DAVE POCARO, WATER RECLAMATION DIRECTOR - (440) 439-5343
Bedford Heights is one of the few communities in Cuyahoga County to have its own Wastewater Treatment Plant. Our plant, maintained by the Water Reclamation Department headed by Director David Pocaro, is an activated sludge plant with tertiary treatment with an average daily flow of 2.5 million gallons, producing clean water that meets Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, and is discharged via local streams into Lake Erie. The Robert Williford Wastewater Plant, named for the city's first Mayor, is located at 25301 Solon Road. Manned 24-7, the usual workday is from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The phone number is (440) 439-5343.
The City's plant services properties of Bedford Heights as well as some neighboring communities who pay user fees for the service via our facility. The service outreach includes portions of:
Items featured in For Your Information to this point are from “About Wastewater Treatment” prepared by the Northeastern Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Bedford Heights residential homeowners may call the Water Reclamation Department in the event they need assistance with residential sewer lines from the house to the street, free of charge.
NICK BAUCCO, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR - (440) 786-3272
The City of Bedford Heights has a long and proud heritage in the extension of public service initiatives within the City. Even in its earliest years, named "The Service City" consecutive administrations have prioritized and utilized a premier service extension both in municipal extension and community outreach.
The Public Works/Service Division hosts its headquarters at 25401 Solon Road in Bedford Heights. Under the leadership of Director Nick Baucco (440-232-8832) the Department of Public Service does an outstanding outreach within the community, not limited to:
To most efficiently serve the community in this extensive outreach many of the above initiatives are seasonal programs. Contact the Public Service Director at 440-232-8832 for further information on program parameters. Notice that there are additional postings on this web page for your convenience.
Curbside Recycling (click link)
Failure to follow this policy especially, but not limited to, premature placement of garbage curbside can lead to the resident being fined for noncompliance. For questions contact the Department of Public Service at 440-232-8832.
Tool Loan Program
Wanting Bedford Heights homeowners to have every advantage of maintaining strong property values, the City of Bedford Heights has been proud to continue a Tool Loan Program which allows residents to access tools they may only seldom need or perhaps to accommodate residents when your own are not functioning. Tools are offered on an as available basis for a period of 24 hours. Proper identification, proof of residency and payment of a refundable deposit are required. To reserve a tool, or to check on the availability of a tool, please call the Public Service Garage at 440-232-8832. Hours of operation are - Tuesday and Friday 7:30 am - 10:30 am and 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please be mindful that the loan of lawn mowers is limited to once a month per resident and per household. This is in order to ensure fairness in the process and to retain quality equipment for use by everyone. This program is considered to be a helping hands program to assist Bedford Heights residents during times of emergency.
Tools are carefully maintained and serviced and consequently the city asks participants to use care and return tools clean, on time and with regard for the needs of fellow community members. Tool Loan days and hours of operation are:
Tuesday (7:30 am to 10:30 am) and Friday (11:30 am to 3:00 pm).
|Tool Loan Program||Loan Fee|
|Appliance dolly - 1||$75.00|
|Axe - 1||10.00|
|Chairs - 40|
|Extension Ladders - 1||75.00|
|Hedge Trimmers - 2||25.00|
|Lawn Mowers - 5||50.00|
Leaf Blowers - 4
Hand Held (2)
On Wheels (2)
|Post Hole Diggers - 2||20.00|
|Rotofillers - 2||100.00|
|Sledge Hammer - 1||10.00|
|Tables - 200||10.00|
|Thatchers - 4||100.00|
|Tree Trimmers - 1||25.00|
|Wheel Barrows - 2||25.00|
|Weed Eaters (electric) - 2||25.00|
Free Branch Clipping From mid-spring to mid-fall, the City of Bedford Heights Department of Public Service offers free branch chipping to residents. The branch chipper normally operates on Columbus Road and streets to the North on Mondays. Service is provided to streets South of Columbus Road on Tuesdays. Branches from trees and shrubs should be orderly placed on tree lawns for chipping on these respective days. Branches should not be tied. The cut ends should be placed facing toward the curb. Dirt and other debris should be removed from the roots of shrubs and piles for collection. Household trash, rope, wire and other foreign materials should not be mixed in with branches.
As with its recycling and rubbish removal, the city expects residents' careful compliance with the parameters of this program. Branches are not to be left over a period of days prior to pickup.
For problems with larger animals such as domestic animals, or skunks and raccoons, residents need to inquire about the service of the Animal Warden via the Police Department (non-emergency number) 440-786-3222.
