June 25, 2016

Elyria
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County health district can’t promise jobs for Elyria workers

ELYRIA — If City Council is hedging on joining the Lorain County General Health District because it wants a guarantee city employees will get jobs, Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell said he can’t offer such reassurances. What Covell can say with certainty is that he needs passionate public health workers. “Almost all of them Read More…

Elyria health district merger moves to full Council

ELYRIA — Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell said it best: Politics and public health don’t always mix. Covell, who runs the Lorain County General Health District, made the remark toward the end of a long meeting Monday night when Elyria City Council debated shuttering the Elyria City Health District. Merging with the county agency Read More…

Union asks Elyria City Council to delay health district vote

ELYRIA — City Council is ready to vote on the future of the Elyria City Health District as union employees make the case to save the department. In a letter to the 11 members of Council, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 277, the health district’s chapter, implored Council Read More…

Brinda: 2016 budget could see 15 percent or more reduction; layoffs possible

ELYRIA – City officials are working up a 2016 budget that could see upward of a 15 percent reduction in city departments, which could result in employee layoffs, Mayor Holly Brinda said Tuesday. “A lot of places don’t have 15 percent to reduce so we are still working the numbers to see what that will Read More…

Elyria tax hike supporters remain undaunted by low public support

ELYRIA — Community support for the Elyria income tax increase proposal is low, but campaign organizers believe a victory at the polls still is possible with a strong grassroots campaign. City Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, the mastermind behind the Issue 6 framework and arguably the campaign’s biggest cheerleader, said a recent survey’s findings are Read More…

Council committee votes to support Main Street group

ELYRIA — City Council is standing behind the efforts of Main Street Elyria to rebuild the organization and be a key player in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. On Monday night, members of the Finance Committee passed a resolution of support for the nonprofit and are debating ways to further their commitment with a Read More…

Elyria Council committees split on tree lawn trimming

ELYRIA — The City Council Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee may have gone out on a limb to say the city should be responsible for the more than 17,000 tree lawn trees in the city, but the Finance Committee is not ready for that idea to take root. On Monday night, the issue of who Read More…

Elyria Council committee talks possible March tax issue

ELYRIA — The approach to seeking an income tax increase on the March primary ballot falls into one of two categories, depending on the Elyria City Council member. Some, like City Council President Mike Lotko, D-at large, want to take a slow, methodical look at the city’s budgetary needs and craft a data-driven plan. Others, Read More…

Initiative for downtown Elyria debated

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda wants to see the development of more public-private partnerships to drive economic development in the city. But a big piece of her proposal, the development of an Elyria downtown growth partnership, is not getting rave initial reviews. “We can’t do it alone,” Brinda said Tuesday night during a meeting to Read More…

Elyria fire truck need ‘dire’

ELYRIA — City officials made a point of pulling all capital expenditures from this year’s budget due to tight finances, but a last-minute deal to purchase a new fire truck is in the works. Fire Chief Rich Benton approached the City Council Finance Committee on Monday with a request to purchase a new fire engine Read More…