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KILA Raffle Tickets

The always popular KILA Raffle will be back this year.  A maximum of 500 tickets at $20 will be sold.  Prizes will be as previously: 1st: $2500, 2nd: $1000, 3rd: $500, 4th: $250, 5th: $100.  The Drawing will be at Homecoming on August 14th.  KILA board members will be selling tickets.  Funding for projects like the trash containers for the village and VFW flags comes from fund raisers like the annual raffle, Homecoming, and donations.  Get yours before we sell out.

New Trash Containers for Village

Donation to VFW

The KI VFW Post 9908 purchased and installed American Flags along East & West Lakeshore, Division, Chappel, and Addison streets. They really dress up the downtown area.   KILA is proud to donate $500 to the VFW toward this project.  The donation was made to VFW Commander Paul Burns at the Memorial Day ceremony by members of the KILA board of directors.

From Left to Right:  Greg Yoscovits, Frank Dodson, Paul Burns, Wallace Christy, Todd Hanes, Drew Algase, Tom Behlen.

KILA Kards

The 2021 KILA Kards have been mailed last week to active members from 2021 and 2020. You should receive them this week at the mailing address in our records. If you don’t receive the Kards by July 5th, please let us know at info@kila.rocks.

If you have not renewed your membership for 2021, please do so.

And, don’t forget HOMECOMING on August 13 & 14th at the Pavilion.

KILA Membership

Septic System Maintenance

This year, KILA is partnering with Franklin Sanitation to promote awareness of the importance to our environment of maintaining your septic systems. Your active KILA membership (new or renewal) this year automatically enters you in a drawing for a free septic tank pump out (up to 1000 gal.) from Franklin Sanitation.  The drawing will be held at Homecoming on August 14th.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you have your system inspected (in general) every three years by a licensed contractor and have the tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years. For more information check with the Ohio Department of Health at: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/sewage-treatment-systems/INFORMATION-FOR-HOMEOWNERS .

Your membership in KILA helps us support and improve Kelleys Island. If you have not joined or renewed you membership, please do so.

Note: The KILA Kards will be resumed this year. Active members will benefit by getting discounts from local businesses. The cards are planned to be mailed by the end of May.

Earth Day – Dumpster Day

In support of Earth Day, KILA is sponsoring a Dumpster Day on Saturday April 24th.
We will have two dumpsters at Seaway Marina, at the “bend” of Lakeshores rd.  One is for metal scrap only, and the other for household discards (e.g. mattresses, broken feature, etc.).  No hazardous scrap/ materials, daily trash or garbage, etc.

All KILA members may bring their spring cleaning discards.  

Thanks to Frank Dodson for arranging this.  You may bring your KILA membership renewal dues to this event.

Thanks to all for supporting Earth Day and keeping KI clean.
Stay safe & be well


Internet news from Frontier

December 6, 2020 Message from the Chairman: Joe Wolfe

Subject: Update Information of Frontier Internet Service for Kelleys Island Residents

During the last two years we have worked with Frontier to deliver faster more reliable Internet service to our Community. First with the DSLAM project that was completed from Pauline Rd to Titus Rd. Those addresses that fall into “Pauline” can experience stable 5-15 Megabyte service. The remaining DSLAM installations were put on hold to test a new fixed wireless product for Frontier, and they chose Kelleys Island as a beta site for their entire company.

Testing began Oct 2018 of upgrading antennas and radios on the water-tower. In mid 2019, 6 test locations were selected to represent some of the toughest and most remote locations on the Island, along with some more direct sites to the water tower. It was challenging to say the least, leaves, trees, and poor topography caused many issues.

In early 2020,Frontier made a break through: replaced antennae with omni directional technology and continued testing. Most of the test sites experienced at some times very fast speeds 30-40 meg, but also experienced intermittent service, which turned out to be a product of constant remote testing. August of this year, beta equipment was replaced with production equipment and mounted on the test addresses.

I’m happy to report for the last 2-3 months we have experienced faster reliable Internet service. The Fixed Broadband service is now available for sales. I have attached the pricing and products available. Please feel free to comment or ask questions via the comment section of the TODC Website.

