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Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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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

Recreation Department Fall 2018 Program Guide

James Umerley

The Recreation Fall 2018 Program Guide is now available.  You can find it online at 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 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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James Umerley


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

Cuyahoga Greenways

James Umerley

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Cuyahoga Greenways is a joint effort between County Planning, Cleveland Metroparks, and NOACA to build an interconnected system of greenways and trails that link neighborhoods, parks, and public transportation, and create a comprehensive countywide active transportation network.  Please follow this link for more information.

No Parking on Fire Hydrant Side of Street In Residential Areas

James Umerley

Important Notice Regarding

No Parking on Fire Hydrant Side of Street In Residential Areas

A new law passed in Rocky River prohibits parking on the fire hydrant side of the street in residential areas throughout the City.  While there are some exceptions, the law’s primary scope is residential side streets.  The law passed on November 27, 2017 and changes Codified Ordinance Section 351.03 entitled “Prohibited Standing or Parking Places”.   This change brings Rocky River in line with the neighboring Westshore communities and provides better and quicker access for our safety force vehicles in the event of an emergency.  Signs alerting the public of this law are at each of the entrances of the city, along with other strategic locations in residential areas affected by the new ordinance.  Enforcement of this new provision will begin mid-February 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call Safety-Service Director Mary Kay Costello at 440-331-0600.



Fishing Pier at Bradstreet’s Landing - Closed

James Umerley

The fishing pier at Bradstreet’s Landing Park on Lake Road will be closed as of today, September 15, 2017.  The City will be making a thorough evaluation of the pier and its infrastructure.  During the evaluation the pier will be closed for safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we further evaluate the pier’s structural needs.  There is no re-opening date for the pier at this time.  The park will remain open.

Back to School Traffic Safety!

James Umerley

We have had a busy summer in Rocky River and with school resuming this week it will only get busier! Please take a few minutes to remember some basic traffic safety rules, no matter how you plan to get around this fall. 

If you drive, please be aware that there will be more pedestrians during school commute times. Take the extra time to look for them, especially before turning right and driving through crosswalks. Watch for pedestrians when pulling onto a roadway from driveways, shopping centers, or other private property. Drivers have a duty to stop prior to crossing sidewalks and to yield to pedestrians. 

Remember to stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading children. If a school bus has activated red flashing lights or deployed a stop sign, it unsafe and a traffic violation to overtake the school bus going the same direction on any street. If a street has four or more lanes or is divided by a median, drivers may pass a school bus going the opposite direction. 


Watch our for bicycle riders, too! 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 recommended that bicyclists always wear a helmet when riding. 

Rocky River law requires pedestrians to walk on sidewalks when they are available. If there are no sidewalks available, pedestrians may walk in the roadway, against traffic, staying as close to the curb as practical. 

Road construction and improvements continue throughout Rocky River, including water and sewer work on Lakeview and Hampton Roads, and repaving throughout the City. The City will continue to update residents as the roadwork progresses. 

As always, please report any traffic hazards to the Rocky River Police Department at 440-331-1234. 

Simple Recycling

James Umerley

Dear Rocky River Residents:

     Beginning next week, Simple Recycling will offer new opportunities for all residents of Rocky River to participate in curbside recycling of unwanted items.  This no cost, curbside collection offers everyone additional opportunities to remove items from waste collection and lower our community’s landfill costs.  The City will continue to collect from your backyard the blue bag co-mingled recycling containing appropriate paper, plastics, metal and glass on your scheduled refuse collection day.

     Enclosed are items to help you recycle cloth and related materials with Simple Recycling, a company that collects unwanted items that you do not wish to donate to a charitable organization.  Items that can be collected are clean clothing, sheets, towels, blankets or other materials.  In addition, small appliances, tools, toys and shoes can also be recycled. The enclosed information explains the Simple Recycling process. As in all recycling efforts, eliminating these items from the landfill will save the City landfill fees. In addition, the City will receive a modest rebate from Simple Recycling that will be applied to our Refuse and Recycling efforts.

      Recycling items with Simple Recycling is straightforward:  fill the Simple Recycling bag provided with unwanted items and place the bag on your tree lawn the day of your refuse collection.  An empty replacement bag will be left on your doorstep for your next donation.  Simple Recycling will collect their recycling bags weekly from your tree lawn.  Please use the easy to spot “Simple Recycling” bag which will be easily recognized and collected by Simple Recycling personnel.

      We appreciate all your efforts to recycle and are pleased to offer this convenient opportunity to discard unwanted items and avoid additional landfill costs.  Thank you.


