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MORE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING ISSUE 14

What Are the $2 Million of Workplace Adjustments and Savings By the City?

Below please find a list of workplace adjustments and savings that add up to over $2 million over the past few years.  Taking these steps have helped reduce the amount of additional revenue we are currently requesting from the taxpayers through Issue 14.  Because of the repeal of the estate tax, a decline in the Local Government Fund from the State of Ohio, and the expiration of federal stimulus grants funding safety forces –Elyria must replace at least some of the $4.5 million will are losing to maintain quality safety services.

 

Workplace Adjustments/Savings Totaling Over $2 Million

2012

2013

2014

Gen  & Enterprise Funds

$19,000

    re-bid  life insurance contract savings

Gen  & Enterprise Funds

$52,660

$60,188

    Reduction  in sick leave across multiple funds/depts

Gen  & Enterprise Funds

$58,206

    Fleet  management savings, storage savings in repair costs

General  & Cem M & I

$47,288

$18,000

    increase  in cemetery fees & personnel reductions

General  & Enterprise Funds

$3,000

    elimination  of redundant cell phones

General  & Enterprise Funds

$5,000

$12,000

    replacement  of paper forms, bldg dept in house savings on lumber, postage

General  & Enterprise Funds

$12,000

    elimination  of additional take home vehicles

General  & Enterprise Funds

$18,865

    rebid  copier contracts

General  & Enterprise Funds

$8,325

$8,475

$8,400

    Elimination  of Mayor’s car mileage, based on IRS rates @ 15,000 miles per year

General  & Enterprise Funds

$5,000

$4,200

$5,800

    Donation  of Mayor’s Salary back to the City of Elyria

General  & Enterprise Funds

$18,055

$4,760

$7,140

    elimination  of Senior staff vehicles, longevity

General  & Enterprise funds

$36,000

$316,176

$21,104

    Energy  Savings (ytd 2014, more savings anticipated)

General  & Enterprise Funds

$42,093

$213,000

    Mid-year  health Insurance savings & 2013 Dependent Audit

General  & Enterprise Funds

$46,000

$75,000

     Auction  Proceeds

General  & Enterprise Funds

$55,000

$54,000

    Prescription  rebates received

General  & Enterprise Funds

$165,087

     Increased  employee health contributions

Highway  Fund

$79,375

    Savings  from Engineering Staff reductions

Highway  Fund

$20,000

    savings  on painting done on straight time vs. overtime

Sanitation  Fund

$52,000

    Sanitation  grant for public education

Sanitation  Fund

$120,000

    removal  of dumpter & discontinuation of commercial sanitation routes

Water  & Wastewater Funds

$106,420

$104,000

    non-replacement  of FTEs

Water  Fund

$300,000

    Sale  of additional water to N. Ridgeville, Amherst – lowering production costs

Water  Fund

$68,723

$25,000

    Staffing  reductions & savings from using dive team

Worker’s  Comp Fund

$69,000

$20,000

    Rebate  on claims & savings on equipment purchases through grants

$1,002,713

$890,789

$470,838

Grand  total YTD

$2,364,340


What Positions Have You Left Unfilled?

The following positions are unfilled.  

 4—- Water Pumping – 4.0 FTES less – one service worker, one maintenance operator, one electrician and one supervisor

2 —-  Parks –2 FTES — One skilled maintenance and one laborer

1 —- Engineering– 1 FTE – Traffic control technician

1 —- Cemetery –1 FTE, Clerk

4 — WWPC, 4 FTEs, 3 laborer, 1 service worker

1 —Water Distribution, 1 FTE Foreman

1—Building Dept, 1 FTE Inspector

Total  = 14

How many front line firefighters do we need in Elyria?

By Bruce Shade, Asst. Safety Service Director

In July 2009, a study, conducted by the McGrath Consulting Group entitled the Management & Operations Study of the Elyria Fire Department for the City of Elyria Revised Administrative Report (commonly known as the McGrath Report) was released.

