Our Mission

Serving a community of diverse neighborhoods, the employees of Olmsted Township will perform in a coordinated, collaborative, ethical and fiscally responsible manner to provide greater access to services, encourage a vibrant quality of life and create a sense of confidence and connection among residents and themselves.

Message from the Board of Trustees

Dear Olmsted Township Residents,

Please find a letter from the Board of Trustees responding to the over 100 calls we have received since Friday, May 15, 2020. If you have a sewer issue, sanitary or storm, including the flooding of your basement, please call Cuyahoga County Public Works Service Dispatch line at (216) 443-8201.

If Cuyahoga County does not respond to your call, please email lfuerst@olmstedtownship.org so we can track your issue.

At this time, we are surveying and addressing the hardest hit areas and responding to call for assistance on debris removal. We have scheduled a Bulk Curbside Service for Thursday, May 21 and another Bulk Drop-off at the Service Department, 7924 Fitch Road for Saturday, May 23 from 8am-12noon.

We will address individual concerns since areas of the Township have different issues.

You can find the letter here.

Congratulations Graduates!

The Olmsted Township Trustees congratulate the Class of 2020! Wishing you the best of luck on your new adventures!

Township New Hires

In accordance with our 2018 Strategic Plan and the 2020 Safety Levy, Olmsted Township proudly welcomes new additions to our Safety Forces – 3 new Police Officers (1 full-time, 2 part-time) and one new part-time fire medic to our Fire Department.

 

Bulk Trash/Yard Waste Pick-up and Drop-off

As of today, April 20, Republic Services has agreed to the following curbside collections and drop-offs for Bulk and Yard Waste:

  • April 23 – Republic WILL begin weekly pick up for Yard Waste. This will continue weekly alongside regular trash pick-up on Thursdays.
  • April 23 – Republic will make their originally scheduled bulk pick-up as well.
  • May 2 –  there will be a bulk drop-off, Household Hazardous Waste and Acceptable Recyclable Materials drop off at our Township Service Department, 7924 Fitch Road, 8am-12 noon.
  • May 16 – there will be a bulk trash drop off at our Service Department, 7924 Fitch Road, 8am-12 noon.

Please keep in mind, due to any unforeseen events,  these are subject to change at any time. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during these uncertain times.

Cuyahoga Recycles Offers Composting Webinars

You are invited to join Cuyahoga Recycles for “Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting.” Register for this informative webinar where you’ll learn how to start composting in your own backyard.  We’ll discuss how composting works, the benefits of compost, and how to set up a compost bin or pile to help manage your food scraps and yard waste while creating a valuable soil amendment.

 

Please choose one of the dates and times below and click on the link to register. Once you register, you will be sent details on how to join the webinar. Thank you for your interest.

 

May 12, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

May 14, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

May 20, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click here to register for May 20, 6:00PM

 

The Coronavirus/COVID19

*Update from 5/11*

Budish Announces Round Two of Stabilization Grant Funding to Support Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

Olmsted Township Business, please read below on assistance Cuyahoga County may provide you with by application. This is a stabilization fund and applications are due May 15 if you are eligible, so please apply as soon as possible.

 

Cuyahoga County is working with partners from across the region to continue deploying over $6 million through a Small Business Stabilization Fund, comprised of loans and grants, to support small, neighborhood-based businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Five hundred thousand dollars of this Fund was allotted for the first round of grants. The first round of applications for grants was open from April 17th to April 23rd. Two hundred businesses were selected from more than 3,000 applicants to receive $2,500 grants each.

Due to the great need, the County has partnered with the Cleveland Foundation and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to launch the second round of applications. Small businesses will be able to apply for an additional $2.5 million in grants, with grant awards that will range from $2,500, up to $5,000. Grant amounts will be determined by a grant committee based on the review of eligibility requirements as well as company revenue and employee size. Small businesses with up to 25 employees are eligible for grants.

