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21 May 2015

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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Elyria, Ohio able. He listed several projects throughout the townships that would cost roughly $ 275,000 that funding is being sought for. “ We have a lot more need than we have resources,” he said. Commissioner Matt Lundy said he believes the money will be put to good use dealing with stormwater and flooding issues. “ I would hope we’re looking at it as an investment that needs to be made,” he said. Not everyone who attended the meeting was convinced. Rick Carlson, a Grafton Township resident who represents the Lorain County Farm Bureau on a committee that advises the commissioners on stormwater issues, said the program appears to focus far more on the northern end of the county than the south. “ I think it’s terrible,” he said after the vote. Carlson said that Grafton Township has only had one project funded by the district since the fee was collected and that was done in conjunction with Eaton Township. Grafton Township Trustee Carl Wesemeyer said he backs the increase because it will allow the townships to deal with the ongoing issue of flooding. “ I do support it because it’s going to be a lot more money,” he said. Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell said his township also has only had one project, but based on what he’s seen of the district’s expenditures, the money has been spread out around the county. “ That’s a hefty fee increase,” he said after the meeting. “ I hope we get some of it back ( in project money).” The commissioners also approved a 3 percent increase to the fee that will be implemented in 2017 and each of the next several years. They also voted to stop collecting ditch maintenance fees that some property owners have been charged. Commissioner Lori Kokoski said that was only fair because those landowners shouldn’t be charged both the maintenance fees and the stormwater fee. Stormwater fees have generated controversy around the county in recent months. North Ridgeville is considering imposing a fee that could cost property owners between $ 3 and $ 10 per month, while Elyria has put a stormwater fee on hold because of issues with how to collect it and opposition from the business community. Contact Brad Dicken at 329- 7147 or bdicken@ chroniclet. com. A2 Thursday, May 21, 2015 The Chronicle- Telegram FROM PAGE ONE Cyan A2 magenta A2 yellow A2 black A2 Cyan A2 magenta A2 yellow A2 black A2 Al Vargas, Owner Serving Lorain County for 51 Years Mon.- Thurs. 10- 7 Fri., Sat. 10- 4 • Sun. 12- 4 Call Today! We’ll Install It Tomorrow! 700 ROLLS OF CARPET IN STOCK NO INTEREST IF PAID IN FULL IN 18 MOS. $ See store for details. When : May 22 through May 25, 9: 00 am to 4: 30 pm Where : Kendal at Oberlin 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, Ohio KENDAL ® at Oberlin Together, transforming the experience of aging. ® 1- 800- 548- 9469 • www. kao. kendal. org Want to know more? 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Persons seeking such permission should contact JoAnn Traut at The Chronicle’s office. EXECUTIVES President/ CEO . . . . . . . Paul B. Martin Vice President . . . . . Andrew R. Young Gen. Manager . . . . William D. Hudnutt Controller . . . . . . . . . Ann E. Klunzinger EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Andrew R. Young . . . . . . . .329- 7111 MANAGING EDITOR Julie Wallace . . . . . . . . . . .329- 7157 NEWS EDITOR Benjamin Nagy . . . . . . . . .329- 7247 SPORTS EDITOR Kevin Aprile . . . . . . . . . . . .329- 7135 FEATURES EDITOR Howard Gollop . . . . . . . . .329- 7148 PHOTOGRAPHY Bruce Bishop . . . . . . . . . . .329- 7242 MANAGEMENT Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Cozart Inside ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Pfeiffer IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Jewell Marketing/ NIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barb Ritsko- Stephens Production . . . . . . . . . . Bambi Stafirski Retail ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carla Hama ADVERTISING Classified Hotline . . . . . . .329- 7100 Toll- free . . . . . . . . . ( 800) 848- 6397 Office hours 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily 2 p. m. to 5 p. m. Saturdays and Sundays CIRCULATION If you didn’t get your paper, please call: Home Delivery Service Elyria ( non- toll areas): . . .329- 7200 All other areas: ( 888) 836- 8328 Phone hours 6 a. m.- 5 p. m. Monday to Friday 7 a. m. to 10 a. m. Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription rates ( daily & Sunday) : Home delivery: $ 4.10 per week; $ 192.70 per year By mail within U. S.: $ 286 per year Electronic edition: $ 9.50 per month; $ 96.60 per year Newsstand price per copy: $. 75 daily, $ 1.50 Sunday The Chronicle- Telegram ( USPS 110- 020) is published daily by the Lorain County Printing and Publishing Company, 225 East Ave., Elyria, OH 44035. Periodicals postage paid at Elyria, OH 44035. