Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-22
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■■ II rt I ■•n *mm» km ■ 'I 9. iters defeat champions — Page 7 Cable TV service transforms — Page 6 Lmherst News-Times i April 2? 19^« Amherst, Ohio e's much ado ivilS troupe's latest production The Marion L. Steele Theatre Company will be performing William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing," on April 23, 24, 25 and May 1, and 2. A strange and interesting twist is being put on the classic play. It will be done in 1930s Italian mafia rendition style. The play is set in Messina, Sicily. Mafia leader Don Pedro (Chris Bednar) and his henchmen have just finished a war and come to stay in Lco- nato's (Dustin Jasinski) home. There the love stories begin. FirsL one of the henchmen, Count Claudio (Mark Mears), falls in love with Leonato's daughter, Hero (Evelyn Escan- don). Also, another love story is happening at the same time. Benedick (Matt Stipe) and Beatrice (Jaymee Mcintosh) deny that they will ever love anyone. All of these two plot to get these two to love each other. Don John (Leon Offengen- den), the evil brother of Don Pedro, tries to ruin all plans of love and marriage, to spite his brother. A wedding ceremony gone wrong, a drunken constable, Dogberry (Nick Trelka), and much more make this story one of the great, . classic love stories. Chas Deremer directs; Doug Northeim has designed the set, which includes a running water fountain. Other cast members include Clarissa Flippo, Sara Nemcc, Tim Mitchell, Ryan Stipe, Adam Miller, Nathan Berry, Josh McNary, Nikita Poposki, Jon Finney and Jared Johnson. The play will be staged at 8 p.m. in the Powers Elementary School gymnasium. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students, $2 for thespians and senior citizens are free. Tickets arc available at the door. Mark Mears, Chris Bednar, Ryan Stipe, Dustin Jasinski and Matt Stipe rehearse a scene from the high school theatre department's latest work. Parks agreement first of its kind Beaver Creek area will be nature haven by GLEN MILLER ^ • News-Times reporter The 57-acre park to be built on Amherst's northwest side will be the- first joint venture between a county tnctroparks system and a municipality in the state. The rectangular facility is the first joint park effort "to be built from Ncraich" and has prompted other cities in the area to consider a similar arrangement wilh the county's met- ropark system, Lorain County Met- ropark director Dan Martin said. It is also the first time donations have been sought from the public for a park, he added. The counly park system was first asked to build a park in Amherst about three or four years ago. Il was. forced to say no for financial reasons and because of the unavailability of land at the time, Martin explained. He credited mayor John Higgins and council members with bringing the idea for a joint venture to Metro- parks officials. "It's certainly not.a novel idea, but it is for us around here," Martin added. "Il shows that different government entities can work together lor the common good of people." It is a concept the mayor and city council said could be repeated in the future if more park land is needed lo satisfy area residents' appetite for recreation. "But I think that's far in the future because we're are going to have our hands full just doing things to pul this park in shape and keeping it that way," Higgins added. A six-page agreement on the i park's construction and use was endorsed by city council's building and lands committee March 16 and presented to council March 23. If all goes as planned, work on ihe park will begin this summer and is expected to be complete in the fall of 1999, when walkers, bikers and joggers can start trekking along a mile-long looped path. Plans call for the Metroparks to offer lectures and nature tours at the facility. Higgins met wilh Miutin March IS to finalize plans for the park, which will extend from behind the cily police station on N. Lake Street cast to N. Main Street. Higgins and Martin said the first step in construction will he the de- 'Postage stamp' lots useless plots by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter City officials are in the midst of trying to discover how much land the city owns but doesn't need or wanl. They know how much park land ihe cily owns, but not several small parcels or where they are all located,. Until about five years ago, cily officials occasionally accepted the majority of the land from home developers in lieu of their payment of impact fees. The fees help pay for the services and utilities the city provides to new residential developments. About $250,000 paid in impaci fees over the last few years recendy was used to help purchase land between N. Lake and N. Main streets. It will become a park jointly operated by Lorain County Metroparks and the city. The practice was stopped when 50 cents Finally, stoplight puts halt to city's wait for direction After four jtnd a half years of planning, engineering work and lots of frustration, a traffic light finally has been installed at Rl. 58 and Kresge Drive. Usually the installation of a