Mayor’s Notes

By Mayor Jim Forthofer Warmer weather…finally! Don’t you feel better already? Vermilion is getting ready to bloom and our snowbirds are returning. It also means we can get down to the job of making repairs and improvements to our city. All of the above are good for our beautiful town. Ohio Gas Tax and YOU!Continue reading “Mayor’s Notes”

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Vermilion Local Schools District Treasurer provides financial overview

 By Melanie Williamson At the Monday, April 15, board of education meeting, Treasurer Justin Klingshirn provided those in attendance with a four-page overview of district finances. In this report, it is stated that the recently passed five-year additional tax levy for safety and security will produce $301,594 annually, which is restricted to only being usedContinue reading “Vermilion Local Schools District Treasurer provides financial overview”

To the winner of the Vermilion-Firelands rivalry goes – The Stillman Cup

By Candace Barczyk Andrew Stillman has been the athletic director at Vermilion since 2015. A year later, his brother, Ty, became the athletic director at Firelands. Out of the friendly rivalry between brothers was born the Stillman Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the athletic battles between the two schools at the endContinue reading “To the winner of the Vermilion-Firelands rivalry goes – The Stillman Cup”

School board receives update on healthcare partnership, student activities

By Melanie Williamson The Vermilion Local Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 11. All school board members were in attendance along with district Treasure Justin Klingshirn and superintendent Phil Pempin. During the meeting, the board heard presentations from Sailorway Middle School students regarding a new recycling club that hasContinue reading “School board receives update on healthcare partnership, student activities”

Port Authority looks at events, budget, and needed repairs for 2019

The Vermilion Port Authority met for their first regular meeting of the 2019 season on Monday, February 4, at the South Street Boat Ramp Office. Port Operations Manager Bill Yancar entertained a motion for a Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2019. In response to that, Terry Somers nominated Randy Strauss as Chairman and Dr. DaveContinue reading “Port Authority looks at events, budget, and needed repairs for 2019”

Council members and administration discuss variety of sidewalk issues

By Melanie Williamson When the Streets, Buildings and Grounds Committee met on Monday, February 11, their agenda included three separate issues all pertaining to sidewalks. The first of the three issues was regarding the ODOT requirements for a safe pedestrian crossing for the Route 6 overpass and the new plan to have sidewalks installed alongContinue reading “Council members and administration discuss variety of sidewalk issues”

Planning commission approves conditional use guidelines for food trucks

Councilman John Gabriel provided the members of the planning commission with guidelines for conditional use per Ordinance 2018-63 “Mobile Food Units.” He explained that council had multiple meetings to discuss the food truck legislation. He said per the ordinance, property owners will need to come before the planning commission for conditional use approval. Chapter 872.02Continue reading “Planning commission approves conditional use guidelines for food trucks”

Council committees discuss several ongoing city projects with administration

By Melanie Williamson The five city committees met on Monday, February 11. The Legislative Committee, however, had nothing on the agenda to discuss. The meeting started with the Health & Safety Committee, which included reports from Vermilion Fire Department Chief Chris Stempowski and Vermilion Police Department Chief Chris Hartung. Health and Safety Committee Stempowski reportedContinue reading “Council committees discuss several ongoing city projects with administration”

Planning Commission asked to look at issue of medical marijuana in Vermilion

Councilman John Gabriel explained the Vermilion City Council is operating under a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana. He said the planning commission should start thinking about this issue because if medical marijuana becomes completely legal and open in Ohio; then this board will have a big decision and input as to whether it will beContinue reading “Planning Commission asked to look at issue of medical marijuana in Vermilion”

Vermilion High Swim Team continues to grow with help from the community

By Candace Barczyk And then there were 14. What began as one student looking for a swim coach has now become the Vermilion High School Swim Team, and coach Brett Dawson said the team is looking to continue the growth that will keep it swimming along in the future. It all started with one student,Continue reading “Vermilion High Swim Team continues to grow with help from the community”