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Clean up/beautification work set for May 21

Residents can get rid of unwanted items from their yards, basements and garages and bring them to the city service garage on Richelieu for disposal Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Lorain County Beautiful Day, formerly known as Pride Day. In this photo, Mayor Dennis Bring and Councilman Mark Erdei helped unload a resident’s vehicle during a recent Pride Day.

Residents are encouraged to take part in the annual Lorain County Beautiful Day, formerly known as Pride Day. It is Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, unless noted.


Residents can safely have sensitive documents destroyed at a mobile shredding unit, courtesy of Domonkas Library. It will be at City Hall, 609 Harris Road, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Household and Yard Waste Disposal

Dumpsters will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city service garage, 4750 Richelieu. Unwanted items from homes, basements, garages and yards can be disposed of and assistance is available loading the dumpster. Batteries, propane tanks, tires and paint are not accepted.

Senior citizen assistance with yard debris

Trucks will pick up branches and other yard debris from the front curbs of senior citizens’ homes. Please contact the water department in advance or during the event at 440-949-6259.

Clean up projects – volunteers needed!

Please consider donating an hour or two of your time Saturday morning to help clean Lakewood Park Beach and Community Park. Help is also needed to clean up, weed and mulch at the Hanks Community Center and Boat Launch.

Beautification projects – volunteers needed!

Plant sunflowers at the covered bridge or help plant flowers and put down mulch at City Hall.

No need to register, just come! Please bring rakes for clean up, trowels for planting. Flowers, mulch and refuse bags will be provided.

Safety Forces Host May 14 Open House

Residents are invited to meet Sheffield Lake police officers and firefighters when they host an Open House Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 609 Harris Road.

Visitors may tour police and fire facilities and explore equipment, including the life-saving emergency squad.

The police department will introduce its canine officer, Lenny, and his handler Officer Joshua McCoy.

Metro Life Flight will stage a landing around 12 noon, weather permitting.

Amber Oaks, a local, family-owned restaurant, will provide food for purchase. Complimentary pop and water also will be available.

Trash, recyclable, bulk pick up moves to Friday

Beginning Friday, May 6, Republic Services will pick up trash, recyclables and bulk items from Sheffield Lake residences every Friday.
Republic Services acknowledged that customers would benefit from weekly, as opposed to monthly, pick up of bulk items. They request residents limit bulk items to four each week.
In addition, leaves and yard debris will be picked up year round.

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Resident input sought

Residents are urged to share their views about significant development projects the city may undertake in the next five years. Sheffield Lake Planning Commission has developed a ten question survey that will help guide their work as they update the plan.

The Master Plan is used in grant applications and to assist officials in prioritizing projects that are funded. In the past six years, the city obtained federal, state and local grants totaling $20 million.

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Easter Eggstravaganza is Saturday

Come on out and join the Easter Bunny at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, Apr. 9, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Knollwood Elementary School, 4975 Oster Rd Sheffield Lake.

Fun family activities are planned including face painting, games, arts and crafts, bake sale and basket raffle. The egg hunts start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Children will participate in separate age groups – 3 and younger, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. There will be one lucky golden egg winner in age group. 

Sheffield Lake 2020 Census Info

Data from the 2020 U.S. Census suggests the city and its residents have come back from the financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession that occurred from 2007 to 2010.

Perhaps most notable is a reported drop in the poverty rate from 11.8% in 2010 to 4.2% in 2020. This number is similar to the poverty rate in Avon at 4.5% and Avon Lake at 4.4%.

Median family income was $71,450 in 2020, up from $63,081 in 2016, an increase of 13.27%. Family income is defined by two or more people who are related living in the same household. This differs from median household income which includes older adults living alone, students in college apartments and persons who are not related living in the same home.

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Spotlight on Sheffield Lake

Gary and Renee Tollett

Resident Gary Tollett believes, “Sheffield Lake is a cool little town and great place to raise your family.” He wants more people to know that so he and his wife Renee, owners of radio stations WOBL and WDLW are highlighting Sheffield Lake during March in the station’s first-ever “Spotlight City of the Month” promotion.

In addition to on-air personalities sharing interesting tidbits about the city throughout the month, WOBL’s Michelle Lee, who also lives in Sheffield Lake, will broadcast live with the Smoked Country Jam Monday, Mar. 21, 7-11 a.m. at The Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road. Residents are welcome to attend.

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Firms sought for infrastructure work

The city is accepting applications from firms wishing to do infrastructure projects within the city.

Firms may submit their qualifications to Service Director Pat Hastings by 4 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2022, following the requirements set forth here.

Consequences of salt use following snow and ice storms

Many U.S. state and local governments struggle with issues regarding use of salt following snow and ice storms. Salting streets does make it safer and easier for drivers. However, salting has many downsides. For those of us living near freshwater sources that provide water for drinking and household use, there are additional downside factors with using salt which ultimately gets into Lake Erie through sewers and ground water. Many organizations and universities have studied the challenges, including human health risks and economic development impacts, associated with the use of salt as a deicer.


Is corrosive to streets, buildings, vehicles, bridges and other infrastructure. Maintenance, repairs or replacement is very expensive, whether for public or private property.

Can infiltrate nearby surface soil and ground water.

Alters the chemistry and changes the ecosystem of Lake Erie.

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Snow Storm Safety Tips

Photo by Kelly Sikkema 

The U.S. Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area. Rain will begin on Wednesday then turn to snow overnight. Depending on how fast temperatures drop, there could be freezing rain, creating ice on power lines and trees. Snow will fall overnight Wednesday through Thursday and into Friday morning, according to latest reports. Snowfall is estimated at 9-14 inches, but could go as high as 20 inches. Please stay safe. The following tips may help you be better prepared.

Get ready

Charge cell phones, computers and other devices.

Locate flashlights, batteries.

Stock up on necessities – medications, nonperishable food, bottled water.

Reporting emergencies

Life threatening emergencies, including electrical contact or entrapment, should be reported directly to 911. Dispatchers are trained to assess these situations.

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