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Council renames street to honor Sgt. Horner


LORAIN — City Council honored a former resident at Monday night’s meeting by naming a street in his honor.

Army Sgt. Bruce E. Horner, who was a graduate of Lorain City Schools and an 18-year career soldier with the U.S. Army, was killed by a sniper on June 1, 2007, while serving his country in Baghdad.

“He was born and raised in Lorain and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Lorain Councilman Dan Given, D-at large.

An ordinance to designate West 26th Street between Oberlin and Ashland avenues as “Honorary Bruce Horner Parkway” was unanimously approved by Council members.

Horner’s family, who were present at Monday’s meeting, accepted two replica signs in his memory.

Lorain selected

Council also received word from Mayor Chase Ritenauer that the city has been selected as a 2013 finalist for the Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards in the category of business expansion/retention.

The city will receive word July 11 if the award is given to Lorain.

According to Ritenauer, the city and Ohio Edison will be recognized for their combined efforts in Republic Engineered Projects for bringing in an estimated 449 new jobs and retaining 100 jobs.

“It’s a true project when a number of people come together,” he said. “I was very happy to hear we were one of the finalists because it shows the city is moving forward and we should be very proud of that.”

In other business

Councilmen Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, and Miroslaw Silecky, D-7th Ward, expressed their concerns with overgrown lawns.

Despite the fact that mowing season has just begun, many properties, including city-owned ones, are already knee-high.

“We are telling our residents to take care of their property, we need to do the same,” Silecky said.

In Flores’ ward, he has received word from landlords who are not pleased with the way their properties were cut.

“(Contractors or city employees) are doing a poor job of cutting the lawns. It looks like a hack job,” Flores said. “In some rows, grass strands stand up and grass is mowed onto the front porch and into the street. They are doing a shoddy job.”

Ritenauer said he will look into the matter and asked all in attendance to be on the look-out for unkempt properties.

To report high grass within Lorain, residents are asked to call (440) 204-2283.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.

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