Gerard Neugebauer began his four-year term as the sixth mayor of Green on January 1, 2016. Most recently he served as an at-Large council member from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015. Prior to his service on council, he served as a member on a number of City boards and commissions. A graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, he previously worked as an Engineering Projects Manager for Environmental Design Group in Akron.
A native of Akron, Gerard and his wife Maria have resided in Green since 1987. They have three grown children -- Patrick, Stephen and Rachel -- and one granddaughter.
Programs & Initatives Spearheaded by Mayor Neugebauer:
- Green Drug Task Force
- Project Tangerine, the City's Volunteer Program
- Green Community Leadership Initative
- Sister City, Beius, Romania
- Citizens Group for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Highlights of 2018:
Watch Mayor Neugebauer's 2018 State of the City Address.
- Revenues were $46.7 million. Income tax revenues were up 5% or $1.2 million more than 2017. Other revenue (bed taxes, property taxes, federal and state grants, etc.) was up significantly due to the $7.5 million Nexus settlement agreement and $2.6 million settlement from the developer of the Springhill property.
- Reduced debt by $6.5 million in 2018.
- Completed the Pickle Road/SR619 roundabout.
- Welcomed 33 new businesses including Aldi's, Chase Bank, The Ramp Restaurant, Liberty Green Quilt Shop, Belladonna Florist, Dental Support Services and more.
- Purchased Raintree Golf and Event Center for $3.3 million without taking on new debt.
- Acquired 20 acres of park land adjacent to Boettler and Southgate Parks.
- Received a donation of 4.7 acres in the southwest corner of the City along with $88,000 from the Rayl family to create a future city park. This land will be joined with 9.4 acres of city-owned adjacent land previously donated to the City by the developer of the Deer Valley Allotment.
- Created four Pickleball Courts, the first dedicated Pickleball Courts in Summit County, at Boettler Park.
- Began construction of the Dog Park at Ariss Park to open in April 2019.
- Saw drug overdoses decrease in 2018 by 33% from 60 in 2017 to 40 in 2018 (based on number of times Narcan was used by Green Fire in response to an EMS call).
- Our Green Outreach (GO) Team visited 71 residents following an EMS call, related where drugs or alcohol was involved, to offer drug and alcohol recovery assistance.
- Launched our inaugural class of Green Community Leadership Initiative with 16 class members.
- Hosted our first Arbor Day Celebration in April 2018.
- Launched our first year of Adopt-A-Spot, a volunteer program for organizations or families to plant flowers and maintain flower beds in our parks and public spaces. More than 33 groups participated throughout our City.
- Began design on Fire Station #3 to be constructed at the corner of Mayfair and Raber Roads.
Highlights of 2017:
Watch Mayor Neugebauer's 2017 State of the City Address.
- Revenues were up 5.6% in 2017.
- Dedicated the Green First Responders Monument on September 11, 2017 with more than 300 people in attendance. The final phase of the Green Veterans Park was paid in part by donations of more than $90,000.
- Completed design of two new roundabouts to be constructed in 2018 -- Pickle Road and SR619 and Corporate Woods Drive and Corporate Woods Circle.
- Completed design of the Massillon Road North project. In 2018, right-of-way acquisition will begin.
- Retired $4.8 million in debt in 2017, $2 million of which was for the construction of Central Park.
- Logged more than 2,400 volunteer hours for City-sponsored activities.
- Launched the Student Municipal Representative program to seat high school students on our various boards and commissions.
- Welcomed more than 35 new businesses to Green including The Lodge at Brier Creek, The Gables of Green, The Boulevard, Securitas, Splash Carwash and more.
- Began the Green Outreach (GO) Team in January 2017 to visit homes where a drug overdose occured. In 2017, the City saw a reduction in drug overdoses from 83 in 2016 to 60 in 2017. The GO Team is one initative of the Drug Task Force.
Highlights of 2016:
- Completed upgrades to Massillon Road to improve traffic flow and relieve congestion including adding a double turn-lane at Corporate Woods Circle onto Massillon Road; adding a dedicated right turn lane onto Boettler at Massillon; and realigning the stacking lanes on Massillon Road north onto I-77.
- Initiated the Cities Without Drugs -- Green Task Force to educate, assist and support families battling drug addiction.
- Launched Project Tangerine, a program to encourage volunteerism throughout the City and community.
- Charged the Green Veterans Memorial Park Committee to raise $125,000 to complete the Green Veterans Memorial Park with a first responders' monument and a second Sotries of Service Grove Walkway by September 11, 2017.
- Welcomed more than 25 new businesses to Green in 2016.
To hear more about the accomplishments of Mayor Neugebauer's first year in office. View his annual State of the City presentation.
Mayor Neugebauer welcomes comments and suggestions from residents and the business community. Contact Mayor Neugebauer.