June 30, 2016

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Lorain’s International Festival kicks off today

LORAIN — The 50th annual International Festival kicks off today in Lorain. The festival, which runs through Sunday, will be at Black River Landing. Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased at the North and South gates. Many community favorite food vendors will be returning, from social halls to church groups. The Lorain Read More…

Lorain passes anti-tethering ordinance

LORAIN — City Council passed legislation Monday night regulating how long animals may be tethered outside and in what conditions. “A tethered animal is usually a dog that has been attached to a fixed object like a tree or a post by a chain or wire attached to a collar around their neck,” said Lorain Read More…

Illuminating a problem in Lorain

LORAIN — The city is considering imposing a special assessment on Lorain property owners to cover the cost of operating the city’s streetlights. The measure, introduced at Monday’s City Council meeting, would charge the equivalent of 0.88 mills in property taxes and collect roughly $675,000 per year, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said. In a letter Read More…

During down period, Lorain’s Broadway has lost some of its sparkle

LORAIN — The lights are out on Broadway. Well, not all of them, but Councilwoman Mary Springowski, D-at large, said having them out doesn’t make for a good-looking or safe downtown area. “I was getting a lot of complaints about the street lights on Broadway not working,” she said. “So I went down there one Read More…

Extent of cuts at Lorain Fire Department depends on grants

LORAIN — It’s getting to be crunch time for the Lorain Fire Department. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city will hear about grant money before July 1, and if the money doesn’t come through layoffs are happening, and more than were originally thought. “As of right now, we have 23 layoff letters for the Fire Read More…

Committee sends motor hoarder rule back for work

LORAIN — Budget constraints were front and center at Lorain City Council committee meetings Monday night as members considered several measures that would place financial stress on city departments. First was legislation that would make the outdoor storage of combustion engine-based vehicles in the city illegal. “This is something that was drafted to try and Read More…

Lorain Council to discuss motor vehicle storage on yard spaces

LORAIN — City Council’s Building and Lands Committee will look at legislation today that would prohibit the storage or placement of vehicles on the yard spaces of residential properties. Councilman Joe Faga, D-7th Ward, who introduced the legislation at the May 16 regular City Council meeting, said the legislation would enable the city to clean Read More…

Parade restrictions questioned at Lorain council meeting

LORAIN — Councilman Dennis Flores has been tasked with finding common ground between the city’s parade committees and residents who want to participate. At a regular Council meeting Monday night, Flores, D-2nd Ward, was appointed to be a liaison because participants feel the restrictions set forth by the Memorial Day and Lorain International Festival parades Read More…

Lorain council discusses laws restricting dog tethering

LORAIN — City Council committee members discussed legislation Monday night that would place restrictions on residents who tethered their dogs. At a meeting of the body’s Police and Fire Committee, Councilman Greg Argenti, I-4th Ward, introduced the legislation, which will undergo minor changes before being put to a vote. Greg Willey, executive director of Friendship Read More…

Flores questions housing court updates

LORAIN — City Council made plans Monday night to take a closer look at the city’s housing court, especially when it comes to the way Judge Chris Cook updates the body. Councilman Dennis Flores, D- 2nd Ward, said he feels the updates Council receives are not detailed enough. “One of the reasons I bring it Read More…