I would like to begin by extending my gratitude and appreciation to our community for entrusting me to serve as your Mayor. I look forward to working side by side with City Council, the City’s dedicated staff, members of our many volunteer boards and commissions, local Business Family, and of course, our residents so that we can continue to excel into the future. As we look into the future, some of our top priorities include, but are certainly not limited to: citywide infrastructure improvement projects, including the repaving of Brecksville Road (SR 21) from Miller Road to our southern border; the renovation of Kids Quarters; Community Center and Human Services Center improvements; the former Central School site; and the continued collaboration that has taken place to advance the Sherwin-Williams Global Research & Development Center and Valor Acres.
State of the City Address
The State of the City Address will be held on Thursday, April 18 at the Brecksville Human Services Gathering Room. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the annual presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Brecksville Business of the Year awards taking place at the start of the program at 7:00 pm. I want to thank the Brecksville Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event, and hope to see you there. The City will also be hosting a “Conversation with the Mayor” on April 17 at 2:00 pm in the Human Services Gathering Room for those who are unable to attend the State of the City Address the following day. I look forward to providing our residents with updates on current events and projects, as well as an overview of the City Administration’s goals. At the end of this program, a short “question and answer” session will be held for those in attendance.
The Eclipse
On Monday, April 8, we, along with many other Ohioans, will witness a total solar eclipse at 3:08 pm. This will be a very exciting celestial event and therefore, we are hosting a Solar Eclipse Event for our residents, families, and friends to come together and witness this rare and spectacular phenomenon together. From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm you are invited to join us at the Blossom Hill Pavilion where we will have games, activities, and food trucks and will be providing ISO 12312-2 standard viewing glasses.
Earth Day
The City’s 2nd Annual Earth Day Event is back and will be held on April 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Horticulture building, located at 6914 Stadium Drive. You will have the opportunity to visit with local vendors and City employees to learn and explore how recycling is conducted in our community. There will also be opportunities to donate clothes, books, and other items for upcycling. Please make sure to watch our City website for further information regarding this event and others. In fact, on Monday, April 15 at 11 am at the Human Services Center, Carin Miller of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will present a talk titled, “Recycle Right.” Carin will let you now what recycling items you should put out to be collected by our service department and what isn’t recyclable.

Tax Credit
At the end of January, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a $10 million tax credit for Valor Acres through the Transformational Mixed-Use Development (TMUD) Program. The TMUD program provides tax credits against development costs incurred during the construction of a project that will be a catalyst for future development in the surrounding area. Congratulations to DiGeronimo Companies on their successful application for this highly competitive statewide tax credit. The City of Brecksville looks forward to its continued collaboration with DiGeronimo Companies to bring this transformative project to fruition. For additional information about the TMUD program, please go to: www.development.ohio.gov
It’s Good Business
As you will read in greater detail in the Brecksville Means Business segment, we had the pleasure of touring anyseals, Inc., a wholesale distributor of o-rings and one of our thriving South End businesses. Thank you to the anyseals team for showing us your recently-implemented and very impressive distribution technology. In January, we had the pleasure of providing a tour of our community to Ohio State Senator Jerry Cirino and discussing the many ways in which our offices can work together for the betterment of the Brecksville community. During this tour we visited the Fire Department, Police Department, city project locations, the Community Center, and the Human Services Center. We thank Senator Cirino and his staff for taking the time to learn more about Brecksville and look forward to our continued partnership.
It is time to register for our summer recreation programs. Please do not hesitate because some activities and clubs fill quickly. Contact the Community Center Recreation Department for further information.
As a reminder, and in concluding, City Hall will be closed on Good Friday, March 29. Senior rubbish routes will be collected Monday April 1 along with regular rubbish and recycling routes. On behalf of the City Administration, and the Kingston family, we wish you all a happy and healthy Easter season.
Mayor Daryl J. Kingston