August 30, 2014

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Lorain’s new machine more effective than asphalt to fix potholes

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LORAIN — The severe winter made Lorain’s notoriously bumpy roads worse than ever, but the DuraPatcher is smoothing things over. The machine sprays an emulsion/aggregate mix rather than asphalt, making repairs last longer. The city purchased the DuraPatcher in 2013 for $61,654 along with a 150-gallon emulsion tank for $22,500. The tank keeps the mix Read More…

Lorain approves 34 road repair projects

LORAIN — The city’s notoriously bumpy roads should get smoother this year. City Council members on Monday approved about $9.6 million in improvements to 34 roads. The most expensive project is $856,463 for work on Seneca Avenue from East 28th Street to East 33rd Street. Second is $808,643 for Meister Road and East 33rd from Oberlin Read More…

Lorain blotter: Witnesses report seeing man urinate in Walmart parking lot

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Lorain police Sunday, May 4 12:42 a.m. — Walmart, 4380 Leavitt Road, Larry Fisher II, 44, 100 block W. 31st St., Lorain, a woman said she saw Fisher pull down his pants and urinate in the parking lot and then throw cans and chase geese around the lot, according to police. A Walmart manager said Read More…

Lorain County law enforcement agencies receive armored military vehicles

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LORAIN — Vehicles equipped to withstand gunfire and explosive attacks in the Afghanistan war are being repurposed to deal with Lorain County crime scenes. The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Lorain Police Department each were given one armored vehicle this week through the Ohio LESO Program. The vehicles, which weigh about 47,000 pounds, previously Read More…

Lorain Council gives development keys to Port Authority

LORAIN — City and Lorain Port Authority leaders want the authority to handle deals financing infrastructure improvements designed to spur economic development. Under a proposal discussed Monday by City Council’s Federal Programs Committee, the Port Authority would negotiate Lorain’s tax increment financing deals in return for a percentage of the taxes. Tax increment financing involves Read More…

Lorain blight battle expected to grow

LORAIN — Wednesday’s housing docket at Lorain Municipal Court had just seven cases and was over in 45 minutes.
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Lorain house causes $50,000 damage, displaces 5 residents

LORAIN — Five people escaped from a house fire early Friday that left the building uninhabitable. About 2 a.m. Friday, a fire broke out in a house at 1108 W. 12th St. The five people in the house escaped uninjured, said Lorain Fire Department Capt. Matt Homolya. The front porches on the first and second Read More…

Lorain streets, parks manager leaving

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LORAIN — The man responsible for overseeing Lorain’s roads, parks and city equipment is leaving. Public Property Manager Hal Kendrick said Tuesday he is scheduled to become Cuyahoga Falls Schools’ director of operations May 27. “Lorain is a great place to work. They’re doing great things,” he said. “I was glad to be a part Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain district awards first round of bids for new high school

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LORAIN — And so it begins. With Monday’s awarding by Board of Education members of $57.5 million in construction bids, work on the new Lorain High School is expected to start next week. The project, at 2600 Ashland Ave., is the last in a 14-building, $208 million project that began in 2002. “We are on Read More…

Volunteers improve Haven Center lobby

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LORAIN — About 15 volunteers from the 2014 Leadership Lorain County class worked in shifts Saturday and today to transform the lobby of the Haven Center into a brighter, more inviting space for the adults and children who find refuge there. “We got a down-and-gritty tour” of the county’s only 24-hour homeless shelter, which followed Read More…