Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ELYRIA RESIDENT ALERT FROM THE CITY:


There will be a temporary electric power outage from approximately 5:00pm to 8:00pm THIS EVENING, NOVEMBER 15 for residents in Elyria who live in the following areas:

  • 200 – 800 block of East Avenue
  • All side streets between 200 – 800 blocks of East Avenue, running between East Ave. and Middle Ave.
  • 200 – 800 block of Middle Avenue

This is necessary to accommodate an emergency gas main repair.  Residents are asked to shelter in place, and avoid unnecessary travel or activities outside their homes.       

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bicentennial Time Capsule Dedication - November 14 @ 1:00pm in Ely Square!



This is a friendly reminder that the last of a series of great events through our Bicentennial year of 2017 will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 1:00pm in Ely Square.  Mayor Brinda, Bicentennial Co-Chair Bill Bird and our Bicentennial Committee will dedicate the Bicentennial Time Capsule.  It will include photos from 2017, including all of our events, letters from our elected officials and residents, mementos and photos from throughout year, and some items to represent 2017.  Anyone who would still like to include a letter has a very small window to get it in to us, as we will try to leave one of the bags to into the capsule unsealed until right before the ceremony.


We hope to see you at 1:00pm on November 14 in Ely Square!  As always, call the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402 with any questions.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Be Part of the Elyria Bicentennial Time Capsule!

One hundred years from now, the Elyrians of 2117 will be celebrating our City's Tricentennial, and part of those festivities will be the opening of a time capsule from the year 2017.  We have been collecting memories and mementos from the tremendous Bicentennial celebrations throughout this year (along with other items to represent 2017), but we would like to add something that really represents not just Elyria, but the proud Elyrians of 2017. We would love to include your actual words,  thoughts and messages for future generations to read.


Send us your thoughts of today, hopes for the future, messages to future Elyria, or any other family-friendly BRIEF statements via facebook (Elyria Citizens page here or #ELY200 page here) or twitter (@MayorBrinda using the hasthtag #ELY200) and we'll include them in the time capsule!  We're going to bury the capsule on November 14, so if you want to be part of the celebration this year and 100 years from now, get us your thoughts soon!


Twitter has a character limit of 140 characters, so if even if you're not using Twitter, we would like you to keep it to a few sentences.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mayor of Elyria Economic Development Report

Below please find Mayor Holly Brinda’s Economic Development report, presented at a community meeting held last night, October 23, 2017, at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center.  

In Process or Pending Economic Development Initiatives
Elyria Mayor as of October 23, 2017
($2.25 million available through 2020 – Already more than $2.89 million need identified prior to some major project development that will require economic incentives)

Midway Mall Area
Macy’s Redevelopment
There is a request for gap financing and an Enterprise Zone Abatement dependent on current negotiations to bring new business headquarters to the Macys Building.  Due to a confidentiality agreement signed by the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation, the terms of the negotiations cannot be disclosed.  The total project investment by proposed new owner is significant.      

Status:  Negotiations are in process. 
Dilliards Building Possible Donation/Demolition
$1 million is needed (source to be determined) to demolish the Dilliards Building, which must happen because of contaminate mold and other issues, and to make the property re-developable.  The owner has offered to donate the building and associated 18 acres of property to the City of Elyria or the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation for the tax write-off.  There is currently $6,744.56 in back taxes due on the property.  The value in accepting the property would to be for the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation to control it for future development.
Status:  City Council will determine if there is interest in this project.  Legal council is currently determining if there is a way for the ECIC or the City to fund this project – if the City decides with Council’s input that there is value in doing that.  The issue will be presented to Elyria City Council in November.      
Market-Rate Residential Development Contiguous to Midway Mall
$24,000 will be spent of Issue 6 funds to develop the initial design work for a market-rate residential development near Midway Mall.  This will help satisfy recommendations in the recent Jeff Green & Partners Highest Best Use Study and Feasibility Plan that recommended more residential investment in the area.  Elyria City Council will receive a presentation by Carnegie Management, Great Lakes Development Partners and Markovich and Pusti Architects on November 6.   The Mayor would like their input before she proceeds.   

