Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-12
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|aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa>*aaaaaaaaaa Nord tops at Olympiad — Page £ Amherst News-Time O •"> o o o mi X x I— 00 M M c j* o o a X oKIh e !-* i-h '/> I— 'fl J> o < < o 'S> Wodnrsd.iy M.iy 1? 1999 Amhcr ',1 o x »*- « Springs makeover to require re-bidding Pins to move some city offices into the San Springs building in July will have to wait until state officials award bids for second floor structural changes. Hie changes are necessary to bring the building up to code to satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act. City council was forced to reject a bid of more than $140,000 May 3 because it exceeded a $120,000 grant received from the state. It would have been used to make second floor structural changes that will satisfy ADA accessibility requirements. The bidding process will have to start over again and is expected to delay completion of the remodeling for at least two months. This could mean the building may not be ready for occupancy until sometime in the fall, accoding to mayor John Higgins. The treasurer's and auditor's offices, and building and utilities departments were to be moved into the building in July to relieve overcrowding in city hall. The state has decided to take charge of the rebiding process, which will take about two months, Higgins said. The ADA structural changes include widening the second floor hallway, a wider entrance and reptacement of both internal stairways. Those changes, in addition to the coat of'an outside lift elevator for the physically challenged exceed the gram. Council was allowed to accept a $35,800 bid for the installation of the elevator. The state is reviewing the structural changes and will re- bid work on them for the city to ensure companies submit fair bids, the mayor explained. This will be a long process. It happens anytime you deal with federal money that is administered by the state and then distributed by the county," he added. "All we can do is wait now for the bids snd then proceed from there." The rebiding process also will delay plans to make minor changes at city hall. They include converting the apace vacated by the moved offices into areas for council clerk Olga Sivinski and council, and creating separate offices for the mayor and safety service director. Both the mayor and safety service director currently are located in the same office. Clark ft Post, the area architects hired for the remodeling, estimated the total, cost of the renovation and outside elevator at $200,000. It also includes construction of a double lane drive-through center for the utilities office and electric bills without having to come into the building. The adatation will cost $60,000. Higgins said some banks aw now charging 23 cents for Me utility MB payinent services. One has indicated it is * a a aa^ m aa^aaaraaaaaraaa aaaaa conatoenng smvy^n^ me service. "So we think the drive- through wiU pay for itself in a few yean because it will make payment a lot easier," he explained. Plans call for the utilities office lo remain open during bred, hew te faciHtaae pay- ment A potMMe drop box also It mader amaiiisratioa for High school student is in council race by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Nick Brusky doesn't believe his age should be a handicap in the crowded race for Amherst fourth ward council seat. At the tender age of 18, the Marion L. Steele High School junior and football star is jumping into the political arena feet first with a campaign emphasizing "integrity, character and chivalry." He chose chivalry as part of his motto because "it's the old fashion way — a knight's way of showing respect," a quality he wants to extend to voters regardless of how they cast their votes in November. Brusky, of 782 Cherry Valley, is among three Amherstonians who have filed as independents in the race to unseat Democratic incumbent John Mishak as fourth ward councilmember. He is vying for Mishak's seat along with opponents Roger Fan and Jennifer Lee Scott-Wasilk, both of whom also are independent candidates. Brusky would have filed as a Republican but he didn't turn 18 until March 13, several weeks after the Feb. 18 filing deadline. When he could file, he had to file as an independent candidate but will declare himself a Republican in the future. And now that he is of voting age, he thinks he's ready to pursue politics. It's not a Jerami Sterna (left) and Jason Bolen, two of Nick Bruskys campaign workers, hold up a sample banner they plan to use during his campaign as the candidate quietly plans his strategy. whim, rather a dream he's had for three years