Covid/Village News, May 2021

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I have not put out an update lately and it is for a good reason. We have had virtually no cases to report in the last three to four weeks in the Village. The county numbers have also been minimal along with hospitalizations overall and this is great news. I did not want to bore you with non-informational updates but I have been asked to send one out and I hope this makes people feel a little bit more at ease. Governor DeWine has also announced that health mandates will be lifted on June 2nd except for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. What this means is businesses or schools are not required to make you wear a mask or to continue social distancing, but if they choose to do so it is up to them. The same can be said for you, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask then by all means you should do so. The governor has put the responsibility back on us as individuals and on the businesses themselves. Please remember that a business is privately owned and if they choose to continue the mask requirement you should wear a mask in that business or go somewhere else. This does not mean that Covid is gone, but it does mean that more people are now vaccinated, including myself and my family, and the numbers are trending down and that is a good thing.

The Keystone Graduation Parade was such a success last year that the school has requested it again, the parade will start at the Village Municipal Building and end at the high school. The parade is this Sunday May 16 at 6:30 and should be completed around 7:30. Please come out and give these seniors a great send off and congratulate them for all that they have accomplished. We have limited the social distancing so we will not be going through the park this year, you can come up to the square or park at the school and greet them on Opportunity Way at the end. A lot of you will have a bird’s eye view in your front yards so partner up with your friends to watch. There is a parade route on the Village site if you would like to check exactly where it will go.

I hope this update finds everyone well and I want to thank you all again for doing such a great job through this pandemic. Even though we have lost people along the way, I do believe that many were saved by these mandates and by you diligently following them.

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

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.

COVID-19 Update: December 23, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

Lately, the updates I have been giving have been pretty depressing, but I am happy to report that things are looking up. We went from thirty-one COVID-19 cases two weeks ago to fifteen last week to nine this week. We have also gone down to red level three, instead of purple level four, in the county as their numbers continue to slowly go down. I hope these numbers continue to drop as the vaccine is also being given at this time to many front-line workers. They were given to Keystone Pointe staff and residents this Monday and I hope this helps our elderly population as well. I was just given permission to give everyone some very good news, Keystone Pointe tested one hundred and five staff members and residents Monday and the results came back with no positives. I believe the hard work these people do on the front lines is making a huge difference in peoples lives. Great job to everyone at Keystone Pointe!!!!!!! Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

I would like to give a shout out to the Durham Ridge homeowners association, the Lagrange Fire Department, the Lagrange Police Department, Village workers and everyone else involved with Santa visiting the community by firetruck. Not only was this great for the kids but it brought in much needed food for the Lagrange Lions Second Harvest Food bank and toys for the Keystone Girls’ Softball team. Also, a big shout out for everyone who has donated food and toys for people in need!!!!!!

On a different note, I would also like to thank the local businesses on the square for adopting a waste container on the square. During the summer they watered plants for the Village that were put there and then they took it one step farther by decorating them for Christmas. They look great and I hope this continues and becomes a tradition along with Santa on the firetruck!!!!

I would like to end this update by wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas along with a prosperous New Year!!!! Please continue to practice social distancing when appropriate, you have all been doing a great job!!!

Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

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