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Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing – April 9, 2017!

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

The Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing will take place this Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 5:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Elyria – 312 3rd Street!  More than 15 choirs from Elyria’s churches will come together as one mass choir and sing some of your favorite gospel songs as we remember our past and look to the future through music.  More information and a complete list of participating churches is below.hymn

Bicentennial Parade – There is still time to register!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

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!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

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.

Bicentennial Program for the Lorain County Historical Society

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

Please join Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society for a FREE entertaining and educational evening on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Monteith Hall (218 East Avenue) .  The program will highlight Abigail Monteith, wife of honored Elyrian and staunch abolitionist John Monteith, and will provide even more background into the rich history of our great City during our Bicentennial year.

You are also encouraged to stop by the Student Center of Lorain County Community College to view an informative Traveling Bicentennial Exhibit, also courtesy of The Lorain County Historical Society.  The display was created in part from a grant by the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District and was designed to provide a mobile history center that can travel around the City, sharing even more information about Elyria’s history in variety of locations around the City.

For more information about these and other programs, please call the LCHS at 440-322-3341

Build Better Neighborhoods in Elyria: September 28

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 10:21 am



Please join the Elyria Mayor’s Office
On Volunteer Engagement, Ward 5 Councilman Marcus Madison, NEWS-CHANNEL 5, the
Building Industries Association, the Boys & Girls Club, Church of the Open
Door and
100 Black Men of Lorain County for:

Friday, September 28
8:30AM – 5:30PM


Gates Avenue and South Maple Street


To register to volunteer to help
remove trash, landscape, paint, make roof and porch repairs and more, please call
the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402 and attend a planning meeting
on Tuesday
September 25 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at South Park Recreation Center.

See you there!

Buy your holiday stocking stuffers and other gifts and help fund the Ely Square fountain!

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm


Elyria’s 200th birthday is only going to come around once in our lifetime – and Discount Drug Mart is helping us celebrate!

As Elyria’s official Bicentennial Souvenir Sponsor, not only can you purchase affordable and unique Bicentennial Merchandise at Drug Mart, but every dollar of every purchase you make will be donated back by Drug Mart to build a much-needed new fountain in Elyria’s beautiful and historic Ely Square.

Give the gift that will keep on giving for years to come.  Drug Mart’s two Elyria locations are offering a variety of merchandise including coffee and beer mugs, wine glasses, lapel pins, t-shirts and jerseys, water bottles, visors, baseball caps and more.

Give Bicentennial souvenirs for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions – or just go buy them for yourself

Celebrate Summer in Downtown Elyria!

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

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If you have questions, please contact:

City of Elyria Parks and Recreation: (440) 326-1500

Main Street Elyria: (440) 322-5000

Channel 12 and Time Warner Cable Cable Customers

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

If you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber and have lost the ability to view City of Elyria programming running on cable channel 12, you may require a digital tuning adapter, available FOR FREE from Time Warner Cable.  More information can be found here or by dialing 1-855-286-1736.

Citizen Satisfation Survey

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Click Here to Participate In Our Citizen Satisfaction Survey by November 20th.

Your opinion matters! That’s why you are being invited to participate in the City of Elyria’s 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  The City is seeking citizen input on a number of service delivery, budget and planning issue and capital projects.


Posted on June 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm


June 27, 2012
CONTACT: Mayor Holly Brinda
AT:(440) 326-1402





In these challenging economic times, having a stronger volunteer civilian auxiliary police force in Elyria could play a more vital role in assisting professional, sworn law enforcement personnel in essential public safety operations.  As the extra eyes, ears and feet of the Elyria Police Department, auxiliary officers are deployed to assist officers on patrol and during natural or man-made disasters; control traffic; monitor crowds at special city and school events and more.   And while they perform other duties, their primary job is to observe and report.

Auxiliary officers don’t carry guns, but can carry batons, pepper spray, and hand cuffs.  They have no powers of arrest other than citizen arrests, but they can be authorized by police officers to hand cuff when necessary.  “They are definitely deterrents to crime, free our officers up to concentrate on priority issues, and help us identify potential problems before they get out of hand,” said Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely.  Elyria has 18 volunteer auxiliary police officers, including 16 current active officers who contributed 2,900 hours of service to the community last year.  And according to Chief Whitely, there is room for at least 24 more officers to assist the very busy and strained 82-officer Elyria Police Department.

That’s why Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda is determined not to let the high cost of outfitting auxiliary police officers get in the way of recruiting more than a few good men and women to help protect Elyrians.  To that end, she and Chief Whitely are launching the dual-goal Recruit the Blue Campaign – aimed not only at recruiting 24 additional men and women to serve as Elyria auxiliary police officers, but also to identify Recruit the Blue Sponsors to help off-set the approximate $1,800 cost to out-fit and equip each auxiliary officer.