According to the report, “Response time is perhaps the most critical component in determination of the resources needed and the deployment of those resources.[1]”The most widely accepted standard for response time is reflected in the document: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710: Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments. In this standard, fire departments are expected to arrive on scene of a fire emergency with an initial fire engine, after having received the call, within 320 seconds (5.33 minutes), 90% of the time. They are also expected to have the initial full alarm assignment (all the fire trucks) on scene within 560 seconds (9.3 minutes), 90% of the time[2]. The initial response time of fire department first responders to arrive on scene of medical emergencies is 20 seconds less.

While the response time will depend on where the emergency occurs (as some will occur in closer proximity to the open stations while others will occur further away), it will also be increased when there are multiple simultaneous calls which occurs in Elyria 1.7 times per day[3]or an average of 15.7% between 2005 to 2008 (a high frequency)[4].

According to the NFPA 1710: Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments document, “An early, aggressive, and offensive primary interior attack on a working fire, where feasible, is usually the most effective strategy to reduce loss of lives and property damage.” In a residential fire, at approximately 10 minutes into the fire sequence, the room where the fire starts flashes over (the very rapid spreading of the fire due to superheating of room contents and other combustibles) and extension of the fire outside the room begins.  Two of the most important elements in limiting fire spread are the quick arrival of sufficient numbers of personnel and equipment to attack and extinguish the fire as close to the point of its origin as possible[5].

In order to meet the NFPA 1710 Standard, the McGrath report recommended the city operate at least 3 fire stations[6]and with a minimum of 3 engine companies, a ladder company and a shift commander 24 hours a day, seven days a week[7]. The report also recommended reopening and maintaining a fourth station as a long term goal[8].

As stated in the McGrath Report, in order to full fill the recommendation, the minimum daily front line firefighter shift staffing needs to be 13[9], but serious consideration should be having a front line firefighter daily shift staffing of 16[10]. In another report, the City of Elyria Performance Audit, May 9, 2013, conducted by the Auditor of State’s Ohio Performance Team, they included a recommendation from the Elyria Fire Chief to have a minimum daily front line firefighter staffing level of 15 personnel[11]. 

While there has been great debate over the years about how many personnel are needed to fight a fire the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) current recommended standards offer the most compelling argument. As stated in the McGrath Report:

“As discussed previously in this study, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed standards designed to assist communities in determining the necessary staffing level needed. Of particular significance is NFPA 1710 Section 5.2.4.2.2 standard that requires a minimum of 14 firefighters are due on the initial alarm and one additional (total 15) if the ladder/aerial truck is utilized. These numbers were based on a 2,000 square foot residential dwelling…”

Each of the fifteen positions listed in the standard are expected to perform essential firefighting functions at a fire including but not limited to: shift commander (provides direction to fire crews and looks out for changing fire conditions that could threaten the lives of firefighters who are inside the burning structure); driver of the fire engine truck (operates the pump that supplies water to the firefighters); 4 firefighters (who maneuver two fire hose lines ((two firefighters per hose as the pressure at the end reaches up to 150 psi or higher)) into the structure to attack the fire), two firefighters performing search and rescue for building occupants who may be trapped inside; two firefighters to put up ladders around the structure and to perform ventilation of the building including but not limited to cutting holes in the roof (allowing dangerous heat and gases in the building to escape and decrease the likelihood of flashover); two support firefighters –one person for each attack and backup line deployed (responsible for connecting the water supply hose from the fire hydrant to the fire engine and assisting in laying of hose lines, utility control ((turning off gas and electrical lines)), and forcible entry (getting through locked doors and windows) into the structure); two firefighters to serve on the rapid intervention crew (perform rescue operations of firefighters who become injured or trapped in the fire); one driver of the fire ladder truck (operates the ladder that may be used to rescue people from taller buildings or put water on fires that have reached the exterior of the structure).

