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Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that on July 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. a public hearing

will be held on the Sheffield Township budget for the next succeeding fiscal

year ending December 2023. The hearing will be held at 5166 Clinton Ave.

Lorain, OH 44055 by order of the Board of Sheffield Township Trustees.

Joseph H. Neuhoff, Fiscal Officer

Beware of Poison Hemlock!

Poison Hemlock is a noxious weed that exists throughout Lorain County and the State of Ohio. The plant is highly toxic if ingested and irritant if exposed to it. Avoid contact with the plant AND DO NOT BURN IT!

Poison Hemlock is invasive, brought to the US from Europe centuries ago. But experts say its coverage is exploding, and so is the danger.

Amy Stone is an Extension Educator of Agriculture and Natural Resources with the Ohio State University. “It’s very toxic to mammals, to humans and animals,” she tells 13abc. “It’s a concern, both in urban areas and then also in rural areas where people may have livestock.”

Stone says that this species thrives in wet conditions, and our wet summer may be why the population is growing. Poison Hemlock is found in ditches and along the sides of roads and paths. She says it can look similar to parsley in its first year, and Queen Anne’s Lace when it flowers in its second year. Dead or alive, from the roots to the seeds, it won’t cause a rash or burn but it can kill you.

“The plant has to be ingested, and that could be through eating parts of the plant, it could be through your nose or eyes,” Stone explains.

It can lead to respiratory failure and Poison Hemlock is rapidly spreading across the country and in Lorain County.

This time of year, you can find either the short herbaceous plants or the tall, hollow stems with small purple splotches. Either way, don’t pull it.


“If it’s individual plants, you can carefully dig it out, trying to get as much of the root system as possible,” explains Stone. “Where you have large expanses of it, a chemical treatment with an herbicide is recommended."

City of Lorain/Sheffield Township


Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney announces the upcoming Broadway Watermain Replacement and Resurfacing project. The project consists of resurfacing Broadway and South Broadway from the northern SR 2 on/off ramps to 28th street in the City of Lorain. The project also includes installing a new 10” water main from North Ridge Road to West 37th Street, along Broadway. Changes in traffic patterns will occur throughout the length of construction.


The cost of the project is $2,490,750, with 80% funding of the roadway improvements provided by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Lorain City will provide the remaining 20% of the cost of roadway improvement within the City limits. The funding for the County local portion will be provided by the Lorain County Engineer’s Broadway Road Project Fund.


The work is being completed by Underground Utilities of Monroeville, Ohio.


Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 6, 2022, with an anticipated completion date of November 15, 2022, weather permitting.


Detour and traffic pattern signage will be posted. Your cooperation during construction is greatly appreciated.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing will start next week in the township. Due to construction and other issues it will probably continue throughout the summer. If your water appears cloudy or brown please run it until clear.

Get Ready for spring Dumpster Days 5/19-5/21

Dumpster Days

Dumpster day dates are May 19 - May 21 from 7 am to 5 pm rain or shine!

The folllowing items will NOT be accepted:

Mattresses, box springs, couches, recliners, lumber exceeding 5' in length, paint, propane tanks, mercury, tires, batteries, hazardous materials, tree limbs, stumps, boats, or campers. Nothing with a title will be accepted.

Please use Rumpke for your large furniture items.

Door-to-Door Energy Solicitors Impersonating NOPEC Employees

There have been several reports of door-to-door solicitors posing as NOPEC employees in several Northeast Ohio communities this Spring. As a reminder, NOPEC NEVER goes door-to-door or calls residents or small businesses to enroll them into your community’s natural gas and/or electric aggregation program. If someone knocks on your door posing as a NOPEC employee during normal business hours, ask for a business card or capture as much information as you can (company name, solicitor’s name, a phone number, copy of any paperwork/brochures they offer you, make, color and license plate number of car, etc.) and call city hall to report them. After normal business hours, call NOPEC’s Customer Care Center at 855-667-3201, 24 hours, 7 days a week to report the encounter. NOPEC will notify your community officials and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) of this illegal activity. And remember, NEVER share your utility bill or account information with anyone that comes knocking on your door or contacts you are unprompted.

public hearing

The Board of Trustees of Sheffield Township will hold a public hearing at the Sheffield Township Administrative Offices, 5166 Clinton Ave. Lorain, OH on Monday, April 18, 2022, at 7:30 pm. The purpose of this hearing is in regards to the proposed zoning change for the property located at 5490 Broadway, Lorain, OH, owned by Broadway Assembly Inc. according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website.

The present zoning classification of the property named is RL-2. The proposed zoning classification is General Business.

Joseph H. Neuhoff, Fiscal Officer

Special Meeting

The Board of Trustees of Sheffield Township will hold a special meeting at the Sheffield Township

Administrative Offices, 5166 Clinton Ave. Lorain, OH on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 9am. The purpose of this meeting is in regards to accessing properties on 19th St. in Sheffield Township.

