February 27, 2015

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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

Garry Gibbs

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…

Elyria health board balks at plan for cuts

ELYRIA — The prognosis for Elyria residents is poor if $500,000 in cuts are made to the Health Department, department and Board of Health members said at a meeting Monday. “I look at the Health Department as part of the safety service,” board President Pro Tem Robert Schloss said. “The health of our citizens is Read More…

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…