traffic light isn't a big deal, but city officials said this one is long overdue and has been a source of consternation for the city and drivers. The light became operational today on a flashing mode and will begin functioning as a stop light April 27. The changeover is due to construction of a northbound turn lane on Kresge Drive and also will allow the light lo be properly timed with others on Rt. 58, according to Amherst safety service director Sherrill McLoda. The city's effort to get a traffic light installed at the busy intersection beg<in four and a half years ago under the administration of former mayor John Jaworski. At first, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials, didn't think one was necessary, but the city remained persistent and finally won its case after a traffic study was conducted. velopment of engineering plans. The second slep includes construction of the 12-foot-wide trail, two picnic pavilions, a soccer field, children's playground and a parking lot. It is possible up to six acres of land south of the park property may be donated to the cily, although Hig- CONTINUED on page 3 cily officials decided the impact fees were needed more lhan the land, sonic of which is land locked and inaca'ssible, according to mayor John Higgins. The practice was started and topped before Higgins became CONTINUED on page 3 A number of serious accidents prompted the need for the stop light. Until now, mayor John Higgins said the city has helped cut down on crashes by prohibiting left hand (southbound) turns onto Leavitt Road from Kresge Drive. He said the restriction sometimes is ignored by aggressive drivers and also contributed to traffic congestion on Cooper Foster Park Road, the main exit route from Amherst Plaza for most Amherst drivers. Once ODOT agreed to the traffic signal, it took another year to place it on its work schedule and time to bid it out for construction. Time even had to be allowed for an environmental impact study on the installation of a bridged pole from which the light is hung and the widening of Kresge Drive for the northbound turn lane. When construction bids finely were let early last year, the agency turned them down because they were too high and started the bidding process over. CONTINUED on page 2 Inside, outside: This project's an expensive one by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter City officials have begun to look at alternatives for the exterior and interior renovation of city hall because of the higltcost of the project. The remoderf% of the first' floor and basement, and replacement of the plumbing and electric wiring will cost an estimated $330,000, according to mayor John Higgins. A decision on the remodeling is expected to be made in the future so that the work can be done in conjunction with the replacement of a deteriorating roof and repair of the historic bell lower. City council agreed to advertise for bids for the re-roofing at itSaVVpril 13 meeting. Bids will be sought on both the installation of slate roofing and less cosdy shingles, Higgins said. Based on estimates, the slate re-roofing will cost $270,000, roughly $90,000 more than originally thought The mayor said council still has the option of switching to less costly singles. This could make more money available for interior changes that are needed to relieve overcrowding but cgujd cause the building to lose u^ status as an historic landmark. If shingles are installed, he said the city will have to make other roofing changes that only will result in a 20 percent savings — roughly $54,000. After the roof repairs are finalized, city officials had hoped enough of the $450,000 set aside for building work would remain for interior renovation. Bolh the roofing and interior upgrades bring the total cost repairs to $600,000, $150,000 more than is available. Additional room is needed because there is little privacy in city hall for confidential meetings or discussions, especially in the auditor's or treasurer's offices. Following the meeting, Higgins said the alternatives that need to be considered by council CONTINUED on page 3 Merchants fear little parking space used by downtown workers by GI.EN MILLER News-Times reporter Some Park Avenue business owners say they are having a problem with their employees and want the city to help. It's not that they're not good workers, it's just that too many of them are using parking spaces intended for customers and the money they spend. City councilmember Nancy Brown brought up the parking issue at the April 20 council meeting only io be told there is little that can be done. Employees use some of the available spaces because they can't find a place to park, according to mayor John Higgins. The answer, he said, rests in finding the money needed to build additional parking spaces in the downtown area. It also involves purchasing or leasing land for additional cily parking and a plan devised by first ward council member Terry Traster. CONTINUED on page 2 w^SA
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-22|
|Date of Original||22-APR-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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