New Fire Chief
Russ Scarborough was named the new Fire Chief for Elyria Township. Mike Holtzman submitted his resignation effective September 30th. Thank you for your service, Mike and congratulations to Russ!
It's clean-up time again in the Township; time to toss those mattresses, upholstered furniture, and any other scrap you have. Dumpster Day hours are from 8am to 4pm at the township garage behind the fire station (41416 Griswold Rd.), October 4 - 6, 2019. Please, no tires, brush, oil, flammable liquids, including paint, or appliances with Freon in them. Township residents only.
September Vaccine Schedule
As students and their families prepare to go back to school, let’s work together to be sure they have the protection that they, their classmates, and the community need against vaccine-preventable diseases. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) offers recommended vaccines for children, teens, and adults at locations across the county. Vaccine appointments can be made at 440-284-3206; walk-ins are also welcome.
Vaccine clinics this September include:
- Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Lorain County Public Health, 9880 South Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
- *No clinic on Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day
- Wednesday, Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Lorain County Public Health, 9880 South Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
- Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Wellington Town Hall, 115 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington
- Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Avon VFW, 36950 Mills Road, Avon
- Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Lorain County Free Clinic, 5040 Oberlin Ave., Lorain
Clinic times and dates are subject to change. Bring vaccine record if available, photo ID, insurance card, and cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. LCPH participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to provide vaccines to children who qualify; no child in the VFC program is denied vaccines for inability to pay.
LCPH also provides vaccines for those traveling outside of the country. Travelers attending the travel clinic will receive needed vaccines, medications, and health education to travel safely and return home healthy. Call 440-284-3206 four weeks before departure for a travel clinic appointment; walk-ins not accepted.
November: The best time to get your flu shot
Your health and safety are our priority, which is why Lorain County Public Health will provide flu shots starting on November 1.
A flu shot in November offers you the best protection through peak the flu season in Northeast Ohio. Lorain County Public Health encourages residents to get their flu shots each year in November.
Mark your calendar for November to get a flu shot from your healthcare provider or from Lorain County Public Health.
Lorain County Health News
New data on the health of Lorain County
The Lorain County Health Partners released the 2019 Community Health Assessment on May 23, 2019.
Learn the health status of Lorain County - read highlights here: http://bit.ly/2HyYS3r
Brain health: Get the facts
Make brain health a priority by keeping your brain active. Try listening to audiobooks, doing puzzles, learning a new hobby or volunteering. An active brain is linked to lower risks of dementia. Find facts compiled by Lorain County Public Health: http://bit.ly/2VYXlaG
Social Walking Hour this Summer
No gym membership? No problem - United We Sweat partners make it easier for you to stay fit.
Check out one of these walking groups this summer, compiled by Lorain County Public Health. #UnitedWeSweat
Details here: https://bit.ly/2McOuTm
Do you have a pool at home? Keep kids safe: clear toys and other tripping hazards from the pool deck, and use self-closing, self-latching gates around the pool. Ask for a safety check from Lorain County Public Health: call 440-322-6367.
More pool safety tips: http://bit.ly/2N7EPOb
Back-to-school vaccines: Herd immunity
Vaccines protect people from diseases - both for the people who get vaccines and for people who can't get vaccines. This disease protection happens through herd immunity - watch how this works: http://bit.ly/2WlFQ9C.
Herd immunity happens when enough people get vaccinated against a disease. Then, germs can’t travel as easily from person to person. That means even people who can’t get vaccinated will have some protection from getting sick. Call Lorain County Public Health to make a vaccine appointment: 440-284-3206.
As a reminder: All Zoning Permit Payments will only be accepted through mail to the Township Complex at 41416 Griswold Road, Elyria Ohio 44035, or directly to Zoning Inspector Blaz at monthly Public Meetings. Thank you for your cooperation.
Wetland Project Nears Completion
The stream and wetland project is nearing completion in Elyria Township, between the CSX Railroad and Elyria Avenue opposite Dinner Bell. The project was initiated by the Lorain County Stormwater District with funding from the Ohio and US EPA as well as the Stormwater District. The project will improve water quality in the watershed as well as flood control.