Re-development of Former Mountain Jacks Property
The Elyria Community Improvement Corporation has engaged Coldwell Banker in a 12-month contract to market the former Mountain Jacks property as a combination restaurant and party center to serve the new hotels in the area.  The property is listed at $400,000 and payment for services is dependent on the sale of the property.  If the property is not sold by July 2018, the City plans to issue an RFP to design the project to assist in the development process.  This is not being done initially because it is believed there is already interest in the project.  The ultimate project will likely require economic incentives from the City of the Elyria Community improvement Corporation. 
Development of New Former 49th Street Bridge Property
An estimated $30,000 of issue 6 funds will be spent with O.R. Colan on a study being commissioned this month to determine the value of property acquired by the City from the SR57/49th Street Bridge reconfiguration. The City received clearance in late September from ODOT to develop the properties on the east side of the SR57/49th Street Bridge highway reconfiguration project.  This includes 12 excess properties located east of SR57, west of Tillotson Street, north of Midway Boulevard and south of Griswold Road.  A request for clearance to develop acreage on the west side has been made and a decision is pending.  Once the study is complete, the Mayor will be recommending that the property be transferred into the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation and an RFP be issued for the development of the property.  Funds generated by the sale of the property can help fuel the future endeavors of the CIC.         

Downtown Elyria
Conversion of Washington Avenue Parking Lot to Mixed-Use Development
$24,000 of Issue 6 funds will be spent to develop a downtown mixed-use project that would house a restaurant, higher-end apartments, and some retail and office space.  It would include ground-level and possibly under- ground parking.  The project is a five-story building to be located on the current city-owned Washington Avenue Parking Lot.   It would capitalize on the view of the East Falls and the Black River.  It is in response to the JumpStart Elyria study that recommended access to more apartment housing.  Elyria City Council will receive a presentation by Carnegie Management, Great Lakes Development Partners and Markovich and Pusti Architects on November 6.   The Mayor would like their input before she proceeds.  
Kimberly Plaza on the Square
$15,000 will be spent on improvements to accommodate a new business in Kimberly Plaza, the former Men’s Shop, that was accepted by the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation as a donation.   While the building is in excellent shape, there were physical accommodations that need to be made to accommodate the new business - $10,000 for wall reconfiguration and $5,000 to replace the air conditioning unit.
Status:  The law department and the ECIC legal counsel are deciding on the source and flow of the funds to accomplish this. 
Other Pending Downtown Projects
There are currently an estimated $18 million of public and private economic development projects – not involving Issue 6 funds - either recently completed or in the process in downtown.  Two federal grants are being used to improve lighting, streetscapes, crosswalks, bike lanes, pedestrian walkways and signage.  Federal, state and local revenue are responsible for improvements to Middle Avenue, Third Street, East Avenue, and part of West Avenue.  Pioneer Plaza and the Elyria Arts Council were created with the support of two State Appropriations.  Other projects include the courthouse rehabilitation, McDonalds,  a new law office, and more.  Three investors have purchased and are in various processes of renovating eight of downtown’s most challenged buildings.  Meetings have been held with several downtown businesses encouraging them to apply for either CDBG or ECIC revolving loan fund money to make improvements to their buildings.  We are waiting for them to apply.  The City has also requested that McDonalds Corporation donate the vacated property on Broad Street to the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation for re-development.    
Chestnut Commons Area Development & Traffic Reconfiguration
The City of Elyria is, and has been, working with a developer, the county and contiguous communities at the intersection of SR57 and Chestnut Ridge to address both traffic and future development concerns, issues and opportunities.  A traffic study was completed and the City is waiting to see if an annexation request initiated by the developer with support from the city is awarded by the county so the city can “right size” the appropriate traffic reconfiguration and infrastructure response.  Waiting until we understand the full scope of the development is important as the traffic and infrastructure response will be expensive: in the range of $5-$6 million.  The City of Elyria is committed to ultimately resolving the traffic issues in the area and working with the developer, the county and Eaton Township to create the best possible case scenario for the inevitable development that is likely to expand to I480. 

Economic Development Technology & Support Projects

City Website Re-design
$28,500 of Issue 6 funds is currently being spent on a redesign of the city website and one year of service.  The company commissioned is called Revize and is working with the Mayor’s Office and the IT Department on the project that is scheduled to be completed in April 2018.  All departments and City Council will be invited to provide input related to their respective areas.  An additional $5,400 annual maintenance annual contract will be available at the end of the second year.  

