Mark Casselberry is currently serving his 5th term as a Parma city councilman. We connected with him to find out more. Read his answers below!
What made you interested in joining Parma City Council?
I have enjoyed following politics from a young age, whether it was local or national. That being said, I did not necessarily envision myself running for office. I volunteered for a couple of local campaigns over the years and one of the candidates was the first person to encourage me to run for office.
What is some of the council work you’re involved in that you’re especially excited about right now?
I have one project the really stands out at the moment. Many of our long-time residents can remember the beautiful flowering trees lining West 54th Street. Over the last several years those trees have begun to die off. With the help of our Community Development Director Erik Tollerup and City Council we will soon be restoring those trees to their former glory. We will be removing 58 trees between Bradley Avenue and Hollywood Drive. The stumps will also be ground down and new trees will be planted on West 54th in the Spring of 2022.
Are you from Parma? What do you love about the city?
I am not originally from Parma. I was born and raised in the WestPark Neighborhood of Cleveland. My wife and I were married in 1998 and purchased our first home in Old Brooklyn. In 2002 we had the opportunity to buy my wife’s childhood home here in Parma and still reside there today.
One of my favorite things about Parma is it’s small-town feel. I always say that Parma is a very big “small” town. There are so many families and friends that remain connected in the area. People still look out for each other and some of your neighbors feel like family. I have met many couples that are still living in their “starter” homes (because they love the area) 30-50 years after they got married.