LaGrange Coronavirus Update: April 2, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

We are now living in a very unique and challenging time. This virus has turned everything upside down for all of us. I hope you are all safe and above all I hope you are staying at home as much as possible. Social distancing is what we can do to help the people who are trying to keep us safe, police, fire, ems, doctors, nurses and anyone else who is on the front lines. Remember they all want to go home to their families too.

I have been on phone conferences every couple of days getting updates from health agencies, hospitals and all of the local mayors throughout the county. We have been meeting every week to compare what is being done in our municipalities. One concern we have is we already see groups of teens riding around together in vehicles. This definitely does not follow the guide lines of social distancing. I have also seen kids going to the basketball courts to play together, this cannot continue so the basketball courts and tennis courts have been closed down until further notice. If just one of these kids comes into contact with this virus, they then could take it home to parents and grandparents, siblings and their other friends. I know that this seems harsh to some but it is necessary to keep everyone safe in these trying times. Warm weather is on the way and I feel these issues will continue to pop up and we must be ready.

I was on a conference call with Rebecca Stark from the Cleveland Clinic and she informed us that her figures show that our area won’t peak until the first week of May. After that we should see the numbers start to decline and improve. We must be vigilante until then and stay inside and safe. I have also been asked daily if there are any reported cases in Lagrange and at this time I can say no, but I know that this could change tomorrow.

I would like to touch on the 2020 census. The census can now be done on line and it is very easy and quick. This census is very important to the village because when we file for state and federal funds or grants it goes by population so if everyone doesn’t report accurately, we could lose out on these funds. So please take the time to fill out your census on line.

And last but not least I would like to thank the people who have stepped up and donated N95 masks and gloves to the police department. These are much needed and very much appreciated. The police department has been very busy dealing with many calls, both good and bad, and I want them to be as safe as possible. And once more if anyone knows someone who needs help getting food or medicines please call my cell or the village hall so that we can assist.

Thanking you for your social distancing,

Mayor Kim Strauss

440-355-5309

Village Update: #5

1. This weeks Council meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. This was updated this morning.

2. There is bulk pickup tomorrow (the last until further notice), however, Republic has canceled yard waste pickup until further notice.

3. There will be chipping of tree branches on April 9th and 23rd. Then the second on fourth Thursdays the rest of the summer.

4. Please fill out your Census form. It only takes a few minutes at www.my2020census.gov. The census determines how federal money is divided between states, counties and smaller government entities.

Village Update on the Coronavirus and Council Meeting: March 24, 2020

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange:

Life as we know it has changed, hopefully for a short period of time. People and businesses are adjusting as well as can be expected. I hope all of you are practicing the safe distance guidelines to keep yourselves and your families safe. We are making adjustments as well, to keep our employees safe and able to do their jobs.

We will be having a council meeting soon to take care of only basic necessities like paying bills and payroll. This meeting will not be opened to the public for obvious reasons. The Public Health chairman for Lorain County has made this very clear and I agree. We will be as far apart as possible during this meeting and we will leave immediately to keep contact with each other at a minimum. We are practicing the safe distance guidelines as well.

Charlotte Wray from Mercy Health has informed me that Dr. Gomez on Opportunity Way will be conducting virtual appointments for those that are afraid to go out but might have a problem they would like to discuss with the doctor. This is a great thing for Lagrange residents to have available, the phone number there is 440-222-4160.

We had our first resident in need. We were contacted by the resident’s daughter because she was afraid, he was running out of food and other necessities. Village employees were able to get him what he needed along with help from the Lagrange Lions Club food pantry. He is now set up with Second Harvest Food Bank to help him through these trying times. Again, if you know of someone in need in the Village let us know and we will do our best to help. On that same note the Lions food supply is getting low, if you are at the IGA and can afford to donate it would be much appreciated by everyone involved.

And last but not least, I would like to take this time to give a huge shout out to all of our safety service forces and medical personnel, doctors, nurses, fireman, policeman and the military for all that they do to keep us safe while putting their own lives in danger. Remember they all have families they want to go home to.

Hope you are staying safe,
Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

Village Corona-virus Update: March 19, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange, March 19, 2020:

As we continue to work through all the directives and guidelines set down by the state and local authorities, we will try to keep you updated as much as possible. Things are changing so fast that as soon as I write a letter to all of you some things have already been updated.

Public Health Services has sent to us new guidelines for all police officers, these have been implemented and we will keep up with whatever is changed. We continue to have more officers on duty to help everyone through these times and I would like to commend all of these officers for stepping up to the plate and taking extra shifts to keep us all safe. I want you all to know they are here for all of us but understand even in our small Village they are sometimes stressed with calls and I would ask everyone to keep calls for emergencies only.

I am asking also that if anyone knows of people in the Village who need help with groceries, prescriptions or any underlying issues please call the Village or even myself and we will get them the help they need. This is what small communities are all about and we need your help to accomplish this.

I am also closing the Village offices at this time to keep contact with our employees at a minimum to protect them as well. We have a drop box in front of the Village hall where water bills can be paid and if you don’t have the correct change, we will apply the difference to the next month as a debit or credit to your account. All meetings at this time and Mayors Court have been cancelled until further notice. We are working with the state right now to determine how this will be handled. We also will be alternating the office help to keep their contact with each other at a minimum. The Village Administrator and I will fill in as well to help answer phone calls as needed.
We have also been asked to keep contact between sewer plant employees to a minimum so that we have people to operate the plant. We cannot afford to have all of them sick at once. We are setting them up on different shifts and on call time so they all continue to work but not together. This will be done with all other Village employees to accomplish the same thing. We are trying to follow the “no social contact” as much as possible.

