Avon Lake 1.5-mill renewal levy on ballot

The Avon Lake Board of Education is asking voters to renew a five-year, 1.5-mill permanent improvement levy on the November ballot. The levy would raise approximately $705,000 annually with proceeds going to general district improvements such as repairing and repaving parking lots as well as purchasing and repairing buses, said school Treasurer Autumn Reed.

Voters last approved the levy March 15, 2016.

The levy has further funded general building maintenance/upgrades, repair and replacement of roofs, sidewalks and school lockers, security camera installation and other projects with an expected life span of five years or more.

The Lorain County Auditor’s Office certified a homeowner with property valued at $100,000 will pay $17.27 annually for the levy.

The school board introduced the resolution calling for the levy in early May. The levy was certified for the November election, Reed said during a special board meeting June 26.

North Ridgeville Splash Pad reopens

The city splash pad in South Central Park reopened July 3, with coronavirus guidelines in place.

“We have rules and regulations we are following,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Fougerousse.

City officials are asking residents to follow guidelines suggested by Lorain County Public Health. The guidelines call for handwashing after playing, before eating a snack or food of any kind and upon returning home. The county suggests using hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes if no soap and water is available.

Social distancing of 6 feet when possible is advised. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering is advised while talking with neighbors, when children (over age 2) are done being active or when walking home as a group. Do not wear face coverings when playing, running or climbing.

The splash pad is in South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to dusk. The facility is for residents only and visitors may be required to provide proof of residency. The residency policy has been in place for approximately six years, Fougerousse said.

Group hosts virtual tour

Secret Gardens of Bay Village is hosting a virtual walkthrough of the various gardens around the city. Residents can post pictures or videos of their gardens on the group’s Facebook page to be included in the communitywide event between Friday and Sunday. The group will also do a drive-by, front yard tour with a map displaying what gardens can be viewed via car. For more information, contact Jill Bagger at 216-650-0218.

Lakewood libraries now open

Lakewood Public Library Main Library and the Madison Branch have resumed in-person services. The building will be initially open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patrons will be required to use the south patron entrance at both the Main Library and Madison Branch. All patrons older than 2 must wear a face covering while in the library. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided. Patrons who do not wish to wear a face covering can call ahead to have items pulled and can be assisted at the drive-through window at the Main Library or curbside service at the Madison Branch. All items are to be returned in a book return slot. Staff will not accept returns from patrons.

The Technology Center, Children’s Libranium and Computer Connections areas at the Main Library will be unavailable until further notice. The Fedor Center at the Madison Branch will also be unavailable until further notice.

All returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours before being discharged and reshelved. All service desks have plexiglass guards and stanchions in place to help maintain social distancing. Library furniture has been rearranged to abide by social-distancing guidelines. The library will be cleaned hourly and staff will be required to take a daily health assessment before each shift and wear masks. All library programming is suspended until further notice.

Calling all Lakewood artists

The city of Lakewood is accepting applications for its Spectacular Vernacular public art program. The citywide arts initiative is incentivizing community-driven art and design projects.

Proposals for permanent art projects will have a maximum budget of $5,000 and temporary installations up to $2,500. Submissions are due on Aug. 10.

City introduces sidewalk repair program

Rocky River officials announced they are working on a comprehensive sidewalk repair program for the community.

The program was introduced after a concerned citizen raised red flags to city officials about sidewalks in dire need of repair throughout the community. This includes sidewalks on River Oaks Road, which has been described as having cracks and gaps making it hard for bicyclists and pedestrians.

For any sidewalk concerns or trip hazards, please contact Shelley Sollars at 440-331-0600.

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