that he was introduced to by his first grade teacher, Shirley Young, years ago. Now retired, it was the pat riotism Young instilled in children — often through songs — that first sparked his interest in government and in "working for the people." It grew over the years with the help of his mother, Vicki, 39, and father, Allen, 38, both of whom support him and his dream, he said. His father only has missed voting in an election once, a right Brusky called a "solemn duty" and one he proudly exercised for the first time May 4. CONTINUED on page 3 Sisler losesrR ■ata primary opening One candidate is out and 18 are in the race for eight city council seats this November. Out of the running is former councilmember Robert Sisler, who won the least votes of the four Republicans who entered last week's May 4 primary for council-at-large seats. Sisler only gathered 169 votes, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections. The winners were Dennis Walters, with 241 votes; Barbara Kilgore, who received 202 votes; and Mark Costilow, who captured 181 votes. Kilogore, Costilow and Walters will challenge incumbent Democrats Nancy Brown, of 776 Elyria Ave., David Kukucka, of 501 Charles Court, and new candidate David Williams, of 901 Shadylawn Dr., in November. Williams is seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by John Dietrich, who will become council president. Dietrich will succeed Wayne Whyte, who has announced he will retire from local politics at the end of the year. Running uncontested as Republicans for council seats were former city auditor John Dunn, of 163 N. Lake Sl, and Michael Nolte, of 162 Woodhill Dr. Dunn will run against Democrat Terry Traster, of 1013 Milan Ave., for the first ward council seat. Nolte will compete with Steven P'Simer, of 611 Brennan Dr., for the third ward seat Democratic incumbents Edwin Cowger and John Mishak were unopposed in the primary for reelection to their respective second and fourth ward council seats. But Mishak will have competition from three independent candidates in November. Nicholas Brusky, of 782 Cherry Valley Dr., Roger Farr, of 824 Lincoln St., and Jennifer Lee Scott-Wasilk, of 643 Greenlawn Dr., all filed prior to 4 p.m. May 3, the deadline for independent candidates. Brusky is an 18-year-old Marion L. Steele High School junior. John Higgins, a Democrat, will run unopposed for the mayor's job. Law director Alan Anderson, a Republican, will be opposed by Democrat Kenneth Stumphauzer. Oklahoma tornado destroys home of former resident but spares family ;♦.' A former Amherst man and his family took shelter beneath mattresses last week as a mile-wide tornado ripped their Oklahoma City area home trom around them. This week Bryan Diedrick and his family are among the hundreds of Air Force families jammed into housing on Tinker AFB while they wait for government officials to decide how and where they will live. In the meantime, Kedrick's parents, Bonnie and Don Diedrick, of Lancer Drive, are preparing for the arrival of their daughter-in-law, No- reen Diedrick. and grandcMldren. Tylor, 8, and Riley, 4. As soon as school is out, they temporarily will live ia Amherst while sergeant Bryan Diedrick remains at the Air Force base, where he repairs air traffic control equipment They ware very lucky, very tacky coaaddtaTtag they lost every- MMf they haw* ia a matter of mi- if suburban Del City. Okla, where their son lived, was among the areas flattened by gigantic funnel clouds. "We were scared to death. We didn't know what to think may have happened," she explained. "Not knowing was the worst" Their fear ended about three hours later when their phone rang. It was their son. He and Ms family were calling from a pay phone at a convenience store two or three blocks away from where their house once stood. Slowly, Bryan Diedrick told them the horrifying story. It was about 8:45 p.m. here and 7:45 pm. in Oklahoma City. They had heard tornado warnings and did exacdy what they were told to do. Having ao basement the family piled mattresses in the middle of a hallway. World day of prayer Rm!£& ****** °"lh# ,iwn 0( towr» »>•-» fliy MitoonaThtyprtytxl for peaoe and moral out the window to set *taMng but, a Mack cloud covering tke entire Mariaou" aaaoving toward the Within aa-cends. he mM Ms wife aaar aaaBBBBBaaaaaa. ^amamwmam—mmmwm) ^aaaajF -aaaaaaajaW *aaBaaaap vap ajBBBBBar wjTon the tal floor amm t^k. Me freigta Mta, but wtau w eve*; ■^B^^h .: .,..;.., IL. a JatCkJ-*rt *H-V**> * •*&*:■■''* i WgpSfMfr*!' I ■ . ■■■ -'.•■Sj-j
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-12|
|Date of Original||12-MAY-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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