Lakewood, Ohio State of the City- 2015

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Good
 evening
 I
 am
 delighted
 that
 you
 have
 taken
 advantage
 of
 the
 warmer
 weather
 to
 
adventure
 out
 to
 share
 thoughts
 on
 our
 community’s
 future
 

 
Special
 thanks
 to
 our
 hosts:
 The
 beau>ful
 and
 historic
 Masonic
 Temple
 in
 which
 we
 are
 
mee>ng
 tonight
 has
 served
 our
 Lakewood
 community
 since
 its
 grand
 opening
 in
 the
 fall
 
of
 2016.
 
 Ground
 was
 broken
 in
 April
 1915,
 and
 the
 cornerstone
 was
 laid
 in
 June
 1915.
 
 
The
 Lakewood
 Masonic
 Family
 of
 organiza>ons
 invites
 the
 community
 to
 be
 present
 on
 
Saturday
 morning,
 May
 30,
 for
 the
 laying
 of
 a
 centennial
 cornerstone
 by
 the
 Grand
 
Master
 of
 the
 Grand
 Lodge
 of
 Free
 &
 Accepted
 Masons
 of
 Ohio,
 assisted
 by
 the
 Grand
 
Lodge
 Officers
 and
 local
 Freemasons.
 
 Please
 watch
 our
 local
 media
 for
 details.
 

 
 

 

 
This
 is
 my
 5th
 state
 of
 the
 city
 speech.
 This
 is
 the
 first
 one,
 however,
 
 that
 I
 feel
 we
 are
 
back
 playing
 offense.
 The
 past
 several
 years
 have
 presented
 daun>ng
 challenges
 
imposed
 by
 external
 forces.
 
 

 
This
 year
 I
 am
 pleased
 to
 adopt
 theme
 of
 
 a
 “city
 by
 design
 Lakewood’s
 
 a
 plan
 for
 our
 
2nd
 century”.
 

 
We
 are
 in
 the
 strongest
 posi>on
 to
 influence
 our
 des>ny
 more
 than
 any
 >me
 in
 the
 last
 
 

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I
 am
 delighted
 that
 you
 have
 taken
 advantage
 of
 the
 warmer
 weather
 to
 venture
 out
 to
 
share
 thoughts
 on
 our
 community’s
 future
 

 
Our
 agenda
 tonight:
 
Focusing
 on
 Sound
 Governance
 
Mee>ng
 External
 Challenges,
 Head-­‐On
 
Transforma>ve
 Investments
 
Looking
 Toward
 the
 Future
 

2
 

To
 become
 fiscally
 sound
 and
 sustainable
 by
 con2nuously
 improving:
 
•  By
 living
 within
 our
 means
 
•  By
 living
 within
 the
 means
 of
 our
 ci>zens
 
•  By
 being
 effec>ve
 investors
 of
 hard
 earned
 tax
 dollars
 on
 things
 that
 ma^er.
 
•  In
 fact
 we
 have
 targeted
 Over
 30
 processes
 that
 will
 improve
 our
 
governance,
 lower
 cost,
 gain
 speed,
 improve
 service
 

 

3
 

•  I
 am
 very
 pleased
 to
 report
 that
 our
 city
 government
 is
 in
 the
 strongest
 shape
 in
 
decades.
 
 You
 have
 in
 your
 seat
 a
 graph
 that
 shows
 signficant
 improvement
 towardd
 
•  A
 basic
 bench
 mark
 which
 is
 is
 a
 financial
 reserve
 of
 60
 days
 of
 daily
 general
 fund
 
expenditures.
 Today,
 
 as
 you
 can
 see
 we
 have
 well
 over
 double
 that
 amount.
 
 
•  Our
 Directors,
 chiefs,
 and
 employees
 are
 >ght
 with
 a
 buck,
 while
 delivering
 strong
 
services.
 
 
•  This
 financial
 strength
 allows
 us
 to
 weather
 
 headwinds,
 and
 posi>on
 ourselves
 to
 be
 
in
 much
 greater
 control
 of
 our
 own
 des>ny.
 
