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TIME UNTIL HALLOWEEN TRICK or TREAT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st 6:00 - 8:00 pm
HALLOWEEN IN SOUTH RUSSELL IS OCTOBER 31 FROM 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOW AND BE AWARE OF PADESTRIAN TRAFFIC.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
National safety tips are being recommended and endorsed by Chief Wetzel and the South Russell Police Department.
Wear light-colored clothing that’s short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costumes.
Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces.
Adults should accompany young children.
Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
Watch for traffic.
Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
General safety tips
Homeowners should prepare their home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles from the front yard, restraining dogs and other animals, and lighting the house well
Provide treats that are individually wrapped candy or offer kids nonfood treats, such as stickers and erasers.
Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard
If going to an adult Halloween party, make sure that you don't drink and drive. Use a designated driver if alcohol is being consumed.
Lets all make this Halloween a fun, safe, and enjoyable one!
TIME TO FALL BACK
Turn your clocks
Back 1 Hour on Sunday, November 2, 2014 to return to Standard Time.
Also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
GENERAL ELECTION TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2014 POLLING HOURS 6:30 am – 7:30 pm
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GEAUGA COUNTY TAX FACTS
Find out how proposed Levies on the November 4, 2014 ballot could affect your taxes.
Below is the link to information for Geauga County residents from Frank J. Gliha, Geauga County Auditor. The purpose of this page is to inform you, the taxpayer, of the tax issues on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
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:
GURNEY SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMIT REMINDER
PARK PAVILION RESERVATION
FOLLOW THE SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT ON FACEBOOK
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 FALL NEWS, EVENTS, AND SCHEDULES
IT IS 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 ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th
SUMMER VACATION IS ALMOST OVER CHAGRIN SCHOOLS OPENED AUGUST 19th
As summer comes to a close, drivers attention should be redirected from children riding their bikes and playing ball to walking to the street corner to catch the school bus and at days end, returning to home.
Many bus routes only pickup and drop off students at intersections, one stop, rather than traveling the entire side streets with multiple stops. Drivers should be aware of intersection bus stops. Students awaiting the bus and parents who shuttle children by vehicle to the stop should keep the intersection clear for traffic. Through traffic including larger vehicle (such as for garbage collection) must be able to clear the intersection freely. Additional traffic (pre and post school hours) with many newer or first year drivers will be present on the roadways.
Special awareness needs to be noted at these bus stops as the daylight get shorter, with inclement weather changes and as a prelude to the winter season and road conditions.
Awareness and slower driving practices will prevent an incident before it happens. DRIVE SAFELY!
South Russell Village Park Pavilion Reservation
The NEW South Russell Park Pavilion is just about completed.
South Russell residents may reserve the use of the pavilion for special events by reviewing, downloading and completing the form below before submitting it with the deposit to Village Hall.
All rules and regulations of the park apply to all visitors.
Click on the link below for downloadable application form.
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
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:
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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