Economic Development Software
$4,550 of Issue 6 funds was spent on Xcelligent Software, a tool used by the City to provide commercial property seekers with detailed information about available properties in the city.    

 $12,000 of Issue 6 funds will be spent in April 2018 on the purchase of 12 modules of a proprietary economic development software tool that will help the city and potential buyers and developers: (1) Review the Business Climate; (2) Discovery Industry Trends; (3) Research Their Customers; (4) Analyze Competition; (5) Uncover Local Opportunities; (6) Search Available Properties; (7) Find Additional Resources; (8) Identify Land Use/Zoning Controls; (9) Examine the Environment; (10) Evaluate the Workforce); (11) Identify Community Facilities;  (12 Locate Utilities).   These modules will be added as part of the new website. 
Economic Development Director Search
In the range of $85,000 or more of Issue 6 funds will have to be spent on hiring a new Economic Development Director for the City of Elyria.  The City is currently on its second search process in 12 months.  An offer in the initial search was made and declined because of what was perceived as a low salary for this position.  The second search will conclude in November.   The Mayor is currently taking on the majority of these responsibilities, with some support assistance from Community Development.  
Economic & Workforce Development

“Elyria Works Now” Workforce Development Initiative
$1 million (source to be determined) will be needed to take this project to scale for three years.  Over the past two months the Mayor has been working with 15 community partner organizations to develop a Bloomberg Foundation Mayor’s Challenge Project to address the city’s most pressing issue.  The diverse group of community leaders chose to develop the project below.  It will be implemented to some degree in 2018, pending a grant approval process in January 2018.  The Bloomberg Foundation will award (35) $100,000 grants, five $1 million grants later in the year, and one $5 million grant.  To pilot the project will cost about $100,000 and to take it to the required scale would take about $1 million over three years. The group is committed to moving this project forward at some level regardless of the grant award by leveraging other funds.
Elyria will lower its 22.2% poverty rate by 5% and close the employment gap between companies facing labor shortages and residents who are underemployed or actively seeking work. We will accomplish this by creating Elyria Works Now, a new collaboration of industry, education, government, non-profit, for-profit, and faith-based stakeholders that will provide connectivity, support, education, training and access to higher paying jobs.  Pilot Employers will commit to employment goals, “screen-in” and family-friendly policies, and working with community partners to integrate wrap-around services responding to Individual Development and Career Plans.
Target populations include graduating and recently graduated high school seniors without career paths (estimated 160) and under-employed adult residents (estimated 1085 of 11,821 residents living in poverty) or those actively seeking work (2,237).  In the Pilot, 100 entry-level, fulltime, living wage manufacturing positions with healthcare benefits will be filled.  Upon implementation 1,100 positions will be filled.  The Pilot will determine if other industry sectors should be added.  Currently Indeed lists 1,600 open manufacturing jobs among Elyria’s 80 manufacturers. Of 18 manufacturers responding to a survey, 16 report difficulty filling positions, with 73 entry-level, and 84 skilled positions open.
Strategies include defining the delivery model, creating the curriculum with Individual Development and Career Plans and committing Pilot Employers; committing partners to recruit applicants through referral channels and career stations and deliver training and services; creating demand through a multi-media marketing campaign and an Elyria Works Now Web Portal; evaluating the program annually; and developing resources through grants and membership fees.
Elyria Company Expansion Projects
The City of Elyria is currently in negotiations with three major companies for expansion assistance (sources to be determined) in the form of abatements and other incentives.  More information will be made available to Elyria City Council and the public as the processes procced. 

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elyria Fall Leaf Collection Includes Free Leaf Raking By Students for Residents In Need

The City of Elyria FALL 2017 LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM will run from Monday, October 16 through Tuesday, November 28. Leaves should be raked to the curb in piles, but not in the street.  No brush, twigs, or other materials should be mixed with the leaves, as these items may cause safety hazards and will clog the vacuum equipment, slowing the collection process.

