February 11, 2016

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Brinda: 2016 budget could see 15 percent or more reduction; layoffs possible

ELYRIA – City officials are working up a 2016 budget that could see upward of a 15 percent reduction in city departments, which could result in employee layoffs, Mayor Holly Brinda said Tuesday. “A lot of places don’t have 15 percent to reduce so we are still working the numbers to see what that will Read More…

Elyria tax hike supporters remain undaunted by low public support

ELYRIA — Community support for the Elyria income tax increase proposal is low, but campaign organizers believe a victory at the polls still is possible with a strong grassroots campaign. City Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, the mastermind behind the Issue 6 framework and arguably the campaign’s biggest cheerleader, said a recent survey’s findings are Read More…

Council committee votes to support Main Street group

ELYRIA — City Council is standing behind the efforts of Main Street Elyria to rebuild the organization and be a key player in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. On Monday night, members of the Finance Committee passed a resolution of support for the nonprofit and are debating ways to further their commitment with a Read More…

Elyria Council committees split on tree lawn trimming

ELYRIA — The City Council Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee may have gone out on a limb to say the city should be responsible for the more than 17,000 tree lawn trees in the city, but the Finance Committee is not ready for that idea to take root. On Monday night, the issue of who Read More…

Elyria Council committee talks possible March tax issue

Mark Jessie

ELYRIA — The approach to seeking an income tax increase on the March primary ballot falls into one of two categories, depending on the Elyria City Council member. Some, like City Council President Mike Lotko, D-at large, want to take a slow, methodical look at the city’s budgetary needs and craft a data-driven plan. Others, Read More…

Initiative for downtown Elyria debated

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda wants to see the development of more public-private partnerships to drive economic development in the city. But a big piece of her proposal, the development of an Elyria downtown growth partnership, is not getting rave initial reviews. “We can’t do it alone,” Brinda said Tuesday night during a meeting to Read More…

Elyria fire truck need ‘dire’

Fire-truck-SLIDE

ELYRIA — City officials made a point of pulling all capital expenditures from this year’s budget due to tight finances, but a last-minute deal to purchase a new fire truck is in the works. Fire Chief Rich Benton approached the City Council Finance Committee on Monday with a request to purchase a new fire engine Read More…

Tree lawns to stay city’s duty

ELYRIA — Members of City Council aren’t ready to foist the responsibility of tree lawn trees on residents. That’s the message members of the Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee sent Wednesday night when members voted to recommend changing the city’s tree ordinance to reflect the common practice of city workers taking care of trees in Read More…

Longtime Elyria councilman Richard Seward dies at 80

ELYRIA — He reportedly never missed a City Council meeting, never missed a Council vote and never lost an election. Richard “Dick” Seward was well-liked — that’s the most repeated statement from those lamenting the death Monday of the former Elyria City Council member and Elyria Municipal clerk of court. Seward, 80, died at University Read More…

Out-of-town worker credit loses revenue for Elyria; change unlikely

ELYRIA — More than 65 percent of Elyria residents work outside the city and pay either no city income tax or a small fraction of it, but city leaders will soon begin discussing how that full tax credit is affecting Elyria’s bottom line. On Monday night, City Council decided against asking voters for an income Read More…