Tuesday, October 16, 2018

City of Elyria Surplus Aucution - Saturday, October 20, 2018!

The City of Elyria will hold a surplus Auction at 9:00am this Saturday, October 20, 2018  at our Central Maintenance Garage - 851 Garden Street in Elyria!  More info is below:

City of Elyria Central Maintenance Garage
851 Garden Street, Elyria, Ohio  44035
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9:00am
Viewing of Vehicles/Items 8:00am

  • 1997 Ford Ranger Pick- up Truck
  • 2003 Sterling Condor Packer
  • 1999 Volvo Tractor Truck
  • 2007 Kubota Utility Trailer
  • 2002 Workhorse
  • 1985 Chevrolet Truck
  • 2005 Ford F-550 Dump Truck
  • 1984 Ford,
  • John Deere Tractor
  • John Deere Gator
  • John Deere Mower
  • Hudson 16 ft. Trailer
  • 18 ft. Trailer
  • 30 Plus concrete planters
  • Pond fountain
  • Event tents
  • U.T.V.s
  • Utility trailers
  • Pallets
  • Firewood
  • Misc. auto parts
  • Jackhammers
  • Small garden type equipment
  • Misc. Light fixtures
  • Freightliner Vactor truck
  • Sterling tandem axle Sanitation truck
  • Office trailer frame
  • Miscellaneous, non-titled items (i.e. typewriters, office furniture, etc.).
Viewing before auction, must check in at 851 Garden St. office and someone will assist you.
Note: Day of Auction, Gate opens at 8:00 a.m. Gate closes at 1:00pm.

TERMS:  Cash or Check with proper I.D.  (Driver’s license required). Be prepared to remove all items the same day. 

Donuts, coffee,  hot breakfast sandwiches will be available for sale.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Community Conversation - 6:00pm, Sept. 27, 2018 @ South Rec!

Please join Mayor Brinda, her senior staff, and representatives from City Departments at the next Community Conversation this Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6:00pm inside East Recreation Center.  More details are below!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Elyria Apple Festival - September 21-23, 2018!

The backdrop of Elyria’s historic downtown and Ely Square will offer this year’s Apple Festival crowd a fresh canvas.  New lighting, new crosswalks, new roads, a revitalized Lorain County Courthouse, a new arts scene, a new restaurant and more will add to the festive and family-friendly atmosphere. 

Now in its 38th year, and thanks to the efforts of many, this year’s Apple Festival once again promises to be one of Ohio’s premiere autumn events.  There is something for everyone, so bring friends and family and enjoy all that Ohio’s 14th largest city has to offer. 

You’ll find dozens of concessions, craft shopping, live entertainment, a 5K run and fun walk, a corn hole competition, the Chemical Bank Antique Car Show, the Princess Pageant, an art show, children’s activities, an apple pie baking contest, and more.  For details look for the schedule in the special Apple Festival tab of the Chronicle Telegram, or go to www.elyriaapplefestival.com

And while you are in the downtown area, don’t forget to check out our magnificent waterfalls off of Kerstetter Way; the Blank Slate community art and music venue; the new Foundry Kitchen and Bar; Pioneer Plaza complete with outdoor musical instruments; the Elyria Arts Council’s Artworks Gallery and more.   In all, there is over $38 million of reinvestment happening in our downtown area alone, and over $400 million of reinvestment city-wide.    

Special thanks are extended to the very hard-working volunteers who comprise the Apple Festival Committee, including Coordinator Linda Brown; as well as the Apple Festival Board, supporting Century Club contributors, vendors, sponsors and various city departments.  Their support, and your patronage, promises to make the 2018 Apple Festival an event to remember.      

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Resident Shred Day - September 29, 2018

Resident Shred Day is Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 9:00am to noon behind Elyria City Hall (131 Court Street, Elyria). Lorain County residents may bring up to five bags (grocery sized) or boxes of personal documents for shredding (paper only – no folders).

The event will be held behind Elyria City Hall in the parking lot off of 2nd Street.  Signs will be posted in the parking lot - please follow the route and remain in your car at all times.  We will have helpers on hand to unload the documents and have them shredded while you watch.

This service is for Lorain County residents only and does not include businesses or business documents. Participants may be asked for proof of residency.

We would like to express our thanks to the Lorain County Commissioners for providing one of the shredding trucks.

If you have any questions, please call the Safety Service Office at 440-326-1404.

