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City of Elyria named Tree City USA

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:14 am


For the 21st consecutive year, the City of Elyria has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.  This honor is bestowed cities that meet predefined requirements designed to promote and care for our trees.  Click below to read the full press release.

Tree City USA

City of Elyria Partners With Crains Cleveland Business And MAGNET to Help Local Manufacturers

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

HelpMPower_Medallion_Texting Elyria manufacturers stay competitive…. That’s the aim of a partnership between the City of Elyria, Crains Cleveland Business and MAGNET as we join forces with other regional partners to present the 2015 (M)Power Manufacturing Assembly on Wednesday, September 30 from 7:30am – 1:30pm at the John S. Knight Center – 77 East Mill Street in Akron. “As a City we are excited to be part of this pro-active approach to support our very significant and evolving manufacturing community in Elyria,” said Mayor Holly Brinda. “We are a city of makers with a global impact and maintaining our competitive edge is important to our community and the world.”

Elyria and other regional manufacturers are being invited and encouraged to participate in the program designed to provide attendees with an in-depth, street-level view for growing their business. Educational sessions will address ways to increase their competitive advantage in the new face of manufacturing and today’s economically challenging times.

The 2014 event was a sell-out, so Elyria companies are encouraged to register and purchase their tickets early to secure a spot in the conference. Elyria manufacturers who would like to learn more should go to the event website here.  A direct link to the registration page can be found here. All reservations must be made in advance. A continental breakfast will be served. Single tickets are $55, groups of five are $250, and groups of ten are $475.

The City of Elyria will also have a presence at the event to share information with the Northeast Ohio manufacturing community about Elyria and the many assets, opportunities and incentives the City offers to help businesses thrive. Join us on September 30th and POWER UP for Manufacturing Month!

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 7:30am-1:30pm
Location: John S. Knight Center, 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH44308


7:30-8:00am – Networking / Registration / Breakfast

8:00-9:00am – Morning Keynote Address

9:00-9:15am – BREAK

9:15-10:45am – Breakout Sessions

#1“Digital Marketing SmackDown – Who is the Best Around?”

#2 “Quit Whining, Start Winning: 3 Must-Have Workforce Development Strategies for Your Business”

#3“Ideation: Turn Your Business Problems of Today Into Tomorrow’s Innovations”

#4“Going Global”

#5“How to Grow in a Non-Growth Environment: Does M&A fit in your growth strategy?”

#6“Pursuing Operational Excellence: 3 Best Practices Your Company Needs”

10:45-11:15am – BREAK / Lunch Buffet Available

11:15am-12:45pm –CEO Panel Discussion

12:45 – 1:30pm – Additional Networking / Manufacturing Assembly Showcase

**Speakers and panelists to be announced soon!**






City of Elyria Recognized for Healthy Water

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

The City of Elyria Water Departments have been presented with the 2011 Water Fluoridation Quality Award by the United States Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control.  The award is granted to municipalities for professionally and consistently adjusting of the water fluoride content to maintain optimum levels for a twelve month period.

Citywide Property Survey Set to Begin in Elyria

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 7:46 am


May 4, 2016

Contact: Mayor Holly Brinda
City of Elyria

Jim Rokakis
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
216- 515-8300

Paul Boehnlein
Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Citywide Property Survey Set to Begin in Elyria

Elyria is ready to launch a survey of all of the city’s nearly 23,000 parcels – and the buildings associated with them – to provide officials with an updated snapshot of the condition of these properties.

The citywide survey, which is expected to start in early May and run through June, is being conducted by the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy has completed citywide property surveys in Akron, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Lorain, Oberlin and Sandusky.

The survey is being funded by the Nord Family Foundation, the Bettcher Foundation, United Way of Greater Lorain County, the Nordson Corporation and PNC Bank.

Paul Boehnlein, director of GIS for the Land Conservancy, said surveyors – staffed through a partnership with United Way of Lorain County and Oberlin Community Services – will work in teams of two and gather information while on sidewalks and public rights-of-way.  Information about each parcel – including whether it is vacant, the condition of any structures on it and a photo – is recorded on a tablet computer. The survey will provide Elyria with information that can be used to prioritize what structures should be rehabilitated or demolished with available funds and to determine any need for additional demolition funding.

