Monday, May 19, 2014


 From Elyria Mayor Brinda…
Have flood debris?  The City of Elyria and Lorain County can help in THREE WAYS at no cost to you.  First, you can place flood-damaged carpet, furniture, drywall and other non-hazardous materials on your tree lawn.  The Elyria Sanitation Department is making regular rounds over the next two weeks to collect the debris. 

Second, for those flood-damaged items you don’t want sitting on your tree lawn, you can take and deposit those items in a dumpster at any one of four Elyria Parks and Recreation Centers: North, South, East or West.  Please compact the material as much as possible.  And remember, NO hazardous materials are to go in the dumpsters; items like batteries, aerosol and paint cans, computers and audio-equipment, fluorescent lamps and other toxic items should be taken to Lorain County Solid Waste Management at 540 South Abbe Road. 
Lastly, if you have large items like furniture or refrigerators that you need assistance with moving, you may call the Mayor’s Office at 326-1402.  Volunteers are being coordinated through Lorain County Emergency Management Services to provide moving assistance on a limited basis.  If you have questions, please feel free to call the Mayor’s Office at 326-1402.             

Friday, May 16, 2014


 Dear Elyrians,
With all the rain and water-related issues over the past few days, many of you have questions about what the City is doing to address your concerns.  Here are some answers.  On January 1, 2015 the City of Elyria will initiate a new storm water management program.  It will help the City comply with mandated Federal and State EPA National Pollutant Elimination System permit regulations and water quality requirements.  The steps we will be taking will also help us better manage stormwater to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and protect lives and property. 

I know the flooding issues many of you are experiencing are very frustrating.  I ask for your patience as these are circumstances that my administration inherited and we are trying to find cost-effective ways to address the concerns.  The over $100 million in investment needed to address these issues will come from a stormwater utility fee and every grant we can secure to help ease the cost to taxpayers.  
While none of us want to pay more fees, a small fee will be necessary.  I will be sharing a lot more information regarding Elyria’s new Stormwater Utility Management Program in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, I appreciate your patience and urge you to report your flooding issues to the Waste Water Treatment Plant at 366-2211.  We are mapping all flooding issues to help us identify trends and prioritize projects.  Your input is needed and appreciated. 

Please join your fellow Elyrians tomorrow for Pride Day and help us clean, sweep, plant and make other visible improvements to our thoroughly American City!  We will be gathering on Ely Square at 9:00am to organize and distribute projects and volunteers.  Please bring the tools you will need like garden gloves, rakes, brooms, shovels and more.  I look forward to working with you tomorrow!

Holly Brinda, Mayor

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


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Encourage your employer, church, or civic organization to participate in Independence Day in May  and help return fireworks to Elyria.  Please click on the attached flyer to learn more about how a simple dress-up or dress down-day in May can help the City of Elyria return this important family-friendly tradition to our community.
Thank you in advance for your participation and support!
Holly Brinda
Mayor of Elyria


Friday, May 2, 2014

First Energy to Replace Major Transmission Line...and Pride Day is Coming Up Soon!

First Energy will be replacing a major transmission line in Elyria to North Ridgeville.  Work will begin May 12th.  The line will start at Griswold and SR57 and head eastward and involves the replacement of power lines and poles. No power interruption is expected.  If residents have questions, please call the First Energy Project Hotline at 1-888-340-3588. Any residents with direct impacts should have been contacted by First Energy already, but there may be others that have questions. 

The 20th Annual Pride Day will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 9am-noon. We take this day every year to come together as a community and work together to beautify our great City. We still need volunteers for a variety of duties, including planting, weeding, and painting. Every job is important and we welcome any pair of hands willing to help. For more information or to sign up for an activity, please see the flyer below or call the City of Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at 440-326-1500.

Any groups or individuals wishing to paint fire hydrants do not have to wait until Pride Day to start. Paint kits with the safety-required reflective paint and instructions will be available in the Parks and Recreation Department at Elyria City Hall, 131 Court Street, Suite 103. Please call or stop in if interested.