Friday, August 3, 2018

It's Kids Day at the Elyria Farmers Market - Saturday, August 4, 2018!

Invest Elyria is holding Kids Day at the Elyria Farmers market this Saturday, August 4, 2018!  They will host everything from kids games to giveaways, including a chance to tour a real firetruck!  More information is below.

Please note, there was some construction going in Pioneer Plaza but the Farmers Market is STILL GOING AS PLANNED!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mosquito Spraying in City of Elyria: July 30 - August 3, 2018

The Lorain County General Health District will be spraying much of Elyria for mosquitoes over the next few days.  Beginning tonight at 8:45pm tonight they will have crews out spraying working from the South side of the City northward.  Other crews, over the next few nights, will also begin spraying from the east toward the west.

You do not need to take any extra precautions other than what you might take if you are spraying insecticide in or around your own home.  Any odors should dissipate quickly and leave us with a hopefully mosquito-free outdoors for the rest of the summer.

Please call the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367 with any questions or concerns.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Important Announcement from Elyria City Council

Elyria City Council wishes to share information about the open City Council seat: 

Please click here to find more info. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sanitation Delay - Week of July 4, 2018

Due to observance of the Independence Day holiday, there will be a ONE DAY DELAY for Elyria residents whose garbage pickup day is normally Wedesday, Thursday, or Friday.  
Please call the Department of Sanitation with any questions: 440-322-3895.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Johnny K's Powersports is Hiring at Midway Mall!

Need a job? Johnny K Powersports at Midway Mall in Elyria is hiring NOW! To apply, call 216-433-9011 or email michaelc@johnnykpowersports.com!

Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 City of Elyria Fireworks - July 3 @ West Park

The 2018 City of Elyria Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show is coming Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at West Park -1200 Foster Avenue (rain date July 6)! Festivities kick off at 4:00pm with live music, food trucks, bounce houses, kids games, and, of course...FIREWORKS!  The greatest pyrotechnic show in Ohio will kick off when dusk arrives.  Look below for more details, and thank you to all of our tremendously generous summer sponsors for making this and our other great summer activities possible again this year!

You can read all the details here!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Lorain County Courthouse Rededication - Saturday, June 23 @ 5:30pm!

The County Commissioners have completed their tremendous renovation of the historic Lorain County Courthouse on 2nd Street and will hold a world-class celebration on Saturday, June 23rd starting at 5:30pm at 308 2nd Street.  They have made arrangement for hot dogs and pizza, face-painting and games for kids, and will be giving tours of the newly-refurbished courthouse and the Transportation Center, all set to the musical background of Swing City Big Band Featuring Raymond Ewers, who will be playing live for all to enjoy.  The actual ceremony will begin at 7:00pm.

Please bring your family down for this tremendous event put on by your Lorain County Commissioners.  More information on the attached ad:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Community Conversation - 6:00pm June 21, 2018 @ West Rec!

Join Mayor Brinda and Staff at the next Community Conversation, 6:00pm this Thursday,  June 21, 2018 @ West Rec.  More information is below!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

City of Elyria Featured in Cleveland Magazine!

The City of Elyria is featured in a special section of the June issue of Cleveland Magazine, on newstands everywhere now!  It goes in depth on some of the tremendous investment and development ($400 million and growing!) taking place within Elyria.

You can read the feature by clicking on the image of the cover.  Our great City is only getting better, and the word is starting to spread!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Flag Day Ceremony - June 14 @ 7pm in Ely Square!

Flag Day is this Thursday, June 14, 2018!  If you have never been to this event, held by the American Legion and the Elyria Elks Lodge, you are encouraged to attend at least once.  Not only do the Elks and the American Legion do a tremendous job of honoring our Country and Armed Forces, but they decorate Ely Square with red, white and blue in a way that can't help but you make you proud of our Country and our City.  The event will be held in Ely Square on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00pm.  It is absolutely free and open to the public. Bring your family and join us in honoring our Country, our veterans, and our flag!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cable Channel 1025: City of Elyria community channel has a new home on Spectrum cable!

Don't forget that the City of Elyria community channel has been moved to cable channel 1025 on Spectrum cable!  We run a full schedule of community programming 24 hours a day with news, updates, and beautifully shot videos highlighting events in our community!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 City of Elyria Memorial Day Parade Entrant Winners!

