Oberlin city manager Sal Talarico has been directed to enter into a $40,000 bed tax agreement with Oberlin Business Partnership.

The organization uses to cash to advertise and promote events and activities in town to attract visitors. OBP director Janet Haar said the group offers $10,000 of that money to other organizations in town that help bring people into Oberlin.

Roughly eight to 10 organizations routinely apply for the money, such as Juneteenth, Summer Theater festival, Oberlin Heritage Center, and Firelands Association for the Visual Arts.


Applications are now available for the 2016 Oberlin Promotions Grant at the Oberlin Business Partnership office, Oberlin Public Library, and city of Oberlin offices.

Applications may be requested via email at

Completed applications must be submitted to the Oberlin Business Partnership office no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

For more information, call Janet Haar at 440-774-6262.


Oberlin Community Services has partnered with HHW Ohio again to offer residents a 40-hour career course called Women in Sustainable Employment Pathways.

The non-profit organization offered the program in the fall to 14 women who received training in mechanics, welding, construction, manufacturing, and other industries.

Anyone interested in the program must have a high school diploma or GED, be drug free, have a valid driver’s license, and be interested in technician work. OCS will start another WISE Pathways program on Feb. 16 and anyone who wants to sign up is encouraged to call the organization at 440-774-6579.


Oberlin city council has approved the use of $35,875 from the Sustainable Reserve Program for the non-profit organization Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly.

The group has been working to increase energy efficiency in town since 2008 with its primary focus on insulation and sealing services for low-income residents. In the past three years, POWER has conducted 274 walk-through home assessments and 113 homeowners received Columbia Gas audit services.

Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System director Steve Dupee said POWER has helped the city move closer to reducing its carbon footprint. “We whole-heartedly support them,” he said. “They have been an excellent partner with the city.”


A list of 11 search firms has been narrowed down to four by Oberlin city council to help find the next city manager.

Council members Linda Slocum, Kelley Singleton, and Bryan Burgess served on a subcommittee to review each proposal and recommend four firms. They have selected GovHR USA, Management Partners, The Mercer Group, and Slavin Management Consultants.

Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 to discuss the four firms. “I think this is going to be an interesting challenge to see which one is going to be the best one for our needs,” said councilwoman Sharon Pearson.


A discussion on conducting a parking study in Oberlin is expected to begin soon. Council has already directed interim city manager Sal Talarico to start talking with Oberlin College’s Tita Reed about possibly sharing the cost of such a study.

“I’m not interested in someone telling us we need more parking,” Talarico said. “I’m more interested in someone telling us what is the road map to get there and is it signage as opposed to actual physical spots.”


A confidential telephone support service for anyone in Lorain County experiencing mental health challenges — such as loneliness, anxiety, or substance abuse — has been launched.

The Nord Center, with support from the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, has launched its free “warm line.”

It is staffed by mental health consumers who have experienced mental health issues themselves. Having learned to live a full life through their own recovery, these “peer support specialists” want to help others struggling with similar concerns.

Peer support specialists do not diagnose or treat, but are trained to listen and offer non-judgmental support and shared experiences of hope and recovery.

“Support from those who have experienced similar issues can be a source of great comfort to someone having trouble coping,” said Amy Denger, Nord Center CEO and COO. “We received nearly 16,500 calls to our emergency/crisis line last year. Our goal with the warm line is to provide support and encouragement to individuals before they reach a point of crisis. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to who understands what they are going through.”

Warm line services are available from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 800-888-6161 and ask to be connected to the warm line.


The deadline to register to vote in the March 15 primary is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

For more information, call the Lorain County Board of Elections at 440-326-5900 or visit