“We have conducted these surveys in a number of Ohio communities but are excited to be doing this work in Elyria,” said Jim Rokakis, a Land Conservancy vice president and director of Thriving Communities Institute. “This survey is a valuable tool and will give the city of Elyria a more accurate picture of its housing and building stock.  This information will help to guide decision makers as they determine how to allocate their demolition resources.”

Surveyors will wear bright orange T-shirts with the Land Conservancy name and logo plus the words ELYRIA PROPERTY SURVEY in large letters.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in 17 counties in northern and eastern Ohio; its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 610 properties and more than 46,000 acres; led the efforts to create 30 county land banks across Ohio; and planted more than 1,800 trees in the city of Cleveland.




Claims for Damage

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

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Cleveland POPS Concert – Saturday, September 5, 2015

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 9:18 am

Join us for a night of the Arts in Downtown Elyria on Labor Day Weekend!  The Annual Cleveland POPS concert will highlight a full day of fun-filled FREE family activities!  See itinerary and ad below for all the details!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

(Rain Date for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert is Sunday, September 6 at 7:00pm in Ely Square)

1:00 – 5:30pm

Eighth Annual Jazz and Blues Music Festival by St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Becky Boyd and the Groove Train, The Lorain County Jazz Band, Jaime Flores and Locals to Jam

5:30 – 7:00pm

Elyria Arts Council sponsors public art activities for children and adults in Ely Square

6:15 – 6:45pm

Musical Petting Zoo – children meet musicians/learn about their instruments in Ely Square

7:00 – 9:00pm

Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert – 20th Anniversary Season

Featuring Conductor Carl Topilow and his world-class musicians

1:00 – 9:00pm

Food Trucks available all day

Hershey’s Ice Cream, Lorenzo’s Pizza, By the Slab Ribs, Cofield’s BBQ,

The Oasis Grille, The Brunch Box

Special Thanks to the following Pops Sponsors:

Nordson Corporation, EMC Precision, Lois Ohlemacher, Elyria Charities, Northwest Bank

Hubbard & Hubbard Attorneys, Laubenthal Mercado Funeral Home, Sally Hudnutt, Mayor Holly Brinda, The Chronicle Telegram, Sibley Roofing, and Panera Bread (N. Abbe Rd.)


Columbus Day – NO DELAY in Sanitation Pickup

Posted on October 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

Due to the observance of Columbus Day, most City of Elyria offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016.  However, Sanitation service WILL RUN NORMALLY AS SCHEDULED.  There will be NO DELAY in garbage or recycling pickup for the week beginning Monday, October 10, 2016.  Please call the Department of Sanitation at 440-322-3895 with any questions.

Community Conversation with Mayor Holly Brinda

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm




Thursday, March 24

7:00 – 8:30pm

Northwood Middle School

700 Gulf Road – Elyria, Ohio 44035

Please join the Mayor, her senior staff and department heads for a casual evening of information designed to inform and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts about how working together, we can move Elyria forward. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please mark your calendars for additional Community Conversations on June 23 at West Park Recreation Center, September 22 at South Park Recreation Center, and December 15 at East Park Recreation Center. All events will run from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

While reservations are not required, it would help us plan for seating and refreshments if you would please call the Mayor’s Office to confirm your attendance at 326-1402.

Community Conversations – Thursday, June 23, 2016 at West Recreation Center

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

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Thursday, June 23

7:00 – 8:30pm

West Park Recreation Center 

1200 Foster Avenue– Elyria, Ohio 44035

Please join the Mayor, her senior staff and department heads for a casual evening of information designed to inform and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts about how working together, we can move Elyria forward. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please mark your calendars for additional Community Conversations on September 22 at South Park Recreation Center, and December 15 at East Park Recreation Center. All events will run from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

While reservations are not required, it would help us plan for seating and refreshments if you would please call the Mayor’s Office to confirm your attendance at 326-1402.

And don’t forget Morning Coffee with the Mayor at Midway Mall,  held the last Thursday of each month from 9:00am-10:00am in the Midway Mall food court.  MAYOR’S NIGHT IN also continues in Elyria City Hall, now on the first Monday of every month, from 5:30-6:30pm in the Third Floor Conference room of Elyria City Hall.

