May 2, 2016

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Elyria wants to move on fiber optic

ELYRIA — Cities want to provide Internet service via fiber-optic lines in hopes of attracting new business, and Elyria Councilman Mark Jessie wants to see the city move quickly to have its infrastructure in place. Investing in fiber optic was one of the components of the city’s Issue 6 campaign, and now that the income Read More…

Church on The North Coast’s ‘wisdom imaginarium’ is room to grow

The smallest members of the congregation are in for the biggest surprise soon at Church on The North Coast in Lorain. The area housing the children’s ministry has been undergoing renovations since January, and work is expected to be complete come Easter morning. Called the “Wisdom Imaginarium,” the $150,000 project revamped a 4,000-square-foot area to Read More…

Lorain mayor: Here come the layoffs

LORAIN — Rather than fight what he called “several policy battles” over ordinances aimed at partially addressing a $3.6 million budget deficit, Mayor Chase Ritenauer removed the items from City Council’s meeting agenda Monday and said he will instead focus on massive layoffs that could result in intermittent closures of City Hall. A mandatory retirement Read More…

Lorain Council votes to end city Health Department

LORAIN — City Council approved Monday moving forward with eliminating the city Health Department and joining the Lorain County General Health District. Council had been considering the elimination of the department, which had been downsized in recent years and has 10 employees, in light of the $3.6 million budget deficit Lorain is facing. Lorain Mayor Read More…

Police: Robbery suspects caught within hours

LORAIN – Two juveniles were arrested Monday several hours after an armed robbery on the city’s west side. Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said around 1 p.m. two masked men entered Jay’s Mini Mart, 2239 North Leavitt Road, and one was armed with a rifle. The men ordered the clerk to hand over money, Sivert Read More…

Lorain eyes early retirement for safety forces

LORAIN — The city administration is planning on taking its first dig at the Police and Fire departments in an effort to balance the 2016 budget. In an ordinance that is expected to be heard by Lorain City Council at its regular meeting Monday, a compulsory or mandatory retirement age of 57 years old will Read More…

Lorain Councilman Dennis Flores loses Democratic Party precinct committee spot

LORAIN — Dennis Flores has resisted the efforts of Lorain County Democratic Party leaders to oust him from his position as a precinct committeeman for years, but his run ended Tuesday. Flores had recently relocated from one part of the city’s 2nd Ward, which he represents as a member of City Council, to another and Read More…

Lorain council to vote on measure to help modernize zoning code

LORAIN — City Council is looking to update Lorain’s 31-year-old zoning code in the coming months and the body will vote Monday on a measure that will move the plan forward. “This ordinance would allow for a contract that would get a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and zoning ordinance update,” said Leon Mason, city director Read More…

Appeals court overturns county judge’s ruling, upholds Lorain firefighter’s resignation

LORAIN — An appeals court has sided with the city of Lorain in a long legal fight over whether former Lorain firefighter Joe Colon was improperly pressured to resign nearly four years ago. Monday’s decision from the 9th District Court of Appeals overturns a 2014 ruling by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi, who Read More…

Signatures sought to bring Lorain plate fee hike to vote

LORAIN — City Council’s recently passed license plate fee increases are facing their first obstacle with petitions circulating seeking a voter referendum to repeal them. Chris Olejko, a member of the referendum committee, said he and other residents told their councilmembers that if the two ordinances passed, petitions would begin circulating for the referendum. “And Read More…