A special service will be provided this year. If you are a senior citizen unable to rake your leaves because of an illness or physical disability you are eligible to sign up for FREE LEAF RAKING SERVICE by calling the Mayor’s Office at 326-1420 by November 1. This service is being made possible through the generosity of student volunteers from Elyria High School and Elyria Catholic High School.  It was the brain-child of Keenan Williams, assistant manager of the Elyria Street Department.  Mr. Williams has been working with the schools to coordinate the effort.  The first 100 citizens to sign up will be eligible for the service.


“The City is very proud of Mr. Williams and the many students and school personnel who have been involved in coordinating this effort,” said Mayor Holly Brinda.   “I am sure it will be appreciated by a number of our citizens.”  Mayor Brinda said the students will be providing leaf raking service November 13 – November 22, when most of the leaves have fallen.


As for the community-wide leaf collection October 16 – November 28, crews will cover the entire city and will concentrate first on areas with mature trees. There is no set schedule for collection, as weather conditions, equipment and personnel fluctuate day-to-day.  We ask for your patience and understanding.  Regardless of the weather, no leaves will be collected after November 28.  Any leaves remaining on the curb lawn after November 28 must be bagged (brown bags only) and left with the weekly trash pick-up.  FREE brown compost bags are available at the Mayor’s Office or the Public Utilities Office, 131 Court Street.


Residents are encouraged to dispose of their leaves at the Elyria Compost Center, 45 Chestnut Street. The Center is managed by Barnes Nursery.  Details regarding their hours of operation and services can be found on the City’s website under the Sanitation Department at www.cityofelyria.org. Leaves collected by crews are composted and not dumped into area landfills.


Please remember these important safety tips:
  • Do not allow children to play in the leaves near the street or curb;
  • Do not place braches or other debris in the leaf piles – doing so may result in the non-collection of leaves;
  • Do not park vehicles on or near leave piles.
For additional information or questions, please call the Elyria Street Department at (440) 322-3129 of the Safety Service Director’s Office at (440) 326-1420.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oven 51 - Pizza Bistro and Bakery - Open in Downtown Elyria!


I had lunch today at Downtown Elyria’s newest restaurant Oven 51.  The WHITE GARLIC CHICKEN FLAT BREAD PIZZA was out of this world…..  Please support Oven 51 by visiting them anytime Monday through Sunday from 11am – 10pm – for pizza and between 6am – 11am for donuts!  Or order in – they deliver!  Call (440) 723-3500 or visit https://www.oven51.com/ to order online! 
Mayor Holly Brinda  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cleveland Pops Concert - Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Ely Square!

The Cleveland Pops will be in Downtown Elyria this Saturday, September 2, 2017 with a special Bicentennial Edition of their annual, can't-miss FREE concert!  Presented my Main Street Elyria in conjunction with the City of Elyria, the concert will kick off at 7:00pm in Ely Square.  This year, the orchestra will be lined up near the Ely Square Fountain facing 2nd Street, so plan your seats accordingly!  Prior to the concert, the Elyria Arts Council will be in the Square hosting some family-friendly activities to flex your art skills starting at 5:45pm.  Food vendors including Cofield's BBQ, Hershey's Ice Cream, Kelley's Kettle Corn, By the Slab Ribs will there, and Oven 51 Pizza Bistro - 148 Middle Avenue - (Corner of 2nd and Middle) will officially open on Friday, September 1st and will be open for your orders at the Pops Concert!

More information on the concert is below!  Please join us a for a fun, family-friendly and FREE event downtown on Saturday, September 2nd @ 7:00pm!  PLEASE CHECK WWW.CITYOFELYRIA.ORG for updates, including any news or delays due to inclement weather!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Elyria Bicentennial Time Capsule Survey

Later this year, the Elyria Bicentennial Commission will fill, seal and bury a time capsule commemorating 2017.  Below are some questions suggested by members of the committee to help determine what we put into the capsule.  We need your input to let the Elyrians of 2117 know about our Elyria!


There are only 9 short questions, so this should only take a few minutes of your time.  Just read the questions, click in the box and type your answer, and click "OK."  It will automatically take you to the next question.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Grand Elyria Bicentennial Parade - Saturday, August 5, 2017!



