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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.
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.
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:
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.
Dr. Rachel Jones, Principal
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 any area in the above image for complete forecast information.
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:
2014 SPRING TRASH DAY AND SENIOR CITIZEN TRASH PICKUP
SOUTH RUSSELL VILLAGE INSTALLS EVP SYSTEM AT BELL and 306
SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "CRIME IN AMERICA"
NEW CRIME PREVENTION SECTION
AMERICAN FLAG RETIREMENT COLLECTION BOX
VISIT SOUTH RUSSELL MULITPURPOSE TRAILS NEW WEBSITE
NOPEC - YOUR CHOICE FOR ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS SUPPLIERS
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PROGRAM INFORMATION
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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