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Rocky River Master Plan Adopted on July 23, 2018

James Umerley



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Rocky River Master Plan Public Meeting #3 Results Report

The third and final Public Meeting for the Rocky River Master Plan was held on October 18, 2017, in Memorial Hall, at the Don Umerley Civic Center. Approximately 45 residents, business owners, and public officials were in attendance. Following the Public Meeting, materials were posted online to allow additional residents to read the materials, comment on them, and provide feedback.

During the Public Meeting, representatives from County Planning gave a presentation on results from the second Public Meeting and introduced the implementation tables covering potential partners, estimated costs, and project timelines for implementation of the Core Projects and Goals. At the end of the presentation, County Planning asked the attendees for comments and feedback about their priorities for implementation of Core Projects and Goals.

Around the room were boards featuring the Core Projects and Goals, associated images, and information on the feasibility and impact of each project and goal. Residents were given a handout on which to rank their top three priority Core Projects and top three priority Goals after reviewing the boards. Comments could be left on any of the boards as well as the handout.

Attendees were also asked to provide feedback about their preferred development scenario for the Reimagining Marion Ramp Core Project. A board was set up for residents to vote on two development options for the Marion Ramp. The first option described repairing or replacing the ramp, while the second option described removing the ramp. These options were accompanied by additional information about traffic impacts and costs associated with both options.

This Results Report outlines the implementation priority ranking for the Core Projects and Goals, and common themes derived from the Public Meeting and online survey comments.

Please follow the link below to review the entire Results Report.

www.countyplanning.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/RR_PM3_Results-Report.pdf


NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE

ROCKY RIVER MASTER PLAN

WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky River Master Plan! The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be publishing a periodic newsletter in order to keep residents up-to-date on what has been and what remains to be accomplished in the Master Plan process. We encourage all residents to participate in the process by attending future meetings and contributing thoughts and feedback. For the most up to date information, visit the plan website at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?

A Master Plan outlines a community’s vision for the future and describes specific actions that the community can take to realize that vision. Topics addressed range from transportation, housing, and economic development to parks and recreation, business district development, and more.

PLAN TIMELINE

The planning process is made up of six phases:

1.  Conducting a community survey (complete)

2.  Analyzing current conditions (complete)

3.  Establishing a community vision (complete)

4.  Identifying policies and action steps to achieve the vision (complete)

5.  Identifying priorities for implementation (complete)

6.  Drafting a final document (underway)

Thus far, we have collected public input via a community survey, three Public Meetings, three online surveys, and a number of meetings with the Project Team and Working Group. We are using this information to assemble a Draft Master Plan document that combines the information assembled from each phase of the planning process.

The Community Vision document outlined the direction Rocky River residents would like to see the City develop.

The Policies document consisted of overarching Community Vision statements, Core Projects for major physical improvements in the City, and Goals and Actions for accomplishing the community’s vision, serving as the foundation for developing a guide for implementation.

In the Implementation phase, we worked with residents to prioritize Core Projects and Goals. Individual actions were tied to partners, timeframes, and estimated costs to ensure that responsible parties are aware of what is required to accomplish a project or goal.   

PUBLIC MEETING #3 RESULTS

The third Public Meeting held on October 18, 2017, covered results from the second Public Meeting and policy recommendations for Core Projects and Goals based on the community’s vision. It was attended by over 40 residents who submitted approximately 71 written comments and cast 245 votes for their highest priorities for Core Projects and Goals Implementation. Furthermore, a post-meeting online survey was taken by 104 people which resulted in 76 individual comments and approximately 687 votes for implementation priorities.

Comments were categorized and summarized to reveal common trends among the responses. These themes will be described in a Results Report that will be posted on the plan website in the coming weeks.

PUBLIC FEEDBACK:   TOP RATED PROJECTS & GOALS

A majority of residents were in favor of all Core Projects and Goals, however, County Planning asked residents to rate the projects that were the most important for implementation first. The top two Core Projects and the top two Goals are as follows:

The “Linda Street Development” Core Project proposed as a Pedestrian Promenade with angled, on-street parking. It could include phased-in new development possibilities, outdoor seating, and enhanced infrastructure. A total of 70 votes by respondents rated this Core Project as a high priority for implementation making it the highest rated Core Project.

