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					The Lakewood
Good Neighbor
    Guide
     Welcome to Lakewood!
We are glad you chose Lakewood and we are
sure you will feel at home in our community.
To answer questions many residents have, we
offer the following information. You can also
find this and much more on our website:
www.onelakewood.com.
And remember to tune your radio dial to 1660
AM for current Lakewood News, events and
community information.




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                         TABLE OF CONTENTS
Animals ................................................................................. 15
Bicycles/Skateboards/Rollerblades................................. 13
City Income Tax................................................................... 12
Curfew ................................................................................... 11
Grass and Landscape Maintenance ................................... 7
Leaf Collection ....................................................................... 6
Noise Ordinance .................................................................. 10
Parking .................................................................................. 14
Recycling ................................................................................. 4
Safety ....................................................................................... 9
School Registration............................................................... 8
Trash Collection .................................................................... 5
Yard Waste.............................................................................. 6




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                 RECYCLING

Combine glass jars and bottles, metal cans and
all plastic #s 1-7 and plastic bags in the same
blue recycling bags. Put the bags on your tree
lawn on your regular collection day.

NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PAPER, BOXBOARD:
Includes mail, flyers, catalogs, envelopes, tele-
phone books, computer paper, cereal and dry
goods boxes and tubes. Combine in one paper bag
or box, or tie together. Do not include boxes
contaminated with food.




                    LITTER
                (Ordinance 521.08)

If you see litter in your neighborhood, please be a
good neighbor and pick it up promptly. Be sure to
remind your children not to discard candy wrappers
and other litter around the neighborhood.
LITTERING IS A CITABLE OFFENSE.


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             Trash Collection
My trash pick-up day is :

______________________.

Trash will be picked up
from your back yard.
Please be sure to allow ac-
cess and observe the fol-
lowing rules:

1. Garbage can be bagged and tied placed in contain-
   ers with tight fitting lids and handles weighing no
   more than 50 pounds each when full.
2. Tree lawn service includes the weekly collection of
   bulk items, blue-bagged recycle, newspaper, card-
   board and mixed paper recycle, appliances and
   yard waste.
3. Trash should be out by 6:30 am but not before
   6:00 pm the evening before your collection.
4. Please contain all loose yard debris in paper yard
   waste bags, clearly marked cans or cardboard
   boxes no larger than 3x3. Branches and limbs
   must be cut no longer than 4’ and bundled se-
   curely with strong rope or twine.


            Holiday SchedulE
If a holiday falls at the beginning of the week, collec-
tions may be later than normal; if it’s at the end of the
week, they may be earlier. Holidays are: New Year’s
Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial
Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day
and Christmas Day.         Check the city website at
www.onelakewood.com for more specific schedules.


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             LEAF COLLECTION




The annual fall leaf collection program begins the
first Monday of November and continues for a mini-
mum of three collections over a six week period.

Leaves and other yard waste are collected at other
times of year when residents place them in standard
paper yard waste bags and put them on the tree lawn
on their regular refuse collection day.

Check   the    City   of  Lakewood website at
www.onelakewood.com in early November for a
more detailed pickup schedule.

Leaves should be piled on the treelawn, separately
from other yard waste and not in the street. Brush
mixed with leaves clogs and damages the leaf collec-
tion equipment.


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 GRASS AND LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
All Lakewood residents are expected to maintain the con-
dition of their lawns, shrubbery and other landscaping
features.

1. Lawns must be cut and maintained on a schedule
   largely determined by the growing season. In the
   wet spring and fall seasons lawns require more
   frequent attention than in the hot summer. Lawns
   should be cut by the time the grass grows to a
   length of 4-inches.
2. Shrubbery must be trimmed neatly as needed.
   Shrubbery that borders a driveway or public side-
   walk must be trimmed to a height not exceeding
   36-inches so that motorists can see over the top of
   the bushes. Bushes/trees that block the line-of-
   sight for motorists may not be permitted in certain
   locations.
The installation of a fence of any size or in any location
requires a permit from the City Building Department.
Please call 216-529-6270 for more information on fences
or other building or permit information.