“We are continuing to do everything we can to support small businesses during these challenging times,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “These grants, while modest, will help with business-related expenses, including payroll, accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities. Those who were not eligible for a grant are being encouraged to apply for one of the flexible loans being offered by the Stabilization Fund, which has approximately $3.7 million in funds.”

“The County’s Small Business Stabilization Fund aligns with our commitment to fostering economic development by strengthening our workforce and supporting neighborhood-based businesses in Cleveland and the inner-ring suburbs. We hope this collaborative effort will lead to additional streamlining of how resources are deployed to the smaller neighborhood businesses that have defined our community for generations,” said Cleveland Foundation Senior Vice President, Program India Pierce Lee.

“Neighborhood Progress salutes the leadership of the Cleveland Foundation and the County and their rapid response to this crisis,” said President and CEO of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Joel Ratner. “We all know that small businesses in the City and County are suffering and we are committed to quick and efficient distribution of these critically important grants.”

The second round of applications for grants will open Friday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. and close on Friday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m. Grants will be awarded, and begin to be distributed, to businesses during the week of May 26th. Businesses can apply for a grant, as well as be directed to lenders, by completing the Stabilization Fund Application on the Cuyahoga County’s Small Business Resource Center website, cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness.

Businesses who are eligible for a grant will be contacted for further information and must submit the following documents to receive a grant award:

1) Copy of most recent business bank statements generated within the last 30 days

2) Articles of the organization from the Secretary of State website

3) Driver’s license Front and Back photo of Government Issued ID

4) Signed W-9

5) Bank Account Information

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will administer the second round of grant deployment through the Stabilization Fund in partnership with Cuyahoga County.

 About the Stabilization Fund

The Stabilization Fund provides working capital to businesses severely impacted by COVID-19 for business-related expenses, including payroll, accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities. Outcomes of the Stabilization Fund include business stabilization, job retention, positioning for long-term recovery, and support of minority and neighborhood-based businesses.

Small Businesses with less than 500 employees can apply for flexible loans through the Stabilization Fund as well. Businesses who are applying for loans, including those not eligible for a grant, will be contacted and connected with lenders who are offering low-interest loans to help for business-related expenses. They will also be connected to the Small Business Resource Center for technical assistance. They will be notified on further steps to complete the loan process and approval by a lending partner.

 

 

*Update from 4/3*

On April 2, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine extended the “ stay at home order” to May 1 because of the ongoing Coronavirus threat. This order was initially issued on March 22 to last through April 6, 2020.

Please visit Southwest General Health Center’s webpage for additional information on the prevention of COVID-19 and how to identify symptoms:

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*Update from 3/29*

Information from the Trustees and Fiscal Officer:

We continue to ask you to follow the directive to stay in your home except for necessary errands. Work and study from home. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth. If you exhibit the recognized symptoms of the Coronavirus, call your doctor.

We have enacted several procedures to ensure the protection of our safety and public service forces. We take temperatures at the beginning of each shift and ensure personal protective equipment is available. Our staff must remain safe and healthy, so they are able to care for all of us.

Though some of our staff is working from home, we continue to provide all essential services to the residents and business community in Olmsted Township. We ask you to check our website and our Facebook page on a regular basis. Updates are posted as they occur. Sign up for ReadyNotify. This emergency information system is County-wide and will alert residents of critical events throughout the County as well as locally.

We are on regular conference calls with US Representative Anthony Gonzalez and Bill Young, CEO Southwest Hospital. Governor DeWine holds regular press conferences. As we get information, we will continue to pass it along to you.

Lisa Zver, Jeanene Kress , Larry Abbott, Brian Gillette

The Olmsted Township Board of Trustees and Fiscal Officer

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites: 

These websites are also valuable resources for the management of COVID-19:

 As a reminder, the Township asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible).
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Be neighborly! Help out your neighbors, especially those who may require additional assistance.

