civil cases, no felony convictions, and have personal character consistent with community standards.
  • Applications are available beginning Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 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 20, 2016. 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.

“What can you do” To Prevent Fires?

James Umerley

For Immediate Release                                                                       Contact: Chief Aaron Lenart

October 10, 2016

                                                                                                                            

THE ROCKY RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT, STATE FIRE MARSHAL

ASK “WHAT CAN YOU DO” TO PREVENT FIRES?

 

Fire is everyone’s fight, and that’s why the Rocky River Fire Department, in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s office, is asking Ohioans to think of one thing they can do to prevent or prepare for a fire.

 

The “What can you do?” social media campaign will highlight pledges to take action when it comes to fire safety. Fire officials throughout the state are encouraging Ohioans to take the pledge and post a photo on their social media accounts and use the hashtag #WhatCanYouDo or send it to your local fire department.

 

“We want to use this as a way to get everyone thinking about what they can do to be fire safe at home,” State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers said. “A proactive approach will help eliminate fire risks in your home, making you and your family safer.”

“It’s also important to make sure you’re prepared in the unfortunate case of a fire,” Chief Aaron Lenart said. “Practicing your fire escape plan and making sure you have working smoke alarms in your home can help protect you if your home does catch fire.”

 

This campaign will kick off during Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2016. The national theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!” which encourages everyone to check the manufacture date on their smoke alarms. If the date on your alarm is more than ten years ago, the entire unit needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms are less effective after ten years.

 

For more fire prevention information, please visit our website www.rrcity.com  or go to the State Fire Marshal’s website

Door Hanger Solicitation

James Umerley

This week door hangers were distributed in some Rocky River neighborhoods by a private company – the door hanger bag contains a “Water Analysis Data Form” and the form asks you to fill a sample bottle with water. This is a solicitation from a company that sells “Rain Soft” products and other water treatment products. The door hanger is a solicitation for their private business and is not a public service. In addition, there are no water quality issues that have prompted this solicitation. If you have any questions about water quality, please call the Cleveland Division of Water at 216-644-3060. Flyers and door hangers are prohibited from being left at homes with “No Solicitation” stickers. Please alert the Police Division if you have a “No Solicitation” sticker and you receive door hangers at your residence by calling 440-331-1234.

Thefts From Unlocked Autos

James Umerley

Several thefts from unlocked autos have occurred in the past week.

The Rocky River PD has taken several thefts from autos in the past week. Unfortunately every auto that was entered was unlocked. We have sent out numerous NIXLE ALERTS concerning this type of activity. We have increased patrols in these areas, South of Hilliard from Wagar to River Oaks. Again please help us to help you, LOCK YOUR CARS! Please remove any valuables you may have or secure them in the trunk of your car. 

     These are crimes of opportunity meaning the suspect(s) will pull on car doors, ones that they find open they will enter and remove any valuables that they can. Those car doors that are locked are moved past.

     If there is anything we can do for you please let us know, feel free to call me personally should you need to discuss something that is happening in your neighborhood or you need to discuss any issue.

Sincerely,

Chief Kelly Stillman
Rocky River PD
440-331-1234 ext 215

New Feature - Arborist’s Corner

James Umerley

Welcome to the Arborist’s Corner!  This is the new home of information regarding the urban forest within the City of Rocky River.  We will post updates on the efforts of our City Forester, interesting tidbits regarding trees, and spotlight new species that you may incorporate in your home landscape.  Be sure to check back often for updates!  CLICK HERE

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!

PUBLIC LIBRARY ACCEPTS FOOD FOR FINES

James Umerley

ROCKY RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY ACCEPTS FOOD FOR FINES

THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

Donate Food Items to Help the Rocky River Assistance Program

 

For every canned or boxed non-perishable food item donated at Rocky River Public Library, patrons’ fines will be reduced by $1.00, up to a maximum of $10.00.  The Library’s “Food for Fines” program is in effect February 1 through February 29.  This is the seventh consecutive year that the Library has sponsored a “Food for Fines” drive.

               Donated food items for the Rocky River Assistance Program are being collected by the library’s staff in the Circulation Department.   Undamaged, unexpired food items will be accepted, preferably canned soup, tuna, fruit, beef stew, spaghetti sauce and vegetables.  Food in glass jars will not be accepted. Food supplies are low in the Rocky River Assistance Program’s food distribution center, so donations are very much appreciated.                

The “Food for Fines” program applies only to fines and fees owed to Rocky River Public Library.  This does not apply to payment of any fines that were made prior to February 1.

For additional information, call the library at (440)333-7610 or visit www.rrpl.org

 

CONTINUE RECEIVING CITY UPDATES

James Umerley

SIGN UP FOR READY NOTIFY TO CONTINUE RECEIVING CITY UPDATES

 

Effective February 1, 2016, to continue receiving City of Rocky River e-updates subscribers must register with Ready Notify.  It is simple to register, please click here to register for Ready Notify.

