February 7, 2016

Elyria
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Golden Acres sale could net more than $1.2 million for county

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Brad Dicken and Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle-Telegram AVON — The Lorain County commissioners are nearing a deal to sell the rights to beds from the county-owned Golden Acres nursing home, which closed earlier this year, to a company that plans to operate a skilled nursing facility in Avon. The sale would likely net the county Read More…

Change or die: Commissioners issue ultimatum to visitors bureau over lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is facing an ultimatum from the county commissioners: Change how it operates or cease to exist. “They may not be completely in tune with the changes that are taking place in Lorain County,” county Administrator Jim Cordes said. The demands of the commissioners, including shrinking the size of Read More…

Avon landowners petition city for sewer project; discussion tabled until March

AVON — Property owners caught in a sanitary sewer no man’s land want the city to finance a sewer project for future development, but city officials are skeptical about setting such a precedent. The group owns eight parcels along Chester Road, representing about 197 acres of land, and wants the city to issue bonds to Read More…

Local Census data released: Reeling from recession

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ELYRIA — U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows that the number of people living below the federal poverty line in Lorain County between 2010 and 2014 is higher than it was in the five previous years. Between 2005 and 2009, the poverty rate was 12.6 percent in the county, while between 2010 and 2014, Read More…

Residents ask Avon to extend sanitary sewer lines

AVON — Residents want the city to install sanitary sewers to homes and businesses along portions of Chester and Moore roads and Freeman Drive. The group of residents owns eight different parcels, representing about 197 acres of land, and wants the city to issue bonds to pay for initial costs for the sewer project, which Read More…

Avon appealing judge’s ruling that bed tax increase was illegal

ELYRIA — The city of Avon is appealing a county judge’s decision that declared a 3 percent bed tax increase imposed last year illegal. In his decision, handed down earlier this month, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers wrote that the increase violated a state law that prohibits political subdivisions from imposing a bed Read More…

Avon councilman: Political sign laws aren’t being enforced

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AVON — The placement of political signs has some people peeved. Signs of any kind aren’t allowed to be placed on public right-of-ways, and Councilman Dennis McBride, 2nd Ward, wants the city to enforce its laws and remove any signs in violation of the law, including political candidate signs. McBride, who raised the issue during Read More…

Veterans urge clinic to remain in Lorain

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LORAIN — Veterans rallied Wednesday outside the St. Joseph Community Center with a clear message: The Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic should remain in Lorain. Around 60 people gathered on the corner of West 21st Street and Broadway to raise concern over a move and circulate petitions in support of Lorain as the best location for Read More…

City, developer at odds over land for housing development

AVON — The city wants a judge to declare it has the authority to rescind an existing ordinance that gave developer Matt Garland a green light to build a housing development on flood-prone land. Garland purchased 56.8 acres of land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads in 2013 for $1.5 million. The land is valued at Read More…

Avon mayor endorses candidate Bryan Jensen

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AVON — Mayor Jim Smith said candidate Bryan Jensen is the best choice for mayor, announcing his endorsement Thursday afternoon. Smith said Jensen is the best candidate for the job because of his ties to the city, civic involvement and his work as councilman. “Bryan has been community-involved for many years, not just now at Read More…