Pamela Bobst
City of Rocky River

Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPELs)

James Umerley

We're happy to announce that the Rocky River Police Department has been designated a MeetUp Spot where sales transactions that originate online using apps such as OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist can be securely completed.

In addition to reducing the chance of fraudulent or criminal transactions, Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPELs) let buyers and sellers avoid giving personal information, such as home or work addresses, to complete a transaction.

As always, buyers and sellers should only make transactions they are comfortable with. Police will not be screening transactions, but will be available if problems arise. Buyers and sellers are welcome to come into the department lobby for extra security.

Regardless of the meeting place, buyers and sellers should avoid meeting at night but, if they must, should choose a well lit, public location with other people around. Try to bring a family member or friend when completing a transaction, and consider using cash or another form of payment that does not disclose personal financial or identifying information.

Happy Sales!

Rules on Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

James Umerley

Rules on Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

As the weather improves and we shed our winter gear, our Fire Prevention Bureau has important safety information and rules to share with our residents who wish to enjoy outdoor fires.  Questions about these rules should be directed to the Fire Prevention Bureau by calling 440-895-2589.

Recreational Fires

  • Fire must be at least 25 feet from structures and other combustible materials
  • Fuel area may not exceed 3 feet in diameter may not exceed 2 feet in height
  • Only solid fuels are allowed (no rubbish)
  • Dry grass, leaves and other combustibles must be cleared for a minimum of 10 feet around the fire area
  • Any condition which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure must be eliminated
  • Fire must be constantly attended by a competent adult
  • A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, or alternative means of extinguishment such as a garden hose, must be in place for immediate use
  • In addition, as a respectful neighbor please be mindful of excessive smoke that may be an annoyance to neighbors.


Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

  • Must be at least 15 feet from structures and other combustible materials
  • Only solid fuels are allowed (no rubbish)
  • May be an open design or equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening in the top
  • Must be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
  • Must be constantly attended by a competent adult
  • A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, or alternative means of extinguishment such as a garden hose, must be in place for immediate use.
  • In addition, as a respectful neighbor please be mindful of excessive smoke that may be an annoyance to neighbors.



  • A permit is required for open burning which includes burn barrels, bonfires, beach debris, or fires regulated by the EPA Clean Air Act.


Prohibited Burning

  • The burning of yard waste, rubbish, trash, combustible and non-combustible waste materials is prohibited.


Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on

James Umerley

January 4, 2017          


Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Cuyahoga County Local Government Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 990 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with


COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the City of Rocky River, Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Tri-City Park and the Safe Air for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) Council of Governments’ online checkbooks on  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row. 


Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on, and the Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tri-City Park and S.A.F.E. Council of Governments are the third, fourth, fifth and sixth special districts in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on


The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:


·         Rocky River’s online checkbook includes over 70,000 individual transactions that represent more than $185 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Municipal Court’s online checkbook includes over 10,900 individual transactions that represent more than $15.8 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant’s online checkbook includes over 6,400 individual transactions that represent more than $29 million of total spending over the past six years. 

·         Tri-City Park’s online checkbook includes over 200 individual transactions that represent more than $52,000 of total spending over the past six years.

·         S.A.F.E. Council of Governments’ online checkbook includes 12 individual transactions that represent more than $4,000 of total spending over the past four years.  


“I believe the people of Cuyahoga County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”


”Rocky River is excited to join,” said Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst.  “This website will provide greater transparency for our residents and allows easy access to public information. The officials of Rocky River, the Municipal Court and the Wastewater Treatment Plant continuously work to be transparent with the greater community. This website will allow citizens to use up-to-date technology to view expenditures in an easy and convenient format, and we are excited to join.”


On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments.  These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts. 


A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for and local government transparency, including:


·         Ohio Municipal League

·         Ohio Township Association

·         Ohio Association of School Business Officials

·         Buckeye Association of School Administrators

·         County Commissioner Association of Ohio

·         County Auditor Association of Ohio

·         Ohio Newspaper Association

·         Ohio Society of CPAs

·         Buckeye Institute

·         Common Cause Ohio was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government.  Since its launch, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of January 3, 2017 there have been more than 686,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $564 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 153 million transactions.  The website includes cutting-edge features such as:


·         “Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;

·         Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;

·         Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,

·         Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.


In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data.  Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of  Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.


In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.   


The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.


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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.

To receive future issues of our digital newsletter, please sign up here:


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

“What can you do” To Prevent Fires?

James Umerley

For Immediate Release                                                                       Contact: Chief Aaron Lenart

October 10, 2016





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  or go to the State Fire Marshal’s website

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!