Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Four-term councilman will seek seat in November 2013 election.
The first candidate hoping to replace Mayor Jim Smith is in. Four-term Avon City Councilman Bryan Jensen, 52, announced he is running for the mayor’s seat in Avon in the November 2013 election. Five-term Avon mayor, Jim Smith, has said he will not seek re-election. Smith began serving as the city’s part-time mayor in 1994. His term ends at the end of 2013. The position is now full time. “It has been a pleasure to work with Mayor Smith under whose leadership we’ve seen amazing growth in Avon,” Jensen, who represents Ward 1, said. “My goal is to continue that legacy of smart growth and to do my part to keep Avon a wonderful and safe place to live and work.” For the past eight years, Jensen, the president and owner of Pinehaven Greenhouses…
Approval would generate $250,000 annually for system.
Lorain County Commissioners are asking for an additional .04 mills levy to support the Lorain County Transit system. The 5-year levy, if approved, Issue 2 will cost voters about $2 per year and if approved, would generate approximately $250,000 per year, allowing the county to add additional routes to the current system. County Commissioners said the $250,000 collected could double with matching funds. Presently, Lorain County operates a service between Elyria and Lorain. In 2010, the Avon and Avon Lake community connectors were cut. Other lines throughout Lorain County were also cut in 2009 and 2010 during budget cuts in the County. In September of 2010, Lorain County Transit began offering a commuter route to and from Cleveland Public …
Millage for 10-year levy is 8.28.
Avon Lake voters will see a 10-year, $6.5 million emergency school levy for the May 7 Primary Election. An 8.28 millage rate was certified by the Lorain County Auditor’s Office. If passed, the levy will cost $253.58 annually, for every $100,000 of home valuation. If approved, the levy will generate $6.5 million per year, for 10 years. A 9.04-mill levy was defeated in November by 675 votes. The levy is based on the needs of a 5-year forecast. Still uncertain is the effect the 2015 closing of the NRG (formerly GenOn) Power Plant will have on the district. Avon Lake City Schools receives real estate revenue and Public Utility Personal Property revenue from the power plant.