January 31, 2015

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Elyria firefighters give, receive new contract

ELYRIA — The new contract agreement between the city and the local firefighters union, which kept layoffs from affecting the Fire Department in the face of sweeping city budget cuts, calls for firefighters to both lose a portion of their compensation and receive a 2 percent base raise. This year, firefighters are giving up the cash-out Read More…

UPDATE: Elyria homeowner dies in fire Sunday

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ELYRIA — A fatal fire at 525 Skylark Court called in at 4:09 p.m. Sunday was an accident waiting to happen, neighbors said. Firefighters said a mound of materials in the home hampered efforts to rescue homeowner Janet Kemerling, who was killed in the fire. “There’s so much stuff in there that it’s kind of Read More…

Elyria Council envisions cremations as a cost savings for indigent burials

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ELYRIA — City Council is contemplating changing cemetery rules to require indigent burials to be cremated remains only. When an indigent person dies, the city must make burial arrangements on his or her behalf. As a result, City Council may create a formal policy to do away with full burials for those residents. The matter Read More…

Temporary shelter reopens tonight in Elyria

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ELYRIA — A temporary homeless shelter reopens at 9 p.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. The church, 320 Middle Ave., is reopening the shelter due to the bitter cold, said Pete Aldrich, a St. Mary parishioner who will oversee the shelter in the parish gymnasium. Temperatures are expected to be in the single Read More…

Mayor Holly Brinda states case for Bendix to remain in Elyria

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

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda doesn’t need an international flight to bend the ear of German officials, pleading her case of why Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems should stay in Elyria. Officials with the Knorr-Bremse Group came here. Brinda said she met with top financial officials from the German parent company last month to discuss the Read More…

North Olmsted company eyes move to Elyria

ELYRIA — A German-owned company with a facility in North Olmsted since 2008 is planning to relocate to Elyria. RUF US Inc., a machine builder in the field of briquetting, is looking to buy a 6,800-square-foot, one-story building on Elyria’s Sugar Lane as the base for its manufacturing facility. Four jobs would relocate to Elyria Read More…

Elyria Finance Committee votes to give resident $500 for cloudy water

ELYRIA — City Council members want to let a little monetary relief flow in the direction of an Elyria couple who has dealt with cloudy, undrinkable water for more than a year. Monday night, members of the Finance Committee voted to give Carol Kiesel of Elywood Drive $500. The decision will go up for a Read More…

Former Councilman Garry Gibbs eyes 2 seats in Elyria

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ELYRIA — Former City Councilman Garry Gibbs is returning to the political fray — and giving himself options. Gibbs, who caused a stir last year when he strongly opposed Mayor Holly Brinda’s proposed tax plan, is circulating petitions to run for mayor in the upcoming election. He also is circulating petitions to mount a campaign Read More…

Elyria city government leaner in 2015

ELYRIA — There are 51 fewer employees working for the city of Elyria than there were at the start of 2014, yet only two people were laid off recently. That’s the fallout from Mayor Holly Brinda’s recommended $1.875 million budget reduction plan. “We have been leaving positions open and not filling them so we wouldn’t Read More…

Elyria stormwater fee put on hold

ELYRIA — Residents and business owners will not see fees attached to their property taxes in January for a stormwater utility unless the city re-examines its ordinance and proposed method of collection. The city has been planning for a stormwater utility fund since 2011, according to Safety Service Director Mary Swierka. The city intended to Read More…