It’s no secret that I’m a proud mom and lawyer. I’ve used my experiences as a lawyer and as a mom to bring a different perspective to council. You can be certain that when I’m reading a proposed ordinance, I’m considering the legal consequences of the proposal. And I hope you know by now that I take my role as an advocate for all residents quite seriously. In fact, growing up in a working-class family, I understand what it’s like to struggle when times are tough, so I’ve been steadfast in not raising taxes as a councilmember.
But as I was reflecting on this year’s council race, I realized that in addition to my compassion as a mom and problem-solving skills as an attorney, I am the only candidate for Council At-Large who has 20 years of experience in the private sector.
As a partner in a mid-sized law firm, I have responsibility for the success the business. I help to navigate all the issues that arise in a private company, such as marketing efforts, controlling costs, attracting new clients, etc. And my business experience is not limited to being a law-firm partner. As a business litigator, I work with a variety of businesses to represent them in contractual and business disputes and provide legal and practical advice.
Working in the private sector, I’ve learned about achieving efficiencies that can help cut through some government red tape. I also understand what it takes for a business to be successful, and I can use that knowledge to help improve Strongsville’s economic development.
As a councilmember, I am uniquely positioned to leverage my experiences as a businessperson, lawyer, and mom. I consider the needs of residents and balance those needs with my understanding of the law and business to ensure that Strongsville is economically healthy, and also attractive and responsive to residents. It’s that kind of experience that allows me to help our administration maintain Strongsville’s AAA bond rating in spite of the financial crisis of 2020, while still focusing on adding new amenities like Silver Sneakers and ADA-compliant playgrounds.
I have the right mix of experience to navigate Strongsville through whatever the future holds. I hope you’ll agree and vote for me on November 2 (or earlier, if you’ve requested an absentee ballot).
A: SilverSneakers is a health and fitness program designed for Seniors that’s included with many Medicare Plans. If you currently have a Medicare Plan and you want to see if it includes SilverSneakers, you can check your SilverSneakers eligibility instantly here.
Q: What is included in Silver Sneakers?
A: I understand that there are online offerings, but you can also go to participating gyms at no additional cost to you, simply by entering your membership number. We’re so excited in Strongsville that the Rec Center is now a participating gym!
Q: Will exercise classes be included in the Silver Sneakers at the Strongsville Rec?
A: At this time, no. But Silver Sneakers members will be able to sign up for the exercise classes that are offered at the Rec at the discounted membership rate.
Q: When will the Strongsville Rec begin accepting Silver Sneakers?
A: On October 26!
Q: Does it cost seniors anything to use Silver Sneakers?
A: If you already have a Medicare plan that includes Silver Sneakers, then no! You can come to the Strongsville Rec and Senior center at no additional cost! Your Medicare plan will pay the Rec center $2.50 per visit, so it’s a benefit for YOU and Strongsville.
If you have more questions, the Strongsville Rec center can help answer. But of course, I can help with any questions you might have, too!
Strongsville Seniors have been waiting for Silver Sneakers a long time, but it’s finally OFFICIAL!
Silver Sneakers will be accepted at the Strongsville Rec center starting on October 26.
Since I joined council in 2018, I have been working with my fellow councilmembers to have our Rec Center join the Silver Sneakers program. I remember having conversations with Seniors in 2019 and promising them that this would be a top priority, so I’m really proud to share that we did it!
I have a strong record of doing what I say I’m going to do.
In 2017, I said we needed an ADA-Compliant playground. And in 2018, we installed Surrarrer Park’s new playground.
In 2018, I said we needed more community activities. In 2019, we held our first free outdoor movie night.
In 2019, I promised Seniors that we would make Silver Sneakers a priority. As of Oct. 26, 2021, we have Silver Sneakers.
I’ve also been working to bring a splash pad and other amenities, like a dog park, to Strongsville, and I know that with the first phase of the Town Center plan, we’re well on our way to getting those amenities too!
I hope you’ll vote for me on November 2 to allow me to continue my work and to represent all of Strongsville!
Residents often ask, “Why are you running for Strongsville Council? You have so much on your plate.”