Moreover, residents have stated that they would like stronger pedestrian and bicycle paths to better access Downtown River, connections to Lakewood, parking accessibility, and continued growth, making Rocky River a gathering place that boasts small-town charm and character. Of the in-person and on-line votes for which Core Project was the most important, 58 total votes were received for the “Downtown Parking and Development” Core Project, making it the second most important Core Project that should be implemented.

Similarly, improved streetscapes and enhanced parks and public spaces were the two most important goals to the public. The “Improved Streetscape and Repair Infrastructure” Goal had a total of 103 votes as residents feel quality streets reflect the quality of the community.

Additionally, residents said they would like to see improvements to their parks to ensure they reflect the quality of the Rocky River community. That desire was reflected in the in-person voting at the Public Meeting and the voting results from the on-line survey. A total of 78 respondents rated the “Enhance Parks and Public Space” Goal as one of their top priorities for implementation.

NEXT STEPS

The comments submitted by residents are being used to update the recommended priorities in the Implementation document. County Planning will draft the Master Plan and present the document to the City in late 2017 or early 2018. Updates will be posted on the plan website:  www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

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The information presented at the October 18, 2017 Master Plan Public Meeting along with a survey can be found at the link below. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts on the Plan’s core projects and goals by completing the survey found at the top of the page.  As you scroll further down the page you will find information from the Master Plan process and past meetings.  We look forward to receiving your survey comments.

 

http://www.countyplanning.us/projects/rocky-river-master-plan/


Public Meeting
Rocky River Master Plan

PRIORITIZING GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

PUBLIC MEETING #3

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017 AT 6:30 PM

MEMORIAL HALL, 21016 HILLIARD BOULEVARD

 

The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be hosting a Public Meeting to provide an opportunity for input on the Rocky River Master Plan. The meeting will consist of a presentation and an open house covering priorities for the future.

Residents are encouraged to attend and vote on priority goals and projects. Your input is important to the future of Rocky River! Please take some time to attend the meeting and help shape this plan for the next decade.

Follow the Master Plan at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

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ROCKY RIVER MASTER PLAN

OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE

 

WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky River Master Plan! The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be publishing a periodic newsletter in order to keep residents up-to-date on what has been and what remains to be accomplished in the Master Plan process. We encourage all residents to participate in the process by attending future meetings and contributing thoughts and feedback. For the most up to date information, visit the plan website at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

 

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?

A Master Plan outlines a community’s vision for the future and describes specific actions that the community can take to realize that vision. Topics addressed range from transportation, housing, and economic development to parks and recreation, business district development, and more.

 

PLAN TIMELINE

The planning process is made up of six phases:

§   Conducting a community survey (complete)

§   Analyzing current conditions (complete)

§   Establishing a community vision (complete)

§   Identifying policies and action steps to achieve the vision (complete)

§   Identifying priorities for implementation (underway)

§   Drafting a final document

 

Thus far, we have collected public input via a community survey, our first and second of three Public Meetings, two online surveys, and a number of meetings with the Project Team and Working Group. We have used this information to assemble a Policies document that outlines action steps to achieving Rocky River’s desired future. The Policies document consists of overarching community Vision Statements, Core Projects for major physical improvements in the City, and Goals and Actions for accomplishing the community’s vision. It serves as the foundation for action.

 

In the upcoming Implementation phase, Core Projects and Goals will be prioritized and individual actions will be tied to partners, timeframes, and estimated costs to ensure responsible parties are aware of what is required to accomplish a project or goal.

 

PUBLIC MEETING #2 RESULTS

The second Public Meeting covered results from the first public meeting and policy recommendations for Core Projects and Goals based on the community’s vision. It was attended by over 80 residents who submitted approximately 140 written comments and placed hundreds of dots on the meeting’s demonstration boards. Furthermore, a post-meeting online survey was taken by 101 people which resulted in more than 450 individual comments.

 

Comments were categorized and summarized to reveal common trends among the responses. These themes will be described in a Results Report that will be posted on the plan website in the coming weeks.