Ready Notify assists us in meeting the growing need for timely and accurate community information.  The service provides residents with electronic updates via text, email, phone or fax regarding a variety of city services, projects and programs — news about the city, information about specific municipal services, upcoming community events, social and recreational opportunities, senior program offerings, construction updates, civic achievements, health and safety matters, business opportunities, refuse collection, recycling opportunities, animal control information and more. In addition, Ready Notify will allow you to sign up for the countywide notification system that will send emergency alerts to your phone, email and/or fax. 

 

To receive notifications from the Police Department regarding traffic, road closures, and law enforcement related news, sign up for Nixle by visiting the bottom of the Rocky River website home page.

Numerous unlocked vehicles entered overnight on January 23rd

James Umerley

Numerous unlocked vehicles entered overnight on January 23rd in the area of Telbir-Shoreland-Riverview-Rockland.

On the early morning hours of Sunday, January 23rd numerous vehicles were entered and property was removed by unknown suspect(s). All of the vehicles were unlocked at the time of the thefts. The thefts were reported on Riverview, Shoreland, Telbir & Rockland areas. These types of incidents are crimes of opportunity. Suspect(s) will tour the area under cover of darkness and pull on a car door, if it opens they enter quickly and take anything in plain sight. If your car is locked they move on. PLEASE remember to lock your car doors, secure your valuables in your trunk if you choose to leave them in your auto overnight or during the day for that matter. By working together we can greatly diminish these crimes in our city. 
As always please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Chief Kelly Stillman 

Transition from Rocky River E-Update to Ready Notify

James Umerley

City of Rocky River Transitions from Rocky River E-Update to Ready Notify

Effective February 1, 2016, the City of Rocky River is converting all public information notifications from the City’s E-Update system to the Ready Notify information sharing system.  Residents who are currently on the e-update system will no longer receive community information after January 31, 2016.  They must register for Ready Notify to continue receiving updates from the City.  It is simple to register, please click here to register for Ready Notify.

Ready Notify assists us in meeting the growing need for timely and accurate community information.  The service provides residents with electronic updates via text, email, phone or fax regarding a variety of city services, projects and programs — news about the city, information about specific municipal services, upcoming community events, social and recreational opportunities, senior program offerings, construction updates, civic achievements, health and safety matters, business opportunities, refuse collection, recycling opportunities, animal control information and more. In addition, the Ready Notify will allow you to sign up for the countywide notification system that will send emergency alerts to your phone, email and/or fax.  

To receive notifications from the Police Department regarding traffic, road closures, and law enforcement related news, sign up for Nixle by visiting the bottom of the Rocky River website home page.

INNOVATIVE STORMWATER DEMONSTRATION PROJECT at ROCKY RIVER PARK

James Umerley

INNOVATIVE STORMWATER DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
at ROCKY RIVER PARK

 

PARKING LOT BIOSWALE SECTION

WHAT IS BIORETENTION?

Bioretention areas are stormwater cells or basins that use soil, mulch, and vegetation as a natural filtration device to remove pollutants and nutrients from runoff. This bioretention area improves water quality by utilizing:

Bioretention Soil - Specialized planting soil with a higher sand content that supports infiltration.

Filter Layers - Small gravel and sand layer that prevents soil particles from migrating down into the drainage bed.

Gravel Layer - Gravel bed acts as subsurface water storage while also providing drainage access to outlet pipes.

 

THE BIOSWALE PROCESS

√ Intercept runoff with strategically placed curb cuts.

√ Reduce the amount of runoff into storm sewers and Lake Erie.

√ Infiltrate stormwater runoff into the soil.

√ Purify stormwater runoff through soil infiltration.

 

WHY IS GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPORTANT?

This project demonstrates how Green Infrastructure measures like bioswales, rain gardens, and permeable pavers might be incorporated into other public and private properties.

 

Rocky River was awarded a $210,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) under the provisions of Section 319 of Ohio’s Nonpoint Source Program. This product or publication was financed in part or totally through this grant. The contents and views, including any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations, contained in this product or publication are those of the authors and have not been subject to any Ohio EPA peer or administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the views of either Agency, and no official endorsement should be inferred.


RAIN GARDEN SECTION

A Rain Garden consists of a depression that allows for shallow ponding of runoff and gradual infiltration through the bioretention soil, after which it either drains through underlying soils or enters the storm sewer system through an underdrain system.

 

Native plants and grasses assist through the uptake of water and nutrients while further enhancing the infiltration process.

 

This installation is an example of what a Rain Garden might look like in a residential or commercial setting.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RAIN GARDENS?

√ Reduces the amount of runoff into storm sewers and Lake Erie.

√ Helps remove pollutants and nutrients from stormwater runoff before it enters our local waterways.

√ Provides habitat for birds and butterflies.

 

WHY DO WE NEED RAIN GARDENS?

Development of the land has resulted in compacted soils and increased impervious surfaces. During rain events, instead of being absorbed and filtered by the soil, the stormwater runs off the land contributing to flooding, erosion, and water quality issues.