The Grand Bicentennial Parade is this Saturday, August 5th, 2017!  Since this parade, and much of this year, is all about the history of our great City, you're encouraged to take a few minutes to view the video below.  Provided by the Pandy Family, this video is from the 125th Celebration Parade and provides some real insight into our history.  For more information on our upcoming parade, please click here!




Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Bevy of Bicentennial Business at the LCHS!

The Lorain County Historical Society has planned an exciting week chock full of fun, educational Bicentennial activities!  Details are below: 

Schedule of Bicentennial Events:
Registration appreciated but not mandatory. Call 322-3341 or lchs@lchs.org. All Lorain County Historical Society programs are free however donations will be accepted. For outdoor tours if inclement weather tour is cancelled.
                                                                                                                                                           
Monday, July 31st at 7:00 pm
  • Spotlight on Elyria History program
  • Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Ave.)
Tuesday, August 1 at 10 am
  • Tour of Historic Downtown Square (60 minutes)
  • Meet at benches by the fountain in Ely Square
Tuesday, August 1st at 7 pm
  • Historic Elyrians program
  • Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Ave.)
Wednesday, August 2nd at 10 am
  • Washington Ave Then & Now walking tour (75 minutes)
  • Meet at Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Ave.)
Wednesday, August 2nd at 6-8 pm
  • Hickories Open House (The Hickories 509 Washington Ave.)
Thursday, August 3rd at 10 am
  • Ridgelawn Cemetery Tour (60 minutes)
  • Meet at entrance by Glenwood & Harrison
Thursday, August 3rd at 7 pm
  • Elyria’s Architectural Styles program
  • Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Ave.)
Friday, August 4th at 10 am
  • Historic Elyria Walking tour (90 minutes)
  • Transportation Center overflow parking lot Broad St.
                                               

Friday, July 21, 2017

ELYRIA BICENTENNIAL BALL AND PARADE TO CELEBRATE ELYRIA’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE!

PRESENTED BY UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS ELYRIA MEDICAL CENTER 
 

Photo courtesy of the Lorain County Historical Society
Elyria residents, businesses and other city supporters looking for ways to honor the City’s 200th birthday have had many events and activities to choose from to show their civic pride.  Among them: a historic marker installation ceremony and reception; a historic documentary preview and reception; historic lectures, tours and displays; the opening of Pioneer Plaza; a bicentennial fireworks show like no other; and soon the bicentennial ball on July 29 and the bicentennial parade on August 5. 

The July 29 Elyria Bicentennial Ball - Presented by University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

There are already 175 reservations for Elyria’s Bicentennial Ball, scheduled for Saturday evening July 29, 2017 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm at Elyria Country Club – 41625 Oberlin Elyria Road.  Elyrians and other supporters who want to attend but have not yet made their reservations are encouraged to visit the city’s website to purchase tickets online via the city’s secure server at www.cityofelyria.org. The deadline for making reservations is Tuesday, July 25.  Tickets are $125.00 per person, while all of the other official bicentennial events have been low or no cost.  

All Elyrians are welcome to attend this very special black tie optional celebration which will feature an evening of fine dining, fellowship and dancing to the Swing City Big Band.   All proceeds from the Ball benefit the rebuilding of the Ely Square Fountain, the legacy project of the City and the 100-member Elyria Bicentennial Committee.  “The City and the Committee members w
 

anted to be responsive to all Elyrians, and the Ball is one way for those who are able to make larger contributions to the fountain project to participate, while honoring all of our fountain donors,” said Mayor Holly Brinda. But regardless of our citizens’ level of participation, small or large, it is needed and appreciated.  
The Presenting Sponsor for the Bicentennial Ball is University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.  Other supporters include band sponsor Chemical Bank; beverage sponsors Northwest Bank, Vandemark Jewelers and Best Equipment Company; and auction sponsor Attorney Mark Craig.  The official souvenir sponsor for Elyria’s Bicentennial is Discount Drug Mart.  Other sponsorships and program advertising are still available by calling (440) 326-1402.

The evening will also recognize donors who have contributed so far to the Capital Campaign to rebuild the Ely Square Fountain.  And while the fundraising campaign will run through the end of 2017, the City has already raised over $226,145.00 towards the new fountain, with other grants and donations pending.  The fountain will be rebuilt in early 2018, with the size and scope of the project being determined by the amount of donated funds.  An animated rendition of the preferred project that was determined by community input can be viewed on the city’s website.   

