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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - March 14, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 HEY, IT’S PI DAY COVERAGE ON A4, B1 STATE WRESTLING SPORTS, D1 Four locals compete for titles High of 61. Low of 33. Forecast on A6 RAINY EARLY W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ C2 BUSINESS .... C5- 6 CLASSIFIEDS.... E4 COMICS ........ F2- 3 MOVIES................ C2 OBITUARIES........ B2 OPINION........ B6- 7 YOURTOWN........ B3 INDEX SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 75 ¢ 7 DAYS AWEEK HOME DELIVERY Mistaken workers tear off wrong roof AVON— A man called the Avon Police Department on Wednesday morning because a crew was tearing his cousin’s roof off. The roofers, he told police, were at the wrong house. According to a police log entry, the crew arrived at 3343 Jaycox Road and started their work day, but they quit after police questioned them at the cousin’s request, who did not want to approach the roofers. It turns out they were supposed to be a few houses down. They told police they would get the homeowner’s information and fix any damage that was done. — from staff reports NEWS OF NOTE Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle- Telegram SHEFFIELD — Residents are upset that Village Council approved the rezoning of 60 acres along Abbe Road near Interstate 90 for a potential assisted- living center and condominium complex. The village Planning Commission initially approved the rezoning from industrial to residential and multi- family in January, but when the matter came before Council for a final vote this week, at least 100 people came out to voice their objections. Several residents said during phone interviews that not enough is known about the project. The most- repeated concern is that plans only call for one entrance to the proposed complex very near the southern edge of the Interstate 90 overpass, which residents say will create an unsafe traffic nightmare. But a divided Council voted 4- 3 to move forward, with Sheffield Mayor John Hunter casting a tiebreaking vote. Residents are now trying to collect 148 signatures to take the rezoning issue to the ballot in November in an attempt to overturn it. Hunter maintains the $ 40 million project, which has a first phase that calls for 60 units in an assisted- living facility and an additional 189 condominium units available as rentals, will bring much- needed property tax revenue to the school district as well as income tax revenue to the village from the 30 to 80 people who will work there. Some residents are concerned the project could ultimately turn into a low- income housing complex because it is not clear if there are age restrictions on the condominium plans and multifamily zoning could allow low- Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle- Telegram AVON LAKE — The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said it was a smooth process and culling will continue. “ I wasn’t sure what they were going to get,” Zilka said. “ But it was more than I was hoping for.” The U. S. Animal Plant Health Inspection ServiceWildlife Services picked up the dead deer and the carcasses were transported to Steve Polansky Market in Amherst for processing. Zilka said the venison will be donated to a local food bank, but the city is not yet sure which one will receive it. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources initially approved 20 deer tags for the city, but Zilka said it will increase the amount to 30 tags if operations continue to net deer. “ The shooters will be out again on another night, but I’m not sure when that will be,” Member hints at new start ELYRIA SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Lisa Roberson The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA — The Elyria school board, faced with criticism about how it has handled the search for a new superintendent, may have brought two local candidates back into contention. The board also may have suggested creating a community group to look at the candidates. And it also may have committed to starting all over again if none of that works to produce just the right person to take over the district after Superintendent Paul Rigda retires at the end of the school year. The key word in all of those: may. School board member Evelyn France, in a long discourse that bounced from topic to topic and seemed more like a chat than a meeting, seemed to suggest all of those and more, but no votes were taken Friday in the first public meeting to discuss the superintendent search — a hastily called meeting that wasn’t well attended. But those who did attend weren’t sure where the search stands as a result of her statements or even if the meeting resulted in any changes to the search process. “ If the intent of ( Friday’s) meeting was to appear to be transparent and to clarify the process in the search for a new superintendent, then it was a colossal failure,” Kevin Brubaker said after the nearly hour- long meeting. “ The talking in circles only proved that they have no Initial deer shoot’s take is 8 Brad Dicken The Chronicle- Telegram Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ballot language proposed by ResponsibleOhio that would legalize marijuana in the state. It’s the first hurdle the investorbacked organization needs to clear in its effort to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November. Although DeWine opposes legalization, his role in the certification process was to determine if the summary language submitted by ResponsibleOhio was “ a fair and truthful” description of the proposed amendment. DeWine had rejected an earlier version of the group’s language. The next step in the process is a review by the five- member Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, which will determine whether or not the amendment should remain one issue or be split. Husted spokesman Josh Eck said if the Ballot Board leaves the measure intact, ResponsibleOhio will be able to start gathering the necessary signatures of 305,591 registered voters that are required to get the amendment before voters. If the Ballot Board splits the pro- See DEER, A2 See WORDING, A2 See REZONING, A2 ED BETZEL / CHRONICLE GRAPHIC See START, A2 KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Board President Kathryn Karpus, left, and board member Evelyn France speak at Friday’s school board meeting. District’s internal candidates could be reintroduced as contenders AVON LAKE 90 301 301 FRENCH CREEK Berkshire Drive Kevin St Deercreek Ct Coach Light Trail ROAD Land in Sheffield rezoned for Residents voice opposition proposed assisted- living center to Council rezoning decision SHEFFIELD RESPONSIBLEOHIO What it would do: Legalize marijuana for medical and personal use for those over the age of 21, but would limit growing to 10 specific locations in the state. Adults would be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use. Status: awaiting review by the Ohio Ballot Board, trying for the 2015 ballot OHIO RIGHTS GROUP What it would do: Legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Also allows for the personal growing of marijuana to medical reasons. Status: gathered roughly 150,000 signatures in an effort to make the 2015 ballot RESPONSIBLE OHIOANS FOR CANNABIS What it would do: Legalize marijuana for medical and personal use, allow personal growing of up to 24 plants as well as commercial production and sale. Also contains a provision that would allow those convicted for marijuana crimes that become legal under the amendment to have their cases dismissed or expunged. Status: rewriting ballot language after being rejected by Attorney General Mike DeWine in February; most likely would appear on 2016 ballot OHIOANS TO END PROHIBITION What it would do: Legalize medical and personal use for adults in addition to industrial hemp. It would create a merit- based system that would allow anyone granted a permit to grow marijuana for sale. Status: drafting initial ballot language; plans to go on the 2016 ballot STATE OKS BALLOT WORDING THE PLANS MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO Under ResponsibleOhio’s proposal, one of those 10 locations would be in Lorain, while Oberlin would likely see a marijuana testing facility if voters approve the measure. ð How to type it: For PCs, hold down ALT, then type 227 on number pad. For Apple, hold Open Apple key and type P

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