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August 18, 2017 Newsletter

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NEWS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
School Bus Safety
School is less than a week away!  Time to start thinking "Back to School," so, take a moment and review some important School Bus Safety with your children.


Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Riding a school bus is a great way for your child to get to school.  In the United States, 23 million students take the bus to and from school each day.  Unfortunately, you may already know that the greatest risk involved is not riding the school bus, but getting on and off the bus.

The Hard Facts
School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

Top Tips for School Bus Safety

  1. Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.  Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  2. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus.
  3. If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it's safe.  Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  4. Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus.  Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
  5. Drivers should always follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
  6. Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights.  This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.
We want to wish all of the children a great 1st day back to school and an awesome school year!!



NEWS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  Drivers should always:
  • Slow Down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
  • Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children attending the school.
  • Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car.  Double parking will block visibility for other children and other motorists.  Visibility is further reduced when it is raining or foggy and condensation forms on car windows.
  • Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets - often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
  • Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
  • Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching.  Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
  • Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.
  • Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.  Watch for children arriving late for the bus; they may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Be especially careful when backing out of a driveway or when leaving a garage as there may be children walking or biking who don't realize that you may not see them.
A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING:
Many changes are on the horizon for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security! In the coming days and weeks please be mindful of this and verify, verify, verify!  Don’t become the next victim of identity theft or a scam! When in doubt, check it out!! I will let you know what those changes are as I get the information.


As of now the latest information is in regards to your new Medicare number, this change is expected to happen in April 2018. It was initially called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI. They will no longer use your Social Security number as your Medicare ID number. Moving forward, the project is going to be called the New Medicare Card. Social Security and Medicare WILL NOT call you!

Need transportation, contact Senior Transportation Connection to pre-register to use this service, please call now 1-216-265-1489 for your application. They will mail you the application and transportation guidelines, once completed and returned, you will be able to use this service now or in the future.

With the kiddos heading Back to School the Food Pantry shelves could use some extra help, please join us in helping our LOCAL Food Pantry Partnership (Royal Redeemer/Kiwanis/City of North Royalton). Here is a list of the most needed items: Cereal, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Chunky Soup, Mac-n-Cheese, Tuna, Tuna/Chicken/Hamburger Helper, Rice, Instant Potatoes, Spaghetti Sauce, Pasta, Pancake Mix and Syrup. For drop off information and times, please contact Kat Lacinski at 440-237-7958 ext. 133.

Thank you in advance for helping those in need!

Stop in and check out our table at the Community Festival, See You There!!!


ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT UPDATE
– August 15, 2017
Royalton Road WM Replacement - Phase 2:
Plans are being reviewed by Cleveland Water for approval to replace approximately 1, 940 LF of 12" watermain between State Road and Prince Charles Drive along the north side of Royalton Road.  This project is being funded 100% by the CWD and will be out for bid in the next 2 months.

Cedar Estates Regional Basin:
This project is the last remaining project that the City planned to undertake as part of the $5 million capital project list that began back in 2007/2008.  This project will take approximately 180 days to complete and when completed will help relieve erosion and flooding issues downstream along Baldwin Creek in the Cedar Estates area.  Construction has begun (May 9th) and is being undertaken by DiGioia Suburban Excavating (a local contractor). The project is close to wrapping up. Final grades and landscaping are to be installed.  The heavy digging is completed. Please use caution in this area of York Rod between Tilby Road and Sprague Road as trucks are entering and exiting the roadway from the project site on the west side of York Road.

2017 City Road Program:
The road program was publicly bid and the low bid was awarded to Specialized Construction at the Council meeting of June 6th.  Specialized has performed work for the City for many years and we are glad to have them back to perform this year's program.  Tilby Road will be rehabilitated from York Road to Ridge Road.

The bid came in so low that Council has just authorized the Mayor to publicly bid rehabilitating Parkdale Drive and Royalhaven Drive immediately. Work has begun.  Parkdale and Royalhaven have had the existing asphalt rejuvenated, and Tilby is in progress.  No work will occur for 1 week to let this process cure and at that time a proofroll to check for yielding pavement will be made and those areas repaired. Then the final 2 lifts of asphalt will be placed.

Please note that Tilby Road is closed.  Local traffic only, meaning only those that live on Tilby Road (or directly off of Tilby Road) are allowed on Tilby Road. This is to allow the contractor to perform his job safely.  Thank you for your patience!

Chippewa Headwaters Park:
This project was publicly bid and the low bid was awarded to Cavanaugh Building Corporation at the Council meeting of June 20th.  This project is the result of a grant received by the City of North Royalton to construct a scenic lookout park at the YMCA building site and adjacent to the new public library.  The Community Development Department will provide updates as this project moves along.

