A female American Bald Eagle fighting off a hawk over a fish was electrocuted Monday morning near East Ave. The incident was reported by the city to both ODNR and the Nature Center in Bay Village.
Nature Center staff are licensed wildlife rehabbers and are permitted to handle the birds. They picked it up and took it to their center. From there, it will be prepared and transported to a Native American center in Colorado.
While Bald Eagles are no longer considered endangered, they are still protected by several federal laws including The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. These protections strictly forbid average citizens from touching the birds, including keeping a feather that they may find on the ground.
The city has sold Shoreway Shopping Center for nearly $1.8 million to a group of New Your investors.
As part of the deal, the city retains ownership of three properties which formerly were the post office, bowling alley and drive-thru beverage store. Mayor Dennis Bring said this is a primary reason the sale was lower than the listing price.
The new owners told city officials they will keep the center open, and make repairs to the building and parking lot. Bring said keeping the center open was a key element of negotiations as he believed it was important that Apples and Rite Aid continue to operate, in addition to other current tenants.
He said over the past six or seven years, the city had been approached by several prospective buyers but negotiations fizzled because some wanted to tear the center down, while others wanted the deal to include the city’s Boat Launch and Domonkas Library properties, none of which Bring believed was in the best interest of residents or the city.
Lorain County Public Health will spray for mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 23-24, between the hours of 9-11:30 p.m.
Scott Pozna, environmental health manager, explained that one truck will spray on the city’s west-side while another will spray on the east-side, with the two trucks working their way to the middle of the city. He said he was not sure they would finish spraying on Monday evening, so they will return to finish on Tuesday evening.
Anyone who wishes to have their property placed on a “no spray” list can call Lorain County Public health on Monday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at (440) 322-6367. The state has already provided him a list of area properties with certified beekeeping operations or organic farm fields and they will not be sprayed, he said.
The product the county uses is targeted to kill mosquitoes and will not harm other insects including fireflies, butterflies and bees. Pozna said there is no evidence of adverse effects on people or pets, although people should feel free to take precautions like closing windows or staying inside while spraying occurs if they wish.
Repeated vandalism at the Boat Launch bathroom has forced its permanent closure. Mayor Dennis Bring said the city is simply not able to continue paying for plumbing and other repairs.
“When I was elected Mayor, I constantly heard we needed to do something to improve our parks. We did. I don’t understand why people want to destroy the nice things we put in our parks.”
Bring said the vandalism at the bathroom had occurred multiple times this summer. In addition, benches are being removed from Gary Green Park following repeated acts of vandalism, he said.
The Mayor said his biggest disappointment in having to take these actions means that the vast majority of Sheffield Lake residents will lose because of a few “who just don’t care.” He asked if anyone has knowledge about who destroyed city property to report it to Acting Police Chief Shawn Corr at 440 949-7131. Their identities will be kept secret.
VFW Post 6868 will hold its annual Memorial Day event Monday, May 31. A brief program begins at 11 a.m. Post Commander Dennis Vollick will speak about those who gave their lives for this country. Following the program, residents are invited to join members inside the club. Food is provided. The event is free and all are welcome. The post is located at 577 Harris Road.
The state of Ohio will allocate $50 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund from the CARES Act to 47 Community Action Agencies to help Ohioans that have experienced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Community Action Agency will receive a portion of the funding based on their Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act allocation.