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Sagamore Hills
Administration Offices
11551 Valley View Road
Sagamore Hills, Ohio 44067

(330) 467-0900


ODOT Open House
There will be an ODOT Open House at the Township Safety Center on Wednesday,
December 11th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the Rt. 82 project.

Raccoon Rabies Baiting Ends For Year
The Summit County Combined General Health District, along with the Division of Wildlife Services, participated in multi-county rabies vaccine baiting for raccoons. This is a result of raccoons testing positive in Lake, Geauga, & Cuyahoga counties since 2004. The baiting was scheduled for August 26 thru September 13.
Local communities involved:
• Boston Heights • Hudson, north of Route 303 • Macedonia • Northfield Center
• Northfield Village • Reminderville • Sagamore Hills • Twinsburg City & Township
• The Cuyahoga Valley National Park was baited by aircraft.
• Communities surrounding the park should be aware that bait may fall outside the park area.
What does the bait look like? The bait is either a fishmeal coated plastic packet or a brown square block with a strong odor of fishmeal. A plastic packet inside the block contains a red liquid with the vaccine.
What if I find a rabies bait? Baits should be left alone, but intact baits can be moved if they are found where children and pets play. Damaged baits should be bagged and disposed in the trash.
• Wear gloves or use a paper towel when picking up the bait.
• Toss intact baits into a fencerow, woodlot, ditch or other raccoon habitat area.
• Wash your hands after any skin contact with damaged bait.

What if my pet eats the bait?
• A few baits are not harmful, although eating a lot may cause vomiting or diarrhea.
• Do not risk getting bitten by taking bait away from your pet.
• Confine your pet for a couple of days, and check the area for more baits.
• If your pet ate baits, avoid your pet's saliva for 24 hours, and wash skin or wounds that may have been licked. For additional details on the baiting process and protecting pets and children, click here.

Call the Ohio Department of Health, Rabies Information Line (1-888-722-4371) to report any incidents or for further advice.

For additional information, contact Summit County Public Health Division of Environmental Health at 330-926-5600.

Press Release on Dunham Road Property
June 26, 2013
Sagamore Hills Township

Today, Sagamore Hills Township was informed by the media that Redwood Acquisition, LLC has apparently withdrawn their Purchase Agreement with the Nordonia Hills City School District for the acquisition of 93 acres on Dunham Road in Sagamore Hills Township.

Since the Purchase Agreement was entered into by the District in February, Sagamore Hills Township has received no information about the proposed project from the District or Redwood Acquisitions, LLC except through the media reports. Very shortly before the Purchase Agreement was entered into, the Township was informed of the Purchase Agreement, but received no details. Only through a public records request did Sagamore Hills Township obtain a copy of the Purchase Agreement.

Representatives of Redwood Acquisition, LLC did schedule to come to a Zoning Commission meeting earlier in the year but canceled about twenty minutes before the meeting. On the evening of June 24, 2013, representatives of Redwood Acquisition LLC did appear at the Zoning Commission meeting without any notice. The representatives generally introduce their company.

Sagamore Hills Township has no further information.

2013 Legal Notice On Grass and Landscaping

Revised Right-of-Way Excavation Rules & Regulations
Click here for the revised Right-of-Way Excavation Rules and Regulations along with the application for a permit.

Police Security Check Request Form Available
If you would like the Sagamore Hills Police to keep a watch on your property while you are away, you can click here and print a request form. A day or two before leaving, please fill out the form and drop it off at the Police Department.

Eaton Estate and Greenwood Village Websites Listed In Links

Congratulations To The Senior Community Center
On January 2, 2013 the Epiphany Lutheran Church opened their doors to provide a facility for seniors to come to for fellowship, a safe and clean place to engage in physical activity, meet other seniors with some of the same issues and to enjoy life to the fullest.

Seniors meet on Wednesdays
10 am. - 4 p.m.
Epiphany Lutheran Church
10503 Valley View Road
Northfield Center, OH 44067
More information to follow.