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle- Telegram, P. O. Box 4010, Elyria, OH 44036. “ The same money today doesn’t buy what it did yesterday,” he said. The district’s deputy director, Don Romancak, said the district has been limited in the projects it could do because there is only so much money avail- RISES From A1 Lisa Roberson The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA— A promise by school officials not to seek new operating revenue from taxpayers until at least 2019 seems to be holding up, according to district Treasurer Katie Henes, who Wednesday delivered the district’s five- year forecast. Six months ago, when school officials were in the midst of teacher contract negotiations, they were adamant they had no plans to go back to the ballot for additional operating revenue. But just as they hinted to in October, Wednesday night also saw school officials talk of a possible return to the ballot for new schools. Next year is the district’s best window of opportunity, Henes said. “ It really would be a wise year to go out that year if we are ever going to do it. It fits into our levy cycle with a bond issue in 2016 and a renewal levy in 2018 and 2024,” Henes said. “ Of course, it’s up to the community. But 2016 would be the best time to ask the community if it would support something like this.” The board is likely to go for the bond issue. The state is offering Elyria about 67 percent in matching funds of the cost of a building project, which far exceeds the 39 percent given to the district to build Elyria High School. Multiple buildings, including the two oldest buildings in the district — Ely Elementary and McKinley Elementary — need to be replaced. If any new buildings are built, they will have to be built to projected enrollment numbers. Henes said Elyria is losing roughly 252 students per year. This year, the district has 6,150 students. By 2019, enrollment is expected to drop to 5,678 students. Financially speaking, Elyria is in a relatively good position. The district is positioned to be in the black through 2019, with predictions showing a slight increase in revenue from more funding for special needs students and to meet the needs of the growing low- income population in the district. But the district also has to mindful of its spending, Henes said. Salaries, benefits, building upkeep and maintenance, as well as materials and services are climbing in costs. According to the forecast, the district begins deficit spending in 2018 to the tune of $ 276,083 and $ 2.3 million in 2019. Henes said fiscal year 2015 will end with a balance of $ 15.4 million, which will climb to $ 17.8 million in 2016 and $ 19.2 million in 2017. Contact Lisa Roberson at 329- 7121 or lroberson@ chroniclet. com. Backs, who joined Ridge Tool in 1981, was one of six applicants to fill the vacancy. All were interviewed by the board earlier this month. Backs’ appointment was unknown until Wednesday, when the board members met in executive session to discuss their selection. “ It was very helpful to us to be able to have such a good pool of candidates who applied for the right reasons,” said board President Kathryn Karpus. Backs’ appointment brings the board back up to five members including Karpus, Elek, Croft and Mike Gebhardt. But the future makeup of the board will be up to voters as Gebhardt and Karpus are up for re- election. Elek will have to run for his first elected termand Backs will be on the ballot for the remainder of France’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017. Backs said he applied for the position because watching his own son and daughter go through Elyria Schools gave him a good perspective of the quality of education in the district. “ Both kids were used to getting pretty good grades, but they got an awakening when they got to The Ohio State University and saw how tough it can be,” Backs said. “ Both had a good foundation in education, but it was the other things they learned in Elyria that helped them most. They learned how to respond as people when things got tough.” Backs has been involved with the Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band Boosters, EHS Pioneer Club and Elyria City School Endowment Fund as well as Elyria Rotary and United Way of Greater Lorain County. After the meeting, Backs said he knows Elyria will face some tough decisions in the near future — particularly in regards to its aging buildings and the state’s pledge of 67 percent in matching funds for building costs if the district pursues another building project — and he plans to handle them much as he handed his professional career. “ What worked well for me then and what I think will work well for me now is knowing that when you are dealing with people’s lives you have to talk to them and be as open as possible,” he said. Backs was not the only appointment made Wednesday