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Sign up for the "Village Insider" E-Blast today for village news updates..... SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER now posted online.....See Newsletters on the left side of this page..... SPRING TRASH DAY DROP-OFF.....Village Hall Complex parking lot.....May 3, 2014 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.....See below for additional infromation.....




TIME UNTIL
SPRING TRASH DAY
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm



See Information Below



SPECIAL INFORMATION PAGE

PROPOSED SEWER EXTENSION INFORMATION PAGE

By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to the information page for the proposed sanitary sewer extension in the east end of South Russell Village. Included on the page are links to informational letters sent to residents in the impact area, a map of the proposed sewer extension area and videos of the April 3, 2014 Informational Meeting held at Gurney School for your review.

Additional information and updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Click on this link: Proposed Sewer Extension Informational Page






STREET SWEEPING STARTS TUESDAY APRIL 15th.....




IT WILL BE A CLEAN SWEEP FOR
SOUTH RUSSELL VILLAGE
As the winter of 2013-14 finally comes to an end and the first days of spring are now here, the South Russell Service Department and the Village of South Russell are beginning to make plans for spring. With the hopes that only one or two more snows will fall and their presence will be short term, sweeping of all village streets will begin on or about Tuesday, April 15th weather permitting. Sweeping will only continue if weather permits and large amounts of rainwater are not present.

All village streets, cul-de-sacs and turnarounds will be swept to remove winter debris and cinders. Any residential property with excessive plowed materials (cinders) from the roadway in their yard may rake this material to the roads edge.

If your street has a current gravel berm, this material can be use as fill in low areas and around mailboxes. On these streets, the material should not be placed on the hard asphalt road surface. If the grass line of your yard meets the edge of the road, cinder material may be raked onto the first foot of road surface. This will allow the sweeper to clean up while maintaining a neat grass edgeline. No additional material is acceptable such as limbs or yard waste.

While property and yard clean up is taking place, this is a good time to inspect your ditch lines and driveway culvert pipes. Both are the responsibility of each homeowner to maintain and should be kept clear and free of leaves, limbs and tall grasses. Leaf piles and debris such as old newspapers in plastic bags should not be in the village right-of way ditches as they may cause blockages. No standing water should be present. The cause may be corrected with minor cleaning of a ditch or culvert pipe.




SCHEDULED LANE CLOSURES
ON BELL ROAD



As part of the West Bell Road Improvement Project currently underway,
Bell Road in South Russell is scheduled to have LANE CLOSURES on Bell Road
for a box culvert replacement beginning on
April 21, 2014.
The location of this project is on Bell Road between Sugar Bush Land and Maple Springs Drive.
Through traffic will be maintained for one week with the use of traffic lights prior to the complete road closure on April 28th.
Please expect minor delays through this construction area.

SCHEDULED
ROAD CLOSING OF BELL ROAD
ON APRIL 28TH



Bell Road is scheduled to be closed to through traffic for the replacement of the box culvert between Sugar Bush Land and Maple Springs Drive. The complete road closure is scheduled for one week.

Click on the two links below for mapping of the road closure and the detour route.

Detour Route Maps link:
Detour Route

Detour Map





Once the box culvert is replace, the roadway will return to a single lane

LANE CLOSURES
MAY 5th


with traffic being maintained for one week with the use of traffic lights.
Again, expect delays.





TO PARENTS WITH CHILDREN
WHO ATTEND GURNEY SCHOOL

Gurney School has sent out a notice to parent with children who attend the school.
The letter reads as follows:

Gurney Parents,
We have been informed that from April 28 thru May 4 Bell Road will be closed from the Gurney driveway EAST to Maple Springs Drive. There will be a detour provided for traffic circulation and we do not expect it to cause too much of a delay to our bus routes. For one week prior to this closure and for one week after this closure, that area will function as single lane traffic so plan on delays during that time. For those of you that drop off or pick up your child, this may be a period of time that riding the bus would be more beneficial in order to decrease the congestion and keep us all on our schedules.

Thank you,
Dr. Rachel Jones, Principal
Gurney Elementary




NO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ON BELL ROAD


South Russell Village and the Bell Road Improvement Contractor are asking residents to avoid using Bell Road as a “Pedestrian Route”.