 

ADDRESSING CONCERNS: HILLIARD BLVD ROAD DIET

The Hilliard Boulevard Road Diet Core Project outlined the potential to reduce the number of travel lanes on the portion of the road east of Wooster Road while creating space for new development opportunities, bike paths, and landscaping. Multiple options of what this might look like were provided. A small road diet showed two driving lanes with one center turning lane, while a large diet depicted two driving lanes.

 

Respondents valued additional landscaping and bike infrastructure along Hilliard Boulevard, and recognized that lane reductions would provide room for those features. However, there were concerns regarding the potential impact on traffic. The small road diet was preferred by the majority over the large diet. Based on this feedback, it is recommended that a traffic study be completed on the corridor before implementing any road diet.

Proposed Project: Hilliard Boulevard Small Road Diet

 

NEXT STEPS

The comments submitted by residents have been used to update the Core Projects and Goals. County Planning will present the updated projects and goals at the next Public Meeting for resident feedback and input on implementation priority. That meeting will take place October 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Memorial Hall (21016 Hilliard Boulevard). Monthly updates will be posted on the plan website: www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

 

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

We look forward to receiving your survey comments.

Presentation

Display Boards

Draft Policies Document

Survey

Public Meeting #1 Results Report

www.CountyPlanning.us/rockyriver


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

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Leaf Collection Schedule

James Umerley

The City continues to collect leaves from the tree lawn this week.  Next week (the week of December 17th) will be our final collection of leaves from the tree lawn.  We will collect from each street at least once next week, as weather allows.  On and after December 24th, leaves must be bagged in brown yard waste bags for collection from the tree lawn.  The City will collect brown yard waste bags year-round.  

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping leaves on the tree lawn for City collection– it is safer for our hard-working crews and less likely to cause safety issues in the street.   Thank you.

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

 

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated December 1, 2018 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

This is an estimated sanitary sewer bill for the period September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018, the 3rd quarter of the billing year.  Your bill is generally based on one quarter of the past year’s water consumption.  Please be aware, there is a minimum charge of 1 (one) MCF per quarter (or $38.00).  The City’s sewer rate is $38.00 per MCF (thousand cubic feet) billed at 1/10 of an MCF of water used. 

 

Please note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Monday, December 31.

 

The sanitary sewer billing schedule is as follows:

Bill Date

Quarter

Bill Type

Period Covered

Payment Due

June 1

 

Annual Adjustment

March 1 to February 28

June 30

June 1

1st

Estimate

March 1 to May 31

June 30

September 1

2nd

Estimate

June 1 to August 31

September 30

December 1

3rd

Estimate

September 1 to November 30

December 31

March 1

4th

Estimate

December 1 to February 28

March 31

   

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

 

Construction Update for November 2, 2018

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER INFORMATION &

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 

Detroit Road Paving 

  • The contractor will be working on Saturday, November 3rd on the western portion of Detroit in the eastbound lane’s construction zone to prepare the area for final paving. Two way traffic will be maintained using the center lane and westbound / curb lane. 

  • Paving is scheduled for Monday, November 5th, as weather allows, in the western portion of Detroit Road between the I-90 ramps and the Westlake corporation line. Paving will continue into Tuesday, November 6th,  to complete pavement at intersections if conditions allow. 

  • The east end of Detroit Road (from Lakeview to Wooster) has had final asphalt installed. Street markings have begun to be installed and will be completed as weather allows next week. This will include repairs to loop detectors that operate the signals. 

  • Work has been completed for grant funded sidewalk improvements at various intersections between Prospect and Wooster on both sides of the street. (Bump-outs on the south side of the street are complete and will continue to be installed on the north side of the street.). These pedestrian improvements are being funded by NOACA (Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative Implementation grant). The sidewalk ‘bump-outs’ extend into the road so that pedestrians have prominent visibility and a shorter distance across Detroit Road to cross. Please be aware that these sidewalk expansions have changed the road dimensions on Detroit east of Rockland Road – please use caution in the area. 

  • ALL BUSINESSES ARE ACCESSIBLE DURING THE ROAD REPAIRS AND PAVING WORK. 