 

4
 

The
 last
 four
 years
 have
 been
 challenging
 
Financial
 challenges,
 
 
legal
 challenges,
 
regulatory
 challenges
 from
 the
 Federal
 and
 State
 EPA,
 
 
healthcare
 market
 place
 that
 threatens
 our100
 year
 old
 community
 hospital
 

5
 

• 
 
 be
 brief!!!!!!
 
•  Very
 pleased
 to
 report
 that
 were
 reached
 an
 agreement
 with
 the
 Ohio
 EPA
 on
 a
 new
 
5
 year
 waster
 water
 treatment
 permit
 addressing
 the
 requirements
 of
 the
 Clean
 
Water
 Act
 of
 1972.
 
•  Three
 years
 ago
 we
 were
 facing
 a
 federal
 law
 suite.
 Instead,
 we
 nego>ated
 
investments
 that
 we
 and
 the
 two
 EPA’s
 
 agree
 are
 appropriate,
 affordable,
 and
 make
 
sense
 for
 lakewood
 

6
 

We
 have
 recovered
 from
 the
 3
 million
 in
 lost
 revenues
 imposed
 by
 our
 state
 
government’s
 2011
 budget.
 
We
 accomplished
 this
 by
 reducing
 our
 costs
 
 and
 increasing
 revenues
 both
 from
 a
 
recovering
 economy
 and
 our
 economic
 development
 investments,
 including
 our
 
housing
 ini>a>ves.
 .
 

7
 

•  Old
 healthcare
 model
 is
 no
 longer
 an
 op2on.
 
 
•  Tom
 Zenty,
 CEO
 of
 University
 Hospitals
 ,
 at
 a
 recent
 panel
 discussion
 at
 CSU,
 said
 
the
 25%
 of
 the
 na2ons
 community
 hospitals
 will
 not
 survive.
 He
 said
 communi2es
 
that
 fail
 to
 address
 these
 challenges
 will
 be
 in
 for
 a
 great
 shock.
 
 
• 
 However
 you
 may
 feel
 about
 this
 subject
 today,
 it
 is
 important
 that
 we
 
 meet
 
these
 changes
 “head
 on”.
 Unlike
 many
 governments
 we
 know-­‐
 we
 are
 not
 failing
 
to
 confront
 our
 challenges
 and
 opportuni2es.
 
•  I
 will
 circle
 back
 to
 this
 subject
 at
 the
 end
 of
 tonight’s
 remarks,
 
 

 

8
 

Having
 met
 the
 aforemen>oned
 challenges
 head
 on,
 
 

 

 Our
 new
 found
 strength
 provides
 the
 opportunity
 to
 consider
 and
 propose
 several
 
transforma>ve
 investments
 that
 will
 con>nue
 to
 create
 unparalleled
 vibrancy.
 
Lets
 take
 a
 look
 at
 several
 of
 them:
 

9
 

Our
 Board
 of
 Educa>on
 ,
 with
 the
 support
 of
 this
 community
 is
 embarked
 upon
 the
 
most
 ambi>ous
 re
 tooling
 of
 its
 educa>onal
 plagorm
 sine
 the
 late
 1920’s
 
 
$100
 million
 of
 new
 construc>on
 between
 now
 and
 Fall
 2017
 
This
 ac>vity
 will
 create
 a
 significant
 amount
 of
 disrup>on.
 
 
We
 will
 all
 have
 to
 put
 up
 with
 some
 inconvenience-­‐
 but
 it
 will
 be
 worth
 it.
 

10
 

•  Lakewood
 has
 3
 miles
 of
 coastline,
 but
 less
 than
 3,000
 feet
 of
 publicly
 accessible
 
waterfront
 at
 Lakewood
 Park
 
•  Summer
 sols>ce
 construc>on
 begins
 in
 a
 few
 weeks.
 While
 we
 will
 not
 be
 ready
 for
 
this
 year’s
 June
 21st
 sols>ce-­‐
 
 we
 will
 be
 on
 our
 way
 for
 next
 year!
 This
 job
 is
 
expected
 to
 be
 finished
 before
 Labor
 day.
 
