"I served my three years [on the RTA board] in the way that I know how," he told Scene by phone. "I tried to shake up the status quo and challenge the way we were operating. The county's choice seems to be a return to the status quo. I think they just don't understand how important this transit agency is to the region economically."
During Elkins’ three years with RTA, he helped delay a proposed fare hike, questioned outsourcing, and vainly pushed for a local sales tax hike. He also helped work out the departure last March of long-time President George Dixon III amid allegations of taking undeserved RTA heathcare benefits and the phasing out of former General Manager Joe Calabrese, now a senior advisor due to leave in 2020.
“Newburgh Heights is an ideal location to begin a career and take the next step in life. We are virtually within a 10-minute drive of every major hotspot in greater Cleveland, have access to one of the best K-12 school systems in the state, and an ample stock of great, affordable century homes or brand-new construction,” said Mayor Elkins. “Newburgh Heights is safe, clean, walkable, and has fast become one of the most popular destinations for new homebuyers.”
“The stipulations are, you have to purchase the home after you've graduated from a four-year accredited college; the home has to be valued at $50,000 or more -- single family, and it has to be an arm's-length transaction so it can’t be a short sale or sheriff’s sale or something like that,” said Elkins.