  • The ODOT / Detroit Road paving project includes Wooster Road paving in late spring, 2019 as weather allows. (Wooster Road will be paved next year from Center Ridge to the Heinen’s driveway.) 

 

Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvements 

Lakeview: The signal at Center Ridge and Lakeview is now cycling; however, traffic loops to initiate the cycle of the signal will be replaced and road markings will be replaced when the Hilliard road markings are completed – as weather allows. 

Hampton:  Road markings will also be replaced when Hilliard street makings can be completed and as weather allows.  Traffic loop system to actuate the signal at Hilliard will also be repaired when the street markings are complete. 

 

First Energy is trimming trees in the City. The First Energy contractors for tree trimming is Asplundh and Townsend.  During tree trimming large vehicles may be blocking the streets in neighborhoods  – please use caution while traveling around these vehicles.  If you have any questions or concerns about tree trimming – please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 and we will have personnel from Asplundh or Townsend contact you.

 

 

Please continue to drive carefully and thank you for not parking in the roadway during construction.  There will be mats that protect the temporary water lines and valves and other devices that are included in the temporary water line system. 

 

You may request specific updates sent to you by email or phone message by calling Rocky River City Hall at 440-331-0600.  The specific updates regarding the project that you reference will have more detailed information than this update.  This construction update will give you general information.


Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.”

James Umerley

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Rocky River Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The Rocky River Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one. This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.

Although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

·        Look for places fire could start.

·        Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.

·        Learn 2 ways out of every room.

While NFPA and the Rocky River Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Notice of Criminal Activity: Burglary

James Umerley

Advisory: Notice of Criminal Activity: Burglary

Rocky River Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on Idlewild Dr. at about 5:00 AM on Sunday, 09/02/2018. An unknown person entered the home via a second floor window. During the investigation two attempted burglaries on Mark Ave. were discovered. The attempts were thwarted by locked windows. It is believed the same individual is responsible for these crimes. 

A witness described the suspect as a young black male, likely a teenager, thin, wearing dark clothing. 

Please remember to lock doors and windows at home and in your car. Call 911 to report emergencies and crimes in progress and call Rocky River Police at 440-331-1234 Ext. 0 to report suspicious behavior as you see it.

Rocky River Crime Prevention Specialist Chris Camp can provide information about securing your home and neighborhoods. Officer Camp can be contacted via email at ccamp@rrcity.com or by voice mail at 440-799-8212. 
 

Facts on 2018 Sexennial Reappraisal

James Umerley

Press Release

Date: August 30, 2018

Facts on 2018 Sexennial Reappraisal

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – Following the sexennial reappraisal and concerns from property owners that their property values have risen, Cuyahoga County has extended the informal appeal process. Residents now have until September 14th to file an informal appeal.

Residents who are concerned that their property values may have been over-estimated can appeal to the Cuyahoga County fiscal office by going online or by calling (216) 443-4663 (HOME).

If you are not able to appeal informally by September 14th, don’t worry. You may still file a formal appeal with the County Board of Revision between January 1st and March 31st, 2019.

Residents who have experienced value increases should also be aware that, in 1976, the State passed House Bill 920 which is designed to protect residents against an increase in their taxes just because their property value goes up.

Key Facts:

Will my taxes go up if my property value did?

  • Your taxes will not increase proportionately with the value increase; they may not increase at all. 
  • Property owners are protected against significant tax increases by House Bill 920. 
  • The county will also be releasing an online calculator that allows residents to get an estimate of their taxes by inputting the new valuation. It is important to note that the calculator only provides an estimate. 

If I’m still concerned, how can I appeal my valuation?

