May 25, 2016

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Lorain Fire Dept. service fee off the table

LORAIN — The fire service fee is officially off the table. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the fee, which was initially proposed as a way to aid in the city’s $3.6 million budget shortfall, is no longer being considered because legal counsel from the state auditor said the matter would have to go to the voters. “It Read More…

State Fire Marshal says Republic Steel is ‘acting with due regard’

LORAIN — Republic Steel is following regulations when it comes to managing its idled facility, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The office went through the facility with members of the Lorain Fire Department on Wednesday after claims were made challenging the facility’s security and safety. “The facility is acting with due regard and Read More…

Cleanup effort in Lorain’s Oakwood Park planned Saturday

LORAIN — Oakwood Park is going to be getting a spring cleanup. Councilman Angel Arroyo, D-6th Ward, and members of the Lorain Fire Department will volunteer their Saturday morning to clean up some of the debris and fallen trees from the area near the intersection of state Route 57 and East 31st Street. Arroyo said Read More…

Republic says it’s following state guidelines in plant idling

LORAIN — Republic Steel is abiding by the Ohio EPA’s recommendations and policies during its temporary shutdown, the company said in a release Tuesday. “Prior to idling the plant, Republic contacted the Ohio EPA and met with its representatives to gain a full understanding of the company’s environmental responsibilities during the shutdown,” the release said. Read More…

Coast Guard to reduce Lorain staffing to summer weekends beginning in 2018

LORAIN — The U.S. Coast Guard will be altering its operations in Lorain beginning in 2018. A news release from the Coast Guard said Station Lorain will be going from fully staffed 24/7 to only being staffed on Friday through Sunday during the summer. “Under the proposed plan, Station Lorain will remain staffed with response Read More…

Ohio EPA to tour Republic site to check for hazards

LORAIN — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will be investigating the idled Republic steel mill to make sure regulations are being followed, Councilman Greg Argenti said at a Monday meeting of the City Council’s Police and Fire Committee. “I did contact the Ohio EPA,” Argenti, I-4th Ward, said. “I was told they will have an investigative Read More…

No injuries reported in Lorain house fire

LORAIN — No injuries were reported but damage is estimated between $55,000 and $60,000 for a fire this morning on Temple Avenue. Lorain firefighters were called to the house fire after reports of seeing flames around 9:15 a.m. Nobody living in the house was at home at the time, and firefighters were able to get the blaze Read More…

Lorain firefighters vote for $500,000 in concessions to avoid layoffs,demotions

LORAIN — Lorain Firefighters Local 267 has come to the bargaining table. In a special meeting Sunday night, the union voted in favor of a series of concessions in the hopes that the city government won’t lay off members of the department. “We wanted to put together our best offer to give the city in Read More…

Gas leak leads to evacuation in downtown Lorain

LORAIN — A gas line that was damaged Tuesday in an area where construction work is underway on Broadway in downtown Lorain led to a short evacuation of four businesses. Natural gas could be smelled in a two-block area between Fourth and Sixth streets, which was sealed off to traffic by Lorain Fire Department. Temporary Read More…

Lorain Council passes budget unanimously

LORAIN — By the skin of its teeth, Lorain has a budget for 2016. But that’s considered by many to be a small victory, with millions of dollars in cuts on the way. “I’m glad that it was passed,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said after a special council meeting Thursday night during which the budget was Read More…