•  While
 our
 lakefront
 is
 limited,
 it
 is
 unique
 to
 our
 region.
 this
 project
 will
 make
 our
 
park
 even
 more
 of
 a
 gem
 than
 it
 is
 today
 

 

11
 

•  Lakewood
 has
 3
 miles
 of
 coastline,
 but
 less
 than
 3,000
 feet
 of
 publicly
 accessible
 
waterfront
 at
 Lakewood
 Park
 
•  Summer
 sols>ce
 construc>on
 begins
 in
 a
 few
 weeks.
 While
 we
 will
 not
 be
 ready
 for
 
this
 year’s
 June
 21st
 sols>ce-­‐
 
 we
 will
 be
 on
 our
 way
 for
 next
 year!
 This
 job
 is
 
expected
 to
 be
 finished
 before
 Labor
 day.
 
•  While
 our
 lakefront
 is
 limited,
 it
 is
 unique
 to
 our
 region.
 We
 have
 a
 plan
 to
 make
 our
 
park
 even
 more
 of
 a
 gem
 than
 it
 is
 today
 

 

12
 

•  We
 are
 in
 the
 planning
 stages
 of
 a
 $400,000
 update
 of
 our
 biggest
 
playground.
 Times
 have
 changed,
 and
 playground
 preferences
 have
 as
 well.
 
 
Time
 to
 invest!
 

13
 

•  We
 are
 in
 year
 three
 of
 a
 ten
 year
 plan
 to
 address
 all
 180
 miles
 of
 our
 
sidewalks.
 
 
•  This
 includes
 iden>fying,
 and
 fixing
 every
 trip
 hazard.
 
 
•  Through
 a
 combina>on
 of
 leveling,
 grinding,
 and
 replacing
 these
 uneven
 
slabs
 we
 will
 drama>cally
 improve
 our
 much
 lauded
 and
 much
 loved
 
walkability
 

14
 

We
 have
 a
 once
 a
 century
 opportunity
 to
 redevelop
 almost
 3
 acres
 for
 
residen2al
 use
 
•  This
 picture
 shows
 the
 plan;
 with
 a
 mul>-­‐million-­‐dollar
 townhouse/single
 
floor
 living
 op>on
 
•  We
 have
 worked
 collabora>vely
 with
 the
 school
 board
 to
 offer
 these
 new
 
housing
 designs
 in
 Lakewood
 

15
 

We
 have
 a
 once
 a
 century
 opportunity
 to
 redevelop
 almost
 3
 acres
 for
 
residen2al
 use
 
•  This
 picture
 shows
 the
 plan;
 with
 a
 mul>-­‐million-­‐dollar
 townhouse/single
 
floor
 living
 op>on
 
•  We
 have
 worked
 collabora>vely
 with
 the
 school
 board
 to
 offer
 these
 new
 
housing
 designs
 in
 Lakewood
 

16
 

1.  Lakewood
 will
 be
 a
 very
 busy
 place
 this
 construc>on
 season
 
2.  The
 high
 lighted
 sec>ons
 and
 dots
 indicate
 where
 infrastructure
 will
 
be
 upgraded
 this
 year.
 
 
3.  Water
 main
 replacements
 on
 four
 streets
 
 
4.  Street
 resurfacing
 
5.  Combined
 sewer
 separa>on
 
 
6.  Pilot
 program
 in
 a
 
 
 100
 house
 neighborhood
 to
 prove
 or
 disprove
 
separa>ng
 storm
 water
 from
 sanitary
 as
 it
 leaves
 our
 homes
 is
 the
 
best
 long
 term
 strategy
 for
 mee>ng
 our
 clean
 water
 act
 obliga>ons
 

17
 

•  As
 the
 city’s
 aging
 trees
 begin
 to
 die
 —
 many
 of
 them
 planted
 around
 the
 same
 >me,
 
100
 years
 ago
 —
 many
 of
 the
 warm
 and
 invi>ng
 canopies
 have
 disappeared.
 
