June 27, 2016

Elyria
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County commissioners will approve Grafton annexation — because they have to

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners will have little choice but to approve the annexation of a narrow strip of land from Eaton Township to Grafton when they meet to discuss the issue July 5, Commissioner Ted Kalo said Wednesday. “It’s an automatic thing,” Kalo said. “We have to approve it.” Eaton Township has vehemently opposed Read More…

The Morning Hit–6/16/16

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. LeBron says Love has to be better. Kevin Read More…

Sales tax hike closer to ballot; part would fund transit expansion

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners agreed Wednesday to move forward with putting a 0.25 percent sales tax hike on the November ballot, but it won’t be completely dedicated to funding public transportation as some had hoped. Instead, the commissioners said they would devote 25 percent of the roughly $9.9 million such an increase would Read More…

Tax levies proposed to fight opioid epidemic

ELYRIA — The scourge of opiate addiction and overdoses is expensive to combat and Lorain County officials are considering two property tax levies to help cover those costs. The county commissioners on Wednesday approved measures to see how much levies to support the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the county’s Read More…

Citing looming budget crunch, commissioners back sales tax increase, but not all for transit

ELYRIA – The Lorain County commissioners today declined to back a 0.25 percent sales tax hike that would raise about $9.7 million annually for Lorain County Transit. Instead, the commissioners said they will ask voters in November to approve a sales tax increase that splits the money between Transit and the county’s general fund. Transit Read More…

A different MOVE: Group pushes for transit levy

ELYRIA — The recent high school graduate who can’t juggle going to work and school because he doesn’t have a car. The elderly woman who doesn’t drive anymore and is forced to rely on family and friends to drive her to medical appointments. Or the blind man who needs para-transit to offer him a sense Read More…

Team Lorain County coming to an end, citing declining funds

ELYRIA — Team Lorain County, a public-private partnership launched 12 years ago to help attract new businesses to the county, will cease operations in the next few weeks, several board members said Wednesday. Those same board members said they hope the organization will be able to reinvent itself and return to doing economic development at Read More…

Director of Lorain County Visitors Bureau leaving

AMHERST TWP. — The last remaining employee of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau is leaving. Executive director Barb Bickel confirmed Wednesday that Friday will be her last day. Bickel had been working under a temporary contract with the county since the county commissioners voted to effectively take control of the Visitors Bureau in February following Read More…

Court officials argue for new electronic case system

ELYRIA — County court officials made the case Wednesday to the county commissioners for a more streamlined, electronic case management system that will allow the county’s courts to share files and other data. Such a system would link the Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Probate courts, as well as the Clerk of Courts and Prosecutor’s Read More…

Republic Services’ withdrawal accepted; Butternut Ridge stays open

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners accepted Wednesday the withdrawal of a request by Republic Services seeking to close a portion of Butternut Ridge Road in Carlisle and New Russia townships to allow trucks to move between the Lorain County Landfill on the south side of the road, and property on the north side of the Read More…