DO NOT Misuse The D.U.M.P. Box By The Police Department
REMINDER - The D.U.M.P. Box is for "prescription" medications only!
Please DO NOT dispose of vitamins, syringes, toiletries, aerosol cans and empty pill containers!

Visit The Sagamore Hills Police Facebook Page

Visit The Northfield Fire District Webpage

Important Message From Police Chief Hayes Regarding Burglaries

Take Steps To Avoid The Flu
Click here for ways to avoid the flu.

Regional Stormwater Management Fees Began In January 2013
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Stormwater Program started on January 1, 2013. Click here for information about the fee and credits available.

Zoning Inspector Hours
Effective Nov. 1, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Tues. 9:00 AM. - 12:00 Noon
Thurs. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Evening hours by appointment only.
Contact Don Saunders, Zoning Inspector at 216-262-1688.

Garage Sale Registration
All township garage sales must be registered with the township.
Click here for the newly revised Registration form and the Zoning regulations.

GrowNOW: Helping Ohio’s Small Businesses
GrowNOW, brought to you by the State Treasurer's Office, enables small business owners to receive a 3% interest rate reduction on their bank loan when they link the loan to job growth or retention in the State of Ohio.
How Do Small Businesses Qualify? Click here for an overview of the program.
Questions? Visit the State Treasurer's GrowNOW website at
www.grownow.ohio.gov or call 1-800-228-1102 option #3.

ECO-Link Helps Ohioans Save Energy and Money
In an effort to help save you money and become more energy efficient, State Treasurer Josh Mandel sponsors the Energy Conservation for Ohioans (ECO-Link) program. This program provides reduced-rate financing through partnering banks for Ohioans completing energy-efficient improvements in their homes.
How can ECO-Link benefit you?
• Homeowners receive a 3% interest rate reduction on the life of qualifying five-year mbank loans
• Homeowners can save between 10-30% off utility bills upon installing energy-efficient mproducts
• Most energy-efficient improvements qualify homeowners for federal tax credits and madditional rebates
Who is eligible?Click here for an overview.
For additional information, please contact State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office
at 1-800-228-1102 option #3 or click here.

Dispose Of Unused Medications Properly At The D.U.M.P. Box
The Summit County Health District, in collaboration with
local community partners, is establishing a pharmaceutical
disposal program for residents to safely dispose of their unused medications.
Simply bring the unwanted medicine to the D.U.M.P. box by the Police Station on Valley View Road on or after April 4, and the medication will be safely destroyed, no questions asked.
Please note, these boxes are for pills, capsules or liquids
only - NO syringes accepted at the D.U.M.P. boxes and NO aerosol cans, vitamins, or toiletries.
For syringe disposal, please call 330-926-5600
Complete details on the program here.

Sign Up For Summit County Emergency Notification System
Summit County now has an Emergency Notification System that you can participate in at no cost. To sign up, click the image below.
Click here for more details on the program.

Click here to access the Summit County website.
Summit County Health Programs and Locations
Click here for a complete listing of Health Programs and Locations throughout the county.

Bed Bug Flyer
Bed bugs are becoming a problem. Here is information from the Cuyahoga County Board Of Health that addresses prevention and control. Details.

The News Leader Website Link Added
For the latest local news, visit The News Leader website at www.the-news-leader.com

Begin The Trashformation
The Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has partnered with Acme Fresh Markets to provide an educational recycling awareness campaign entitled "Begin the Trashformation." This campaign will educate Acme shoppers about recycling through an array of in-store promotional pieces including shelf talkers, banners, and in-store announcements.

This campaign also encourages shoppers to take action by signing up to recycle, or pledging to recycle more. At the customers service desks shoppers can "sign up to recycle" while being entered into a drawing to win $125 in groceries.

The campaign will launch September 13th.
Click here for more information on recycling.

