Brush Chipping & Leaf Pickup

The last brush pickup is November 2nd and leaf pickup will begin.

Drive-thru and walk-in flu shot clinics this fall

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to prevent the flu. Reducing the number of people with the flu will save lives and help save medical resources needed to care for people with COVID-19. We don't yet have a vaccine for COVID-19, but we do have one for flu that is effective and safe. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) will offer flu shots this fall and throughout the flu season while taking COVID-19 precautions.

“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from flu,” explains LCPH Health Commissioner David Covell, MPH, RS. “Healthy adults can get very sick from the flu, just like from COVID-19. Both are most dangerous for older adults, smokers or anyone with a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.”

LCPH will offer no-cost flu shots at four community clinics and at their office. LCPH can provide flu shots for infants six months through adults 64 years old, high-dose flu shots for adults ages 65 and over, and nasal flumist for people ages two years through 49 years.

Drive-thru flu shot clinics for adults ages 16 years and older:

Walk-in flu shot clinics for families with children ages 6 months through 15 years:

Bring an ID to the clinic. Wear a face covering and a short-sleeved shirt. If you’re sick, do not come to a flu shot clinic. Flu shots paid for by CARES Act funding through the Lorain County Commissioners.

To schedule an in-office appointment with LCPH, call 440-284-3206.

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)

Celebrating Halloween

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities.

Decisions on whether to participate should be made by local communities, individuals, and parents/guardians.

Always follow current state public health orders and rules/regulations established by your local community, and check the Ohio Public Health Advisory System to determine COVID-19 risk levels in your county before making decisions about Halloween activities. Some communities may choose to cancel Halloween events, so check with local sources before making plans.

This guidance is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19. It will be reassessed and updated as the situation evolves and we learn more in the weeks leading up to Halloween. It is strongly recommended that hayrides and haunted houses be canceled/avoided.

• It is strongly recommended that Ohioans exercise caution when deciding to participate in trick-or-treating and events that put them in close contact with people outside their households. To lower risk, consider safer, socially distant ways to celebrate, such as:

• Holding a drive-through or drive-in trick-or-treat event, with children in costume and face coverings staying in cars and collecting treats from individuals spaced at least 6 feet apart.

• Holding drive-by costume or car-decorating contests with judges who are physically distanced.

• Leaving treats for friends and neighbors.

• Decorating your home and hide treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

• Holding costume parties or pumpkin carving events or contests online, such as by video conference.

• Do not hold large in-person Halloween parties. If holding smaller parties, limit attendance to 10 or fewer people and hold the event in an outdoor area where social distancing is possible. Avoid activities, such as bobbing for apples, that foster the spread of infection.

• Always wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household, whether trick-or-treating, passing out treats, or attending attractions or events. Stay home if you are sick. (NOTE: Face coverings should never be placed on children younger than 2 or anyone who cannot easily remove them.)

• Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.

• Select events/attractions that are held outdoors and allow attendees to stay in their cars (such as drive-through event with displays) or socially distance. Avoid events that involve being crowded in a small area or coming into contact with/being touched by others.

• Consider the people in your household who may be at greater risk of complications if COVID-19 is brought into the home, such as those with certain health conditions, women who are pregnant, or older family members.

• If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.

• Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)

• Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

• If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.

• For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.

• Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence.

For Operators of Events/Attractions

• Follow all state requirements and guidelines for Consumer, Retail, Services & Entertainment sectors, as well as any

local requirements or guidelines.

• Do not allow groups to intermingle. Reduce capacity to allow for 6-foot social distancing between groups as well as

employees/volunteers at all times. Reinforce distancing with markers or dividers.

• Have hand sanitizer readily available to all participants.

• Pre-sell tickets to ensure capacities are limited.

• Consider eliminating common seating areas or play areas where children and others might congregate. If seating is provided, keep it outdoors, separate benches/tables by at least 6 feet or use dividers, and sanitize between each use.

• Notify your local health department immediately if you learn that someone with COVID-19 has visited your attraction.

More from Lorain County Health.

Help yourself and your community!

Per the court order, the Census will continue to collect data through October 31st. Field operations (door-to-door) ended yesterday (October 5th). People can still go online, call or mail in their census response through Oct. 31st.

Please complete your census. Call 1-800-330-2020 or visit: my2020census.gov. Your information is kept confidential by law. Thank you.

Fall Dumpster days

October 8 - 10 from 7:00 am - 5:00 p.m. Details to follow. Residents only!

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

Are you lonely or depressed due to Covid-19?

Need help? Know someone who does?

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

A Message from Prosecutor Will & Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kjF_x5IjeCTWviVsrvc56dPhyk5shX_c/view?usp=sharing

Be Part of the Solution: A Resource for Community Education and Empowerment

Please watch this < 2-minute video.

Change to the Board of Trustees Meetings

The trustees and fiscal officer meet the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at 5166 Clinton Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend.

street improvement project

The Lorain County Commissioners approved recommendations for the community development block Grant. In this grant our township will receive $125,000 to help with the $175,000 cost of the street improvement project for Clifton Avenue.

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yIovyACii-zh-PiyWoIh5TVB45SpV59y/view?usp=sharing

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

  • Housekeeping Services

  • Chore Services

  • 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

Main Office

320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor

Elyria, OH 44035

(440) 326-4800

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

http://lcooa.org/index.php/about-us