•  The
 city’s
 forestry
 department
 and
 Lakewood
 Tree
 Task
 Force
 have
 developed
 a
 
comprehensive
 strategy
 to
 improve
 the
 tree
 canopy
 and
 add
 diversity
 to
 the
 variety
 
of
 species
 around
 the
 city.
 
•  In
 just
 two
 years,
 the
 Tree
 Task
 Force
 has
 already
 helped
 plant
 dozens
 of
 trees
 at
 
Madison
 and
 Lakewood
 parks,
 presented
 19
 recommenda>ons
 to
 Lakewood
 City
 
Council
 suppor>ng
 tree
 legisla>on
 and
 worked
 with
 the
 city’s
 forestry
 department
 to
 
plant
 nearly
 600
 trees
 around
 Lakewood.
 
•  The
 city’s
 strategy
 also
 includes
 an
 effort
 to
 prepare
 the
 city
 for
 climate
 change,
 add
 
diversity
 to
 the
 urban
 forest,
 withstand
 pest
 infesta>ons
 and
 storms,
 and
 add
 in
 
trees
 with
 more
 fall
 colors.
 More
 trees
 also
 means
 less
 storm
 water
 runoff.
 
•  The
 current
 Lakewood
 tree
 canopy
 has
 been
 assessed
 by
 satellite
 at
 28.5
 percent.
 
•  It’s
 good
 for
 a
 high-­‐density,
 urban
 area…
 But
 we
 can
 do
 be^er.
 
•  The
 goal
 is
 to
 increase
 the
 tree
 canopy
 by
 10
 percent,
 to
 38.5
 percent
 by
 the
 year
 
2035.
 
•  Diversity
 is
 going
 to
 be
 the
 driver
 to
 achieving
 a
 more
 sustainable
 urban
 forest.
 
•  Each
 home
 owner
 in
 Lakewood
 can
 help
 by
 taking
 care
 of
 personal
 and
 
 tree
 lawn
 
trees
 
 as
 well
 as
 plan>ng
 addi>onal
 trees.
 

18
 

1.  We
 have
 terrific
 opportunity
 to
 capture
 energy
 from
 our
 waste
 
treatment
 facility
 and
 convert
 it
 into
 electricity.
 Not
 only
 is
 this
 a
 
smart
 financial
 move,
 it
 will
 be
 a
 significant
 investment
 in
 be^er
 
environmental
 stewardship.
 

19
 

1.  Another
 great
 opportunity
 

20
 

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$2.4
 million
 resurfacing
 the
 en>re
 street
 –
 no
 local
 funds
 
New
 traffic
 signaliza>on
 
Madison
 Park
 Skatehouse
 Improvements
 
Birdtown
 streetscape
 and
 housing
 projects,
 completed
 in
 2014
 
$250,000
 storefront
 improvement
 funds
 
Millions
 more
 in
 private
 investment
 

21
 

Northeast
 Ohio
 isn’t
 the
 sunniest
 place
 on
 Earth.
 But
 don’t
 tell
 Lakewood
 residents
 
Chris
 Bata
 (BAY-­‐tah)
 and
 his
 wife,
 Ka>e
 Romik
 (Ro-­‐mick).
 
The
 couple
 —transplants
 of
 Aus>n,
 TX
 
 
 
Looking
 to
 reduce
 their
 carbon
 footprint,
 in
 they
 invested
 in
 33
 solar
 panels,
 moun>ng
 
them
 to
 the
 top
 of
 their
 Virginia
 Avenue
 home
 and
 garage
 in
 2012.
 
Their
 electric
 bill
 has
 been
 slashed
 to
 around
 $6
 per
 month
 
Bata
 and
 Romick
 are
 examples
 of
 the
 forward-­‐thinking
 that
 this
 city
 embraces.
 

