Avon Growth News, 9-11-03 to 11-27-03

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9-10-03: Short Takes

9-11-03: Documenting Historic Buildings

9-16-03: Oster Homes Presents

10-1-03: Who has the GUTS to fight for their livelihood and family?

10-5-03: Drivers can't get enough of Avon gas prices

11-27-03: Lewis House Wins 2003 Lorain County Beautiful Award

COLUMN from The Press, 7-2-03, By Julie Short

``Wow, never has one of my columns attracted so much attention and talk ...

My first attempt at this was two weeks ago entitled "Construction in Avon is out of control." Funny how people only give you negative feedback. Those who know me understand that I'm not against growth, provided it is well thought out. For those who don't know me, I guess my column caught you a bit off guard ...

First of all, I never wrote construction in Avon should stop, as was publicly mentioned (for no reason) at a recent city council meeting. Please don't misquote me. I wrote construction should slow down. ... Build a million homes. I could care less. Just do it over a longer period of time. Also, you better work with the schools on the student population and you better get some decent roads throughout the city.

Funny how the "speed of government" only slows down when there is talk of building/paving roads, updating intersections or adding an interchange, yet housing permits and subdividers agreements are approved faster than LeBron James can say "Nike." ...

There are ... a number of existing homes up for sale. Why are so many people leaving Avon? I didn't notice all the "for sale" signs until my parents, who were up for a visit from Florida, pointed them out. They noticed all the new housing starts, but also noticed the number of existing homes that are on the market.

Maybe I should have offered suggestions on how to slow down growth, but that is what we have elected officials for. I'm just an Avon resident who happens to be a reporter for this newspaper entitled to make observations. I also know for a fact that I am not the only Avon resident to mention this topic ...

My inquisitive father also told me during his visit that a few cities in Florida are requiring builders to give $1,000 to the schools for every new home they build in that city. It's definitely slowed down the construction of larger housing developments ...''

[If there seem to be more cars on the roads now (2003) with 14,000 residents, what will things be like when the flood of new homes has 45,000 to 60,000 people living in Avon?

Although it may not be obvious to everyone, more lanes of pavement will have to be put down in Avon to move the increasing population around our town. Questions to be answered are: Where will these new lanes of pavement be laid? How much will they cost? and Who will pay for them?

As new housing developemnts pour more cars onto Avon's original country road system, as a last resort, in desperation, the residents might vote to tax themselves to add lanes to these roads. This approach, adopted under the most unfavorable circumstances, is the most expensive approach.

For example, expanding Detroit Rd. to five lanes of pavement from Colorado to the Westlake line, as recommended by the URS traffic engineer, would require that sidewalks, sanitary sewer lines, gas lines, and water lines be torn up. In addition, the telephone poles would have to be moved.

As an alternative, Middleton, from Jaycox Rd. (Avenbury) east to as close as possible to the Westlake line, could be designated a vehicle access street with no individual private driveways. It would run back of the developments.

No sidewalks, water lines, gas lines, or sanitary sewer lines would be required since only cars and trucks would be using such a street. Electricity could be provided from intersecting public streets coming out of the developments.

These lanes of pavement would be much less expensive than lanes of pavement added to Avon's original country roads; and Detroit Rd. would be protected from desperation measures.

The most interesting question is Who pays for these new lanes of pavement? If they are added to existing roads, the residents must pay for them; and, as is now the case, new housing development projects would pay nothing to alleviate the traffic problems they create throughout Avon.

If these lanes of pavement are put down on new streets (vehicle access streets) the Ohio Supreme Court decision in the Beaver Creek case allows Avon to require new housing developments to pay their fair share.

We are running out of time to create a vehicle access street grid. Blocking developments are popping up in various places. Council and Planning Commission must have the vision to act before it is too late.]

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COLUMN from The Press, 9-10-03, By Julie A. Short

``Short Takes

List of good causes, people worth noting

As a reporter, I come across many interesting people and ideas. I've been blessed to meet so many wonderful people throughout the years. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.

There have been a number of stories about people and events that have really stood out for me this year and if you will indulge me, I'd like to share some with you again.

The Avon Parks Department Memorial Tree Program is one of the best ideas I've seen in recent years. Trees provide more of a lasting tribute than flowers for a funeral. Kudos to the Parks and Recreation Department for seizing a terrific opportunity for families and friends to share in a beautiful, lasting memorial.

