COVID-19 Update: November 29, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

The last three weeks have been the worst we have seen as we have been upgraded to Purple in Lorain County. There have been a little over forty cases total with unfortunately several deaths. The majority of the cases and the deaths have been at Keystone Pointe, with only a small number in the Village. The cases at Keystone Pointe involve staff also and not just residents. Please keep everyone at Keystone Pointe in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to fight through this to make sure their residents receive the best care possible while working in an environment that for the most part, is as safe as they can make it. They have a COVID-19 unit where they can keep patients isolated but the staff must still take care of these people while in this unit. These front-line people deserve our respect and gratitude for continuing to do their job along with all other front-line people out there in hospitals, fire departments, EMS squads and police departments. Even our small police department has been hit and we have an officer on quarantine. Please continue to practice social distancing when necessary and wear a mask when appropriate.

Speaking of masks. I have seen some people in businesses without masks when it is clearly marked on the door that it is required. I know that some people out there do not want to wear masks and I somewhat understand, but when you walk in that business where it is posted you are putting that business in jeopardy, they could be subjected to fines or the loss of there license. If you don’t want to wear the mask, don’t enter those businesses.

We have a tradition in Lagrange of having Christmas on the Square. After speaking with people from The KEEP organization and the school, we have made the decision not to have it. Since moving to Purple in Lorain County, I don’t feel it would be safe, especially when we are not to have a gathering of more than ten people. I know the Alumni Band along with the school choirs will be saddened but we hope we can have a spring concert at the Village Hall next year to fill the void. I thought Christmas on the Square would have been good for the children considering what they have been through. Hopefully it will be back next year.

Stay safe out there and act responsibly and we will get through this together.

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Planning Commission November 5th, 2020

Village of Lagrange Planning Commission

AGENDA

November 5, 2020   7:00 PM

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Minutes from July 2, 2020 Regular Meeting

                                                 

  • New Business

Trimline Building Expansion         

●   Village Administrator’s Report

  • Engineer’s Report
  • Adjournment

Covid Update: October 28, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

In my last update I gave you a total count of seventeen, we are now up to twenty-two. I do not know who these people are but I do know and have been given permission to tell you that eight of them are at Keystone Pointe Nursing Home. They have set up a Covid unit and they are in quarantine. Basically, this means we have two more cases in the Village and I am sure they are in quarantine also. Unfortunately, someone went into the Nursing Home that was a carrier and these people were infected. I know also that Keystone Pointe has done a great job dealing with this pandemic but all it takes is one person to spread this virus no matter how hard you try not to. I would ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers and I am sure we all wish them a speedy recovery. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when appropriate, also the washing of your hands is very important to keep this virus in check along with the use of hand sanitizer. I have also been advised that we will stay in the red through this week and we will have to see what happens next week.

I have been asked again about Halloween and it is still scheduled for October 31 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Please practice social distancing when possible and if you don’t feel comfortable participating then you should stay at home. If you want children to come to your home please leave the front porch light on.

Hoping you all stay safe!

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Covid Update: October 20, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I was hoping that this would be a boring update with no new numbers and then I was contacted by the Lorain County Public Health Department. I have been told that since the last update a little over a week ago we have gained three cases. This brings our total up to seventeen cases and the Public Health Department has told me we now have enough to do some statistical analysis to see if there are any trends going on in our Village. I was also advised that there is a possibility we could go to red Thursday in the county. This is not because of Lagrange it is because of overall numbers in the county. We have done very well in Lagrange and I hope these low numbers continue. Please continue to practice social distancing and the wearing of a mask when appropriate and or required.

I have seen many comments on the Village Facebook page after my updates about other cases and people hearing things about schools in the area. I am only given information on residents in the Village of Lagrange, even if someone works here but lives in another city, that case is attached to that city not Lagrange. I am never given any other information on the person because of HIPAA rules and I will only report confirmed cases from the Lorain County Public Health Department because these are factual. When I give an update, I want you to know that these are facts I am reporting confirmed by the Health Department. I will also let you know when the statistical analysis is done and what it showed if anything, you could also check the Health Department site because it should be posted there also.

