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Ohio Redistricting Update

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the people living in the United States. It then uses the updated population counts to determine which state populations have increased or decreased. Through this process, the number of representatives each state receives is reviewed and recalculated based on the updated data. This process is known as apportionment.
 
After the Census Bureau has completed the apportionment process, more detailed information is released to the states so they can begin the redistricting process.
 
The most recent census data was collected in 2020 and the redistricting files were released to the states in August of 2021. The State of Ohio then began the process of redrawing the district maps.
 
The State of Ohio uses Redistricting Commissions to carryout and/or oversee the congressional and state redrawing of the maps. These commissions consist of the Governor, the Auditor of State, the Secretary of State, and one person appointed by each the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the legislative leader of the largest political party in the House of Representatives (of which the Speaker is not a member), the president of the Senate and the legislative leader of the largest political party in the Senate (of which the president of Senate is not a member).
 
In September, the commission voted and approved the revised drawings of the map. The maps, which were presented and voted on in the same day with limited opportunity for public input, would split the City of Solon into two different districts. Up until this most recent decision, the City of Solon had remained under one congressional district.
 
The ACLU and the League of Women’s Voters filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court that accused members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission of gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the manipulation of territorial boundaries into electoral constituencies that favor a particular party or class. This most often affects the minority political party and/or marginalized populations. The City of Solon has been in contact with lawyers from the ACLU and are currently looking into various legal options for the city.
 
The Ohio Supreme Court may decide the redistricting is invalid and orders the adoption of a new general assembly district plan or amended maps. If this occurs, citizens of Solon will have additional opportunities for their voices to be heard regarding the redrawing of the maps, if they so choose.
 
If the Ohio Supreme Court decides against new district plans or amended maps, the current redistricting will remain and the City of Solon will be split into different districts represented by two different state representatives.
The new Ohio House and Senate districts approved on September 15, 2021 by the Ohio Dstrcitring Commission.

Solon is currently House District 6 and Senate District 24. 
Fall Leaf Collection
 
The Service Department will begin the curbside leaf collection program on Monday, October 11, 2021. The program will run through Friday, December 17, 2021 weather permitting.

We ask that residents place their leaves 3 feet from the curb. City crews will work their way around the city to collect them. Crews will pass through each area several times throughout the collection season.

The Service Department requires that leaf piles NEVER be placed in the roadway; this can cause an unsafe situation for motorists and block storm sewers which will result in flooding issues. City Ordinance (ORD. #1964-660.3) states the following: (c) No person shall deposit any leaves within any public street or sidewalk except on the tree lawn between the sidewalk and the curb.

When placing leaves out for collection they should be raked into a windrow and placed close to but not in the roadway. No brush, small branches or other materials should be mixed in with leaf piles as this material will clog and damage the leaf collection equipment and slow down the collection process. Foreign objects can also be thrown from a machine and potentially harm a worker or motorist.

You can help assist the Service Department by mulching your leaves while mowing your lawn; this will add beneficial soil amendment to your lawn. Additionally, small piles of leaves should be placed into brown craft yard waste bags whenever possible and placed out for collection on your normal rubbish collection day. An additional truck will pick the leaf bags up.

Due to the large volume of leaves that come down in a short period of time, no daily schedule can be followed during leaf collection. The collection of leaves will be made during several trips through the city. Please feel free to contact the Service Department to inquire where city crews are currently collecting. Once the leaf collection program has ended, all leaves must be placed into brown craft yard waste bags and placed out for collection on your normal rubbish collection day.

The Service Department would like to thank residents of Solon for their continued cooperation and ask that you contact the Solon Service Department at 248-5834 for more information about the fall leaf collection program.

Leaves collected are composted, not put in a landfill. Next spring we will generate compost and mulch that is available to Solon Residents. Call us for pricing and availability in the spring of 2021. 
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Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project
 
The City of Solon, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation, has proposed a project that will include the reconfiguration of the US-422 interchange at Harper Road (CR-18) in Solon, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Work will include the construction of a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) to improve mobility, traffic flow and safety. In addition, the proposed project will include the following:

• Removal of the US-422 west bound loop ramp.

• The newly constructed US-422 west bound ramp will be widened to two (2) lanes to allow for a left turn lane and a right turn lane onto Harper Road.

• Removing pavement along Harper Road and replacing with an asphalt concrete pavement section.

• The addition of a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot-wide dual-use-path on the east side of Harper Road.

The City of Solon welcomes your questions and comments. Issues you may wish to comment on could include, but are not limited to, the effect of the project on local residents, air quality, the local economy, floodplains and historic or cultural resources.

Comments should be submitted to John Busch, City Engineer at jbusch@solonohio.org by October 22, 2021 to ensure that they may be considered during project development.
The City of Solon sincerely appreciates your cooperation and assistance so the development of this worthwhile project can continue.
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