Included in the tree prices are planting costs and a pavor that will read "In Memory Of." The Park Department will also work with families wishing to have their own dedication ceremony. For more information, call the Parks Department at 934-3058.

Hooray for council's passage of the skate park issue. Thanks to Bill Elliott, Councilwoman JoAnne Easterday and the entire Parks and Recreation Board for their efforts to bring the park to Avon. I don't even have children, yet I understand the importance of giving kids a place to go that is structured and safe.

Many people criticized the need for a skate park, calling skating a fad. That could be said for the evolution of any sport. Years ago, soccer was thought of as fad; heck it still hasn't taken off professionally in this country. Yet, it is one of the most widely participated sports by young children today.

On the topic of skating, look at how events like the Gravity Games (held in downtown Cleveland this weekend) have taken off. Extreme events like this are so popular that the skate park/bike ramps used during the Gravity Games will remain downtown after the games have ended. Now do you think this is just a fad?

The Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation Inaugural Golf Outing and Auction is a must attend. Karen was married to Avon resident Matt Nakon, an attorney with Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista (WHPC&B). She passed away in February at the age of 38, leaving behind Matt and the couple's three children. Matt, along with WHPC&B have established the foundation in her honor to provide funding through medical research and grants, and to assist families unable to meet the staggering costs of cancer treatment.

The foundation has been working to secure sponsors for the golf outing scheduled for Sept. 22 at Red Tail Golf Club. Here's a chance for area businesses to help out a local resident. Please consider sponsoring; it's for a good cause and also a great show of community support!

Ron Larson, owner of the Tree House Gallery and Tea Room, has [with the help of the Avon Historical Society] worked quietly to preserve Avon's heritage. Larson was the driving force behind the moving of the Lewis Home , which now houses the Details gift shop behind the Tree House Gallery in Old Avon Village ...

Larson envisions the area to be much like Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio, a mix of charm and history that has become a mecca for vacationers who enjoy history, culture, fine dining and shopping. How refreshing to find someone with vision and spirit to preserve Avon and not just come in tearing down trees and buildings to construct more housing developments. Avon needs more Ron Larson's.

Pete Polovich and the entire Avon Heritage Festival Committee for organizing a community festival scheduled for June 2004. It's been years since Avon has had any type of community festival and it's about time. With so many new residents to this city, it will be nice getting together in the spirit of community. The committee has been meeting monthly to plan a weekend of fun featuring rides, food, a parade and car show. Every community in the area has a community festival but Avon. It's about time! ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 9-11-03, By JOHN STEBBINS, Staff Writer

``City must start documenting historic buildings: McQuillan

AVON - While new buildings rapidly are going up here, there, and everywhere in the city, some think it may be the right time to determine where the historical buildings are, and if they should remain.

Steve McQuillan of Westlake, a historical consultant making his case to Avon City Council this week to help it document the city's historical buildings for future preservation, said now is the right time to develop a register of such structures.

"Avon is such a desirable place, and the pressure to renovate and rebuild is tremendous. Having historical designation gives the city a way to enforce that tradition," McQuillan said.

If Avon accepts McQuillan's services, the city will have a list of historical buildings it can register locally and with state and federal officials. He added some places aalready are listed on state and federal registers, but to develop a comprehensive list would be beneficial.

"When you see national chains come in and either rebuild or renovate, they want their building to be the most prominent, and it might stick out and detract from other buildings," McQuillan said.

He said that, currently, the city's codes only allow for something that's vague and can lead to difficulty, whereas documenting the historical structures would give the city "more leverage to maintain the integrity of a building."

McQuillan proposed the registeration be done in three parts. First is identification of key buildings with historical relevance. Second is figuring out which buildings to preserve, and last is to create definitions to outline standards of preservation.

McQuillan complimented Avon on having a good record of historical preservation.

"We've already seen a number of homes moved or renovated," McQuillan said. "Commerical property is also being renovated by good owners who have allowed their business to contribute, not distract from, the charm of a neighborhood."

McQuillan said those who live in historical homes may be eligible for preservation grants.

