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

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
440-355-5309

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April 10, 2020: Mayor’s Covid-19 Update

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

As I write this update, I am constantly thinking about how our lives have changed in such a short period of time. Many have compared this to 911 but the difference is after 911 people came together to give support to each other and even that has been taken away from us with social distancing. I can’t imagine how the mothers and fathers feel that have tested positive for Covid 19 and they can’t hug their children. Speaking to my daughter who is now 30 years old is just not the same as giving her a hug to let her know that everything will be okay, I miss this the most.

As of this writing we still only have one confirmed case and that is in the Township. I was told of another in the Township but I have not been able to verify this new information. I want everyone to understand that these are cases that are confirmed by test but there could be many more that have just not been tested because they have no symptoms. We need to continue to follow social distancing rules to keep contact with others at a minimum.

I was on a conference call this week with the local mayors along with Dave Covell from Lorain County Public Health and Rebecca Stark from the Cleveland Clinic. The feeling is that our number of cases has flattened some what and that is good, what is more important is that we continue to stay safe at home to keep this trend going. Even the governor, who I think has done a great job, along with Dr. Acton agree with this. I am very proud of our community and the way we have practiced social distancing. Keep up the good work!!!!

We are going to have a council meeting shortly, probably on the sixteenth, to pay bills and clean up any business to keep the Village operating. We have to follow the sunshine law and keep it open to the public but I assure you we will only do the basics and I strongly urge the public to stay away. We will post the agenda so everyone knows what we are doing. With council, myself the administrator and the fiscal officer we already have 9 people and you are not allowed to have more than ten at one time. We are working on a way to use Zoom or Facetime for the next meeting so that people could call in to listen. I will be asking council to pass a resolution declaring a state of emergency to help us apply for federal funds when they come available. With the added shifts at the police department our general fund will be decreasing and I was just notified by the State Auditor that we need to cut 20% from our budget to account for the drop in local funds that come from the state.

I would like to end this update on a positive note with a huge shout out to Kasandra Kobak owner of Believe Dream Dare, BDD Dance Studio located in Lagrange. This young lady has been doing a once a week virtual princess story craft and sing along, not only in Lagrange but in surrounding areas. She also dressed as Elsa from Frozen and did a “quarantine birthday yard visit” where she stood on the sidewalk for just five minutes and made a little girl’s day. Thank you for voluntarily making peoples days just a little brighter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter,

Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

First Positive Covida-19 in LaGrange Township

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I have kept you updated with all pertinent information as it has been given to me. I mentioned that I could get the call at anytime that there was a case of the virus known as Covid-19 in our area and that time has come. I was just informed that someone just outside the Village tested positive and is now in fourteen-day quarantine. This is close enough to home to know that we have to be more vigilante than ever to keep this contained and to not have it spread further. I am sure this person shopped and did business in the Village as we all do. Social distancing is even more important going forward to keep our community safe.

I received a call that people were gathered at one of the pavilions at the community park and when I got there they were just leaving. This is unacceptable and cannot happen. The pavilions at the park are closed along with the exercise equipment along the trails. It is impossible to keep these things sanitized properly and I hope you understand that I am not trying to make anyone’s life harder than it is right now I am only trying to keep everyone safe until this situation improves. We will continue to keep the walking trails open so that people can get out and exercise just be aware of your surroundings so that there is space between you and anyone else who is there.

On a positive note I would like to give a huge shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Ulupinar on Harvest Ct. for donating masks that they made for the police department and anyone else who would like one. These are the cloth style that have been recommended to be worn when you are out in public shopping or just walking. They donated over thirty of these and said they will give more if needed. If you call the Village at 355-5555 and ask for Mark Kay Gates at extension 1 or you can call my cell phone at 355-5309, we will make arrangements to meet you or get you one of these masks. It is something like this that makes me so proud to be part of this small but great community. We will get through this but we must continue to practice social distancing.

Hoping you continue to be safe,

Mayor Kim Strauss
440-355-5309

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