Sagamore Voice Website Link Added
If you are a resident, you should receive the monthly magazine Sagamore Voice. Back issues are also available on the Internet at scriptype.com/cities/Sagamore.html

New Link On Links Page For Nordonia Babysitting Coop

Details on this local group can also be found here: www.mybabycoop.com

Door-To-Door Solicitations
With the warmer weather, people may be knocking on your door for all kinds of reasons. Click here for suggestions on how to handle some of these situations.
For more information on Summit County Consumer Affairs, click here.

Sign Up For Nixle - Keep Informed About Sagamore Hills
Nixle is a community information service provider. It connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information over cell phones, e-mails and web access. In Sagamore Hills, the Police Department will share information through Nixle.
For additional information and instructions on how to register, click here.
Summit County Office Of Consumer Affairs Notices
Online Scams For Holidays Like Valentine's Day - Details here.
Contact Information for Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs:
  Phone: 330-643-2879 - Website: www.co.summit.oh.us/conaffairs.htm

New Link On Links Page For Nordonia Garden Club
Click here for Links page. Click here for Nordonia Hills Garden Center.

Summit County's Choice To Change Electric Suppliers
Summit County residents are currently receiving letters from FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. indicating that FirstEnergy will become their electric generation supplier on the date of their next meter reading. This supplier is NOT connected in any way to NOPEC. Sagamore Hills Township is not part of the NOPEC aggregation program for electricity, therefore, you are not eligible for NOPEC for electricity.
The switch is being made to FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. to save residents a guaranteed 6.0% and businesses a guaranteed 4.0% off the competitive portion of their electric supply through 2012 by joining the Summit County Electric Governmental Aggregation Program.
In May 2002, Summit County's residents voted to allow the County to contract for an electric generation supplier on their behalf.
The current letter is a follow-up to a letter that was sent to all Summit County residents and businesses dated June 12 that informed everyone that this switch to FirstEnergy was taking place.
At that time, residents and businesses were able to opt-out of the switch at no cost thru July 3rd.
The current letter is a confirmation that the switch to FirstEnergy is being made, but you may still opt out.
Click here for residential FAQs that further explain the switch and the reasoning behind it.
Click here for the business FAQs.
Click here to see a sample of the June 12th residential letter.

Rain Barrell Installation Instructions
Click here for complete instructions on how to install your own rain barrel like the one that has been installed at the Sagamore Hills Park.

Open Burning Regulations In The Township
Summer is a popular time of year to have open fires for cooking and recreation.
Click here for the regulations regarding outdoor fires.
Please observe these regulations for safety and in the interest of the environment and of being a good neighbor.

Green Improvements At The Township Park

Rose Mary Snell, Brian Bauman, Beau Polcen, Kevin Hebebrand, and Bill Cuprak work to establish the new raingarden at the park.
Click here to read about the new raingarden, rain barrel, and pet waste disposal units at the park.
Click here to read a resident's comments on these park improvements.

New Township Park Rules and Regulations
With usage of the park increasing in late spring and summer, please review the Park Rules and Regulations. Thank you for your cooperation.
For a print friendly version of the new Park Rules and Regulations, click here.

The Importance Of Roadside Ditches
Click here for important information on roadside ditches in the township.

Grilling Safety Tips

Over 75% of all American households own grills. The following grill safety tips will help everyone have a safer outdoor cooking season.

When you fill or exchange a propane cylinder, make sure the supplier checks for dents, damage, rust or leaks before you take it home.
Never leave a filled propaqne cylinder in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will increase the gas pressure and may open the relief valve allowing gas to escape.
Gas Grills
Propane is highly flammable, but can be used safely if proper measures are taken.
Read all grill instructions prior to use.
Check grill hoses for cracks, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure no sharp bends exist in the hose or tubing.
Move gas hoses away from hot surfaces and dripping grease.
Always keep propane cylinders upright.
Never store a spare propane cylinder under or near the grill or indoors.
Never store or use flammable liquids near the grill.
Do not use a gas grill indoors or in an enclosed environment. Never bring the propane cylinder into the house.
Charcoal Grills
Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas when it is burned. CO can accumulate in closed environments and reach toxic levels.
Carefully read all instructions and warnings prior to use.
Charcoal should never be used indoors. Never burn charcoal inside homes, vehicles, tents, garages, or campers. Every year, around 17 people die as a result of CO fumes generated by charcoal being burned inside.
Do not store charcoal grills indoors with freshly used coals. Charcoal produces CO fumes until it is completely extinguished.
Only use approved starter fluid for lighting charcoal. Never use gasoline to start a charcoal fire.

