May 3, 2015

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Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake

Deer gather near Pin Oak Parkway in Avon Lake on Thursday evening. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The city’s first deer culling operation at Weiss Field began Thursday evening silently and with little attention. People walked their dogs and kids played basketball and used the skate park up until 6 p.m. when police arrived, blocked off entrances and asked everyone to leave. Elyria resident Larry Best, who brings his Read More…

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park

AVON LAKE — A culling operation will occur today at Weiss Field with sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The announcement comes three days after City  Council passed a law allowing sharpshooting on public property. Public Works Director Joseph Reitz said shooters will meet with the Avon Lake Police Department for a briefing Read More…

Avon Lake deer culling to start soon

AVON LAKE — The city will move forward with a program aimed at killing deer at Weiss Field and the city landfill before the month’s end. City Council approved an ordinance Monday allowing sharpshooters hired through state or federal agencies to conduct culling operations on city property. Council also approved a service agreement with the Read More…

Avon Lake considers nuisance ordinance

AVON LAKE — In an attempt to hold partying, noisy, disruptive or filthy neighbors accountable for repeated offenses, City Council is considering a nuisance ordinance. The ordinance, sponsored by Council President Martin O’Donnell, would provide the city with a way to penalize owners of businesses or homes whose occupants engage in nuisance activities. A wide Read More…

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…