During the construction phase of the installation of the new storm sewers on Bell Road, work will continue on one side of the roadway and traffic will be maintained on the other.
Materials, the operation of heavy equipment and trucks and general vehicle traffic will be in the area leaving no room for pedestrian traffic. Even during non-working hours and weekends, limited space will be available for pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians should avoid the area if at all possible. You will have plenty of time to walk and ride in a much safer situation once the project is completed.


THE WEST BELL ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
PROGRESS



Click on the link below for the West Bell Road Improvement Project

Click on this link: West Bell Road Improvement Information




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WELCOME TO THE SOUTH RUSSELL WEBSITE


This section, Village News, is intended to advise you of current information and special news worthy events in the village. It will provide you with information on changes to the site and changes in email addresses as they change so you may quickly contact personnel from the village at a correct address.

Articles to note below are:
  1. 2014 SPRING TRASH DAY AND SENIOR CITIZEN TRASH PICKUP
  2. POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL EVENTS
  3. SEASONAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY COLLECTION SCHEDULE
  4. GEAUAG COUNTY ONE-DAY COLLECTION EVENTS
  5. GURNEY SCHOOL ZONE REMINDER
  6. VACATION HOUSE WATCH REGISTRATION
  7. GEAUGA COUNTY PUBLIC NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
  8. SOUTH RUSSELL VILLAGE INSTALLS EVP SYSTEM AT BELL and 306
  9. SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "CRIME IN AMERICA"
  10. NEW CRIME PREVENTION SECTION
  11. AMERICAN FLAG RETIREMENT COLLECTION BOX
  12. VISIT SOUTH RUSSELL MULITPURPOSE TRAILS NEW WEBSITE
  13. NOPEC - YOUR CHOICE FOR ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS SUPPLIERS
  14. FIRE PREVENTION
  15. HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PROGRAM INFORMATION
  16. THE VILLAGE INSIDER
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2014 SPRING NEWS, EVENTS, AND SCHEDULES






2014
SPRING TRASH DAYS ARE SCHEDULED
for South Russell Residents

The South Russell Village Officials are joining forces with the Geauga County Department on Aging for the

2014 SENIOR CITIZEN SPRING RESIDENTIAL TRASH PICKUP DAYS


These are the ONLY Senior Pickup days in 2014.
A fall trash day will not be scheduled.

Please note collection dates and contact phone number below for information.

WEST END OF THE VILLAGE -
(includes homes on Chillicothe Road)
WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

EAST END OF THE VILLAGE -
THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Seniors, 60 years of age or older, living in South Russell Village and wishing to have a pickup scheduled
on Senior Trash Collection Day must be registered by call the
Geauga County Department on Aging
at 440-564-7131 or 440-834-1856 at extension 2130.
The May pickup is on a first-come, first serve basis,
and the number of senior residents that can be served is limited.


Information needed when placing your request for a pickup is:
Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number
Items needing to be picked up.

Seniors must be registered with the Department on Aging prior to pickup and must be home the day of the pickup, or have someone 18 years of age or older that is appointed by the senior, present to sign a release for the collection.

Please note the following guidelines:
No liquids, paints, or other hazardous household materials, construction debris, rocks, yard waste, or household garbage will be accepted.
We will accept up to 4 tires off the rims, appliances, electronics and miscellaneous items. Please, only 10 household items per home, and the items should be from the senior’s household only. All materials should be consolidated in strong boxes and not items that can be picked up during normal weekly trash collection such as newspapers and household waste. Items should be kept dry (tarped) if possible. Items to be picked up should be placed either outside your house or garage and in the driveway.
South Russell Village employees are not permitted to enter the residence to remove items.
Please do not place items at curbside.

The special pickups will be sometime during the scheduled day
(West End on Wednesday,
East End on Thursday)
depending on the route and demand.

SENIORS ARE GEAUGA'S BOUNTY



SOUTH RUSSELL SPRING TRASH DAY DROP-OFF

Please note this is the ONLY trash day in 2014.
A fall trash day will not be scheduled.


SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014
South Russell Village Hall complex parking lot
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

South Russell Village Council has authorized and the Service Department will provide village residents
a Spring Cleanup Trash Day noting the date and times above.