EMS Update from Mayor

  • Mayor’s Office -Mayor Ronald E. Ehrbar
  • Village of Kelleys Island
  • P.O.Box 469, 121 Addison Street
  • Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
  • (419) 746-2535 fax: (419) 746-9595
  • mayor@kelleysisland.us

December 16, 2020

As we close out December, I’m happy to announce two new developments to the island’s health and safety infrastructure. First, we have appointed Russell Maust to serve as our Kelleys Island EMS Administrator. Additionally, MetroHealth Life Flight will handle emergency air transport. 

What does this mean for Kelleys Island?

  • MetroHealth services go into effect on Friday, December 18 at noon; there will be no interruption in emergency services after the transition is made
  • In an emergency, you will still need to call 911
  • In a non-emergency, you will still need to call (419) 503-2508
  • The EMS office is still located next to the police station behind town hall
  • No membership is needed for this new program as it was previously with St. Vincent’s, MetroHealth will simply bill your insurance
  • Whatever your insurance agrees to pay will be covered, any additional balance is forgiven

More information about the services MetroHealth will offer including TeleHealth, TeleDoc, etc. will be made available in the coming weeks. Look for an article in the next edition of Kelleys Life for a more detailed outline.

We’re thrilled to be able to provide our community with these important services and enhancements to our EMS personnel. We hope that it will help you all feel safer and more confident being part of our island community, whether Kelleys is your year-round home, seasonal refuge, or favorite vacation spot. 

Finally, the Village of Kelleys Island would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season! We thank you for all your support this past year!

Sincerely, 

Ronald E. Ehrbar

Mayor

Message from Mayor Ehrbar

Village of Kelleys Island

  • P.O.Box 469, 121 Addison Street
  • Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
  • (419) 746-2535 fax: (419) 746-9595
  • mayor@kelleysisland.us
  • November 24, 2020

We’re closing in on the Thanksgiving holiday and the COVID-19 statistics in our state are getting dire. As Governor Mike DeWine remarked in a recent presser, the virus is now seeing significant spread in more remote, rural areas. We have even seen it spread to Kelleys Island – several of our community members have become ill and one was even hospitalized.

As of Monday, the state of Ohio is nearing 6,000 deaths from COVID-19. Since Saturday, 8,133 new COVID-19 cases with 205 more hospitalizations and 12 more deaths have been reported. We’re firmly in the third wave of this pandemic and we must take this seriously. 

What does that mean for Kelleys Island?

  • We encourage our workers, residents, and visitors to continue to practice safe social distancing, mask wearing, and regular hand sanitizing regimens
  • We encourage our community to refrain from gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday with those outside their household
  • We encourage those who are sick to stay home and to seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms
  • For Christmas Park Lighting, which will occur on November 27, Santa will be driving by to greet the children and their families, but no children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap this year to share their Christmas wishes; goody bags will be provided
  • The annual Thanksgiving potluck on November 27 at the Village Pump has been cancelled
  • The Winery will host its annual holiday bazaar on November 28 and it will be held entirely outdoors

We understand that the prospect of further lockdowns and increased infections is exhausting, frustrating, and scary. However, we implore you to think of the safety of your family, your friends, and even strangers in the coming days. Furthermore, let’s help our medical professionals and first responders by staying well and out of the ICU. With a bit of cooperation, we’ll all be able to have a safe and happy holiday in 2021. 

Don’t forget – you are your community. And what you do matters.

Sincerely,

Ronald E. Ehrbar, Mayor

Flu Shots on KI

The Erie County Community Health Outreach Clinic will provide Flu Shots on KI on Friday October 23, 2020. Appointments are required. To schedule your appointment with a provider, call Central Scheduling at 419-626-5623 ext 174. See (download) the Flyer for more details.

ERIE COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH CLINIC
is excited to announce we are resuming our The Outreach Clinic will resume our normal scheduled hours at the Kelley’s Island Library. Due to COVID-19 precautions, appointments are required. To schedule
your appointment with a provider, call Central Scheduling at 419-626-5623 ext 174.
Facial coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced.
Flu shots available October 23, 2020!