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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

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Rocky River Updates

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November 11th (Veteran's Day) Refuse collection

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River will be collecting refuse on Monday, November 11th (Veteran's Day). Refuse collection will follow the regular schedule next week. Also, leaf collection crews will attempt to clear leaves at least once from each street next week as weather allows. Have a nice holiday weekend.

Construction Update for Friday, October 25, 2019

James Umerley



Final asphalt for Hilliard is in! Thank you to all our residents for their patience in our work zone.

There will be work next week (from Tuesday the 29th through Wednesday) on the crossing ramps at the Hilliard / Wagar intersection – the contractor will attempt to have them completed before Halloween – however, this work is weather dependent. Thank you for your patience as we completed newly installed stamped concrete crosswalks. These crosswalks are bringing driver awareness to pedestrian crossing at this busy intersection at Wagar and at the crosswalk near the outdoor pool.

Lane / street markings will be installed next week as weather allows. Once all markings are down – the safety devices will be collected.

Some restoration of grass near curbs will completed and any outstanding details will be completed over the next two weeks.


There will be work on Center Ridge in the curb lane of the westbound road near the construction site just east of Pease Drive. Please be aware that traffic will be constricted down to one-lane westbound in that area. This work is scheduled next week for 3 days as weather allows. This construction will require the contractor to close the sidewalks.

A private sewer connection will be made on Linda Street near the Ingersoll intersection. Please use caution in the area next week as sewer construction will constrict the roadway.


Pavement markings are scheduled for streets recently paved next week. Thank you for your patience during the City street paving program!


Dominion gas main replacement project has begun in the area on Lakeview – north of I-90. Gas mains on Lakeview will be replaced by boring on the west side of the road and gas lines will be excavated and replaced on the east side of the road. Also, gas main replacement work will take place on Laurel from Lakeview to Hampton, on Riverwood up to Hampton, on portions Lakeview Court and a portion of Eldora (by boring underground). This Dominion gas main work is scheduled through October, 2019.

Please note: this work will require Dominion to remove the sidewalk in areas (especially the sidewalks on the east side of the street). Please use caution when bike riding / walking or use an alternate route to your destination.

The water main replacement engineering has begun for Struhar and Shoreland and Story Road. Construction of the new water lines is scheduled for spring of 2020 as weather allows. The City is also making a sewer repair on Story Road this fall. The Cleveland Division of Water will fund the water main replacement projects; however, the City will bid the work and assign a contractor. The City of Rocky River will also inspect and manage the project.


The work on grading the soil and filling the areas where the new police facility foundation is required, continues. The week of October 28th preparation for the building pad / concrete work will begin. In mid-November, the contractor has scheduled construction of the underground storm water management system to be located in the front of City Hall.

Fall Leaf Collection

James Umerley

Fall Leaf Collection in Rocky River is scheduled to begin the week of November 4th

During the annual Fall Leaf Collection, our Service Department and the leaf removal trucks work diligently to make one pass throughout the entire City each week.  Occasional delays occur due to weather, equipment, or other heavy leaf volume. Leaf collection is our top priority at this time of the year, and we will continue to make every effort to keep our City looking beautiful.

You may assist our crews in efficient leaf collection by raking leaves to the tree lawn and having piles easily accessible. Leaves should not be placed in the street because they can block sewers and create traffic hazards. Additionally, we request that cars do not block the City’s access to leaves on the tree lawn. It is important to let contractors and other visitors know that they cannot park in the street during leaf collection season. Even parking some distance away from piles may prevent the leaf trucks’ accessibility to pick up the leaves.  If leaf piles are blocked, they may not be picked up until the following week.

Please put yard waste such as brush, garden items, and grass clippings in a brown bag for pickup on your regular refuse collection day.  These items may cause blockages in our leaf collections system.

For more information regarding leaf pickup, please visit for complete details or follow the Rocky River Service Department on Facebook at to see updates regarding leaf removal throughout the city.


Bradstreet's Landing Masterplan Report

James Umerley

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On a dark October evening in 1764, British Colonel Bradstreet led a fleet of 1500 men, 60 boats, and 9 canoes to the location now known as Bradstreet’s Landing. Bradstreet’s entire fleet was surprised by an unexpected wind and wave event within Lake Erie. The result was a catastrophic loss of boats, supplies, and morale which severely impeded Bradstreet’s expedition en route to Fort Niagara.  

Today, the park, which occupies the storied site, memorializes the event through its name and a small plaque located in the center of the park. However, as a community asset, the park’s value extends beyond story and into the everyday lives of the Rocky River community. Although much-loved, the park’s aging conditions require attention and have resulted in a city-led initiative to restore and improve the facilities.

After rigorous inspection, analysis, and community engagement, a vision for the park’s future has culminated in the masterplan recommendations on the following pages.

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Rocky River Park band and picnic shelter

James Umerley

Rocky River Park will be home to a new band and picnic shelter this fall.  The Rocky River Parks and Recreation Foundation has fund-raised and received donations from families and individuals to construct the new pavilion.