ITEMS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED ARE:
General trash and debris
Items containing freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners)
Scrap metal
Computer Equipment
Electronic Equipment
White metal such as appliances

Televisions WILL NOT be accepted

TIRES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS CLEANUP

Residency I.D. is required and may be asked for.

* NO YARD WASTE*
* NO HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS ACCEPTED *
* NO CONTAINERS WITH LIQUEFIED PRODUCTS ACCEPTED *
These items will be collected at special Geauga County Collection Events.

See Geauga County Collections article and attached flier with time and dates.





Attention South Russell Residents


Two Special Events are being presented by The South Russell Police Department.





















The South Russell Police Department
and
the Geauga County Department of Aging

invites the senior citizens of
South Russell Village and Geauga County
to our semi-annual



C.O.P.S. & Seniors (Concerned Officers Protecting Seniors) presentation.

This event will be held on Monday, May 5th, 2014
at the South Russell Village Hall, 5205 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306)
beginning at 10:00 am.

The C.O.P.S. Program was designed to keep our senior citizens informed and educated about scams targeting seniors, and provides advice on safeguarding your home and property.

South Russell Police Department will have general discussions regarding scams targeting seniors
and a Q & A session with the Chief.

A representative from the Geauga Department of Aging will be on hand
providing information on services available to residents.

Free coffee and snacks will be provided.

For any questions prior to this event, please email the Police Department using the link below.





The South Russell Police Department will host their second annual
“Cops and Kids Fishing”
event on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bellwood Lake.
Participants are asked to bring their fishing rods.
The police department will provide the bait along with refreshments and snacks.

Although registration is not required, the police department would like to hear from those planning on attending.
Please email the Police Department and let us know how many will be in your party using the link below:



This catch and release event is made possible with a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.




2014
DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL COLLECTION EVENTS


SEASONAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY
(HHWRF)

PLEASE NOTE DAY AND HOURS

The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District is pleased to announce the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility (HHWRF) schedule for the 2014 season.

The facility is located at:
5138 Enterprise Boulevard, Warren, Ohio (Off of State Route 422).

All District residents are encouraged to use this facility for recycling or safe disposal of
household hazardous waste such as paint, oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, electronics and computer equipment, and microwave ovens.
There is an additional fee for television sets depending on the size.
The facility is only open to residents of Geauga and Trumbull counties.
No commercial loads will be accepted and identification is required
for all participating in any type of collection event.



The seasonal HHWRF will be open every Wednesday starting May 7th, 2014
and runs through October 29th, 2014.
Hours of operation each Wednesday are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Special Saturday Summer Openings are the first Saturday of each month
June 7th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th.
9:00 am to 12 Noon.
The facility will be CLOSED July 5th due to the Independence Day Holiday.

Additional information is available at the link below:

Link: Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District Collection Events



2014
GEAUGA COUNTY ONE-DAY COLLECTION EVENTS


Items such as hazardous household chemicals, liquefied products and paint products that
will not be accepted during the South Russell Village Spring Trash Day Drop-off
are all being collected this year at a One-Day Geauga County collection event.
Events include:

Appliance Collection Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 9:00 am – 12 Noon
Free Freon Removal.
No electronics equipment or television will be accepted
Workers will be available to unload vehicles.

Document Destruction (Shredding) Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:00 am – 12 Noon
(Limit of 4 bankers boxes)

E-Waste Collection Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 am – 12 Noon
Electronics equipment such as computers, printers, cell phones, FAX machines, copiers, etc.
No television sets will be accepted.
There is a fee for computer monitors

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 am – 12 Noon
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS items such as oil, paints, anti-freeze, batteries and propane tanks
will be collected.
No electronic equipment or televisions will be accepted at this one-day collection event.


The collection site for all four of the above collections is at the:
Geauga County Engineer’s Yard
12665 Merritt Road
Chardon, Ohio.

Dates and times as noted.