  • The county is extending the informal appeal process until September 14th. This is just the first, informal opportunity for homeowners to appeal. 
  • The Board of Revision provides a formal complaint process from January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019. What to expect at your Board of Revision Hearing (Video). 
  • Homeowners do NOT need to get a professional appraisal for their homes as part of the appeal process.
  • Suggested documentation for an appeal can include any of the following:

• Complete Appraisal Report (prepared within the last 12 months)
• Total cost of new structure (certified by builder)
• Photographs of structural damage, and estimates for repairs
• Purchase agreement with closing statement
• Certified estimates from a contractor for repairs cited as the reason for a change in value
• Sale prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated September 1, 2018 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

This is an estimated sanitary sewer bill for the period June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018, the 2nd quarter of the billing year.  Your bill is generally based on one quarter of the past year’s water consumption.  Please be aware, there is a minimum charge of 1 (one) MCF per quarter (or $38.00).  The City’s sewer rate is $38.00 per MCF (thousand cubic feet) billed at 1/10 of an MCF of water used. 

Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Sprinkling Credit:  If eligible, the Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Sprinkling Credit has been applied to your account and is reflected in the amount captioned “Payments Received”.

Please note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Sunday, September 30.  Since the billing due date falls on a weekend, the City will accept payments through the next business day without penalty.

The annual billing cycle is as follows:

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

 

Quarter

Bill Type

Period Covered

Bill Date

Payment Due

 

Annual Adjustment

March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

1st

Estimate

March 1, 2018 to
May 31, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

2nd

Estimate

June 1, 2018 to 
August 31, 2018

September 1, 2018

September 30, 2018

3rd

Estimate

September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

December 1, 2018

December 31, 2018

4th

Estimate

December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

March 1, 2019

March 31, 2019

 

Extension of Time to Dispute Proposed Property Valuations

James Umerley

Important Information Re: Extension of Time to Dispute Proposed Property Valuations

Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer announced today an extension for the time to dispute the proposed value for your property.  The new deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018.

Visit the fiscal officer’s website at https://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us, or mail the property owner response form with the supporting documentation to Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office Appraisal Department, 3rd Floor, 2079 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, no later than Friday, September 14, 2018.

 

 

Construction Update for August 24, 2018

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER UPDATE  - CONSTRUCTION UPDATE  

First Energy is trimming trees in the City. The First Energy contractors for tree trimming is Asplundh and Townsend.  During tree trimming large vehicles may be blocking the streets in neighborhoods  – please use caution while traveling around these vehicles.  If you have any questions or concerns about tree trimming – please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 and we will have personnel from Asplundh or Townsend contact you. 

THE CITY’S PAVING CONTRACTOR WILL BE WORKING TOMORROW – SATURDAY - ON ROAD REPAIRS ON FORESTVIEW AND AT THE CITY HALL PARKING AREA (NEAR RECREATION DRIVE ADJACENT TO HILLIARD).  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS OUR CONTRACTOR ADVANCES OUR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ON SATURDAY. 

Detroit Road Paving

 

  • The ODOT road repairs on Detroit between the I-90 ramps and east of Northview are completed – for traffic heading to Rocky River High School. However, some catch basins near the I-90 ramps are in the process of being replaced - please expect road repair crews near the I-90 ramps over the next few weeks. Road repair crews will also be working in the curb lanes at the east end of Detroit from Northview to Wooster. 
  • Full depth repairs, catch basin work and manhole repairs will take place in one lane of traffic (each direction) at a time. Two-way traffic will be maintained; however, because there will not be a turning lane available – please expect traffic delays.  Work in the zone depends upon the weather. 
  • BUSINESSES ARE ACCESSIBLE DURING THE ROAD REPAIRS AND PAVING WORK. 
  • Once all road / concrete repairs are complete, then a final layer of asphalt will be installed from the Westlake line to Wooster and including a section of Wooster (just south of the Heinen’s driveway). That final layer is anticipated to be installed by October 31st. 
  • The ODOT / Detroit Road paving project includes Wooster Road paving in late spring, 2019 as weather allows. (Wooster Road will be paved next year from Center Ridge to the Heinen’s driveway.)

 

Hilliard Boulevard Paving

 

The Hilliard Boulevard road work will continue from Gasser Blvd. to Westmoor and near the I-90 ramps.  This paving is part of the Lakeview / Hampton sewer project.  This work zone’s traffic / safety devices are in place and during the paving two way traffic will be maintained.  Work zones on  Hilliard have been milled from Gasser to Westmoor in the curb lanes and an intermediate layer of asphalt has been installed to protect the sub-structure of the road.  On Monday (August 27th) please expect road repair crews working within those zones / traffic lanes. 