Community Gardens Update

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteer Engagement (M.O.V.E.) is proud to  announce that the Community Gardens planned,  planted, and proudly maintained by City of Elyria volunteers have been a great success!  The presentation below, prepared by Lisa Bowman of the Park and Recreation Department, details the amazing efforts put into starting and maintaining your gardens and the successful endeavor to turn blight into beauty.

If you have questions or wish to learn more about getting involved in the program, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 440-326-1402.

City of Elyria Community Gardens

Downtown Road Closures – Pops Concert, Saturday September 5, 2015

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

On Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 7:00AM until 9:00PM, several Downtown streets around Ely Park will be closed for the POPS Concert. The following streets will be closed:

  •  Middle Avenue from Broad Street to 3rd Street
  • Court Street from Broad Street to 3rd Street
  • 2nd Street from East Avenue to West Avenue

At the conclusion of the concert, all roads and parking would be returned to normal that evening. The concert rain date would be Sunday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00pm. In the event of a rain date the road closures would remain in effect over Saturday night September 5.

Please call Mayor’s Office at 440-326-1402 if you have any questions.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Events

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 9:46 am


“Where is the Dream now: In Chaos or Community?”

Theme for the 30th Annual Elyria Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service!

Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Elyria High School Performing Arts Center

601 Middle Avenue, Elyria

Keynote Speaker
Pastor Gwendolyn D. Gilmore
Full Gospel Faith Fellowship Church
President of Elyria Ministerial Alliance
Music provided by Minister Tommie Harris, Sr.
Dance Performance by Move It! Dance Project!


Commemorative Walk from Ely Square to Elyria High School – 10:30 a.m.

Participants encouraged to bring banners, posters and signs of Peace, Love, Justice, Equality, Love over Hate, Economic Empowerment, etc.

Community Education & Information Fair – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Elyria Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission


Other Elyria events per the calendar of events attached:

Saturday, January 16:  37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival, EPLS West River Branch Library, 1194 W. River Road, North, Elyria, at 11:00 a.m.  During the Festival there will be presentations, songs, dancing, music, and readings about Dr. King’s Civil Rights Movement.  Call 440-366-3244 or email

4th Annual NOBDA Youth King Celebration at 6:00 p.m., Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 632 West River Road, North, Elyria

For more information contact DR. LATAUNYA V. CONLEY at (440) 326-1407 or lconley@cityo,

The full calendar of events can be viewed by clicking here: 2016 King Holiday Calendar of Events – Updated 1.12.16
The program for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18th can be viewed by clicking here: 2016 MLK Program


Elyria Bicentennial Parade Info

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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Elyria Bicentennial Time Capsule Survey

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

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

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


Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Dear Elyria Stakeholder,

As someone who has a significant interest in the vitality of Elyria’s business districts, I am inviting you to participate in the second of a three-part initiative designed to jumpstart Elyria’s downtown, Cleveland Street and Midway areas. Thanks to a federal grant, the City has commissioned a market analysis and re-development planning process for these areas. We have hired some of the top urban planners and researchers in the country (Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Streetsense of Bethesda, Maryland) to help us figure out how to best position Elyria for success.The entire process will take about 18 months, but your input is important as the plan becomes more refined.

One of the City’s partnering consultants on this project, Terry Schwartz, Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, will be in Elyria February 12, 2015 and will hold two meetings for interested parties. Please try to attend one of these two meetings. They will be held from 8:30am – 10:00am, and 6:30 – 8:00pm, in the second floor Council Chambers at Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street – Elyria, Ohio44035.

The agenda will include:

1) Welcome and Introduction – Mayor Holly Brinda (5 minutes)

2) Recap of previous community meetings – Terry Schwartz& Below (5 minutes)

3) Summary of Findings from the Market Analysis (15 minutes)

4) Connection Development Opportunities and Infrastructure Enhancements (30 minutes)

  • Downtown
  • Midway
  • Cleveland Street

5) Discussion Groups (30 minutes)

6) Next Steps (5 minutes)

  • Economic Development Strategy Recommendations: March Meetings
  • Linking Physical Improvements to Economic Opportunities

Please be part of the solution and mark your calendar to attend one of these two meetings.Your advanced reservation is encouraged, but not required, to help us plan for set-up.Please make your reservation by calling the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402 by Tuesday, February 10.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to seeing you on February 12.


Holly C. Brinda