Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-03
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r^<*fyrp> ■ "a . • ..: . -*.*+. ^.»«t»v.:'> ' I •»-. 'aa*** T ./-. . r_ _ .. ;; ;. . . „ L^ ers hit the stage March 11 — Page 5 Liquor sales have no appeal — Amherst News-Tim O a* O O O £> X X r~ 00 i—i —• c <n e o *X m t—i •f> r ./> 3 -4 i> e < o .-n > >f> o o 3 Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Amherst, Ohio o X County sees 'Amherst' in sewer resolute.. by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter A tie-in to Amherst's sewer system could be a solution to the so called "sewer to no where" in Amherst Township. The idea was presented to county and city officials last month by a small group of Rt. 58 property owners and ' has "definite possibilities," city engineer Milt Pommeranz said. Pommeranz, mayor John Higgins and representatives from K.E. MacCartney and Assoc., the consulting engineers who designed the $3.5 million township sewer, were scheduled to meet with county engineer Ken Carney yesterday to discuss the proposal's feasibility. Amherst's sewers have the capability of handling the projected 85,000 gallons of affluent that would' move through the •ewer each day. Pending economic growth along Rl 58, Pommeranz said county engineers project the amount will increase to 750.000 gallons daily in the future. Regardless, he said the increase also could be handled by the city on completion of a $2 million upgrade of the city's water treatment plant on North Lake Street near Rt. 2. The project is scheduled to be done next year. Built in 19%, the township sewer was laid by the county along parts of Middle Ridge Road and Rts. 58 and 113 in anticipation of economic growth for the proposed turn pike interchange on Rt. 58. County officials envisioned connecting it to Lorain's west side sewer system and treatment plant but never had a formal agreement with the city. Shortly after its completion, Lorain officials refused to allow the connection be- CONTIIMUED on page 3 Tax levy's language needs CC workover The effort to place a half percent income tax for street maintenance on the Nov. 2 ballot was put on hold last week until a resolution and companion ordinance authorizing the levy can be clarified. As written, the council resolution calls for an "increase*' in the municipal income tax to one and a half percent, language city council members fear may cause voters to think the city is seeking approval of a 1.5 increase above what is currently being collected. The companion ordinance seeks a half percent renewal of the same tax, which expires Dec. 31, 2000. Regardless, council members want to ensure what they approve will not confuse voters. Council agreed to send the resolution and propoeed onlinance back to its ordinance committee until the confusion can be resolved. The delay will allow city council clerk Olga Si vinski to research how an ordinance authorizing a fire renewal tax levy is written. The confusion arose after council members said the Nov. 2 ballot language will be based on what is approved by council. Council president Wayne Whyte noted the city is not seeking a 1.5 percent increase, only the renewal of the half percent used to maintain streets and bridges. Passed by voters 10 years ago, it now raises $1.5 million a year for repairs. Treasurer Diane Eswine and auditor Kathleen Litkovitz agreed with Whyte, saying the language may confuse voters if it is not clearly stated that only a half percent renewal is being sought Law director Alan Anderson noted the confusion stems from the Ohio Revised Code. The ORC gives council the authority to approve up to one percent without voter approval. Any additional tax must be approved by voters. "So, you'd be increasing it from the one percent to one and a half," he explained. "That's how you'd have to word it in acceptance with the revised code." Some council members questioned if the resolution is needed at all. Anderson said it is but should be adopted after the ordinance is approved. He contended the language could be explained as part of any tax campaign promotional effort. But some council members said further clarification is needed before the issue is placed on the ballot because of the importance of the tax levy. Without it, mayor John Higgins previously has said street, bridge and some ■ewer work would have to be seriously curtailed because of insufficient funds. •Twme.iflwerelorjkiiigaihis. I would think taxes are going up oae and half percent," councitnaB John Tliiharr said. 1 would bet $1,000 that 50 percent of the voters are going to think nil ii the care." « jjorsjn County Board of Elections director Matty* Jacobcik agreed W, recking crew City water department employees Lee Camera (left) and Drew Woodings are far from water as they tear down old office walls In the San Spring Building. City employees are being used to help make way for the renovation of the future city hall building. Law director will be challenged by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Vermilion law director and Lorain attorney Kenneth Stumphauzer is challenging Alan Anderson for his job as Amhent law director. Stumphauzer, a Democrat, and Anderson, a Republican, are among eight Democrats and seven Republicans whose names will appear on the May 4 primary ballot for Amherst public office. Anderson could not be reached for comment. If elected in November, Stumphauzer aid he intends to serve as law director for both cities. Both positions are pan-time and his duties could be split between the two communities, he said. He noted that much of his practice involves municipal law. He served as Lorain's assistant law director for 12 yean and law director in the early nineties. He has been Vermilion's law director tor about three yean. Anderson has been Amhent law director since 1996 and previously served as law director in the eighties. Mayor John Higgins has no Republican challenger and will be unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election for mayor unless an independent candidate files by May 3. the deadline for independent candidstsa CouncUrnan-at-laige John Dietrich does not have s Republican challenger