REMINDER:
With the recent rains that have occurred throughout the area, it is important to remember your responsibility as a homeowner to keep all ditches, swales and drainage ways on your property "free and clear".  Failure to keep these areas unobstructed can result in flooding in areas not intended to flood. Remove leaves, twigs and garbage from ditches that may obstruct the flow of storm water so that the water can travel along it's intended path.

NEWS FROM THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT 
This week the storm water crew finished repairing and pouring new concrete around our catch basins on Sherwood Trail, we will return next week to do the other side of the street.  The crew will finish out the week on Evergreen Trail repairing two catch basin repairs and a curb replacement.  In the street department the crack sealing crew completed Sherwood Estates and will be working in the South Hampton development. Also with the weekend festival coming up the Service Department will be working together with the Recreation Department getting the city green prepared for vendors and rides. 

2017 North Royalton Recycle Guide and Special Wastes Brochure
Don't forget to have your trash
 AT THE CURB BY 7:00 AM

Please remember to set your trash and recycle carts out the evening before or by 7:00 AM on your collection day rain, snow or shine! Routes can change at any time and so can your pickup time. 

Thinking Outside the Trashcan – 15 Back to School Green Tips

Saving money while saving the environment is easier than ever when you follow these 15 easy tips from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District:

1.  Before hitting the stores for back-to-school shopping, take a look at what is left over from last year. Folders, book covers, scissors, markers, glue sticks and rulers may still be in good shape. Reuse some items and you’ll avoid ending up with more than you need.

2.
  Buy school supplies made from recycled materials. Look for pencils, paper, binders and notebooks made with recycled paper. Most major stores have recycled-content options.

3.  Need new books? Consider buying used, opting for online or renting. Used textbooks are often available for half off or more. Some schools are even experimenting with online textbooks, reducing both your costs and strain on your backpack.

4.  Donate unwanted but usable school supplies like crayons, markers, paints, paper and workbooks to a local day care, pre-school, day camp or art program. Organizations like the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center will accept donations of school supplies and classroom materials.

5.  A new school year means a new wardrobe, but it doesn’t have to mean a shopping spree at the mall. Contact your school’s parent-teacher organization about doing a uniform exchange or clothing swap. Or visit the many resale shops across Cuyahoga County that are packed with kids’ clothes year round.

6.  If you need to purchase a new computer or electronics equipment, make sure to recycle the old, unwanted or broken items. CPUs, monitors, printers, laptops and devices can be recycled year-round or seasonally at city service departments in Cuyahoga County. Residents should check with their community for details or visit www.CuyahogaRecycles.org/computer_recycling.

7.  Best Buy stores nationwide accept and recycle most electronics for free. See details at www.bestbuy.com/recycling. Also, Staples stores have a take-back programs for home office equipment.

8.  Lunch is everyone’s favorite subject. But if your child is taking a brown paper bag filled with plastic baggies, juice boxes and pre-packaged snacks to school every day, it can add up to a lot of trash. Invest in a lunchbox with reusable plastic containers, cloth napkins and a beverage bottle. Just by eliminating the daily plastic and paper waste, your child could save many pounds of garbage in a school year.

9.  Pack in, pack out. If your kids are drinking water from single-use plastic bottles, milk cartons or aluminum cans, and a recycling bin is not close by, bring the item home for recycling.

10.  Encourage your children to spread the word about recycling and reusing. They can suggest that their friends pack lunches in reusable lunch bags, containers and bottles to help prevent so much from being thrown away.

11.  Teach your kids to recycle when you’re not around.

12.  Inquire if your school has a recycling program and, if the answer is yes, explain to your children how to use it. If not, ask if there are any plans to implement a recycling program and how to make it happen.

13.  Before your child throws something away, ask them to think about if the item can be reused or recycled. Encourage your kids to think outside the trash can. Placing something in the garbage should be a last option.

14.  Students and teachers use lots of paper during the school year. Make sure that you’re recycling all those worksheets, test papers and unwanted art projects by putting them into your curbside recycling bin. Or drop off the paper at bins at local schools and places of worship.

15.  Encourage your child to be a good example for recycling paper and other items throughout the school year.


Click here  for news update from the district.

North Royalton City Schools Selected as one of Top 200 Entries In State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Program
Residents need to go online starting August 16th to vote for the project.
Click here to continue reading.
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Community Meal at St. Albert
Sunday, August 27th 3 - 5 pm.
Menu will include:
Hot beef and cheese sandwich, pasta salad, baked beans, watermelon, ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Just to let you know, next month September's meal will be at Royal Redeemer.
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Royal Redeemer is hosting a
flu clinic/health fair on
Saturday, September 16th 10:30 am to 1 pm.
Parking and admission is free.  Bring your insurance information for the flu shot.
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August calendar
          Community Festival Friday, August 18th,
          Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th.
  Old Timer's Banquet is August 19th at Royal Redeemer
  Lutheran Church at noon.