Joseph H. Neuhoff, Fiscal Officer

The Community Action Agency Programs that may Benefit some Residents

We do not have a program for home repairs. However, Home Energy Assistance Program customers (heating and cooling bill assistance) can get help with minor furnace repairs. We also have federal funding to help with rental assistance. Our Energy Services Department offers utility assistance. Utility assistance includes help with heating bills, cooling bills, and water bills. For seniors only, LCCAA has partnered with the Lorain County Office on Aging to provide utility assistance as walk-in appointments. A staff member is stationed at their Elyria office on the second floor at 320 Gateway Blvd. North in Elyria. An elevator is available. Walk-in hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Here are the links:

https://www.lccaa.net/programs/energyservices

https://www.lccaa.net/.../energyservices/winter_crisis_2021

https://www.lccaa.net/programs/water_assistance

https://www.lccaa.net/programs/rent_assistance

NOPEC Natural Gas Enrollment Mailers

Existing and newly eligible residents and small businesses in NOPEC member communities will receive natural gas enrollment letters in the mail beginning November 10th. The enrollment period will run through December 13th, 2021, for the contract beginning January 2022 through June 2023.

To help inform your residents about the upcoming natural gas mailing, we have provided informational materials for your use, including FAQs, website copy, and more.

To access this information, visit NOPEC's Member Community Toolkit by clicking this link.

Questions? Contact your NOPEC relationship manager or email team@nopec.org.

First Energy Financial Assistance Programs

“The pandemic has increased the financial hardships our customers are facing, particularly as the cold weather approaches,” said Ed Shuttleworth, president of FirstEnergy’s Ohio Operations. “Customers who have lost income during this crisis and who are behind on their utility bills may be eligible for assistance that was unavailable to them before.”


Programs customers may be eligible to participate in include:


• The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Allows customers to pay a set percentage of their income toward their electric bill, regardless of the balance. Customers who maintain their payment plans may be eligible for debt forgiveness. Eligible customers should have income below 150% of federal poverty guidelines. To apply, call 1-800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.


• Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): Provides eligible customers with cash grants for home heating bills and emergencies. Customers must have gross income below 175% of federal poverty guidelines. Call the Ohio Development Service Agency at 1-800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information.


• 2-1-1 Helpline: This nationwide resource and information helpline identifies locally available programs that may assist customers with utility bills or other needs. For more information, dial 211, text your ZIP code to 898211 or visit the 211 website.


• Customers who are having difficulty paying utilities, rent or mortgage due to the pandemic may apply for a Home Relief Grant. Visit https://oacaa.org/agency-directory/ for an agency near you.


• Additionally, the $175 Winter Reconnect Option allows residential customers who are disconnected or at risk of disconnection the opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their service restored or maintained. There is no income eligibility requirement. PIPP customers who use this option may be eligible to have a reset of their past due amount.


For a complete list of assistance programs for which customers may be eligible, including installment payment plans and budget billing, please visit www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist, or call customer service:


Ohio Edison 1-800-633-4766


Ohio Edison serves more than one million customers across 34 Ohio counties. Follow Ohio Edison on Twitter @OhioEdison, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdison, and online at www.ohioedison.com.

The Illuminating Company serves 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Connect with The Illuminating Company at www.illuminatingcompany.com, on Twitter @IlluminatingCo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo.


FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter: @FirstEnergyCorp.

Bulk Pickup Reminder!

Rumpke will collect bulky items on your regular service day. You may place bulky items out for collection on one day during each calendar month at no charge. There will be a charge for collection of bulky items on additional days in the same month. Any item placed outside the trash cart will be considered a bulky item. Plastic bags for mattresses and other upholstered furniture can be obtained at 5166 Clinton Ave.

Click the link for the short video.

request from the road department

PLEASE do not put leaves or branches in the road. Place them on your curb area/tree lawn. Thank you.

Disposing of Bulky Items

Please be sure to properly prepare your bulk items before disposal.

Here's how you can help keep Rumpke drivers safe:

  • Set your items curbside the evening prior to the scheduled service day.

  • Appliances with Freon must have Freon removed by a licensed specialist and tagged accordingly.

  • Carpet must be cut into rolls no longer than 4 ft. and no heavier than 50 lbs.

  • Construction debris must be properly disposed of. Contact a Rumpke representative to discuss your options.

  • ALL upholstered items, such as mattresses, box springs and couches, MUST be wrapped in plastic. Please bags should be available at 5166 Clinton Ave., call 440.277.4215 to check availability.

  • Household hazardous waste does not belong in your trash or recycling. Items such as batteries, paint, tires, pool chemicals, propane tanks, syringes and electronics bust be disposed of properly. Contact your local solid waste district to find out how and where to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Make a Difference in your Community and Get Paid too!