for the presidency of dty council either. He will succeed longtime council president snd May Primary Roundup Council-at-Large D: Nancy Brown D: Dave Kukucka D: Dave Williams R: Mark Vostilow R: Barb Kilgore R: Dennis Walters R: Bob Sisler Only three Republican* wll advance to fall election. D: R: D: R: ~! Ward One Ward Two Ward Three Terry Traster John Dunn Ed Cowger Steve P'Simer Michael Nolte D: Ward Four John Mishak D: R: Law Director „ . Ken Stumphauser Alan Anderson D: Council President , w ________ John Dietrich D: ^OF John Higgins councflmember Wayne Whyte, who Williams, of 901 Shadylawn Dr., has aaroiounced his retirement from said he waa encouraged to seek a city service. council seat by many friends and Dietrich's vacancy as neighbon. Louaclnw SI hay is being sought The primary was forced by Repu- by David WilMaaas. who chaired laat Wicaw, four of whom are seeking year's citizens coiwinir that re- three council st-lsrge seats. Wil- coteanniatid a laMttee mayor lor tiamf is seeking one. The other two Ihs dty. ass occupied by Nancy Brown sad David Kukucka, who are both seeking reelection. Mark Costilow, of 206 Lincoln St., Barbara Kilgore, of 20 Shadylawn Dr., Dennis Walters, of 150 Orchard Hill Dr., and former councilman Robert Sisler, of 216 Crosse Rd., are the Republican challengers. The top three Republican vote- getters will run against Brown, Williams and Kukucka in November. Kilgore, Walters and Williams each have attended recent council meetings. Kilgore has spoken out against the dry's decision to temporarily repeal a section of an ordinance setting the minimum and maximum amounts allowed within an electric revenue account The repealed section allowed council to raise electric rates if the minimum fdl below $350,000 and give rebates if it exceeded $1 million. Williams is a supporter of downtown revitalization efforts and Walters recently voiced concern about the number of liquor carryout licenses in the city. Former city auditor and Republican John Dunn, of 162 Woodhill Drive, has filed to challenge Democrat Tory Traster for tte first ward council seat in November. Michael Nolte, of 162 Woodhill Dr., will challenger Steve P'Simer, of 611 Brennan Dr., a Democrat. Fourth ward Democratic councilman John Mishak, of 491 Sunrise Dr., is tunning uncfapoaed. The only poets not ap for election are the cky auditor and tieasuwr. The city council clerk is aEpohaed by council. Stop signs can't be used for traffic •ctor mmmtrM McLods ted s^au^M^ to control traffic. V tte ia tte teses tte R*t 22 dty ceeadl dty did ptM ton, ltea seem always strjp signs on fcr mm tw 40 West is a etesce aa astern mte Street sad C ISreetareaaaasssmThare- ossM aw tte dty. hicLode and February. No atop signs esa te placed on W. Martin Street to alow down id consol traffic. If the ia the hopes of gwtiag three-way West Martin at Long Candy Lane ia catty _ _j placed on tte baBot could reify tte iasse is s coatiaiwtioa of tte existing half percent tax levy, not a sew one. thereby svoidtng W. Martin Street to alow down dart* tte H*. 22 dty coned. dty*d|*tettera.tteait-en always nop signs oaWejt Martin at Long uaffk.resotirereaidewjoftteaea atesttej fer aseai ttea 40 West ta a daises aajautewy wcewtat Street and Candy Lane in early rurf booed. ltealateutasaaasaafctte.Tteas- ansa* are tte dty, ifcUda twd February. ^^ ijanm astlilpastt M ite two cewtdL tt'saaataatttelswtoapasdtatit waste age ssakasrSaMMoa of Jtasteni petes teas taaa sated Couad. tattered tte patWoa to ■*».■ *»* »*°* «? *— » ^mSamma SiHuluag to te swas^tesa* te jgusstes McUatettei II ll|iii i aad control those who might Ignore ate ate teas fltest • attest tte pM. aaparasBy wtoa law director Ate. Aatenc* far Bate par how q»*ed (test oa fte ^ _ _.r Laws waft* to aad fee* awdy becauw k had ae aasteate te BaBwWWa VaflaaaV m%%TtW dHHaWP *W aaPBWBft <SSaJ' \mmmmJmW**1 SaaaaHBaaW feaaaVaaaaJaV W<|BBBBB> IjfBBBjg mm^maa^l*mm%mmmmW mam* Ttei's tte ted aew aetey as** stowtlptiMipPaf; i te^atete:teA i Ijlrtp-t siMsi te posted. Unwanted land may net city extra $$$ Pending city council's approval, the city stands to earn $272,000 from the sale of unwanted property in Amherst and on West Erie Avenue in Lorain. The proposed sale of the two properties — an old city water department storage garage on Park Avenue and lakefront land originally purchased in the fifties for a water treatment plant — was announced at a Feb. 21 council meeting. The Lorain land is being sold to Scott Sprenger of Sprenger Enterprises, Inc. for $251,000 and the Park Avenue property to Jay Murray Jr., of 882 Cleveland Avenue. Mayor John Higgins said Murray plans to demolish the garage and build a residence on the land, which is zoned residential (R-l). The use of the West Erie Street property is unknown, although city officials noted it is located adjacent to the Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, which is owned by the Sprenger Retirement Centers. Just how the proceeds will be used remains in question pending research by law director Alan Anderson. According to Anderson, the proceeds should be placed in the water revenue account because both pieces of land were purchased yean ago using water department funds. But mayor John Higgins said he would tike the proceeds to be placed in the city's general fund because it will help pay for the remaining share of the $600,000 the city must contribute to pay for a proposed West Side Park. About $300,000 in developer impact fees charged by the dry already has been net aside for the project Under a 1997 agreement, the city, the Lorain County Metropolitan Pari, District and private amtributors must each pay for a thud of the $1.8 million 60-acre facility. Higgins coaattsadod tte properties eventually became tte property of tte city, not tte said te hopes to resolve tte question by reattaching tte Tte paadWg mat of tte is tte lint ia to tetsaar ate city's finance* by seating dty mai that it not tetej need. Mtwy are wtet Ittajtae has previ OBa^Jbailateal 0T atssas atas aots given te tte dtyby in tea of •ai are!
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-03|
|Date of Original||03-MAR-1999|
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