Adherence to the NFPA 1710 standard is believed to be a step toward reducing the likelihood of future civilian and on-duty firefighter deaths.

As described in the standard, this is the minimum recommended number of personnel that should be used to fight an average residential structure fire. A fire in a business, hospital, shopping complex, restaurant or multi-dwelling structure requires more fire personnel in order to safely fight the fire.

In order to have the 13, 16 or as recommended by the fire chief, 15 front fire personnel on duty daily, there needs to be enough front line fire fighters on staff. To determine the number needed, we use a formula that includes how many shift hours must be filled with the number of benefit hours each firefighter can take off for vacation, etc. factored in. Both the McGrath Report and the State Performance Audit utilize recognized staffing models to arrive at that number. The McGrath Report says there needs to be at least 60 shift personnel to staff three fire stations (with 13 personnel)[12]while the State Performance Audit says there needs to be at least 65.1 personnel to staff three stations (with 15 personnel)[13].

Both the McGrath Report and the State Performance Audit speak of needing fewer personnel to staff the shifts if concessions are achieved through labor management contract negotiations.  While the Brinda Administration is making every effort to negotiate a contract more favorable to the city, there is no guarantee the amount of change proposed can be achieved before the city must act to reduce staffing due to budgetary constraints that will result from future losses of funding, more specifically the expiration of the Safer Grant which currently funds 23 firefighter positions.With Issue 14 being temporary, it allows the city the opportunity to revisit this subject in 4.5 years to make adjustments resulting from contract negotiations and available funding streams. 

Address the questions regarding the ISO Public Protection Classification and the comparable communities stated by the former Mayor

By Richard Benton, Fire Chief

In 2005 Elyria was a Class 4 on a scale from 1-10. (1 being the best protection -10 no protection).

After our inspection that started in July of 2005, the city was reclassified as a 5 in December 2005. This was due to a cut in daily staffing, the closure of Station 2 at 330 East broad, inadequate front line pumpers and reserve pumpers.  (Then the city was inspected every ten years; now it is inspected every five years). 

Once this report was received by Mayor Bill Grace he had 6 months to appeal and make the necessary adjustments to maintain our Class 4 rating. Mayor Grace did take advantage of the appeals process and was able to maintain the city’s Class 4 rating. (The city never fell to a Class 5).

In a letter dated January 26, 2006 Chief John Zielinski reported the following improvements to ISO inspectors.

1.      Daily Staffing levels were raised from 14 back to 17.

2.      Station 2 on East Broad was reopened to cover the Southeast area of the city.

3.      The City funded the purchase of 2 new pumpers to be delivered is Sept.-October 2006

4.      After delivery of the new pumpers, the Current Engine 2 and 4 would be used as reserves.

Taking this into account in March of 2006 the ISO inspector approved these changes and in May we were officially allowed to maintain our Class 4 Status.

A major part of the Fire Department inspection is the ability to get the required resources (Firefighters and Equipment) to an emergency within nationally recognized standards. This is where some confusion comes in regarding surrounding communities PPC ratings as it relates to the number of Firefighters employed.

North Ridgeville, Avon, and Westlake have standing agreements with their neighboring communities to automatically respond together for structure fires (Automatic Aid). Their communities Fire Stations are in a position where they can have the necessary resources on the scene of an emergency within the nationally recognized standard. This is why they have Classifications comparable to Elyria. It has nothing to do with the number of Firefighters employed. 

Community Risk/ Hazards are also taken into consideration when inspected by ISO. Elyria has many more structures requiring a Fire Flow greater than 3,500 gallons per minute, high rise buildings, hazardous materials and so forth.

The ISO inspection is very thorough process and takes about 4 months to complete. It is not as simple as how many Firefighters a community employs. 