Fire Safety Checklist
Help protect your home and family by reviewing the Fire Safety Checklist and taking the appropriate actions wherever necessary. Click here for the checklist.

Summit Soil & Water Conservation District Activities
To go to the Summit Soil & Conservation website, click here.
For other conservation activities, click here.

Wildlife Refrence Guide
It's that time of year when we spend more time outside and the animals in nature become more active. As a result, you may want to know what to do if you see a sick or injured animal or if you or your pets come in contact with a sick animal.
For a general wildlife guide for these and other situations, click here.
For a wealth of additional information, click here to visit the Ohio Division Of Wildlife.

Fire Safety Tips
Place Fire Extinguishers Throughout the Home:
Fire extinguishers can help insure that a fire can be put out before it grows out of control. IN THE EVENT OF ANY FIRE CALL 911. The basic types of fire extinguishers are:
Type A: To extinguish wood, paper, and fabric fires.
Type B: To extinguish grease, oil, gasoline and other flammable liquid fires.
Type C: To extinguish energized electrical fire.
Type ABC: For extinguishing all three types of fire.
Type D: For combustible metal.
When using a fire extinguisher remember "P A S S"
Pull the safety pin on top of the extinguisher.
Aim the nozzle toward the material that is burning.
Squeeze the handle to discharge the flow of agent.
Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the flames to ensure full
coverage by the extinguishing agent until the fire is extinguished.
Capt. Frank Risko, Fire Prevention Officer
330-467-0900 ext. 143

Homestead Exemption
The Homestead Exemption is available to homeowners who are 65 years or older or totally disabled under the age of 65. Surviving spouse of a qualified homeowner who was at least 59 years old on the date of their spouse's death is also eligible. You must be the owner of the home or manufactured home and it must be your primary residence on January 1 for the tax year you apply.
With the passage of House Bill 119 on June 27, 2007 the State Legislature has expanded the homestead relief program, a reduction in property taxes, for senior citizens. The income limits under the former homestead program have been eliminated.
Under the new program every senior citizen or permanently disabled homeowner will receive an exemption of $25,000 on the market value of their home from property taxes, regardless of their income.
Applicants can apply for Homestead Exemption in the year they turn 65 as long as they own and occupy the house as of January 1 of the year they file.
Click here for complete details and an application.
Questions? Call 330-643-2661
Property Tax Information
Click here for property tax and other useful information at the Summit County Fiscal Office website.

Rules and Regulations Governing Soliciting In
Sagamore Hills Township
Sagamore Hills Township requires the registration of all transient vendors. All transient vendors must register at the township police department before being permitted to offer goods or services for sale. If anyone has questions about persons soliciting in the township, call the township police department at 330-468-0900. The Rules and Regulations are listed below.
All solicitors must be registered with the Sagamore Hills Police Department.
Solicitation hours are from Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is a charge of $25.00 per business. There is no charge for non-profit
There is a 24-hour waiting period from the time the permit is issued before solicitors are allowed to commence soliciting.
A solicitor's application must be filled out in full with the Sagamore Hills Police Department. This includes the names of all solicitors and vehicles in the area.
All solicitors in Sagamore Hills Township are required to wear a photo ID badge
with their name and the name and address of the company they represent.
By Order of the Board of Trustees Sagamore Hills Township
Resolution 270-82

Home Foreclosure Helpline
Click here for details and contact information.