BRIEFS: Paying ODOT, Halloween traffic blitz, vaccination changes


Amherst will swallow a $198,350 advance payment for Summer 2016 paving on Rt. 58 to satisfy the Ohio Department of Transportation, which plans to resurface from Cleveland Avenue south.

Bidding for the job will begin Nov. 19, which means the city has to pay its anticipated share of the project by Nov. 2.

Yet the price could soar well above $200,000.

“They (at ODOT) recognize that their estimates are not so good and they’re normally low,” mayor David Taylor told city council Monday. “If it comes in higher, this also gives approval to pay whatever it is.”

A final vote will be required this coming Monday to approve the payment.


The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement for Halloween from Oct. 23-31, targeting impaired driving.

The funding for this campaign is made possible by an Impaired Driving Enforcement Program grant, which is federally funded in conjunction with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

The main goal, sheriff Phil Stammitti said, is to reduce the number of alcohol- and speed-related crashes and improve seat belt use in Lorain County.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to drive sober,” he wrote in a news release. “We also ask that drivers look out for children during area trick-or-treat activity.”


Immunization clinics will no longer be offered by the Lorain County General Health District.

Now vaccinations can be done by appointment, which health officials say will be more convenient.

“By making immunization appointments, Lorain County residents can have better control over their schedules and their health,” said health commissioner David Covell. “Now residents can simply give us a call and make an appointment that best fits into their busy lives.”

The county health district offers all recommended child and adult vaccines, including diptheria, tetanus, pertusis/whooping cough, human papillomavirus, hepatitis A and B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and more.

Call 440-284-3206 to make an immunization appointment. Be sure to take all immunization records, insurance cards, and cash or check, although some children may be eligible for discounts under the Vaccines for Children program.

All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.