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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
C. Brinda, Mayor
What is Safety Town?
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.
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.
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
suffer a higher risk of disability or death through preventable injury than all
childhood diseases combined.
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:
through Thursday 9:00am to 11:30am
Special graduation ceremony on Friday at 9:00am
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.
Town is open for children entering Kindergarten.
all other inquiries please contact, Annette Solet at 440-326-1503.
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
As many of you know, the City of Elyria is celebrating its 200th Birthday this year, and to commemorate that, the Bicentennial Committee has commissioned official City of Elyria Bicentennial Plates! Each beautiful, historical, ceramic plate shows buildings that illustrate that rich history of our City, from Elyria High School (including the Washington Building), to Monteith Hall, The Hickories, and more! They truly are beautiful and have to be seen in person to be appreciated...but pictures are posted below anyway! Each plate costs $25.00 and can be purchased from the Mayor's Office, located at 131 Court Street, Suite 301. All proceeds from the plate go to the Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain Fund. Contact the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402 with any questions.
As a bonus, while supplies still last, anyone who would like an official Sesquicentennial Ice Cream bowl from the last celebration is welcome to one free with the purchase of a Bicentennial plate!
A summer of family-friendly fun is underway in Downtown Elyria! Invest Elyria is working with the City of Elyria to bring some excitement downtown. Starting this Saturday, the first of several Summer Concerts on Kerstetter Way kicks off at 7:00pm this Saturday, June 24th at the East Falls Riverwalk on Kerstetter Way. The concert is 100% FREE.
Music will be provided by the band Firelight, and they have at least one food truck and some craft vendors on site. Bring your friends and your family down for a fun night!
And don't forget, running all summer long is the Farmer's Market in Pioneer Plaza! Invest Elyria kicked off their the season on June 17, 2017 at the newly-adorned Pioneer Plaza on Broad Street (next to the Elyria Arts Council at 336 Broad St.) Mayor Brinda was there with her iPhone to capture a few memories, and the footage is below. Please join them every Saturday throughout the rest of the summer!
The Lorain County General Health District has finalized their vaccination calendar for July. See below for more information, or contact them online (www.loraincountyhealth.com), in person (9880 South Murray Ridge Road in Elyria) or by phone (440-322-6367). Click image below to embiggen!
Free technical advice
and low interest loans now available to Historic District residents
City of Elyria is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland
Restoration Society Heritage
Home Programsmand Northwest Bank.This new partnership will make available FREE technical assistance and low interest loans to owners of homes
50 years or older in the West By The River Historic District.Interested parties are invited to an
informational meeting to learn more about the program set for June 27 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, on
the second floor of Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street.
The most important feature of the Heritage Home
Programsm is that it offers FREE
Technical Assistance and advice to the owners of houses that are over 50
years old.An employee of Cleveland
Restoration Society (CRS) will come out and visit your house and evaluate the
types of repairs that are necessary and appropriate for the house.The CRS employee will help identify the
proper materials to be used for repairs and replacements that will be
consistent with the architecture and style of the home.
The free Technical Assistance and advice offered by
the Heritage Home Programsm is completely impartial and independent.Among some of the other Free services
Site visits to answer home repair, improvement
and maintenance questions
Advice about increasing energy
Access to information on qualified local
Evaluation of contractor bids and
CRS does not have any products or services that it
sells to the homeowners and does not charge the homeowner for the advice.Sometimes CRS may advise the homeowner that
replacement products being recommended by salesmen or contractors are not necessary
and that simple repairs are all that are needed.CRS can also provide a homeowner with a list
of contractors that do the type of work that the homeowner needs.CRS will even review contractor bids and
advise the homeowner on the bids. Under this Program, CRS has provided
technical advice and assistance to over 12,000 homeowners in Cleveland and
Northeast Ohio on projects having a value of over $257 Million.
Another feature of the Heritage Home Programsm
is its low-interest equity loan program.
