Ongoing talks between South Russell and residents of a private development ended in a stalemate, as officials announced that the village is unable to offer money to upgrade Paw Paw Lake Road to public street standards. Village officials, however, said at a Street Commission meeting on July 1…
SOUTH RUSSELL — Dave and Tracy Murray last week shared their frustrations over an electrical pole that was to be put in the front yard of their Lake Louise house without their knowledge or consent.
SOUTH RUSSELL — When is the right time to remove the caution tape and allow children unfettered access to village playgrounds? That was the question Village Council discussed last week. Ultimately, members decided to wait for guidelines from the state.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Paw Paw Lake Drive could get a complete overhaul through a proposed $1.5 million State Infrastructure Bank loan from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Village officials continue to consider whether a 24-year-old ordinance requiring residential septic tanks to be cleaned every two years should be relaxed.
After consulting with a local political expert, the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Board of Education came to an unofficial agreement to put a 3.85-mill levy on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Davey Resource Group of Kent recently completed a project to reduce flooding and water runoff problems that have been giving South Russell Village residents a tough time since the 1980s. The village already is working on future projects to mitigate those issues even more.
SOUTH RUSSELL — As part of their ongoing talks with the village Street Department, concerned residents of Paw Paw Lake want to meet with state lawmakers before the next Village Council meeting on June 8.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Bobolinks have been spotted nesting in the Village Park and members of the Park Committee are concerned that dogs running in the fields off their leashes might disturb the songbirds.
SOUTH RUSSELL - Fiscal Officer Danielle Romanowski reported on Monday that the village funds balance is $3.24 million and will be boosted by an $11,000 COVID-19 refund from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and $3,200 from the Geauga County Auditor’s Office. This is South Russell’s po…
SOUTH RUSSELL — Village officials and residents of Paw Paw Lake are discussing a partnership that would result in the village Road Department maintaining roads in the private development.
Many local governments are not holding public meetings remotely during the current stay-at-home order, despite the passage of House Bill 197 signed into law on March 27, allowing Ohio communities to do just that during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some South Russell Village residents have expressed concern about septic tank standards, Mayor William Koons said at a special meeting on Monday. That is one reason the village Building Committee plans to work on revising an ordinance that mandates tanks be cleaned every two years.
SOUTH RUSSELL — The South Russell Police Department deployed its 2020 Ford police interceptor utility vehicle to better serve its community with a cost savings. Chief Michael Rizzo said last week that the vehicle is environmentally friendly and village officials want to support “going green.”
This is the third and final year to use a federal grant to protect Ohio’s watersheds, according to local conservation officials. Environmental organizations are working to conserve and protect properties in the Chagrin Valley, including the Weintraub property in Orange Village and the Modroo…
SOUTH RUSSELL — The area off East Washington Street that is home to a number of health and fitness establishments will be seeing one more by late summer or early fall.
A group of children out shopping last Saturday arrived in style in cruisers with lights flashing and sirens blaring. They were greeted at the front door of Walmart in Bainbridge by staff members and Santa Claus.
An attempted burglary at Sal’s Place in South Russell Village was thwarted by police on Monday. At approximately 2:30 a.m., two individuals wearing ski masks broke into Sal’s Place by smashing out the front door glass with a crowbar, according to South Russell Police Chief Michael Rizzo. Sal…
Members of the South Russell Village Veterans’ Memorial Park committee are preparing to present proposals for construction of a memorial to Village Council on Dec. 11. The goal is to have the memorial installed by June 14, 2020.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Council members are considering the fate of the village’s rental house on Chillicothe Road (Route 306) that has been vacant since renters recently moved out.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Some disagreement has surfaced among village officials over comments made recently about the fate of the Building Department.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Village residents voted during Tuesday’s general election to give Mayor Bill Koons a second, four-year term in office. He was challenged by Councilman Mike Carroll, who has served on council for five years.
South Russell Village is the only community in Geauga County with its own building department. The bottom line is either keeping the department or closing it and using Geauga County services.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Though rare, some property owners soon will be seeing a reduction in their tax bill. That’s because a sewer assessment for residents in the Bellwood Acres has expired after 20 years.
SOUTH RUSSELL — Three candidates, including Christopher Berger, Ray Schloss and Gerald Canton, are running for two seats up for grabs on Village Council during the Nov. 5 general election.
They came in droves Sunday to the annual South Russell Fall Festival. Residents were eager to take part in the events at the annual festival. Lolly the Trolley provided valet service from Gurney Elementary School, where parking was provided, to the South Russell Village Park on Bell Road.
Public service has been a way of life for South Russell Street Commissioner Darrell Johnson. Between his work at South Russell and Chagrin Falls in the service departments, he has been on duty keeping track of oncoming snow storms and icy roads for more than 45 years. He has also been a memb…
An event in South Russell Village to raise funds to help orphans in the Kingdom of Lesotho was so successful that it generated $15,000 for the cause. Spearheaded by Chagrin Falls resident Linda Henry, members of the Henry family and many others, the event featured teams of bartenders who ear…
Of late, some communities are seeing an increase in door-to-door solicitors, possibly before the cold weather starts. Transient vendors are not always welcome, and some communities have “no-knock” regulations in place. In those municipalities, residents can sign up for the do-not-knock list.
South Russell voters will be choosing between two candidates for their mayor on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. Mayor Bill Koons is completing his first four-year term as mayor and is running again. Councilman Mike Carroll was elected to council in 2014 and has filed to run for the mayor…
South Russell is seeking a part-time zoning inspector and is still considering the future direction of the village building department. The village has the only certified building department in Geauga County other than the county’s department.
On the lower level of their home off of Wilson Mills Road in Chester Township, Jeff and Adrienne La Favre have a room with boxes full of electrical supplies, a couple of computers and even a 3D printer. Mr. La Favre, the primary adviser of Geauga Engineering and Robotics 4-H club, pulled out…