"There have been cases where owners have replaced old windows with newer windows that don't fit or don't match the style that belongs with the house," McQuillan said. "If we can help preserve the character of the home, you can also maintain the value of it, as well."

McQuillan said he has written preservation ordinances in Westlake and Elyria and is working with the city of Medina on its ordinance.

"This all comes down to the local level. Although the state and federal governments have registers, it's the local governmnent that can wield the most authority when it coems to preservation," McQuillan said.

Mayor Jim Smith, who invited McQuillan to City Council, said putting effort into historical preservation is an idea whose time had come.

"We are a big draw partly because of our historical heritage and, although the surrounding areas may be changing, I think we should look into taking steps to preserve it," Smith said.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-16-03, By JENNIFER HICKIN, Morning Journal Writer

``Future of land near Avon park looked at

AVON -- In an informal presentation by representatives of Oster Homes, City Council heard about a plan that could allow for the city and school district to share park land.

''These are just options you have,'' said Mayor Jim Smith, who had suggested the presentation be made to council last night.

Jim Piazza, the city planning coordinator, said he was seeking feedback on three options for the Avon Planning Commission.

One option involves the city purchasing 10 to 12 acres of land located next to Veterans Memorial Park. The second option involves the developer donating the 10 to 12 acres of land in question to the school district. The third option would be the developer building a standard subdivision.

Smith told council there is a possibility the school system may want to build a school near Veterans Memorial Park. If the 10 to 12 acres of land is donated to the school district or if the city bought it, it could be used by both the school and city, he said.

In exchange for the donation, the developer would scale down his lot sizes but still develop the same number of units on his property. In addition, the development would go from a traditional subdivision to include some cluster development.

Oster Homes owns and wants to develop 104 acres of land on the north side of Detroit Road and 39.5 acres on the south side of Detroit Road.

Although there is a moratorium on cluster development in the city until December, this development would be grandfathered in because the developer applied with the city in June, according to Piazza.

Council members took a straw poll on their initial reactions to the options presented to them last night.

''It's interesting,'' said Councilman Mark Julius, Ward 1, adding he would lean toward the city just purchasing the property outright.

Councilman Tim Nickum, Ward 3, agreed.

Councilwoman at large JoAnne Easterday said she would go with accepting the donation of land and seeing what would happen ...

Oster Homes is going before the planning commission on Wednesday, [9-17-03] and the presentation allowed Piazza to get an initial impression of what council thought of the options.

Also on the agenda for discussion only was what city council thought should be done with the now vacant city building located at 36145 Detroit Road and formerly known as the Curiosity Shop.

Eventually the location will be used for a city hall complex, but the mayor asked council for input on what should be done with the building now.

Council was in favor of allowing the parks department to use the building for programs and enable one of the city's departments to move to the location as well.''

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COLUMN from The Chronicle Telegram, 3-22-04, By Harvey Gittler

[We are leaving all our children behind]

``Every day we hear about jobs being transferred overseas. The main attraction is supposedly lower wages. But the sentence after low wages refers to a 'HIGHLY EDUCATED WORK FORCE.'

Last month, Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, told the Senate Banking Committee that the real threat to the standard of living in this country isn't from jobs leaving for cheaper labor. The big worry is a drop in U.S. education standards. What will ultimately determine the standard of living of this country is the skill of the people. We do something wrong, which obviously people in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan do far better. Teaching in these places seems to be far better than we can do it.

Greenspan is not worried about the wage gap; he is concerned about the math gap. If American students under-perform their Asian rivals why should corporate America pay them premium wages?

In 1999, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that among 38 nations, the U.S. was 19th in math and 18th in science. The U.S. was beaten by Singapore and Korea, who were at the top. Even Bulgaria and Latvia were ahead of the U.S. Those figures certainly support Greenspan's comments and show that the U.S. is doing a poor job of educating our young people for the 21st century.

Another report, by Forrester Research Inc., claims that over the next 15 years, 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $136 billion in wages will move overseas.

A computer science professor in California, who has taught in the U.S. and in India, noted that the American education system is designed so as not to hurt the self-esteem of any student. Thus, nearly everyone can pass the high-school test. Our students are trained in passing exams, not in math. In India, the student's feeling, opinions and ambitions are ignored, but they do learn their math.

