Congratulations to the Avon Lake Library for once again being recognized by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings as one of the top 10 best facilities in the population category 10,000 to 25,000. This is the second year the facility has been recognized by HAPLR. The Avon Lake Library has gone through a number of tough changes over the past year and has continued to rise above state funding issues and still meet the community’s needs. I am in the library at least once a week, and I am amazed at the activity that takes place there.

No Raises. While the city of Avon Lake has approved continual raises for city employees, council members decided at their April 19 meeting not to give themselves a bump in money. Currently, council members receive $9,500 and the council president gets $11,000 annually. While the names on council have changed over the years, the approach to raises for themselves have not. Council has only given its members one raise since 1995 and that was in 2008. What, you thought they were doing it for the money?

Sound policies. It appears both Avon and Avon Lake’s financial ratings with Moody’s are in good shape. Both communities have great ratings. Avon is at Aa2 with the possibility of bumping up to Aa1 meaning revenues are good and the administration is solid. Avon Lake’s rating is a smidge lower at Aa3 with a potential bump to Aa2. The biggest knock on Avon Lake’s rating is reflected by the auto industry and Avon Lake’s Ford plant. Trust me when I say I don’t totally understand all this deep financial criteria, but I do have a sense both cities are doing OK. For more in depth information see related story in this week’s issue.

Avon school levy. I have read and re-read all the information on the Avon school levy and both sides have real points of interest and concern. My guess is this could go either way with just a handful of votes deciding this issue. Avon’s enrollment has grown considerably over the past few years and that usually relates to the need for more money. See the related story in this week’s issue.

Congratulations to Avon Lake residents Kay Usher and Betty Kinsner on their selection by the Avon Lake Community Council as Citizens of the Year for 2009. I know both of these ladies and can personally attest to their dedication to the community. I couldn’t think of two more deserving individuals. Kay’s long-term involvement with education and Betty’s nearly four-decade involvement with Meals on Wheels put them at the heart of their community. See page 3 for the story in this week’s Press.

Quote of the week. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride.” – Author unknown

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