is drawing near for my 6th annual 5k Run and 2k Fun
Walk at Byers Field on Saturday, June 13. I always
look forward to race day because it's a fun, community
event and especially because it's a great charity that
should make all runners and walkers proud of their efforts.
In other words, we are all winners regardless of what
the clock says at the finish line.
it states in the accompanying news
release on my web
site, Parma's own Brian and Joe, two of Cleveland's
best known radio personalities, will be our official
starters. And once again, the race will benefit Seasons
of Life Hospice located at 9511 West Pleasant Valley
Road. Seasons of Life is a service of Parma Community
am truly proud of the fact that over the past five years,
nearly $30,000 has been collected in donations from
Dean DePiero's charity race. In particular, the hospice
is close to my heart. My family has benefited from their
giving spirit and generosity that is quite evident at
this wonderful facility.
5K run and 2K Fun Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. You can register
or by simply clicking on the running shoes that you
see on the home page of my website.
would also like to take this opportunity to thank
all of our residents for your continued support of the
fire department. Issue 8, the Parma Fire Renewal
Levy, passed at the polls on Election Day. To me, that
is an indication that you understand the great work
firefighters and emergency service workers do daily
here in the city.
approved the five-year 1.5-mill property tax renewal
with 64 percent of the vote. I give all the credit in
the world to those volunteers who worked so hard to
help pass the renewal. I salute the Parma Fire Department
administrators and members for their progressive and
forward thinking that has resulted in increased response
times and lead to the development of programs recognized
the City of Parma has announced a furlough plan for
non-union employees to trim the budget and allow
my administration to stabilize the budget during this
volatile economic recession that is challenging residents,
schools, cities and corporations across the country.
We are negotiating with the unions to adopt a similar
am optimistic we can weather this economic storm,
but it will take the equitable cuts that my administration
is planning to get us back on track. I have no choice
but to make tough decisions in these tough times. I
appreciate your understanding and support.
Mayor of Parma