I spoke to Richard Gast, head of the math department at Elyria High School, and asked him what problems he saw in teaching math in Elyria. He felt that not enough time was spent in problem solving and too much time was spent on testing. It was, as far as Gast was concerned, testing, testing and testing, an opinion echoed by other educators.

He further explained that students don't understand the real-life applications of mathematics and hence don't take the subject seriously ...

Michael Henle, professor of Mathematics at Oberlin College, said that the math department has made adjustments in various courses because math education in the U.S. is not particularly strong ...

Two weeks ago [3-2-04], school levy after school levy failed in local elections. School after school is laying off teachers in order to meet a shrinking budget. Programs for gifted students are being dropped. Despite the rhetoric of 'Leave No Child Behind,' schools are becoming second-class concerns. Actually, we are leaving all our children behind ...''

Harvey Gittler can be contacted at hgittler@chronicletelegram.com

EDITORIAL from The Morning Journal, 11-18-03

``If you shivered while reading Saturday's [11-15-03] front page ... blame the chilling gust of economic news that was blowing off the page into your face.

One local headline read, ''More losing houses to foreclosure'' ...

Below that story, the next headline said, ''Invacare will move work to China plant.''

The foreclosure story told how 1,166 foreclosed homes in Lorain County are scheduled to be sold this year at sheriff's auction ...

The Invacare story ... Invacare's decision to close the Cleveland Street plant in Elyria and move that work to China ... 500 employees ...

York International sent Elyria jobs to Mexico not long ago. Marconi has shrunken drastically in Lorain. After 45 years, Ford can't afford to stay in Lorain, although it's investing in a $540 million joint venture plant in Thailand with Mazda.

The American Dream threatens to become just a dream for many, while daily life becomes a nightmare of lost opportunities.

Perhaps, at this point, you expect to read a nice, neat solution. Sorry, there's no slick, happy ending.

You'll have to write your own ending.

For starters, pick up your pen and write to all those elected leaders who pull their fat, tax-fed paychecks out of your wallet, the ones who claim to ''serve'' you.

Tell them the service is lousy.

Tell them to get busy on saving the American Dream with policies that:

And tell them we want results.

Otherwise, they'd better look for work in China. ''

MESSAGE to www.loraincounty.com , 10-3-03, By Dan D. Lovely

``American Workers Are Becoming Obsolete

Since 1985, over 17 million visas have been issued to allow aliens to work in the United States. These nonimmigrant visas, or NIV, are company sponsored visas that use a variety of different names including H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, J-1, L-1, and TN.

In the year 2001, 9 out of every 10 new job openings for computer/IT were taken by H-1Bs, and despite record unemployment the INS issued 312,000 visas in 2002.

H-1B is used to import workers for jobs that American employers claim can't be filled in the "tight American labor market". Their claim is a lie because there are more than enough Americans to fill these jobs. L-1 visas have no yearly quota and may one day surpass H-1B as a means of importing skilled workers.

NIVs such as H-2A and H-2B are being used to import blue collar and agricultural workers and J-1 visas are used by educational and governmental institutions to import foreign workers. TN (NAFTA) visas are used import Canadian and Mexican citizens to work in the United States.

How many Ford laborers will lose jobs to foreigners?

The time is NOW to fight back with a country-wide revolution!

Who has the GUTS to fight for their livelihood and family? ''

Written by Dan D. Lovely on September 30, 2003

MESSAGE to www.loraincounty.com, 10-3-03, By dixie

``Re: American Workers Are Becoming Obsolete

My company has been outsourcing for the last few years to Mexico, Canada and China .... as far as quality goes, darn near everything is sent back to us to fix before it is shipped to a customer.

Now the plan is to eliminate our manufacturing facility all together. So what happens? Does the customer just receive the lower quality merchandise?

What happens when these countries have to start cleaning up their air and their workers get tired of working for peanuts and unionize?

So the cost goes back up and all the skilled workers that we had in America are on some kind of public assistance because they aren't able to find a job paying more than $7 and hour ... you can't have a home and family on that...so much for the American dream and so much for the major tax base which is the middle class .... it's the ruination of an entire country ...''

Written by: dixie on October 3, 2003

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Turning Blue-Collar Jobs Green

Remarks by Bracken Hendricks launching the Apollo Project at the Take Back America conference, June 5, 2003

... Too often we are told to choose between jobs and the environment. I am here today to say that this is a false choice ...

