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SOUTH RUSSELL — After initially proposing to hire the Chagrin Valley Fire Department to perform fire marshal services for the village, Mayor William Koons instead recommended contracting with Bainbridge resident Sean Davis for $23 an hour.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village employees will be able to carry over two weeks of vacation time at the end of the year thanks to the Human Resources Committee members, who last week voted to double the amount of vacation carryover in 2021 because of the pandemic.

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Village employees are set to reopen the South Russell playground on Bell Road as soon as council takes final action. Council was scheduled to vote on the matter during an 8 a.m. special meeting on Wednesday.

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South Russell — The Village Properties Committee plans to recommend an inventory list to keep track of high-value items in each of the village departments following the misplacement of a Microsoft Surface computer from the Building Department in early July.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village Council heard the latest update of an amendment to the job description of one of its building department employees at a Zoom meeting for the first time since last month, when the idea for the amendments was introduced with some controversy.

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When Seema Acharya started crafting aesthetically pleasing desserts at her bakery Frosted Cake Art in 2014, she never expected the business would grow into a full-time endeavor. Even farther back in her mind, she said, was the idea of the business landing her on a Netflix baking show like “S…

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SOUTH RUSSELL — The 292 residents who use septic tanks can now wait an extra year to empty them after Village Council voted last week to extend the septic tank cleaning ordinance, a decision that Mayor William Koons called a “real win-win”.

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School may start a week later than originally anticipated for the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, and even later for kindergarten, with proposed changes to the academic calendar as officials draft plans to open schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.