Our Department of Public Service has 40 rectangular tables ($10/table deposit required) and 230 ($5/chair deposit required) folding chairs to assist residents' special event needs. These can be loaned to residents for use within the City exclusively. A refundable deposit, proper identification and proof of residency are required. The City requests that program participants follow parameters of the program and return all borrowed items within the agreed upon time and in good condition. Please take care not to leave these items where they will be subject to inclement weather or where their security cannot be assured.
For reserving or further information, please contact 440-232-8832. Abuse of the program parameters will result in forfeiture of deposit, non-renewal of program accessibility or other action as deemed appropriate by the City.
Hazardous Liquid Removal
Flammable liquids and gases, motor oil, paint, insecticides and other hazardous liquids such as acids and chemicals cannot be disposed of with regular household trash. Whenever possible, these materials should be used up rather than disposed of in the trash. When disposal of such items is necessary, please contact the Public Service garage to determine a legal and safe option for disposal. The City of Bedford Heights has teamed up with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to offer a year-round household hazardous roundup. Residents can drop off their items at the service garage (25401 Solon Road) between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm Monday thru Friday.
Disposal of such items in waterways or the sewer line is especially prohibited. (Further, no other objects, animals or substances beyond normal run-off waters are to enter the sewer/water lines). City Ordinances protect against abuse of such environmental and safety concerns.
Our Public Service Department offers free curbside leaf collection for homeowners during the fall. Leaves should be raked out to the tree lawn near the street and left loose in a pile. Yard waste, branches and any kind of household trash should not be mixed in with the leaves as it takes city workers longer to vacuum leaves and may cause damage to city equipment and may therefore necessitate the city's unavailability to service your household. Do not place leaves in the street or in gutters as this can cause them to do damage or cause accidents. Do not "mash" leaves down with cars or saturate with garden hoses as this makes leaves difficult to remove. Leaf pickup will be posted in the community to identify the program dates of service. Leaf pickup is expected to begin mid-October - through the time the "snow flies".
The City has a 1-ton dump truck that can be loaned out overnight to help dispose of non-hazardous building materials that cannot be picked up by our private waste hauler. Residents have found this a uniquely helpful option particularly if personally doing any home remodeling with no other means to remove the abundance of material from the home. To keep this program in operation, a fee of $45.00 to cover the disposal cost of the material is passed on to the resident participant. Trucks are loaned as available for overnight use from mid-April through mid-October when not otherwise needed to service the community in the snow season. If residents wish to reserve a truck, City workers will deliver it to their home, lock it up for the night, and then pick it up the next morning after they have loaded their construction debris. This service is available for the personal use of residential homeowners only. Contractors and builders are responsible for finding their own means of trash disposal. Participants are expected to comply with the parameters of this initiative or be subject to consequence.
For further information, or to reserve a truck, please call the Public Service garage at 440-232-8832.
The City of Bedford Heights runs an aggressive road repair program and a conscientious maintenance initiative. The City is also consistently in pursuit of grant money to maximize community improvement opportunities. For example from 1999 to 2003, only 20% of what was spent on street repair was from Bedford Heights dollars while 75% was from State and Federal Funds and 5% was from special grant programs.
MICHAEL MAROTTA, CHIEF OF POLICE - (440) 786-3259
|Police Department Fax||440-786-3279|
|***TTD (for hearing impaired)||440-786-3270|
|Chief of Police Michael Marotta||440-786-3259|
|Assistant Chief Dave Leonardi||440-786-3259|
|Officer In Charge (Lt David Lee [Day])||440-786-3258|
|Detective Glenn Daniels||440-786-3264|
|Detective Frankie Reed||440-786-3265|
|Detective Ericka Payne||440-786-3266|
|Clerk of Courts (Kathy Leggett)||440-786-3280|
The City of Bedford Heights Division of Police provides 24-hour per day professional law enforcement and public safety for our City under the direction of Chief of Police Michael Marotta.
The Bedford Heights Division of Police is a progressive agency dedicated to providing high quality professional police service to the community. When fully staffed, the division employs 37 full-time police officers, 40 auxiliary police officers, a corrections staff of 49, and a civilian support staff of 24. Many exciting career opportunities exist for dedicated individuals.
We view the Bedford Heights Division of Police as being the leader in the community for the detection and prevention of crime. We envision every employee being in partnership with members of the community, community leaders, and surrounding communities to make Bedford Heights a safe place to live and work. To accomplish this, we have adopted modern policing strategies such as Community Policing, D.A.R.E., Teen Court, as well as community-based educational programs.