[We are] here today in part to announce a ... plan for energy independence ...

The Apollo Project will break the myth that the environment and the economy are locked in perpetual conflict! It will create ... three million good jobs ... while making the economy more competitive and more productive ...

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Apollo Alliance: A Postivie Strategy

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy inspired Americans to pursue a goal that seemed beyond our reach: to land a man on the moon within the decade. Eight years later, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface, proof we can succeed when we apply our expertise, innovation and can-do spirit to a single national endeavor.

Now America has an Apollo Project for the 21st century. Our challenge is to achieve energy independence in one generation. This new Apollo Project ... will bring our country together to rethink and reshape our energy future, to create a stronger economy, a safer world and cleaner environment ...

The new Apollo Project will pay huge dividends: Over 3 million high value added jobs ...

Here's some background. Over the last four years America lost 11 percent of its manufacturing jobs. During that same period we lost clean-energy market share to foreign companies. Japan increased its market share of solar manufacturing from 25 to 50 percent, and Europe controls 90 percent of the world's wind-turbine production.

Wars have traditionally been the time America has decided to make large, strategic investments in infrastructure and emerging industries. The obvious precedents include:

We should begin by tackling our reliance on foreign oil, but we must go further to rebuild the way we use energy throughout the economy. We must:

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-5-03, By KATIE GALLAGHER, Morning Journal Writer

``Drivers can't get enough of Avon gas prices

AVON -- The pressure to keep gasoline prices as low as the competition has gotten to one Avon station that can't pump the gas out fast enough.

The Dairy Mart on Chester Road has been keeping its prices at $1.29 this week to remain even with the Murphy USA station located just down the road next to the new Wal-Mart at Chester and Center roads.

''We keep running out of gas,'' Dairy Mart cashier Michael Cornett said yesterday ...

While Dairy Mart's pumps were dry, the gasoline was still flowing down the street at Murphy USA.

''The pumps have been busy all day long,'' one of the clerks said.

Two women working behind the counter at Murphy USA, who wished to be unnamed, said they weren't sure how long the low prices would last because the price is determined by the corporate offices.

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said he was ''ecstatic'' to see the low gas prices at the two stations near his office at Avon City Hall.

''I took advantage of it this morning at 7:30,'' Smith said yesterday. ''We're kind of happy for the competition.''

He said that when Wal-Mart came into Avon they said there would be competition for everything ...

Josh Davis, assistant manager of Wal-Mart, said Wal-Mart doesn't have anything to do with setting the prices but he believes that Murphy USA has to be five cents cheaper than any station in the area. The clerks at Murphy USA did not know whether that was true.

Both Murphy USA and Dairy Mart were selling regular gas for $1.29 a gallon yesterday. The average price of gas in Lorain County is $1.49, according to the Lorain County auditor's Web site.

Rick Thunberg of Medina was filling up at Murphy USA yesterday to avoid the prices of $1.58 a gallon closer to home.

''It's great. It's perfect. They should all be this low,'' Thunberg said.

Lori Pagani said she drives from Canal Fulton to Avon every weekend with her children for gymnastics.

Pagani said that she only had a quarter tank of gas when she left home but she waited to fill up because gas prices are always cheaper in Lorain County than in the Canton area.

''They are nowhere near this low,'' Pagani said.

Pagani ended up at Murphy USA after being turned away from Dairy Mart.

Ernie Cook of Sheffield Township, like many others, was shopping in Wal-Mart and couldn't pass by the prices at Murphy USA.

''I figured I'd fill up,'' Cook said.

He said he usually gets his gas from Sam's Club but he hadn't been there yet yesterday.

''This is cheaper than that,'' he said.

The ''cheap'' prices at Murphy USA enticed Brian Gardiner to pull in and fill up the van he was driving before he returned it to the First Baptist Church.

As long as Murphy USA's corporate offices keep gas prices low, it looks like the gas war will continue between the station and Dairy Mart.

''We're ecstatic about it right now, and we're wondering how long it will last,'' Mayor Smith said.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 11-19-03, By Julie A. Short

``AVON -- Three destinations within the PRESS' coverage area were recently honored with Lorain County Beautiful Awards.

