Amherst News-Times, 1999-11-03
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Barris to run in state meet — Page8 I Gridders share three-way tie — Page ;.- J I I _ » 5 * Amherst News-Time? Wednesday, November 3, 1999 — '■" O O 3 I - < X H c. m ,_, •» r- ,y, 3 _. *> O < O ~ 2> o t-> Amherst, Ohio 'Don't fence me in' developer asks counc htf CTCl/C DADDV atrr*. kn* 1sl>_t tKa nt>/\iiarkint kn,l Ast/VA f*\ tKn ^AntAi- rtf tK/i n/uul " iihwir.Mi kn~nrarl nnrl ^^nliunc Ifl in As iU »«~V... 1C -A-.* II e ».> f ,... I ,i".n it/in/l ■_ pg by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter City fencing ordinances and guidelines concerning retention and detention ponds are creating problems in Amherst. A fence ordinance issue was tabled by council about six months ago, but like the proverbial bad edge to the center of the pond." penny, it has relumed. Written in a city of Amherst Building Department handout, concerning the installation of above and below ground swimming pools and hot tubs, is this statement: In the Amherst Codified Ordinances under swimming pools is a section dealing with fences. The first sentence states: "A fence will not be required around a pond that has a gradually slopping grade from the water's W»_- ' "Every person owning land on which there is situated a permanent swimming pool, fish pond or other body of water, which constitutes an obvious hazard and contains 18 inches or more in depth at any point, shall erect and maintain thereon a continuous man made barrier around or by the side of any open space to prevent passage, or for its protection, from the ground up at a minimum height of four feet and a maximum of six feet, which would make the body of water inaccessible to small children." At the Oct. 25 city council meeting, an ordinance was passed on second reading for the preliminary acceptance of Ravenglass Place Subdivision #5. There was considerable debate about sending the ordinance back to committee for further work, because the city has not yet cleared up the issue of fences around ponds, and a retention pond is M ie Ravenglass subc er of RLR Construction, Bob Kigsoy, developer for the Ravenglass subdivision, noted that failing to pass the ordinance would shut down the next phase of development and idle his land clearing crew for the winter. The city asked Rigsby to fence CONTINUED on page 2 Ghouls and dolls Financial reports will someday be understood by all Students at St. Joseph School are not to be outdone in the cos- creations, the youngsters had Jun on Friday parading in and out of tume department. Whether male or female beneath these ghoulish the school and classee-to-eelebration of the Halloween festivities. by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The government will require the city of Amherst to cport its finances in a different format, starting June IS, 2002. The new financial reporting model, Government Accounting Standards Board 34, or GASB 34 is designed to eliminate financial reporting as a political weapon. (The GASB 34 forms the government's guidelines for CAFR and PAFR reporting.) According to city auditor Diane Eswine, the current method, the GASB 33, has been used by some politicians to 'Torpedo opponents by using biased financial reporting." There are three different ways of reporting government financial reports: cash basis, a modified accrual and the accrual method. The state of Ohio operates on the cash basis. On a cash basis, the current date is applicable. Whenever monies are received or debited, the date it happens is what is reported. Fiscal year ending dates vary from business to busi- . ness, and do not necessarily correspond to the fiscal year of city government Someone could deliberately manipulate income payments, so that monies due during the 1999 fiscal year arrive after the end of the city's fiscal year. If the same technique is applied to paying out monies due for the 2000 fiscal year during the 1999 fiscal year, the yearend report results would not be favorable for the sitting administration. But in this fictitious scenario, it was skillful manipu lation, coupled with basic flaws in the cash reporting system that allowed a biased reporting, Eswine explained. The new method takes into account all monies designated for a certain fiscal year regardless of the monies' actual arrival/departure dates, thus presenting an accurate picture of the current financial status. The GASB 34 forces governments to report in this fashion, theoretically eliminating opportunity for a reporting bias. It will also mandate that balances from several years previous be used in side by side comparisons, then demand reasons for drastic variations in expenditures or incomes in so short a time frame. "It will be a lot more work - but it will be a lot more meaningful," Eswine said. "Whether we will do this in house I don't know, but (if we do) it's not going to be this year." Some cities and other governments intend to be GASB 34 compatible well ahead of the deadline, but Eswine is more cautious. "We are not planning on being ahead of schedule and become the sacrificial lamb." In spite of the tremendous increase in staff hours necessary to produce a report GASB 34 compatible, she remarked, "I'd rather see it done in house. If you do it yourself you have a better grasp of the finances. That will require a pretty sophisticated accounting department Tlje idea (of the GASB 34 reporting form) is, so general laymen can understand what's happening." New cinema owners take center stage in downtown by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Mark and Cheryl Costilow have recently purchased the Amherst Cinema. Mark is a 1982 graduate of Fire- lands High School, and a "professional" dude decoy carver, while his wife Cheryl, a 1979 graduate of Western Reserve High School, is currently employed at Bayer Corporation in Oberlin. They have two children, a son Ljike, 6, who attends first grade at Powers Elementary, and daughter Audrey, S, who attends pre school at Murray Ridge. Audrey has Down's Syndrome. The Costilows are pleased that the; community has supported their new business, showing out in strong numbers for "Star Wars, Episode One." The couple hope to keep the prices for movies low and really would like to be a family movie center, but Mark admitted, "Unless we show 'R' rated movies we won't be able to stay in business." But under no circumstances will anyone below the age of 17 be allowed lo view an "R" rated movie unless accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent. They have a lot of objectives they would like to reach. Some, like expanding the candy line, have already been achieved. They have brought back favorites from the past that you don't see much anymore like Ju Ju Fruits. They also carry 90s candies, popular with kids and dentists. No changes will be made concerning their fresh popped popcorn and a butter machine is in the works. There is a kids combo, which is a shallow but good sized box filled with popcorn, candy and soft drink for $2.75. Plans include a new electronic soft drink machine that automatically measures the amounts of in gredients to ensure a uniform flavor. The Slush Puppy machine was headed out the door, but protests, many of which were by adults, caused them to change their minds. When questioned about clean up after a performance Cheryl said, "Right now we measure our success by the mess on the floor — but we hope that will change." Mark spends time each day sitting in the setts, a tough job, to determine whether they need fixed. When he finds uncomfortable or damaged ones tie tries to repair two or three t. day. To help eliminate the mess following a show, they are looking at buying a leaf blower, then after the machine has done its job, they can vacuum up rJtc mess down front and be done with it Keeping the price down metins keeping costs down, and reducing the cleaning time for the cleaning crews will help. CONTINUED on page 2 Mark and Cheryl Costilow are the new owners ol the Amherst Cinema.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-11-03|
|Date of Original||03-NOV-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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