STRONGSVILLE CITY COUNCIL (left to right): Matt Schonhut, Councilman-at-Large, President; Gordon Short, Ward 4; Ann Roff, Ward 2; Jim Kaminski, Ward 1; Kelly Kosek, Ward 3; Jim Carbone, Councilman-at-Large and Joe DeMio, Councilman-at-Large.
Strongsville City Council
By Jim Kaminski, Ward One Councilman
Your Strongsville City Council representatives would like to highlight a few accomplishments from 2020 and give a quick glance into 2021. Traffic Signalization Project
Currently finishing the signal radio interconnection, which is what coordinates the timing of the signals. In March 2021, the systems analysis and coordination programming will take place. This is where they run the system and adjust timing that might not be optimized. Once this is completed, improvements in traffic flow should be noticed.
Local Business Aid
The COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that came along with it gave Council and the City’s Administration one of the most challenging years on record. The City Administration along with council acted quickly to help our local businesses survive this crisis. Through partnerships with entities from both the public and private sectors, over 700 Strongsville businesses received aid through programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Ohio’s Small Business Relief Grant, and various Cuyahoga County grants. We should all be proud of the fast, helpful actions that contributed millions of dollars of aid to our local businesses when it was most needed. Economic Development is the key driver of our success and is led by Brent Painter and continues to be a big focus in 2021. The City’s Business Parks continue to flourish with over 900 new jobs announced. Below are a few highlights: n Expansion of the Union Home
Mortgage Corporate Headquarters
Campus n New Corporate Headquarters for
Infinium Wall Systems n Relocation of the Pipeline
Development Company's headquarters n Announcement of a new smartchip manufacturing facility for
OMEC Inc. n Great Lakes Brewery establishing their canning operations within
City Services: City Council continues to focus on ways to improve on the great services we provide such as the finest safety forces with our Police, Fire, Paramedic & Dispatch services. Not to mention the unlimited garbage collection, refuse center, recreational needs, and senior citizen services the city offers. Our commitment is to help the administration build an environment for businesses to locate, maintain and build upon the quality services we have expected. Lastly, in 2020/2021 City Council allocated $5.9MM for road reconstruction, nearly double the average yearly spend on road repairs.
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River Ridge Road Sunridge Circle Pamela Drive Briarwood Lane Shagbark Trail Creek Moss Lane Pebble Brook Lane Idlewood Entrance
2020 Pavement Reconstruction Program details:
2020/2021 road season -Strongsville invested $5,873,109.50, double the normal yearly spend.
Strongsville Streets Scheduled for Reconstruction
Completed in 2020:
North Bexley Pleasant Ridge Place Timber Edge Place Pine Tree Place Pheasant Trail Applebrook Circle Stag Thicket Lane Wolf Run Circle Hastings Court Camden Drive Parkwood Lane Applewood Lane Forestwood Drive Arlington Drive Foltz Parkway Drake Road
To be completed in 2021:
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City Overview Introducing Strongsville’s New
Officer Aaron Plut, a Patrolman with the Strongsville Police Department for the last seven years, stepped up to the plate when asked to head up the D.A.R.E. program for the City of Strongsville. Completing his D.A.R.E. Officer Training on October 2, Officer Plut is now qualified to teach this program to all of Strongsville’s students.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
Officer Plut says that he is happy for this opportunity to work with Strongsville’s students, hoping to help them get through some of life’s difficult situations through his knowledge and personal experiences. He states that the Strongsville Police Department is a great department full of fantastic people who care deeply about their jobs, the community and each other.
Officer Plut resides in Olmsted Township with his wife and daughter and expresses that his hobby is his family.
Strongsville will be well-served with Officer Plut at the helm of the D.A.R.E Program!