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Dean DePiero MARCH 2007 Newsletter


Thank you for your interest in receiving my newsletters, and for your interest in www.deandepiero.com. I apologize that it has been quite some time since my last newsletter, but I hope you find this edition informative and useful.

On February 21st, I issued my annual State of the City address at Parmatown Mall. In the speech I emphasized that Parma is making "Progress through Partnerships". I am proud of the partnerships strengthened during my administration - with Parma Hospital, the Parma City School District, Tri-C West, the county library system - to name a few. You can click here to read the entire speech.

Additionally, I am proud of the advancements the City is making. Forty-one new homes were built in Parma last year. Two new fire stations are nearing completion, and work continues on the Metroparks project.

I am also proud of the work of Parma's Police Chief and Safety Director. As you have noticed, Police Chief Dan Hoffman, his command staff, and Safety Director Greg Baeppler have worked diligently to correct management issues of the past. Today, I am confident that Parma's police force is among the finest in the area.

It is time to move the City forward, which is why I have requested Parma City Council place a modest police levy on the ballot for the May Election. Their unanimous support emphasizes not only their confidence in our police force, but also Parma's need to pass the levy to remain financially stable and safe.

The City's general fund has been supporting the police department's budget since 2005. Due to the layoffs at General Motors, the closing of the TOPS stores, as well as other businesses in Parma shuttering their doors, the City can no longer afford to supplement the police budget and maintain the programs that we currently provide.

I encourage you to visit my site frequently between now and the Primary Election on May 8th. Regular updates will be made regarding the police levy under the "Public Policy Issues" tab. If you have questions, I also encourage you to contact me.

In addition, if you would like to volunteer to support the police levy, feel free to visit my "Volunteer" page. There you can submit contact information so I can contact you directly about volunteer opportunities, or you will find opportunities listed on the site as well.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to my continued service to the City of Parma.

Dean DePiero
Mayor of Parma

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