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      Lakewood PUBLIC SCHOOLS
To register children in the Lakewood City School Dis-
trict, parents or guardians need to go to the Lakewood
Board of Education at 1470 Warren Rd., between the
hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM weekdays. Families
can pick up enrollment information at the board of-
fice. For more information you may call 216-529-
4279 or 216-529-4267.
Parents and students are equally responsible for
making sure students are dressed appropriately for
school. The dress code includes; no hooded shirts,
no bare midriffs, shorts and skirts must not be too
short, clothing must not be too baggy and must fit
neatly. For the complete dress code, go online to
www.lakewoodcityschools.org.




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         NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY
                    (Ordinance 371.05)
1. Do not allow your children to play in the street.
   Children should be encouraged to play in their own
   yards.
2. Do not walk in the street.
3. Never walk on or along the railroad tracks. It is now
   a citable offense.
4. When walking or jogging at night, wear reflective
   clothing, run against traffic, and bike with traffic.
5. Only cross the street at a crosswalk.
6. Get to know your neighbors.
7. When you see something suspicious, don’t hesitate to
   call the police.
8. Illuminate the entry to your home.




         “An Attentive Neighbor Makes For
              A Safe Neighborhood.”

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            NOISE (Ordinance 515.03)
•   Please be considerate when you play your stereo or
    television. Make sure that only you can hear it, not
    the whole neighborhood.

•   Lakewood ordinance states that residents are not
    permitted to make unreasonably loud noise to the
    extent that it disturbs the neighbors. Loud noise
    violations (from radios, stereos, cars, fireworks, par-
    ties, live music, etc) are cited by the Police.

•   If you plan a party and foresee potential problems,
    please be courteous and tell your neighbors. Ask
    them to call you instead of calling the police if noise
    becomes a problem. If they call you to complain
    about the noise, be courteous and lower the volume.
•   Ask your friends to ring your doorbell when they
    visit. Tell them not to honk their car horns.

•   Do not mow your lawn or operate machinery before
    8:00 am or after 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am
    and 6:00 pm on Sundays.

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                     CURFEW

Parents and guardians have the responsibility for en-
forcing curfew regulations. Those found in violation
of curfew will be referred to Juvenile Court.
(Ordinance 509.02)

1. Children aged 14 and under may not be out
   on public streets sidewalks, public parks or public
   grounds from 9:30 pm until 6:00 am.
2. Children age 15 cannot be out between 10:00 pm
   and 6:00 am
3. Children age 16 and 17 may not be out between
   11:00 pm and 6:00 am.
4. Exceptions to these rules are: if children and teens
   are accompanied by parents, guardians or mem-
   bers of the family who are 18 or older; when they
   are on emergency errands.




     Keep track of our children to keep
                 them safe.

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               CITY INCOME TAX
All residents over the age
of 18 years are required to
file a Municipal Income Tax
Return or Exemption each
year. This includes retir-
ees.

The City of Lakewood
Income Tax Division is
located in the City Hall
Annex Building at 12805
Detroit Avenue, Suite 1 (Entrance on Alameda Ave.)
directly across the street from Lakewood City Hall.
•   In 2005, the City of Lakewood officially withdrew its
    membership with the Regional Income Tax Agency
    (RITA) and now manages the collection of Lakewood
    income tax.
•   Taxpayers who moved into or out of Lakewood during
    the year are encouraged to contact the Income Tax
    Division to inform the office of your status. This
    insures their taxpayer records are accurate, they do not
    miss any communications regarding their income tax
    account, and only owe tax on income earned while
    living in Lakewood.
•   The City has an Employment Tax of 1.5% and a
    Residence Tax of 1%.
•   For your convenience, the Lakewood Municipal Income
    Tax Division will process City of Lakewood Individual
    Income Tax Returns free of charge.
•   Lakewood E-File, income tax forms and A
    Comprehensive Guide to Lakewood Income Tax are
    available on our website at www.onelakewood.com or
    upon request.

The City of Lakewood - Division of Income Tax, is open
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm with extended hours
during March and April.


