September 4, 2015

Elyria
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Elyria fire truck need ‘dire’

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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…

Tree lawns to stay city’s duty

ELYRIA — Members of City Council aren’t ready to foist the responsibility of tree lawn trees on residents. That’s the message members of the Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee sent Wednesday night when members voted to recommend changing the city’s tree ordinance to reflect the common practice of city workers taking care of trees in Read More…

Longtime Elyria councilman Richard Seward dies at 80

ELYRIA — He reportedly never missed a City Council meeting, never missed a Council vote and never lost an election. Richard “Dick” Seward was well-liked — that’s the most repeated statement from those lamenting the death Monday of the former Elyria City Council member and Elyria Municipal clerk of court. Seward, 80, died at University Read More…

Out-of-town worker credit loses revenue for Elyria; change unlikely

ELYRIA — More than 65 percent of Elyria residents work outside the city and pay either no city income tax or a small fraction of it, but city leaders will soon begin discussing how that full tax credit is affecting Elyria’s bottom line. On Monday night, City Council decided against asking voters for an income Read More…

Elyria City Council tables tax talk

ELYRIA — City leaders are hoping they can hold city finances together long enough to come up with a 2016 income tax issue. A November ballot issue is not in the works after City Council failed Monday to support a plan presented by Councilman Mark Craig, I-4th Ward. Instead, led by Council President Mike Lotko, Read More…

Tug of war over historic homes

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ELYRIA — There comes a time in every home renovator’s life when knee-deep into a big project, dust is flying, joints and muscles are sore from slinging a sledgehammer, and there is seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel, that questions of sanity come into play. That time came for Clint Rohrbacher and Read More…

Process in deciding Elyria road fixes a bumpy one

ELYRIA — Elyria officials have not cobbled together a list for residents who are desperate to know what city streets will be paved this year and Monday’s fiery City Council meeting was a step toward explaining why. The practice of leveraging the city’s motor vehicle fund, also known as the street resurfacing fund, to get Read More…

Elyria officials already thinking about winter road salt

It may have been a warm, sunny Monday, but city officials are already looking ahead to the first snowfall of winter. The Ohio Department of Transportation starts negotiating for the best price on road salt this month, and Elyria wants in on whatever deal can be had. Elyria will join a joint purchasing agreement for Read More…

8 is enough when it comes to grass length in Elyria

ELYRIA — The city is lowering the threshold for allowable grass height by 4 inches to match county guidelines. City Council members voted Monday night to approve the change, now requiring residents to limit grass or weed height to no more than 8 inches. Previously the city capped the limit at 12 inches. Safety Service Read More…

Elyria Council gets update on Eagle Valley project

Elyria City Council was updated on construction at the former Spring Valley Country Club at the meeting Monday, April 20. CHRONICLE FILE

ELYRIA — The Valley of the Eagles is still a go, but 2015 will be all about construction, and golf won’t likely return to the course until 2016 at the earliest. A much-anticipated update on the project at the former Spring Valley Country Club took place Monday during City Council, giving Council members a virtual Read More…