August 4, 2015

Elyria
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Judge rejects lawsuit targeting Oberlin firearms ordinances

ELYRIA — A county judge has shot down a lawsuit against the city of Oberlin challenging an ordinance that makes it illegal for those who aren’t allowed to have guns to carry weapons in the city’s parks. In a decision handed down this week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers ruled that in its Read More…

Oberlin sets goal for city manager Norenberg

OBERLIN — In an act of transparency, Council members devoted an entire public work session Thursday to finalizing the yearly goals for City Manager Eric Norenberg. Though it’s customary for Council members to finalize the goals each year as part of a regular Council meeting agenda, they decided to forgo that tradition in favor of Read More…

Oberlin Council switches meeting from private to public

OBERLIN — Oberlin City Council members voted Monday to hold an executive session to discuss City Manager Eric Norenberg’s employment — but that decision may have been legally questionable. After the city’s law director cautioned that discussion did not justify an executive session under state law, Council members by a 6-1 vote decided to cancel Read More…

NEXUS reps questioned at meeting

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners invited representatives of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project to their meeting Wednesday to address residents, but the 90-minute discussion did little to quiet the fears and objections of residents who want their elected leaders to support a plan to reroute the high-pressure natural gas pipeline. Chief among all the Read More…

Green Acres plan still alive, but in doubt

OBERLIN — It might be a while before Oberlin residents see proposed medium- to low-income housing built at the old Green Acres property, but City Council members haven’t ruled out the proposal. Council members held a work session Monday to discuss the details surrounding the Green Acres Project, which was first pitched by Boston-based The Read More…

Oberlin Council to discuss city manager’s future again

OBERLIN — Council members will go into another executive session Thursday to discuss City Manager Eric Norenberg’s employment. It would be the seventh private meeting regarding Norenberg since October. The proposal to go into another session was passed in a 4-3 vote at an Oberlin Council meeting Monday. Council President Scott Broadwell, Vice President Sharon Read More…

Officials: Proposal to build affordable housing in Oberlin insufficient

ED BETZEL/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — A proposal to build medium- to low-income housing on the former Green Acres property might not make it to fruition. The project was first pitched by a Boston-based group, The Community Builders, in 2011 to establish a medium- to low-income housing development comprised of 50 rental houses that would sit close together at Read More…

Oberlin Council open to food trucks

OBERLIN — Oberlin residents may soon be able to add “downtown food trucks” to the list of reasons to be excited for summer. Council members unanimously passed a second reading Monday to create an ordinance regulating food trucks in downtown Oberlin. Food trucks have been permitted in the city at special events in the past, Read More…

Oberlin city manager top paid employee in 2014

OBERLIN — City administrators again were among the highest-paid employees in Oberlin last year, with City Manager Eric Norenberg coming in at the top of the list. Norenberg made $120,205 in 2014, slightly more than the $120,162 he made the previous year. Financial Director Sal Talarico was the second-highest-paid city employee last year, making $105,871 Read More…

Oberlin Schools hires minority recruiter to broaden diversity

Gloria Buxton

OBERLIN — A former assistant middle school principal has returned to Oberlin Schools to promote racial diversity within the district as the new minority recruiter. Gloria Buxton, a former teacher and Langston Middle School assistant principal, was hired back to the district in January to work on hiring and mentoring minority staff, according to Superintendent Read More…