November 23, 2014


One dollar makes Elyria Council president bigger donor to fireworks campaign

ELYRIA — One dollar is all it took.

Tuesday night City Council President Mike Lotko, D-at large, used one buck to best Dan Reaser.

Reaser, along with his daughter, Shannon, and son, Danny, donated $1,000 to the city’s fireworks campaign. Lotko, in honor of his late father Mike Lotko Jr., who died in April 2012, donated $1,001 to the campaign.

“The reason I gave exactly $1,001 is because I wanted to one-up Dan Reaser,” Lotko said. “I also wanted to honor my father’s legacy and know this event is something he would have supported.”

The senior Lotko was postmaster of Elyria, the city’s safety service director under Mayor J. Grant Keys and a Lorain County commissioner.

With Lotko’s contribution, the tally toward a $45,000 goal is $39,000, said Mayor Holly Brinda.

She doesn’t want to call the campaign a success just yet, but said the finish line is within reach.

“We are pushing for those last few pledges and we have a spaghetti dinner on June 3 that we are hoping will be a success,” she said. “We won’t sign any contract until we have all the money in hand. We will know next week if that will happen.”

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser is 5 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Elyria Moose Lodge, 555 Ternes Ave. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment by Yellow Delicious. Guests are asked to RSVP by Friday by calling Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, at (440) 322-7766 or the mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.

  • Sis Delish

    Ho, Hum… Imagine if you could get away with Buying Birthday/Christmas/Anniversary gifts using The Mayor’s movable deadline date strategy… what power the office commands!

  • Chosen1

    When they raise the money i believe a few people wouldnt mind if you would just shut up.

    • Sis Delish

      Seven out-of-Eighteen Comments from “Chosen1″ are directed at someone who Chosen1 cannot stand.

      Sez a lot about Chosen1′s Choices.

      • golfingirl

        Looks like the “Chosen 1″ has chosen you! ….laughing

    • luvmytoaster

      Like anyone cares about the stupid fireworks….aren’t there more things in the city to be concerned for? Unemployment, lack of jobs, dilapidated buildings?……

      • stillsleepyeyes

        She is just trying to get those union people some OT………….

      • SniperFire

        Please – do not get in the way of a good distraction story.

        • luvmytoaster

          I’m sorry! LOL!

  • luvmytoaster

    Lotko, seriously? What a loser…..”I’m going to donate one single dollar more than a local businessman”….
    To Mr. Lotko – has Mr. Reaser wronged you in some way? So the $1.00 more is all that you could afford to put yourself over the top?
    Another pathetic Democrat……

    UGH, this city sucks…..

    • SniperFire

      He is a Democrat, so a dollar to charity is a rather big deal!

    • Sue

      I think it was a joke. Good natured. Clearly there are many people here who don’t understand that concept…

      • luvmytoaster

        If so then the CT should have stated that this was a good ole’ natured ribbing from one friend to another…..otherwise he looks just plain stupid……
        Instead give the money to the local food bank where it will be better utilized.

    • Simon Jester

      Are you tone deaf?

      It was a joke, you fool.

      And Lotko happens to also be a successful local business man. ( I know, hard to believe of a Dem. I personally think he only runs as a D because anything with an R doesn’t have a prayer of getting elected)

      • luvmytoaster

        You are correct, a Republican has a difficult chance of being elected to anything in this sorry Democratic town..
        Why would anyone expect anything different….Lets keep doing the same thing over and over yet expect a different result…..isn’t that the definition of insanity?

  • Chosen1

    yeah democrats donate while the republicans whine about everything

    • luvmytoaster

      Well I hope that when the Democrats “donate” to a silly fund like the fireworks campaign that they give an equal amount to a more worthwhile cause……

      I’m sure that both sides have contributed but I think the mayor’s time would be better spent on trying to attract new businesses to the area instead of a 60 minute show.

    • golfingirl

      8,760 hours in a year.

      2 hours of fireworks fun, then the Democrats, who have led Elyria down the path of despair, have the other 8,758 hours to continue their fine work.

      How can anyone possible criticize a Republican, when all they need to do is open their eyes and look around to see the obvious condition the Democratic leadership has created in the city of Elyria.

      Republicans are not “whining” about the fireworks display. This event is nothing more than a symptom of the bigger problems Elyria faces and demonstrates a continued inability to set priorities which will move the city forward.

      Elyria has been led by Democrats, they have created the mess that Elyria has become, but you have the nerve to criticize republicans?

      Look around….are you blind!!

      • Stan K

        Uhh …you are talking like you know something about business or politics.Which,in reality you know neither.Stick to golfinggirl because anything else will only cause a short circuit in that pea brain of yours. Republicans are not infallible,or do we need to review 2000-2008? The Iraq/afghan wars,the patriot act,stock market collapse,9/11.I think you are the one going through life with blinders on.

        • Sis Delish

          Face it, Stan, the Democrats run the show around here and are responsible for bringing the president to the area twice, which my Voodo Witchdoctor tells me created really bad vibes…

        • golfingirl

          And exactly how has this led to the crime infested, delapidated neighborhoods that have become Elyria?

          All politics are local, and we know who has run them in Elyria for decades!

          And before you criticize the “size” of my brain, please work on your spelling and punctuation. It is atrocious!

    • stillsleepyeyes

      It’s funny though………………..when the d’s donate it always seems to make it back to their own pockets in one form or another…………..not saying the r’s are any different…………….they both love to live off the taxpayers dime……….

  • Chosen1

    I got the story on good natured ribbing…Should have put pictures with the story so luvmytoaster could have understood…

    • luvmytoaster

      You’re an idiot and a complete waste of oxygen….
      Get a job oh and then get a life……

  • Sis Delish

    Face it C1, you’re out-matched on this blog… They do offer a Jr. Board for folks like you to cut their teeth on.