It’s true that I have a lot of responsibilities as a lawyer and as a mom, but, in my childhood, I learned the Girl Scout law to leave a place better than I found it. So the short answer is that I am running to make Strongsville better by serving residents.
Residents deserve a councilmember who:
advocates for adding amenities, like Silver Sneakers, pickleball, and playgrounds.
helps to get their street paved and plowed.
thinks outside of the box, questions the status quo, and builds consensus on council.
is fiscally responsible and who won’t raise taxes.
Since 2018, I’ve accomplished all of these things to help make Strongsville better. I hope you’ll vote for me on November 2 to allow me to continue my service.
When those thunderstorms roll through, you cross your fingers and hope that you don’t lose power. But if the power does go out, you want to get it back on as soon as possible. To ensure that happens, it’s important to report the problem to the electric company so they can send someone out to fix it. You can call to report an outage at 888-LIGHTSS, enter it on their website, or submit the outage via text!
To submit an outage report via text, you need to register first. Just text REG to 544487. You’ll need your First Energy account number to complete the registration. Once you’re registered just text “OUT” to report your problem. Simple!
As a councilwoman, I’ve heard from so many residents that they wish that the Strongsville Rec Center accepted Silver Sneakers. Seniors have told me they have been going elsewhere to exercise. Other residents mentioned that their mom or dad would love to go to the Rec to exercise and swim.
So I got to work. The pandemic created an opportunity to bring a desirable program to Strongsville–at no additional cost to residents. And not just that; the Silver Sneakers program will pay $2.50 per Rec Center visit. This is a WIN-WIN.
The Rec Center is expected to announce that they can begin accepting Silver Sneakers in October 2021. So stay tuned!!
Over the past 20 months, it has been my pleasure to serve Ward 3 residents. We have built Surrarrer Park for children with all abilities. We have had 2 Council-sponsored Hayrides. We held a free Outdoor Movie and Family Fun Night. I have held three Ward 3 resident meetings. I’ve gotten to know and help residents with their day-to-day lives. I’ve done my best to keep you informed about happenings in Strongsville.
Now, it’s your turn to speak up. If you’d like me to continue serving you and Strongsville, I ask that you vote to #KeepKellyinWard3 on Nov. 5. And please, spread the word by telling your friends and neighbors.
If you haven’t had a chance, make sure you check out the Strongsville Post this week and don’t miss Street Talk on page 7!
This week’s question was: “What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?” Sawyer and Jason both answered. Sawyer’s answer is exactly what you’d expect: Godzilla! I’m sharing pictures from last year’s epic Godzilla costume. (Beckett was pretty adorable as Daniel Tiger too!)
Jason’s is pretty funny too–but, alas, no pictures of that crazy costume.
I know Ward 3 residents and other Strongsville residents continue to be frustrated with the 42/82 construction traffic. To respond to your questions, I reached out to both the Engineering Department and the Police Department to ask about the whether the lights at Royalton/Pearl and Westwood/Pearl can be better synced, whether officers are running the lights manually, and gridlocking. Here’s what I learned:
1. From Engineering: “[T]he lights are not properly ‘synced.’ Right now the intersection at 42/82 is running independently from the closed loop system of the surrounding signals. They cannot be truly ‘synced’ until the vehicle detectors are restored and operating, which will occur towards the end of the construction.”
2. Also from Engineering: “In addition, the sequencing of the 42/82 signal has been changed to protect left turns east and west from 42 to 82. This causes additional inefficiencies and delays, but it is for safety.”
3. From the Police: “[W]e have had and currently have officers posted daily, m-f, 3p to 7p, to operate the traffic signals at Pearl & Royalton and Westwood & Pearl.”
4. Also from the Police: “Additionally, officers have been monitoring the traffic flow during the off times and have operated the light manually.”
5. On gridlocking: “Enforcement options for blocking the intersection are not feasible at this time. Making a traffic stop in or near this area would make the current problem worse. We will continue our efforts in reminding the motoring public ‘not to block’ the intersections through our social media platforms.”
Until this project wraps up, I’ll be budgeting more time to get through that part of town. Thank you for your understanding and patience.