May 22, 2015

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Avon, Olmsted Falls bars cited after fatal crashes

AVON — An Avon bar was cited after its employees served alcohol to a man who then died in a car crash in January, according to a representative from the Ohio Investigative Unit. On Wednesday, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit charged Dusty’s Tavern in Avon with selling liquor to an already intoxicated Joel Schwartz, Read More…

Potential neighbors express concerns about Coptic church coming to Avon

AVON — Residents are concerned future construction of a church may exacerbate problems in the area. Dr. Osama Malak, of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Cleveland, told City Council on Monday night his church would like to one day construct a church on 10 acres of land at 3441 Center Road. The city’s code Read More…

Avon takes first step toward eminent domain acquisition

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance Monday to move forward with taking land from local developer Matt Garland through eminent domain to create a park for flood control purposes. Mayor Bryan Jensen said the ordinance Council passed is one step in the process to acquire the property. The ordinance also authorizes the city to Read More…

Avon considers drug tests for student athletes

AVON — Student athletes in the district may soon be subject to random drug testing. Avon Athletic Director Erich Frombach recently presented the Board of Education with initial plans for randomly testing athletes. It’s similar to the policies Amherst, Vermilion and Elyria Catholic have implemented, he said. After attending drug-test workshops at county and state Read More…

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…