If cases are reported in the Keystone Schools, it is the responsibility of the Superintendent to notify those affected.

There have also been questions about the date for Halloween. There was a site that listed it on October 25 by mistake, it is always on October 31 in the Village.

Thank you for your cooperation through this pandemic we will get through it together.

Stay Safe!
Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

Village Update: September 20, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I would like to start this update with an apology. My life the last couple of weeks has been a blur losing two family members and I should have already put out this update. I would also like to thank everyone for the wonderful thoughts and prayers sent to my family during this time of grievance, they were very much appreciated.

In the last three weeks we have had three cases and so everyone understands these are cases that are confirmed by the Lorain County Health Department. If someone works in the Village but lives out of the Village, they are not counted against us. I was told there were a couple at the school before school started but they did not all live in the Village so not all were counted. This brings our total to fourteen which I believe is amazing when you consider our population to be approximately twenty-four hundred. We were in the yellow designation for a short period but have now moved back to orange because of a spike on hospital and emergency room visits. Please continue to do your part with social distancing and the wearing of a mask when appropriate so we can keep our Village safe.

I have been asked a lot about Halloween and it is scheduled for October 31 as usual and along with this update included are recommendations from the Health Department to guide us through a safe Halloween. I would encourage you that if you do not feel comfortable participating this year please stay home and turn your porch light off. If you are inclined to participate please do so and follow the guidelines sent out by the Health Department and have your porch light on to let the children know to come to your house for a treat.

I have also been asked many times what the new buildings on the end of Opportunity Way are, these two facilities were built to handle severely disabled people who need round the clock care. These individuals live at these facilities full time and need constant care.

I hope these updates bring everyone up to date and I will continue to keep you informed as I am informed with any new numbers or information.

Stay safe

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Village Covid Update: August 13, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:It has been awhile since my last update because we have had no new cases for the last couple of weeks in the Village. I said in my last update that we had a total of 10 cases and I missed one. The total for the Village is eleven and the Township is about double that in the low twenties. Considering the Township has about double the residents this is a good number for them as well. I believe at this time, most or all of them are out of quarantine and getting back to a normal life. I would like to commend all of you for the social distancing I have seen and for the wearing of masks when it is appropriate. Now that we are out of the red alert, we can relax some and try to get some the normalcy of our lives. Our local hospitals are also doing well dealing with the cases they have as well as getting back to taking care of the elective surgeries for patients, let’s hope this continues.I would like to let everyone know that Helping Hands Food Pantry will be doing a drive through pantry this Saturday August 15 from 10:00 am to noon at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church hall at 708 Erie St. behind the church. Please stay in your car and enter off of State Route 57 and follow the cones. They will be serving Grafton Village, Grafton Township, Eaton Township, Lagrange Township and the Village of Lagrange. If you know of anyone in need please pass this along.As always if you need assistance in any way please feel free to call the Village at 440-355-5555 or my cell phone at 440-355-5309 to see how we can help.

Stay safe!

Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

Covid 19 Update: July 9, 2020

As of Wednesday, July 9, 2020: one new case in the Village and two new cases in the Township. Based upon our best information available.

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange

I have not put out any updates lately and that is a good thing. I am putting out one now to let people know where we stand as far as our numbers. We had one more case last week in the Village and I believe that brings our total to ten. Most have been through quarantine and have been released and are doing well other than the one from last week who is thirty years old and I’m sure is still in the fourteen-day period. Mr. Covell from Lorain County Public Health has informed me that even though the numbers in the County have gone up hospitalizations have stayed flat in that same time period. I hope this trend continues because that is what we need to watch.

I am sure most of you heard Governor Dewine has moved Lorain County to a level three category beginning July tenth at six pm, to see what that entails you can go to the Lorain County Public Health website and read the rules governing this. It will explain what you can or should do and what you shouldn’t do. Once again, I encourage everyone to observe social distancing especially if you have underlying health issues.

Also, just to let everyone know I believe we still have masks available at the Village Hall if needed.

