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The Mayor's Newsletter
July 2020
Mayor’s Message

As Independence Day approaches, it offers us time for reflection about the birth of our great nation. While we cannot gather to celebrate as a community this year, it feels even more important to reflect on the words of our founders in the Declaration of Independence – that all people are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this current moment, the COVID-19 pandemic and continued racial injustice in our country stand between many of us and these fundamental rights.

We must continue to be vigilant to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I want to thank the residents of North Olmsted for practicing social distancing in our effort to protect our front line workers, family, friends and neighbors. As our state reopens, I encourage our community to support our local businesses, while keeping public health precautions in mind.

We must also work to protect the voices of all people in our community. Recent incidents on the national stage have ignited emotions and underscore underlying issues of intolerance and racism in our country. We all have the right to live in a society where people are treated respectfully, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability or age.

I hope that we, as a people and a community, can appreciate our Independence Day in a new light this year, and come together for respectful dialogue and thoughtful action to address these important issues together. God Bless America.

Mayor Kevin M. Kennedy

 
News You Need

City Hall Opens by Appointment

On Monday, July 6, City Hall reopens to the public by appointment only. Visitors will be required to wear masks while on site. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not have one. The front door vestibule will remain locked and continue to serve as a drop-off area for the Building Department and Mayor’s Court. Mayor’s Court is staffed but open only for court sessions during scheduled evening court sessions. City staff worked hard to serve the public during the pandemic shut down and will continue to provide virtual options for our residents and businesses. Please contact us at (440) 777-8000 and we will do our best to handle all questions and requests for service. Visit our homepage at www.north-olmsted.com and click on Departments for a listing of all departments where you will find phone numbers as well as an online contact form that can be submitted electronically.
 

City Service Updates

Bulk trash collection for this month will be on July 9. Friendly reminder, there is no trash delay for the Independence Day holiday. Household Hazardous Waste Collection will run from July 6 to 19. Please drop off your waste products behind City Hall by the fleet garage during daylight hours. For the safety of our employees, please make sure to label any material that is not labeled. For details on what is accepted please click here.
 

Extended Tax Filing Deadline is July 15
Earlier this year, the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA) announced that municipal income tax returns and payments for tax year 2019 with a due date of April 15, 2020 would be extended to July 15, 2020. Estimated payments for the first and second quarters of tax year 2020 were also extended to July 15, 2020. As a reminder to our residents and businesses, the extended filing and payment dates apply to individual taxpayer filings and payments as well as business net profit filings and payments.

Senior Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

June marked a milestone for the North Olmsted Senior Center, which celebrated 40 years of service to our community. The Senior Center is a vital asset that enhances the lives of our city’s seniors as well as those from neighboring communities. Learn more about the Senior Center’s history here.

 

Our Senior Center staff continues the dedicated work that began more than four decades ago. While many of early the programs and activities remain, staff has developed new programs to adapt to current needs, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They created and curated virtual programming and community resources shared via an expanded bi-monthly email newsletter to ensure seniors remain connected to social services and support. Subscribe to the Senior Center Update email newsletter for the latest news, online programming and educational information here.

 

Staff also launched an online bulletin board on the city’s website to share information about free educational seminars, presentations and volunteer opportunities. View the online bulletin board here.

 
Oxcart Pantry Updates

Mobile Produce Pantry

On Monday, July 13, the Oxcart Pantry in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is hosting a free Mobile Produce Pantry from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church located at 25200 Lorain Road in North Olmsted. Pre-registration is required via our online form. If you need assistance, please call (440) 716-4165.
 
In order to make the pickup process as smooth as possible, the following guidelines apply:

  • This is a drive-through service and you will not leave your vehicle for any reason. You must be in a vehicle to receive food. No walk up clients will be served.
  • Due to safety concerns, we are requiring that your trunk is empty. Food will only be placed in your trunk or truck bed.
  • Enter the church on Lorain Road at Great Northern Boulevard (at the light) and follow signage.
  • A line is not permitted to form prior to 1:50 PM; distribution will start promptly at 2:00 PM. If you arrive early, you will be directed off the property. Please do not wait/block traffic on Lorain Road.
  • During registration, you will receive a number and you must bring that number with you to display in your car window as part of the check-in process.

Freezer Project Expands Service to Community

This month, a new walk-in freezer will be installed at the North Olmsted Oxcart Pantry. The freezer will arrive following several weeks of construction on the pantry building, located on Butternut Ridge Road. The new freezer will improve the Oxcart Pantry’s capacity to serve its resident clients. It will more than double the pantry’s freezer space; expand the pantry’s food offerings, especially protein such as meat and fish and increase the selection of frozen foods, including vegetables, fruit and prepared meals.
 
According to Chris Allegra, administrator of the city’s Division of Youth & Family Services, the goal of acquiring a large freezer was to increase the number of protein distributions to community clients. “This allows us to double the amount of fish and meat distributed weekly. It will expand our community’s access to fresh foods.”
 
The freezer was funded partially through a Fresh Food Capacity Building Grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. This was combined with community funds derived through donations to the city to cover the total costs, including installation.

 
Share Your Wish
During these unique times in which our faith can seem to be tested, the North Olmsted Arts Commission invites you to share some hope by sharing your wishes! This July, pay a visit to North Olmsted’s “Wishing Wall,” located at the entrance to the bike path on Butternut Ridge Road, next to the Oxcart Pantry. There, you’ll find supplies to write your wish and tie it to the fence. Come alone for a few minutes of quiet reflection, or spend some time with family and friends. Parking is available at the Oxcart Pantry, if needed (please avoid using the parking lot on Wednesdays). Our community is even stronger when we come together!
 
Summer Fun and Rec Center Updates
Pools are Open
The North Olmsted Recreation Center pools are open for the summer! As the weather heats up, hit the pool for laps or join a water exercise class. Before taking the plunge, be sure to make a reservation for open swim. Review the Rec’s new aquatics guidelines and hours here. We would like to thank all of our patrons for making the reopening of our facility a great success!

Group Exercise
Did you know? Group exercise classes are included in your membership! Join in the fun as group exercise classes started up again! All group exercise classes are including in your monthly or annual membership. Learn more.

Ice Rink Renovation
Our patrons will be excited with the upcoming changes as our ice rink is getting an overhaul in 2020. While the configuration of the ice will remain unchanged (main rink and studio rink), many improvements are in store, which will improve the experience for our skaters and spectators alike. Key elements of the project include replacement of the sand floor system, dasher boards, rink glass, doors and player boxes; installation of a new glass wall system to separate the rink area from the warming area and renovation of the warming area and reconfiguration of the concession area.
 
Westside Flea
Shop local at the Westside Flea this summer 2020 on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Olmsted Community Park. The flea market has a little bit of everything– food trucks, handmade jewelry, estate sale finds, home décor, handcrafted soap, homemade desserts, local produce, art, live music and more! Join us July 11, August 8 and September 19. Please note: Due to COVID-19 the June Westside Flea had to be cancelled. Please check the North Olmsted website or the Flea Facebook page @westsideflea for updates.