These loans are made by Northwest Bank
to homeowners that are improving their houses as certified by CRS.The
interest rate on these loans is a fixed rate of 2.375%/3.065% APR for up to 10
years. Heritage Home Programsm
loans can be for interior as well as exterior repairs, maintenance, additions
and modernization projects.Kitchen and
bath remodels are two popular uses of Heritage Home Programsm
loans.The only things that cannot be
done with a Heritage Home Programsm loan are luxury items such as
swimming pools or hot tubs, and vinyl siding or windows.
The Heritage Home Loan is based on equity in the
house.An After-Rehabilitation Loan
product is also available.There are no
income guidelines, but homeowners must meet Northwest Bank’s standard credit
evaluation to obtain a loan.There are
no out-of-pocket costs for the loan, no closing costs and no points.The interest from the loan is also tax
deductible.Additional information can
be mailed directly to residents’ homes, upon request, by the Heritage Home
Program or can be found online at www.heritagehomeprogram.org.
For more information about the program or to
schedule a FREE personal appointment with a Heritage Home Program
representative please call (216) 426-3116 or visit the Heritage Home website at
www.heritagehomeprogram.org.You can also email them at email@example.com.
The City of Elyria Mayor’s Office would like to
express our sincere appreciation to the Cleveland Restoration Society and
Northwest Bank for helping to make this program possible.
concern for the City of Elyria’s ability to deliver quality services, I am
asking for your assistance in urging members of the Ohio Senate, including Senator
Gayle Manning, to REMOVE three changes in the current Senate budget that will
have a negative impact on the financial health of local communities - including
the City of Elyria.The Senate will make
one last round of changes before it passes the bill next week and it is
important that we mobilize and communicate our concerns this week.A full explanation of the changes and the
negative impacts follow, so please call Senator Manning office to express your
concerns at (614) 644-7613.
the issues that will have a negative impact on
budget and ability to deliver services…
Even with the
Local Government Fund (LGF) not being cut this time around, Ohio’s local
communities could still lose revenue under the current budget proposal. Below
are the three specific changes in the proposed budget that will result in
revenue losses for Ohio’s cities.
1. Local Government
Fund (LGF): The
percentage hasn’t been cut again, but funding for cities will still be about
While we appreciate that the legislature has not made further reductions to the 1.66 percentage rate of the Local Government Fund (LGF), cities will still see less LGF because of a lower overall state budget.
For local communities, this means that the total LGF disbursement will be about $90 million less in this budget than it was in the 2016-17 budget.
The Senate version also redirects $35 million meant for cities to opioid treatment funding, which further erodes this revenue sharing program. The budget proposal also diverts an additional $24 million out of LGF intended for cities and villages to townships.
2. Throwback: This change will cost
cities and could create complications for businesses.
By eliminating the Throwback rule - which allows cities to tax the sale of a good that is shipped to another location where a sales tax is not applied - many Ohio cities will see an immediate financial loss.
Losing the application of this tax could also create complications for businesses in tracking how to apply a sales tax. It will cost some cites as much as a full-time police officer. Akron estimates that it will cost nearly $2 million in local revenue. For others like Grove City, it will cost nearly $850. This provision should not be eliminated, but if it is it should be done over several years to give communities time to adjust.
businesses the option to file one return should not come at the
expense of Ohio’s cities and local
The modified centralized collection proposal gives businesses the option to file one return through the state’s Ohio Business Gateway. However, the state will be collecting the revenue and distributing it back to the cities monthly.
The state will also charge cities a 1% fee for administering this new program. For cities that don’t use a third-party administrator, which is most of the larger cities, this will be a net revenue reduction.
SUMMARY Ohio’s local communities are on the front lines
of Ohio’s greatest challenges and biggest
opportunities. After years of funding reductions, additional
revenue losses to local communities – no matter how big or small – will have an
Ohio’s local leaders are asking state policy makers to avoid implementing all of these changes all at once. The revenue impacts and the timing of these revenue losses for cities will have a negative impact on the financial health of local communities.