September 1, 2015

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Sentence overturned for former county commissioner — again

ELYRIA — For a second time, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals has overturned the prison sentence of former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross. Defense attorney Anthony Baker said that based on his calculations, Ross’ sentence will have to be cut from 9 years to 6½ years under the ruling handed down Monday. Ross, Read More…

Lear-Nagle widening to be bid out in October; construction should start in spring

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City officials expect the Lear-Nagle road widening project, estimated to cost $12,749,977, to be bid out in October after Ohio Department of Transportation officials and Lorain County commissioners sign off on plans. To be overseen by the Lorain County Engineer’s Office, the project will add a third lane to the road. A contract Read More…

Rerouting NEXUS gets Lorain County support

The Lorain County commissioners sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking Spectra Energy to consider reroute proposals for the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project. Members of the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS, or CORN, have steadily garnered support over the past several months in the form of letters and resolutions from townships, cities Read More…

Lorain County commissioners approve stormwater increase

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Stormwater Management District will double the fee it charges property owners in the townships beginning in January. The county commissioners, who comprise the district’s board, approved an increase Wednesday that will amount to a hike from $1.50 per month to $3 per month, or from $18 per year to $36 Read More…

Judge denies former commissioner Ross’ bid for early prison release

ELYRIA — Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny has denied former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross’ bid for early release from prison. Ross, 51, is serving a nine-year prison sentence on public corruption charges that include taking kickbacks totaling $582,783 for steering county business to Elyria businessman Larry Jones, who took a plea deal in the case Read More…

Former commissioner seeks early release from prison

Michael Ross

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross has asked to be released early from the nine-year prison term he is serving on public corruption charges. Ross, 51, is scheduled to be released from prison in November 2018. In his request for early release, filed Friday, Ross wrote that he has accepted responsibility for his Read More…

Lorain County joins budget information initiative

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are prying open the county checkbook. Lorain County is joining Mahoning County in a partnership with the state Treasurer’s Office to place the county spending ledger online in a Google-style search engine at OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel joined Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Matt Lundy and Ted Kalo on Monday morning Read More…

EPA: Black River ‘Area of Concern’ could be shrinking

ELYRIA — The vicinity around the Black River considered by the federal government to be an environmental “Area of Concern” could be shrinking. The present boundary encompasses the entire Black River watershed, including French Creek, but Ted Conlin of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency told the Lorain County commissioners Wednesday that environmental officials want to Read More…

NEXUS reps questioned at meeting

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners invited representatives of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project to their meeting Wednesday to address residents, but the 90-minute discussion did little to quiet the fears and objections of residents who want their elected leaders to support a plan to reroute the high-pressure natural gas pipeline. Chief among all the Read More…

Commissioner’s proposal to reduce sick time payout has little support

ELYRIA – Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams found little support Wednesday for his proposal to change how the county pays out departing workers for their unused sick time. Workers hired before Nov. 15, 2005 are allowed to cash out up to 1,000 hours of unused sick leave, while those hired after that date can cash Read More…