I would like to conclude by asking everyone to support our local businesses as much as possible, they are offering “take out” in most restaurants and bars. I was at the IGA and the hardware and saw employees scrambling to restock shelves to provide what you need for purchase, some even saying they might offer delivery to help. These are the same people we all go to for sponsorships of our golf outings, baseball teams, football teams, programs, etc… They come through for us and we need to come through for them.
Thanking you for your patience in advance.


Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange 440-355-5309

Village Corona-virus Update: March 15, 2020

MARCH 15th, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange,

 We are continuing to speak with surrounding communities to develop strategies to properly address the coronavirus. We are also enacting policies in the Village to keep contact at a minimum and at the same time continue to provide services as needed.

We have set a policy to stop any disconnections of water service because we know that proper handwashing and sanitation is critical to the spread of this virus. This cannot happen without access to water. Although we encourage all residents to continue timely payments of their utilities, we will work with residents to bring their bill into compliance in a timely manner.

We have stepped up police coverage at the times of the day that have the most activity and we will continue to keep our Village safe.

Simple inspections at this time where we have to enter the home will be put on hold for the time being to minimize contact as much as possible. This is to protect you as residents as well as the employees of the Village.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as things develop but I would encourage everyone to keep contact at a minimum if at all possible, especially the elderly and people with underlying conditions. Some businesses have already put things in place to keep the spread of this virus in check as much as possible and I am sure there will be more to follow.

We will continue to follow state and local guide lines as they are set down by the local authorities.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation,

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of LaGrange

More information available at https://www.cdc.gov/

New Members of Planning Commission

The New Year brings in two new members of the LaGrange Planning Commission. Councilperson, Barry Price has replaced longtime Commission member, Councilperson Rick Honer as Village Council’s representative on the Commission.

Mr. Chuck Sturgill of Appomattox Court was also sworn in to Planning Commission before last night’s meeting. Mr. Churgill is a long-time resident of LaGrange and is the General Manager of Elyria Ford. Mr. Sturgill is a resident of Union Station. Having Union Station represented on the Commission is vital. The Durham Ridge development already has representation on Planning Commission President, Mr. Chris Gates. Mr. Gates is a Project Manager for the Cleveland Clinic.

Welcome to all of our new members!

U.S. Grant Apartments Update: The Chronicle Telegram

Proposed LaGrange apartments raise concern among residents

Dylan Reynolds
The Chronicle-Telegram

Jan 03, 2020 6:00 AM

The development would include 48 two-bedroom, one-story units, as well as a leasing office and four stormwater management basins, said Chris Howard, vice president of Bramhall Engineering & Surveying, the company handling design work. Developer Jason Scott said the apartments’ name is still in the works, but he’s looking at a Civil War theme.

LAGRANGE — Extra chairs had to be brought in to seat the crowd of LaGrange residents who attended Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting to express their concerns about a proposed apartment development that would be built on U.S. Grant Street near North Center Street.

Thursday’s meeting only included an informal presentation of its plans, so Planning Commission did not vote on approval of the plans. The next step in the process is for Village Engineer Doug Nusser to look at the developer’s plan and determine its compliance with zoning codes.

But that is where the confusion begins for the village. The land the apartments would occupy is zoned as planned unit development (PUD), but village leaders and Planning Commission members were not certain on what uses of the land would be permitted by code.

Mayor Kim Strauss, who sits on the Planning Commission, said confusing and seemingly contradictory codes governing the PUD have the village looking to Village Solicitor Jon Clark for legal advice on how to proceed. Some residents questioned Strauss and the Planning Commission on whether the area is zoned for apartment development.

“It is very confusing at this point,” Strauss said. “We still don’t have an exact answer.”

Nusser said the village needs to figure out what the approved use is for the land, so he can determine if it may need to be changed for the development plans to forward. Some residents in attendance thought LaGrange does not need any apartments at all.

When Scott, the developer, told the crowd that there is a high demand for apartments wherever they are built, some in the crowd replied, “Not here, they’re not.”

Others raised concerns that the additional residents the development would bring could produce dangerous traffic in town, create trash collection and snow plowing problems or put a strain on Keystone Schools.

Strauss said he has been in communication with Keystone Superintendent Dan White, and the district is prepared for any new students the development would bring. As far as the idea of building apartments as opposed to some other kind of development, Strauss said the alternative might be a Family Dollar or similar store.

“Something is going to go there, whether it is commercial or this residential,” he said earlier Thursday. “I would rather see that developed into residential apartments than all of it go into commercial.”

Because the village cannot reject developments that are permitted by zoning codes, an agreeable solution with the developer will be the best way to please the concerned community members, Strauss said.

“They want us to just say, ‘No, don’t do anything,’ but we just can’t do that,” he said. “We have to work with the developer and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

North Star Builders previously submitted another design, but the village asked for revisions with fewer curb cuts on the street. Strauss said he finds the new designs to be laid out nicely, and his hope is that the eventual final plans would be “palatable for everyone.”

Contact Dylan Reynolds at (440) 329-7123 or dreynolds@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @DRey1357.

Rental of Administration Building spaces now available.

The Village is now accepting applications for the rental of three spaces in the Village Administration Building. The Gymnasium, The Lobby/Atrium and the Council Chambers can fit various size events. Please fill out the application below and return it to the Village Offices at 301 Liberty Street. Most events will require a damage insurance policy. However, that amount may be more based upon the type of event you are hosting. There will be additional information provided when you turn in this application. The first rental, the Keystone Class of 1969, 50th Class Reunion was very successful and we anticipate more rentals of various types at our location!