February 1, 2015

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Avon to seek land by eminent domain for park

AVON — City Council approved a resolution Monday declaring the city’s intent to take land from a private developer through eminent domain for use as a public park. After meeting in executive session to discuss imminent litigation and the purchase and sale of property, City Council members voted in favor of taking the land. Despite Read More…

ShurTech lays off 20 at Avon headquarters

AVON — ShurTech Brands announced Friday it laid off 20 employees at its headquarters in Avon. ShurTech Brands is a global tape company headquartered in Avon for the past 15 years. One of its most popular products is Duck Brand duct tape. The city has an annual festival named after the product. According to Patti Read More…

Avon to seek bids to relocate Chester Road

AVON — City Council on Monday approved seeking bids for the Chester Road relocation project. The project, initially scheduled to begin last summer, was pushed back by city officials concerned about traffic congestion since the state Route 611 bridge enhancement project was underway at the time. The $4.5 million bridge project, which included resurfacing from Read More…

Ohio trade association suing Avon over bed tax increase

AVON — The Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus is suing Avon over a 3 percent bed tax increase that City Council imposed in October and began collecting this year. Avon already had been collecting a 3 percent excise tax on travelers renting rooms at the city’s hotels, but that money has flowed directly Read More…

Avon city engineer resigns

AVON — City engineer Rob Knopf has resigned. The city will hire a private engineering firm in his place. City Council voted unanimously Monday after an executive session to hire Cleveland-based Chagrin Valley Engineering in Knopf’s place. The engineering firm will be paid up to $48,850 annually by the city and charge anywhere from $48 Read More…

Avon pursuing Menards, new Levin site

AVON — Menards customers in Lorain County soon may shop a bit closer to home rather than heading to Sandusky. Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said Menards will request approval Jan. 21 for a 178,000-square-foot store with a 42,000-square-foot lumber warehouse. The hardware store is slated for construction on 22 acres on Chester Road just Read More…

Avon Schools narrows levy options

AVON — Avon Schools has narrowed down its options for a levy in 2015. The school board has held meetings the past two months to discuss levy options and timelines. It met Wednesday to discuss placing a 2.9-mill operating levy before voters, possibly in May. According to school Treasurer Jim Hudson, it hasn’t been decided Read More…

Friendship APL updates on 203 cats rescued from Avon apartment

AVON — Over the summer, the Elyria-based Friendship Animal Protective League received a call about a large number of cats in an apartment. The organization then dealt with one of the largest cat rescue operations it has seen. Friendship APL Director Greg Willey said 203 cats were taken from the apartment of a renter who Read More…

Bendix eyes move to Avon

Bendix’s headquarters on Cleveland Street in Elyria is shown last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON — Elyria-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems possibly is eyeing a move to Avon. Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the company first called Avon officials Nov. 3 requesting a meeting because they were interested in learning more about available land and what the city has to offer. Bendix officials were looking for about 35 acres Read More…

Avon school board discusses putting levies on ballot

AVON — The public can count on seeing two levies in 2015 or 2016 to keep Avon Schools on a sound financial path. During a school board work session Wednesday night, district officials discussed a five-year forecast that shows budget surpluses carrying into 2018. But if the district does not renew a $1.8 million levy Read More…