Once work is completed in the curb lanes, please watch for lane adjustments to accommodate the road repair as they move through each lane on Hilliard.  Due to constricted lanes within this work zone, please expect traffic delays. This paving is scheduled to be completed in September but it is subject to delays due to weather conflicts.

 

Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvements

Please note that the one-way traffic control devices have been removed from Lakeview between Center Ridge and Hilliard.  One-way traffic northbound only is still in effect on Lakeview between Westway / Hilliard.  One way traffic northbound is still in effect for Hampton.  Traffic is limited to local residents only.  

Lakeview: Tree lawn area restoration continues and the tees (sewer connections) have been trimmed to grade.  

Hampton: cement installation continues for sidewalks where construction has occurred and for driveway aprons.  Tree lawn restoration will continue.  Intermediate asphalt for Hampton is being scheduled – once the road repairs adjacent to Hilliard are completed. One-way traffic -northbound  only-- remains in effect. 

At this time, final asphalt for Lakeview and Hampton is currently planned to coincide with the Hilliard Blvd. paving schedule.

 

2018 CITY PAVING PROGRAM

 The City’s paving contractor will be working on Forestview (tomorrow) Saturday and will also be working on the new parking spaces being installed along the Recreation driveway in front of the Ice Rink adjacent to Hilliard Blvd. 

 Next week work will begin on High Parkway (concrete / curb repairs)- please watch for notices being delivered this weekend.  Next week – curb repairs may result work in front of and in driveway aprons.  Residents should move their vehicles into the street early in the morning beginning next week until work is completed. 

Paving on Homeland will commence after the water line replacement is complete (see below for Homeland water line update…).  Frazier (between Buckingham and Beachcliff) will be scheduled for milling in the near future. Dominion gas line work in the road next week needs to be completed before work is scheduled.

 

Laurel / Purnell Water Line Replacement

 Water service connections are being completed on Purnell.  Installation of concrete into the Laurel and Purnell areas of road where the new water main was installed has been completed this week.  There are a few concrete road repairs to wrap up next week at the Wooster end of the project.  Asphalt can begin being installed late next week – as weather allows. 

Restoration of the tree lawn has begun to repair construction areas.  Thank you for watering these repairs areas – it promotes grass growth to overtake weeds.  Keeping your tree lawn tree grass mowed around the areas recently seeded will also limit weeds and benefit grass seed growth.

  

Riverwood & Homeland – Water Main Replacement

 Homeland -  the new service line connections into the new main line are scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 29th.  New service lines will be installed from the main in the street through the tree lawn area.

 Riverwood –  the temporary water lines are installed and have been pressure tested – and are awaiting final Cleveland Division of Water approval to be used. 

 Please continue to drive carefully and thank you for not parking in the roadway during construction.  There will be mats that protect the temporary water lines and valves and other devices that are included in the temporary water line system. 

 

 You may request specific updates sent to you by email or phone message by calling Rocky River City Hall at 440-331-0600.  The specific updates regarding the project that you reference will have more detailed information than this update.  This construction update will give you general information.

Recreation Department Fall 2018 Program Guide

James Umerley

The Recreation Fall 2018 Program Guide is now available.  You can find it online at www.rrcity.com on the Parks and Recreation “Programs” page.  There are a limited number of printed copies that will be available at the Civic Center, Hamilton Ice Arena, Senior Center and Library. 

Registration begins Saturday, August 18 online at www.rrcity.com/programs or at the Civic Center beginning at 8:00 am (doors open at 7:00 am and numbers will be passed out prior to 8:00 am).  Complete registration guidelines can be found on page 2 of the program guide.  Please note that the Civic Center is closed on Sunday, August 19 and reopens Monday morning at 5:30 am until 9:00 pm.

Please call the Civic Center Front Desk, 440-895-2599 extension 0, if you have any questions regarding classes or the registration process.

