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At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Meeting on November 18, 2019 Mayor Forthofer said he has been talking with Verizon Wireless about the possibility of improving the city’s dead zone. Through some examinations by the administration, they concluded the dead zone is significant (2.5-mile area of no coverage to bad cell phone reception) which includes about 3,000 of the city’s population (1/3 of the total population of Vermilion).

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Before 9/11, there was Pearl Harbor. A remembrance ceremony of the "Day Which Will Live In Infamy" will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at noon. The service will be held at Vermilion's South Street Boat Launch off West River Road. Sponsored by the Vermilion Veteran's Council and President Angus Bartlett, the observance is scheduled to be a brief 15 minutes.

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At the November 18, 2019 Council Committee Meeting, Mayor Forthofer recommended that Council not purse a resident's recommendation to create a quiet zone that would permanently close Sunnyside Road. The Mayor cited compromised safety responses, a 5.4 mile detour, a low underpass on the detour route and the lack of north south access.

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The City of Vermilion Police Department is reminding Vermilion residents that the overnight parking ban begins December 1st and goes until March 31st. Warnings will be issued for the first week. 452.14 ALL NIGHT PARKING DURING WINTER MONTHS. (a) During the period from December 1 of each year to March 31 of each succeeding year, no person shall park a motor vehicle on public streets and thoroughfares in the City.

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Kingston of Vermilion honored veterans on Veterans Day with help from Melvin Sayler from Stein Hospice. Kingston held a special pinning ceremony and each veteran received a certificate presented by Mayor Forthofer for their service. "As Mayor there is no greater honor than to personally thank some of our most senior veterans on their special day," stated Mayor Forthofer.

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At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019 Amy Hendricks, Finance Director, reported that as they approach the end of the year she continues to work on revising the projections for 2020. It appears the city is going to have just under $6,000,000 in revenue for the general fund without any additional sources of revenue.

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At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019, Monica Stark, Council At Large, asked the law director if he was familiar with drone legislation and if Vermilion City Council should start looking at an ordinance. Ken Stumphauzer, Law Director, replied that this is an interesting topic and he understands that once drones leave the ground they are regulated by the FAA.

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At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019, Vermilion resident Jim Machkoff, of 1087 Nautical Drive, said he wanted to present a proposal to Council of which he would like discussed at the committee meetings on November 18. He said he has had several discussions with Senator Gavarone and Matt Diedrich.

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Republic Services is picking up leaves in the city of Vermilion, according to Mayor Forthofer. Leaves must be in bio-degradable yard waste bags and placed upright at the curb on your regular weekly waste pick up day. There is no limit to the number of bags you may set out per week.

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The monthly Republic bulk pick up will be Wednesday, November 6 in the City of Vermilion, according to Mayor Forthofer. “Go ahead and haul out the Big Stuff!” stated the mayor. “Don't put those rusted lawn chairs through another winter.”

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At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, October 28, 2019, Mayor Forthofer reported that he is continuing efforts to convert a salvage yard on the east end of the city to a Vermilion Lakefront Park. “The Salvage Yard at the entrance to Vermilion has been on my active list for 22 months now."

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At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, October 28, 2019 Mayor Forthofer reported that the Mapleview Ditch was the subject of a Lorain County Commissioner’s meeting on October 22, again. For those who are not aware, this is a storm drainage ditch that runs along the border of Vermilion and Brownhelm Township.

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