Avon Lake News

Avon Lake officials leave room for discussion before passing tougher social hosting laws

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake’s tone toward adults who allow teen partying is becoming zero tolerance.

Really, the city’s rhetoric is already tough on “social hosting.”

But officials are taking their time drafting the tougher legislation to find a line between zero
tolerance and needlessly making criminals.

The word “recklessly” was added to drafted legislation that also now specifies the law refers to incidents that take place in “public …Read More

Land use review may answer tough questions

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

An upcoming review of Avon Lake’s comprehensive land use plan at the end of the year will be weighted as the city considers how to best utilize the last of its vacant land.

The city’s current land use plan has been around since 1995, and was last updated in 2010.

The city’s public works director, Joe Reitz, looking at a map of the city …Read More

Students raise money for autism, reflect on involvement with PALS club

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

(L-R) PALS members Meghan Moench,Hannah Runge, Abby Lindenmeier,Kaylie Ganser and Ashley Carpenter. Blue puzzle pieces on the window of Avon Lake High School’s cafeteria spell out “autism awareness.” Press photo — Nicole Hennessy

Five PALS club members sit at a round table in an empty Avon Lake High School classroom, surrounding a peg board they use for coordination practice with the special needs students …Read More

City officials fight for home rule

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake/Avon

Home rule authority, and perceived violations of the constitutional provision on the part of state legislators,  has been a hot topic among city leaders lately.

The rule, written into the Ohio Constitution, is designed to protect municipalities and ensure that cities can effectively self-govern.

“So-called general laws that apply statewide are not matters of home rule,” Avon Lake’s law Director Abe Lieberman explained.

In recent cases, the (Ohio) …Read More

City asks for paitence during road improvements

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

Roadwork began at Lear and Krebs roads Monday. Press photo — Nicole Hennessy

Construction started Monday on the $1.2 million improvement project at the intersection of Lear and Krebs roads.

New turning lanes and traffic lights are being added on either side of the tracks to help move traffic along more smoothly.

The city is asking for patience, as the project won’t be completed until …Read More