April 21, 2015

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North Ridgeville fire renewal

North Ridgeville firefighters Chris Federan, left, and Dan Rogers pose with the new Fire Engine 22 at Fire Station 2 on Lorain Road on April 10. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Issue 19 What it is: a 1.9-mill renewal levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.34 million annually Purpose: Fire Department operations Cost to taxpayers: $50.44 a year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Fire Chief John Reese gets it that no one likes to pay taxes, Read More…

North Ridgeville Fourth Ward

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William L. Gardner Age: 67 Party: Republican Education: Graduate of North Ridgeville High School and Marietta College; graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy; former Air Force pilot Family: Married to wife, Teresa; daughters, Katarina and Megan Job history: President of Cleveland Vibrator Co. (1990-2012); service director for North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake (1992-2010); North Ridgeville Read More…

North Ridgeville road renewal

Issue 17 What it is: a 1.9-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.3 million a year Purpose: pays for construction, resurfacing, repair of city streets, roads and bridges Cost to homeowner: $50.44 annually for owners of homes worth $100,000 NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Making city streets smoother and safer for motorists is Read More…

Keystone Schools: Additional levy

Keystone Elementary third-graders Alyssa Sugerik, 8, and Brenna Taylor, 8, write about their favorite school teachers during Family Day, hosted March 28 at Keystone Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Issue 14 What it is: a 7.95-mill operating levy Duration: continuous How much would it raise: $1.9 million a year Purpose: to pay staff salaries and benefits Cost to homeowner: $278 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation LAGRANGE — Keystone school officials know one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome to Read More…

North Ridgeville police renewal

North Ridgeville is seeking a renewal for a levy that funds its Police Department. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Issue 18 What it is: a 1.95-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.3 million Purpose: to pay for salaries, cars, equipment, clothing, radios, guns and other items for the Police Department Cost to homeowner/taxpayer: $51.77 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation NORTH RIDGEVILLE — As they have every five Read More…

Stakes high for Keystone Schools levy

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LAGRANGE — The importance of the campaign to convince voters to provide the Keystone school district with its first boost in operating money in more than 20 years is evident in the fact that campaign is bigger than any before. The bulked-up effort includes 200 yard signs going up around the community, 10 bigger signs Read More…

Boston-bound runners detail their paths to the marathon

Bob Griffiths of North Ridgeville gets in a run as he trains for the Boston Marathon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Avid runners Bob Griffiths and Andrea Hall Miller have been pounding pavement, track cinders and dirt paths for years. On Monday, both will get to test their mettle in one of the world’s biggest and best-known running showcases — the Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile run (every marathon is that exact distance) will be the first Read More…

North Ridgeville Planning Commission approves plans for new middle school, football stadium

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Plans for a $58.1 million middle school and football stadium to be built adjacent to North Ridgeville High School got the go-ahead Tuesday night from the city Planning Commission. The commission voted 5-0 to recommend the project to City Council, whose approval should be the final major hurdle to clear for the Read More…

Keystone officials hopeful elementary school will open Wednesday

LAGRANGE – An electrical wiring problem led to a day off Tuesday for pupils at Keystone Elementary School. Those same youngsters should be heading back to classes Wednesday, according to Keystone Schools Superintendent Franco Gallo. “We have a crew working on it right now and they believe they’ll get it done tonight (Tuesday),” Gallo said Read More…

Smoking banned in North Ridgeville parks

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Anyone coming to any of the city’s four parks and sports complexes this summer will be expected to refrain from lighting up. The Parks and Recreation Commission approved a policy to prohibit smoking in the parks beginning July 1, according to Director Kevin Fougerousse. The no-tobacco policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, Read More…