Stay Safe

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Village Update: June 3, 2020

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange:

It has been a while since my last update. I am trying to keep you updated as much as possible without boring you with useless information. The Village has now gone to five confirmed cases of the Covid 19 virus and the Township has eight. It is important to under stand that the jump is primarily because of increased testing. Most of these new cases have no symptoms but are in isolation until they are tested again. Keystone Pointe at this time has one resident in their facility that has no symptoms but tested positive and is in total isolation. I spoke with Dave Covell form Lorain County Health Department and the county as a whole has been flat, numbers wise, and this is a good sign. You have to understand as tests become more readily available they are doing more blanket testing of facilities that are more at risk like the prisons and nursing homes so these aren’t necessarily new cases but cases that weren’t found before because they had no symptoms and so there was no reason to test. I hope that you still practice some social distancing with in reason as we open things back up and try to get back to some sort of normalcy.

I have been asked many times about the ball diamonds at the park, after speaking with the park board we will be opening the diamonds because there has been a lot of interest from traveling teams who are going to practice and play a shortened season. If you know of a team who would be interested have them contact the park board for further information.

Once again, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Grafton will be giving out food this Saturday from 10:00 AM till 12:00 noon to people in need. This is open to Lagrange Village and Township residents and you should enter off of Route 57 into the parking lot.

I would like to end this update on a good note with another shout out to Mrs. Ulupinar for dropping off thirty more masks for residents to pick up at the Village Offices, and I want to give a special thank you to all the people who came out to support the Seniors parade last Friday. It was amazing and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Superintendent Dan White and Mrs. Gibson from Keystone Schools. A special thank you to SpaceBound Inc. and Hershey’s Ice Cream for providing gifts for the seniors. You should all be Keystone proud of this successful salute to the 2020 graduating class and I hope they had as much fun as I did.

Stay safe!

Mayor Kim Strauss
440-355-5309

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
440-355-5309

Village Update: May 12th, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I would like everyone to know that we are still holding at the three previously reported cases of Covid 19. This is great news for Lagrange. The county has a few cases added but it seems we are holding or on the downward slope. We are starting to get back to some sense of normalcy. As I reported last week, we have brought back all the Village employees and Monday we opened up the Village Hall to the public and it is going fine. We have hand sanitizer in and outside the doors and we have masks still available for people that need them, thanks to Mrs. Ulupinar, once again.

I hope all of you have seen the parade route posted on the Village web site, this route was put together by myself and Superintendent, Dan White. Our goal was to pass as many houses as possible to make it easy for people to cheer on the seniors and stay at home as much as possible. I know some of you will have to drive into the Village to see the parade and if so, you can pull into the community park to watch, go to the square or maybe even stop at a friend’s house. Our goal is to keep social distancing as much as possible so that we follow the guidelines given to us. This is a great way to let these seniors know that we appreciate all their hard work and wish them luck on their next journey. The parade will end at the new school and they will leave from there.

We are having a council meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 to pay bills and pass some simple legislation. We will be in and out and do only what we have to do. It is an open meeting but I would discourage everyone from coming for your safety and ours. We have scheduled a planning commission meeting on Thursday May 21 to have a hearing on the proposed apartments on U.S. Grant Street. This meeting is not yet set in stone but if it goes as planned, we will have it on Facebook Live for those who are interested. We are still not allowed to have open public meetings with more than 10 so this is the next best thing. We will keep you posted.

I would like to remind everyone once again that Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Grafton will be giving out food to people in need this Saturday from 10:00 AM till 12:00 noon. This is open to Village and Township residents of Lagrange and you should enter off of Route 57 into the parking lot.

I would like to end this update on a good note with a huge shout out to Jason Raber owner of Lagrange Hardware and Rentals. Last Friday May 8, he sent one hundred sixty-five flower arrangements to Keystone Pointe for the staff and residents, which he ordered from our local florist The Enchanted Florist. I was told he said that he has been very busy in the store and he wanted to pay it forward. This is why you support your local businesses!!!  Great job Jason!! And I hope that if you go into the hardware you let him know how wonderful this gesture was, I know I will.

Hoping you’re all safe,

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309