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                              BICYCLES &
                              SKATEBOARDS
                              (Ord.373.04)
                              1.The City requires licenses
                              for all bicycles operated
                              within the city. You can ob-
                              tain a license at the Police
                              Department for a nominal
                              charge.
                              1. Bikers, skateboarders and
                              rollerbladers under age 18
                              are to wear helmets.

3. Follow traffic safety rules. Do NOT ride in the middle
   of the street and always lock your bike when not in
   use.

4. Bicyclists may ride upon the sidewalk rather than the
    roadway when sidewalks are available and not con-
    gested with pedestrian traffic. No bicyclist under the
    age of eight years may operate a bicycle on a street.
    (Ord. 35-67.)

5. Skateboarders
   and rollerbladers
   can use the
   Skateboard Park
   located at Lake-
   wood Park.
   Please adhere to
   the clearly
   posted park
   rules.




6. The MetroParks is a perfect place for biking, with a very
long designated bike path.

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PARKING       (Ordinance 351.)
1. Parking is not allowed on designated streets
   between 3:00 am and 6:00 am. If you have a
   situation that requires you to park on the street
   during restricted hours call the Division of Streets at
   216-529-6810.
2. Parking is not allowed on Lake Avenue, Clifton
   Boulevard, Hilliard Road or Bunts Road during rush
   hours, see posted signs for restricted hours.
3. You must stop the engine and remove the key from
   the ignition before leaving a car unattended.
4. No car may be left parked on any city street for more
   than 24 consecutive hours.
5. No parking is ever allowed on lawns or sidewalks.
6. When weather dictates, a snow ban may be imposed
   on all city streets.      Check the city website at
   www.onelakewood.com or tune in to 1660 AM when
   the weather is questionable.




TRESPASSING (Ordinance 541.05)
You DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to cut across
someone’s yard, sit on a neighbor’s porch or steps
without permission, or congregate on someone’s
lawn or any other private property. Parents, please
remind your children and young adults to stay off
other people’s property and to respect elderly
residents on the street.

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ANIMALS
1. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated.
2. Dogs must be leashed when outdoors. In an un-
   fenced area.
3. Do not permit your dog to bark or howl so that it
   disturbs the peace.
4. ALWAYS clean up after your dog on public or
   private property. Dispose of it in your own trash.
   Do not put it down the drain.
5. All dogs must wear valid license tags issued by
   Cuyahoga County, available at the Animal Shelter
   in the MetroParks.
6. Dogs are not allowed in public parks with the ex-
   ception of the Lakewood Dog Park, located 1299
   MetroParks Drive, right next to the Animal shelter
   in the MetroParks, open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.
7. When visiting the Dog Park, please adhere to the
   posted rules and try to keep your dogs barking to
   a minimum.




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                     IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Board of Education ...........................................216-529-4000
Building Department........................................216-529-6270
Lakewood City Hall...........................................216-521-7580
Council Office....................................................216-529-6055
Fire Department (non-emergency)................216-529-6655
Human Services Department..........................216-529-6685
Income Tax Department..................................226-529-6620
Planning & Development Department ..........216-529-6632
Police (non-emergency)...................................216-521-6773
Post Office..........................................................800-275-8777
Public Works Department ...............................216-529-6802
Recreation Department ...................................216-529-4081
Water Department ............................................216-529-6820
Lakewood City Schools
    Grant Elementary ........................................216-529-4217
    Harrison Elementary ..................................216-529-4230
    Hayes Elementary .......................................216-529-4228
    Lincoln Elementary .....................................216-529-4232
    McKinley Elementary..................................216-529-4257
    Roosevelt Elementary.................................216-529-4224
    Taft Elementary...........................................216-529-4254
    Garfield Middle School...............................216-529-4241
    Harding Middle School...............................216-529-4261
    Lakewood High School...............................216-529-4028
Lakewood Public Library .................................216-226-8275
Library Madison Branch...................................216-228-7428
Lakewood Hospital ...........................................216-521-4200

                   Your Zip Code:  44107
                    Your Area Code: 216




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