Sheffield Township is looking for potential members for the Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Pay is $20 per meeting. Please contact Cindy Caldwell if you're interested.

Help Residents Quit Tobacco

Because COVID-19 affects the lungs, current smokers might be more motivated to quit.

Direct them to the free Ohio Quitline:

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Lorain County Solid Waste Recycling Information

RESIDENTS of Lorain County can drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), E-Scrap, Fluorescent Bulbs and Ballast, Scrap Tires and books (paperback/hard cover).

BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS located in Lorain County are limited to disposal of E-Scrap, Fluorescent Bulb and Ballast and books (paperback/hard cover). For large loads please read the following PDF’s on preparing your materials for delivery.

Acceptable Types of Household Hazardous Waste

Curbside Recyclables To assist apartment dwellers or other residents who don’t have curbside pickup of recyclables, the District now accepts curbside recyclables at the Collection Center. Plastic bottles marked #1-7 (look for the number inside the arrows on the bottom of the bottle), glass bottles and jars, steel food cans and aluminum beverage cans can be placed in one bag or box.

Newspapers, magazines, white copy paper, junk mail, cardboard (that is broken down) and boxboard (cereal, cracker, tissue boxes, etc.) can be placed in a second bag or box. Drop them off inside the Center during normal business hours.

For more information, please feel free to call 440-329-5440 or Contact the District.

The list below of Collection Center Acceptable & Unacceptable Materials is also available in a printable PDF format.

MATERIALS ACCEPTED

Corrosives: Acids, Caustics, Rechargeable Batteries, Button Batteries, Hydraulic Brake Fluid

Flammables: Latex-Based Paints/Stains/Sealers, Oil-Based Paints/Stains/Sealers, Aerosol Cans, Turpentine, Paint Thinner, Adhesives, Solvents, Oven Cleaners, Lighter Fluid, Butane Lighter Fluid, Oil Filters, Propane Tanks (Up to 33-Pound Only), Oxygen and MAPP Gas Cylinders

Reactives: Fertilizers, Pool Chlorine, Oxidizers

Toxics: Household Bleach, Antifreeze, Herbicides, Pesticides, Mercury & Mercury Devices, Roofing Tar, Concrete Sealers, Fire Extinguishers

E-Scrap: (Computers, TV's, & Other Electronics) Personal Computers (CPU), Video Monitors (CRT), Flat-Screen Monitors, Mice, Keyboards & Joysticks, Printers, Plotters & Scanners, Hard Drives & Tape Drives, Computer Speakers, Diskette Drives & CD Drives, Data Terminals & Modems, Servers & Network Hardware, UPS Systems, Cables & Circuit Boards, Software, Tapes, Diskettes & CD’s, Desktop Office Equipment (Typewriters, Calculators, Fax Machines, etc.), Household Televisions (Up to 27" Only; No Large Console TV's), Home Audio Equipment, Microwave Ovens, Smoke Detectors, Reference Manuals & Books, All Refillable Printer Cartridges, All Cell Phones (with battery, charger and other accessories preferred)

Scrap Tires: (Limited to 10 Tires): On-The-Rim / Off-The-Rim, Tires up to 20” Rim Diameter, All Bicycle & Motorcycle Tires

Fluorescent Lamp & Ballast: Straight Fluorescent Tubes, All Lengths (including green-tipped tubes), All U-Shaped, Circular and Odd-Shaped Lamps, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), Neon Lights and Signs (Tubing Only), High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs, HPS, MH & MV Ballasts & Transformers from All Fluorescent Light Fixtures

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED

Ammunition, Explosives, Road Flares

Biomedical / Infectious Waste (Prescription Medications, Home Health Care "Sharps", etc.): Got drugs? The United States' Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) annually schedules a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, (for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs), to safely dispose of these medications for free.

All Appliances (Except Microwaves)

Non-Fluorescent Lamps (Household Bulbs, Spotlights, Headlights, etc.)

Tires (with a Rim Diameter Greater than 20")

Radioactive Materials (Except Smoke Detectors)

Asbestos in Any Form (Loose or Encapsulated)

Construction Debris (Shingles, Treated Lumber, Railroad Ties, Carpeting, etc.)

Televisions (with a Width Greater than 27")

Console Televisions

Soliciting

Please be aware that anyone soliciting within the Township must first obtain a permit. Solicitors must carry a copy of this permit and identification. Groups such as schools and scouts are exempt. Currently, there is one active permit on file with the Zoning Department. This permit was given to IGS and will run through the month of May. As a reminder, Sheffield Township is a community who has seen the benefits of partnering with NOPEC. We urge all residents to check on energy supply costs before considering a change in suppliers. ~Trustee Ted Adkins

Public Awareness Report: 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.

Here 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 providing treatment. This is a community crisis that we, as a community, must address for the sake of our families and the future of our county.

The Board of Lorain County Commissioners

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