February 13, 2016

Elyria
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Visitors Bureau wonders if county has a plan

AMHERST TWP. — Several members of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau board questioned Thursday whether the county commissioners have a plan to keep the organization operating as the county takes control of the Visitors Bureau. Board member Mitch Zunich said the Visitors Bureau only has around $69,000 in funds left in its bank account, but Read More…

Republic Services files request to close road

Butternut-Ridge-SLIDE

ELYRIA — Republic Services filed paperwork with Lorain County commissioners asking them to shut down a portion of Butternut Ridge Road. The company wants the 0.85-mile stretch of road between Oberlin and West Ridge roads closed to make it easier for its heavy equipment to haul fill dirt from land it owns on the north Read More…

Forum gathers ideas for Lorain County transit

ELYRIA — Residents gathered for a forum Wednesday night to discuss the lack of public transportation in Lorain County. “We know that transportation is a complex issue,” said Brian Frederick, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. “In every needs assessment that we do, transportation has been at the top of the Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners severing relationship with visitors bureau

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are severing their relationship with the Lorain County Visitors Bureau. The commissioners agreed unanimously Wednesday to give the Visitors Bureau board 30 days’ notice before they completely end the relationship. The commissioners resigned their three seats on the Visitors Bureau board just before they made the decision because of criticism Read More…

Visitors Bureau board members prepared to quit

AMHERST TWP. — Board members with the Lorain County Visitors Bureau are frustrated with the Lorain County commissioners’ decision to stop sending money collected from the county’s bed tax to the organization and said Tuesday they’d rather resign en masse than see their work to promote the county unravel. The emergency meeting, called after county Read More…

Commissioners withholding bed tax funds until bureau decision made

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners have stopped sending money collected from the county’s bed tax to the Lorain County Visitors Bureau. Commissioner Matt Lundy said the decision to withhold the money doesn’t mean that he and his fellow commissioners have decided to stop funding the nonprofit charged with promoting travel and tourism in the county. Read More…

Visitors Bureau now meeting in public, won’t reorganize until commissioners make funding decision

AMHERST TWP. — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau will hold off on reorganizing its board until after county commissioners decide whether to continue funding the organization, the board decided Thursday at its first public meeting. The commissioners have pushed to reduce the size of the board, which has had as many as 18 members in Read More…

Visitors Bureau willing to change for funding

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau on Wednesday urged the county commissioners to continue funding the organization despite their criticism about how it operates. Howard Lane, a bureau board member, said his organization is willing to make the changes the commissioners have asked for if it leads to a renewed contract. The commissioners voted Read More…

Group asks Fair Board to ban Confederate flag sale

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Fair Board decided last year to continue to allow the sale of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds, but a group calling itself the Fair Minded Coalition of Lorain County has renewed a push to ban the flag. “To some Americans, the Confederate flag is merely a historical artifact of Read More…

Tight county budget inked

Ted Kalo

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners on Wednesday passed a temporary budget for the first quarter of 2016, delaying any cuts and largely freezing in place the money various county departments and other county elected officials will receive next month. “We’re looking at a very difficult year next year,” county Commissioner Ted Kalo said. The county Read More…