May Village Council Meeting: Changed to May 13 at 7:30!

Village Council will meet only one time in May due to the current Coronavirus episode.  7:30 pm at the LaGrange Administration Building.

Council was forced to move the meeting to May 13th to pass Emergency legislation pertaining to this summer’s maintenance of the water tower.

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

Mayor’s Coronavirus Update: April 30, 2020

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I am happy to report that as of today we are still holding at three cases of Covid 19 in the Village and Township combined, this is great news and the type I like to report. I was on my weekly teleconference call today with the Mayors in Lorain County and Rebecca Starks from the Cleveland Clinic along with Dave Covell from Lorain County Public Health Services and one topic of conversation was letting people know that the hospitals are all caught up and ready to serve anyone in need. We do not want people to stay away from the hospitals if they seriously need help. These hospitals are geared up and ready to treat people and to treat people safely. Some people from the EMS squads have reported people waiting too long to call for help and this is just as dangerous as the virus if not more so.

Another topic that was discussed was whether or not Hot Stove baseball will start and at this time the answer is no. I have been asked this a lot lately. The only thing I can say at this time, is that I was told more information on this subject will be out in about three weeks. I promise to keep everyone updated as much as possible on this subject and any others that come along that are relevant in regards to our community.

As we enter this first phase in restarting the economy the Village will slowly move forward along with it. I will be calling back the bulk of our employees on May fourth to try and get back to business as usual, within reason. We will still be practicing social distancing through the work day as everyone else will be, but we also need to get back to taking care of the Village. As far as the Village offices go, we will phase this opening in a little slower as we get the building safe for the public. We will be adding hand sanitizers at the inside and outside of the main doors for people to use along with the police department so that people can come in and feel safe. We are periodically spraying the inside and the outside of the building with a solution that kills the virus and this will continue for some time. I will let you know when the building opens.

I would like to remind everyone that Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Grafton will be giving out food once again to people in need. This will be May 2 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 thank the Penfield Quilters for making masks for the police department and I would like to thank Hellen Collins and once again Mrs. Ulupinar for donating masks to be given away at the Village Offices. If you need a mask please call Mary Kay Gates at 355-5555 ext. 1 or myself at 355-5309. We will make arrangements to get you a mask.I would like to give a special shout out to Korin Adkins. This young lady has taken donations and purchased food to give to families in need with in our community. She helped a young woman with four children whose husband is in the military. This is what small towns are all about, thank you for all you have done. If someone needs help of any kind please call the Village Hall or myself and we will do our best to help.

Stay safe,

Mayor Kim Strauss
440-355-5309

Mayor’s Update April 22, 2020: Coronavirus

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange

I am very happy to report that at this time we are still holding at one case in the Village and two in the Township and overall, our numbers county wide are starting to flatten. This is good news for us all and I want to thank you for practicing social distancing and respecting the stay at home policy, these two things are what have kept these numbers as low as they are. We must continue to keep up the good work and things will start to loosen up so that we can at least enjoy the summer although it will be the new normal that we will have to get used to as soon as we know what that is.

The one item of bad news that I have is that we have cancelled safety town for this year. With the decision to keep schools closed for the rest of this school year, I believe we must follow suit and wait till next school year and hope things are back to normal so that we can bring back safety town. To let everyone know, if you had sent in a check for registration these will be sent back.

I am in discussions now with the Village Administrator Mary Kay Gates and President of Council Gary Kincannon to figure out the best time to bring back all Village employees and when to reopen the Village Hall to the public. We will keep you up to date on these items as they are decided.

Now the part I like the most. I want to give a huge shout out to Ron and Louis Farkas from Farkas farms. They have donated $7500.00 to the Village and Township, $3750.00 was donated to the Lagrange Lions club and Second Harvest to purchase food for their food bank and $3750.00 was donated to the Keystone Schools Snack Pack program operated by Youth for Youth. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Next, I would like to give a shout out again to Mr. and Mrs. Ulupinar for once again donating more masks. They are greatly appreciated. Also, two more people have stepped up to the plate. Faye Rourke and Theresa Whatmore from the Friendship gas station on St. Route 301 asked if they could help and I said of course.  I picked up approximately 50 masks from them as donations on Monday. Please if you see any of these people give them a big thank you for helping our community. And if you need a mask or two please call Mary Kay Gates at 440-355-5555 extension 1 or my cell phone at 440-355-5309.

I would like to let everyone know about a fundraiser for 2020 Toys for Tots Season. They are hosting a virtual 5 K run because of social distancing. They know with so many people out of work this could be a tough Christmas season for many. If you are interested you can go to this link to sign up today!!!!    http://lorainvirtual5k.toysfortots.org

Stay safe out there!!!

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

April 16th Council Meeting

The April 16th, 2020 Council Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Due to social distancing concerns and the maximum number of persons allowed at a gathering, we are suggesting that residents do not attend this meeting.  Village Officials who attend will put the number present  at 10, which is the maximum for any gathering. Only essential business will be discussed and bills paid.  No new, controversial, actions will be taken.

Council Meeting: April 16, 2020

There will be a Council Meeting on April 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.  RESIDENTS ARE DISCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  Per order of the Governor and Lorain County Board of Health, there can be only 10 persons at a gathering.  Six Council members, the Mayor, Fiscal Officer, Village Administrator and Village Solicitor makes 10 persons. Village Council will only take care of  basic business: approving previous minutes, approve previously granted Community Reinvestment Act updates, and pay the April bills. No OLD or NEW business will be discussed, that is a controversial nature.  In the future, we plan on using ZOOM, Face Time, or You Tube to allow viewing, with call-in or email questions.