Avon Lake News

Referendum initiative against sales tax fails

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

A countywide sales tax increase will be going into effect despite voters striking down the measure in November.

Lorain County commissioners voted in December to impose the tax against the voters’ wishes.
Still, a group called Citizens for a Better Lorain County Government remained hopeful it could stop the increase.

The group attempted to collect about 8,000 signatures by Jan. 13 in an effort to …Read More

Community building for safer cities

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Can a more connected community end up being a safer community?

It’s hard to quantify, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Avon and Avon Lake are among area cities that have recently experienced several break-ins, some of which occurred after residential doors were kicked in.

From Nov. 4 to Dec. 1 of last year, five burglaries were reported in Avon Lake.

In Avon, there were six burglaries …Read More

Council members not seeking re-election encourage thoughtful candidates

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Two Avon Lake City Council members will not be seeking re-election this November.

Councilman Dan Bucci and Councilman John Shondel are calling it quits, both for personal and family-related reasons.

The at-large seats are now up for grabs.

Council President Marty O’Donnell’s term is also set to expire.

So far, no petitions have been filed with the Lorain County Board of Elections by those seeking seats …Read More

Local mayors talk 2017 goals

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka both have interesting years ahead of them. Jensen is up for re-election and Zilka continues to navigate his city’s tricky economic landscape. Each mayor took time to share some hopes and challenges for the new year.

What city projects or initiatives are you most looking forward to in 2017?

Zilka: We are going to …Read More

An eight-syllable word with four-letter-word implications

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

How many eight-syllable words do you know? Here’s one: interoperability. It means the ability to communicate and share real-time information and data.

Three area police departments – Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield Lake – like words like interoperability because, from their perspectives, it means keeping us safe. As applied to safety force communications, it can also mean the difference between life and death.

That is why the …Read More