Friday, April 14, 2017

4th WARD TOWN HALL MEETING! (EAST SIDE INTERCEPTOR PROJECT UPDATE)

The next 4th Ward Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, Apr. 20 at 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion, 393 Ohio St., Elyria, OH 44035.  

There will be updates to the East Side Interceptor Project, including discussion about the next phase of the project, and the Engineering staff will answer any other questions regarding engineering projects throughout the ward and city, including street projects, water, stormwater, wastewater and sewer projects.  They will also field questions about the development at Valley of the Eagles.

Police Chief Duane Whitely will also attend and provide an update and answer resident questions.


Please plan to attend!  This meeting will be very informative, as always!  RSVP to Kristen@markfcraig.com with a headcount.  Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, February 17, 2017

East Side Interceptor (Gulf Road) Project Information

Below is a link to the Project handouts from the public meeting held on February 14.  They are also available in the Available Documents section of this web page, down and to the right of this post.

East Side Interceptor Phase A and Phase B Sheets

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gulf Road Closure Information

Beginning on Monday, February 20th, 2017 and continuing until June 2017, Gulf Road will be closed in both directions to thru traffic between Burns and Hilliard Roads, only local residential traffic will be permitted.

The project will begin at the entrance of Elyria’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWPCP), 1194 Gulf Road and will move southward towards Whitman Boulevard.

During the work day, typically 7:00am to 8:00pm, Monday thru Friday, expect Gulf Road to be completely closed at the active work site. The contractor will inform Engineering on a regular basis of the addresses of the worksite and Engineering will relay those locations by email to Emergency Services & Public Transportation Services.

At the conclusion of the work day the contractor will place steel plates over the worksite.

Expect heavy construction traffic and long delays.

PROJECT INFORMATION SHEETS can be found in the Available Documents section of this page, right side, scroll down.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Proposed "ISSUE 6" Expenditures in 2017

At the last City Council meeting, the Mayor passed out the below proposal concerning the expenditure of funds from Issue 6, the City's new income tax that was passed last year primarily for capital improvements.

Elyria Issue 6 Budget Proposal

If you have comments or additional suggestions, you may bring them forward by attending the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Be sure to sign up to speak at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting with the Secretary of Council.

There may also be discussions that take place during Finance Committee, which is scheduled for Monday, February 13.  If not, you will still have the opportunity to discuss it with members of that committee since this is their regular meeting time.  The Chair is Victor Stewart, III.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

East Side Interceptor Project To Get Underway

Phases of the East Side Interceptor Project should be getting underway in February and in the second quarter of the year.

The first work will be from the Wastewater Treatment Plant to Whitman Drive along Gulf Road.

The second phase will be from Gulf Road to Abbe Road along Whitman drive.  That is the section that will hopefully be starting in the second quarter of 2017.

For questions, contact the City Engineer's office at (440) 326-1444.

Map of Project:  Map of East Side Interceptor Project

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Midway Mall Highest & Best Uses Feasibility Study

Last night, the consultants hired by the Mayor to study the Midway Mall area presented their report.  A copy of the full report can be found here:  Midway Mall Use Study

Below is the Mayor's memo to City Council, enclosing the study:

As I informed you of earlier this year, I deferred part of the unfilled Economic Development
Specialist position salary to pay for the hiring of a firm to work with the City and Midway Mall
asset managers to conduct a Highest and Best Uses Feasibility Study for Midway Mall. The
attached study will be presented to you by the consultants (Jeff Green Partners and Hoffman
Strategy Group) on Monday November 21 during the City Council meeting.

The study has resulted in recommendations for a redevelopment plan for the Mall area that will
be used by the Mall asset managers to try to attract a data-driven, high quality developer when
they sell the property in 2017. It will also be used by the City to leverage outside economic
development funding and will guide us in making future decisions about zoning and offering
economic development incentives to property owners and developer(s). After the presentation,
I am requesting that the Council President refer this matter to the proper committee for
eventual adoption of the report and associated recommendations. Council's official action will
assist the City in leveraging other economic development funds and assistance from other public
and quasi-public economic development entities inside and outside the County.

