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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 DISTRICT SOFTBALL SPORTS, D1 Last- inning rally gives Elyria Catholic 1st title High of 63. Low of 47. Forecast on A6 SUN AND CLOUDS W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ C2 BUSINESS ........ B3 CLASSIFIEDS.... E3 COMICS ........ F2- 3 OBITUARIES........ B2 OPINION........ B6- 7 SPORTS .............. D1 YOURTOWN ...... C3 INDEX THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 75 ¢ 7 DAYS AWEEK HOME DELIVERY Brad Dicken The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA — The Lorain County Stormwater Management District will double the fee it charges property owners in the townships beginning in January. The county commissioners, who comprise the district’s board, approved an increase Wednesday that will amount to a hike from $ 1.50 per month to $ 3 per month, or from $ 18 per year to $ 36 per year, for most of the roughly 21,000 property owners who pay the fee. The district calculates how much to charge property owners based on what is known as an equivalent residential unit, also known as an ERU, which looks at the hard surfaces on the property such as buildings, driveways, parking lots and decks. Properties that have 6,000 square feet or less of hard surfaces — which includes most homes — are charged the base fee. Landowners with a larger hard surface area on their properties are charged higher fees, although credits to reduce their bills are available. The money collected by the Stormwater District is used for a variety of flood control and other water management projects in the county’s 18 townships, ranging from ditch cleaning to the construction of water- detention basins. The district’s 2015 operating budget was $ 649,000 and will jump to nearly $ 1.3 million when the increase goes into effect. It will be the first increase since the district began collecting the fee in 2011. County Administrator Jim Cordes said the amount budgeted for grant- funded projects in the townships will increase from $ 150,000 this year to $ 400,000 next year. He also said that costs to do the work get higher every year. Township stormwater fee rises County commissioners approve rate increase for about 21,000 See RISES, A2 The Cavaliers sent a message to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 31 points and J. R. Smith had 28, including eight 3- pointers, as Cleveland stormed into Atlanta and ripped away home- court advantage with a 97- 89 victory. The Hawks had the best regular- season record in the East. The Cavaliers fell behind early, tied the game by halftime and held a double- digit lead in the fourth quarter. The Hawks made it a bit scary late, but James ended the drama with a thunderous dunk on a drive down the lane. He added eight rebounds and six assists. Game 2 is Friday in Atlanta, before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. — Scott Petrak CAVS WIN ON THE ROAD, 97- 89 AP Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James heads to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland conquers Atlanta, leads series 1- 0 BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Firefighters work at the scene of a crash Wednesday between a freight van and a tractor- trailer on the Ohio Turnpike. Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA TWP — A 42- year- old Michigan man died after police said the freight van he was driving rear- ended an eastbound tractor- trailer on the Ohio Turnpike about 4: 25 p. m. Wednesday. Brian Maki, of Houghton Lake, Mich., the driver of a Load One Transport and Logistics van from Holland, Mich., died at the scene, according to Sgt. Brian Mamere of the Ohio Highway Patrol Milan post. Paschall Truck Lines Inc. driver Brandon Evans said he slowed to about 25 mph for construction when his 2015 Freightliner tractor- trailer was struck, Mamere said. Evans, 31, of Akron, was unhurt. Maki died on impact, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans and Sgt. Frank Ramsey. “ He wasn’t able to get slowed down in time,” Ramsey said. Maki was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram van. The crash occurred in a construction zone just west of exit 145 near state Route 57. Construction closed the middle lane of the three- lane stretch. The Turnpike speed limit is 70 mph, but it was 50 mph in the construction zone. The crash occurred in the right lane and backed up traffic for several miles, Mamere said. Troopers diverted some cars off Elyria exit 142 to Interstate 90. Traffic resumed flowing normally about 7: 30 p. m. Wednesday. Reporter Anna Merriman contributed to this story. Contact Evan Goodenow at 329- 7129 or egoodenow@ chroniclet. com Mich. man, 42, killed in crash Board announces new member Lisa Roberson The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA — An Elyria Rotary Club member and retired engineer from the Ridge Tool Co. was tapped Wednesday to be an Elyria school board member. Jim Backs, the father of two Elyria High School graduates and husband of a Prospect Elementary School teacher, was nominated by board member Annie Croft to fill the vacant seat of former board member Evelyn France, who resigned earlier this month due to health issues. Croft’s nomination was seconded by board member Greg Elek, also a newcomer who joined the board less than two months ago. ELYRIA SCHOOLS See BOARD, A2 FULL COVERAGE IN SPORTS, PAGE D1

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