RESIDENTIAL TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES UPDATE
In an effort to standardize and stabilize the cost of residential trash and recycling collection services, the Elyria Township Trustees voted to join the Lorain County Solid Waste Trash Consortium in 2018. Those services were put out to bid by the Consortium in the last quarter of 2018, generating bids from three providers. On January 14, 2019, the Trustees voted to enter into a five-year contract with Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services to be the sole provider of solid waste and recyclable materials collection services for waste generated by residential units, township facilities and Township special events. These services will begin the first week of April.
Residents will be receiving a mailer from Rumpke that will spell out the cost and services to be provided. Everybody will start off with a 95-gal trash cart and a 65-gal recycling cart. Once the service begins, you can call Rumpke Customer Service at 800-828-8171 to request either a 65-gal or 35-gal trash cart.
Republic will cancel your residential service at the end of March and issue a refund for the April collection and being to pick up the old carts on Monday, March 25. They hope to be completed by Saturday, March 30, 2019. The residents will need to leave the old carts at the street after the March 25 trash collection until they are picked up. You will not have to call to cancel service or to schedule the cart pick-up.
If you have any further questions after reading the upcoming mailer, please contact your Township Trustees or Rumpke Customer Service.
Richard L. Hutman, Chairman, Elyria Township Trustees
THE DRUG & OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC IN LORAIN COUNTY
Preservation of the health, safety, and welfare of our county residents is a responsibility we take seriously. Fatal drug overdoses keep rising in Ohio with the Ohio Department of Health recently reporting a 20% increase. The impact is being felt in our community at an alarming rate.
ere in Lorain County (population 306,000), new research estimates 35,000 residents are misusing or abusing opioids*. Last year, 132 overdose deaths occurred. Some of the dead included grandparents. An alarming number of infants are being born displaying withdrawal symptoms due to drug exposure. 75% of our children being placed in foster care in the county is due to parental substance abuse.
Fentanyl is now being mixed with all kinds of street drugs triggering overdoses and death. It is alarming to report that the federal government has assigned two designations to our county because it has become one of the leading drug trafficking counties in the nation. This drug activity is harmful to our families, our children and our local economy ($200-million/year negative economic burden*).
This Public Awareness Report will provide you with the latest information on the severity of the toll the drug epidemic is having on our county. We continue to work with law enforcement and those on the front line. Public Awareness Report
BUDDY CONNECT PILOT PROGRAM
Friendships are just plain good for you. In fact, social connectedness is strongly linked to a person’s overall health, including risk for chronic diseases, depression, happiness, and suicide. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Lorain County General Health District is launching the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall, two phone calls from a volunteer buddy will help you or a loved one to connect to the community; home visits are also available. Call 440-567-4120 to sign up or to volunteer.
LORAIN COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING
The core services offered by Lorain County Office on Aging are designed to promote the health, well-being, and independence of at-risk aging and disabled adults living throughout Lorain County. Services include:
Aging & Disability Resource Network (residents 60+ & adults with a disability)
Information & Assistance
Benefits Screening & Assistance
Options Counseling to help aging & disabled adults remain safely in community settings
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Support Services to maintain health, well-being & independence
Home Delivered Meals
Transportation Assistance to Health Care Appointments
Food Pantry Services (including home delivery of commodities and fruits & vegetables)
Senior Dining Program
RSVP (volunteer opportunities for Lorain County residents 55+ years)
Senior Years Newspaper
Health Education Services
Kinship Care Program
320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Services: Benefits Assistance, Support Services, Options Counseling, Information & Assistance, Senior Dining, Food Pantry Services, Chore Services, Housekeeping Services, Transportation to Healthcare Appointments, Kinship Services, RSVP Volunteer Program, Senior Years Newspaper, Health Education Services.
Service Area: Lorain County
WRAP MATTRESSES AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE IN PLASTIC FOR DISPOSAL
Due to the increasing number of bed bug infestations, all mattresses and upholstered furniture MUST be wrapped in plastic in order to be picked up. If a mattress has been ordered for removal and is out for collection on your scheduled bulk pickup day and it is not wrapped in plastic, the hauler will NOT remove the mattress. ALL mattresses, whether infested with bed bugs or not, are now required to be wrapped in plastic. It is a health hazard to the drivers, workers, and residents for the mattresses to be exposed.
The plastic isn't necessary when disposing mattresses and upholstered furniture during Dumpster Days.