Midway Mall Highest & Best Uses Study Highlights:

The Elyria/Lorain County market loses approximately $890 million in retail sales because
residents shop elsewhere, such as the Great Northern Mall or Crocker Park.
The economics of the Mall, like other malls nationally and retail generally are changing.
• Retailer's closing or relocating (e.g, Macy's and Dillard's)
• Retails smaller footprint because of e-commerce
• Shifting consumer preferences, tastes, and shopping patterns

The goal of the City of Elyria is to capture a larger portion of those lost retail sales by finding the
highest and best uses for Midway Mall; right-sizing retail; and incorporating other uses such as
residential, hospitality, and office.
This study analyzes the Elyria market in terms of what retail, residential, hospitality, and office
uses are supportable on the Midway Mall property.
It finds that an opportunity is present to realize nearly $100 million in new sales revenues
associated with the re-development of Midway Mall.
• $90 million annually in new retail sales revenue potential
• $3 million annually in new gross residential rental revenues
• $3 million annually in new professional/medical office rental revenues
• $2.5 million annually in gross hotel receipts
The cost of leaving Midway Mall as-is:
• Continued retail spending leakage from the Elyria market
• Retail sales from existing tenants will likely continue to erode
• Additional store closings over the next five to 10 years
• A blighted property that loses future development opportunities
This is analysis helps to inform an ongoing process that includes as our next steps:
• Collaborative discussions among the various property owners, public and private
interests regarding
• Potential redevelopment plan(s)
• Marketing of the property
• Recruitment of developers
• Estimate the financial costs of a settled-upon plan
• Determine public incentives for re-development

The bottom line is, the Mall property is viable in the future only if it changes strategy,
incorporating a different mix of retail, entertainment, office, hotel and mixed-use residential
housing.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Autumn Leaf Collection

Beginning Monday, October 17, 2016 through Saturday, December 3, 2016, the City of Elyria leaf collection program will be in operation. Leaves should be raked to the curb in piles or rows as close as possible, but not into the street. No brush, twigs or other material should be mixed with leaves as these items clog the vacuum equipment and slow the collection process.

Approximately eight (8) crews will cover the entire City of Elyria and will concentrate first on areas with more mature trees. Routes will generally follow sanitation routes but the schedule is greatly influenced by weather (rain as well as snow). Due to manpower and weather variations -no set date for collection on a particular street or area is available.

No leaves will be collected after Saturday, December 3, 2016. Residents may dispose of leaves contained in brown paper composting bags at the Elyria Compost Center at 45 Chestnut Street during posted hours of operation.

Please remember these important safety points:
• DO NOT allow children to play in leaf piles near the street/curb
• DO NOT place branches or other debris in the leaf piles. Doing so may result in noncollection of the leaves
• DO NOT park vehicles on or near leaf piles; we encourage residents to use their driveways during leaf and snow season in order to keep roadways clear and accessible Elyria residents, with proof of residency (ie: driver's license or water bill receipt), may bring bagged leaves (and grass clippings) to the City's compost facility located at 45 Chestnut St.

For additional information or questions — please call the Elyria Street Dept. at 440-322-3129 or the Safety Service Director's office at 440-326-1404

All leaves collected are composted and not dumped at the landfill

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mosquito Bite Protection in Ohio

Below is a document received via the Elyria City Health District concerning a mosquito bite/breeding pamphlet issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

Ohio Dept. of Health Mosquito Bite Protection Information

Friday, April 22, 2016

Town Hall Meeting Minutes Now Available

The Town Hall meeting minutes from last night are now available in the Available Documents section on the right-hand side of this web page.

We had a low turnout for the meeting last night, but some very good information and good questions posed to our participants.  If you have ideas or suggestions for future meeting topics or speakers, please let me know.

Mark

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ohio Turnpike Construction in Lorain County

Be aware of the construction on the turnpike that is starting.  The following is a report from the Ohio Turnpike Commission about this work:

Lorain County (Elyria Twp. to North Ridgeville) Pavement Replacement

East and westbound Ohio Turnpike customers will encounter a traffic pattern with a contraflow lane reversal and reduced speed limits now through Nov. 11. Crews are removing and replacing the original base pavement in the westbound right and center lanes between mileposts 144.1-149.2 in Lorain County. Westbound customers wishing to exit the Ohio Turnpike at Exit-145 (Lorain-Elyria/SR 57) must use the right-most lane prior to the contraflow work zone to access the toll plaza. Drivers in the left lane will not be able to use the exit because of the concrete barrier.

Start date: April, 2016                   Estimated completion:  Nov. 12, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

4th Ward TOWN HALL MEETING, Apr. 21 at 6:00 p.m., Elyria American Legion

The next semi-annual Town Hall Meeting will be on April 21, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Elyria, located at 393 Ohio Street.  The topic for this meeting will be the new income tax and how plans are shaping up for applying the funds to improve our City.

Please RSVP to Kristen@MarkFCraig.com so that we can get a headcount for refreshments!

See you at the meeting!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Thank you Elyria!

Thanks for your support on Issue 6.  Now it's time to identify our projects and get moving!  The tax becomes effective July 1.  Make sure if you see issues on the streets, such as potholes or guardrails that need repaired, to call them into City Hall so they can get them on the list!