The Lorain County Visitors Bureau has been the sponsoring organization for Lorain County Beautiful for more than three years. This is the 12th year the awards have been handed out. This year, more than 130 people gathered at Avon Oaks Country Club on Nov. 6 [2003] to celebrate. The awards program has been recognizing properties for their exterior beauty and aesthetic contribution to the overall quality of life in the greater Lorain County area.

Forty-two candidates in six categories were judged by a three-judge panel which included Tom Roberts, Cedar Point landscaper; Yolita Rousche, architect from Chambers, Murphy and Burge; and Jim Barchok, retired member of the Lake County Planning Commission.

Winning in the Rehabilitation Category was the 1840 Lewis Home and Details Gift Shop in Avon. The award recognizes any building that has been rehabilitated through repair, alterations and additions, while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural or architectural values.

The home was scheduled for demolition in order to make room for Wal-Mart at the corner of SR 83 and Chester Road. Ron Larson, owner of the Tree House Gallery and Tea Room formulated a plan to save the Lewis Home by moving it to a new location-one mile away on Detroit Road. The home was moved in August 2002, renovated and reopened in June of this year as a gift store called Details -- Gifts from the heart for the home.

Lewis House
"[The Lewis House] confirmed our thoughts," Details owner Lori Miles said. "It really was amazing the transformation he (Larson) made to the building ... It really made a second home for us and spearheaded our building to a success." Photo taken on 11-21-03.

Pulte Homes Bentley Park subdivision in Avon won in the Landscaping category. The award recognizes the work of professional landscapers on commercial, historic and community properties, as well as residential developments ...

Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant in Sheffield Village bested 17 nominees to earn the New Building Award (Amherst Junior High School was also a winner). The award recognizes any newly built commercial, public, religious or recreational property in Lorain County ...

The Avon Fire Department was among the nominees in the New Building category, but did not take home an award.''

EXCERPTS from The Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 1-6-03, Submitted by Nancy McGhee, Secretary

``Ron Larson displayed a scale model of a barn structure and spoke to the members regarding his proposed Blackwell Barn to be built on the Olde Avon Village site on Detroit Road. The structure will be 32 x 60 and he hopes to replicate a barn as it would appear in the 1830s.

He is attempting to use materials from the original barn that was located on the property where they are presently building the new Wal Mart store. The timbers are coming from the old Schwartz barn on Schwartz Road along with some new timbers. However, because of the lack of information and pictures he is attempting to duplicate the red barn from the old mill. The structure will be 3 stories high with 2 usable floors.

Blackwell Barn
Ron Larson's overall goal is to continually develop Olde Avon Village so that it appears as it would have existed in the 1850s and to replace structures that have been lost or torn down. The barn will sit along side the Lewis Home with an outdoor patio. The Blackwell Barn will have exhibits from a blacksmith as it would have appeared in the 1850s ...'' Photo taken on 11-21-03.

EXCERPTS from The Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-7-03, Submitted by Nancy McGhee, Secretary

``Ron further reported that he will be going in front of the planning commission on April 15, 2003, for the purpose of the presentation of the Blackwell Barn. Ron has used the same architect who designed our new fire station.

The structure will be an actual 1851 German Dutch Barn. He has been working with Ohio State University's "friends of barns" in this effort. This group will be having a conference in Chillicothe at the end of April that Ron hopes to attend. The barn will be 42 by 55 and will be 27 feet high and will be of a timber frame construction and will have a lot of gingerbread trim.''

EXCERPTS from The Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 9-8-03, Submitted by Nancy McGhee, Secretary

``Ron Larson reported that the Lewis House in the Old Avon Village has been completely renovated and has a business [Details] operating there. He estimates that the cost of the move and renovation of the structure were approximately $205,000.00. The interior walls are stone, mortar and wood. There are no nails except where required for safety and support. The shutters have been restored as closely as possible on the outside.

Due to the cost of slate being prohibitive, he used a roofing material from Owens Corning that gives the appearance of slate. They also used stone from the Amherst Quarry to match the stones needed.

The Blackwell Barn has been started on the premises and the foundation is in. Ron stated that we as a club are trying to provide a balance of old and new such as the towns of Hudson and Chagrin Falls have accomplished and this is a critical time for all of us to stay involved in what is happening in our community.''

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