February 12, 2016

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Finance committee sends plate fees hike to Lorain Council

LORAIN — City Council’s finance committee took another whack at doubling Lorain’s motor vehicle license plate fee from $10 to $20 at the body’s committee meeting Monday night and sent it to the full Council for consideration in a 3-1 vote. The ordinance, reviewed by the Finance and Claims Committee, would add two motor vehicle Read More…

Lorain Council approves emergency water supply agreement with Vermilion

LORAIN — The City of Vermillion can now get emergency water from Lorain. Lorain City Council approved an ordinance that would allow Vermillion to purchase water from the city in the case of an emergency until a long-term agreement can be put in place. Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, said he wasn’t sure of what Read More…

Lorain officials consider license plate fee hike

Joe Koziura

LORAIN — City Council finance committee members discussed the possibility of a motor vehicle license fee Monday night that was met with mixed feelings by Council members and residents alike. The two new ordinances would levy a $5 fee each on motor vehicle licenses to go in effect during 2017. It would double license fees Read More…

Lorain eyes fire call fee

LORAIN — City officials are considering imposing a new fire service fee on residents to stave off firefighter layoffs as the city deals with budget woes. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city’s fire union approached him with an idea to create a fire service fee that would help the city address a projected budget Read More…

Mum remains the word as Lorain council rejects resolution for public comment

LORAIN — Those wanting a public comment period during regular Lorain City Council meetings are down but not out. Council struck down a resolution allowing for comments from the public, which are only allowed during committee meetings, in a 6-5 vote Tuesday night. “Some of the other Council members have gotten a taste of power, Read More…

Lorain council talks public comment, outdoor alcohol consumption at committee meeting

LORAIN — City Council took no formal action on several ordinances at its committee meeting Monday night, but Mayor Chase Ritenauer was pleased with the body’s progress. “We had some good discussions, especially when it came to the outdoor refreshment areas and whether or not they can serve alcohol,” Ritenauer said. “It applies to several Read More…

Tale of the tape: Attendees protest lack of public comment at Lorain council meeting

LORAIN — Regular attendees wore pieces of duct tape over their mouths at Lorain City Council’s first 2016 meeting Monday in support of a petition that would allow a public comment period at regular meetings. “We come to these meetings to know what’s going on, and on occasion, share our opinions, but we can’t at Read More…

Lorain Council votes to cut health care, but not until 2018

LORAIN — A measure to cut health-care benefits for Lorain City Council members failed to win enough votes to take effect this year during a special Council meeting Thursday. Although seven Council members voted in favor of the legislation, eight affirmative votes were needed to pass it as an emergency so it could take effect Read More…

7. Lorain councilman loses, then wins Democratic primary after court case

Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, appeared to have lost his seat when the final results of the May Democratic primary saw him narrowly defeated by challenger Ryan Horn. But Flores was convinced that some of the provisional ballots, all but one of which went to Horn, were cast by people who weren’t eligible Read More…

Lorain council considers cutting its own benefits

LORAIN — In a 7-4 vote, City Council’s ordinance to establish compensation, benefits and terms of employment for all elected officials of the city was recommended for a second reading. The purpose of the ordinance is to eliminate insurance benefits for Council members and the Council president, which would save the city $108,000 per year Read More…