Message from the Mayor
Once again, I am working on my State of the City address and thinking about what we have accomplished in 2017 and what we are planning for 2018. When I list out all that has been accomplished, it is an impressive list.
We’re seeing new development across the city! There’s the demolition of Euclid Square Mall to make way for an Amazon Fulfillment Center! We’re seeing expansion at Lincoln Electric, American Punch, Keene Building and Rick Case Honda! The Water Reclamation Project continues, with the roof being placed on the Equalization Tank and work progressing on the Headworks and Treatment buildings.
We welcomed new businesses such as Chipotle, Simon’s Grocery Store, DriveTime, Northeast Factory Direct, and Irie Jamaican Kitchen!
As safety continues to be a priority, we hired 4 new police officers and 2 new firefighters in 2017. Our safety forces responded to a record number of calls for service and continue to increase the number of pro-active community outreach efforts and programs in the community.
We held community events for residents to come together as a community and celebrate our assets: Summer at Sims Concert Series, Wind Fest, Holiday Lighting Event, Art Walk, Pond and Garden Tour, and National Night Out! These events, along with Coffee with a Cop, Muffins with Mayor, Dine and Discuss, Wednesdays on the Porch and individual neighborhood meetings and events were held in all areas of the city and make a more vibrant city.
In 2017, we became an official affiliate of Keep America Beautiful! Our very own “Keep Euclid Beautiful” got into full swing with activities and events including a citywide clean up, litter prevention activities, beautification activities, and educational events. Additionally, more than 500 trees were planted throughout the city.
We also continue to work hard to improve service to residents – and I hope you noticed a difference in leaf collection, snow plow services, and condition of our public parks. Our seniors programs added new programming, new partnerships, as well as provided more than 23,000 meals at the center, 17,000 home delivered meals, and more than 10,000 transportation trips.
Our Recreation Department added Dance, Yoga and After-school open gyms, introduced the Zombie Dash and brought back Touch a Truck in addition to their other successful recreation programs. A Bright Spot was the success of the Euclid Panther U9 Football team who went undefeated not only in the North Coast Football League but went on to win Midwestern and National Youth Football Championships!
In Building and Housing, a new Chief Building Official was hired to lead the department and continue the attention on compliance of existing codes. We participated in a Citywide Property Survey which found 98% of our properties are in good condition and we have seen a reduction in vacancies, a reduction in foreclosures, and property values that have improved in each of last 6 years.
Through the hard work of many in City Hall, we were able to add $400,000 to our cash balance in 2017 and were awarded the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. We completed a LED conversion in 6 city buildings and continue to explore ways to utilize energy efficiencies to improve our facilities.
2018 has many exciting projects in the works already – opening of Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Training Center, completion of Fogg’s 3rd building at Bluestone Business Park, beginning construction of Amazon, adoption of our Master Plan, breaking ground on Phase 2 of our Waterfront Improvement Plans, completion of new Tennis/Pickle Ball Courts, re-paving of E. 222 from the marginal to Babbitt Rd, addition of more new businesses, and so much more!
Growth and investment is occurring, we are working to build off this momentum and multiply the impact of these exciting projects. I look forward to another exciting, productive year and working together with each of you to improve our community. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 216-289-2751. Thank you for your involvement and commitment to the continued progress in Euclid!
Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Mayor, City of Euclid