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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.
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 SUMMER NEWS, EVENTS, AND SCHEDULES
2014 FARMERS' MARKET RETURNED SATURDAY, MAY 10 FOR IT'S 13TH SEASON
Locally grown items including seasonal vegetables, plantings and fresh cut bouquets of homegrown flowers, hanging baskets, fruits, and homemade salad dressings. Honey, maple syrup, cheese, locally raised meat, Amish baked bread and pastries, hand-made soaps and lotions, eggs, jams and jellies, goat cheese, herbs and garlic are also available. The Saturday morning event has become a popular gathering site, allowing residents from Geauga County and the Chagrin Valley to start their weekend off by enjoying coffee, fresh baked goods, socializing and to pick up fresh items, locally grown to take home.
Opening day is May 10th. A plant sale and Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide demonstration and to answer questions about growing seedlings and vegetables.
The Markets Regular Season starts Saturday, June 7th as produce becomes available.
Come and enjoy this weekly event, see your neighbors and pick up some of the finest products from Geauga County local farmers and growers.
Located in the South Russell Village Hall complex parking lot and open from 9:00 am - Noon each Saturday thru mid October. Parking is provided on site with easy entry off Chillicothe Road or Bell Road. Exiting is onto Bell Road only and is for safety reasons.
The market is looking for volunteers to help with parking and other activities. Those interested should contact the Village at 440-338-6700 or Market Manager Larissa Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for more information and weekly updates about the Market?
Click on the link below for the Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market website.
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:
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
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updates and new information that may be of concern. We want
the website to become a useful tool to communicate with you
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