April 19, 2014

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New Lorain mayor names his top staffers

LORAIN — Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer named top appointees to his staff on Wednesday. Robert Fowler, director of administration in Wooster, was named safety-service director and will earn $95,000 annually. He previously was the township administrator in Carrollton and a Brook Park firefighter, Ritenauer said. Fowler couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday night, but Ritenuer Read More…

Mass resignations at county community action agency

Departures announced Wednesday night at the Lorain County Community Action Agency are unrelated to an anonymous letter accusing the agency of improprieties, departing agency leaders said. Tim Howard said his immediate resignation as agency board chairman was because of unspecified health reasons. “I’m not running from anything. I have nothing to run from,” said Howard, Read More…

Lorain Council waives residency requirement for new mayor’s top aide

LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer’s first business day as mayor Tuesday was going poorly. Ritenauer had spent the day with a skeleton staff until he could get City Council members to waive residency requirements and approve job descriptions for his top administrators. “Being a mayor without a staff is not fun,” he told Council members at Read More…

UPDATE: 72-year-old woman injured in fire

CT photo by Bruce Bishop.

LORAIN — Brian Owens said he was shopping at a Dollar Tree store when he received a frantic phone call from a friend. His home in Overlake Mobile Homes trailer park at 5000 West Erie Avenue was on fire. Owens said when he arrived, firefighters were dragging his 72-year-old mother, Marcella Owens, out of the Read More…

Elyria Township firefighters receive piece of 9/11 steel for memorial

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ELYRIA TWP. — The rusted piece of steel at the Fire Department weighs about 210 pounds and is heavy with symbolism. The 18-inch by 18-inch fragment, which was presented to township trustees Monday, comes from the foundation of one of the World Trade Center towers. It will serve as a monument to the 343 New Read More…

FirstEnergy inks deal to supply Lorain power, put name on Pipe Yard

Former Negro League player Ernie Nimmons was on hand for the announcement Thursday that FirstEnergy Solutions had acquired the naming rights to Lorain’s Pipe Yard ballpark. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — A deal between the city and FirstEnergy Solutions is designed to keep the taxpayers grounded if there is a surge in electricity prices. Taxpayers will save $185,000 over the life of the eight-year agreement, city and FirstEnergy officials said Thursday. The deal calls for a 3 percent annual discount for electricity supplied to Read More…

Lorain enters power deal with First Energy

Agreement also giving power company sponsorship of Lorain baseball park Read More…

Chase Ritenauer takes the reins in Lorain

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LORAIN — Facing high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure and a dwindling tax base, Lorain is at a crossroads, Mayor-elect Chase Ritenauer said at his inauguration Wednesday. Promising to be a sound manager rather than a savior, Ritenauer, who takes office Jan. 1, vowed to lead Lorain down the right path with a data-driven, evidence-based approach. “It’s Read More…

FirstEnergy to supply discounted electricity to city buildings

LORAIN — FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of the FirstEnergy Corp., will supply discounted electricity to six city facilities, including City Hall, the water purification plant and two wastewater treatment plants, according to a news release. The deal runs through December 2019 and allows FirstEnergy to be the top sponsor of The Pipeyard. “FirstEnergy Solutions has Read More…

Teen escapes serious injury when Jeep strikes power pole, barn

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CARLISLE TWP. — A Jeep that crashed into a utility pole and pole barn on Indian Hollow Road about 8 p.m. Tuesday knocked out electricity to surrounding homes but didn’t seriously injure the driver. The 17-year-old North Ridgeville boy, whom police wouldn’t identify because he is a minor, was taken to EMH Medical Center in Read More…