May 5, 2016

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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LORAIN — Two referendums aimed at getting the city’s newly increased license plate fee repealed have failed.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…

Lorain revolving loan program has $600,000 in write-offs

LORAIN — The city’s revolving loan program has given out $600,000 to businesses to spark growth and development. And, according to the director of Building, Planning and Housing’s report on the Lorain Development Corporation at a Federal Programs Committee meeting Monday night, the city hasn’t seen a penny in return. “I got an email from Read More…

Ohio EPA to tour Republic site to check for hazards

LORAIN — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will be investigating the idled Republic steel mill to make sure regulations are being followed, Councilman Greg Argenti said at a Monday meeting of the City Council’s Police and Fire Committee. “I did contact the Ohio EPA,” Argenti, I-4th Ward, said. “I was told they will have an investigative Read More…

Union leader warns of safety hazards at idled Republic mill

LORAIN — Union officials told Lorain City Council on Monday that it doesn’t look like the situation at the idled Republic steel mill is getting better any time soon. Dennis Hamilton, president of United Steel Workers Local 1104, spoke before Council in order to share his concerns about the steel mill. “Republic has failed on Read More…

Lorain Council members return $29K to city

LORAIN — With most city departments making cuts due to a $3.6 million budget deficit and City Council is eliminating $25,000 from its own fund, many Council members will be giving up paychecks. So far, members of council have committed to returning $29,449.80 to the city through salary and insurance returns. Councilman Angel Arroyo, D-6th Read More…