Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-21
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Artists* work at library — Page 10 I O •£> i <— 'T* O Q 3 ™ < X N C m i_( 0) r tQ 3 H I » o mherst News-Times in j> mm ?1. 1998 ,1. Ohio ship tries [reasons jvember fire house levy '9 O X « by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Dozens of people have demanded that Amherst Township trustees explain their reasons for wanting to start a township fire department by placing a 2 mill levy on the Nov. 3 ballot More than a dozen members of an ad hoc group calling itself Concerned Township Citizens and other residents crowded into the township hall Oct 13 to hear the reasons from trustees Ron Leoni and David Urig. Most group members questioned the need for a township fire department and how only one fire station could adequately protect homes and families. Fire protection throughout the entire township is already provided by the Amherst and South fire departments, which serve different sections of the township, the group said. Most of the concerned citizens group are members of the Citizens for Economic Development which is headed by retired township businessman Allen Ahlgrim. Other members include school board member and landscaper Ron Yacobozzi, retired auto dealer Pete .Sliman, and residents Mike Witte ''and Ron Kopco. The group met at Sliman's home Oct 12 to announce it was against ihe levy because, a.township fire department is not needed. The levy was conceived by Urig and Leoni, neither of whom have provided information about the levy and its purpose, according to Ahlgrim. Denny Abraham, a third trustee, as gone on record as opposing the levy for much the same reason. He said the issue was "ill- conceived and ill-prepared" and "a knee jerk reaction" to Amherst's efforts to negotiate a new fire contract Council declines chamber's $$ request The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce may have to wait awhile before city council agrees to a $10,000 agreement under which the county chamber would aa as an economy development advisor for the city. Frank DeTillio, chamber presi dent, got little more than a thank you from council members after making a 10-minute presentation on the benefits of chamber services at its Sept 28 meeting. ' The objective of the chamber's services will be to attract high paying technical jobs to the county and Amherst. Il also would provide the city economic development assistance as needed. DeTillio said the city's participation on a contractual basis would help ensure continued economic development locally and throughout Ito county. Tlte chamber's goal is to attract diversified industrial growth, especially in the area of electronics, he with the township. Leoni denied the accusation during the trustees' meeting, saying he and Urig think it is time for the township to consider starting its own fire department. "I want to put it to the voters and see if the voters want it," he added. A $64,000 increase in fire service sought by Amherst makes the reason "a moot point," he said. A continuing 1 mill fire levy only generates about $65,000. Income from the 2 mill levy probably will have to be used to pay for the proposed Amherst fire contract, he added. "With the price we're looking at now, without the 2 mills, we probably can do it but it's really going to be very tight because you're going have to dip into our general fund," Leoni argued. Ahlgrim said the majority of people remain opposed to the levy, especially if other township funds can berreappropriated from other uses lo pay for a new fire contract The terms of the contract call for costs to be increased from the existing $46,000 a year to $110,000 annually for five years. Even though about a third of the city's responses were in the township last year, the township only paid for about 10.S percent of the operating costs of the fire department Amherst mayor John Miggins has said the additional cost is an attempt to eliminate this discrepancy. The township's existing fire contract with the city expired Oct 1. City council has approved a 60-day extension so contract talks can be completed. About $20,000 of the $110,000 would be set aside to purchase a new 3,000-gallon pumper tanker for rural fires. The base fee adds another $40,000 while $50,000 will CONTINUED on page 3 High climbers Workmen from the Waco Scaffolding Co. in Brooklyn Heights climb up scaffolding being erected for roof repairs to Amherst city hall, which is scheduled to begin next week. Halloween parade starts 2 p.m. Sunday Get ready, ghosties and goblins...Your time to shine will be during the annual city-wide Halloween parade on Sunday, Oct 25 starting at 2 pjn. The parade will form at the San Springs building at the corner of Forest Street and Park Avenue and end at city hall. Registration begins at 12:30 pjn. and costume judging begins at 1:30 p.m. This year, in conjunction with AUState Insurance, the Amherat Police Department Explorer Pott #422 will be fingerprinting children at the San Springs building from 11:30 ajn. lo 1 pjn. The Amherst Quarterback Club will be in attendance as well, selling raffle tickets for a new 1999 Ford Ranger, a fundraiser for the football program for students in grades seven through twelve. Refreshments will be available at city hall for &I1 of the parade participants. The Amhent Teachers Association, along with the city of Amhent, Girl Scout Cadet Troop #051, and the Amherst Police Department POP Lodge #122 are sponsoring this year's parade. In the event of inclement weather, the parade wfll be canceled and'Halloween costume judging will be held at Marion L. Steele High SchooL Trick or treating for the city of Amhent will be held the same day from 3-3 p.m. Possible skateboarding ramp on tap V«l it M ik «- SO conts City needs $85,000 to complete % fundraiser by QLEN MILLER ——.