Meet the Mayor: An engineer by training, Mike Steur aims to battle Madeira's budget deficit

MADEIRA, Ohio - How well do you know the top man or woman in your community? Each Wednesday "Meet the Mayor" introduces you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.

Mike Steur (born 1955): Madeira

Elected: December 1, 2013

Population: 8,800

Founded: 1910
County: Hamilton

Claim to fame: Madeira was named the top Cincinnati area suburb by Cincy Magazine three years in a row (2010 – 2012) and was number two in 2013.

Mayor Mike Steur, a Republican, is a 25-year resident of Madeira . He was first elected to City Council in November 2009 and was re-elected in November 2013. On December 1, 2013 he was sworn in as Madeira’s 36th mayor, which pays a salary of $3,000 per year.

Before becoming mayor, Steur's work on City Council included serving on the following committees:

  • Administration and Personnel (former chair)
  • Economic Development (former chair)
  • Law & Safety, and Parks & Recreation. 

He has also served as council representative on the Madeira Senior Commission and on the 2010 Madeira Centennial Committee. Steur began his service to Madeira as a member of the Recreation & Parks Board, where he also served as chairman for several years.

Born in Columbus, Steur moved to Buffalo, NY at age 10. He attended college at the University of Cincinnati where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation he moved to Pittsburgh where he worked in the steel industry for ten years as an engineer, project manager,
and engineering group leader. There he attended night school to earn an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Steur returned to Cincinnati in 1988. Today he is a shareholder and director of client development for Hixson Architecture, Engineering & Interiors in Mount Adams.

Q&A with Mayor Steur

1. What is the single biggest issue facing Madeira?

Closing a significant budget deficit that resulted from elimination of the estate tax and reductions in state
funding.

2. If someone were to visit Madeira for the first time, what should they see and do?

Visitors to Madeira will find shopping , dining, fun activities and more. They can visit unique businesses to unleash their artistic side by decorating pottery, learning to paint, sew or cook. They can find extraordinary clothing, gifts and jewelry, and natural products for themselves and even their pets.

We have businesses that specialize in exercise classes, cycling, and nutrition, along with several salons and spas. Have dinner at one of our local restaurants where your menu options include Italian, steak, seafood, Mexican and, coming in spring 2014, hand-made wood-fired pizza.

On Thursday afternoons, check out the Madeira Farmers Market . There you will find high quality, regionally produced food and agricultural goods. 

Visitors can step back in time by visiting the Miller House on Miami Avenue. Built in 1922, this Sears Roebuck kit house, operated by the Madeira Historical Society , presents a slice of life from the 1920’s through 1950.  Then stop for ice cream or a float at The Rootbeer Junction in the historic Madeira Train Station.

There are special events in Madeira throughout the year including an art fair, an antique car show, Shakespeare in the Park, and an end-of-summer street dance. And don’t miss the Madeira centennial bike race in late June when top national and regional cyclists race the streets of Madeira in a festival atmosphere with great food
and live music.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?

Nothing yet, since my term as mayor just recently began. However, I am proud that Madeira’s City Council has successfully navigated some very challenging financial times over the last few years and remains in stable financial condition without cutting essential city services.

4. What do you hope is different about your town in ten years?

In ten years I would like to see a vibrant historical area and a couple more dining options in downtown Madeira. Residents of Madeira enjoy walking to and around our downtown area. 

To improve our city’s walkability, Madeira’s City Council has been working to add sidewalks. In ten years we want to have sidewalks on all major roads in Madeira. And I hope that people who have raised their families here think of Madeira as a great place to spend the rest of their lives.

5. What are your political aspirations?

I have no further political aspirations beyond serving the city of Madeira to the best of my ability.

6. I bet you didn’t know that....

Madeira was named for John Madeira , treasurer of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, in 1866. Clarence DeMar , who was born in Madeira, won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 1924 Paris Olympics. His nickname was “Mr. DeMarathon."

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