The August 5 Elyria Bicentennial Parade
 

A celebration 200 years in the making will take place in Elyria on Saturday, August 5 – and you are invited to participate or attend!  The City is still accepting registrations for the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Bicentennial Parade.  Registration Forms will be accepted through July 28 and are available from the City’s website at www.cityofelyria.org, but must be completed and returned by mail or in person to the Mayor’s Office on the third floor of Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street.  Questions should be directed to the Mayor’s office at 326-1402. 

To commemorate the founding of the City of Elyria in 1817 by Heman Ely, a Grand Bicentennial Parade, sponsored by Elyria Charities, has been organized by the City and Elyria’s Bicentennial Committee of more than 100 volunteers.  So far, over 90 units have registered for the August 5 parade, complete with Clydesdale horses and other animals, five bands, 20 floats, circus performers, baton twirlers, super heroes, ghostbusters, a living statue of Heman Ely, antique cars and so much more. 

The parade will be one of the largest in Elyria’s history, and will be longer than most the city’s previous parades, so residents are encouraged to plan ahead when making plans to view the parade and traverse the City the morning of August 5.  The procession begins at 10:00am and travels from Poplar Street, down Gulf Road, turning right on Ohio Street, turning left on Washington Avenue to Broad Street, turning left on Middle Avenue, up Middle Avenue past Elyria High School, and turning right onto West Avenue, where it will disperse in the parking lots of Elyria High School. 

“The parade route is longer because we want to involve as many Elyrians as possible and showcase some of our important landmarks and our new additions like the renovated Middle Avenue and our beautiful Elyria High School,” said Mayor Holly Brinda.  

After the parade the Cincinnati Circus will perform in Ely Square and a special recognition program will take place.  Four First Aid Stations will be available including the corner of Ohio Street and Washington Avenue, Ely Square, Elyria Catholic and the Elyria High School Parking Lot.  Mayor Brinda said “We are looking forward to a wonderful day that demonstrates how strong our community pride is in Elyria, Ohio.  Major companies, organizations, churches and many others are really having fun planning and building their floats and involving their employees and members in the festivities – and we can’t wait to see the outcome.”        

 
     

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Invest Elyria Kid's Day - July 22, 2017!

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Invest Elyria is hosting Kid's Day at the Elyria Farmers Market on Saturday, July 22, 2017!  They will provide a carnival atmosphere that is fun and safe for the whole family, and best of all, all events are FREE thanks to the kindness of some local Elyria businesses, organizations, and churches! 


Festivities kick off at 9:00am at Pioneer Plaza on Broad Street!  And don't forget, later that evening on Kerstetter Drive (at the Riverwalk), Invest Elyria will host the second of three Bicentennial Concerts featuring Ridge Rock Band, food, crafts, and more!  Click here to read their flyer!


Bicentennial Update: Don't forget about the next two big upcoming events! The Bicentennial Ball is Saturday, July 29th at Elyria Country Club.  A few tickets are still available!  The Grand Bicentennial Parade is scheduled for the following Saturday, August 5th!  More info on the parade is available here.  We're taking a different route for this than our other parades so plan your seating early! Call the Mayor's Office if you questions about either!

ELYRIA WILL CELEBRATE 200 YEARS WITH A GRAND BICENTENNIAL PARADE ON AUGUST 5

A celebration 200 years in the making will take place in Elyria on Saturday, August 5 – and you are invited to participate or attend!  The City is still accepting registrations for the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Bicentennial Parade.  Registration Forms will be accepted through July 28 and are available from the City’s website at www.cityofelyria.org, but must be completed and returned by mail or in person to the Mayor’s Office on the third floor of Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street.  Questions should be directed to the Mayor’s office at 326-1402. 

