FirstEnergy & NOPEC

NOPECFirstEnergy Solutions (FES) has recently terminated its agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for the energy aggregation program serving your community. The termination is effective in January 2017.

Both FES and NOPEC have separately reached out to you to provide notice of this termination and to supply you with suggested Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you in communicating with your community members.  Toward the mutual goal of reducing customer confusion, NOPEC and FES have conferred and developed a set of jointly approved FAQs: Final Joint NOPEC-FES FAQs.pdf .

We ask that you please use this revised FAQ and replace any prior version or suggested customer communication you may have previously received from either FES or NOPEC.

Update from the Fire Department

imagesThe Sheffield Township Fire Department hopes that all of our residents have enjoyed a safe summer full of memorable moments.

Our department has answered 713 calls including EMS, Fire, and various service requests this year. We have continued our quests to obtain grants for equipment. The state of Ohio has awarded us $2,700 for the purchase of non- consumable EMS equipment which we will use to keep our ambulances equipped and give our members the most advanced tools to assist them in saving lives. Our department has also applied for a Federal Grant to obtain a new fire hose; unfortunately, the grant was not approved. The Fire Department also has two members preparing to attend Fire Academy in the fall. We will continue to research ways to obtain updated equipment and training to lessen the burden on our residents.

As we approach the fall and winter months we would like to pass on a few safety tips:

Please be alert of Motorcycles they will remain
on the road as long as weather permits and as we all have seen in the news there is an increased number of motorcycle accidents and deaths lately.

Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure it is clean and safe.

Do not forget to change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you turn your clock back on the first Sunday in November.

Test your carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors monthly to assure proper performance.

Remember that it is illegal to burn leaves and yard waste in the State of Ohio. Small fire pits consuming clean seasoned wood are permitted as long as they meet state fire code regulations and they do not create a nuisance for your neighbors (smoke in their windows, hot embers flying onto their property, etc.). If we receive a complaint our crews will either extinguish the fire or request that the fire be extinguished by the homeowner.

Do not use candles in Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns; it is much safer to use flashlights or LED imitation candles.

Assure that your kids Halloween Costumes are made with flame retardant materials.

Assure that all holiday lights, decorations, and extension cords have been tested by an organization such as Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratory and are in good working order.

As always, plan multiple escape routes, safe places, and meeting places with your children in case of an emergency. Teach your children how and when to dial 911 and how to stop, drop, and roll.

Zoning Updates

zoning-real-estate-termThe Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

Take pride in your property. Keep it clean, neat, and orderly; and encourage your neighbors to do the same. As a community, the cleanliness and upkeep of every property in Sheffield Township affect the values of all of our properties.

Please report illegal dumping when you see it. If we receive enough information such as license plate numbers, descriptions of the vehicles, or persons, the Lorain County Sherriff’s Department is very good at following up and prosecuting those apprehended for illegal littering.

Following are some details from the Ohio Revised code which dictate how the Township resolutions are structured:

Recently in Sheffield Township it became necessary to pass a resolution to prohibit owning and raising poultry on lots less than one acre in size. This is consistent and in compliance with Ohio Revised Code Section 303.21, in particular, subsection B, items 1,2 & 3 under subsection B. This O.R.C. code is listed for your consideration and understanding.

303.21 Limitations on powers – Agricultural Purposes

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, sections 303.01 to 303.25 of the Revised Code do not confer any power on any county rural zoning commission, board of county commissioners, or board of zoning appeals to prohibit the use of any land for agricultural purposes or the construction or use of buildings or structures incident to the use for agricultural purposes of the land on which such buildings or structures are located, and no zoning certificate shall be required for any such building or structure.

(B) A county zoning resolution, or an amendment to such resolution, may in any platted subdivision approved under section 711.05, 711.09, or 711.10 of the Revised Code, or in any area consisting of fifteen or more lots approved under section 711.131 of the Revised Code that are contiguous to one another, or some of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to one side of a dedicated public road, and the balance of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to the opposite side of the same dedicated public road regulate:

(1) Agriculture on lots of one acre or less;
(2) Buildings or structures incident to the use of land for agricultural purposes on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres by: set back building lines; height; and size;
(3) Dairying and animal and poultry husbandry on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres when at least thirty-five percent of the lots in the subdivision are developed with at least one building, structure, or improvement that is subject to real property taxation or that is subject to the tax on manufactured and mobile homes under section 4503.06 of the Revised Code. After thirty-five percent of the lots are so developed, dairying and animal and poultry husbandry shall be considered non-conforming use of land and buildings or structures pursuant to section 303.19 of the Revised Code.

