May 28, 2015

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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

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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…

Commissioners may revise how employees cash out on unused sick time after $18K payout

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ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners are considering whether to revise how county employees can cash out unused sick time in the wake of a controversial $18,080 payout to former county Auditor Mark Stewart in April. Commissioner Tom Williams said he wants to bring the county policy closer in line to what he said the Read More…

Should county employees be allowed to bring guns to work if it’s left in their cars?

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams wants county employees to be allowed to bring their guns to work and leave them in their cars. The county bars employees from having guns, even if they have a concealed carry license, on county property. But Williams said under state law citizens are allowed to bring guns Read More…