TIME UNTIL FIRST DAY OF SPRING THURSDAY, MARCH 20,2014 AT 12:57 PM EDT
SOUTH RUSSELL VILLAGE HAS TWO COLLECTION LOCATIONS FOR
South Russell Village is collecting non-perishable food items for Harvest for Hunger.
Drop-off boxes are located in both the South Russell Village Hall and the South Russell Building Department.
Items may be drop-offed between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday or during anytime you may be attending a meeting at the village hall.
Collection will run through the month of March.
SCHEDULED ROAD CLOSING OF BELL ROAD
As part of the West Bell Road Improvement Project currently underway, Bell Road in South Russell is scheduled to be CLOSED to thru traffic for a box culvert replacement on MARCH 24, 2014 during the Chagrin Falls Schools spring vacation break.
The location of this project is on Bell Road between Sugar Bush Land and Maple Springs Drive.
Vehicle traffic coming from Chagrin Falls east will be able to get as far as Gurney School. Traffic from Chillicothe Road (St. Rt.306) traveling west can only get to Maple Springs Drive.
Click on the two links below for mapping of the road closure and the detour route.
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
Septic/ Sewer Informational Session for South Russell Residents
On Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm
South Russell Village and the South Russell Public Utilities Committee will host an Informational Session at Gurney School to discuss the topic of Septic/Sewers in the eastern section of South Russell Village.
The areas being considered are between the Bellwood Lakes Development and Snyder Road that include: Sun Ridge Lane, Lake Louise, Paw Paw Lake, Silver Spring Trail, Maple Hill Drive and homes on Bell Road within this location.
Information will be provided by representatives from Geauga County Health Department and Geauga County Department of Water Resources.
Following the informational presentation, there will be a “Question and Answer “period.
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
Monday, April 7th 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.
2014 TAX DAY 2013 TAX FILING DEADLINE
You Have Until Midnight Tuesday, April 15 to file your 2013 Tax Return.
South Russell residents file their Municipal Income Tax returns with Central Collection Agency (CCA).
All residents over the age of 18 are required to file an annual return.
Local income tax withheld by your employer does not fulfill your obligation to file a tax return.
Local ordinance provides for both penalty and interest charges to be assessed for late filing or non-filing.
Retired residents are required to file the annual exemption certificate each year.
For taxpayer assistance and forms, call CCA at 216.664.2070 or the South Russell Tax Administraror’s office at South Russell Village Hall - 440.338.6700 ext 221.
For municipal tax forms or to file electronically, please use the link below:
The Village of South Russell would like to remind its residents of two winter policies and ordinances pertaining to when it snows and private snow removal.
Snow Parking Ban: A snow Parking Ban will be declared whenever there is two or more inches of snow on any village streets or the National Weather Service forecasts a severe snowstorm warning.
No Parking is allowed on any streets in the community. The purpose is to make sure the streets are clear for snowplowing. This Parking Ban is in effect from November 15 through April 15. New signs have been posted at all entrances to the village as a reminder to residents and visitors.
Private Snow Removal: No person shall cause any snow to be moved from any premises, drive, parking area or sidewalk, onto or to be placed upon any portion of the traveled surface of any public street within South Russell Village, including pushing or mechanically blowing snow across Village streets.
This is a reminder that snow plowed from your driveway must remain on your property or pushed to the sides at the end of your driveway apron. Snow cannot be pushed onto or across the road surface for several conditions may result from this action:
1) Snow from the private plowing contractor left on the road surface can refreeze, becoming slippery or rutty and cause a safety issue.
2) Materials such as salt and cinders placed on the road surface by the service department for snow and ice control are removed.
3) Large snow piles are not pushed off the road surface reducing lane traffic size.
4) Materials are present on roadways after melting from gravel driveways.
5) Plow damage to properties opposite your driveway may occur and become a neighbor’s responsibility in the spring.
