From The Mayor's Desk
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RELEASED: 11/10/2008
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Dear Neighbors,
 
I hope you all had an enjoyable summer, that you had time to spend with family and friends, and to take advantage of the many amenities offered here in your hometown, Lyndhurst.
 
As the leaves change color and begin to fall and we find that cold nip in the air, it reminds us of the winter to come. With the thought of the snow flying and the cold coming, I would like you to know that we are working hard here in the City to prepare for what's to come (that dreaded four letter word, "SNOW").
 
As I am sure, you have read in the papers there has been a shortage of road salt this year in Northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Service Directors formed a salt consortium many years ago and through this group, we have been able to bid out our road salt needs in bulk with other cities.
 
This year for the first time, the consortium received NO BIDS. This is an unprecedented situation. The City of Lyndhurst was forced to go out and find road salt, we were fortunate in obtaining 3000 tons at a price that was considerably higher than what we paid last year. In an average year, the city can go through 5 to 6 thousand tons of salt. So you can see that this presents a problem for us. In addressing this, the City of Lyndhurst, along with the Cuyahoga County Service Directors, is looking into a 2008 Salt Reduction Plan. Rest assured your streets will be plowed and scraped of snow. We need to be prudent with our salt supply, so we will concentrate on all intersections, curves, hills, school zones and main roads.
 
We have begun the process of budgeting for 2009. As in the past, we remain committed to being good stewards of your tax monies. The downturn in the economy has also affected us here in the City Of Lyndhurst; just as I am sure it has affected your households. We are faced with shrinking revenues in both property tax and income tax while at the same time experiencing increases in expenses, gasoline, road salt, utilities, healthcare, supplies, etc. We have done many things to help reduce expenses, to name a few, we have instituted an early retirement program, that a few of our service department employees have taken advantage of. This has allowed us to revamp the recycling program. You all should have received the new recycling carts and may have seen the "one arm truck" that can pick up these carts at the curb utilizing one employee instead of three. This program alone will pay for itself in 3 years and save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. I look forward to automating our garbage pick-up in the same manner soon. We also have begun looking at alternative fuel sources for our vehicles, by replacing or converting some of our rolling stock to hybrid and natural gas, we can save a great deal of money and be kind to the environment. We are also scrutinizing every expenditure that comes through, to make sure we get the best bang for our buck.
 
When I took office 5 years ago, I promised to serve the citizens of Lyndhurst, with Honesty, Integrity and Strength, these core values still are my priority. Although we are in a very anxious time in our City, State and Country, we all here at the City are working to maintain our neighborhoods.
 
Please feel free to contact myself or any member of Council with questions, concerns or ideas. I wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season and a Grand New Year.
 
Respectfully,
 
Joseph M. Cicero Jr., Mayor

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