March 3, 2015

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Deer shooters in Avon Lake’s sights

AVON LAKE — Sharpshooters armed with rifles are a step closer to killing deer on city property. Members of the city’s Safety and Environmental Committees on Thursday approved amending an ordinance passed in July that allows residents to apply for municipal deer control permits through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The original ordinance, which let Read More…

Job losses inevitable at Avon Lake NRG Energy power plant

AVON LAKE — If a natural gas conversion occurs at the NRG Energy power plant, chances are a few dozen people will lose jobs. NRG Energy has talked for months of building a 20-mile natural gas pipeline from Grafton to Avon Lake to switch from its coal-fired capabilities as a way to comply with strict Read More…

Kasich’s budget: Elyria, Lorain stand to gain; Avon Lake likely to lose

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

The city of Lorain has a median household income of less than $24,000. Look to the east to more affluent Avon Lake, and that figures jumps to nearly $60,000. Under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, that would mean it makes perfect sense when looking at state funding to cut education aid to wealthy Avon Read More…

Sharpshooters could expand deer cull ordinance in Avon Lake

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AVON LAKE — Deer populations continue to grow and so does the city’s deer management program, which soon could include the option of hiring sharpshooters to cull deer on city-owned property. The city’s municipal deer control permit ordinance took effect in August, but city officials, including Mayor Greg Zilka and at-large Councilman John Shondel, said Read More…

NRG again seeks lower assessment in Avon Lake

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Owners of the power plant in Avon Lake are seeking another tax reassessment through the state, which would equate to nearly $1.4 million in lost tax revenue for the city and county if granted. According to a Jan. 2 filing with the Ohio Department of Taxation, NRG Energy Inc. is seeking more than $12 million Read More…

Eagles move on Redwood Elementary School grounds

A pair of bald eagles are building their nest on the grounds of Redwood Elementary Schools in Avon Lake. PHOTO PROVIDED

AVON LAKE — Students at Redwood Elementary School are thrilled with some visitors who have decided to move onto school property. Two bald eagles are building a nest in a tall tree adjacent to the school’s playground — and, much to the delight of students, in view of classrooms. Students, teachers and parents have been Read More…

Deer crashes into Avon Lake home

Avon Lake resident Steven Smith heard a crash in his sunroom Thursday and found a deer had broken through a window. PHOTO PROVIDED BY AVON LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

AVON LAKE — A Britannia Parkway homeowner got a big surprise when he heard a loud crash in his sunroom. Steven Smith, of the 300 block of Britannia Parkway, discovered a large buck that had jumped through a window about 9 a.m. Thursday. The incident happened last week, but the report was not noted on Read More…

NRG appraisal possibly even lower in Avon Lake

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ELYRIA — An appraiser Thursday said NRG Energy Inc.’s plant in Avon Lake is worth even less than the company contends. A 2012 property valuation by appraisal firm Duff and Phelps Inc., filed in March with NRG’s complaint with the county’s Board of Revision, said the value of the Avon Lake power plant should be Read More…

Avon Lake course assists potential deer hunters

AVON LAKE — Police intend to make it a little bit easier for those seeking a municipal deer control permit to obtain a hunting license. One provision of Avon Lake’s deer culling program is that hunters must complete the Ohio Hunter Education Safety Course, which also is a one-time legal requirement to hunt elsewhere in Read More…

NRG seeks lower valuation on Avon Lake power plant

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AVON LAKE — The energy company seeking to construct a 20-mile natural gas pipeline from southern Lorain County to the power plant it owns in Avon Lake wants the value of its property reduced by nearly $45 million. NRG Energy Inc., which operates the power plant in Avon Lake, will appear before the Lorain County Read More…