The village does not require private snow plowers to obtain permits for plowing driveways yet. Homeowners are requested to notify their private driveway plowers that snow plowed should remain at the end and off to the sides of each driveway. Plowing snow across the street is prohibited. Snow removal around mailboxes is required, so delivery by the post office can be maintained. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to correct or notify their contractor of the problem. The village will not practice tracking down individual contractors working within the village. If a reoccurrence is noted and a citation needs to be issued, the citation will be delivered to the homeowner unless the contractor is caught in the act of the violation. The homeowner will then be responsible to address the problem of the citation with their contractor.
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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:
HOCEVAR AND FLAIZ HONORED AT APPRECIATION PICNIC
GURNEY SCHOOL ZONE REMINDER
VACATION HOUSE WATCH REGISTRATION
GEAUGA COUNTY PUBLIC NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
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
TREATING YOUR WELL FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER
MAYOR APPOINTS PARK COMMITTEE AND CEMETERY BOARD
GEAUGA COUNTY NAMED NO.4 SPOT FOR RAISING FAMILY
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PROGRAM INFORMATION
THE VILLAGE INSIDER
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2014 WINTER NEWS, EVENTS, AND SCHEDULES
BUILDING INSPECTOR RECEIVES “2012 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR” AWARD
The South Russell “2013 Appreciation Picnic” was held on Friday, August 2nd at the Bellwood Lake Pavilion.
In attendance were members from council, members from the different boards, all departments that included police, service, building, and administration, and invited guests.
Host and emcee of the event was Mayor Matthew Brett.
Receiving the “2012 Employee of the Year” award from Mayor Brett was Building Commissioner – Dave Hocevar. Dave has been with the village since 1992. Dave holds state licenses to inspect commercial and residential buildings, plumbing, electrical and mechanical. He is also recognized for his code enforcement and for promoting Building Safety. Dave was recognized not only for his knowledge of building construction and his daily routines that include plan reviews, inspections of new buildings, new additions and renovation projects but because of his involvement and willingness to work with village residents, contractors that work within the village, the village’s engineer’s office and all the departments and employees of the village. Dave has always shown a commitment to help maintain and improve village owned buildings and properties and the overall services provided by the Village of South Russell.
Congratulations to Dave Hocevar “2012 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR”
Also recognized and honored was Jim Flaiz who served as a South Russell councilman for six years starting in 2006. Jim became the newly elected Geauga County prosecutor in January 2013. Mayor Brett stated that Jim was one of the hardest working public officials he had ever seen and addressed every issue, big or small and always had the residents in mind. South Russell was lucky to have Jim serve the village and now Geauga County is the lucky one.
Congratulations to Jim Flaiz
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.
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.
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 MULTIPURPOSE TRAILS LAUNCHES NEW INFORMATIONAL WEBSITE
Visit the South Russell Multipurpose Trails website and become informed on the projects progress.
The site gives you contact information, meeting schedules, purposed trails, and information on how to join the free membership.
Click on the link below for the South Russell Multipurpose Trails link.
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.
MAYOR BRETT APPOINTS PARKS COMMITTEE AND CEMETERY BOARD
At the April 14, 2008 council meeting, Mayor Brett appointed to the recently formed Parks Committee, four village residents and one Council member.
The council member on the committee is the person who Chairs the Properties Committee and is currently Councilman Mark Porter.
The four residents appointed to the Parks Committee are:
Ted Kruse and Lee Schiemann each to serve a 3-year term and
Bryan Kostura and Michael Hogan each to serve a 2-year term.
Mayor Brett at the July 15, 2008 council meeting, after conferring with the Properties Committee, appointed to the Cemetery Board:
Ed Pyle, Patricia Mills and Cindy Nairn.
GEAUGA COUNTY NAMED NO.4 SPOT FOR RAISING FAMILY
Forbes Magazine lists Geauga County as No. 4 in a list of the top 20 counties in the country for raising children.
Click on the link below for the Forbes link to the article.
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What is the Village Insider? It is referred to an
E-Blast. 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 e-mail address. By doing
this, anytime the Village of South Russell has important
information to pass onto the website visitors who have
subscribed, an e-mail will be sent to you. This may include
changes or updates to the website, special events scheduled in
the village, special meetings or emergency situations
concerning the Village of South Russell.
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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
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