May 30, 2015

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Sheffield Lake approves privatizing Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council approved privatizing the city Building Department for the next two years. The city entered into a temporary 45-day contract with Colorado-based Safebuilt Ohio LLC in April following the resignation of building inspector Jon Wiblin. The city has declined to comment on Wiblin’s resignation and his personnel file didn’t indicate any Read More…

Sheffield Lake man indicted in Ashtabula County

Trevor Gegen

A Sheffield Lake man who is a registered sex offender was indicted by an Ashtabula County grand jury for having sex with a minor. Trevor Gegen, 24, whose last known address is 450 Elm St. in Sheffield Lake, faces two second-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor stemming from an investigation into Read More…

Cash-strapped Sheffield Lake seeks to privatize Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Mayor Dennis Bring has hopes that privatizing the Building Department will reap savings for a city that has struggled financially. City Council recently approved two ordinances that allow the city to hire a private firm to handle the duties of the former Building Department after the resignation of the department’s sole full-time Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…

Mayors re-ignite Battle of Sheffield

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring

SHEFFIELD — Picture it now: The traditional game-day motivating song — Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” — blaring through the speakers, the bleachers filled with a roaring crowd as city and school employees take to the court for an epic battle. The time has come for the second annual Battle of the Sheffield’s Read More…

Undocumented Lorain woman gets year’s reprieve

Anabel Barron cries during an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram in February 2014. CHRONICLE FILE

LORAIN — Almost two years ago, Lorain resident Anabel Barron was facing deportation in a Sheffield Lake holding cell. This week, two years of fighting that deportation paid off when she was granted her second year-long stay. “There were all these emotions,” Barron said, remembering how she walked out of the Federal Building in Cleveland Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools OKs levy on May ballot

SHEFFIELD — The Board of Education approved a resolution Monday to place an operating levy on the May ballot. The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school district is seeking a five-year, 6.53-mill levy that would generate $1.985 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $227.50 a year in taxes. Monday’s resolution was the Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake superintendent has baptism by ice

Sheffield Super

SHEFFIELD — With a $31 million school building project underway, as well as labor negotiations and a high number of bad weather school closings, new Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Superintendent Michael Cook has been forced to hit the ground running. Cook, 43, promoted from Brookside High School principal to superintendent Jan. 1, is OK with that. He Read More…

Sheffield Lake Council approves $2.89 million budget unanimously

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A $2.89 million general fund budget was unanimously approved by City Council members at their Tuesday meeting. Passage comes as city officials grapple with less state revenue and on the heels of a November rejection by voters of a 0.5 percent income tax hike that would’ve raised $500,000 annually and cost a Read More…

Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…