May 29, 2016

Elyria
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The State of their cities: Mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake talk problems, progress with jabs, jokes

AVON — The mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake gave their annual State of the City addresses during a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon Wednesday. The addresses were an opportunity for each mayor to tell the crowd of more than 200 people about their respective communities, and in some cases, trade barbs with Read More…

Avon voters approve library renewal

LORAIN — The renewal levy for the Avon branch of the Lorain Public Library passed Tuesday. Issue 5 received 72 percent of the vote, or 5,048, in favor, and 28 percent, or 1,997, against, according to unofficial results. “I’m really grateful that it passed,” said Donna Kelly, librarian supervisor for the branch. “I thought we Read More…

Plans for park falling into place

AVON — Mayor Bryan Jensen and Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik envision a coordinated park connectivity project. Miller Nature Preserve along state Route 83 could soon connect to land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads that the city recently acquired from developer Matt Garland in a $2.3 million settlement. The land along Riegelsberger Road Read More…

Avon acquires land for $2.3M

AVON — City Council approved a $2.3 million settlement to purchase land which city officials have been wrangling with a developer over for nearly two years. City Council approved in January the issuance of $2 million worth of bond anticipation notes to buy nearly 57 acres of land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads owned by Read More…

Mayor top earner in Avon; utilities exec tops in Avon Lake

Police and firefighters are among the highest paid employees in Avon, but the mayor still tops the list as the highest-paid city employee in 2015. The highest-paid employees are in the police, fire and finance departments, but Mayor Bryan Jensen, who also serves as the city safety director, earned $130,076 in 2015, which is $4,251 Read More…

Catalytic converter thieves hit Avon

AVON — Catalytic converter thefts have occurred in multiple parking lots, and police are asking people to report any suspicious activity they see. Avon police Capt. Larry Fischbach said several drivers have fallen victim to catalytic-converter thieves in recent weeks. They are stealing the valuable parts from cars as people are inside stores either shopping Read More…

Avon residents seek spot to unleash dog park

AVON — Residents seeking a dog park are hoping the city or a generous landowner will throw them a bone in the form of land to use. During a Thursday Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, residents and commission members alike expressed interest in bringing a dog park to the city, but the biggest obstacle is Read More…

Schwartz barn in Avon to find new life in another location

AVON — Akron’s Chrissie Hynde sang in the Pretenders song “My City Was Gone” about how the farms of Ohio were being replaced by shopping malls. The lyric is prophetic as Avon, the former greenhouse capital of the world, which once had more acreage under glass than anywhere else on the planet, has morphed into Read More…

Mayor seeks rules to stop biz ‘poaching’

ELYRIA — As Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems prepares its exit from Elyria, Mayor Holly Brinda wants to start a countywide effort to stop cities from having conversations with companies that result in them leaving their home cities for greener pastures a stone’s throw away. Lorain County needs a universal business attraction and anti-poaching protocol, Brinda Read More…

UPDATED: Raider receives mandatory 18-to-life prison sentence in fatal shooting of roommate

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider sat with his eyes downcast as the family of Brandon Smith, the man he fatally shot in the head in 2013, called him a coward and a traitor just before he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Raider, 27, declined to make a statement before Lorain County Common Read More…