Amherst News-Times, 1999-02-24
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City to model law after Vermilion's — Page 3 [Deegan signs to play — Page 7 Amherst News-Time Wednesday. February 24, 1999 Amherst, Ohio o -» o 9 O £ __ X r 00 M - eff eo 3 X 00 < I - c m h '/> •" '-0 3 -I 3> O V 3> H < n a Cops file host of'grievances against the cit by QLEN MLLER Nawa-Timas reporter Full-time Amherst patrolmen have filed 17 grievances against the city over the use of part-time officers, court time and the number of days they work in succession. All were filed with the city by the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association (OPBA) between Dec. 30 and Jan. 4. Most were denied by mayor John Higgins because they were signed by patrolman Walter Gould, director of the local OPBA, not the aggrieved officers. Higgins said he hopes the grievances can be settled through arbitration. Gould said the option of seeking arbitration will be decided by the OPBA and its executive board. Most involve decisions to use part-time patrolman to fill vacant shifts or hours rather than first asking full-time officers if they wish to work overtime. Higgins said the decision to use part-time officers is an effort to cut down oh overtime pay. In a letter to the OPBA, Higgins said the use of part- time officers to fill open shifts has been a longstanding police department practice and was agreed to in a new three-year contract approved late last fall. "It is the most efficient and economic way to provide necessary coverage," he added. The applicable section doesn't prohibit the use of part-time officers and deals with how overtime is to be distributed among full-time patrolmen, Higgins said. According to Gould, full- timers are offered overtime work when part-time patrolmen turn it down. Other grievances deal with the failure to give officers two days off in succession. These and several other complaints — one dealing with split shift day — also were u) denied becaus) signed by Got the aggrieved The contrac will be schedi days of duty — — . . days off. However, the mayor noted there are occasional exceptions, such as when work schedules are being changed. Gould said the contract CONTINUED on page 3 Street tax to appear for fall election by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter A hurried effort to place a half percent street levy on the May primary ballot was quickly dropped by city council last week because of the cost of paying for it The decision was made by consensus after council clerk Olga Sivinski learned the city would have to pay $5,600 to have the 0.5-mill renewal levy placed on the ballot - In effect, the city would have to pay for the election if no accompanying issues or candidates were on the Amherst ballot, according to Lorain County Board of Elections director Marilyn Jacobcik. The issue was discussed at council's Feb. IS streets committee meeting. It voted to place the renewal on the May ballot pending action by the entire council at a special Feb. 17 meeting. That meeting was cancelled after council learned of the cost Instead, council opted to delay the levy renewal until November when several council members will seek reelection. Mayor John Higgins said the delay has its good and bad points. It will give the city more time to form a citizen's committee to promote the levy and explain its need. Conversely, it cuts the ballot opportunity to the November election. Had voters rejected the renewal in May, the city would have had a second opportunity to seek approval during the November general election. Even though the levy does not expire until Dec. 31, 2000, the city must wait one year after the levy is passed before it can begin collecting funds generated by it, about $1.5 million a year. "So November is it, otherwise we will have to look at a greatly reduced street rehab program in 2001, something .we don't want to do and _ something people won't like," Higgins explained. Money can be borrowed, although the repayment and interest would reduce the amount available to the rehabilitation program. It pays for street repairs and paving, and any work dona to storm sew- ajapd bridges, lha mayor , He 10-year levy was first &cd in 1990 and raised ab- $700,000 a year for im- The of James Melendez (front), The Veranda's executive ctief, shows of his secrets for making a mouth watering flish. general manager Thad Gregg and owner Dave Moore (at rear) one Making Amherst his hometown by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Dave Moore doesn't consider himself a restaurateur, just an astute businessman who occasionally takes risks. That's one reason he downplayed the opening of The Veranda, an upscale restaurant and catering service in early December and his role in the revitalization of downtown Amherst. Including The Veranda, he owns an estimated $2 million worth of real estate on Park Avenue and Five Points. The restaurant got its name from the large veranda that was built on the second floor. Businessman takes a risk on both sides of Five Points Moore moved his main business. Crystal Mortgage Co., from Elyria to Amherst a few years ago because of its small town atmosphere reminded him of the town where, he grew up, Davison, Mich. "I wanted to live and work in a town with a really nice family atmosphere and this was it," he explained. The decision to convert the old Fraternal Order of Eagle Club into a restaurant wasn't by design; it just happened. Every day Moore could see the building from his second floor office window. All he had to do was turn around in his swivel chair. He wanted it, but not for a restaurant It was the parking lot in the rear he was interested in because it would provide parking for employees and customers of the Crystal Mortgage Co. The old building would be a good rental hall for weddings, parties and whatnot, and the second floor might be a good place for meeting rooms. But something clicked in the back his mind after he bought it Years ago, he and some old schools chums had talked about someday opening a restaurant So, the dream reappeared and became a reality after Moore spent an estimated $750,000 to renovate the building. Along the way, he decide to add Dave's, a cigar bar, as part of the restaurant even through he doesn't smoke. Dave's was added because he thought patrons would enjoy having a place where they could have a few drinks without having to shout over blaring music. There just isn't anything here in town for elegant eating that has a nice atmosphere and good food," he CONTINUED on page 3 CONTlNUtU) en page 9 Century day kids St. .Joseph Catholic School students comber and 8t§von Bernard try lo r' Board. Jains* Mow- a puzzle wetitOO H was hist ono the 100 things students did last that 1^ day tfeohool W. Martin residents petition for signs A petition asking that stop signs and crosswalks be placed along part of West Martin Street has been referred to police and safety officials by city council. Saying it has no jurisdiction, council's streets committee asked safety service director Sherrill McLoda, law director Alan Anderson and the police department to review the petition signed by more than 40 West Martian Street area residents. The petition, reviewed by the committee at its Feb. IS meeting, seeks to have crosswalks and three-way stop signs placed on West Martin at the corners of Long Street and Candy Lane to force drivers to slow down. In their petition, the residents said stop signs and crosswalks are needed to ensure the safety of children walking to and from school. In addition, they also would provide notice that "the Cast moving cars will no longer be tolerated" on a residential street with a 25 mile per hour speed limit Although the request is valid, law director Alan Anderson and committee chairperson Nancy Brown said the use of stop signs to slow down speeders may not be legal "If you are using the atop signs strictly as a traffic control device, then you may have a (legal) problem," Anderson said. They might be legally erected due to an increased volume of traffic on Weat Martin. Proving this would first require a traffic count and other research to justify their use, be added. Crosswalks with signs wanting motorists to stop for pedestrians on them can also be added. Anderson questioned whether three-way atop signs will help. He reported witnessing motorists turn on to West Martin from aide streets, including Candy Lane and Long Street, without stopping, even though slop signs are posted on tnsua. As fo the speeding, he the rebuilding of a along We N. Main and N. its small several yearn ago. Uj-Iajaly aOaSd S aaMaaaT W* k is hOMd the review by McLo4m» AflAnoft Mel frin ^_P—«-aaaaaaP majamaf ^avammmmim %~m «p fMMa^T VOa aaaal to Seei a_ma>. aa SMat sma omUmb. mat 'ii'riiriia,.,
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-02-24|
|Date of Original||24-FEB-1999|
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