Thursday, April 18, 2013
Project will detour traffic starting April 22
Prospect Road will be closed to traffic between Lunn and Royalton roads from Monday, April 22 to Monday, May 6 to finish a culvert installation. Work continued through the winter on the culvert, but some drainage work and road paving had to wait for warmer weather, officials said. The road will close about 6 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Mike Grywalsky said. The project is being done jointly by the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works and the city. Cost is $806,847. Up till now, two-way traffic has been maintained except for a few days.
Strike by hauler is affecting many area communities
A strike by Republic Waste workers has delayed trash pickup in Strongsville by one to two days this week. City officials are asking residents to put their rubbish at the curb at least one day after their regular pickup day this week. Also, residents should set out only trash -- not recyclables. Officials are asking residents to hold onto their recyclables till next week. Employees at Republic's facilities in Cleveland and Elyria stopped working Monday in support of striking Teamsters at the company's landfill in Youngstown. In many Cleveland-area suburbs, garbage collection is at least one day behind as Republic scrambles to find workers to drive the trucks.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Strongsville is the place to be June 13-15 if you're selling or buying
Planning a garage sale this summer? You might want to join your neighbors for a citywide event. Strongsville's citywide garage sale is set for Thursday, June 13 through Saturday, June 15. Recommended hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Ward 4 Councilman Scott Maloney. It's the second year for a citywide sale, which previously was organized only in Ward 4. Last year, Maloney said the annual garage sale in his ward had proved so popular, he and other council members expanded it to include the whole city. Residents hosting a garage sale need to get a permit from the city's Building Department. They can be purchased at City Hall, 16099 Foltz Parkway.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Now's the time to ask for money for that and other road projects, Strongsville councilman says
A Strongsville City Councilman is urging the city to make a "wish list" of road projects -- including an I-71 interchange at Boston Road -- that might snare a share of an estimated $1.5 billion generated when Ohio issues bonds on the turnpike. "I think what we have is a golden opportunity," Councilman at large Duke Southworth said. "I think a lot of towns are going to be lining up with their hands out." Strongsville needs to be in that line, Southworth said. "We need to be vocal and aggressive and see how much money we can get back into Strongsville," he said. Yes, Even an Interchange Southworth said the city needs to clear up traffic congestion on Royalton Road area near I-71, and believes now may be the time to revive 30-year-old …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Here's what happened in Strongsville over the last week
A wrap-up of Strongsville news this week: Teachers strike, part 1 -- Two more teachers cross the picket line. The Board of Education and teachers union negotiate for 40 hours over four days, but emerge saying no progress has been made toward a settlement. The School Board calls for the union to present its last best offer to striking teachers for another vote. Teachers strike, part 2 -- Strongsville City Council passes a resolution supporting students and urging an end to the strike. Residents organize a roundtable to bring the two sides together, but it is canceled by the city because of public safety concerns. The teachers' union tries to divide the School Board, calling on Vice President Ruth Brickley to agree to take the contract to …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
If approved, assaulting an Ohio transit worker could mean felony charges, a fine and transportation ban.
State Senator Tom Patton, who represents Strongsville, introduced legislation Wednesday to increase penalties for anyone who assaults an Ohio transit system employee. The legislation, Senate Bill 107, is jointly sponsored with State Senator Nina Turner, representing Cleveland, according to a press release. “Unprovoked attacks on Ohio’s transportation service personnel must not be tolerated,” Patton in a letter to his colleagues, pushing for support of the bill. “All workers deserve to feel safe on the job, specifically those responsible for the safety of others. This legislation protects transit workers during the performance of their duties and will increase the safety for everyone on the road, including passengers.” Patton felt this bill…
Court ruling backs city's position, law director says
A new ruling by an appeals court on Internet cafes has reaffirmed Strongsville's position on the businesses, Law Director Ken Kraus said. Kraus said the Eighth District Court of Appeals recently upheld gambling convictions against three Cleveland Internet cafes. "The ruling by the Eighth District is consistent with the legal opinion we issued years ago in Strongsville," he said. Kraus in 2010 wrote a legal opinion on Internet sweepstakes cafes, which at the time were making their first inroads into Cleveland's suburbs. He said the businesses involve illegal gambling and shouldn't be allowed to operate. Since then, any time an Internet cafe has sought an occupancy permit, the operators get a letter saying they will be charged with a crime…
Monday, April 8, 2013
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has not taken public stance on the strike, says report.
It seems "unusual" may be the best word to describe U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's appearance at a rally for striking Strongsville teachers last week, according to a recent article in The Plain Dealer. Thomas Sutton, chairman of the political science department at Baldwin-Wallace College, told The Plain Dealer that it is uncommon for "Brown to show this level of solidarity at such a local level, at a local school district strike." Find more Strongsville strike news here. On the other side, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, a Republican who represents Strongsville, has opted to stay out of the strike for a reason. One of Renacci's aides told The Plain Dealer, "he believes it is neither helpful nor productive for a federal representative to insert …
FEMA will help pay for superstorm Sandy damage here
Strongsville will receive an $87,455 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for costs incurred by Hurricane Sandy last October. Councilman at large Joe DeMio said he was surprised Strongsville would get federal hurricane relief because "it's very rare" for communities in this area to get such a grant. "Really, that's a great bonus," DeMio said. "I never would have thought we'd get anything." But Mayor Tom Perciak said Fire Chief Jeff Branic and Police Chief Jim Kobak went after the grant money when they heard it was available. Strongsville weathered the effects of the superstorm relatively well, but the chiefs provided documentation of all the costs incurred by cleaning debris -- much in the form of wood from fallen and …