 
Their
 investment
 shows
 the
 way
 for
 each
 of
 our
 100
 year
 old
 houses
 to
 be
 a
 modern
 
“micro
 grid”
 
This
 provides
 lower
 cost
 of
 energy
 ,
 lessens
 our
 carbon
 footprint,
 and
 provides
 
resiliency
 from
 the
 changing
 threat
 of
 mother
 nature
 and
 climate
 change.
 
 

 
 

 

22
 

•  Our
 Goal:
 to
 be
 the
 safest
 city
 in
 the
 region
 
•  Big
 challenge;
 Very
 important
 challenge
 
•  New
 police
 cars
 have
 5
 cameras.
 
• 
 This
 year
 we
 will
 provide
 body
 cameras
 to
 improve
 officer
 safety
 ,
 
provide
 improved
 inves>ga>on,
 and
 increased
 performance
 
accountability.
 
 
•  We
 plan
 to
 expand
 video
 surveillance
 in
 more
 public
 spaces.
 Events
 
through
 out
 the
 na>on,
 par>cularly
 Boston
 bombings
 have
 shown
 the
 
wisdom
 of
 these
 investments.
 
 

 

23
 

•  We
 are
 in
 the
 final
 planning
 stages
 to
 run
 a
 public/private
 “Big
 Gig”
 fiber
 op>c
 
network
 throughout
 our
 main
 corridors.
 
 
•  This
 will
 provide
 greatly
 expanded
 capacity
 for
 our
 educa>onal
 ins>tu>ons,
 libraries,
 
and
 governments.
 
•  It
 will
 also
 serve
 as
 an
 incen>ve
 for
 companies
 to
 set
 up
 
 shop
 here,
 and
 stay
 here.
 
100
 gigabit/second
 speeds
 will
 be
 as
 fast
 as
 any
 where
 in
 the
 region.
 
•  For
 our
 government,
 This
 means
 be^er
 surveillance
 in
 our
 public
 spaces,
 free
 Wi-­‐Fi
 
in
 our
 parks,
 
 
•  For
 our
 schools-­‐
 it
 secures
 their
 future
 growth
 needs
 for
 educa>onal
 content
 
•  For
 our
 businesses,
 it
 allows
 them
 to
 compete
 at
 the
 speed
 of
 business
 in
 the
 21st
 
century.
 
 


 

24
 

Enhanced
 communica2ons
 strategy
 
•  Improved
 our
 use
 of
 social
 media:
 

•  Recently
 completed
 a
 website
 dedicated
 to
 the
 Community
 
Vision
 
•  A
 completely
 redesigned
 and
 reimagined
 onelakewood.com
 
website
 to
 be
 unveiled
 this
 spring,
 designed
 to
 think
 as
 our
 
customers
 think-­‐
 not
 around
 the
 organiza>on
 structure
 of
 city
 
hall.
 
 
•  Twi^er:
 4,181,
 nearly
 double
 what
 it
 was
 this
 >me
 last
 year.
 
•  Facebook:
 5,508
 “likes”
 …
 Up
 more
 than
 700
 from
 last
 year.
 
•  Dozens
 of
 YouTube
 videos
 during
 the
 past
 year-­‐
 much
 more
 to
 
come
 
•  Ready
 no>fy-­‐
 emergency
 no>fica>on
 system-­‐
 7000
 
 household-­‐
 
not
 nearly
 enough-­‐
 but
 more
 than
 any
 community
 in
 the
 
county
 

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1.  Our
 Housing
 Forward
 ini2a2ve
 began
 in
 2011
 
•  We
 made
 great
 strides
 with
 our
 1
 &
 2
 family
 houses
 
•  This
 year,
 we
 will
 Begin
 to
 focus
 Mul>-­‐family
 housing
 (
 4
 +
 units)
 
•  We
 will
 Con>nue
 to
 Connect
 our
 residents
 to
 resources
 to
 help
 
improve
 their
 house-­‐
 and
 thus
 our
 neighborhoods
 
2.
 
 But
 we
 are
 overdue
 in
 celebra2ng
 our
 century
 homes-­‐
 
 
•  We
 will
 launch
 a
 Century
 Home
 cer>fica>on,
 with
 a
 plaque,
 to
 be
 
placed
 on
 the
 front
 of
 every
 century
 home.
 
