Friday, March 29, 2013
Perciak also talks about crime, jobs and technology in State of the City speech
Mayor Tom Perciak, who has championed an employee wellness program and brought healthier food choices to the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, said he will take his efforts a step further by seeking to ban smoking on all city property. "We will be pushng for a totally smoke-free environment at all city buildings and grounds in 2013," Perciak said. The announcement came during the mayor's 10th State of the City Address last week. Smoking is already prohibited in city buildings, but the new ban would also encompass Strongsville's parks and other property. Perciak said the city has been working the the Cleveland Clinic, Southwest General and Medical Mutual on an employee wellness program that has included twice-a-year screenings for body mass …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
State senator chooses Strongsville for ceremony
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Student is recognized by mayor, state rep
April 2 was Brent Fickel Day in Strongsville in recognition of the student who won the state Division II wrestling championship for the 2011-2012 season. Fickel, a senior at Padua Franciscan High School, was honored Monday night by Mayor Tom Perciak and State Rep. Mike Dovilla for his achievement. Fickel, who wrestles in the 132-pound weight class, is also an honor student. "That's a rare find in a young gentleman today," Perciak said. Fickel, who has 203 career victories, is a four-time placer at state, and a four-time champion at district and sectionals. He plans to attend Ashland University in the fall on a wrestling scholarship.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Mayor undeterred by 6-year funding setback
The city is forging ahead with the second phase of the Pearl Road widening project even though it has no way to pay for it -- yet. Mayor Tom Perciak said last week that the city still plans to bid the $12 million project in May 2013, start construction that July and finish in October 2014. "There are some bumps in the road, but we're moving ahead," Perciak said. The "bumps" include a statewide road funding crisis that led to the Ohio Department of Transportation pulling a $6 million grant for the project, which seeks to widen Pearl from about Ellsworth south to the county line at Boston Road. The loss of the grant appeared to stall the project till 2019. But Perciak has seemed unfazed by the news. He said last week that engineering plans…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Resident asks about long-delayed project
Don't look for an outdoor pool in Strongsville in the near future. Mayor Tom Perciak said there are no plans to construct an outdoor pool here and blamed a lack of funds. "Grant money has dried up," he said. The topic came up at Perciak's State of the City address Tuesday when a resident asked whether the city was pursuing a pool. At last year's State of the City speech, Perciak raised the subject himself, saying he planned to put together a committee of residents to raise money -- through grants and donations -- to construct a pool outside the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. That plan did not materialize. Many residents lamented the closing of Strongsville's previous outdoor pool, located at the city's former recreation center at Prospect and…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Old service station site will be put to use again
There are plans in the works to revitalize the site of a former service station at the corner of Pearl and Drake roads, Mayor Tom Perciak said. Perciak, delivering his State of the City address Tuesday, said he couldn't yet get into specifics, but said the city will soon have "some great news" to share. "You'll be surprised," he told the crowd. His remarks came during a question-and-answer session, when someone in the audience asked about cleaning up the site of the former gas station, which has sat idle for some time. It is often difficult to build on a gas station site because of the environmental clean-up costs. "I think that is going to take care of itself," Perciak said.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Perciak's annual address focuses on business growth, new jobs
The city will try to fill vacant storefronts on Pearl Road by stepping back and giving small businesses the freedom to prosper, Mayor Tom Perciak said. "Local government needs to stay out of the way so businesses can bloom and grow," Perciak said. The mayor's remarks were part of his annual State of the City address, which he delivered Tuesday to several hundred people during a monthly Strongsville Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Some highlights of Perciak's speech: • Plans are continuing for the widening of Pearl Road south to Boston Road despite a statewide road funding crisis that has delayed a grant six years. • Strongsville spends about $6 million a year maintaining its roadways, $14.8 million on police…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Perciak will deliver annual message March 20
Mayor Thomas Perciak will deliver his State of the City address March 20 as part of the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Event Center at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. The luncheon is open to the public, but reservations are required by calling the chamber at 440-238-3366 or visiting strongsvillechamber.com/events. Cost is $20. There will also be space available for residents who want to hear the mayor's remarks, but don't wish to have lunch. Perciak, who drew more than 300 people to last year's address, is expected to talk about the city's growth, its financial status and plans for the future.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
SGL Group's addition will double productivity
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Mayor, council, school board members take oath of office
Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder administered the oath of office to Mayor Tom Perciak, who then inaugurated City Council members Jan. 2 at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. School Board members also took their oaths.