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Jan 11

Moment with the Mayor for November 3, 2018

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:49 AM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for November 3, 2018
Election Day
On Tuesday, November 6, among many other ballot items, residents will be voting on Issue I, a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce penalties for crimes of obtaining, possessing and using illegal drugs. Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge McIlvaine and Police Chief Reinke recorded an informative program for WCTV that discusses the amendment in depth. Use this link to watch the discussion: You might be interested in knowing that at their last meeting, Wadsworth City Council also passed Resolution No. 18-10 in opposition of Issue 1. For complete information about this issue, including the official general election ballot language and arguments in support and opposition are available at Click the “Know the Statewide Issues” button at the bottom of the home page. You can go to the Medina County Board of Elections site for other valuable election information, including candidates, issues and poll locations. Most importantly, please exercise your right to vote on November 6.

Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings time ends on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00 a.m. and we will turn back the clock one hour. Fire Chief Linder reminds everyone to ‘Change Your Clock, Change your Batteries’. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years, and fire extinguishers should be checked annually to be sure they are in working order. The fire department is unable to do those checks, but there are several independent companies in the area that can. For more information, call the City’s non-emergency fire department number at 330.335.2849.

Family Matters
If you or a family member is struggling with addiction or you have lost a loved one to addiction, this time of year can be very stressful and emotional. Robby’s Voice Family Matters wants you to know that they offer a safe place to talk and share, or just sit and listen. The facilitators have all been affected by addiction, so they are familiar with what others might be experiencing. The group meets every Thursday evening from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at LCADA Way, located at 215 Wadsworth Road, the small building on the corner of the hospital driveway.

Do you know what FOG stands for? In the wastewater system, it stands for Fats, Oils and Grease, and they cause big problems. Why? Over time, when fats, oils and grease get into the sewer system, they stick to the inside of the pipes. Over time, FOG builds up and creates a blockage and can cause raw sewage overflowing into your home or yard; potential contact with disease-causing organisms, including E. Coli and Giardia; expensive clean-up procedures and increased sewer bills due to higher maintenance costs to the sewer department; and damage to the environment, including algae blooms and fish kills. It’s easy to prevent FOG-related sewer problems by following these simple steps: scrape or pour grease and food scraps into a can or jar and throw it in the garbage. For small amounts of grease, wipe out pots and pans with a paper towel and throw the towel in the garbage. Put a strainer in the sink drain to catch food scraps and then throw them in the garbage. Garbage disposals do not get rid of FOG-they just move it down the line and spread the problem. Don’t rely on detergents that claim to dissolve grease as those products will also spread FOG through the sewer lines. Another big no-no for the sewer system is flushing cleaning products or wipes, even when they are labeled “flushable”. They may indeed flush, but they do not dissolve and end up clogging pipes and pump station equipment, leading to sewer backups. Help save time and money by putting wipes, rags, towels and feminine products in the trash, NOT the toilet.

Until next week…..
Mayor Robin Laubaugh