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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Schedule a cancer screening 866- 606- 4006 You only need one reason. IN HISTORY ACCENT, D1 Week of July 26 to Aug. 1 HOT STOVE SPORTS, B1 2 county teams win state titles High of 85. Low of 63. Forecast on A6 HUMID, WARM W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ D2 CLASSIFIEDS.... D5 COMICS ........ D3- 4 MOVIES................ D2 OBITUARIES ...... C2 OPINION .......... C4 SPORTS ............ B1 YOURTOWN ...... C3 INDEX MONDAY, July 27, 2015 75 ¢ Delivery Home DAYS AWEEK T E L E G R A M www. chroniclet. com Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram LORAIN — A newly bought road paver will help make some of Lorain’s notoriously bumpy roads smoother. The 2010 LeeBoy asphalt paver, purchased used for $ 67,400 in April from the Hudson- based McClean Co., recently hit the streets. The paver will allow the Lorain’s Street Department to do more road improvements in- house rather than contracting out the work. On Wednesday, the paver moved east about 2 mph down West 36th Street toward Broadway, driven by department worker Rich Gonzales, who was assisted by six other workers. At Gonzales’ hand signal, a dump truck fed asphalt to the paver as a worker cranked a lever releasing the asphalt. Crew members behind the paver smoothed it with rakes while others used poles to ensure the asphalt was 2 inches deep. The paver is the first for the department. Workers previously had to use a smaller grader and roller to spread asphalt. Workers said roads took longer to finish without the paver and work was less efficient. Gonzales said he was initially intimidated by all the buttons and levers on the paver, but has since gotten the hang of it. “ The overall quality is way better,” Gonzales said. “ This spreads it out a lot easier.” Workers trained last month with workers in North Ridgeville, who have used pavers since the early 1980s, said Al Swindig, North Ridgeville public service director. Swindig said North Ridgeville’s paver was bought in 1998 for $ 77,444 and has paid for itself. He said North Ridgeville has saved “ plenty of money” paving roads in- house and the quality is as good as those done by private companies. Lorain rolls out new road paver Lisa Mascaro Tribune News Service WASHINGTON— A congressional standoff over how to renew an e x p i r i n g h i g h w a yfunding bill pushed the Senate into a rare and heated Sunday session, but the legislative path forward remains unclear, leaving federal transportation projects hanging in the balance. Adding to the complication were votes Sunday on several unrelated amendments to the Senate highway bill. One to repeal the Affordable Care Act was rejected and another to resuscitate the Export- Import Bank advanced toward approval. But the fate of the six- year, $ 337 billion Senate bill, which could face a final vote later this week, remained in doubt since it is starkly different from a stopgap House bill passed earlier this month, which would extend transportation funding for five months while a broader compromise is negotiated. The stalemate over authorization for the nation’s highway program, which expires Friday, is not so much a traditional partisan divide, but rather a tussle between the House and Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans, but they’ve taken different approaches to the problem. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned that billions of dollars in transportation projects and thousands of jobs across the nation are at risk if a compromise is not reached. Only days remain before House members leave for the summer recess, and money runs out at the end of the month. “ This country is hungering for robust transportation,” Foxx said Friday. “ The problems of congestion that have gotten worse over the last several years— the potholes in the roads, the bridges that need to be repaired — I could go on and on.” “ I’ve just been to so many places around the country where traffic is getting worse,” he said. “ People are beginning to draw the line, follow the bread crumbs back to Washington.” Transportation funding problems have been building for years, partly because the 18- cents- a gallon federal gas tax has remained flat while vehicle fuel efficiency has increased, leading to repeated shortfalls in the highway account. Congress has repeatedly patched the highway trust fund, but has been unable to agree on new revenue to cover the costs of repairing and upgrading the nation’s old infrastructure. Senators have devised a farreaching bill that would revamp transportation policy over the next six years, and provide funding for road, freight and public transit projects for half that time. But the bipartisan Senate plan, championed by U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, the top Democrat on the committee, and Republican U. S. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman, would be paid for by revenue cobbled from various federal sources. The House dismisses this approach, and approved its own stopgap bill that would replenish the highway fund through December— a temporary fix while a bipartisan group led by U. S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., works on a longer- term solution. Ryan, with backing from a key Democrat, U. S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, wants to overhaul the international tax code and use taxes generated on overseas corporate profits for the highway fund. “ The House has passed a responsible bill,” said Speaker Congress divided over expiring highway funds INSIDE Senior Republicans rebuke U. S. Sen. Ted Cruz, A4 ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE PHOTOS Friends and family raise their candles Sunday night during a vigil in memory of Sidney Heidrick, 4, at Hungtington Reservation in Bay Village. Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram BAY VILLAGE — Four- year- old suspected drowning victim Sidney Heidrick’s parents grieved for their son along with about 200 people at Huntington Reservation on Sunday night. John Heidrick, Sidney’s father, held Woody, an action figure from the “ Toy Story” movies, and a children’s book throughout the onehour memorial. The toy and the book were favorites of Sidney, according to Deacon TomSenna of St. Raphael Parish, which the Heidrick family attends. About 20 yards away, Shannon Toetz Heidrick, Sidney’s mother, cried throughout much of the ceremony as friends and relatives wept beside her. She held a cardboard poster with letters of the alphabet written by a child. The memorial came a day after Sidney’s body was found in Lake Erie near his grandparents’ home at 4845 Lake Road in Sheffield Lake. Police reports were unavailable Sunday night, but police said Sidney was last seen walking on Lake Road at 4: 26 p. m. Friday. He was reported missing 12 minutes later by David Toetz, Sidney’s maternal grandfather. Besides firefighters and police, dozens of volunteers participated in the search. Sidney’s body was found just before 1 p. m. Saturday. Gathering for Sidney A photograph of Sidney Heidrick is adorned with flowers and a candle brought by his family to a memorial vigil. See CONGRESS, A2 Machine purchased used for $ 67,400 See PAVER, A2 See SIDNEY, A2 SIDNEY REMEMBERED A candlelit vigil for Sidney Heidrick is scheduled 8 p. m. Tuesday at Shell Cove Park at the intersection of Lake and Lake Breeze roads in Sheffield Lake. Sidney’s funeral is 10 a. m. Thursday at St. Ladislas Catholic Church, 2345 Bassett Road, Westlake. COMMUNITY UNITES IN MEMORY OF BOY WHO DROWNED

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