 

Rocky River was awarded a $210,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) under the provisions of Section 319 of Ohio’s Nonpoint Source Program. This product or publication was financed in part or totally through this grant. The contents and views, including any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations, contained in this product or publication are those of the authors and have not been subject to any Ohio EPA peer or administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the views of either Agency, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

 

 

PARKING BAN DURING SNOW EVENTS

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER PARKING BAN DURING SNOW EVENTS REMINDER

Winter weather has arrived! The City of Rocky River has a parking ban law in effect when two (2) inches of snow fall during a twenty-four hour period. Please be aware during a snow event that once accumulation reaches two (2) inches the parking ban automatically goes into effect and no parking is allowed on City streets. As we know in Northeast Ohio, it is difficult to accurately predict what each snow storm will bring; therefore, before parking your car in the street please make sure that there has not been two new inches of snow in the last twenty-four hours.

The snow parking ban ends when either the accumulation is reduced to less than two inches or until the snow ban is lifted by the City.

You can read more about the snow parking ban from the Rocky River Codified Ordinance 351.19 (Codified Ordinances are located on the City’s website – rrcity.com).

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance with the City’s snow parking ban. Having the roads clear of parked vehicles allows our safety forces critical access to residences during emergencies. In addition, snow plows can clear the snow efficiently and move ice and snow off of the catch basins which allows for melted snow to quickly move off our streets. Those efforts to keep our streets clear of snow and ice will allow the City to provide efficient services to all our residents.

If you have any questions about the snow ban please call the Rocky River Police Division at 440-331-1234 or City Hall at 440-331-0600.

New scams targeting Senior Citizens

James Umerley

New scams targeting Senior Citizens are being reported, a few residents have fallen victims to this activity.

In the past month we have had several senior citizens who have been contacted by a male stating that he is working for a local Police Department and that someone had attempted to cash fake checks at two banks using their account information. This male identified himself as working for the Elyria Police Department and another victim stated that this male was working for the Cleveland Police Department. The suspect then asked the victims to work "undercover" and withdraw large sums of money in an effort to catch the perpetrators. 
If you are ever contacted by someone who identifies themselves as a Police Officer and requests that you assist them in catching someone who has accessed their bank accounts immediately contact the Rocky River Police Department so we can take action. DO NOT GIVE any personal information over the phone, confirm whom you are talking to by calling that police agency back to verify employment. A Police Officer will never ask that you withdraw cash to assist them in catching a criminal. 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time, we are here to assist you! 

Sincerely, 

Chief Kelly J. Stillman 

Disposal of Holiday Lights

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River will recycle holiday lights at the Service Garage located at 22401 Lake Road.  Refuse can containers will be available to recycle holiday lights and will be located by the paper / cardboard recycling bins from January 5, 2016 to January 13, 2016.  The lights will be delivered to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (see their web site for additional information:  http://www.cuyahogaswd.org) for recycling.  Holiday lights must be removed from any decoration before being placed in the recycling container.

Thank you for all your efforts to recycle cardboard!  It is greatly appreciated because recycling cardboard saves the City landfill costs.  The paper and cardboard recycling bins located at the Service Garage and at City Hall have had a spectacular amount of donations which will earn the the City recycling rebates.  We especially appreciate those that take the time and extra effort to collapse their boxes before placing them into the bins which leaves ample room for all the generous donations that we have experienced.  Thank you!  

If you are not able to recycle your cardboard boxes at the bins, you may recycle them in large blue bags available at most grocery and hardware stores.  Cardboard placed into a garbage can will be taken to the landfill as refuse.  Loose cardboard is not collected due to safety reasons and inefficiencies prone to loose refuse.  We appreciate your kind cooperation in this regard.

Please call the City with any questions about recycling or refuse at 440-331-0600.  Best wishes for a safe and happy New Year.

 

Snow Ban Parking Information

James Umerley

Snow Ban Parking Information

 

The City of Rocky River has adopted a snow ban requirement that prohibits parking on City streets when snow is in excess of two inches of accumulation.  Once snow is accumulated over two inches, no parking will be permitted on City streets.  You may briefly stop to drop off or pick up persons or items at a residence.  Please note that once a snow ban prohibiting parking on all city streets is initiated, it will continue until weather conditions permit the parking ban to cease. 

 

You may have noticed that new “No Parking / Snow Ban” signs have been installed along the roadway at the entrances to the City.  The City will use electronic messages (i.e., email, texts, telephone calls) through the Ready Notify system, web site postings, as well as local media assistance to communicate when the street parking snow bans are being initiated and to communicate the end of the snow parking ban.  To keep abreast of these notifications please register with Ready Notify, so you will be knowledgeable when a parking ban is in effect.  Click here to register.

 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in following street parking - snow ban requirements.  Adherence to the no street parking during snow ban will ensure our safety forces have access in an emergency and allow street plowing to be accomplished in a safe and efficient manner. The no parking - snow ban requirements are defined in the Rocky River Codified Ordinances Section 351.19, titled, “Snow Emergency and Parking Ban”.  Violation of the street parking – snow ban is a minor misdemeanor for the first offense.

  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Rocky River Police Division at 440-331-1234 or the City at 440-331-0600.