To commemorate the founding of the City of Elyria in 1817 by Heman Ely, a Grand Bicentennial Parade, sponsored by Elyria Charities, has been organized by the City and Elyria’s Bicentennial Committee of more than 100 volunteers.  So far, over 90 units have registered for the August 5 parade, complete with Clydesdale horses and other animals, five bands, 20 floats, circus performers, baton twirlers, super heroes, ghostbusters, a living statue of Heman Ely, antique cars and so much more. 
The parade will be one of the largest in Elyria’s history, and will be longer than most the city’s previous parades, so residents are encouraged to plan ahead when making plans to view the parade and traverse the City the morning of August 5.  The procession begins at 10:00am and travels from Poplar Street, down Gulf Road, turning right on Ohio Street, turning left on Washington Avenue to Broad Street, turning left on Middle Avenue, up Middle Avenue past Elyria High School, and turning right onto West Avenue, where it will disperse in the parking lots of Elyria High School. 
The parade route is longer because we want to involve as many Elyrians as possible and showcase some of our important landmarks and our new additions like the renovated Middle Avenue and our beautiful Elyria High School.  
After the parade the Cincinnati Circus will perform in Ely Square and a special recognition program will take place.  Four First Aid Stations will be available including the corner of Ohio Street and Washington Avenue, Ely Square, Elyria Catholic and the Elyria High School Parking Lot.  Mayor Brinda said “We are looking forward to a wonderful day that demonstrates how strong our community pride is in Elyria, Ohio.  Major companies, organizations, churches and many others are really having fun planning and building their floats and involving their employees and members in the festivities – and we can’t wait to see the outcome.” 

Monday, July 17, 2017

X-Ta-C Biscuit Bar - New Dog Bakery at 507 Broad Street in Downtown Elyria!

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Amy Leonard and her crew at the new X-Ta-C Dog Bakery at 507 Broad Street in Downtown Elyria!  Named after two of her faithful canine companions (Xenia and Capone), the bakery seeks to provide delicious, healthy snacks to indulge our best friends and keep them around for a long, long time!  Amy is a certified small animal dietician and worked in the veterinary world for 13 years before moving on to combine her passions for animals, healthy eating, and baking.

Now open at 507 Broad Street, The X-Ta-C Biscuit Bar has too many healthy dog-directed delights to name, but her brochure can be found here.  Even better...stop in and see what they have to offer!  Not only are there canine culinary creations galore, but she has an abundance of other pet items to make sure you don't go home empty handed.

As Downtown continues to grow, it's important to visit and embrace our new storefronts, so please, take the time to visit the bakery and meet Amy.  If you have questions, you can call her store at 440-322-9822.  Please check out some of the pictures below!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, July 7, 2017

Bicentennial Parade - There is still time to register!

The City of Elyria Bicentennial Parade is coming to Elyria on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, and there is still time to be part of it!  Many local businesses and organizations are building floats or organizing entries, but we're still accepting applications for groups that want to participate.  Our goal is to make this the biggest parade Elyria has ever seen.  The Bicentennial only comes around once, don't miss your chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  There is no fee to participate, but time is running out, so if you want to be a part of Elyria history, fill out the form below or call the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402.

The parade is August 5th but we already have a lot of participants to keep organized, so please get your applications in ASAP!


Please click here to view more information and the participation application!

Bicentennial Program by the Lorain County Historical Society - July 10, 2017!


On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00pm, The Lorain County Historical Society will host a program entitled "Elyria African American History," presented by Shirley Brown-Reeder  at the Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Avenue).  This is part of an ongoing series of historical programs presented as part of the City of Elyria's Bicentennial celebration, and will no doubt contain countless facts and stories from the rich history of our City that many of us will be hearing for the first time.  As will all Bicentennial programs, this will be FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Bill Bird at the LCHS at 440-322-3341.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bicentennial Talk on Sarah Louise Howard - June 29th!

The Elyria YWCA, Lorain County Historical Society, and the Elyria Bicentennial Commission will host a presentation on one of our founding women, Sarah Louise Howard, and the other illustrious founding women of the Lorain County Historical Society. The meeting will take place at the Miller Home - YWCA Resident - 318 West Avenue and Thursday, June 29th from 6:00-7:30pm.  More information is below!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Elyria Bicentennial Church Open House - July 30, 2017!


