May 29, 2015

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Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…

Board of Elections certifies LCCC levy a winner

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Community College’s levy victory expanded when provisional and some absentee ballots were counted, but not enough to push the results out of the range of an automatic recount. The Lorain County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Nov. 5 election and those results show that 28,855 Read More…

Bryan Jensen to be first new Avon mayor in 20 years

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AVON — Bryan Jensen didn’t have a flashy celebration planned for the election Tuesday night. In fact, he was traveling around the city picking up election signs when he heard the news that he had been elected the next mayor. When he heard the news that he received 2,624 votes, or 44 percent, he hurried Read More…

Voter turnout well below expectations

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County was far lower than elections officials expected. CountyBoard of Elections Director Paul Adams said only 57,958 of the county’s 202,286 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns. That’s a turnout rate of 28.7 percent. “I’m very surprised it’s that low,” Adams, who had predicted turnout of Read More…

Columbia voters pass schools’ ‘do-or-die’ operating levy

Adrienne Heidecker, left, and Jennifer Davies, right, react after finding out voters passed the Columbia Schools levy with 51 percent of the vote Tuesday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA – Superintendent Graig Bansek had his cell phone in his hand nearly the entire night Tuesday. He used it to continuously update the Lorain County Board of Election’s website on the phone’s small screen, hoping that each time he hit refresh a new update would greet him. Then, it came – the numbers he Read More…

North Ridgeville voters pass bond issue for new middle school

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville voters decided Tuesday to remake the face of North Ridgeville Schools by approving a $58.1 million bond issue for a new middle school and football stadium. Superintendent Jim Powell was still digesting the victory just after the final voters were counted. “I’m having a hard time believing, but I’m very Read More…

Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan easily wins re-election

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VERMILION — Incumbent Eileen Bulan was easily re-elected to lead the city for the next four years — defeating the same opponent she ousted in 2009 to claim the mayor’s job. Bulan defeated ex-mayor Jean Anderson in votes tallied from both Lorain and Erie counties. In Lorain County, Bulan took 934 votes to Anderson’s 476, Read More…

AVON’S TURNING POINT: Four seek to succeed Mayor Jim Smith


AVON — Four men with varying backgrounds and experience are seeking to replace popular Avon Mayor Jim Smith, who is not running for re-election. The new mayor will walk into a far different world than the one Smith entered 20 years ago. Avon, once a quaint farming community, is now a booming town — one Read More…

Election: Elyria renewal levy accounts for 20 percent of budget

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ELYRIA — It’s a campaign Elyria has been waging every five years for the past three decades, but city officials will say it never gets easier to explain why residents need to vote to continue an income tax that nets no additional money for city coffers. Mayor Holly Brinda, whose history includes championing for school issues when she was on the Elyria school board, knows Read More…

Election: LCCC campaign spends $545,000 promoting levy


SHEFFIELD TWP. — The campaign committee backing a Lorain County Community College levy on the November ballot has shelled out $545,380 so far, and that number will continue to climb. Tracy Green, who is directing the campaign Citizens for LCCC and is one of the college’s vice presidents, said the high price tag on the Read More…