[1] Page 240

[2]NFPA® 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, 2010 Edition, page 1710-7, 4.2.1 (2)&(3)

[3] McGrath Report, page 56

[4] Pages 39 and 40

[5] Page 1710-16

[6] Page 253, bullets 2 and 3

[7] Page 184

[8] Page 253, bullet 1

[9] Page 184, first bullet

[10] Page 184, second bullet

[11] Page 45, Table G-5

[12] Page184

[13] Page 45

 

The 2014 Autumn Edition of Spotlight Elyria – Also showing on Cable Channel 12 Every Even Hour of the Day!

 With  Mayor Holly Brinda & Guests

 The Link Between Safety & City Finances:  Why You Should Care  & Good News Happenings About Your City!

 This is an informational program to update you about city finances, provide the facts about Issue 14, and share good news about your City.  Please join us to learn more about how the City’s general fund revenue has declined by $4.5 million due to state and federal reductions, how the City has already reduced expenditures by $2 million, and why Issue 14 is needed to maintain a safe level of fire service and strengthen the police force to address drug-related crime and other issues in the wake of drastically reduced state and federal funding.

Channel 12 Spotlight Elyria Program Highlights

City finances and declining state and federal funding – Chief Deputy Auditor John Farrell

How the City is waging the war on drugs and why police need more help – Police Chief Duane Whitely and Captain Chris Costantino

Why the City needs to better support Auxiliary Police – Lieutenant Deena Baker

Why the City needs to keep 13 of the 23 expiring, grant-funded firefighter positions to keep three fire stations open and adequately protect citizens and property – Fire Chief Richard Benton and Captain Dean Marks

Why a Reverse 911 System and safety-related equipment and capital repairs are important to supporting safety – Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka 

A city council person’s perspective on safety – Ward 3 City Councilman Dr. Mark Jessie

Good news about Elyria – Mayor Holly Brinda

Recycling informationbrought to you by Elyria citizens who recycle!

For more information call Mayor Holly Brinda at (440) 326-1402

Paid for by a generous grant from the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District

Questions & Answers About Issue 14

Issue 14 is a temporary, 4.5 year, one quarter percent (1/4%) income tax increase that if passed will generate about $3.2 million annually and allow the City to maintain a safe level of fire service and strengthen the police force in the wake of drastically reduced state and federal funding.

Here are some common questions and answers:

Q:  Why is the city operating with less money? 

A:  The repeal of the Estate Tax, a decline in the Local Government Fund from the State of Ohio, and the expiration of federal stimulus funds the City has been relying on to fund firefighter and police officer positions – are all reasons for the revenue decline.  Combined, these reductions represent about $4.45 million annually in the City’s General Fund. 

Q:  Aren’t there any other sources of money to pay for safety personnel?

A:  Money from Enterprise Funds that generate their own earmarked revenue like water and sanitation cannot by law be transferred out of those funds to cover police and fire services; only money from the General Fund or the Police Levy can be used.  Moreover, the stimulus-funded grants previously applied for by the City are expiring at the end of the year.  There was no SAFER grant for fire departments offered by the federal government in 2014 and it is uncertain as to
whether or not any SAFER grants will be offered in 2015.  And even if another version of the grant does become available, it is unlikely Elyria will receive an award for a third time.  Another version of the federal COPS grant was available but required a monetary match by the city and future employment promises.  The City does not currently have the money to meet these new requirements.

Moreover, these grants were meant to enhance safety, not supplant basic city services.  When a city relies on grants to supplant basic safety services, it makes
those services vulnerable.  For example, it takes nine months to train a police officer before he or she can provide service.  If the grant expires in three years, the police officer has only provided 27 months of active service and funding runs out.  The city can’t pay the officer so the officer finds a position in another community and takes the training investment to the next city.  Elyria has lost many highly trained safety personnel to six nearby communities in recent months because of this practice.  Police officers are also reluctant to sign on with a City that relies on grants for their salary because there is no job security for them or their families.  Grants are helpful to enhance safety services, but it is detrimental for a city to rely on them to fund core safety services that deserve the benefit of stable funding.   The new Brinda administration is trying to stabilize the city’s finances by securing a revenue stream that can adequately support core, basic safety services.                   