Demolition of the existing picnic pavilion begins this week – removal of debris begins Thursday, October 3rd.   After October 7th the construction area will be managed by the contractor – supplies will be delivered and construction shall begin later in October.  Rocky River Park will be open during demolition and construction. However, there will be a construction zone that may constrict space around the current pavilion location.  Also, be aware that materials will be moved to and from this site which may interrupt your access and use of the park.

Thank you for your patience during the demolition and construction process.  We anticipate the new structure being in place by the end of this year with exterior finishes and landscape restoration being completed by May 31, 2020.

Rocky River Police Facility Construction

James Umerley

The week of August 12th construction activities begin for the new Rocky River Police facility located at 21012 Hilliard Blvd., next to City Hall. Next week, asbestos will begin being removed from the interior of the existing building. Construction fencing will be installed and equipment trailers and storage units will be delivered. Also, tree removal will begin next week.

• The City of Rocky River had made a tree inventory and a risk assessment / site evaluation which includes each tree at our City Hall / Police construction area in 2017 and updated it in 2018. Based upon this inventory and International Society of Arboriculture (ISO) practices, we have determined that there are a number of trees that must be removed due to health, safety, welfare issues.

• Other trees must be removed for the construction of the new Police facility and for a required underground storm water management system. Over that storm water system a new parking area with ADA access to the front doors of City Hall will be installed. That construction and new landscaping is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2021.

Our Police administrative office is temporarily located at 20325 Center Ridge Road (on the east side of Linden Road) which is open 24 hours - daily. The 9-1-1 system and our non-emergency number; 440-331-1234 are operational.

Thank you for your patience at City Hall during our new Police facility construction.


Rocky River Police moves to temporary headquarters

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Rocky River Police moves to temporary headquarters

Effective 07/30/2019, the Rocky River Police Station at 21012 Hilliard Blvd. is closed while the building is demolished and a new police station is constructed.

A temporary police station housing administrative and reporting services is located at 20325 Center Ridge Rd. in Rocky River; access to the building is off Linden Rd. just south of Center Ridge Rd.

Telephone and 911 services will be unchanged during this transition, but lobby traffic may be disrupted.

Anyone in need of police services should dial 911 for an emergency or 440 331-1234 to speak with a dispatcher.

The lobby at the temporary police station at 20325 Center Ridge Rd. will be open no later than 7:00 AM on Wednesday, 07/31/2019.

The Rocky River Jail is closed during construction. Rocky River prisoners will be housed at neighboring municipal jails.

Directions to 20375 Center Ridge Rd. from Rocky River City Hall:

Right onto Wagar Rd. south to Center Ridge Rd.
Left (east) onto Center Ridge Rd.
Right (south) onto Linden Rd.
Left into 20325 Center Ridge Rd. (Driveway access is off of Linden Rd.)


Dial 911 for Emergencies

Sewer Billing

James Umerley


The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated June 1, 2019 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

The June sewer bill has two components: 

1) The annual adjustment, if necessary, based on actual water consumption in the 12 month period March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. 

 Water consumption can vary greatly due to weather, household factors, conservation efforts, accuracy of metering equipment as well as other factors.  You may contact the Division of Water, City of Cleveland with questions at (216) 664-2444.  A portal is also available to view consumption and account information at

 2) An estimate of sewer charges for the first quarter (March thru May 2019) of the next yearly cycle.

The quarterly estimates for the next yearly cycle are based on actual water consumption information received by the City of Rocky River from the Division of Water, City of Cleveland for the 12 month period March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. 

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


Bill Type

Period Covered

Bill Date

Payment Due


Annual Adjustment

March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

June 1, 2019

June 30, 2019



March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019

June 1, 2019

June 30, 2019



June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019

September 1, 2019

September 30, 2019



September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

December 1, 2019

December 31, 2019



December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020

March 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

 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

Bike to School 2019

James Umerley

Bike to School 2019 - Rocky River School District

Once again, the Rocky River City School District is participating in the Bike to School Challenge.

The Middle School challenge kicked off on Monday, May 6 and runs through Friday, May 24, 2019.

Kensington Intermediate School will participate from May 20 through May 24, 2019.

If you drive, please be aware that there will be more bicycle riders during school commute times, and with the nice weather season upon us more individuals will be riding bikes. Take the extra time to look for them, especially before turning right and driving through crosswalks. Watch for bicyclists when pulling onto a roadway from driveways, shopping centers, or other private property.

Bikes can operate on roadways or sidewalks in Rocky River. If a bicycle operator chooses to ride in the street, he or she must comply with all traffic laws, including riding with the flow of traffic, obeying traffic control devices and traffic lights, signaling intentions, and having proper lighting during restricted hours. If a bicycle rider chooses to ride on the sidewalk, he or she must comply with pedestrian traffic laws, like crossing at crosswalks and with traffic signals. Drivers of motor vehicles must stay at least three feet from bicycles when passing in the roadway.  It is strongly recommended that bicyclists always wear a helmet when riding. 