night. Windsor Elementary Principal Tim Brown was promoted to principal of Elyria High School during the meeting. Brown has been at Windsor since 2009. Before that he was principal of now shuttered Erie Elementary School, Northwood Junior High School before that. Before coming to Elyria Schools, Brown was an assistant high school principal in Madison. “ It’s very rare that someone has administrative experience at all levels and Tim brings that to the job,” said Superintendent Paul Rigda, who is retiring. Elyria High School Principal TomJama, tapped to replace Rigda as superintendent Aug. 1, said Brown was hired only after several interviews and focus groups with Elyria High teachers, staff, parents and students. Brown said the students proved to be the best group because they were just as interested in telling him who they were as he was in selling himself to them. In the end, he got the students’ nod. “ Basically, they said if you’re good enough for Dr. Jama, you are good enough for us,” Brown said. Contact Lisa Roberson at 329- 7121 or lroberson@ chroniclet. com. BOARD Lorain police From A1 Saturday, May 16 7: 45 a. m. — 900 block W. 22nd St., Christopher Flowers, 25, homeless, arrested and charged with burglary and vandalism of a public entity. A resident said Flowers kicked in his door during an argument with the resident’s sister over drugs. Police said Flowers broke a phone in the Lorain City Jail holding cell after being booked. 9: 40 p. m. — 200 block W. 25th St., a woman who police said had several dog bite marks on her face and on her left hand and arm said she was attacked by a loose pit bull that ran across the street and attacked her collie. She said the dog owner cursed at her after stopping the attack. Police said they plan to file several charges against the man for allowing a dog off a leash. Tuesday, May 19 1: 50 p. m. — Lorain Police Department, 100 W. Erie Ave., a woman said she was sitting on a bench at Reid Avenue and West Seventh Street, when a woman she knows choked her before she was able to escape. 2: 10 pm. — 1800 block E. 36th St., a resident said her home was burglarized with entry through a window. She said her home was ransacked and $ 1,200 in cash was stolen. She suspects her brother who she said is evicting her from the home. BLOTTER Ohio ( Wednesday) Midday Pick 3: 9- 3- 8, Pick 3: 7- 0- 4, Midday Pick 4: 5- 6- 9- 3, Pick 4: 8- 3- 3- 6, Midday Pick 5: 1- 7- 2- 6- 5, Pick 5: 1- 3- 1- 4- 0, Rolling Cash 5: 1- 18- 23- 31- 32, Classic Lotto: 24- 34- 35- 41- 47- 49 , Kicker: 8- 5- 6- 4- 6- 7. Rolling Cash 5 jackpot is $ 140,000. Classic Lotto jackpot is $ 4.6 million. Mega Millions TUESDAY: 10- 12- 21- 29- 65, Mega Ball: 10, Megaplier: 5. Next Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $ 194 million. Powerball WEDNESDAY: 1- 12- 28- 35- 44, Powerball: 25, Power Play: 3. Powerball jackpot is an estimated $ 121 million. Out of state MICHIGAN ( WEDNESDAY) — Daily 3: 4- 7- 9, Daily 4: 9- 0- 2- 3, Fantasy 5: 6- 17- 29- 31- 36. PENNSYLVANIA ( WEDNESDAY) — Pick 3: 6- 0- 8, Pick 4: 6- 4- 1- 9, Pick 5: 9- 8- 7- 3- 0, Cash 5: 1- 22- 23- 38- 42. WEST VIRGINIA ( WEDNESDAY) — Daily 3: 9- 0- 9, Daily 4: 6- 7- 2- 9. Get veteran baseball insight— read Chris Assenheimer… Read Chris in The Chronicle, like him on Facebook, follow him at Twitter at CAwesomeheimer School officials might seek return to ballot in near future Brad Dicken The Chronicle- Telegram ELYRIA — The Lorain/ Medina Community Based Correctional Facility has received more than $ 1.1 million from the state to add 50 beds to the facility. Executive Director Mike Willets said it hasn’t been decided how many of the beds will be dedicated to men and how many will be used by female inmates. Currently, the CBCF has housing for 60 men and 19 women. He said there is a waiting list of people to get into the facility, which is near the Lorain County Jail on Murray Ridge Road, where judges can sentence low- level inmates with substance abuse and other issues to learn skills to become productive members of society. The grant, awarded by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, will cover both the cost of designing the expansion to the facility and the construction costs. It’s the second expansion that the facility has had since it opened its doors in 1997. The most recent expansion came in 2005 with the addition of the wing for female residents. Willets said he’s hoping the design of the addition will be completed this summer and that construction will be done sometime next spring. He said he anticipates adding at least 15 full- time staff members to oversee the new wing. They will join 30 staffers and some parttimers. The Lorain County commissioners approved accepting the funds from the state during their meeting Wednesday. Contact Brad Dicken at 329- 7147 or bdicken@ chroniclet. com. Lorain/ Medina correction facility adding 50 beds with $ 1.1M grant

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