If you have not done so already, please register for our Ready Notify service to keep you current with official Township business and updates, including up-to-date notices from the state and federal governments concerning COVID-19. Register here: https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx

Read the State of Ohio’s Stay at Home order here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf

Republic waste has suspended bulk and yard waste pickup. https://www.republicservices.com/coronavirus

Olmsted Township will not be doing bulk or hazardous waste drop-off until further notice. https://olmstedtownship.org/service/

Home internet is now an essential tool for today’s education. Through Connect2Compete, Cox opens a world of opportunity for families by providing low-cost, home internet with wi-fi:  https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

 

*Update from 3/18*

Please read this important letter from our Township Trustees in regards to the status of Township Offices.

The Trustees attended a meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health have been gathering and coordinating all of the information, questions and steps that each individual in Cuyahoga County should take to reduce their risk of acquiring Coronavirus or Covid19. Chief Kelly and Chief Vanyo are also receiving daily briefs/updates from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management.

A suggestion sheet was sent out by the CDC which lists 10 steps to take to manage your health at home. These steps outline the same information we received from the Board of Health.

Some of them include:
1. Social Distancing
2. Don’t gather in public places
3. Wash your hands frequently

To address your specific questions – mass testing of covid19 is not available and mass gatherings of people to do so would pose and increased risk and is against the advice of the Cuyahoga County Board of Heath, especially with our senior and other at-risk population.

Any vaccinations to protect against covid19 are not available at this time. When they do become available, the distribution will be coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. This is a fluid situation and we are in close contact with the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The following information is available to all residents as well as our entire community and beyond and are updated daily:
www.cdc.gov/covid19
www.coronavirus.ohio.gov
ccbh.net
or call: 1-833-4ASKODH

Olmsted Township is doing all that we can to assist our residents, including our elderly, to take the best care of themselves that they can. If you have any other questions, please reach out to any of us at any time, but if you have specific questions related to the virus itself, please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, log onto any of the websites or call the 833 number listed above.

Register for Ready Notify

Olmsted Township uses Ready Notify system to send alerts regarding closures, weather and civic events affecting our businesses and residents, updates and important information to subscribers. With Olmsted Township’s growing population and number of residents, we encourage you to enroll now to be current with official Olmsted Township business and updates. This system will also be used with up to date notices from the state and federal governments concerning COVID19. Please register here.

Press Release regarding Senior Transportation Connection

The Board of Trustees of Olmsted Township voted at its February 26, 2020 meeting to discontinue participation in the Senior Transportation Connection program to provide transport service to residents.  The Township had worked with STC for about ten years.  For the last four years the Township covered medical trips and group shopping trips only.

In December 2019, the Board of Trustees received an updated contract outlining the new 2020 rates.  While the cost to the rider remained about $8.00 per one-way trip, the cost to the Township of a one-way trip increased from $16.75 to $25.00, about 50%.

The decision was based on a culmination of issues including cost and usage considerations that did not allow for a sustainable transport service model.

We notified subscribers that as of Friday, March 20, 2020, Olmsted Township will no longer provide senior transportation to our residents.  Senior Transportation Connection will not accept any reservations for service that would occur after this date.

We are informing current subscribers and other senior residents of options specifically for medical transportation they may want to consider.  These include RTA Paratransit, the American Cancer Society- Road to Recovery program, Medicaid (for those who qualify for this program), and Lyft Health with online registration.

Additional information is available at the Veterans Administration and Western Reserve Area on Aging.

For seniors who have difficulty leaving their home, a local service called House Calls of the Falls, provides in-home care or at Jenkins Place on Bagley Road in Olmsted Falls.  Visits are billed to Medicare, Insurance or Medicaid in the same manner as any provider office visit.

Jeanene Kress, Lisa Zver, Larry Abbott
Board of Trustees, Olmsted Township
Contact Jeanene Kress (440) 391-0540

Olmsted Township named the safest city in Ohio!

The Township was named Ohio’s safest community by National Council for Home Safety and Security! Thank you for your part in making the Township safe! See what other cities made the list here: www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-ohio/

Stormwater Master Plan – Local Drainage System

Beginning in February, Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works will be out in the Township collecting information about our drainage system. Survey and inspection crews may need to enter your property to perform these investigations.  The field personnel will attempt to inform each resident before entering, but it may be necessary to proceed with the survey in the event no one is available. For additional details and information, please read the letter issued from Cuyahoga County Public Works here.
View the map of the Stormwater Master Plan here.

