July 1, 2016

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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…

UH opens new rehab hospital in Avon

AVON — University Hospitals unveiled its state-of-the-art Avon Rehabilitation Hospital on Tuesday as numerous health care professionals toured the facility. The project, a venture between University Hospitals and Pennsylvania-based Kindred Rehabilitation Services, which provides therapy in 48 states, was in the works for nearly three years. About 40 people are employed at the hospital, but Read More…

Avon business collecting water for Flint

AVON — A local business has stepped up collecting bottled water to deliver to residents of Flint, Mich., in response to the massive water crisis and public health emergency there. Bubba’s Q, 820 Center Road, will collect water all week with plans to deliver the items to Flint on Jan. 31. On Friday, dozens of Read More…

Avon company gets nod from planning commission for expansion

AVON — A manufacturing and supply company plans to expand its headquarters this summer. An 11,000-square-foot addition at Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co., 1101 Moore Road, received Planning Commission approval Wednesday. According to Randall Smith of Davison Smith Certo Architects, which is designing the addition, said the company, which employs 94 people at the Avon Read More…