Friday, February 9, 2018

City of Elyria Snow Removal Basics

With more winter weather coming our way this weekend, our Safety Service Department and our Street Department leadership put some good, basic info together about our snow removal policies and procedures, which you can read below:

First priority:   All main roads, state routes, hills, bridges and established school bus routes are to be completed first – following the route maps. Currently there are seven major snow routes that cover 436 lane miles and take approximately 4 hours to run.  

Second priority:  Secondary streets will be plowed only when snow exceed four (4”) inches within a 24 hour period or single snow event.  NO secondary routes are to be done until main priority routes have been addressed.  The time frame for secondary routes should be between twelve (12) and sixteen (16) hours after initial snow event.
Salting:  Main routes, hills and curves are salted; some portions of some streets that contain curves, turns, or other traffic concerns are addressed with salt as supplies and conditions warrant.   Secondary streets are not salted however some unique intersections on secondary streets are occasionally warranted. Streets are also salted if a water main break and/or fire have occurred within a secondary street area. The optimum temperature for salt/calcium chloride working on ice/snow is 20 degrees effectively.

NOTE: Only the Safety Service Director or designee can issue City-wide emergency snow parking bans and such bans, when issued, are in effect for 24 hours after issuance or at the conclusion of the snow event.
Streets designated as no parking during snow events – if the street is clearly signed drivers should use their discretion and notify Elyria Police as necessary.

As always, please call the City of Elyria Office of Safety Service at 440-326-1404 with any questions, and remember to drive cautiously. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

See How Elyria, Ohio Is Transforming Itself In 2018

A Message from Mayor Holly Brinda

The City of Elyria, now entering our 201st year, is alive and well.  Our doors are wide open for families with children, young professionals and businesses looking to expand and relocate.  Thanks to strong leaders across the city working together, citizens who truly care and who are willing to support their public institutions, and businesses that are engaged in the welfare of the community, Elyria is evolving, innovating and making way for the new.  Here are just a few of the initiatives that are transforming Ohio’s 14th largest city.

  • Over the next five years Elyria will have all new public school facilities. A new high school that broke ground in 2007 will be joined by a new stadium and all new buildings serving preschoolers through eighth grade. Significant matches from the State helped make these projects totaling approximately $213 million affordable.
  • Over the next three years Elyria will replace the main library at a new location, build a new south-side library, and make improvements to other library locations.
  • Between 2016 and 2021 Elyria will spend approximately $7 million for residential street resurfacing and repairs and $5 million in capital improvements to its residential area parks including two new Spray Parks, a refurbished ice arena, and more. In addition, the city’s new lease partnership agreement with the Lorain County MetroParks is yielding major improvements to Cascade and Elywood parks.
  • Over the next two years, the city in partnership with the state, county and federal funding sources, will complete over $19 million of road and sewer improvements. Expect road improvements to major portions of State Route 57, Cleveland Street, Chestnut Ridge, East Avenue, Lake and West Avenues, East Bridge Street, and Gulf Road. The East side relief sewer project will involve much of the north side, including Whitman and Abbe Road.
  • Between 2016 and 2021 Elyria will make an additional $5 million investment in its police force to improve safety.
  • Between 2016 and 2021 Elyria will make $2.5 million of additional investments in economic development and marketing initiatives. Economic development strategies have already helped with the attraction or expansion of seven businesses in the last 24 months, with two additional in process.
  • Right now there is over $18 million of public and private investment happening in downtown Elyria that involves replacing streets and streetscapes, lighting, crosswalks, renovating the historic courthouse, Pioneer Plaza, a new law office and new businesses, and building renovations by private developers. Grants are making many of these projects possible. Additional development plans are in process and will add to the list of improvement projects.
  • The Midway Mall area is benefitting from a new $23 million highway reconfiguration that is attracting new business opportunities, including another new hotel, headquarters for a major sport utility vehicle company, discount fashion and automotive warehouses and more. Additional improvement projects are in process.

These are just some of the major improvements happening in Elyria. So the next time you get frustrated by an orange barrel, remember and be grateful for the progress.  It will all be worth it in the end!  Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017


A most sincere thank you is extended to the many volunteers who came out to Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria on Saturday to honor our veterans as part of the WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA program.  Elyria was honored to be chosen among 1,200 locations across the country to participate in this national recognition.   Wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine adorn the headstone of veterans buried at Brookdale to spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices made for our country.   

Thank you for your service!

Mayor Holly Brinda


The City of Elyria’s Holiday Lights display at Finwood estate on North Abbe Road has never looked better.  If you haven’t yet visited, be sure to get there soon.  Santa will be there through this Saturday night and after that you can still drive through to see over half a million lights of magical winter wonderland!  This is truly an opportunity to make a lasting family memory – and it’s free.  Donations of canned goods for those in need are welcomed and appreciated, but not required.   Have a wonderful holiday season, Elyria. 

Mayor Holly Brinda & Staff