Mayor Michael Summers shared the city's "strategic objectives" to a large crowd for his annual State of the City address for the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at the Lakewood Senior Health Campus on Friday.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Organization officials consider opening wellness center somewhere on the East End of Lakewood.
Officials from the YMCA of Greater Cleveland are considering a proposal to open a second location in Lakewood. That’s in addition to the main location at 16915 Detroit Avenue. Gary Rick, the Lakewood branch manager, said that opening a “storefront” location on the city’s east end — possibly on Madison Avenue near W. 117th Street — would “serve the organization’s mission.” At an ideal 9,000 square feet, the second location would be slightly smaller and offer different programs. Rick pointed out that the idea is still in the infancy stages. “At this point, it’s just a discussion,” he said. “The demand of the (Detroit Avenue) location, shows that we need additional space. Obviously, we would want it to be the same level of quality.” He said …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
State officials made a stop in Lakewood last week to go over some fixes.
Some members of the Ohio EPA believe that the city of Lakewood isn’t doing enough to comply with the Clean Water Act, stemming from the city’s excessive storm-water runoff. Not so fast, say city officials. “We’ve done a substantial amount of work,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. State officials visited the city last Thursday to go over some of the city’s work to fix the issue. “It (was) a big meeting because the Ohio EPA has several members who feel we haven’t done enough,” he said. “It’s an act of ignorance on their part.” Lakewood has already spent “tens of millions of dollars” on upgrading the sewers since 1987, he said. That work includes separating sewers lines and studying and improving the process, Summers added. In addition…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Residents reminded to move their vehicles off the major streets until at least Thursday.
Lakewood — like much of Northeast Ohio — was spared from heavy snowstorms last winter. Looks like Mother Nature is starting to play catch up. The snowstorm sweeping across Ohio prompted Lakewood officials to warn residents about driving — and parking — in the city limits during the next couple days. Capt. Gary Stone said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were no reported crashes, but he said he’s keeping his fingers crossed. “Usually in the first storm of the season, there are a few people who think the pavement is dry and it’s 60 degrees,” he said. “Fortunately, there are a lot of people not working this week. Official at Lakewood City Hall issued a statement, warning residents to use caution — and to be mindful of where they park …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers hosts fifth-annual event to benefit the arts organization.
Hundreds showed up on the red carpet at Beck Center for the Arts on Saturday evening, as Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers hosted the fifth-annual Mayor’s Ball to benefit the arts organization. And with tickets for the event starting at $125, the Mayor’s Ball raised thousands of dollars for the Beck Center. “The arts are a vibrant part of our community with significant impact on our local economy,” said Summers in a statement. “We are pleased to support this cultural gem to ensure the arts continue to be affordable and accessible to all residents.” Among the hundreds who turned out were local elected officials, business owners and community leaders. Summers awarded Lakewood resident Steven Ott with the Key to the City of Lakewood for his …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Mayor Michael Summers said he’s still holding out hope that the $2.5 million repaving project could still get done in 2013.
Last week, the city’s director of public works said that the city may have to wait until at least 2014 for a Madison Avenue overhaul. Not so fast, said Mayor Michael Summers. He said he’s still holding out hope that the $2.5 million repaving project could still get done in 2013. “I haven’t given up,” Summers said. “It’s my job to work hard to get resources for this city. Madison Avenue needs this attention now.” It’s a matter of funding, city officials have said. Originally, the city had worked out a plan to match 45 percent of the cost with the Ohio Public Works Commission, and the county would pick up the remaining 10 percent. Then, the county announced a “no local funds” repaving program that would save the city lots of cash. Summers …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Property on Dowd Avenue is the first Habitat home built in the city; second project planned on Lakewood Avenue.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The first event set for June 12at Rozi's Wine House.
Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers wants residents to know he’s listening. That’s why he’s launching the Listening to Lakewood program this summer. Local businesses will host the mayor as he answers questions and speaks with residents, according to a press release. “These Listening to Lakewood sessions are an opportunity for all residents to meet the mayor and discuss Lakewood,” according to the release. The first event is set to take place at Rozi’s Wine House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 12. All residents are encouraged to attend. Additional “L2L” upcoming sessions — also slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. — are: “This is an opportunity for me to connect with residents in a casual atmosphere and find out what’s on their minds,” said Summers in …
Friday, May 18, 2012
With plenty of uncertainty, the administration is preparing for negations with all seven of the city’s unions.
There are 450 employees in the city of Lakewood, and 390 of them belong to a union. All seven contracts for Lakewood’s seven unions are set to expire at the end of this year. The city’s administration is getting ready for negotiations at the bargaining table, expected to begin this fall. “In order to prepare for that — and do it thoughtfully — it takes serious consideration,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. “And we labor with an enormous uncertainty with income tax collections, we not sure of our tax valuations, but we’re reasonably sure of what the state’s cuts are.” Lakewood city officials began adjusting its books last year when Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget, which slashed the city’s local government fund to the tune …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Good weather has the resurfacing project rolling right along.
Lots of sunshine and rain-free days have put the project to resurface a dozen Lakewood streets ahead of schedule. Instead of a mid-July finish, the crews could be finished by mid-June. “The weather has been our friend, and I think the contractors are raring to go,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. Earlier this year, Shelly Company was contracted to pour the asphalt for $1.1 million. Officials have said the project is moving right along. “They’re moving fast,” said Colleen Gillespie, administrative assistant for the public works department, adding that the department has been getting its share of compliments from residents. Here’s the breakdown of the city streets getting some fresh pavement this summer. Also in road construction news…