Mayor Ted Yates
Happy Spring, everyone!
Spring has sprung and the temperatures are beginning to increase! Tickets for the outdoor waterpark are now on sale and registration is open for our youth summer camps, safety town, and other fun activities. This will be a very busy summer for the City and we have a lot of fun-filled family events scheduled. Our Rock the Park Concert Series has officially launched this year’s line-up, and I look forward to seeing some classic favorites as well as new bands perform! We are hosting the Cleveland Reggae Festival and we have booked the Grammy nominated Christian rock band, Building 429. Check out rocktheparkconcert.com for tickets and show times.
From a financial standpoint, the City is experiencing a slight, 1%, increase over last year’s income tax revenues. Current projections have us remaining flat from last year’s numbers, but there are several Cornerstone businesses that were not fully operational in 2016. I am hopeful that the City will again experience another increase in overall tax revenue with full a tax year from FedEx, Amazon and National DCP. Our Economic Development Director and I have been busy meeting with existing businesses that are looking to expand their operations. Our current industrial area is substantially built out and it is becoming a challenge to find the needed space for new or expanding businesses.
The City’s service department is busy cutting grass and maintaining our fields for spring sport’s league. We continue to work our way through neighborhoods working on sidewalks and fire hydrants. Last year the City purchased a Plug Hug, which can strip a fire hydrant of paint in a matter of minutes. This device has turned hours of work into just a few minutes. Last year we stripped and painted over 700 hydrants and our hope is to finish the rest of the City this year. Additionally, we continue with our sidewalk program and you may see our service employees around town levelling out uneven sidewalks.
I want to invite residents to our annual Memorial Day Parade which will be on May 29th. This yearly event begins with a parade at 10:30 followed by a Memorial Service held on the Square and an open house at the VFW Post. Please join us in paying tribute to those brave fallen men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Have a fun-filled beginning to your summer and as always, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or call my office at 330-963-6207.
I will see you around town!
Sincerely, Mayor Ted Yates