Additional information flyer is available at the link below:
2014 Schedule of Collection Events




ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!
BELL ROAD SCHOOL ZONE REMINDER

SPEED LIMIT IN THE SCHOOL ZONE
ON BELL ROAD AT GURNEY SCHOOL
IS 20 MPH
WHEN FLASHERS ARE ON.
7:45 am - 9:00 am
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

CHAGRIN FALLS SCHOOLS OPENED
MONDAY, AUGUST 26




VACATION WATCH REGISTRATION
NOW OFFERED ONLINE
BY SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT



If you will be out-of-town, on vacation, attending a funeral, or gone for the summer or winter months,
South Russell Police Department now offers a vacation house watch.

You can register online and it is confidential between you and the police department.

Additional information and the registration form can be found by clicking on the link below.

Click on this link: Vacation Watch Page and Registration Form



Geauga County Public Notification System


Wireless Emergency
WENS
Notification System

Know if there is an issue or incident happening in your community in Geauga County.
Sign up for Geauga Alerts being offered by the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.
Be notified by cell phone or email in the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions
in areas of Geauga County that YOU select. Your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities.

Click on the link below for additional information and to sign up for the
WENS Geauga Alerts service.

Click on the link below for the WENS Geauga Alerts service.

Click on this link: WENS Geauga Alerts Information and Registration

Law Enforcement & Community Working Together





MOTORISTS SEE RED AT INTERSECTION
WITH NEW EVP SYSTEM

The Village of South Russell has just recently purchased from Signal Service and had installed a new EVP (Emergency Vehicle Preempt) system for the traffic lights at the intersection of Bell Road and Chillicothe Road (St.Rt.306).

The new preemption system causes the intersection to become at three-way STOP with the green light and turning lane arrow in the direction of travel of the emergency vehicles approaching the intersection. The traffic lane that currently has a green light will cycle through the yellow caution to a red stop. The cross traffic will also remain a STOP signal until the emergency vehicle clears the intersection and then the traffic lights will return to normal cycles.

The purpose of this new system is to ensure safety at the intersection when emergency vehicles (police, fire and EMS) approach the intersection. It improves the safety for the emergency vehicles and the general public at the intersection. During periods of heavy traffic, mostly at rush hours, it will allow the emergency responders to pass through congested traffic, improving response time that may be critical in the event of a fire or cardiac event when time is of the essence.

Over the years, the Bell Road/ 306 intersection has seen an increase in emergency vehicle traffic. Chagrin Falls Fire Department passes through the intersection for fire and EMS calls to the eastern section of South Russell. Bainbridge Fire Department responds to Russell Township and Russell Township responds to Bainbridge Township in an AMR (Automatic Mutual Response) agreement. Bainbridge and Russell Fire Departments may also respond with Chagrin Falls Fire in areas of South Russell with the same type of agreement. Both Newbury and Auburn Fire Departments use this intersection when transporting patients from their communities to area hospitals.

This is in hope of improving many safety issues, when emergency vehicles are responding, with increased distractions to drives of the general public such as more soundproof vehicles, general conversation in a vehicle among passengers, windows up due to air conditioning, vehicle radios and CDs playing in the vehicles, and driver distraction due to the use of cell phones.

Please make a note that the system is in place and operational and may be activated any hour of the day. This is a safety issue that the Village of South Russell felt would help protect those traveling the roadway and those responding to emergency situations.

PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY!



SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIME IN AMERICA
A COMMUNITY RESOURCE PROGRAM



The “Community Resource Program” is thirty-two page educational publication for crime prevention that provides materials and resources for every citizen and resident to help prevent or report crime.

It provides safety tips for you when you are in or out of your home. It provides you information on how and where to report crimes in progress and what to look for if you witness suspicious activities.

Many topics are addressed in this brochure to help you protect yourself and assist your police department in protecting you. Your assistance is needed and welcomed.

This publication is in a PDF format so please be patient while it downloads.

Click on this link: Crime in America – Community Resource Program

Law Enforcement & Community Working Together



”NEW" Crime Prevention Section



A “NEW” Crime Prevention section has been placed on our website. Created by South Russell Police Officer Mike Kramer, this section contains helpful information to assist you in protecting yourself against different acts of crime.

Information provided range from senior citizens to college students as well as Internet and telemarketing crimes involving fraud and identity theft. Sections for residential and business security and safety tips for being home alone provide helpful tips for your security.

