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Lorain city employees, including police, get raises

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LORAIN — Several city employees, including police, will receive raises, following approval at Monday’s Council meeting.

Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, approving wage increases for all of its members, effective May 27. Officers also will receive a $100 per month stipend for earning an associate degree, $150 per month for earning a bachelor’s degree and $250 per month for earning a master’s degree in fields related to their position.

Members of the city’s Building, Housing and Planning Department also will see wage increases, with Council unanimously approving its MOU to adjust account clerk, administrative liaison, administrative secretary, building and housing inspectors’ salaries.

The city will seek state funding to help replace or rehab several roads next year. Administration will submit an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission to repair sections of Redbud Road, East 26th Street, Rosecrest Drive, East 34th Street, East 37th Street, West 26th Street, East 41st Street, G Street, King Avenue, West 35th Street and Lexington Avenue. Of the more than $2.9 million in projects, the city is requesting $800,000 in grant funds and $300,000 in loan funds.

A tobacco-free policy also passed, effective on all city-owned or -leased property. Signage with the policy, prohibiting the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, will be put up. The policy can be enforced by any city employee, but there are no fines or other legal recourse associated with it. Those found in violation will be asked to leave the property or facility for the remainder of the day, according to the policy.

Members did not excuse Councilman Angel Arroyo’s, D-Ward 6, absence. It did retroactively excuse Mitch Fallis, D-at large, for being late, as he had notified members beforehand. According to Council rules for each unexcused absence from regular meetings, that Council member loses 2 percent of their annual salary.

Celebrating student success

Council also recognized students’ achievements from Lorain Schools.

Members of Palm Elementary School chess team received a resolution for their first place victory at the 2019 Ohio Elementary Chess Championship on

March 30. This is the fifth time a team from Palm has brought the trophy back to Lorain

Its coach, Bob Bdar, and members Eric Barhams Jr., Bryce Lowe, Rocco Hernandez, Alex Manriquez, Demian Perez, Charles Thomas Jr. and Darrell Witten finished first as a team in the 4-6 Grade Reserve Division, and placed first, second and third with individual wins.

Bdar said for the other four teams that brought back similar scores they had started training in September or October. The young men on his team started in January — working Saturdays at the South Lorain Branch Library leading up to the competition held in Solon. The team hopes to compete in Cincinnati in the fall and already has a summer schedule in the works.

“What this group of young men did was extremely exceptional,” he said.

The All-City Art Awards People’s Choice winners also were recognized. Emily Hoag, FireFish festival director helped Council celebrate three students from the district, who in addition to receiving the recognition and award money, will have their works shown at the festival in September.

Students recognized were Jaaron Kidd, from Garfield Elementary; Maya Cordova, from Southview Middle School; and Alyssa Hoffee, from the high school.

City Hall will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day. The next regular Council meeting is 6 p.m. June 3.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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