Spring Clean Up Leaf Collection

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River will collect leaves from the tree lawn for one week only. The week of May 6th leaf-trucks will collect leaves from the tree lawn. After May 10th leaves must be placed into grass bags for collection at the tree lawn until leaf season begins this fall. Grass, twigs and branches are always placed into grass bags. Large amounts of branches and twigs must be cut into 4' lengths and tied into a bundle for collection. Thank you for taking the time to assist the City in maintaining efficient yard waste collections.

The City will plan on an annual, 'spring clean up' the first full week of May. Don't forget to check the web site for hazardous waste collection dates. Thank you.

Library Trustee Vacancy

James Umerley

The Rocky River Board of Education has the duty to appoint trustees to the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees. There is one vacancy for the term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2026 (seven years). For those who would like to be considered for the library board, Board of Education Member, Kathleen Goepfert, asks that a letter of qualification and a resume be sent to her attention at the Board of Education, 1101 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River, Ohio 44116, by close of business on Friday, May 31, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled to take place at the Rocky River Board of Education office.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

James Umerley






Residents can drop off old prescription drugs in the Police Department lobby

21012 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River


Rocky River residents can bring their solid prescription medicines to the lobby of the Police Department, where the prescription drug drop box is located, at any time, 24/7.  No information is required of the person dropping off the medicine. The police department cannot accept needles or liquids, but all other forms of prescription medications can be accepted. The department asks that labels on the bottles be removed or names of persons on the labels be marked out. If you have any questions, please contact the Rocky River Police Department at (440) 331-1234.


The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.



Construction Updates

Jane Reich


Currently, repairs to the Wooster Road sewers are being completed between Riverview and Detroit Road. Once sewer repairs are completed, a paving project will begin from north of Scenic (near Heinen’s) to Center Ridge. First, the road will be milled (top layer ground off) and an intermediate layer of pavement will be installed to protect the sub-street. After the installation of the intermediate layer of asphalt – road repairs will be completed which will include improvements at sidewalk crossing ramps at side street intersections. Once all repairs and concrete work is complete, the final layer of asphalt will be applied with street markings to follow. The paving schedule depends on weather conditions and is anticipated to continue through the summer.

The water main line will be replaced on Eriewood. This work will require temporary water service lines being installed for each residence. Materials and equipment will be delivered and stored on the street including temporary water service. The temporary water service will not be used until testing by the City of Cleveland Division of Water is complete. The work is also weather dependent.


The City of Rocky River with the cooperation of Cuyahoga County will pave Hilliard Boulevard (a county route) from Lakeview to River Oaks in 2019 and from River Oaks to the Westlake corporation line in 2020. Work is anticipated to begin in mid-summer and continue through this fall and then resume in spring, 2020.

City streets to be paved in 2019 are: Dale, Beach Cliff (Frazier to Wooster), Sunnyhill, Riverwood, Laurel, Purnell, and Harwich. Street repairs will be made on Kingsbury, Addington and Kingsmill Run.

Rocky River Ready Notify Update

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River uses the Ready Notify system to send alerts, updates and important information to our subscribers. This notification system is being upgraded by Cuyahoga County at no cost to the City. One of the system’s upgrades is improved weather event alerts. In order to ensure that you benefit from the upgrades and that there is no disruption of service, please re-register with the Ready Notify system. Please re-register by opening this link:

The County has also sent all subscribers Ready Notify messages to this effect. If you have questions for the County in this regard please call 216-443-5700 or send questions to

Thank you for re-registering your current information for Ready Notify.

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated March 1, 2019 to Rocky River property owners. Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

At this time of year, applications are being accepted for the 2019 Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program. This is an annual program with qualifying eligibility criteria. The application is available in the Community News column at See more information on back.

Also, note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Sunday, March 31. Since the billing due date falls on a weekend, the City will accept payments through the end of the next business day (April 1st) without penalty.

Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program

Eligible residents who apply will be given a credit of one MCF (thousand cubic feet) in the amount of the current sanitary sewer rate of $38.00 per MCF. The Credit will appear on the September 1st sewer bill which covers the service period of June to August.

Residents with a second water meter (also known as a deduct meter) already installed on an irrigation system are not eligible under this Program; the water consumption measured by the second water meter is already deducted from the usage before the sewer charges are calculated.

Return completed applications by U. S. Mail:

City of Rocky River, Sewer Billing
21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116 or

Fax: (440) 895 – 2620 or


Call or email with questions. (440) 331–0600 or

The annual billing cycle is as follows:


Bill Type

Period Covered

Bill Date

Payment Due


Annual Adjustment

March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018



March 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018



June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

September 1, 2018

September 30, 2018



September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

December 1, 2018

December 31, 2018



December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

March 1, 2019

March 31, 2019