Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst sings the city’s praises at a chamber meeting

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — A packed house at the Westwood Country Club came out to hear Mayor Pam Bobst’s annual State of the City Address on April 28. The occasion was a meeting of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce.

Bobst had a lot to brag about, but singing without realism just isn’t his style.

She began by outlining her administration’s priorities, including maintaining a high level of municipal services, maintaining a strong and diverse local economy with a strong bond rating, and advancing the city‘s master plan.

She touted talented recreation director Bob Holub, then moved on to city revenue streams. Sources of income include:

Income tax – 45%

Property taxes — 24%

Grants/Loans — 5%

· Sewer charges — 11%

Leisure center — 4 percent

Local government funds — 1%

Center for the elderly — 0.5 percent

All others – 9.5%

To balance it all, there were the main expenses of the city:

Public Safety — 42.7%

After-sales service — 28.6%

Parks and recreation — 13%

Administrative — 12.2%

Senior Services — 3.3%

Public administration — 0.3%

Bobst noted that the city has a lot of skill in finding and successfully applying grants for programs, equipment and training, and infrastructure projects.

She is also a proponent of working with other communities, other levels of government, institutions, civic organizations and local businesses.

She talked about the importance for the local government to make investments in the city. For example, she noted that Rocky River continually seeks and makes investments in residential, commercial, institutional and public entities.

A number of projects currently underway represent all of the above.

Stewardship is another important area for the mayor. This includes environmental stewardship. For example, the upcoming Healthy Tree Canopy Grant program, with between 100 and 200 trees to be planted around the city.

Recycling errors can significantly increase costs if guidelines are not followed. Bobst reminded everyone that recyclable items only include cans, cartons, glass, paper, plastic boxes and bottles, jugs and jars. Plastic bins are a newer category that includes items such as yogurt pots.

Bobst went on to tout some recent major improvements, such as road repairs and the construction of the new police station, among others. She then reviewed some upcoming projects. A very big one will be the replacement for the very tall (and historic and ruined) Hilliard Road Bridge.

The Bradstreet’s Landing project is moving forward once again and the town is set to become part of Cuyahoga County’s Lakefront Public Access Plan.

Advancing the city’s master plan is where this mayor always lands. She does not deviate from the needs and desires of the residents.

To provide feedback, residents can contact the mayor’s office at 440-331-0600 or email him at [email protected]

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