January 30, 2015

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3 North Ridgeville levies to expire at end of year

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Three five-year levies are set to expire at the end of 2015, which will require voter approval if they are to continue. Last renewed in May 2010, the issues each are 1.9 mills that voters approved by roughly 2-to-1 ratios. Each generates $1.145 million annually, and costs $21.55 a year for all Read More…

Web survey gathers public opinion on North Ridgeville flooding, roads

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City Councilman Ron Arndt, R-3rd Ward, hoped to get a response when he put together an anonymous four-question survey to gauge public sentiment on issues facing the city. Arndt started hearing from the public almost immediately. “We have an internal communication email here in Ridgeville, and as soon as I posted it, Read More…

Vehicle license fee proposed to pay for North Ridgeville road projects

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — When voters rejected an $8 million bond issue in May that would have paid the city’s portion of the $67 million widening and improvement project for Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads, city officials said they would pursue other avenues to fund the work. Voters turned down the bond issue by 143 votes in Read More…

North Ridgeville, firefighters reach new contract

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the city’s firefighter union Monday night, but not before some Council members voiced concern over what one termed excessive benefits. The new pact will run from January to the end of 2017 and calls for 2 percent raises in each of the three Read More…

Two 18-year-olds charged with taking signs, holiday decoration

Some of the items found in a truck that was driven by the suspects in a rash of thefts in the North Ridgeville area. PHOTO PROVIDED BY NORTH RIDGEVILLE POLICE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A pair of 18-year-olds told police they were out having fun when they went on a theft spree that allegedly netted them 20 realty and housing-development signs, an illuminated holiday decoration and traffic work zone signs. “We have no idea what they planned to do with the realty signs, but they might Read More…

North Ridgeville planners to examine new school schematics

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Plans for the city’s new $58.1 million middle school and sports stadium are scheduled to come before the city Planning Commission for the first time Dec. 9. While the session is designed primarily to provide the commission’s members with an overview of the massive project, school officials are also hopeful of receiving Read More…

North Ridgeville Middle School ends day early for sewage leak

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Hundreds of students at the city’s aging middle school began their day Thursday as they usually do by sitting in a classroom. But the day didn’t end that way. About lunch time, students and staff alike began to notice an increasingly foul odor. “Everything was OK until the last lunch period, and Read More…

Board of Elections investigating report of voting problem in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Lorain County Board of Elections is investigating reports that some voters who cast ballots at Lorain County Community College  may not have been able to vote on a proposed income tax increase and bond issue for improving major roads. Paul Adams, director of the Board of Elections, said late Wednesday that James Read More…

North Ridgeville voters reject bond issue, income tax increase

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – In May, voters rejected by 143 votes an $8 million bond issue that would have paid the city’s share of a $67 million plan to widen and improve Center Ridge and Lear Nagel roads. On Tuesday, voters shot the same issue down by an even smaller 111-vote margin, according to unofficial election Read More…

North Ridgeville eyes new water deal

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city’s continued growth, particularly in home building, has given rise to the need for more water. Mayor David Gillock said he has been informed by Jim Whitlock, the city’s Utilities Department supervisor, that North Ridgeville’s daily water consumption is consistently exceeding 2 million gallons. “He said we’re exceeding that amount about Read More…