May 28, 2016

Elyria
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Lorain County’s highest-paid employee cashed out more than $84K in unused sick, vacation time

ELYRIA — The highest-paid worker in Lorain County government last year was a long-time deputy engineer who retired at the end of September. Wayne Mileti, who worked for the county for 23ᄑ years, was paid a total of $173,636.24, including his regular salary of $78,391.04 and $3,711.12 of overtime pay. Mileti also cashed out unused Read More…

Homeowner tax changes

Changes in annual property taxes for 2015-16 tax bills for the owner of a home valued at $100,000: Amherst Township/Firelands Schools -$38.69 Amherst Township/Elyria Schools +$20.04 Amherst Township/Oberlin Schools -$42.10 Amherst Township/Amherst Schools -$10.12 Amherst/Firelands Schools -$37.39 Amherst/Amherst Schools -$8.82 Amherst Township/South Amherst/Firelands Schools -$35.30 Avon/Avon Schools +$17.02 Avon Lake/Avon Lake Schools -$105.80 Brighton Township/Wellington Read More…

County records 56 OD deaths in 2015

Drug overdose deaths continue to plague the county, with at least 56 confirmed deaths in 2015, and another seven deaths that the coroner suspects were drug-related but which results have yet to confirm. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said he sees one to two overdose deaths every one to two weeks. Drug overdose became Read More…

5. Residents fight back against proposed NEXUS pipeline

A Texas-based energy company continued working to advance plans for an interstate natural gas pipeline as Lorain County residents and others around the state voiced concern and attempted to stall the project. The NEXUS pipeline, a project by Houston-based Spectra Energy, filed in November with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a Certificate of Public Read More…

Correctional facility expansion plans readied; construction could start in February

ELYRIA — Construction of a $4.8 million, 50-bed expansion of the Lorain-Medina Community Based Correctional Facility looks to get underway in February and be completed by September. Mike Willets, executive director of the facility, updated county commissioners on the status of the project Wednesday. The 50-bed addition will include 40 beds for men and 10 Read More…

Decisions aplenty in today’s election

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voters in Lorain County and across the state will head to the polls today to weigh in on issues and decide who will lead communities going forward. County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams predicted that roughly 40 percent of the county’s 195,533 voters will turn out for the election. Deputy Director Read More…

Still feeling the recession

LORAIN — Those living below the federal poverty line in Lorain County grew slightly between 2013 and 2014, while Lorain made strides toward reducing that number, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The county’s poverty rate was 14.6 percent in 2013, and had grown to 14.8 percent of the county’s estimated Read More…

NEXUS foes meet, vow to continue opposition

GRAFTON TWP. — People seeking to reroute the NEXUS gas transmission line told landowners Thursday night that although restraining orders may have been filed against them, the fight against the Texas company is not over. More than 50 people gathered at Grafton Township Hall, some of them concerned residents and others members of the Coalition Read More…

Firefighters soon to carry cribs on calls

ELYRIA — Stuffed somewhere between massive fire hoses and emergency extrication equipment, the Elyria Fire Department soon will start carrying infant pack-and-play cribs as it crisscrosses the city on emergency calls. Not your typical piece of fire apparatus, the baby items are intended for the homes where parents using unsafe sleep practices are running the Read More…

Report: Lorain County to get hit hard by EPA ozone regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten ozone regulations has come under the scrutiny of small business and manufacturing groups who say it is a federal overreach that will hurt Ohio’s economy. The EPA is considering tightening federal ozone limits to 65 to 70 parts per billion from the current 75 parts per billion Read More…