Disabled and Unlicensed Vehicles – Section 1511

As a reminder, it is prohibited in Sheffield Township to have disabled, or unlicensed vehicles un-garaged in Sheffield Township. This Resolution is listed in detail under Section 1511 of the Sheffield Township Zoning Resolutions. If you have vehicles that have not been operable, and they have been sitting for more than two months, please have them removed from your property or park them inside of a garage so they are out of sight. They cannot remain parked in plain view.

The same applies to vehicles that are operable, but unlicensed. Residents must either park the vehicle in a garage, or get an up to date license tag for that particular vehicle. If these two options are not acted on, the vehicle must be removed from the property.

More than one unlicensed vehicle unfit to operate on the highways is not permitted anywhere in Sheffield Township. Disabled and junk vehicles are an eyesore, they create habitats for rodents, and they are potentially dangerous should children be playing around or in them.

Maintaining Yards – Section 318

In section 318 of the Sheffield Township resolutions, it is a requirement for all township residents to keep their yards free from debris and the grass mowed. The grass should be kept at a height of eight inches or less. After two notices to correct such situations the Township may take action to correct these situations if the resident does not.

In addition, please note the following from Ohio Revised Code Section 505.87 which also applies to Sheffield Township.

505.87 Abatement,Control, or Removal of Vegetation, Garbage, Refuse, and other Debris

(A) A board of township trustees may provide for the abatement, control, or removal of vegetation, garbage, refuse, and other debris from land in the township if the board determines that the owner’s maintenance of that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris constitutes a nuisance.
(B) At least seven days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board of township trustees shall notify the owner of the land and any holders of liens of record upon the land that:
(1) The owner is ordered to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the owner’s maintenance of which has been determined by the board to be a nuisance;
(2) If that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris is not abated, controlled, or removed, or if provision for its abatement, control, or removal is not made, within seven days, the board shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal, and any expenses incurred by the board in performing that task shall be entered upon the tax duplicate and become a lien upon the land from the date of entry.

The board shall send the notice to the owner of the land by certified mail if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, and by certified mail to lienholders of record; alternatively, if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the township.
(C) If a board of township trustees determines within twelve consecutive months after a prior nuisance determination that the same owner’s maintenance of vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris on the same land in the township constitutes a nuisance, at least four days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board shall give notice of the subsequent nuisance determination to the owner of the land and to any holders of liens of record upon the land as follows:
(1) The board shall send written notice by first class mail to the owner of the land and to any lienholders of record. Failure of delivery of the notice shall not invalidate any action to abate, control, or remove the nuisance. Alternatively, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it.
(2) If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to post the notice on the board of township trustee’s website for four consecutive days, or to post the notice in a conspicuous location in the board’s office for four consecutive days if the board does not maintain a website.
(D) The owner of the land or holders of liens of record upon the land may enter into an agreement with the board of township trustees providing for either party to the agreement to perform the abatement, control, or removal before the time the board is required to provide for the abatement, control, or removal under division (E) of this section.
(E) If, within seven days after notice is given under division (B) of this section, or within four days after notice is given under division (C) of this section, the owner of the land fails to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, or no agreement for its abatement, control, or removal is entered into under division (D) of this section, the board of township trustees shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal and may employ the necessary labor, materials, and equipment to perform the task. All expenses incurred, when approved by the board, shall be paid out of the township general fund from moneys not otherwise appropriated, except that if the expenses incurred exceed five hundred dollars, the board may borrow moneys from a financial institution to pay for the expenses in whole or in part.
(F) The board of township trustees shall make a written report to the county auditor of the board’s action under this section. The board shall include in the report a proper description of the premises and a statement of all expenses incurred in providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris as provided in division (E) of this section, including the board's charges for its services, the costs incurred in providing notice, any fees or interest paid to borrow moneys, and the amount paid for labor, materials, and equipment. The expenses incurred, when allowed, shall be entered upon the tax duplicate, are a lien upon the land from the date of the entry, shall be collected as other taxes, and shall be returned to the township and placed in the township general fund.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.53, HB 393, §1, eff. 6/18/2010. Effective Date: 03-31- 2003; 2007 HB50 03-05- 2008

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department:
Mark Naro, Zoning Inspector
Andy Serfozo, Assistant Zoning Inspector
Cindy Caldwell, Zoning Secretary

OPERATION STREET SMART Adult Education Program


Lorain County Drug Task Force
August 1, 2016
POINT OF CONTACT: Det. Olen Martin
(440) 284-0615
Lorain County Sheriff Phil R. Stammitti announced today that the Sheriff’s Office and Lorain County Drug Task Force will be hosting an “OPERATION STREET SMART“ Adult Drug Education Program on August 25, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
The program will be held at the Stocker Art Center Theatre located at Lorain County Community College, 1005 N Abbe Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035. There is no cost to attend.

