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Elyria City Council lauds employees for service during storm


ELYRIA — Four city employees were lauded Monday at City Council for going “above and beyond” during a February cold snap, helping two residents who slipped and fell on ice outside their homes.

Sanitation workers Purvie Smallwood and Robert Nation were in the 1100 block of Case Avenue when they came across a resident who had fallen in her driveway, Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said. After helping her up and making sure she was OK, the workers emptied her trash cans and went on their way, she said.

Later that say day, Elyria Parks and Recreation worker Angie Dukes and service worker Dana Horner were on Prospect Street when they were flagged down and helped another woman who had fallen and injured herself.

The high Feb. 1 was 19 degrees and the low was 6 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

“These employees went above and beyond” the call of duty, and will have certificates of appreciation placed in their personnel files, Siwierka said.

Elyria resident Carol Hobert also stood at Monday’s meeting to thank city workers for helping her elderly neighbor, who has some mobility issues, get some needed electrical work done through a city program and replace her smoke detectors “with ones not needing batteries.”

“Now she has working smoke detectors and there’s a light in every room,” Hobert said.

A second reading on two ordinances governing conditional permits for two new businesses — one for the city’s second medical marijuana dispensary by AFS Cultivation LLC at 603 Cleveland St. and one for the new Buckeye Express Car Wash at 801 Cleveland St. — also was held.

The public will be allowed to comment in favor of or against the businesses during a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. March 18 in City Council chambers at 131 Court St.

Based in Ashland, Buckeye Express Car Wash has nine other locations in Northern Ohio and expects to employ up to a dozen workers making up to $20 an hour, Chief Financial Officer Eric Bilton told a Council committee in December.

AFS Cultivation plans to spend $1.5 million to renovate its Cleveland Street property into a 3,600-square-foot dispensary employing up to 25 people. Upon opening, it will be Elyria’s second such business.

And following the release of results of a one-year, $41,000 salary study that recommended changes to the city’s salary schedule for non-union employees, City Council on Monday officially approved new pay grades for those employees. The new pay grades are among a series of administrative changes expected to save the city more than $50,000 over the next five years.

In December, City Council approved a 5 percent raise for certain non-union employees, typically referred to as “Chapter 165” employees after the city code that lays out their positions.

Finance Director Ted Pileski also informed City Council that its Finance Committee will be discussing the 2019 city budget at its March 11 meeting.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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