^a—^————■ • News-Times reporter The city is $85,000 shy of matching a $300,000 challenge grant offered to complete fandraising for the proposed 60-acre West Side Park. The matching grant was offered in the spring by an anonymous donor to help the city raise $600,000 in public contributions for the park. The donor is on individual accord- ing to mayor John Higgins. A series of fundraising efforts overseen by safety service director Sherrill McLoda has netted $215,000 since late spring. Higgins said she and a committee of volunteers hope to raise the remainder before the end of the year by seeking donations from the business and corporate community. The proposed park is a joint venture between the city and the Lorain County Metropolitan Park Board, the first of its kind in the area. City officials have said the city's Maude Neiding Park on Cleveland Avenue and other facilities have become overcrowded due to the city's growth. The biggest demand for new park was one that combines nature and recreational or exercise facilities. As approved last year, the agreement between the city and the parks calls for the parks, the city and the public to each provide a third of the park's $1.8 million cost Both the city and park have paid their shares, or $1.2 million. Rather . than place a levy on the ballot the mayor said the pubac portion is being sought from donors. "We really didn't want to go the tax route because we realize not everybody would use this or thinks it is needed, so we're soliciting from those who do," he explained. Failure to reach the $300,000 goal means the city will not receive the full matching grant Should that occur, volunteers will have to seek donations by sending letters or brochures to residents throughout the community. The amount sought may be $50 or less, although Higgins said a park committee hopes a mail campaign will not be necessary. Skate boanten may have a place parents who want a safe place where letting skate board anHlinisti and he explaiaed "This is the beat to practice their tnansuro m rid utey can pursue their high speed their parents build ramps on an un- can do, but it's a start." "They'd much rather have cerned people give," he said. »•-_ Start up work on the park will be delayed until the entire $600,000 can be raised. ?. Plans call for the development of a 13-mile asphalt walking, biking and jogging, path, a picnic area and shelter, a children's play area, soccer field and a series of nature activities, such as bud watching and fishing. The wooded area will be located behind the Amherst Police Department between N. Lake and N. Mam streets. Future plans call for the possible, development of a swimming poof and sports facilities on several acres of land to the northeast V. A coat breakdown provided fay' tlte county metro parks reveals the most expensive item is a $600,000 asphak trail. Other coats are land ac- quirilion.$m(»a. two p-ciiK .healers, $100,000; a 40-car tanking lot road. $1 $0,000; re- $100,000; a -""—■** SSOjOOO; SjOsOffh las Despite a lack of wdnstrial growth ia the community, he said the city and the surrounding area have benefited from reakkwoal development in ute part aevetal yean. Last year, council rejected providing the chamber with a "mem- facrship comributioa" on the advice CONTINUED on page 10 air if city council allows "quarters" sport. used portion of a park using their Ct» obje^veu log* ata* beared ^pijjea" to oebuik be city The idea was proposed to council own or donated atcney. den off fewae»«* atteett park. st its Oct 19 buildings aad lands Holysjiiraajssiapcrttoaof De- .je>wn*s. a coaajaaatt of cotvuniitoc "Pipes" are among the tenausol- The mayor said he has received by other people, amtoug* am aeo- they jer neus on tamtm i gs and lands He hss proposed a |«rtion of De- .joewata. a coanjnaai Paoat Pa* that is ant heavily used ^^^ aaonpara aad has received by oanv |>eopls. aatotn* the dec.- r^y claim the ano oa^skateboardenuMfcr the curved about 15 inquiries from teenagers sioa rests with < nmpsea«naft*B\ey.feta.MM and their parents within the last located away fc snd other tricks. Qmrtractkn wit month. the eastern aad giaeeriag aad $100,000; and tfftjWOi S2S.000.ea> iga costs. Am—a m oosmcil'i aaaaNMitv mmmimmm^mwmsr "m^^m ^^sas^s^BBBjvja^^B ffja^ ^maammmmsms^m^msmmmsw a According to Higgins. the etty for pipae, tag or of the park. "Warn they l>ai^ w«« be op lo ^ DiafonalRiL, can ha amis to tin rmmX 13M| tarn aVsVMft %'• 44090.' t ( _ _^ _ It also would provide The idea beloags to mayor John has no money for pipes, haj or thorn, hat whamaar It (a it weted *? wan a aafc paw te faaceka Hiajate. who has been approached mmll. in its recrentJoa taaaast lmmftlwaa«a*ma«'onee. We eaa^amm m m ttmimmy mm* by teenage akats boarders and their Instead, ths mayor has proposed would Jam aft ana* am city lead," a map of snafa or the dry
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-21|
|Date of Original||21-OCT-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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