Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-29
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Golf league winners announced — Page 5 Comets undefeated in SWC — Page 5 Amherst News-Time^ <fi ~. 3T L 1> ._ ■dnosd.iy. September 29. 1()0'i Amherst. Ohio o J Cooper Foster widening plan to finally star by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter After years of frustration and broken promises the Cooper Foster Park Road widening project is beginning to roll. When the Super Kmart store was constructed in 1992, part of the agreement, was that Lorain would widen Cooper Foster Park. The project was agreed upon through a cooperative agreement between Amherst and Lorain officials. Lorain used the funds on another project on Oak Point Road and about 20 percent of the money designated for the Cooper Foster project was all that remained in Lorain's account. Complicating matters even further was the fact that one of the traffic lights was installed in the Cops eye grants to help purchase bullet-proof vests by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Eleven Amherst police officers are purchasing new bullet proof vests from their clothing allowance. The vests are the next generation of body armor, capabale of stopping bullets from most guns Amherst police might be forced to face. But as police seargent Dennis Soger is quick to point out, Kevlar vests have even more value than simply stopping bullets. He points out the benefits of the hard steel plate, effective against chest injury resulting from contact with the steering wheel in vehicular crashes. The vests can also protect cops from slashing wounds to the chest from sharp implements, and protection for the back from blunt instruments (such as a two-by-four). Soger has worn a vest for 19 years and called it "cheap insurance." But these vests aren't exactly cheap. The Pro-Tech's level two Xtreme Body Armor costs about $500 per patrolpersons. Concerned for the safety of law officers, the federal government has developed a grant that pays for up to .half of the cost for body armor for each officer. Amherst's officers have agreed to pay the other half from their $600 a year clothing allowance. The federal grant is a set amount. and all police departments applying for funding must share the funds equally. The glitch is that if a larger number of departments apply than estimated, there could be $50 to $100 less reimbursement per vest, bringing the officer's share to a possible $350 per vest. The city has agreed to fund the initial $5,577 purchase of the armor, and then be reimbursed by the federal grant fund and from the officer's clothing fund. A new policy is being established by Amherst police that vests must be worn "Whenever feasible — or basically whenever the uniform is on," Seger explained. There was no new vest to demonstrate, but seargent Seger did show illustrations, and says that the new Vests will be much lighter, more flexible and cooler temperature wise than earlier versions. Compared to the "monster truck" version of armor worn by SWAT team members, the new vests weigh practically nothing. This is body armor designed for the police officer, not like armor used by military personnel or SWAT teams. Officers can further enhance their protection by inserting steel plates into pockets located at critical points . in the vests. Further advances include armored panels that protect the officer's sides from oblique attacks. The department is hoping to take delivery of the new vests before Oct. 1. Royal outing The MyionL8*jefr High 8<*oollx^^ Pen Ewttprio end •^^■"ffi • Wm ftJ ■OQewsw am*mQmmm*mmmmTk*Mmam\ mamnmmm m ammrtmmaa < wrong location. Two years ago Amherat mayor John Higgins and Lorain mayor Joseph Koziura met to reestablish the commitment, and get the project in gear. They contacted Northern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, (NOACA) and found additional funding. The Kolbe Road/Cooper Foster Park intersection was not originally part of the agreement, but I queen, rtDCtfOM through NOACA, the intersection was incorporated into a new plan. Amherst could have saved some money initially by allowing the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to handle the whole project, but recent ODOT budget cuts could have indefinitely delayed the project or canceled it altogether. To re-energize the stalled project, Amherst has decided to pay R.E. Warner and Associates $64,000 to engineer the Amherat end of the construction. ODOT has already approved $400,000 for construction. That money is divided between the two cities, Amhent receiving $282,000 and Lorain receiving $118,000 to add lo the $2.3 million in hand for their portion of the project. Cooper Foster will be widened to five lanes from Rt 58 to Terra Lane, and three lanes from Terra to Kolbe. The intersex; andl Kolbe will be wiuu.».. * turn lane North on Kolbe turning east onto Cooper Foster Park, and a turn lane on Cooper Foster going west, turning north onto Kolbe. After Cooper Foster is widened and turn lanes are installed, an additional $93,000 will be drawn from Amherst's street department to finish the project by installing the curbs and drainage systems on the wouth side of Cooper Foster and for the intersection with I'~>ltv. Joe Fa-low sits at his work bench repairing an ailing computer. Computer care company on call Another new computer business that has come to Amherst is TechnoEdge Micro- Systems. This home based business has just opened, and keys on in-home service, free pickup and delivery. Owner Joe Farlow began working on computers in 1989, when IBM ATs and XTs were the latest technology out there. He has A+ certification through Lorain County Community College. He is currently enrolled to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and presently can work on main frames and corporation networks, as well as personal computers. He is presently pursuing a degree in computer science. For those looking for a romantic touch to a cyber story, Joe met his wife Sue while they both worked at Long John Silver's on Cooper Foster Park many moons ago. They have been married IS years, and have daughters Jennifer, 14, Stephanie. 11, and son Michael, age 13. Only Mike shows any interest in the innards of e computer. wife and daughters are mainly internet buffs. Farlow believes he will win hit wit** over lo help him in the business. Bartow is a 1913 fndoate from Soathview High School. He spent 11 years working far BJ>. Goodrich ia Brecksville before becoming a dowaa.ri.ig statistic very le- coatiy. He had planned oa waUai a while loafer before a bafinem. eat ck- oe iMshelpad Man- Store owners Don Szczepanski of Elyria, Shawn Hotpf ot Elyria. Missing ia Frank Hor- Anthony and Eileen Looney of Amherst, and vath of Avon. Partners cross Great Lakes together to open business - ■ ♦ children to say by tTEVB BARRY ' lay, liommy" iaatead ef Newe-Tlmee reporter "«p, Mon__y.- The down Two sack PC aide to cyberspace is that not *mm leasady Personal computers have re- aab do these atasMtde Anna* A placed lis cUkea band radio braies Ike of PCs have nlaa a_^^^^m ▼to* nnjn •ST1. bnfcs est imp Mai doc*- ety aadsr aew oweerabto. »a*am, homewmk aad ipaphic Ow» UmCbnpanr Ut* mmTmoS% SeVtf'JSr!«S^EtMB ■ ! ctma^aad eome dowa «Hi _ !*^-" ■tan Mt*] .^.lemuiinejsiKBUi1. V™ -;f:" -a*'--*"*. ■_■ t ______■ \_j___w_WM am
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-29|
|Date of Original||29-SEP-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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