December 20, 2014

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Elyria officials react to Mayor Brinda’s proposed cuts

ELYRIA — The city will need to reduce its 2015 budget by another $400,000 on top of the nearly $1.9 million in cuts proposed by Mayor Holly Brinda on Monday. Brinda on Tuesday declined to discuss how the city will arrive at those additional reductions, other than through concessions by the city’s firefighters’ union in Read More…

Elyria Health Department takes heavy hit in mayor’s reduction plan

ELYRIA — The undisclosed details of a tentative agreement between the city and the local firefighters union apparently is the linchpin in Mayor Holly Brinda’s $1.8 million reduction plan for 2015, a proposal that makes cuts in many areas but keeps the roster of firefighters intact. The plan, which Brinda unveiled after Monday’s City Council Read More…

Elyria mayor to present budget plan on Monday

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda on Monday will unveil her plan to balance the 2015 budget, which employees to cut following a levy defeat in November and the fate of the Fire Department after the expiration of a federal grant. Brinda will present three scenarios on how to deal with the shortfall expected now that Read More…

Elyria Council grants conditional-use permit for senior housing

ELYRIA — City Council has granted a conditional-use permit to developers of a proposed senior citizens’ housing complex on the city’s west side. New Sunrise Properties, which also built New Riverbend Homes in a West River Road, South neighborhood, wants to build 67 two-bedroom, cottage-style houses for residents 55 and older on property it owns Read More…

Police investigating threat against Eastern Heights Middle School

ELYRIA — Police are investigating a threat against Eastern Heights Middle School that was made on social media. This morning, some students showed a message that had a threatening nature to a principal at the school. The threat was made in a chat room Tuesday evening, said Amy Higgins, district spokeswoman. Police were called, and they Read More…

Donna’s Diner applies for liquor permit

ELYRIA — Donna’s Diner might soon offer alcohol at the downtown restaurant. Owner Donna Dove, who opened the restaurant in 2000, applied through the state Division of Liquor Control on Oct. 27 for DI and D2 liquor permits If granted, the restaurant will be able to serve beer, wine and mixed drinks for consumption on Read More…

Elyria budget talks on hold

ELYRIA — Nailing down the budget implications of 2015, including possible reductions in city services and employee layoffs, will be held off until the city concludes contract negotiations with its final employee bargaining group, said Mayor Holly Brinda. In recent months, city officials have secured new contracts with the Elyria Police Patrolmen’s Association, the local Read More…

Bendix eyes move to Avon

Bendix’s headquarters on Cleveland Street in Elyria is shown last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON — Elyria-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems possibly is eyeing a move to Avon. Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the company first called Avon officials Nov. 3 requesting a meeting because they were interested in learning more about available land and what the city has to offer. Bendix officials were looking for about 35 acres Read More…

Elyria trash rates likely will rise

ELYRIA — Next year, residents could see an increase in the amount of money they pay to have trash picked up at their homes. The city is looking to raise sanitation rates for the next three years, starting in January. If City Council approves, the rate increases will amount to about 3.5 percent for years Read More…

Elyria Schools superintendent deadline pushed back

ELYRIA — The timetable to find a replacement for retiring Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda has been extended so district officials can focus on reaching an agreement with the teachers union. The Ohio School Boards Association has reposted on its website an advertisement for the position and will take applications until Jan. 16, said Steven Read More…