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• Sets example: donates back part of her salary; drives her own
car; no expense account
• Made you safer: re-established the Narcotics/Neighborhood
Impact Unit – 399 drug arrests
• Emergency ready: increased quality standards for - and
monitoring of - emergency responders
• Focus on jobs: new Economic Development Plan, new
Community Improvement Corporation
• Business Friendly: relaxed design review; business district &
industrial area improvements
• Improved infrastructure: $46 million in highway, road, bridge
& sewer repairs
• Restoring Cascade Park: 50-year agreement with
Lorain County MetroParks
• Re-invigorated the community: Block Watches, over 400
Permit No. 647
Citizens to Elect Holly Brinda, Evelyn France, Treasurer, 263 Windward Drive, Elyria, Ohio 44035
• Open and responsive: Monthly Mayor’s Night In,
Cable Channel 12, City website programming
• Saved Elyrians over $2.3 million through cost-saving
measures – including reduced longevity
An important mes :
from your Mayor
But We’re Not Done Yet!
• Audited every City department with support of State Auditor
• Strengthened quality of life: free summer camps, fireworks,
summer concerts, community gardens, holiday lights and
Working Together, We’re Getting Elyria Back on Track...
Mayor Holly Brinda is
Keeping Her Promises &
Getting Elyria Back on Track…
Here’s What We’ve Accomplished Together, So Far… But We’re Not Done Yet!
March 16, 2015
A Message from Your Mayor, Holly C. Brinda
Dear Fellow Elyrians,
Thank you in advance for taking a moment to read this letter. I am writing
to you not only as your Mayor, but also as a wife of 33 years, a mother of four
grown children, a homeowner, and a fourth generation Elyrian. My husband
Greg and I love this community, and along with other committed citizens and
invested stakeholders, we are working hard to help Elyria flourish, again.
As you know, 2015 is a re-election year and I have announced I will be running
for a second term as your Mayor. Before all of the election rhetoric starts, I want
to thank you for allowing me to serve you and our historic and promising city.
Your support has made Elyria’s progress possible, and your ongoing support is
just as essential to keep us moving forward.
When I came into office a little over three years ago, I inherited many challenges.
One of my biggest concerns was safety. The Police Narcotics Unit had been
discontinued and drug dealers were taking over our neighborhoods; burglaries
were becoming common place.
Thankfully today, we have our priorities
straight. Elyria is safer and our children
and families are less vulnerable to
these predators. My administration reestablished the Narcotics Unit and
combined it with the Neighborhood
Impact Unit to form the Elyria Narcotic/
Neighborhood Impact Unit. The unit is
breaking the cycle of drugs and burglaries, with 399 drug-related arrests since
the unit’s re-boot in March 2013 – including the largest single heroin seizure
in Lorain County history in 2014. Elyria’s neighborhoods are also safer with
the demolition of 151 nuisance properties in the last 24 months, and a push to
reinvigorate Block Watch organizations.
Elyria is also more business friendly. For the first time in our history we have a
new Economic Development Plan, a new Elyria Community Improvement
Corporation, a more flexible Design Review Process; and new business
development incentive programs – all to help us better attract, retain and
expand businesses and create new jobs.
And while we have seen a few set-backs
(Bendix), we are also seeing results:
200 new jobs created in 2014 and an
additional 135 in process with at least
four new businesses coming to Elyria
in 2015, as well as several business
expansions (for detail see State of City at
You will see major business projects moving forward on Broad Street, the
Midway Mall area and Chestnut Commons. A new restaurant will replace the
run-down bars and the majority of the other dilapidated buildings between
Elyria Municipal Court and its current site. An investor has purchased four
of the largest and most challenged buildings downtown and has plans to
renovate and lease them. The City and County are working together to expand
transportation services offered out of the Lorain County Transportation and
Community Center – including more bus, transit and passenger rail. A new
CourtYard by Marriot Hotel will be built in the Midway area and a new
Medical Building and Commercial Retail buildings are going up in Chestnut
Thanks largely to government grants, Elyria has completed or started over $46
million of infrastructure improvements since I took office. Among them: the
Midway area SR57-49th Street Bridge reconfiguration; the Ford Road Bridge;
improvements on 39 streets and 6 major roadways; the current replacement
of Middle Avenue; the repair of over 4,000 feet of sanitary sewers; water main
replacements in the areas of Eastern Heights, St. Judes and Furnace Street
and more. Grants leveraged by the City also made possible over $2 million of
improvements in Cascade Park and even more improvements are coming with
the City’s new 50-year Lease Agreement with the Lorain County MetroParks
that started this year.
And just like at your household, the City is doing more with less. Before I took
office one of my campaign promises was to audit every department in the
City and that’s exactly what I did with the help of the State Auditor. As a result,
we instituted over $2.3 million in cost-savings between January 2012 and
December 31, 2014. We saved you money by re-bidding contracts, increasing
employee contributions to healthcare, joining energy co-operatives, better
controlling sick leave, focusing on employee safety, consolidating departments,
automating systems with new software, and reducing longevity for new hires
in five union contracts.
These cost-savings are helping us off-set $4.5 million in reduced revenue from
the state and federal governments. To balance the budget in 2015, the City
reduced an additional $1.8 million. While these reductions were painful,
they were necessary given the current financial climate.
Today’s financial challenges are real, but if we continue to believe in our
potential and work together, Elyria will live up to the motto: Ohio’s Community
of Opportunity. Thanks to new partnerships and collaborations and the
generosity of many, we have brought
back the quality of life programming
that makes Elyria special: free summer
camps, fireworks, summer concerts,
community gardens, expanded
holidays lights and programming at
Finwood Estate and Downtown, and
Our steps forward all result from people working together for the common good.
To protect the positive change we’ve made, and to keep making progress in
the coming four years, I need your support in
the upcoming primary election. We’re not done
yet – we’ve got more work to do. With your help,
Elyria will continue to move forward. Thank you
for your ongoing friendship and support.
My best to you and your family,
Holly C. Brinda, Mayor
P.S. For detailed information about Elyria’s progress under the Brinda
Administration please visit the city’s website at www.cityofelyria.org or
visit Mayor Brinda’s personal re-election website at brindaformayor.com.
If you have a question or comment, feel free to call the Mayor on her
personal cell phone at (440) 371-2285 or visit her the first Thursday of
each month during Mayor’s Night In at 6:00pm in Council Chambers at
Elyria City Hall.
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