New Police Chief Appointed

At the January 28th Village Council meeting, Mayor Kim Strauss appointed patrolman, Mark Laubenthal to be the new Chief of Police for the Village! Congratulations on this appointment, with the concurrence of the Village Council! A heartfelt appreciation was given to Lieutenant and acting Chief, Wayne Ramsey, for his service in this position over the past year. Former Chief, Chad Duensing was in attendance and was recognized for his service. A pizza and cake celebration followed the Council Meeting.

Village Update: Coronavirus, Senior’s Parade, Safety Town May 18th, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

Once again, I have no new news on the Covid 19 virus which is good news. Everything is still the same and holding and my hope is that it stays that way. I applaud everyone for doing a great job with social distancing.

As we all have been told restaurants, gyms and other facilities are allowed to open this Friday. I hope everyone supports these businesses while following the state guide lines to keep everyone safe and to help keep these businesses stay in compliance so they can survive. Along these same lines I believe if you can go to a gym inside you should be able to go to a basketball court or tennis court outside so we will be opening these this Friday also. Please help keep them open by respecting other people’s space when at the courts. If you do not want to go to these places yet, I understand, this decision is totally up to you. I have been torn by this decision but at the same time there has to be some sort of normalcy as we proceed to open things up. I am still waiting for conformation on the baseball diamonds at the park because there are conflicting stories on the baseball and softball seasons. I will update you as soon as I get clarification.

On a positive note we have been contacted by Fox 8 News and weather permitting they are going to send their SkyFox helicopter to video the parade of seniors this Friday at 6:00 PM and broadcast it live on the Fox 8 News Facebook page and Fox 8 News website for the parents and the community of Lagrange. Thank you, Bryan Gruden from Fox 8 News, for helping our community give these seniors a great parade they can all remember. We will be marking the square with sidewalk chalk in 6-foot intervals to show we are following the social distancing guidelines. I want to keep everyone safe as they enjoy this tribute to the class of 2020 as well as following the Health Department regulations.

I have had a lot of questions about safety town. There will be no safety town this year but we will accommodate all the children who would have gone this year, in next years class. We will either have a morning and an afternoon class or we will have two weeks of classes. This will be determined next year but I want you to know we will definitely take care of the children who lost out on this year’s class.

I will send out another update this week before the parade with suggestions on where to park.

Hoping to see everyone this Friday!

Mayor Kim Strauss

Mayor’s Coronavirus Update: Local Information, April 13th

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I have sat here for awhile trying to figure out how to give this update.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing to do is to just get it out and explain where we go from here. I received a call from Dave Covell from Lorain County Public Health and he confirmed that there are two cases of COVID 19 in Lagrange Township and one in the Village of Lagrange. All three are in fourteen-day quarantine at home where they will stay until they test negative for three days. I was given no information as to their names or addresses and I didn’t ask, I will tell you that they are all essential workers out there doing their jobs to keep us safe and I hope you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as I will. The good thing is that they are home and not in the hospital and I hope they stay that way so they have a speedy recovery. This is exactly why we have to continue to practice social distancing and go out in public only as needed for supplies, groceries, medications and what ever else we require. I’ve seen many people in town covering their faces as they walk or go into stores not only to protect themselves but also the people around them. Keep up the good work and we will get through this!!!

On a lighter note I was asked to let people know that Our Lady Queen of Peace church at 708 Erie Street in Grafton will be having a food drive pickup this Saturday from 10:00 am to noon. This is being held in the parking lot for the Village of Lagrange and Lagrange Township residents. Please enter from Route 57 by the sign.

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter Sunday. I looked out my window and saw the Easter Bunny walking around my neighborhood and also up on the square. I don’t know who it was but thank you for making a very different Easter a little more bearable for the children and even some of us adults.

I will conclude this update by saying once again if you know of someone in the Village that needs some help please let us know so that we can help them or point them in the right direction. We have been giving out masks at the Village Hall for people to wear when they go out. We ran out yesterday but I was just told by Mr. and Mrs. Ulupinar that they hope to have some more done on Tuesday.  If anyone needs one please call my cell at 440-355-5309 or Mary Kay Gates at the Village Hall at 440-355-5555 ext. 1.

Thank you for continued social distancing!

Mayor Kim Strauss