March 27, 2015

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University Hospitals to build new facility in Avon

AVON — University Hospitals, in partnership with Franklin, Tenn.-based Centerre Healthcare Corp., will construct a 55,000-square-foot rehabilitation facility on Chester Road between state Routes 83 and 611. The Cleveland-based hospital system, which integrated with Elyria’s flagship health system at the beginning of the year, announced the joint venture Tuesday. The 50-bed facility, scheduled to be Read More…

Yearlong 611 bridge project nearing completion

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AVON — The state Route 611 bridge enhancement project, which has tied up traffic for the past year, should be finished by mid-November, officials said. Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the Ohio Department of Transportation’s project manager provided the city administration with a project update Wednesday afternoon. “They are looking at having most of the Read More…

Avon City Council expands hotel bed tax

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night to expand a tax on travelers staying in hotels within city limits. Council member at large Tammy Holtzmeier cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she felt tax increases should not be decided by Council but should instead be ballot issues decided by voters. “It’s a slippery Read More…

Avon may get another rehab center

AVON — More development likely will occur in the northwest corner of the city where large tracts of commercial land are still available. The most recent request to come before the Avon Planning Commission is from an Indianapolis-based company seeking approval for a 55,000-square-foot inpatient rehab center along Chester Road. The Planning Commission will consider Read More…

Avon to add right-turn lane to access I-90 from Route 83

AVON — Drivers attempting to enter Interstate 90 westbound from Chester Road and state Route 83 often encounter long lines of stopped vehicles. City officials hope a turn lane will help. City Council recently approved seeking bids for a right-turn lane on the southbound side of state Route 83 for access to I-90 west. Entrance Read More…

Avon eyes increased hotel tax for its own visitors’ bureau

AVON — Travelers staying in motels within city limits soon may see a larger tax on their bills. The city’s 3 percent excise tax, or bed tax, in existence since 1999, generates revenue for Avon’s general fund. According to Finance Director Bill Logan, the city collected $64,901 in 2013, and in 2014 they have collected Read More…

Avon Council backs event venue in noise dispute

AVON — Festive celebrations will continue near one man’s backyard, whether he likes it or not. City Council approved an ordinance Monday night allowing The Clifton, 36840 Detroit Road, to officially operate as a banquet facility despite the protests of residential neighbor John Bertrand. Bertrand, who lives behind the facility on Candlewood Drive, has called Read More…

Avon man apparently drowns early Sunday

AVON — A 51-year-old city man was found dead in an apparent drowning in a retention pond at 3540 Long Road by Willoway Nurseries about 2 a.m. Sunday. George Tesmer Jr., of the 36000 block of Mills Road, was found about 20 feet from shore by members of the Lorain County Dive Team, said fire Capt. Read More…

Avon, Avon Lake mayors deliver on football game bet

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen hands Avon Lake Mayor Zilka an Eagles jersey after the Eagles beat the Shoremen last week. COURTESY PHOTO

AVON LAKE – The jersey has been delivered and the deal has been sealed. Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen hand-delivered an Avon Eagles football jersey to Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka Friday afternoon just to ensure that Zilka has one come Monday. Jensen challenged Zilka to a friendly bet Aug. 16 with the terms that the Read More…

Sunflower field in Avon raises awareness, funds for pediatric brain cancer research

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AVON — Seeds of hope have blossomed into flowers of inspiration. More than 250,000 sunflower seeds were planted along Interstate 90 in June to raise awareness of a form of children’s brain cancer and to remember a local girl who lost the battle to the disease in 2007. Maria McNamara, of Avon Lake, was just Read More…