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Aug 18, 2018 Newsletter

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Important information from the
North Royalton Service Department.

Recycling guidelines have been modified due to market conditions.

Please refer to the postcard below that Rumpke mailed to your address.

As a reminder, rubbish and recycling pickup is for normal residential use ONLY.

House-flipping, major remodeling, home business trash, clearing out a house due to selling, etc. are NOT included as normal residential service.

Please call the Service Department with questions. 440-582-3002



Home Repair Scams
Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs

Home improvement scams happen year-round, but 'tis the season when repair rip-offs really go through the roof -- sometimes beginning with an offer to fix yours.

Although there are many honest, hardworking craftsmen out there who are eager to get your business, summertime seems to bring out the con-tractors who are intent on scamming gullible customers.  Often, the scammers give themselves away with some simple phrases, such as:

"I was in the neighborhood" or "I was working on a house down the street"
  • Beware of the handyman who comes knocking, unsolicited, and mentions that he happened to notice some problem with your home's roof, driveway, chimney, windows, etc., while he was driving by or working on another home in the area.
  • Alarm bells should really ring if he comes knocking with a buddy in tow or  has a truck with out-of-state license plates, since good contractors are usually too busy to make unsolicited house calls; rarely have to leave the state to get work and generally don't have x-ray vision.  For the scammer, the goal is to do a fast, faulty repair, such as applying used motor oil to coat driveways or roof shingles.  You usually only get wise to it after they have been paid and vanish.
  • Sometimes when the pair comes knocking, one will try to distract you or lure you out of the house while the other sneaks inside for a quick burglary.
"I need cash up front, or at least a large deposit"
  • Never pay upfront - it's too easy for the "handyman" to take your money and run (often under the guise of "going to buy materials".)  Legitimate contractors have lines of credit to buy materials and don't ask for the work to be paid in full before it is complete.
  • Although a large deposit can be warranted for huge jobs, it should be no more than one third of the total estimate (including materials and labor) and paid on the day materials arrive on the job site.
"I can help you with financing the project"
  • What contractors claim is a special deal with a lender could really just  be a home improvement loan scam.
  • If you sign, you may be socked with high interest rates, fees or points; or unknowingly agree to borrow more than the cost of the project.  There have even been cases where owners have unwittingly signed over their homes to the contractor or  his associates.
  • According to the Federal Trade Commission, once the paperwork is filed, the lender may pay the contractor directly and, once paid, he will have little incentive to complete the job to your satisfaction.
"I have leftover materials from another job"
  • At best, assume this phrase means he is inexperienced in estimating a job.  At worst, he is incompetent or cheated his last customer by overbuying or never finishing the job.  He may just be cruising the neighborhood looking for "act now" patsies who believe that the materials will spoil if left in his truck.
"You can check my references"
  • Of course you want to hear this, but be aware that fraudsters can easily supply names and phone numbers of buddies who will give a bogus reference.  What you really need is names, phone numbers and addresses of past local customers whose information can be verified and whose homes can be visited to check on the quality of the work.  Legitimate contractors will be able to supply this information.
  • You can check with the local court.  Ohio's contractor licensing board and the Better Business Bureau to find out about any current or past lawsuits or unresolved problems.  Ask for a copy of the contractor's license.  The city building inspector can also verify the contractor's credentials.
  • Specialty lumber yards or plumbing or electric supply stores may be able to verify that the person you are dealing with is a reputable local business person.
"We have a special limited time offer -- but you must act now"
  • This is a common phrase which is sometimes legitimately used by contractors to drum up business in "down" times; however, you should insist that the deal be honored long enough for you to check references and shop around and compare prices.


A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department

Safety Tips from your Fire Department

With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, drivers need to do their part to keep kids safe as they walk and bike to school. Whether you are taking your kids to school or just driving through a school zone, you can do your part to keep kids safe.

August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and we want to remind motorists to be extra careful at all times.  Follow the tips below to make sure you keep your children safe while walking and biking to school:

Back to School Safety Tips

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminders for your kids:

  • Cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

Good Luck to all the students this school year! 

On Monday, August 20th at 10 am we will be making "Butterfly Pillows" for the cancer centers.  We'd love to have you join us, many hands make lite of the work.

The office on Aging has a variety of activities and speakers on interesting topics for anyone age 55 or over.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and we are located at 13500 Ridge Road in the Deaconess-Perry Senior Apartment Building.  If you have questions or comments, contact Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333.  Look for our calendar on the City’s website,, under Aging and Human Services. 

Community Meal at St. Albert on August 26:
Here's the menu:
French Dip style roast beef sandwich
Potato salad
Baked beans, Fruit salad and Dessert


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 14600 State Road (City Hall/Memorial Park parking lot) so you don’t miss out on this great event!

This event is a public service open to all North Royalton, non-business residents at no cost. Please bring proper identification indicating you are a North Royalton resident. The best part about the Shred Events? All your documents are shredded on site and there is NO LIMIT to how much material you can bring!


Do Include: small paper clips, staples do not have to be removed
  • Accounting ledger paper
  • Adding machine tape
  • Advertisements
  • Booklets, brochures
  • Copy machine paper
  • Colored paper
  • Computer paper, Faxes
  • Envelopes
  • Manila file folders – bleachable
  • Greeting cards
  • Laser printer paper
  • Legal pad paper
  • Post-it notes
  • NCR paper
  • Receipts
  • All types of white paper
Do Not Include:
  • Newspapers, phone books, magazines
  • Binders
  • Books
  • Pendaflex folders
  • Food and candy wrappers
  • Waxed paper
  • Napkins 
  • Styrofoam containers 
QUESTIONS: North Royalton Service Department 440-582-3002

Wrap-Up Summer with Recycling

Summer is winding down and Labor Day Parties will be here soon.  Make sure that cans and glass or plastic bottles are the only items going into your recycling bin.  Learn how to keep your party cleaner and greener when you recycle right. 
See how.

Don't forget to have your trash
 at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Recycling Tip!

Combine only these five core items in your home or curbside recycling container. Do not bag them. No other items should be placed in your recycling.  And when in doubt, throw it out.


•             CANS: Empty and rinse.

•             CARTONS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap -- it’s too small to be
              recycled by itself!

•             GLASS: Empty and rinse.

•             PAPER & BOXES: Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes, to save

•             PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap.

Learn the recycling Do's and Don'ts across Cuyahoga County in this short video.

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Back to School Supplies Needed

Royal Redeemer is collecting BASIC school supply donations for the students of North Royalton City Schools who are in need of assistance. The items needed are as follows:

Backpacks, Wide Ruled Paper and Notebooks (NO College Ruled), Blue, Black and Red Pens, Pencils, Crayons- 24ct, Markers-Washable, Colored Pencils, Scissors, Pencil Boxes/Pouches, Glue/Glue Sticks, Highlighters, and Folders w-w/o pockets.

Gift Cards to school supply stores such as: (Office Max, Staples, Walmart, Target, Giant Eagle, CVS, Drug Mart, Rite Aide, and etc.).

Cash donations accepted. Checks can be made out to the Royal Redeemer Church, Attn: Mary Ann, 11680 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH  44133, in the memo portion of the check please write School Supplies. If you are making a gift card or monetary donation, please drop them off directly at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church.

If possible, we would like to have all items, gift cards or checks dropped off to Royal Redeemer, 11680 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH  44133, no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018