What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure you check out the Strongsville Post this week and don’t miss Street Talk on page 7!

This week’s question was: “What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?” Sawyer and Jason both answered. Sawyer’s answer is exactly what you’d expect: Godzilla! I’m sharing pictures from last year’s epic Godzilla costume. (Beckett was pretty adorable as Daniel Tiger too!)

Jason’s is pretty funny too–but, alas, no pictures of that crazy costume.

Traffic Update regarding Congestion at Westwood and Pearl

I know Ward 3 residents and other Strongsville residents continue to be frustrated with the 42/82 construction traffic. To respond to your questions, I reached out to both the Engineering Department and the Police Department to ask about the whether the lights at Royalton/Pearl and Westwood/Pearl can be better synced, whether officers are running the lights manually, and gridlocking. Here’s what I learned:

1. From Engineering: “[T]he lights are not properly ‘synced.’ Right now the intersection at 42/82 is running independently from the closed loop system of the surrounding signals. They cannot be truly ‘synced’ until the vehicle detectors are restored and operating, which will occur towards the end of the construction.”

2. Also from Engineering: “In addition, the[] sequencing of the 42/82 signal has been changed to protect left turns east and west from 42 to 82. This causes additional inefficiencies and delays, but it is for safety.”

3. From the Police: “[W]e have had and currently have officers posted daily, m-f, 3p to 7p, to operate the traffic signals at Pearl & Royalton and Westwood & Pearl.”

4. Also from the Police: “Additionally, officers have been monitoring the traffic flow during the off times and have operated the light manually.”

5. On gridlocking: “Enforcement options for blocking the intersection are not feasible at this time. Making a traffic stop in or near this area would make the current problem worse. We will continue our efforts in reminding the motoring public ‘not to block’ the intersections through our social media platforms.”

Until this project wraps up, I’ll be budgeting more time to get through that part of town. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

ETA: Albion is open as of 2:15 pm today, 10/25.

Traffic Update — Railroad Crossings in Ward 3

Since becoming Ward 3’s Councilwoman in 2018, I have heard numerous complaints about the railroad tracks.  They need to be repaired, without a doubt.  But the timing of working on them now–while the 82/42 construction is going on–is bad.

CSX repaired the railroad tracks on Prospect on 8/21 and 8/22.  Because the detour traffic was so heavy, the Service Dept. closed Westwood from Alameda to Pearl to through traffic.  It was unexpected and frustrating for residents.

As of today, Prospect is open and so is Westwood.  Unfortunately, Albion will be closed the remainder of the week, at least.

Additionally, Pearl/Royalton has a new traffic pattern that is causing additional traffic.  If you need to go through that intersection, please allow extra time.

You Asked. I Listened.

Playground with Sign

You asked. I listened.

Residents asked why we didn’t have a playground that was ADA-compliant. Residents asked why other communities have more family-friendly activities.

I heard you. First, I championed the Surrarrer playground for children of all abilities (built in 2018, with additions in 2019). Then this summer, I created the Outdoor Movie Night, complete with inflatables and other free activities. Over 1000 attended!

There’s more we can do. But I need your help to keep these kinds of activities and amenities coming to Strongsville!

Please remember to vote to #KeepKellyinWard3! And tell your friends.   #KeepKelly #FamiliesFirst #YouAskedKellyListened

Alert: Prospect at Railroad Tracks to Be Closed Starting on 10/21

Ward 3 Residents —

I have good news and bad news.

Bad news first:

Starting Oct. 21, Prospect (at Westwood) will be closed for 3-5 days. Detours will be posted. (Point of clarification: Westwood will remain open.)

The good news:

CSX will be repairing the pavement at the railroad tracks (Prospect & Westwood), which is sorely needed. This responds to many residents concerns about this portion of road. I’m glad that CSX has responded to our requests, even if the timing isn’t ideal for traffic. Thank you for your patience.

#KeepKellyinWard3 #KellyGetsStuffDone #YouAskedKellyListened

Ward 3 Resident Meeting on October 29

Ward 3 residents are invited to attend the Ward 3 Resident Meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Strongsville Senior Center.  The meeting will start at 7 pm.  We’ll discuss what’s going on in Strongsville and I will be available to answer residents’ questions.  I look forward to seeing you there!

— Kelly Kosek


Strongsville Leads the Way on Prohibiting the Sale of Vaping Equipment to Children.

On April 22, 2019, Strongsville Council listened when Ward 2 Councilwoman Ann Roff and I said that we needed to act to protect our kids from the dangers associated with vaping. Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor spoke about the dangers of vaping, particularly as to our children.  He is supporting efforts to limit access to vaping.

I am proud that we recognized this early in Strongsville and applaud the state’s efforts to address this on a state-wide level.