It is the mission of the Bedford Heights Division of Police, working in partnership with the community, to provide a high level of service through law enforcement, as well as the protection of life, property, and the constitutional rights of those we serve.
Prescription Drug (pills only) Drop Off
Senior Keys for Safety Program
Important Numbers's To Remember
In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1. Our Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day. Calls of a non-emergency nature should be directed to 440-439-1234. Calls regarding community policing activities and programs should be referred to our community policing officer’s voice mail number, 440-786-3221. Questions regarding community activities, school closings, or other non-police related issues should be made to the appropriate department or city hall at 440-786-3200. Inquiries concerning traffic citations or other court related questions should be directed to the Bedford Heights Clerk of Courts at 440-786-3280 during normal business hours.
Generally speaking, the city does not have control over utility companies and other external vendors we call upon for service. In the event of a power outage that appears to be neighborhood-wide, we ask that you remain calm and only contact the police division in the event of a life-threatening emergency. We're aware of the problem prior to you even making the call.
False Alarm Ordinance
The City of Bedford Heights has enacted an ordinance that encourages responsible alarm use. Codified Ordinance 525.171 defines false alarms as “an emergency alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence, or unintentional acts to which the Division of Police or Fire responds.”
The following are NOT included:
Business users are afforded two (2) warnings per calendar year before a charge of fifty dollars ($50) is imposed for the third false alarm and any subsequent false alarms.
Official record of false alarm calls will be documented through the computerized automated dispatch system of the Division of Police. Multiple alarms received by the Police and Fire Dispatch Center before the system can be deactivated within a reasonable period of time shall be considered a single alarm. You are advised to cancel all alarms that don’t need emergency response as soon as possible.
Program coordinator, Ptl. Ryan Kaetzel, is available to answer any questions or provide technical assistance. He can be reached at 440-786-3222.
Businesses that transport bulk materials such as stones, gravel, or other similar material in closed or open trailers should familiarize themselves with Codified Ordinances 339.08 and 339.09 which address the manner in which these materials are to be secured while in transit. Any dropped loads, including the tracking of mud onto the public roadways, shall be the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle from which the load escaped.
In addition to any lawful requirements of load distribution, no vehicles should be operated upon a street or highway unless is so laden as to prevent its contents from shifting or otherwise unbalancing the vehicle to such an extent as to interfere with the safe operation of same.
Snow Plow Permits
All contractors providing snow removal services within the City of Bedford Heights are required to have a snow plow permit. Applicants must provide current Bond Insurance that has to be approved by the city’s law director before a snow plow permit is issued. All applicants must first submit a completed application along with current bond insurance to the records department for processing. Once the bond insurance has been approved by the law director, the applicant will be able to obtain a snow plow permit. This process may take up to 72 hours to complete.
Abandoned Junk Vehicles
Codified Ordinance # 303.09 restricts the placement, standing or parking of a junk vehicle upon any private property for a period in excess of seventy-two hours. In short, any junk vehicle left abandoned on any private property after seventy-two hours shall be subject to removal or impoundment by towing or other means (“junk vehicle” is defined as any motor vehicle meeting the requirements of Ohio R.C. 4513.63(B) to (E). A full text copy of this and any other ordinance is available through the Bedford Heights Clerk of Council Office by calling 440-786-3220.
Codified Ordinance 503.03 specifies the manner and duration by which a “temporary sign” may be displayed. “Temporary sign” is defined as “any sign made of lightweight wood and cardboard, wire frame and plastic or other similar materials having a tendency to deteriorate in a short period of time generally pertaining to special occurrences or one-time events…” The full text version of this ordinance is available through the Clerk of Council Office located at City Hall.
Noise Pollution Control
The City of Bedford Heights has enacted Chapter 511 of the Codified Ordinances which is designed to protect, preserve, and promote the health, safety, welfare, peace and quiet of the citizens of Bedford Heights through the reduction, control and prevention of loud and raucous noise, or any noise which unreasonably disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity. Codified Ordinance 511.06 defines prohibited noises and exemptions as well as enforcement remedies available to the City.
Copies of police reports (including accidents) are available using the Report Search function at any time. Reports are also available upon request at the Police Department's Records Division (5661 Perkins Road) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Currently, there is no fee for copies of reports 4 pages or less. Reports that exceed 4 pages will be assessed a fee according to the fee schedule established by local ordinances. Please be advised that active case reports may not be available if the incident is still under investigation or still pending in the courts. We will endeavor to have copies of reports available within a reasonable period of time.