Friday, March 28, 2014


Mayor Brinda and her staff cordially invite you to attend a public presentation regarding the Middle Avenue Reconstruction Project during MAYOR’S NIGHT IN on Thursday evening April 3 from 6:00 – 7:00pm at Elyria City Hall second floor City Council Chambers – 131 Court Street.   Scheduled to begin this fall and completed in the summer of 2015, this federally, state and city funded project will be a major improvement to the downtown area and the southern entrance to the City.

Come learn about how the project is designed to improve the functionality, safety and appearance of Middle Avenue between Broad Street and Oberlin Road.  The modern Complete Street concept is being used that encourages and supports different types of transportation including vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.  In addition, the road will be resurfaced with asphalt pavement, new sidewalk curb ramps will be constructed applying ADA standards, and the boulevard will be reconstructed removing and replacing street lighting, pavement markings, bike lanes and constructing enhanced crosswalks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

City of Elyria Fireworks - 2014

Dear Elyrians,

The last time our community experienced a fireworks display was 2008.  With your help, we would like to return fireworks this year to the City of Elyria. 

In the past, this family-friendly activity drew over 30,000 people.  This once annual event became a tradition that brought people together from our diverse neighborhoods and provided opportunities to celebrate our country and our community’s pride, patriotism and freedom while creating lasting memories and an economic benefit to the local economy.  

These non-holiday dates have been chosen to prevent the City from having to pay overtime for safety forces that are a necessity to make this event possible.  If you make a donation and we don’t reach our goal – we will save your donation for fireworks until we do reach our goal.  But, with your help, I think we are going to reach our goal this year!  Because of the City’s tight budget, the only way we can sponsor a fireworks display is with private donations.  

To make this day even more special, we will create a safe, festival atmosphere beginning at 4:00pm that will include concessions from local vendors and restaurants; games, activities, super heroes and give-aways for children; music for all ages – and more!  Special tented sections will be roped off for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and corporations and organizations that would like to take advantage of the time to host their annual picnics.  

Please consider making a donation to the 2014 City of Elyria Fireworks Fund.  Any donation is needed and appreciated and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Donations can be made by credit card on a secure server via the city’s website at  You can also respond by mailing a check with a fireworks notation on the bottom and/or completing this form.  Checks should be made payable to: City of Elyria – Fireworks Fund,  Attention Mayor Holly Brinda – Elyria City Hall, 131 Court Street, Suite 301 – Elyria, Ohio  44035.  

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  With your support, we can return another great tradition to our deserving Elyria community.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at (440) 326-1402.   

Holly C. Brinda

P.S.  All donors will be recognized in some way, depending on your level of contribution If you wish to remain anonymous, please make a notation on your check. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Water Conservation Alert HAS EXPIRED

The Water Conservation Alert HAS EXPIRED. All operations are running normally and no further measures are expected to be necessary.

Monday, March 17, 2014


The City of Elyria Water Pumping plant is experiencing some water intake issues. Because of frazil ice blocking the water intake values of the plant, the City of Elyria is issuing a water conservation alert for residents and businesses in the following communities:

  • Elyria
  • North Ridgeville
  • Amherst
  • Sheffield Township
  • Elyria Township
  • Carlisle Township

Conservation efforts are requested through midnight Monday,March 17, 2014.

Immediate steps are being taken to remedy the situation. Until full water intake is returned, residents and businesses are asked to conserve water usages to minimum or limited levels. Low water pressure may be experienced during this time. NO boiling is necessary but the water may be cloudy due to sediment. Residents and businesses are asked to run the water until clear. Updates will be available via the City’s website at, cable channel 12 and the local media.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Federal Press Conference on Affordable Care Act

Federal Health and Human Services Region V Director Kathleen Falk joined Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and representatives from Elyria and Lorain Health Districts and Lorain County Health and Dentistry to help spread the word about the Affordable Care Act. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 31st. Enrollment and information sessions are being held in Lorain County to assist residents. Please attend one of the following sessions or call 440-240-1655 to make an appointment at one of the Lorain County Healthy and Dentistry Locations: Tuesday, March 18 10am-3pm Mercy Regional Medical Center Ross Conference Room #2 3700 Kolbe Road Lorain, Ohio 44053 Wednesday, March 19th 10am-3pm Mercy Allen Hospital Registration in Front Lobby 200 W. Lorain Street Oberlin, Ohio 44074 Wednesday, March 26th 10am-3pm Elyria City Health Department 202 Chestnut Street Elyria, Ohio 44035 Thursday, March 27th Lorain County Community College - Partnership Ridge Campus 32121 Lorain Road North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039 Visit for more info.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ELYRIANS: Shop and Help Cascade Park!

Cascade Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Midway Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Cascade Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Cascade Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Frank Gustoff, Elyria Parks and Recreation Director. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Cascade Park This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Federal Press Conference on Affordable Care Act

March 11, 2014
CONTACT: Mayor Holly Brinda
AT:  (440) 326-1404


Federal Health and Human Services Region V Director Kathleen Falk will visit Elyria, Ohio on Friday March 14th at 1:00pm at Elyria City Hall  - 131 Court Street, Suite 301 to hold a press conference  to promote insurance enrollment under the provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.   Falk will be joined by Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and healthcare professionals from around Lorain County in an effort to maximize enrollment. 
New national and state enrollment data will also be released, using the City of Elyria as a backdrop to describe insurance enrollment opportunities and challenges for the uninsured and under-insured around the United States.   

“We are very pleased that the City of Elyria was chosen as the site in Northeast Ohio to help tell this extraordinary story of opportunity for so many individuals that otherwise would not have access to affordable, high quality healthcare,” said Mayor Holly Brinda. 
Katheen Falk was appointed to her position in 2013 and brings many years of experience and service as a government leader in the State of Wisconsin, serving previously as County Executive in Dane County, Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice,  and Co-Director of a non-profit organization called Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade.   A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Falk earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and her Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Upcoming Lorain County insurance enrollment events sponsored by various organizations and the Coalition for the Uninsured of Lorain County include the following: