Avon Lake seeks to fill council seat

Avon Lake City Council is seeking letters of interest and resumes from eligible residents who are interested in being appointed to the vacant Ward 1 council seat.

The opening is being created by the upcoming resignation of Councilman Rob James, who is moving out of the ward. Whoever is appointed will serve through Dec. 31, 2021, and must win election Nov. 7, 2021, to serve the remaining two years of the unexpired term, according to the city’s charter.

City Council has to appoint the new member within 30 days after James’ official registration which is expected at the end of this month.

Letters of interest and resumes should be submitted by mail or in person to Clerk of Council Valerie Rosmarin, 150 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012 or via email at vrosmarin@avonlake.org by 4:30 p.m. Monday.

North Ridgeville school officials to host levy meeting

North Ridgeville school leaders will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Early Child Learning Community to address questions about Issue 13, a 10-year substitute levy on the March 17 ballot. This is the last of five public meetings devoted to the issue.

School officials are asking voters to approve the substitute levy so four existing school operating tax levies can be combined into an 11.72-mill levy that raises $10.4 million annually. The levy would not increase taxes.

Those planning on attending the meetings can RSVP on the North Ridgeville Citizens for Better Schools website, www.nrcbs.org.

If the replacement levy fails, the district could lose $4.6 million a year beginning in 2021 because two of the four levies expire this year.

The other two levies included in the replacement levy are scheduled to expire in 2022 and 2023.

Local filmmaker’s documentary premiering

A documentary that follows the life of World War II veteran Paul Leimkuehler, who lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, but turned his handicap into an advantage, will premiere this weekend.

The film, “Fresh Tracks,” was co-produced by his granddaughter, Avon resident Katie Leimkuehler and Jeremy Snyder. The film will be screened from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th Street in Cleveland.

Leimkuehler, who died in 1993, built his own artificial leg and opened a prosthetic business. He returned to sports after designing the first pair of ski outriggers in the U.S., launching the adaptive skiing movement that earned him a spot in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, the U.S. Diabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at http://bit.ly/FreshTracksOH. The red carpet reception will begin at 4 p.m., and the event will conclude with a question and answer period beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Heritage Avon Lake considers name change

Heritage Avon Lake is considering changing its name back to the Avon Lake Historical Society and is allowing residents to offer their input.

Residents can go to the Heritage of Avon Lake Facebook page and provide their answer on a survey.

HAL President Tony Tomanek wants to avoid any confusion about who the organization is or what it does. He said he would prefer that the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Avon Lake change its name to the Avon Lake Historical Society.

The Avon Lake Historical Society was organized in 1969, but it transformed into HAL in 2016 as an umbrella for a number of the history-related groups in Avon Lake. Among them were the Lake Shore Women’s Club, the Peter Miller House Museum and the Avon Lake Landmark Preservation Society.

“We just want to keep it simple,” Tomanek said. “Whenever we present a program somewhere, we often get introduced as Avon Lake Heritage Society, Avon Lake Heritage Historical Society among other things. We just want to keep it simple and be the Avon Lake Historical Society.”

If HAL’s board approves the name change, it could be in place by summer, Tomanek said.

Hobby Lobby looking at Avon site

Hobby Lobby is requesting to build a 55,000-square-foot store on Chester Road between Menards and the future site of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

The Avon Planning Commission will consider the project at its Feb. 19 meeting and might vote on it then. If approved, the request would go to City Council for consideration.

Groundbreaking for the store could take place as early as spring, said Pam Fechter, planning coordinator for Avon. The site is next to the Panera Bread restaurant that was approved last month.

New Tattoo studio to open in Avon Lake

The city will host a ribbon cutting Friday for the Reflection Room, a new tattoo studio at 32087 Electric Blvd.

The event will mark the grand opening beginning at 2 p.m.

The studio will provide body art tattooing and cosmetic tattooing piercings

Rocky River police civil service test

The city of Rocky River is accepting applications for a civil service exam for aspiring police officers at 7 p.m. March 12 at Rocky River Memorial Hall.

Completed applications are due by 4:30 p.m. March 6.

Bay deer culling wraps up

Bay Village officials have declared their annual deer culling program a success.

Sharpshooters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources began their operation in November and finished in January. The city announced the program’s conclusion at the Feb. 3 City Council meeting.

The shooters, who used thermal vision and high-caliber rifles, killed 35 deer. They focused on hunting in Cahoon Memorial Park, the Huntington Pump House, Crossroads Church, Walker Road Park and Saddler/Breezewood woods.

The city originally asked to kill 25, which was done in the first four days, and received approval to kill 10 more from the state, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said.

“We’re getting close to the point where we just have to work on maintaining the population and not bringing it down,” he said during the meeting.

The meat collected from the hunt is being inspected for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

Bay looking for school resource officer

The city and the school district are working together to hire the district’s first school resource officer. City Council has approved legislation that established the full-time position.

The officer will primarily focus on the safety of the students and faculty in the middle school and high school. The candidate hired will also teach students and parents about substance abuse and how the law deals with juvenile crime.

The school district will pay 70% of the officer’s salary and benefits and the city will pay the rest.

The search for an SRO began last year after officials decided to create a part-time position. However, a lack of qualified applicants prompted them to make it a full-time position, Law Director Mark Barbour said.

Westlake library honored

The Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a Star Library by the trade publication Library Journal. The library received four out of five stars, based on 2017 statistics compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The annual index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers using total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, circulation of electronic materials and WiFi usage. Libraries awarded between three and five stars were recognized as star libraries, according to the magazine’s website.

Porter is one of 261 libraries across the nation and 25 in Ohio honored as star libraries.

Free concert in North Olmsted

The Singing Men of Ohio, from Ohio University, will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Road in North Olmsted.

The concert is open to the public. There are approximately 60 young men in the ensemble, which performs in the Northeast and Canada.

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