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South Russell, Ohio 44022

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Sign up for the "Village Insider" E-Blast today for village news updates..... FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER now posted online.....See Newsletters on the left side of this page..... GEAUGA COUNTY FRESH FARMERS' MARKET has ended for this year.....Thanks to all who attended each week and hope to see you next year..... HALLOWEEN Trick or Treat is Friday, October 31st from 6 - 8:00 pm




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.
  1. Wear light-colored clothing that’s short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costumes.
  2. Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces.
  3. Adults should accompany young children.
  4. Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  5. Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
  6. Watch for traffic.
  7. Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  8. Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
  9. Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  10. Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber which is soft and flexible.

General safety tips

  1. 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
  2. Provide treats that are individually wrapped candy or offer kids nonfood treats, such as stickers and erasers.
  3. Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard
  4. 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!






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 this link: Geauga County Auditor


Tax Facts Brochure in PDF format




BELOW IS THE NEXT
7 DAY FORECAST

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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. GURNEY SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMIT REMINDER
  2. PARK PAVILION RESERVATION
  3. FOLLOW THE SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT ON FACEBOOK
  4. BELL ROAD IMPROVEMENT INFORMATION
  5. SEASONAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY COLLECTION SCHEDULE
  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 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.

Pavilion Reservation link:
PAVILION PERMIT

A NEW Park page has been posted with additional information about the South Russell Village Park.

Park Page link:

PARK PAGE



SOUTH RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
IS NOW ON FACEBOOK



You can now follow the South Russell Police Department on Facebook.
Updates and information will be posted as it becomes available.
Just click on the link below.

Click on this link: South Russell Police Department Facebook Page




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




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



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.
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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