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.
NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus Crisis, and until further notice, we are temporarily discontinuing the following programs:
- Branch Chipping
- Computer Round-up
- House Hold Hazardous Waste Collection
- Tool, Table, and Chair Rentals
The Public 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:
- Free leaf removal
- Landscaping municipal grounds features such as flags, planters, flower baskets
- Overseeing recycling initiatives
- Snow plowing
- Street maintenance
- Table and chair loan
- Truck loan initiative
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.
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)||50.0075.00|
|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 (construction debris) 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.