Mayor Brinda said she has already discussed the idea with some members of the business community and they seem amenable to the idea of contributing to the Recruit the Blue effort through both individual and corporate sponsorships and a fundraiser being organized for this fall they are calling the Blue Jean Crime Stopper Ball. “We’re being creative and taking some personal responsibility as a community to do what we can without a lot of resources to help enhance safety in our City,” said Mayor Brinda.  “And who knows, we might even have some fun while we’re doing it.”  She said sponsorship letters inviting participation in the campaign will be mailed in the next month and information about the sponsorship opportunities and the Blue Jeans Crime Stopper Ball will be posted on the city website and on cable channel 12.

“What we have found in talking with both existing auxiliary officers and some citizens who aspire to join their ranks is that the cost they must personally bear to outfit and equip themselves is a significant financial barrier that many cannot afford to absorb themselves,” explained Mayor Brinda.  Strapped for cash just to keep Elyria’s paid, full-time police force uniformed and equipped, the City cannot afford the approximate $43,200 needed to support the goal of 24 additional auxiliary police.  “That’s why we are taking the unusual step of reaching out to the community to help us bear the cost of what we think will be a win-win situation for everyone,” said Mayor Brinda.  She said she hopes sponsorships ranging from $25 – $1,800 will pay for the costs of each officer’s shirt ($40), pants ($50), body-protection vest ($800), duty belt ($200), asp ($75), handcuffs ($40), pepper spray ($20), radio/case/batteries ($530) and flashlight ($75).

“To know that we have dedicated men and women out there who are looking for meaningful, challenging volunteer opportunities to help keep Elyria safe and the only thing holding them back is the cost of a uniform and equipment is a barrier we have an obligation to remove,” said Mayor Brinda.  Our goal is to raise $43,200 in sponsorships to support 24 additional auxiliary police officers.  Chief Whitely said auxiliary officers come from a variety of backgrounds and each have a unique set of knowledge, skills and abilities.  “Some are younger people who aspire to be police officers, while others are older and established in their careers or retired and have always had an interest in police work and want to make a difference in the community.”   He said the EPD would like to recruit more individuals who are looking for volunteer opportunities later in life to help stabilize the auxiliary force with men and women who have the time to commit and who will stick with the volunteer job over an extended period of time.

Chief Whitely said auxiliary candidates are individuals who like to learn and have some time to commit.  To be considered as an Elyria Auxiliary Police Officer you must:

  • Be An American Citizen
  • Be 19 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school diploma of GED
  • Be in good mental and physical condition
  • Have a valid Ohio driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Have demonstrated good character and citizenship
  • Not be employed in positions representing a potential conflict of interest: safety
  • Must attend training by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Training – a 15-week
    program that runs from January through May with twice-weekly classes of 4-5
    hours per class
  • Must learn about police procedures, laws and ordinances of the City of Elyria
  • Must pass a background investigation

Individuals interested in learning more about becoming an Elyria auxiliary police officer should call Sergeant William Pelko at (440) 326-1320.  Applications are taken and accepted in person by Officer Pelko Monday through Friday between 2:00 – 10:00pm at The Elyria Police Department, 18 West Avenue.  To learn more about becoming a Recruit the Blue Sponsor or helping with the Blue Jean Crime Stoppers Ball call the Mayor’s Office on Volunteer Engagement at 326-1402.


Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

heritagebannerFree technical advice and low interest loans now available to Historic District residents

The City of Elyria is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society Heritage Home Programsm and 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 include:

  • Site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions
  • Advice about increasing energy efficiency
  • Access to information on qualified local contractors
  • Evaluation of contractor bids and estimates

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

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 You can also email them at

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.

City of Elyria Autumn Leaf Collection – December 2017

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

autumnFinal pick up routes for leaf collection have been extended due to favorable weather conditions. City crews will begin the final week of collection on Monday, December 4, 2017.

There is no set schedule for collection as weather conditions, equipment and personnel – fluctuate day to day.

The weather forecast into next week will necessitate the conversion of the leaf trucks to their snow removal duties. Therefore next week’s collection is the final for the season. After December 9, 2017, residents are encouraged to bag any remaining leaves (brown bags only) and place them out on their regular trash collection day.

The Barnes/Elyria Compost facility will be closed for the season after close of business on Saturday, December 2, 2017. They will reopen in the Spring of 2018.

For additional information or questions, please call the Elyria Street Department at 440-322-3129 or the Safety Service Director’s office at 440-326-1404.

City of Elyria Employment Application

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Click here to view form.

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

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm

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!

 Click the picture above for full details!

City of Elyria Holiday Schedule

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

holidayElyria City Hall and offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2016 in observance of Christmas Eve and will remain closed until Tuesday, December 27, 2016 (opening at 8:00 a.m.). In observance of the New Year’s holiday, City offices will close at noon on Friday, December 30, 2016 and will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017. Offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Elyria City Sanitation service will be on schedule during the weeks of December 26th and January 2, 2017. There will be no delays – regular service Monday through Friday these two weeks.

For questions, please contact the Safety Service Director’s office at 440-326-1404 or the City’s website