2020 Census

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations and detailed information on how to respond to the US Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

April 1st is Census Day. By this date every home will have received an invitation to participate.

Census takers (enumerators) will only visit homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.

 

Why conduct a census?

  • It is mandated by the Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
  • More than $650 million is distributed based on population.
  • Population counts are used to redraw legislative districts to ensure representation in the US House of Representatives.
  • Census data is used by local governments like Olmsted Township to make decisions about roads, economic development and safety needs.

Under reported means under-funded and under-represented!

Link onto:  https://2020census.gov for more information on how to report college students, the safety of your information, questions that will be asked, etc.

New Home for Township Administrative Offices and Building Department 

We’ve moved to our new location at 7900 Fitch Road, next to our Service Department. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming Open House!

Olmsted Township partners with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to better serve our residents. 

Click here for additional information on the Township’s agreement.

Click here for information on NEORSD’s Cost-Saving Programs.

 

NEORSD helps the Township fund:

  • Street sweeping
  • Leaf pick up
  • Catch Basin repair/replacement
  • Erosion control
  • Soil and water inspections

Current Projects

For a list of our current projects, please click here.

Services Provided by Olmsted Township

  • *Are you OK?  Daily call by the Police Department to ensure you are OK in your home.
  • Bicycle Safety Program/Helmet Smart
  • Coffee with the Chief  Last Friday of the month at 9:00 am at the Fire Department.
  • Community Shred Dates  Twice a year, spring and fall.
  • CPR Training  American Heart Association. Registration required.
  • Heritage Home Program   Low fixed-rate loan for home repairs.
  • How to Hire a Contractor  Checklist to hire a competent contractor for home repair/renovation on our website under Building.
  • *Fall Yard Clean-Up  Partnership with the Boy Scouts for leaf raking. Sign-up required by October 1st.
  • File of Life Alerts and assists first responders in identifying medical conditions and medications.
  • Internet Exchange  Safe place to exchange merchandise purchased off of the internet.
  • Lock Box  Box installed to allow Fire Department quick access to your home in an emergency.
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Prescription Drop-off  Safe disposal of unused and outdated medications.
  • ReadyNotify/Code Red  Cuyahoga County Emergency Notification System.
  • Recycling
    • Bulk/large items – 1st Saturday of month
    • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Plastics, Computer Components, Tires
  • Residential Security Assessment  By appointment; form available online.
  • *Senior Transportation Connection  Transportation to medical appointments/group shopping trips. For information or to register, call (216)265-1489 or www.ridestc.org
  • *Silver Sneakers  Low/no cost exercise program at Olmsted Community Center (440)427-1599 or www.occ.recdesk.com
  • *Smoke Alarm Installation  Free smoke alarm installed at no cost.
  • Southwest Hospital  Health & Wellness Programs, call (440)816-8000 or www.swgeneral.com
  • United Way 2-1-1  Free community service to request information about social services, health, housing and government resources available. Dial 211 to access or www.211oh.org.
  • *Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging  Provides older adults and persons with disabilities access to information, assistance, consultation, and long-term care services and support; Call (216)621-0303 or www.areaagingsolutions.org.

               *indicates services exclusively for our senior residents

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

  • CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
  • VIPS – Volunteers in Police Service

Schady Road Culvert

Weight Limit Signage has been posted on the Schady Road (County Road) culvert between Falls Pointe Dr. and Lakeview Dr. due to a deteriorating culvert pipe. What does this mean for the average vehicle? The average car or SUV weighs between three and five thousand pounds, which would make safe travel over the culvert. Examples of vehicles that would possibly be affected would be: Class A and Class B vehicles (buses, dump trucks, tractor trailer) .

The culvert is on the fast track to be replaced through Cuyahoga County Public Works. Schedule and timeline are yet to be determined.