Q:  What has the City done to reduce expenditures?

A:  The City has already reduced almost $2 million in two years in both the General Fund and Enterprise Funds.  To address the shortfall and keep the City moving forward, we have taken the following proactive steps:

  • Requested a Voluntary Performance Audit by the State Auditor of every department in the City to help identify potential cost-saving measures and benchmark performance.
  • Made workplace adjustments that have resulted in over $2 million in savings so far (In both General Fund and Enterprise Funds).  This has included rebidding vendor contracts, reconfiguring and consolidating some departments, leaving 14 positions unfilled, automating systems, and working with employee groups to adjust contracts – including reducing longevity in three contracts.
  • Passed a five-year income tax RENEWAL last year to help stabilize core services.
  • Developed the City’s first Economic Development Plan to retain, expand and attract businesses and grow our tax base.  The plan is already partially funded with federal, state and other grants and is beginning to see results.  For more information regarding all of these initiatives, please visit www.cityofelyria.org.

Q:  What will the money from Issue 14 be used for?

A:  The money generated by Issue 14 is exclusively earmarked for safety purposes by the administration and Elyria City Council.  Ordinances were passed to
prevent the money from being used for any other purpose.  Issue 14 will:

  • Maintain 65 front-line firefighters – just enough to meet national safety standards, state auditor recommendations and keep 13 of the 23
    firefighters whose grant-funded positions are expiring with the SAFER grant.
  • Sustain a police force of 93keeps three officers whose positions expire with a COPS grant and adds five new sworn officers to address the drug
    epidemic and improve neighborhood safety and speeding and traffic concerns.
  • Provide a small recruitment incentive stipend to Auxiliary Police to enhance safety (at present they get paid nothing); helps pay for their uniform, equipment and training costs and will help provide a more attractive career path for sworn officers.
  • Fund safety-related equipment, vehicles and capital repairs and emergency road and bridge repairs.
  • Support Police Department crime prevention initiatives including training programs and materials, and surveillance cameras for downtown.
  • Support a Reverse 911 System capable of mass communication in a community-wide emergency.  

Q:  How much will it cost me?

A:  As an income tax, It DOES NOT tax retirement, social security, unemployment, or disability income.
So if you draw your income from any of these sources, you will pay nothing.  You will also pay nothing to Elyria if you work in a city with an income tax rate at the same rate or above the City of Elyria’s.

Here are some examples of how the cost of Issue 14 breaks out for other residents.  The current income tax rate for the City of Elyria is 1.75 percent.  At that rate, a resident of Elyria that works in Elyria is currently paying $875 on an annual salary of $50,000.  If the rate were to go up by a ¼ percent, that same person would pay an additional $125 per year.

If a resident of Elyria works in another municipality, he or she pays income tax to the workplace City.  Elyria offers a 100 percent credit for those residents who work outside of Elyria and pay to other communities.  With the current rate of 1.75 percent, if a resident of Elyria works in another community that has a rate equal to or higher than our 1.75 percent, there is nothing due to Elyria.  If our rate would go up by ¼ percent to 2.00%, residents of Elyria who work in another community would only owe the City of Elyria if the rate of the City that they work in is lower than 2.00 percent and then, and only then, they would pay the difference between the two rates.

For example, if a resident of Elyria works in the City of Lorain, that resident would still not owe Elyria anything because Lorain’s income tax rate is currently 2.5 percent.  If a resident of Elyria works in North Ridgeville and earns $50,000 they currently pay North Ridgeville $500 and Elyria $375.  If our rate would go up to 2.00 percent, that same person would still pay North Ridgeville $500 and Elyria $500.  In this scenario, the increase for that person to Elyria would be $125.

Q:  Issue 14 is temporary… what does that mean?