•  By
 2020-­‐
 50%
 of
 Our
 homes
 will
 proudly
 bear
 this
 plaque
 

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1.  There
 are
 tremendous
 changes
 occurring
 in
 healthcare
 today
 and
 
even
 more
 so
 in
 the
 future
 
2.  Every
 day
 we
 read
 and
 hear
 about
 
 the
 drama>c
 shix
 from
 ac>vity
 
based
 care
 and
 costs
 to
 outcome
 based
 care
 and
 costs
 
3.  Technology
 is
 rapidly
 changing
 the
 landscape
 of
 not
 only
 how
 care
 is
 
delivered,
 but
 also
 where
 it
 will
 be
 delivered
 
4.  The
 trustees
 are
 being
 proac>ve
 —
 not
 reac>ve
 —
 They
 have
 
proposed
 a
 plan
 that
 recognizes
 these
 forces.
 
 
5.  Their
 plan
 has
 the
 goal
 of
 addressing
 preven>on,
 early
 detec>on,
 is
 
more
 affordable,
 and
 more
 accessible.
 
6.  The
 proposed
 plan
 will
 increase
 primary
 care
 resources
 in
 our
 
community
 
7.  It
 has
 the
 extraordinary
 opportunity
 to
 benefit
 from
 a
 community
 
led,
 community
 focused
 wellness
 founda>on
 with
 $32
 million
 dollars
 
as
 a
 star>ng
 point.
 There
 are
 only
 a
 handful
 of
 such
 community
 
founda>ons
 in
 the
 en>re
 country
 and
 we
 will
 be
 one
 of
 them!
 
8.  I
 am
 confident
 that
 Lakewood
 ci>zens
 will
 be
 well
 served
 by
 a
 
modern,
 sustainable
 healthcare
 system
 that
 will
 serve
 our
 needs
 
now
 and
 decades
 from
 now
 
9.  Our
 next
 community
 discussion
 
 will
 be
 held
 Tuesday
 march
 10th
 
7PM.
 Cleveland
 clinc
 will
 present
 their
 views
 of
 healthcare
 delivery
 
and
 how
 their
 proposed
 Family
 Health
 Center
 will
 be^er
 serve
 our
 
 

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•  A
 very
 big
 part
 of
 improved
 health
 and
 lower
 health
 care
 costs
 is
 increased
 
ac>ve
 and
 healthy
 living
 
•  We
 plan
 to
 make
 significant
 park
 enhancements
 and
 investments
 to
 
add
 opportuni>es
 to
 keep
 moving
 
•  We
 need
 to
 think
 long
 term
 
 to
 explore
 how
 ac>ve
 and
 healthy
 living
 
should
 be
 incorporated
 into
 our
 plans
 and
 lifestyles
 
•  Several
 hardworking
 and
 inspired
 ci>zens
 are
 serving
 on
 a
 task
 
force
 to
 help
 us
 shape
 the
 opportuni>es
 and
 investments
 that
 
will
 advance
 healthier
 exercise
 choices
 for
 our
 ci>zens.
 
 
•  A
 great
 opportunity
 is
 to
 improve
 our
 heralded
 Walkability-­‐
 
 
• 
 we
 need
 to
 be
 able
 to
 walk
 365
 days
 of
 the
 year
 -­‐snow
 or
 no
 snow
 

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This
 is
 a
 great
 >me
 to
 be
 
 lakewoodite.
 

 
Sure
 we
 have
 challenges-­‐
 but
 we
 are
 mee>ng
 them
 head
 on”
 

 
We
 have
 great
 strengths
 

 
We
 will
 con>nue
 to
 become
 a
 city
 by
 design
 which
 will
 make
 us
 a
 city
 of
 choice.
 
 

 
I
 thank
 you
 for
 listening
 tonight.
 As
 is
 our
 custom,
 I
 would
 be
 delighted
 to
 entertain
 any
 
ques>ons.
 
 

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