Another wonderful parade honoring our veterans and the tremendous sacrifices made by our armed forces is in the books, and as always, the City of Elyria came out in full force as both spectators and participants!  Complete video footage of the event is coming soon!  If you couldn't make it out or just want see your favorite entries again, stay tuned to cable channel 1025 in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to the 2018 City of Elyria Parade winners:

Best Color Guard: Elyria Police Department
Best Marching & Baton Units: Elyria High School Marching Band
Best Bands: Elyria Catholic High School
Best Floats: St. Mary’s Church
Best Novelty: Mr. Dee’s  Karate Academy
Best Historical Presentation: Lorain County Vintage Motor Scooter

Thanks to everyone who participated, and remember it's not too early to start planning next year's float!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 City of Elyria Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 28th 2018 is Memorial Day. We take this day to remember those we have lost and celebrate their lives and the tremendous sacrifices made for our country. The parade procession will be in full force Monday morning, and various groups will hold ceremonies throughout the weekend. Bring your whole family downtown and help us show the world how patriotic the City of Elyria can be!

DOn't forget to share you pictures with #ElyriaTheBeautiful and #ElyriaMemorialDay !

Wreath Laying Ceremony
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018, 7 P.M.
Guest Speaker: Dr. George N. Vourlojianis, Ph.D.
American Legion Post 12 393 Ohio Street, Elyria

Memorial Day Service
MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018, 9 A.M.
Color Guard / Rifle Squad: VFW 1079
Guest Speaker: OEF/OIF Veteran J.Thomas Smith
Ely Square, Downtown Elyria

Memorial Day Parade

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 - Kickoff at 10:00am

Downtown Elyria

Parade Route:
  • Begin at Court & Broad St.; 
  • East on Broad to Washington Ave.
  • North on Washington Ave. to Harrison St.
  • East on Harrison St. to Glenwood St.
  • The Parade will end at Harrison & Glenwood

Friday, May 18, 2018

Movie Night at the Elyria Arts Council - June 22, 2018!

Be part of the growing Arts Culture in Elyria and have fun along the way! The Elyria Arts Council will host a showing of "Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story" on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Arts Council Gallery, 336 Broad Street. This movie and presentation is open to the public, educational,entertaining, and designed to be fully family-friendly.   Tickets are $5.00, and The Arts Council will provide popcorn and punch.    Call ahead to 440-328-3025 to reserve tickets and a seat.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pride Day is Saturday, May 19, 2018!

This Saturday, May 19, 2018 is Lorain County Pride Day!

Residents from all over the county will turn out to help usher in Spring and beautify our blossoming community.  Groups have been organized to spruce up sites throughout Elyria, committed to activities from planting flowers and gardens to litter pickup and fire hydrant painting.  However, it is not too late to participate!  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come down to Ely Square, Downtown Elyria on Saturday Morning, May 19th, and we will find fulfilling, necessary work for everyone, suited to each individual's ability and skill set. Festivities kick off around 8:30am near the fountain.

There is still much to do and everyone is welcome, including the young and the young-at-heart. Please join us for our annual Spring cleanup!

If you have questions, please call the City of Elyria Parks and Recreation department at 440-326-1500.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Elyria Foundry is Hiring - May 16, 2018!

The Elyria Foundry is hiring!  On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm, they will host a night to meet people looking for employment at 120 Filbert Street in Elyria!  They are looking to hire both skilled and unskilled workers, and they are willing to train those who are willing to learn.  They are hoping to hire for the following positions:

  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Crane Operators
  • Molders & Coremakers
  • Chippers, Blast, and Paint-line Operators
  • Quality Technicians
  • Quality Engineers
  • Engineering Interns
  • Process Engineers
  • Manufacturing Cost Estimator
  • Customer Service

These are good jobs with good pay, benefits, and a retirement plan.  The Elyria Foundry leadership is dedicated to building good employees and is working to help those who want to better their lives.  They want to work with people who want to work, so no matter what your background or work experience may be, you are encouraged to attend this event at the Elyria Foundry on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00-9:00pm at 120 Filbert Street.  Please direct any questions to 440-322-4657.

You can read the entire flyer for the event here.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

New Elyria Retailer Seeking Employees!

