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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

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

Rocky River Updates

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

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.

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