May 25, 2016

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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…

Lorain Fire Dept. service fee off the table

LORAIN — The fire service fee is officially off the table. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the fee, which was initially proposed as a way to aid in the city’s $3.6 million budget shortfall, is no longer being considered because legal counsel from the state auditor said the matter would have to go to the voters. “It Read More…

Referendum efforts fail for Lorain license plate fee increase

LORAIN — Two referendums aimed at getting the city’s newly increased license plate fee repealed have failed. City Council passed legislation March 7 that would beginning Jan. 1 increase from $10 to $20 per plate the fee that residents pay when renewing their plates; the referendums were introduced to give residents a say on the Read More…

Lorain Council, officials clash over budget process

LORAIN — Just because the budget has been passed doesn’t mean the conversation has stopped for Council. At a meeting of its Finance and Claims Committee on Tuesday night, Council received a quarterly report from the auditor’s office that showed the city’s finances are right where they were expected to be. As of March 31, Read More…

Lorain officials favor on-land dredging disposal

LORAIN — City Council wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find alternatives when it comes to dredging the Black River. At a regular meeting Monday, Council voted unanimously to draft a resolution encouraging the corps to find solutions in which the sediment dredged from the bottom of the river is disposed of on Read More…

State Fire Marshal says Republic Steel is ‘acting with due regard’

LORAIN — Republic Steel is following regulations when it comes to managing its idled facility, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The office went through the facility with members of the Lorain Fire Department on Wednesday after claims were made challenging the facility’s security and safety. “The facility is acting with due regard and Read More…