A:   Both the recently passed ½ percent temporary income tax renewal and this Issue 14 proposed ¼ percent temporary income tax increase will expire at the same time in June of 2019.  This will allow the citizens of Elyria, City Council and the City administration to assess the needs of the City at that time and re-calibrate the funding sources based on ever-changing state and federal revenue streams and the state of the local economy.

Q:  How does Elyria’s income tax rate compare to other cities?

A:   Elyria’s income tax rate is lower than many comparable cities in northeast Ohio.  Even if Issue 14 passes and the income tax goes from 1.75 to 2 percent,
Elyria will still be under or about the same as comparable size cities.  For example, the City of Lorain’s income tax rate is 2.5 percent.  If Issue 14 passes, Elyria’s income tax rate will still be only 2 percent – a half percent lower than Lorain.  Likewise, other area cities with income tax rates higher than Elyria include Parma at 2.5 percent, Euclid at 2.85 percent, Warrensville Heights at 2.6 percent and Twinsburg at 2.25 percent.  Other comparable size communities at 2 percent include cities like Mentor, Eastlake, Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland Heights and North Olmsted.

Q:  What will happen to city services if Issue 14 does not pass?

A: Without passage of this small, temporary increase, the City of Elyria will be forced to reduce the equivalent of 32 positions – a necessary move to balance the budget that will impact personnel in the General Fund across the City and have a drastic, negative impact on quality of life services to our citizens.

Safety will continue to be a priority so the administration will be forced to pull the already scarce resources from other departments in the General Fund to minimize the negative impact on safety forces and citizen safety.  The Brinda administration will always do the best it can to provide quality services at the lowest possible cost with the resources that are available.  That being said, there are serious limitations to what we can provide if we cannot replace this expiring
revenue.

Q:  Why do we need to replace expiring funding in the fire department?   

A:  The short answer is, if we want to at least minimally protect our families and properties, we need to keep at least 13 of 23 expiring grant-funded front-line firefighter positions for a total of 65.  While not ideal, in these times of austerity, it will keep three fire stations open, allowing the City to meet national safety standards and State Auditor recommendations – and minimize increases in home owner and business insurance rates.

Each year the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), made up of scientists, doctors, municipal leaders and fire professionals meet to set policy and set minimum safety standards for life threatening emergencies.  Their standards cover every aspect of firefighting from equipment to personnel.  The NFPA standards were used to determine SAFER grant awards.  To meet these standards and accept the previous SAFER grant award, Elyria was required to have open a minimum of three fire stations.

Another important rating to home and business owners is the City’s ISO rating.  The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is the leading resource used by Property/Casualty Insurance Industry for statistical information used for setting insurance rates.  The inspections are made once every 10 years.  Elyria’s
10-year inspection just started October 6th.  It is based on three parts: the fire department’s ability to meet NFPA standards, the water supply and the emergency
dispatch/communications system.  The fire department is 50 percent of the score.  Elyria is currently a class 4 rating; 1 being the best and 10 being the poorest.  If Elyria drops from a class 4 to a class 5 rating because it cannot meet NFPA standards, this could raise home owners insurance from between $100 – $700 per year depending on the value of the structure and where it is located in the city.  Commercial and industrial properties are rated independently based on value and hazards.

Q:  Why do we need to strengthen our police department?   

A:  Your Elyria Police Department is just beginning to get ahead of the drug-related crime in our community and needs more help.  Since being reinstated by
Mayor Brinda and Police Chief Whitely in March 2013, the Elyria Narcotics Unit have been extremely successful with one sergeant and five detectives, but much
work remains.   This drug problem is not specific to Elyria; it is all over northeast Ohio and the country.  But given that Elyria is a transportation nexus and urban center, we have to be more vigilant about making sure that drug dealers know that Elyria’s doors are not open for their business.

In 2013, as a result of their investigations, narcotics detectives made 220 drug and felony warrant arrests that involved 76 undercover drug buys that resulted in the arrest of 82 drug dealers.  So far in 2014, there have been 81 controlled drug buys, and 136 arrests.  Even more sobering, the total street value of drugs taken off the street in Elyria just this year is $418,800.  And in the process, they have confiscated 10 assault rifles, 19 hand guns and $161,055 in US currency.

