The Oberlin Review

City Upgrades Alert System, Saves Money

Louis Krauss, News Editor

April 21, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

  City Council will save thousands of dollars on the city’s emergency alert system by joining the Lorain County Wireless Emergency Notification System. The city’s alert system allows those who subscribe to re­ceive notifications via text, phone call or email of vari­ous hazards such as water contamination, fires and tornados. Making the switch to the county-wide system, which has many more subscribers, will decrease the annual cost of emergency alerts from $5,840 to $414. Whereas in the past Oberlin used a similar pro­gram called Code RED that sent out alerts strictly to those within city limits, the WENS allows the city fire department and other city workers to notify those in the surrounding townships. City...

Altercation Leads to Arrest in Harassment Case

Altercation Leads to Arrest in Harassment Case

April 14, 2017

An intoxicated man verbally harassed three students with racial slurs and threatened them with a knife in the Asia House parking lot Monday morning. The perpetrator, Geoffrey George Raymond Basel, a 28-year-old white man from Columbia Station, Ohio, was reported to have been under the influence of alcohol when he approached a College junior and Asia House resident around 10:50 a.m. The student was returning from the airport, having just arrived in the parking lot when she encountered Basel, who...

Border Patrol Agents Detain Undocumented Man

Border Patrol Agents Detain Undocumented Man

April 14, 2017

Federal Border Patrol Agents arrested a man on his way to Oberlin Municipal Court April 5 after learning his visa had expired. Naranbaatar Ganbaatar, a 30-year-old Mongolian citizen, was charged with felonious assault following an incident on Feb. 15 when he allegedly attacked a bus passenger on the way to Vermillion. Upon arrival at the Oberlin courthouse for a 2 p.m. hearing, the agents arrested Ganbaatar in the parking lot and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Attempts b...

Council Mulls Bringing Medical Marijuana to Town

Council Mulls Bringing Medical Marijuana to Town

April 14, 2017

City Council is considering bringing the medical marijuana industry to Oberlin in hopes of revitalizing the local economy. Councilmembers in favor of a resolution allowing manufacturers and distributors to set up camp in town are hopeful that others will get on board with the proposal. A law passed in Columbus last fall legalized medical marijuana in Ohio, making it available to patients with 23 specific conditions including HIV and AIDS, spinal cord disease and injury, Crohn’s disease and posttraum...

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

April 7, 2017

City officials are staunchly resisting a recent proposal by Ohio Governor John Kasich that would give the state centralized control of each city’s business income tax. Local officials fear the program is a stepping-stone to state regulation of local matters, leading Oberlin City Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the proposed program at Monday's meeting. The city receives $7.5 million in income taxes each year, but only about $250,000 comes from business income tax. The tax money goes ...

Local Petitions Challenge REC Choice Fund Options

Jenna Gyimesi

March 31, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Local community members are pushing to overturn a recent initiative that would give city residents the option of donating revenue from renewable energy back to the city. A committee of city residents created two petitions that, if passed, would put the city’s Community Choice Fund back on next year’s ballot. The fund allows residents to donate their share of the city’s Renewable Energy Credits back to the City to invest in further sustainable energy projects. Last year, City Council decided that Oberlin would return 85 percent of the proceeds from the sale of RECs to city residents and give 15 percent of the proceeds to sustainability projects, which comes out to around $100 per year for each resident. Renewable...

Oberlin Project Ends Eight-Year Run

Oberlin Project Ends Eight-Year Run

March 10, 2017

For eight years, the Oberlin Project has innovated green programs while endeavoring to stimulate economic activity in a collaborative effort between the College and city. In light of completing its many goals, the program will close its office this summer. The Oberlin Project was initiated, in part, through the efforts of Environmental Studies and Politics Professor and Special Assistant to the President of the College David Orr. The project had a specific set of goals upon its establishment, i...

Hillard Emphasizes Community Policing in Chief Search

Hillard Emphasizes Community Policing in Chief Search

March 3, 2017

Students and community members alike sent a clear message that they want a police chief who will prioritize the well-being of city residents at a listening session in the Rathskeller Monday evening. As the search continues for Oberlin’s next police chief, City Manager Rob Hillard met with around 12 city residents and students to discuss what qualities people want in the new hire. Hosted by the city manager’s office, this was the second open listening session with members of the greater Oberlin...

County Suffers from Worsening Heroin Epidemic

County Suffers from Worsening Heroin Epidemic

March 3, 2017

Once a secondary concern to police and anti-drug activists in the region, heroin addiction in Lorain County is reaching record highs. Now, local law enforcement is grappling with the devastating consequences of addiction and increasing rate of overdoses. Oberlin Interim Police Chief Michael McCloskey said he noticed an influx of heroin overdoses beginning in the early 2000s and exploding in recent years, especially in the county at large. “We’ve been touched by [heroin addiction] in Oberlin...

Police Catch Peeping Tom with Footage of Students

Louis Krauss and Andrea Wang

February 24, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Police arrested a man in Erie County after finding videos on his phone containing footage of women, mostly Oberlin students, undressing in their off-campus houses. David Schindley, 45, from Huron, Ohio, filmed the videos while standing outside students’ houses between Jan. 12 and Feb. 5. According to Detective Robert Rieger from the Erie County Sher­iff’s Office, around 90 percent of the 54 recovered videos were shot in Oberlin. So far, four of the five people iden­tified in the videos have been Oberlin students, but two more people have yet to be identified. One of the students whose house was filmed is College se­nior Gracie Freeman-Lifschutz, who received a visit from Rieger last week explaining that their...

Local Educators Urge State to Reduce Testing

Local Educators Urge State to Reduce Testing

February 24, 2017

As the Ohio Department of Edu­cation inches toward approving an education plan to comply with federal regulations, local teachers, parents and school board members are im­ploring the administration to amend the proposal. The regulations are part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal ruling signed by former Presi­dent Barack Obama in 2015 that out­lines policies and standardized testing requirements for schools. The ODE released its preliminary draft Feb. 2 to allow the public time to...

Cleveland State Report Reveals Housing Deficiencies

Cleveland State Report Reveals Housing Deficiencies

February 17, 2017

A recent study of Oberlin’s housing shows that the city has an aging housing stock and lacks affordable housing for seniors and low-income residents. City Council will reference the study, conducted between May and December 2016 by Cleveland State University, when considering future policies on housing as well as when the city creates its new comprehensive plan this year, a plan that is revised every 10 years and sets the priorities for city government. Even though the report wasn’t expected...

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