“Operation Street Smart” is presented by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The award-winning Operation Street Smart will provide current and up-to-date information on narcotic (opiate and other drugs) trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects on drug users to those individuals who deal with today’s youth and families on a daily basis.

The target audience for street smart includes teachers, school resource officers, probation officers, youth service workers, school administrators and school board members, youth pastors, parents and concerned citizens. Information is power to help combat the current drug epidemic.

Sewer Rate Increase

imagesThe county has raised its sewer rates. One resident reported her bill increased from $18 to $42 every other month. This increase was effective July 1, 2016. The Township has no control over the rates.

Read more here.

Where Can You Go For Healthcare if You’re Uninsured or Under-Insured?

PrintWhat we do? Lorain County Free Clinic is a Medical Clinic that provides free health care services to qualified patients by appointment only in Lorain, Cuyahoga and Erie Counties.

Who we serve? Patients between 19 and 65.

Patients must have income below 250% of Federal Poverty Level.

Please note that attached to the application, applicants must also submit:

 1. Proof of income- copies of pay stubs, unemployment, or letter explaining how you support yourself -if you do not have income.

2. Copy of valid state I.D., or driver’s license.

The LCFC does not offer services to pregnant women, pregnancy testing, birth control or the morning-after pill. We also do not provide testing for sexually transmitted diseases or any dental services.

Please call (440) 277-6641 or email to request an application for services or for any questions that you may have.

Other options for health care coverage:

Medicaid (440) 244-4150 or

ACA / Obamacare: 1-800- 318-2596 or


3323 Pearl Avenue Lorain, OH 44055-0094

(440) 277-7602 ♦ Fax: (440) 277-5160

Services Provided


Free Clinic Fast Facts

EMS Care to Dogs and Cats*

download (2)House Bill 187 was signed by the Governor on May 31, 2016 and becomes effective on August 31, 2016. This legislation establishes Ohio Revised Code 4765.52, which permits EMS certificate holders to provide care to dogs and cats within the following guidelines.

• The law applies to all EMS certificate holders (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic).

• Only dogs and cats are referenced in the Bill. The law does not authorize care to any other animals.

• Medical care for dogs and cats should only be performed in the course of an emergency medical response, fire response, or response to aid law enforcement. The law does not apply to a call for EMS care for animals and, furthermore, does not require EMS organizations to respond to calls for animal assistance.

• The scope of practice is not expanded for care to animals. The certificate holder is only authorized to perform the corresponding form of medical services that could be provided to a human patient including:

-Opening and manually maintaining an airway;
-Giving mouth to snout or mouth to barrier ventilation;
-Administering oxygen;
-Managing ventilation by mask;
-Controlling hemorrhage with direct pressure;
-Immobilizing fractures;
-Administering Naloxone if administering Naloxone has been authorized by the medical director and the drug is administered either in accordance with a written protocol established by a veterinarian or pursuant to consultation with a veterinarian.

• Immunity applies to EMS certificate holders when providing care to dogs and cats under the same circumstances as when providing care to human patients.

• Veterinarians who assist EMS certificate holders with medical services to a dog or cat have the same level of immunity as medical directors who assist with EMS matters.

*This document has been prepared for informational purposes only. As always, certificate holders and EMSOs should consult with their legal counsel for advice.

Waste & Recycling Audit

download (1)Waste & Recycling Audit

Rumpke works with businesses to perform waste and recycling audits, which involves closely reviewing a work location’s overall waste stream to identify materials that can be recycled. This is the starting point for developing a successful and cost-effective recycling program.

Rumpke will visually inspect and detail the types and volumes of trash. This analysis will provide information for Rumpke to design a comprehensive recycling program customized to meet your company’s needs.

If you’re already recycling, an audit may help identify additional ways to recycle more materials.

Benefits of a Waste & Recycling Audit

  • Identify and provide a breakdown of all materials currently generated.
  • Determine which items can be recycled.
  • Review options for recycling rather than landfilling.
  • Compare the cost of landfilling to the cost of implementing a recycling program.

Narcan Clinic

Dadownloadily 8 – 4
Nasal Naloxone is available for parents, partners, and all other persons interested in preventing an overdose of a loved one.  Naloxone is very quick acting and upon revival, the person usually is angry and  combative so be prepared.

Lorain County General Health District: 9880 South Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria. Appointments Appreciated: 440.322.6367
Please allow 20 minutes for education.