Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-24
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naa *aM***maammmm< a' fcsBftl a*mmem^m*.'t-*«iatm- •*, City eyes green power — Page 6 Top swimmers from Amherst — Page 7 Amherst News-Time ■ ■ Wednesday, March 24. 1999 No deal; services for elders may end by OLEN MILLER News-Times reporter More than 250 Amherst Township senior citizens may lose services provided by the Sandstone Office on Aging April 1 unless the township trustees agree to negotiate a three-year contract with the agency. Clients living in the township have been notified that services provided to them will cease after March 31 unless the township trustees agree to pay $38,791 over the next three years. The proposed contract calls for a 34 percent increase per year beginning with $9380 sought for this year. "Stopping services is something we don't want to do because the people involved are those who need the services, yet we can't do it for free," agency coordinator Nina Lorandeau said. With the exception of the township, the two other communities served by the agency — South Amherst and Brownhelm Township — have or tentatively have agreed to pay a "fair share'' for the services provided township seniors. Only the Amherst Township trustees have failed lo discuss a contract with Lorandeau and mayor John Higgins, although trustee Denny Abraham has spoken individually with the mayor. Abraham said he is strongly in favor of negotiating a contract with the agency. "It should be one of our priorities, but I'm only one vote," he stud. All three trustees were to discuss a proposed contract at a special meeting to be held sometimor this week. A letter asking the village and townships to begin negotiations was mailed in December. Amherst Township tailed to respond until Lorandeau called trustee chairman Ron Leoni about three weeks ago. Because the agency is a city department, Amherst pays the agency money for seniors living in the chy as needed. Last year, this amounted to $42,165. It paid an additional $13,000 to help cover the cost of services not paid by the three other communities. "We can't let them operate in the red and we can't continue to subsidize them (the other communities) at the same rate because we have to pay more and more each year," Higgins said. Each community's fair share was determined by Lorandeau based on the amount of services elderly people in. each community receive and the agency's $144,644 budget The agency receives more than $75,000 in funding from federal and state sources each year. The remainder comes from contracts with the communities it services. Elderly people in Amhent Township receive the second largest percentage of services, including Meals on Wheels. Amhent has the largest, roughly about 64 percem. Overall, the township received 20 invent of the agency's services ia 1998 but only contrOwled $7j000, leas than half the $16,519 in aer- Mt VaaaaV att* cording to a report |>rovided CONTMUEO en page • Amherst, Ohio Trotting on Tangle Paul Livelsberger enjoys a trot along Park Avenue on his horse Tangle during a break in last week's winter weather. The Amherst area resident said it's not surprising for motorists to slow down and ogle his ride, especially it he happens to be in town. Two new columnists join N-T .staff Suzanne Traster and Pam Mitchell will soon be gracing the pages of the News-Times with their words of wisdom, story telling and humor. The two Amherst women are the newest additions to the newspaper's columnists. Traster, the mother of city councilman Terry Traster, will author "Suzy's View," a thoughtful yet humorous look at the world in which she and we live. Mitchell, an Amherst resident for seven months, will write "Ad lib," a column about anything that happens lo strike her fancy. Much of it may deal with common everyday life or something in the news. Pam Mitchell Suzanne Traster The author of several short stories and two plays, Traster began writing about 20 years ago and wants to inform and entertain readers in a way that will make them smile, snicker and laugh. "It won't be anything that's too political or serious. We get enough of that now and sometimes people want to read something that will make them smile," she explained. A lot of her articles will deal with experiences in her life. She's had a lot when you consider the trials, tribu- . lations and smiles she has ex perienced raising seven children and 14 grandchildren. She hasn't been able to de- CONHNUEO on page 5 City rep; ) n J| complete With the $323,000 replacement Of its roof complete, city hall will soon undergo the final phase of its exterior renovation and the start of some interior work. The upcoming remodeling includes mortaring outside cracks between sandstone blocks, new windows and window sills, and minor interior changes in the layout of offices. The city sold $400,000 in municipal bonds last year to pay for the entire project. Depending on city council's approval, a $77,000 balance is likely to be used to complete the exterior work. The cost of the interior office changes has not been determined, but probably will be paid for out of the city's general fund, according to mayor John Higgins. Several changes will be made to offices once the treasurer's, auditor's and building inspector's offices are moved to the San Spring Building on Park Avenue this summer. The changes will result in separate offices for the mayor, safety service director, their shared secretary, city council and the council clerk. In addition, Higgins said he eventually may ask council to consider developing a long-range plan for the interior restoration of the 1884 building. "But this is down the road. We don't have the money set side for this now because we have other CONTINUED on pege 9 Market's lotto lady sells big winner Many people come to Jamie's Flea Market hoping to find hidden treasures, but recently someone came away with a lottery ticket worth $12 million. Ohio Lottery Commission officials said the owner of the one winning ticket in Saturday's drawing had not come forward as of Monday afternoon, but they could identify the seller as Betty Cianciola. of DAB Enterprises Variety Shoppe at Jamie's Flea MarkeL Cianciola said the lottery commission contacted her with the news Monday morning. "I'm on cloud nine," she said. 1 was very busy on Saturday. In two days time last week I sold over 1,100 tickets.*' Her shop is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the flea market is open, malting her what lottery officials call a "non*. traditional" sales agent Cianciola said she only started selling tickets for the multi-million dollar games the last week of January this year. Before that she only sold instant scratch-off tickets, and those only since 1993, although she opened the shop more than 10 yean. ago. Since then, she says, lottery tickets are the biggest part of het\ A shamrock story tsaaa*aaaa*at aaafaaataty aaMaaaaaM aaaaTlaaaaa^ aaaaaal fll ■*•£■•#■-, t0t\m\mmmymmammWmmm%aMs^^ "I have steady customers ail tte, time," she said. "A lot of the ve*> den buy their tickets here, They ray they're glad Tat there," A fNBMrfrftlae ia CtYaaaitltv saSDOV tO hat. ^.•"aBBBBBsaasaesaaeaaaaaaaaa ssssar —wmma ssaassaasasasaa m teaaaaaBBBsaBr m mmaw aaasBBB- there aow. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-24|
|Date of Original||24-MAR-1999|
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