Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-05
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Nord principal to retire — Page 2 | Mail carriers plan food drive — Pac Amherst News-Tinn Wednesday. May 5, 1999 Amherst, Ohio Sanctions could cost cycle makers their job KTM Sportsmotorcycle employees in Amherst may lose their jobs if the federal government enacts trade sanctions as pan of a looming trade war with the European Union (EU). The government plans to impose import trade sanctions on the Austrian-made sports motorcycle company in retaliation for the economic un ion's refusal to allow the U.S. to export hormone- treated beef to Europe. If this occurs in May as scheduled, Congressman Sherrod Brown said it will result in the loss of KTM jobs in Amherst, where it has its American corporate headquarters. The company employes 38 people full-time in Amherst in addition to others in California and six other states, KTM marketing and sales official Jeff Salamon said. Salamon said the layoffs may not occur immediately, but are "inevitable" and also will affect the motorcycle company's 260 dealerships nationwide, he added. They would result from duties placed on KTM imported vehicles and parts that will double the price of the company's motorcycles in this country. The average cost of a KTM motorcycle would jump from $5,600 to $11,200. This is likely to put KTM motorcycles "out of the realm of competition with the Japanese, our biggest competitors,'' he added. The government has given the EU until May 13 to remove its ban on hormone- treated beef. If it does not, the high import duties will be imposed. The government action includes duties on a wide variety of European agricultural products and is backed by the World Trade Organization. Regardless, Salamon said KTM resents having its mo torcycles singled out as the only nonagricultural company chosen by the government "It's wrong. We are in no way associated with any kind of agriculture, so we fail to understand why they have specifically singled us out," he added. The company has no CONTINUED on page 2 Old mayor questions full-time new mayor by QLEN MLLER Naws-Times reporter Former mayor Anthony DePaola is questioning the legality of upgrading the mayor job to a full-time post and the use of money from the sale of city land for the development of the proposed West Side Park. DePaola, mayor from 1972-83, said he intends to file a taxpayers' lawsuit challenging council's Nov. 9, 1998 decision to make the mayor's post a full-time job beginning Jan. 1, 2000. According to him, the decision is contrary to state law for a statutory city government. "There is no authority for council to dictate how many hours anybody can work and auiything contrary to that Is usurping the (Ohio Revised) Code," he claimed. He also claimed an April 24 legal opinion by law director Alan Anderson supporting the decision is wrong. As read to council at its April 26 meeting, Anderson said council's decision is constitutional. Anderson based on his opinion on research of the Ohio Constitution and the Ohio Revised Code and said it was requested by councilman John Dietrich. Dietrich said he never wrote Anderson seeking a formal opinion, but was approached by DePaola about the legality of council's decision. "I told him I was happy with the decision and that we had followed his (Anderson's) recommendation." Dietrich said. In his opinion, Anderson said the ordinance is "directly related to self- government and not in direct conflict with the general laws of the State of Ohio." No one publicly opposed the decision at public meetings last tall. Mayor John Higgins said he fails to understand why DePaola or anyone would challenge the need for a full-time mayor. '•These people don't realize this city can't afford not to have a full- time administrator," he said. The city has an estimated 14,000 people pending the results of the 2000 census. He noted several smaller cities have a full-time mayor or city manager, and even they have not experienced tte land of growth that Amherst has over the last six or seven years. Higgins said he also has requested a second opinion from tte Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey with which tte city frequently does business. Tte opinion is due sometime this week. "It doesn't hurt to have a second opinion in a very important matter lfte this," te explain. A full-time mayor was recommended by a citizen's committee appointed by council and was made after it studied otter options, such as Real tall tale Rick Sowash, a children's author and master teller of entertaining tall tales, really stretches his tale during a storytelling session at Harris Elementary School. Frosh disciplined for 'hit list' scare Fear caused by tte deadly high school shootings in Littleton, Colo, hit home last week when a Marion L. Steele High School freshman was arrested for developing a "hit list" that included students and adults. Tte list was discovered when tte freshman told another student