April 18, 2015

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Petitions challenging Sheffield rezoning are submitted

Sheffield rezoning

SHEFFIELD — Citizens have moved forward with efforts to put a rezoning issue before voters in November. Village Council approved the rezoning of 60 acres along Abbe Road near Interstate 90 for a potential assisted-living center and condominium complex in March. It was changed from industrial to residential and multi-family in January. Mike Gorka, who Read More…

Pot legalization could be windfall for Ohio, Lorain County

ELYRIA — ResponsibleOhio released figures Tuesday estimating that its proposal legalizing marijuana in Ohio would generate $554 million in annual tax revenue by 2020. In Lorain County alone, special marijuana taxes would generate almost $4.1 million for county government annually and more than $7.5 million that would be split among the county’s cities, villages and 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 Lake eyes tax break plan to lure businesses

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council is considering an ordinance that would designate all commercial and industrial zones in the city as community reinvestment areas in an effort to spur growth. Council has discussed the matter in recent weeks and held a first reading of the proposed ordinance Tuesday night. If passed, the ordinance would allow Read More…

Sheffield school board talks job cuts

SHEFFIELD — The Board of Education met in executive session Monday afternoon to discuss potential staff cuts. Superintendent Mike Cook, reached by phone before the meeting, did not offer specifics about what positions might be cut or the number of positions that could be affected. Cook said the purpose of Monday’s executive session was to Read More…

Sheffield Village Council member resigns

Walter Min

SHEFFIELD — Walter Min stepped down from his position as a Village Council member, announcing his resignation in a letter read by Mayor John Hunter to Village Council earlier this week. Citing pressing family obligations, Min, 47, first elected in 2009 and re-elected in an uncontested race in 2013, said stepping down is a decision Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools district raises lunch prices

SHEFFIELD — A 25-cent increase goes a long way to generating revenue but not enough to cover what it costs to make and serve a school lunch in Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools. The district’s Board of Education approved an increase Monday night in the cost of school lunches by 25 cents. Lunch will now cost $3 Read More…

Sheffield mayor gives no thanks to lone Republican commissioner

John Hunter

AVON — Sheffield Mayor John Hunter thanked a lot of people during his State of the Village speech Wednesday, but Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams wasn’t one of them. Williams said it struck him as odd that Hunter would mention his fellow commissioners, Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski, and not him, especially since he was 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-Sheffield Lake school board considers realignments, closures

The Sheffield Board of Education is considering a realignment of schools that would see the current middle school be used for third to sixth grades. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CORRECTION: Third- through sixth-grade classes would attend Brookside High School under a plan being considered by the Board of Education. Sheffield Middle School likely would be demolished due to its age, Superintendent Michael Cook said. SHEFFIELD — Barr and Tennyson elementary schools likely would be demolished, leased or sold as part of a realignment Board of Read More…