March 28, 2015

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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…

Avon to rebid pool project

Avon-pool-construction-slid

AVON — Bids to build the city’s pool came back much higher than city officials had anticipated. Five bids ranging from $6.1 million to $6.4 million — much higher than the estimated $4.2 million to $4.7 million the city had planned on — were received Thursday for construction of a pool and outbuildings on a site Read More…

Cleveland Clinic expansion breaks ground in Avon

Hospital groundbreaking slide

AVON — The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going, while Avon and the Cleveland Clinic keep growing and growing. State and city officials gathered with representatives of the Cleveland Clinic for a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday at the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, where a $143 million expansion is underway. By 2016, the center will transform Read More…

Avon Schools eye new levy

AVON — The Board of Education approved a five-year forecast Tuesday that district officials say has an overall positive outlook despite current and projected deficit spending. According to the forecast, the Avon school district cut into an $11.8 million reserve balance by $707,429 in fiscal year 2014. Deficit spending will increase to $1.1 million in Read More…