that eight names spotted on his notebook paper were a "hit list" Soon afterwards, rumors be gan circulating among tte student body "based on everything that has happened," superintendent Robert Boynton said. Amherst police also reported several parents called tte police station to report rumors their children had heard about possible shootings at tte school.' Tte youth in question was called into tte high school administrative offices and questioned by administrators and police. The youth confirmed tte hit list, but claimed it was a list of individuals whose cars or bank accounts te would "mess up," Boynton said. He was arrested after school officials asked him if te planned to harm people on tte list. At this point, tte freshman said it was "possible'' te might hurt some of tte five adults and three stu dents on tte list, he explained. But there never was any actual threat to shoot anybody. ."He never mentioned that but, given what's happened nationally lately, rumors spread quickly," Boynton said. "So, we felt he had to be disciplined and police should be given all tte information." He did not disclose tte type of discipline. Party Shop patrons offered top wines by QLEN MLLER Newe-Timet reporter Since late last fall. Amhent Fairy Shop owner Dick Currier has been studying wines and the wineries at which they are made. It's not that te wasn't acquainted with some already, but te needed to know more — a lot more — after deciding to open Dick's Wine Cellar in tte basement of the shop about a a city The decision to make the post a rather than part-time jab t by council after Anderson law requires city tegisU- ot velars, to approve tte in stataMory cities. aayoaewUbaa C He's owned tte shop at Tenney Avenue and South Main Street since 1972 and rebuilt it after a fire nearly destroyed it several yean ago. Bat never did te think tte basement be- neeth it would be used for anything more than storage let alone become a profitable venture. Currier's dtcisfcaa, lo tmrmff a wine connoisseur started when te discovered te didn't have enough room in his store for all tte wines te wanted to stock over tte and New Year's holidays. It then when te came up with tte idea of turning a section of his basement into a "really cooT wine cellar. It is tampanta* controlled aad I Mortgage company president says he'll move now by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Attorneys for Crystal Mortgage Co. and the city will meet this week in an attempt to reach an out of court settlement over a lawsuit challenging tte company president's failure to pey 1997 city income taxes. Charles Pawlikiewicz, one of tte attorneys representing David Moore, said he hopes tte charges filed against his client can be resolved prior to a May 27 pre-trial hearing. In the meantime, Moore said te is preparing to move part of tte company out of AmhersL Because of tte city's legal action, he said te has decided to move tte company sales offices to Elyria but will keep tte corporate headquarters in AmhersL Moore declined to say if tte entire company eventually may te moved. "We'll take things one step at a time,'' te said. The sales office employs 17 to 18 mortgage originators and occupies most of tte first floor of tte Moore Financial Center at South Main Street and Park Avenue. Tte city alleges Moore, tte company founder, failed to pay more than $2,000 in municipal income taxes on income earned from company offices in Amherst and five stales. He initially paid about $2,100 in taxes but was later informed by city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz tte amount had been adjusted to $4397. Moore has declined to pay tte additional tax because te claims te only is liable for taxes on income earned from his Amhent office. His suit against tte city and treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz seeks at least $25,000 damages, tte exact amount of which is lo be determined by a jury trial. Pawlikiewicz said tte meeting was agreed upon following an initial meeting with Amherst law director Alan Anderson about two weeks ago. ffnoseoJememcantereaached, Pawlikiewicz said te may seek temporary and permanent injunctions against criminal prosecution of Moore until the suit is resolved. Even though tte injunctions wens included in the suiL separate motions mmm%m\_\ item from the Lorain County Common Pleas Court have not been filed m tte hope a settle- aaaaLaaaaaaaat rata,ara aWaaa aaiaa aa aii*~ - -* aWaaa. aakaaaLaaaaaaaaal UfapSJH la^aVI DC IvSCRaaaQa. DC ajaaaaKaaCV* Pawlikiewicz alleged the cay "imraroperly- accused Crystal Morv gage ef committing a crime by not paying tte adoWoaal taxes. "TWa needs to be discussed and there ia a way to teaolve k," he added "Right now tte parties am trying to find a way to do .Ml" Moore aaid te aaaamaai to par* i '4 1* v ^:j%k_
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-05|
|Date of Original||05-MAY-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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