The Crime Prevention section can be located on the left side of the Home Page under the Police Department topic or can be accessed by clicking on the link below. An e-mail option is also provided for comments and suggestions.

Be Safe – Not Sorry.

Click on this link: South Russell Crime Prevention Home Page



AMERICAN FLAG
RETIREMENT COLLECTION BOX

As the summer national holidays approach, residents now have a place to retire old and torn American Flags properly.

Danny Driscoll, a South Russell resident and a Boy Scout from Troop #150 in Chagrin Falls, recently completed his Eagle Scout project creating an American Flag retirement collection system. The box is located in the Village Hall complex parking lot at the south end of the South Russell service garage. Danny said this system will provide the residents an ongoing respectful way to retire old and damaged American Flags.

Flags will be collected throughout the year and stored to be presented to the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) who together with local Boy Scout troops will retire the flags in an annual ceremony in the Chagrin Falls Evergreen Cemetery on the Saturday prior to Flag Day in June of each year.


The project consisted of securing an old U.S. mailbox through the Chagrin Falls Postmaster, refurbished and re-painted, and labeled the box noting “Worn Flag Drop” and “No Mail” to avoid any confusion. The first retired flag placed into the box was by Mayor Matthew Brett and Danny Driscoll.

The Village of South Russell thanks Danny for presenting such a great idea and completing his Eagle Scout project that provides such a valuable service.





SOUTH RUSSELL IS A MEMBER OF
NOPEC

NOPEC is proud to give you “The Power to Choose.”
South Russell is one of the 128 Northeast Ohio communities in the aggregation
to choose your Electric and Natural Gas supplier.
NOPEC give you the choice to “opt-out.”

Residents served by NOPEC will receive a reduction in the electric generation part of their bill of 12% in 2009.
Residents should expect an opt-out mailer at the end of June or the beginning of July.
If you "do nothing" your savings under the NOPEC program will resume with the August meter reading.
Again,"Do Nothing" and receive the savings!

For additional information on the new rates and savings, click on the link below.

Click on this link: NOPEC Electric Rate Savings

For additional information, click on the link below to learn more of what NOPEC has to offer.

Click on this link: NOPEC







Below is the link to the Fire Prevention page.
Click on the link to the page and look for
safty tips from the South Russell Fire Prevention Officer.

Click on this link: Fire Prevention Page






"VILLAGE INSIDER"

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It is another way the Village of South Russell can communicate with you.
If you sign up for the "Village Insider" located at the top upper left section of this page, all you have to do is submit your
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By signing up for this service, your e-mail address only comes to the Village of South Russell and is only used for the purposes stated above. Please note: at anytime you have the option to opt out or unsubscribe by following the directions at the bottom of the subscribe section.

It is just another way the village wants to communicate with you and hope you take advantage of this feature.





Bill Koons was re-elected council President Pro Tem for 2014 and Mayor Brett assigned the following committees:
* Denotes Chairman
Building Department - * Bill Koons & Bryan Kostura
Finance - * John Dishong & Bryan Kostura
Human Resources - * John Dishong & Mike Carroll
Properties - * Bill Koons & Jack Binder
Public Utilities - * Mark Porter & Mike Carroll
Safety - * Jack Binder & Mike Carroll
Streets - * Jack Binder & Mark Porter
Planning Board - Bryan Kostura Council Rep.
Parks Committee - Bill Koons Council Rep.
Emergency Operation Planning - * Mike Carroll, Mark Porter & John Dishong

These are the e-mail addresses that can be used to contact council members.


Mayor Matthew Brett -


Jack Binder -


John Dishong -


Bill Koons -


Brian Kostura -


Mike Carroll -
CURRENTLY NOT RECEIVING VILLAGE E-MAIL

Mark Porter -


Adam Lechman -
CURRENTLY NOT RECEIVING VILLAGE E-MAIL

You can find a direct link to each council members e-mail address under
Contact Us or Village Hall - Elected Officials in their own biography.

We are asking any current or past residents of the village that may have old photos of areas in the village to contact us and allow us to scan the photos. These photos will then be returned and added to our website in the appropriate locations, mainly in the history section.

We invite you to return to the website for updates and new information that may be of concern. We want the website to become a useful tool to communicate with you and keep you informed