Johnny K's Motorsports, opening SOON at Midway Mall, is looking to hire staff at their new facility in Elyria.  They will hold a job fair at the Hampton Inn and Suite in front of the mall on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 from 11am - 6pm.  They are hiring for a variety of positions, and everyone interested is encourage to visit them on the 26th!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Positions Available for Elyria Works Now - Deadline: April 20, 2018

Elyria Mayor Holly C. Brinda and the City of Elyria are working with leaders from within our community to create Elyria Works Now, and as part of that initiative there are currently five contract positions available, but the deadline to apply is coming up soon: Friday, April 20, 2018.

Elyria Works Now is a new collaboration of Elyria, Ohio based partners of industry, education, government, non-profit, for-profit, and faith-based stakeholders that are banding together to provide Elyrians better access to higher paying jobs in target industries.  Elyria Works Now (EWN) provides participants with connectivity, support, education, training and access to employers who have committed to hiring goals, “screen in” and family-friendly policies, and working with community partners to remove barriers to employment and provide integrated wrap-around services that respond to Individualized Development and Career Plans.

The following positions are currently open for consideration:
To Be Considered:
Please submit cover letter and resume to Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda at hbrinda@cityofelyria.org  by Friday, April 20, 2018.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Video - City of Elyria Easter Egg Hunt 2018

A group of energetic Elyrian children and their families joined the City of Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at North Rec Ice Arena on Saturday, March 31, 2018 for the Annual City of Elyria Easter Egg Hunt. Fun was apparently had by all, watch the video to join in!

Our Parks Department runs community events and programs year round, for children, adults, seniors and everyone in between.  For more information on any of our programs, visit www.cityofelyria.org or call them at 440-326-1500!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spotlight Elyria Video - Spring 2018


Mayor Holly Brinda and her staff held a community conmversation at Northwood Junior High School on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 to provide vital updates on projects and happenings within the City of Elyria, as well as meet with and answer questions from Elyria residents. Prior to the meeting, Mayor Brinda was interviewed by the Chronicle Telegram's Brad Dicken and Lisa Roberson.

Mark your calendars to be part of the next conversation, coming up on June 21st at West Recreation Center, starting at 6:00pm, and don't forget that this video and others are always running on Cable Channel 1025 (formerly Cable Channel 12).

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Elyria Arts Council News!

Upcoming Events at the Elyria Arts Council - 336 Broad Street - Downtown

Longtime Local Artists David Pavlak and Megan Rowe will  host a joint retrospective of their lives in Art. The exhibition is called "100 Years of Art" and will cover both artist's growth and development with works from all stages of their careers. Join us for the Opening Night Gala on Saturday April 21st at the Elyria Arts Council at 336 Broad Street from 6 pm to 9 pm, a night of food, fellowship, and wonderful Art.


The Elyria Arts Council is holding a Soup & Salad Bar Lunch Fundraiser on April 27th from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy a salad, a cup of homemade soup, bread, and dessert. Pre-event tickets are $8 per person, $9 at the door. All  proceeds go to purchase a kiln and supplies for the Potter's Guild and the Kid's Art Drop-In and Pottery classes. Tickets available at the Elyria Arts Council at 336 Broad Street Thursday, friday, and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4;00pm or call 440-328-3025. Tale out orders please 24 hours in advance.

Ongoing Events

Stop in and visit the Community Bookshelf. In order to promote reading skills and literacy for all ages, the Community Bookshelf is a free service provide by the Book Wizard at the Elyria Arts Council. Stop in and take a book. You can keep it, pass it on, or bring something else back to take its place. Reading is power and The Elyria Arts Council is dedicated to building a powerful and thriving community through the Arts.

For more information on any of the great programs currently being held at the Elyria Arts Council, visit them on Facebook or call them at 440-328-3025!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Join Mayor Brinda and Staff for a Community Conversation - March 22 @ Northwood Jr. High!

Please join Mayor Holly Brinda and her staff for a Community Conversation on Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00pm in the cafeteria of Northwood Junior High School - 700 Gulf Road.  Supervisors from every City department will be on hand to answer you questions and listen to your suggestions. 
More information is below, and please mark you calendars for the other upcoming meetings throughout 2018:
  • June 21st @ West Rec
  • September 27 @ South Rec
  • December 13 @ East Rec
Reservations are not necessary but are always welcome.  If you have questions or wish to let us know you plan to attend, please call the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 State of the City of Elyria

Elyria Mayor Holly C. Brinda delivered her annual State of the City of Elyria presentation to a packed house at Wesleyan Village on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  You can download her Power Point presentation here.

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.