February 10, 2016

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Lorain Council OKs nuisance ordinance

LORAIN — A quality of life ordinance designed to change and punish bad behavior was unanimously approved Monday by City Council members. The nuisance ordinance fines property owners if firefighters or police are called to a property more than five times in one year for nuisance activities. Fines are calculated by hourly wages of the Read More…

New board members installed on Clearview board

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — The six candidates for the open Clearview Schools Board of Education position will be interviewed — this time. Board President Melissa Newsome and Richard Marcucci have taken heat for not interviewing candidates to fill the positions of Connie Finney and Brenda Newman, who resigned in protest June 10 alleging a lack of Read More…

Marine patrol officers want all boaters to have fun safely — with life jackets

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Enforcing boating safety without making waves is the goal of the Lorain Port Authority Marine Patrol. “It’s really enjoyable to work here because you get to talk to people, and 99 percent (of the time) it’s just friendly conversation,” said Edward Favre, patrol supervisor, during a Friday patrol on Lake Erie. “We’re not supposed to Read More…

Officials say Lorain’s Kennedy Plaza won’t likely go elderly-only

John F. Kennedy Plaza public housing complex on Broadway in Lorain
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LORAIN — Despite security complaints from some older residents at the John F. Kennedy Plaza public housing apartment complex, a consultant reported Thursday that making Kennedy an elderly-only complex is unlikely. Don Lenz, head of Lenz Planning & Development Services, said a 1999 Supreme Court decision forbids restricting mentally or physically disabled people to disabled-only Read More…

Lorain woman says railroad’s cleanup ruined her lawn

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LORAIN — Casey Jones, you better watch your weeds. Homeowner Sandra Gray, who lives next to Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at 507 Euclid Ave., said employees from the railroad company ruined her lawn by spraying weed killer by the tracks. Gray, 70, said she moved into her home in 1967 and hasn’t had problems with Read More…

Storm sweeps through Lorain County and Northern Ohio

Water flows over the road on Route 18 near West Road. Many roads in southern Lorain County are flooded.

Heavy winds from a storm have downed power lines throughout Lorain County, but caused no major electricity outages. About 100 Ohio Edison customers lost power as of 4 p.m., according to Ohio Edison spokesman Joe Faga. He said crews whose shifts were ending have been held over and all outages would be restored tonight. Also, Read More…

Lorain Council to consider nuisance abatement ordinance

LORAIN — A small group of criminals are traditionally responsible for the majority of crime in communities and the same is true for residents responsible for nuisance violations. City Council members are trying to punish the offenders or landlords with a new nuisance ordinance. The proposal discussed by Council on Monday, would fine property owners Read More…

Lorain inspection law under fire

LORAIN — Everyone agrees many homes in Lorain need improvement, but there was sharp disagreement Monday about whether mandating housing inspections will do the trick. A proposed “point-of-sale” inspection ordinance would require single or two-family home property owners to get an inspection and rectify violations within 90 days before sales. If uncorrected, buyer or seller Read More…

Lorain Council to discuss mandatory pre-sale housing inspections

This blighted home at 505 W. 17th St., Lorain, owned by landlord George Schneider, is scheduled to be demolished by the city. Neighbors said it has been vacant since about 2008 when it burned in a fire. They worry about allowing their children to play near it because of broken bottles, raccoons and trash in the backyard. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

LORAIN — Proposed mandatory housing inspections before properties could be sold are expected to face opposition at a City Council public hearing tonight. The “point-of-sale” inspection ordinance mandates owners of single or two-family homes to get an inspection and be up to code before selling the homes. Search warrants would be obtained by Lorain’s Building Read More…

Cracking the code: Lorain landlord leads in violations, supports city’s anti-blight efforts

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“Slum landlord!” a man screamed from a car that drove by George Schneider last month as he stood by one of his properties at 109 W. 29th St. in Lorain. “That’s probably somebody I evicted or a relative of somebody I evicted,” Schneider said. Through May 1, Schneider had received 57 code violations on Lorain Read More…