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Summer 2018 Mosquito Bite Prevention

James Umerley

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) sets adult mosquito traps throughout the county in residential backyards every week (about 25 traps).  Trapped adult mosquitoes are sent down weekly to the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus for testing.   To date, the CCBH has recorded 10 West Nile Virus positive traps in the county.  Broadview Hts, S. Euclid, Garfield Hts., Highland Hills, Warrensville Hts., Lyndhurst, Strongsville, Berea, Fairview Park, and Rocky River.  As you can see, there are infected traps throughout the county.  Currently, 1/3 of the county’s traps are coming up positive on a weekly basis which is NORMAL for this time of the year.  They expect this trend to continue for the next few months.  In contrast, in the month of June the county set approximately 50 traps and they all came back negative.   The county also expects to see a few human WNV cases in our area, which happens every year.  So far there are 2 WNV human cases in the state.  Thirty-two of sixty-one counties in Ohio are reporting some WNV activity.  The City continues to work closely with CCBH on effective mosquito control measures throughout the community.  For your safety, please review the public health tips regarding the importance of using insect repellent and to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible the next few months.

Automated IRS Scam

James Umerley

Numerous residents have called RRPD to report they are receiving an automated message from the IRS. This scam has been around for some time, please contact the Consumer Affairs Hotline@216-443-7035 to report this activity.

 

#RockyRiverRocks

James Umerley

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We all know that Rocky River rocks!  Now we are taking it to another level!  It’s a new community initiative, #RockyRiverRocks.  It is a unique outdoor treasure hunt for painted rocks.  It all started with one person who wanted to brighten the day by hiding a painted rock for someone to find.  You may have already heard of this viral activity and the communities of people all painting, hiding and finding rocks across the world.  Rock painting is simple and it’s a lot of fun for all age groups.  So join in the fun and let’s prove that we can come together in a positive light! All it takes is a small act of kindness each and every day to make the world a better place, and that’s something everyone will want to join in on!  Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  Spread the word about #RockyRiverRocks!

Tool receptacle for Habitat for Humanity

James Umerley

Dear Rocky River Residents, 

As a part of an Eagle Scout project, a tool receptacle for Habitat for Humanity is now available for donating old or unused tools. The tools will be picked up and taken to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity to help people in need. The receptacle is located next to the front desk in the Rocky River Recreation Civic Center and will be available year round. We encourage everyone to go through their garages and tool boxes to look for items that they haven't used in years, duplicates, and small handheld power tools. If you have larger tools at home, please call (216) 429-3631 and Habitat for Humanity will come to your door to pick up the tools for you. 

Thank you for all of your support and kindness with these donations that will help Clevelanders in need.

Click HERE for printable information

Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team

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 (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information. Do your part to keep your family and our neighborhoods safe and prepared. Residents and anyone employed in the Westshore communities is eligible to participate. To register or for more information contact WSC Coordinator Julie Morron at (440) 356-5624 or jmorron@rrcity.com. Space is limited. Training begins in September 22, 29 (9a-3p) and Oct 6, 2018 (9a-1p). The three consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at the City of Westlake Service Center.

Construction Update for June 29

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

First Energy is trimming trees in July – east of Wagar and north of Riverview (the area around Eastlook, Scenic, Dorothy, Eldora, etc. and in the areas around Morewood through Beaconsfield and Beachcliff Blvd. area neighborhood).  The First Energy contractor for tree trimming is Asplundh.  During their trimming scheduled in July - their large vehicles may be blocking the streets in these neighborhoods  – please use caution while traveling in the area.  If you have any questions or concerns about tree trimming – please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 and we will have personnel from Asplundh contact you.

 

FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS: to receive specific updates by email or phone message by calling Rocky River City Hall at 440-331-0600.  The specific updates specific to a project will have more details about the project.  This construction update will give you general information.

 

Detroit Road Paving

 

The initial, intermediate layer of asphalt is installed -  castings and catch basins will remain exposed.  Road repairs have started in the construction zone: from the I-90 ramps to Lakeview on Detroit Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times; however, where street repairs are being made – there will be no turning lane available.  Please expect traffic delays in and near the construction repair zone.  That construction zone will continually move along Detroit – with a construction zone blocking one lane of traffic at a time and leaving 2 lanes of traffic maintained at all times.

