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April 19, 2018 Newsletter

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Important Information from the Police Department


Ohio Revised Code and the Codified Ordinances of North Royalton* state that:

No person shall operate on any highway, or other public roadway, any motor vehicle registered in this state unless the vehicle conforms to the requirements concerning tinted glass and reflectorized material.

Ohio laws for window tint are simple.
  • Front windshields must have 70% light transmission on all vehicles.
  • The front two windows of any motor vehicle registered in Ohio must have 50% visible light transmission.
  • Any darkness may be used on backseat and rear windows.
Driving a vehicle with illegal tint is a primary offense in North Royalton, which means that a law enforcement officer may stop a vehicle (s)he believes is in violation of the tint law, even if no other traffic violation has occurred.  Police officers check the tint on vehicle windows with a small hand held device that measures the amount of light that is allowed through it.

The law is on the books for the safety of the motoring public.  Windows and windshields that are too dark may inhibit the driver from seeing the traffic and pedestrians around them, causing more and worse traffic crashes.  It also alleviates some of the safety concerns of police officers and other first responders who have to approach vehicles and be able to see who and what's inside.

It is also illegal for an automotive dealer to sell a vehicle that does not conform to Ohio law.  So before you buy a used vehicle, make sure it's street legal.

If you have any questions about your vehicles window tint, or any other safety issue, you can stop at the North Royalton Police Department and ask to have your vehicle checked by an on duty police officer.

*OHIO REVISED CODE 4513.241 / NORTH ROYALTON CODIFIED ORDINANCE 438.235



A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department




 A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Let’s continue with our Spring Cleaning series, even though mother nature is not sure what season we truly are in. Spring is a great time to make your home more “fire safe.”

Hoarding and Fire:
Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder? Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space. Living space becomes cluttered. It may be unusable. Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.



Why hoarding increases Fire risks
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn.  They might also be placed on unstable surfaces.  If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles.  Pests could chew on wires.  Damaged wires can start fires.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire.
 How hoarding impacts First Responders
  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm's way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked.  They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home.  It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care.  The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.
How Can You Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury
  • When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter.  Be empathetic.  Match the person's language.  If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding.
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan.  Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits.  Practice the plan often.  Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home.  Test them at least once a month.
  • Reach out to community resources.  Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns.  They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

 
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT UPDATES
April 11, 2018
Click here for all the important information  
                                                                                                                                                                 








NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING-SENIOR CENTER

The North Royalton Office on Aging has a variety of activities and speakers on interesting topics for anyone over age 55.

Join us on Monday, April 23rd, Kristie Balcer from our North Royalton YMCA will come and talk to us about the “Y and You!” at 10 AM. Later that morning the Diplomat will sponsor BINGO for all who wish to participate at the Senior Center at 11:30 AM.

The Senior Center is need of new cotton fabric, fiber fill and yarn. If you are interested in donating any of these items please call Debra at 440-582-6333. These items are needed to make “butterfly pillows” for the Cancer Center, hospice blankets and lap robes for our local nursing homes and hospice facilities. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

We will be offering a 4 week Beginner’s Computer Course for $10 starting Tuesday, May 1 If you are interested, call the Senior Center now to register, 440-582-6333, space is limited and filling up fast.

The North Royalton Office on Aging is 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 (South side entrance). If you have questions or comments, contact Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333.  Look for our calendar on the City’s website, www.northroyalton.org, under Aging and Human Services.

FROM THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Shred Day was a huge success! We would like to thank all the residents who came out and participated in the event!  We are excited to say, North Royalton residents shredded and recycled 19,380 lbs of paper! 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next shred event on Saturday, September 22nd, 9am to noon, North Royalton City Hall, 14600 State Rd.



  Don't forget to have your trash
AT THE CURB
BY 7:00 a.m.

What Do I Do With?... Computers & Electronics


North Royalton offers year-round collection and recycling of computer equipment to our residents. Equipment that can be recycled via this program includes desktops, towers, laptops, monitors, keyboards and peripherals, printers, modems, tablets, e-readers, telecom devices, networking equipment, cables, cell phones and video game systems. Televisions are not included. See details.


NEORSD's Pitch Those Pills Collection Events

What do you do with your outdated or unused medications at home? Don’t flush them. Flushing pills down the toilet can be a water quality issue because wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove pharmaceuticals from the wastewater. Those medications could affect the environment and endanger public health.

Protect your family and the environment by properly disposing of your medications at an upcoming Pitch Those Pills collection event, hosted by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Events will be held throughout Cuyahoga County from April-October. See details.

April is Earth Month!

During the month of April, the Solid Waste District is busy helping people in Cuyahoga County learn how to care for the earth and our environment. Their six staff members are working to empower residents, communities and organizations to manage their waste responsibly by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd around the world to commemorate and demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first held in 1970. This year, attend a compost seminar, celebrate at Party for the Planet at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, get involved with Cuyahoga Valley National Park Earth Day/Global Youth Service Day, join the movement at Earth Day Network, or see a list of other Northeast Ohio activities.


April 29 Community Meal at St. Albert the Great

Honey balsamic glazed chicken, potato wedges, corn succotash,
salad, bread/butter, dessert




POLL WORKERS WANTED FOR THE MAY 8, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION

The Board of Elections is now hiring Election Officials (poll workers) to assist voters on Election Day.  Election Officials can earn up to $200.   

People who are interested in being an Election Official are being asked to apply as soon as possible to allow time for processing and training.  Applicants may apply on-line at: www.443VOTE.com or call the Election Officials Department at 216-443-3277 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays.

Election Officials provide a variety of services on Election Day.  They are needed to check-in voters, issue ballots, and offer assistance to people who may have questions about casting their ballots. 


Click here  for information on schools.

 Tuesday, April 24th-6:00 pm-Recreation Board Meeting
 

SAVE THE DATE

NORTH ROYALTON COMMUNITY BAND
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 AT 6 pm.
Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church
11680 Royalton Road (in the Christian Activity Center)

The North Royalton Community Band's spring concert
Rockin' Around the Clock, will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
As always, admission is free.
Go to nr-cb.org for more information on the band
or call Brian Brainard at 614-937-7183.