A Committee of Council- The New- The Blighted- The Noisy

June 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm 1 comment

By Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com

Last evening’s City Council Committee Meetings gave an insight to many things that effect our City .
Chronicle Telegram Coverage

Morning Journal Coverage

I have to admit I prefer Committee Meetings rather than Council Meetings – I enjoy the discussions.

And discussions there were :

What started out as a proposed ordinance to accept the plat of Deerfield Estates became a platform for some of the residents to air their concerns of problems with flooding and water retention around their homes.

Residents in subdivision 3 told the committee about problems in their homes that included sump pumps running constantly, infestations of flies and basement walls buckling and cracking in homes less than a year old. Joe Lamparyk, production manager for Ryan Homes, which built the homes, defended his company’s responses, which he said included thousands of dollars in repairs.

Scot Allyn Morning Journal

There seems to be an impasse between the homeowners and the developer- and although Mr. Riley ( Lorain Law Director) cautioned more than once that Council , although sympathetic to the situation, the ordinance was the subject of the discussion of the evening ; the Committee wished to wait for more information from Mr. Snodgrass ( who was absent) and represents the area.

Blight ( Urban Renewal Plan)

I thought that this would be the hot and contentious issue of the evening – however it was not – . Mr. Romancak , Community Development’s Chief Planner- spoke as to the plan and a promised letter re eminent domain to one of the businesses – Amcor- who took issue with being included in the study.
Marilyn Lopez, owner of Sun Novelty at 728 Broadway objected strongly to being labeled abandoned etc. in the study.

Ed Note since I have over the years purchased many items from Sun Novelty – including my daughters wedding invitations. I can personally assure the city that Sun Novelty is not abandoned , dilapidated and is a viable business.

Mr. Romancak and Mr. Gould ( who conducted the study ) will address that issue for Sun Novelty –

It was the “noise ordinance” that has made the headlines- ( see above articles in Chronicle and Journal) – collection of fines is apparently a problem so “more teeth” was recommended and on going investigation of implementation was the consensus of the discussion.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Brian Hazelett  |  June 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    The blight study is actually less of a plan, and more of a funding mechanism to allow abatement’s to developers and Tax Incremental Financing to pay for infrastructure because unlike the cities far west side, if the city doesn’t pay for it, I guess they will never go in?

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