September 30, 2014

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Lorain to seek 0.5 percentage point tax hike

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LORAIN — The vote on a proposed 0.5 percentage point income tax hike also will be a quality-of-life referendum, Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Thursday. “We’re all partners in this. It isn’t about Democrats or Republicans or liberals or conservatives,” he said. “It’s about what kind of city we want to live in.” All people who Read More…

Lorain to seek 0.5 income tax hike in November

LORAIN — A 0.5 percent income tax increase is being proposed by Mayor Chase Ritenauer. If approved, the permanent tax would raise $5.3 million annually and with most of the money going for parks and road improvements. Ritenauer said a portion of the money would go for a $20 million borrowing through bonding plan for road Read More…

Detective briefs citizens group on drug deaths

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AVON — With prescription drug and heroin addiction on the rise, a veteran drug warrior on Wednesday briefed parents of addicts on the problem and how police are dealing with it. Detective Greg Mehling, of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain County Drug Task Force, said there were two fatal drug overdoses this weekend Read More…

Drug task force captain talks about prescription pill abuse

At 22 as of Wednesday, the number of fatal drug overdoses in Lorain County this year has already surpassed the number for all of last year. All involved prescription drugs, heroin or a combination of cocaine and heroin, according to Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. The increasing deaths are tied to a spike in Read More…

Mayor’s plan to change high school site nixed

LORAIN — The land that sparked a turf battle between the Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Lorain Schools interim Superintendent Ed Branham is no longer being proposed for the new Lorain High School. Ritenauer on Tuesday rescinded his proposal that the 30-acre parcel between Leavitt and Meister roads and West Park Drive and West 21st Street Read More…

Lorain plans to seek income tax hike

LORAIN — “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society,” said U.S. Supreme Court Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Mayor Chase Ritenauer is adopting the same philosophy in seeking an income tax increase. “It’s going to depend on what kind of Lorain people want to live in,” Ritenauer said Tuesday. “This isn’t something we are Read More…

Lorain mayor keeps up push for new school site

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LORAIN — Since taking office in January, Mayor Chase Ritenauer has made good on his promise to forge closer ties with Lorain Schools. However, a proposed new high school site has created a rift between Ritenauer, and some school board members and interim Superintendent Ed Branham. In an interview Monday with Chronicle-Telegram Editor Andy Young, Read More…

Lorain mayor on schools: ‘Nothing is off the table,’ including takeover

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LORAIN — If interim Superintendent Ed Branham isn’t willing to lay off more administrators at the Charleston Administration Center, school board members should bring in someone who will, Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Monday. In an interview with Chronicle-Telegram Editor Andy Young, Ritenauer said Lorain Schools needs someone like Peter Raskind, the banker turned interim superintendent Read More…

New site offered for Lorain High School just months before groundbreaking

LORAIN — Just three months before the scheduled groundbreaking for a new Lorain High School at 2600 Ashland Ave., a new site is being proposed. The proposed new 30-acre site is north of Columbus Park at 2245 W. Park Drive and would be donated to the city by Joseph Lucas, president of Lucas Plumbing & Read More…

Crews setting out to tackle Lorain’s 760 overgrown lawns

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LORAIN — Grass and weeds in front of the foreclosed home at 330 Connecticut Ave. were up to 5 feet high Tuesday before Jason Petkovsek and Aaron Abraham got to work. Petkovsek owns Lorain-based JBE Landscape Management, and Abraham is one of his four employees. Within 35 minutes, the front and back yards were cut. Read More…