 

Within the construction zone crossing ramps at the intersections will be replaced and concrete repairs will be made.   After road / concrete repairs are complete, then a final layer of asphalt will be installed from the Westlake line to Wooster and including a section of Wooster (just south of the Heinen’s driveway). The road repairs and paving for Detroit will continue through October 31st  Thank you for your patience regarding traffic delays near the road repair construction zone.  

 

The ODOT / Detroit Road paving project includes Wooster Road paving which will begin in late spring, 2019 as weather allows. (Wooster Road will be paved next year from Center Ridge to the Heinen’s driveway.)

 

If you would like specific updates as to how the construction / road repairs are progressing: please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 to be placed on the specific Detroit Road paving update list. 

 

Lakeview / Hampton Sewer Improvements

 

Please note that one-way only traffic will be permitted on Lakeview and Hampton between Westway / Hilliard and Center Ridge and traffic is limited to local residents only.  No through traffic is allowed on Lakeview between Westway and Center Ridge and on Hampton between Center Ridge and Hilliard Blvd. 

 

Lakeview: An intermediate layer of asphalt has been installed on Lakeview – catch basins and other castings will be exposed.  Please expect delays on Lakeview between Center Ridge and Westway as crews will be adjusting exposed manholes and catch basin castings to prepare for the final layer of asphalt.  The final layer of asphalt will be scheduled once all adjustments are completed.

 

Hampton – concrete installation for the roadway is complete on the east side of the street.  Concrete will be poured for aprons next week as weather allows.  Parking is permitted on Lakeview and on Gasser Blvd.  If your apron does not have concrete installed on Monday or Tuesday, then it will be filled with stone for access during the remainder of the week.  Concrete installation for driveway aprons on the east side of Hampton will continue through the week of July 9th.

 

WEEK OF JULY 2ND: The contractor will be working on Monday and Tuesday and will not be working the remainder of the week (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday).  One-way traffic limits remain in effect.

 

If you would like specific updates as to how the construction / road repairs are progressing: please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 to be placed on the specific Lakeview / Hampton Project update list. 

 

Laurel / Purnell Water Line Replacement

 

Service lines leading to homes on Laurel are completed – and temporary water lines are being removed. The road repair will be completed in conjunction with the Purnell road repair.

 

The contractor will be working on July 2nd and 3rd and will not be on site the rest of the week.  They will return on July 9th. 

 

The project is on schedule for an anticipated, late- August completion date if weather conditions allow.

 

 

If you would like specific updates as to how the construction / road repairs are progressing: please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 to be placed on the specific Laurel / Purnell Water Line Project update list.  You will receive-  by email or phone - additional details regarding this project.

 

Riverwood & Homeland – Water Main Replacement

 

Water main replacement is scheduled to begin in July.  Homeland and Riverwood tree lawn tree removals begin on / after July 5th.

 

Homeland -  The water line replacement project will begin as soon as Cleveland Department of Water testing allows.   Please watch your front doors during water line work for flyers with messages from the contractor with emergency contact information and for alerts regarding temporary water outages.  There will not be temporary water lines installed for Homeland – the water line will be replaced – then the contractor will install your home’s connection to the new water main line.  There will be temporary water outages during the installation of those new service lines. Please watch your front door for notices regarding outages.

 

Riverwood – staging of equipment, materials and signs will being in July.  Tree lawn tree removals are scheduled after July 5th.  Temporary water service pipes, mats, etc. will be delivered and stored on site.  Once temporary water lines are approved, water line replacement work will begin (anticipated in late July / early August) as Cleveland Department of Water testing allows. Please watch your front doors during water line work for flyers with messages from the contractor (with emergency contact information and for alerts regarding temporary water outages).

 

Once temporary water lines are installed - please drive carefully.  There will be mats that protect the temporary water lines and valves and other devices that are included in the temporary water line system. 

 

For efficiency and safety reasons, the contractor requests that cars are not parked in the street during the water main projects.

 

If you would like specific updates as to how the construction / road repairs are progressing: please contact City Hall at 440-331-0600 to be placed on the specific Riverwood / Homeland Water Main update list.  You will receive -by email or phone- additional details regarding this project.