Drug-related activity has a direct correlation with the number of home robberies in an area.  Moreover, routine traffic stops often lead to further investigation of
drug-related activity and tips for police.  The eight police officers that will be added to the Elyria Police Department as a result of Issue 14 will be used to enhance street and traffic patrols and strengthen the Elyria Narcotics Unit to provide even more of a focus on neighborhood crime and drug interdiction involving heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription medication abuse and marijuana.

Citizen Survey – Fair Housing, CDBG and HOME Programs

 

2014 State of the City of Elyria Address

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda gave her 2014 State of the City  Address to a standing room only packed house  at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria at Noon on February 11, 2014. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.  Please view the video of Mayor Brinda’s presentation belowth.  For more information call the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.

Previous State of the City Addresses can be found here.

City of Elyria Performance Audit

The City of Elyria  commissioned a voluntary performance audit by the Ohio Auditor of State.  The results and the City of Elyria response are posted below.  Please visit MAYOR BRINDA’S BLOG for more information,  or call the Mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.

The City of Elyria Response is listed under “Client Response” beginning on page 91 in the above document.  If you wish to read **ONLY** the City of Elyria Response, you may do so by clicking below:

 

Welcome to the City of Elyria’s website, a window to Ohio’s community of opportunity

Alive with enthusiasm and rich in diversityand imagination, as residents of Ohio’s 14th largest city we take great pride in our can-do pioneering spirit, history of innovation, natural beauty, commitment to volunteerism,  and welcoming door to all people.

Founded at the fork of the scenic Black River in 1817 by Heman Ely, Elyria is a city of “firsts” and has all the right ingredients to put Elyrians first again.  To name just a few, you are looking into the home of the Easter Seal Society; the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains; the sewing machine; the modern, padded bicycle seat; the rubber heel; the term “hamburger”; the colored golf ball; Heisman trophy winner Vic Janowicz; and author Sherwood Anderson.

Armed with a vision and a plan, our 55,000 residents continue to be committed to making the best use of our time, talents and many community assets.   Today Elyria is the world headquarters of companies like Ridge Tool, Invacare Corporation, EMC Corporation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Diamond Products.   In 2012, EMH Elyria Medical Center was named an  America’s100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  Lorain County Community College is a leader in lifelong learning and a catalyst for business innovation and training in Ohio.  The grand opening of Elyria’s new $70 million public high school speaks to the value our community places on education, rounding out the myriad of public, parochial, private and charter school choices in the community.

Our world-class companies; high quality, affordable health care, and education systems are complimented by historic and modern,  eclectic housing choices; a scenic parks system complete with waterfalls, nature trails and recreation centers in each quadrant of the city; and an expansive and active faith-based community.  Nonprofit organizations work closely with the City and other public organizations to provide responsive services to our residents.   A testimony to  our community working together are this summer’s Reach and Rise Discovery Camps offered to Elyria children and youth free of charge thanks to the collective support and collaboration of many public, private and non-profit organizations.

Only seven miles from Lake Erie, and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing easy access to all the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer.  We hope you’ll join us!

Coming Soon: Elyria’s New E-Government Center Website

Welcome to the City of Elyria, Ohio’s temporary website.  Please excuse our website dust.  Our new E-Government Website is under construction and will soon allow you to access services 24 hours per day, seven days per week.   If you are in need of information not currently posted on the website, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Please contact Mayor Brinda’s Office for information regarding the following:

  • Economic Development/Business Retention,
    Expansion, Attraction Services
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Summer Reach &
    Rise Discovery Camps, Community Gardens, Finwood Holiday Display

 

 

 

 

 

This video of Cascade Park was created for our city by Dr. Mark Jessie, Elyria High School Music Director.