Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has alerted the region that curbside recycling is in trouble. Local recycling processors report that more and more recycling is contaminated with garbage – up to 25 percent garbage. Contamination happens when residents put unacceptable or non-recyclable items into their recycling cart. Recycling programs are also threatened by China’s decision to restrict imports due to the environmental impacts of accepting recyclables contaminated with trash and hazardous waste. These two factors – contamination rates and China’s restriction of imports – means we all need to do a better job of recycling correctly to keep recycling viable. Please see the flyer from our contractor, Republic Services, on what items can and can’t be recycled and how to properly prepare recyclable items for collection.
Signals Phase 2 Public Comments Requested
The City of North Olmsted is finalizing the design of the second phase of the Citywide Traffic Signal Upgrade Project. The next phase will involve the remaining traffic signals that were not addressed in the first phase that is now being finalized. These signals are primarily located along Butternut Ridge Road, Great Northern Boulevard, Brookpark Road, Country Club Boulevard and Columbia Road. Much like the first phase, the proposed work should not restrict access to properties and should not block traffic lanes during peak periods. The project is currently scheduled for construction in 2020 and is funded through the Federal Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality (CMAQ) program at 80% of the approximately $3.9 million budget. The City of North Olmsted is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental and economic impacts of this proposed project. Please submit comments regarding the environmental impacts and/or the proposed project by November 21, 2018, to Kevin Westbrooks, PE, PTOE at GPD Group, 5595 Transportation Blvd, Suite 100, Garfield Heights, OH 44125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mackenzie Road Construction Fall 2018
Specialized Construction, Inc., has begun the resurfacing of Mackenzie Road. The project will widen travel lanes and provide a new paved shoulder. Due to the widening, additional work to drive aprons, mailboxes and roadside ditches will be performed as needed. Traffic along the roadway and to private property will be maintained at all times, and residents in the construction zone will be notified before work begins. The city received $250,000 through Cuyahoga County’s local resurfacing programs to cover a portion of the $680,000 infrastructure project.
Carbone Recognized as School Resource Officer of the Year
Representative Dave Greenspan attended the September 18th City Council meeting to present Patrolman Jim Carbone with a Resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives recognizing Jim as the OSROA School Resource Officer of the Year for the State of Ohio. Jim noted, “We don’t go to work to win awards,” and was quick to share credit with his fellow officers, police and city leadership, school district representatives, teachers, students and the North Olmsted community. Thanks, Jim, for serving as a role model to our youth and making us proud.
City Wins Praise for Manhole Maintenance Efforts
The City of North Olmsted was featured in an August 2018 issue of Trenchless Technology, a leading publication in the underground construction industry, which praised the city for its efforts at inspecting, maintaining and rehabilitating manholes to address inflow and infiltration issues in the sanitary sewer system. Systems Foreman Greg Peters was recognized for his crew’s dogged approach to finding problem areas, investigating solutions and making long-lasting improvements to keep our sewer infrastructure operating at tip top condition. Read the article here.
Heritage Home Program
Home improvements have never been easier. We’ve renewed North Olmsted’s participation in the Heritage Home Program for 2018. The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) offers free technical assistance and advice to the owners of houses that are over 50 years old. This year, more than 7,000 homes in North Olmsted qualify for this program!
Technical assistance involves site visits by CRS employees who evaluate the repairs or improvements that are necessary and appropriate for your house. CRS can provide a homeowner with a list of contractors that do the type of work your project requires. CRS also reviews and advises homeowners about contractor bids. Homeowners can apply for low interest mortgage loans at a fixed rate of 2.0% for up to 10 years. Heritage Home Program loans can be for interior as well as exterior repairs, maintenance, additions and modernizations. Kitchen and bath remodels are two popular uses.
Learn more at www.heritagehomeprogram.org/.
Calling All Artists!
The North Olmsted’s Arts Commission is looking for artwork from local artists to display on a temporary basis at North Olmsted City Hall. This is an opportunity for artists and art groups to introduce or expand upon the visibility of their artwork through interaction with the local viewing public. Learn more here.