Friday, May 3, 2013
Councilman, who grew up in Lorain, personally experienced decline.
To the Editor: As an elected official in Avon Lake, I strongly endorse Issue 10. I grew up in Lorain and had the privilege of attending Lorain City Schools in the 80’s and early 90’s. The Lorain city school system that I was a part of was successful and a far cry from the issues that Lorain City School’s currently suffer. The decline of the Lorain school system can be traced to two events. The first was the defeat of the 1991 school levy, the failure to pass the school levy led to the cancellation of most sports (including football) and major cuts in academics. The second was the downsizing and eventual closure of the Lorain Assembly Plant. The City of Lorain did not pass another school levy for over 20 years. The closure of the Ford …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Catch Councilman David Kos as a Civil War re-enactor.
Sunday, June 24 is a big day for the Peter Miller House Museum. The Lake Road building, the first in the city to receive an Ohio Historical Marker, will also receive the city’s first Avon Lake Historical Landmark plaque, dedicated by the Avon Lake Historical Preservation Commission. Bernie Baka, chairman of the Commission, said the Commission was essentially coat-tailing on Civil War day, which runs from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to the dedication, visitors will hear Abe Lincoln tell his story, listen to Civil War music with guitar, banjo and fiddle and witness Civil War re-enactors including Avon Lake's David Kos. Kos, an Avon Lake City Councilman will also give a speech. "We will have about 10 soldiers and will have a musket firing …
Friday, April 27, 2012
59 parcels eligible under proposed law
A new option to cull deer in Avon Lake is under scrutiny by Avon Lake Councilman David Kos who said at least 59 parcels at 17 locations in Avon Lake would be eligible for bow hunting deer. He provided Patch with an unofficial map of parcels that could be eligible for bow hunting. Kos' map is broken into wards, with Ward 4, Kos's ward, hosting most of those parcels. Those parcels include three parcels — that could be open to bow hunting by licensed hunters with the property owners permission if the law is approved—that are across the street from Avon Lake High School. A joint Safety Committee and Environmental Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall will allow for comments from the public on the bow hunting issue, as well as a proposed …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Meetings between residents and city leaders will provide a forum to exchange ideas
Mayor Greg Zilka is making good on one of his campaign proposals and reinstating ward meetings in Avon Lake. “I proposed them in the summer,” Zilka said referring to his time on the campaign trail. Former mayor Rob Berner instituted ward meetings in his first term. The meetings, which included the mayor and the ward representative on council, allowed for residents of the city’s four wards to meet with the city leaders to discuss concerns or share ideas. The ward meetings discontinued after K.C. Zuber took over the mayor’s office. “It was a very effective thing Rob had done and I was surprised they weren’t continued,” Zilka said. Zilka, each ward representative, Police Chief David Owad, Fire Chie Glen Eisenhardt, City Engineer Joe Reitz and…
Friday, November 11, 2011
Councilman ran unopposed, looking forward to serving again.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Though I ran unopposed this past week, I believe it is appropriate to thank the voters of Ward 4 for their continued support. These past four years have been trying times for our city and the Council. However, I truly believe that Avon Lake and specifically the west side of town are better off now than four years ago. I truly thank the residents for the continued dialogue and guidance that they have provided me over these past four years. I look forward to serving you over the next four years and continue to build upon the successes that we have achieved. Ward Four residents are always encouraged to contact me about any city issue at 930-7737 (home) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org This truly is a great town and the credit for all our …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Councilman said he will focus on retaining and expanding post office in present location if re-elected
Avon Lake Ward 4 Councilman David Kos formally announced his candidacy for re-election last week, filing petitions with the Lorain County Board of Elections on July 29. Kos said he has been part of several plans that made significant strides since he was elected in November 2007, including the city pool and the Canterbury Road project, now underway, which will provide additional access to Troy Intermediate and alleviate bus traffic on Belmar Boulevard. “When I fist went down Belmar that was a consistent complaint of traffic,” Kos said of the road providing the only access to the school, which houses fifth and sixth-graders. “It was a safety issue for Troy if there was a disaster.” He also noted the addition of a traffic light on Avon …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Michael Stanek called creation of new map distasteful
Former Ward 4 Councilman Mike Stanek is saying the way city council handled the recent redistricting was politically charged. He expressed a “personal distaste” for the process that resulted in a map selection that would allow the current former councilman, to retain his seat instead of using a map blindly drawn to account for household counts. On July 11, Avon Lake City Council approved one of two redistricting options that would allow Ward 4 Councilman David Kos, who under the first map would be placed into Ward 3 and rendered ineligible to serve after six months, to remain in Ward 4. Stanek lost a bid to retain the Ward 4 seat in 2007 to Kos, and was then appointed to an at-large seat. He opted not to seek re-election for the at-large …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Fenderbosch casts lone vote against "Map B"
After plenty of discussion on which redistricting map Avon Lake City Council should adopt: one that was drawn “blindly” without regards to anyone’s residency (Map A) or one that would effectively allow councilman David Kos to remain in Ward 4, council members voted 5-1 to select the second option. An ad-hoc committee to discuss the issue recommended “Map B” on July 9. Redistricting of wards was necessary after the results of the 2010 U.S. Census showed a significant imbalance in Avon Lake's four council wards. Council, after learning that the blindly drawn map would have resulted in Kos’ Redwood Boulevard address being shifted to Ward 3, realized that if Kos won re-election in November, he would, by city charter rules become ineligible for…
Friday, June 24, 2011
U.S. Census shows imbalance in wards
Every five years, Avon Lake's city government is required to review its council wards. Compound that with the result from the 2010 U.S. Census results showing an imbalance of housing units in the current wards and it becomes clear new wards are needed. Following the 2010 census, current ward have the following housing units: Ward 1 2662; Ward 2, 2407; Ward 3, 2152 and Ward 4, 2598. How those wards are redistricted could pose a problem for those considering a run for one of the four open council seats as well as one councilman—David Kos—who could find himself ineligible if he wins re-election this year. The Avon Lake Engineering Department, under the guidance of Engineering Manager Joe Reitz, recently completed several scenarios of how …