The City of Elyria's rich and diverse Faith community are embracing our great City's 200th Birthday as well!  On Sunday, July 30th, from 1:00-3:00pm, churches throughout the City of Elyria will hold a City-wide open house, welcoming any and all visitors to take in the sights, sounds, and history of our churches.  From elaborate stained-glass windows and through the gamut of architectural styles, our churches bring beauty, hope, pride and faith to our community, and July 30th will be a great day to take it all in.  All activities are 100% FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public!  Please join us!


More information (and a complete list of participating churches) can be found by clicking here, or by contact Mr. Dave Sprague, chairman of the Faith Based Bicentennial Subcommittee at 440-365-6270 or ksprag1a@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

City of Elyria Fireworks - BICENTENNIAL EDITION - Monday, July 3rd @ West Park!

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Join us in West Park for the Bicentennial Edition of the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show on Monday, July 3rd, 2017!  We're going to have the biggest pyrotechnic show we've had yet, and we'll be joined by live bands, entertainers, and food from local favorites, food trucks, and traditional carnival fare!  Events kick off at 5:00pm with a showing of the Documentary "Elyria: Making History, Then and Now!" inside West Recreation Center, and will be followed by live music, balloon and juggling performances, and bubble stations throughout West Park! 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

So Far, 152 Elyria “LITTLES” Have Graduated From Safety Town This Year… There’s Still Time To Register!


This morning reminded me about why I love to be Mayor.  I had an opportunity to congratulate 72 of the “Littles” graduating from Elyria Safety Town.  It was an inspirational morning made possible by the City of Elyria, the Elyria Kiwanis Club, and many sponsors and volunteers. 
If you have a child preparing to enter Kindergarten this year, I would highly recommend enrolling in this wonderful program.  Please see the explanation below.  There are still slots available for the last session that begins June 26.  You can register on the city’s website at www.cityofelyria.org under the Parks and Recreation Department.  We hope to see you there!   
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.  And please, mark your calendars and plan to attend both the Bicentennial Edition of the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show on July 3 at West Park (rain date July 7), and the Bicentennial Parade on August 5. 
Holly C. Brinda, Mayor



What is Safety Town?
Safety Town is a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide a complete hands-on safety education for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Safety Town consists of a child sized town which has working traffic signals, miniature buildings, cross walks, complete with personal traffic provided by the children on tractors. We at Safety Town wish to give the children a hands-on experience to take with them.
Safety Town is a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices both at school and at home. The children are instructed on when, where, and how to cross the street. They are taught bike safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, fire safety, seat belt safety, 911 emergency calls, stranger danger and what to do if they find a gun. This program is also geared towards getting children to be comfortable around Law Enforcement and many other important agencies and what the many different uniforms and cars look like.


Safety Town is held at Northwood Junior High School, 700 Gulf Road, Elyria, Ohio.  Registration can be completed online at  https://elyria.recdesk.com/Community/Home


Safety Town is $10 per child for all citizens of Elyria and surrounding areas through the cooperation of the Elyria Police Department, the Elyria Kiwanis Club, and other generous donors. The class are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Parents are welcome to stay during the classes.


Safety Town would like to pay thanks to all the supporters and sponsors of Safety Town. Thanks to these businesses, public and private agencies civic organizations for helping make Safety Town the “Safest Place In Town!”

Goals for Safety Town?
  • Our goal here at Safety Town, is to ensure the safety of our children. The volunteers at Safety Town dedicate their time to teaching the children proper street safety. These are some eye opening statistics on road safety.
  • Children suffer a higher risk of disability or death through preventable injury than all childhood diseases combined.
  • 70% of all fire ending in a childhood death are started by children.Bicycle and Pedestrian accidents are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children.

Safety Town Schedule
Safety Town consists of three (3) one-week sessions:

  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 26
Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 11:30am
Special graduation ceremony on Friday at 9:00am



Parents are asked to have their little ones there by 9:00am for roll call and other special events prior to class starting. A light breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria from 08:30-09:00. Breakfast is provided by Elyria City Schools.


Safety Town is open for children entering Kindergarten.

  • Registration can be completed online at  https://elyria.recdesk.com/Community/Home
  • For all other inquiries please contact, Annette Solet  at 440-326-1503.
  • Now accepting applications for Safety Town Instructors. Candidates must have completed at least the 5th grade by the end of this school year. Please click here to download an instructor application 2017 INSTRUCTOR APPLICATION