Amherst News-Times, 2002-04-17
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111.11» 111 lew 11 > ■*>.'< mm*. City's tax office adds hours — Page 12 Local builder honored — Page 12 Amherst News-Time* O M O O -- O to I I r* 00 M H C (/I O O -• I CO < I M c m m I" rwj X H M ■» O -^ wo m CO WIDNrSDAY, April 17, 2002 AMHIRST, OHIO Back to drawing board: CC confused over contract for APD jobs by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter Confusion persists as city council members attempt to understand a contract presented to them for the police dispatchers/computer technical operator unit. The job in question is a new administrative position which involves maintaining the police department's computer systems, their files, payroll, supplies and ordering and maintaining records. Council had 30 days from the time the legislative body received a copy of the contract to accept or reject the contract as negotiated; if they did not act within the time frame allotted, the contract would be in force without their approval. Although most council members and administrators agreed they were one day past the deadline for approving or rejecting the contract, councilman Ed Cowger argued that the 30 days the council had to review the contract might have started when it was first read in committee meeting. After a great deal of discussion and *tpeechmaking and even an attempt to suspend council rules and reject the contract without sending it through the customary three readings, council voted 4-3 to send it back to committee for more discussion. No members of the police department were present at the council meeting, but law director Kenneth Stumphauzer and mayor John Higgins attempted to answer some of the questions presented to them. Council president John Dietrich said that although councilmembers have indicated previously that they would like to be kept up-to-date throughout the bargaining process so they have some understanding of a contract before it is presented to them, they could not get any response to their requests far information concerning this contract. Both Dietrich and David Williams said they feel the contract negotiation was kept too quiet and councilmembers were in the dark. Stumphauzer told Dietrich that if council had contacted Michael Laughlin, the city's negotiator from Baumgartner A O'Toole, he would have been more than forthcoming with information. Stumphauzer went on to suggest that the city draft an ordinance making it clear that they need lo be informed whenever contract negotiations are underway within the city and the progress being made in those negotiations. Williams stated that he was in support of the position, but would like to see guidelines in place far the creation of job descriptions within toe city. He also said that he would prefer to see personnel other than peace officers doing the administrative work. Cowger also argued that council should be the body creating jobs and that this situation opened the door far other departments in the city lo create their own positions without council approval. Sieve P'Simer said that council has no need lo create this position since both assistant law directors, Scott Serazin and Abraham Leiberman, have fold the council at previ- ous meetings that stale law provides that if die administration and the bargaining untt negotiate a contract the position is therefore created. Kenneth Stumphauzer verified this for council a third time. o o M m I O CO r\j A nig..i of dreams At left, students rehearse a scene from the Steele High School Theatre Company production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which will be* staged April 19 and 20,26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on April 21 at 2 p.m. It will be on the Powers Elementary School stage and a renaissance fair, complete with music and entertainers, takes place 45 minutes prior to each show. Tickets are $4 general admission, $3 for students and free to senior citizens. Scout collects hundreds of books by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter It doesn't matter where they come from or what kind of environment they live in, children and adults need access to books. It isn't always easy for people to get their hands on books when they are homeless or living in a battered women's shelter. Shannon McVey, a local Girl Scout, did her part to bring the books to those who might not be Ale to get out to get books themselves. McVey, who is 16 and a sophomore at Steele High School, was trying to choose a project to tackle to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award when her church, St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lorain, began running information in their bulletin about the FAITH house. The Catholic Action Committee was involved with helping get the FAITH house underway and kept members of the church informed through the church bulletin. FAITH house is a new transitional housing unit for families who are homeless and are beginning to rebuild their lives after time in a shelter. McVey said she decided to collect books for future residents of the FAITH house after completing the preliminary steps to earning the gold award. She said that her youth group at church used money they earned to purchase two bookcases for the community room at the housing facility. While being a counselor at Girl Scout Day Camp, McVey sent letters home with the girls to their parents to let them know what she was doing. She collected novels and non-fiction books for adults and books for children from the camp kids. She also sent letters to members of her family who collected all kinds of books and sent them to her. Her mother, who is an exercise instructor at the Lorain County Family Y on Tower Boulevard, let her students know what her daughter was up to and they brought books to class for her. McVey also used $142 she earned to buy an atlas, the Lord of the Rings series and book ends for the FAITH house. When she totaled the number of CONTINUED on page 2 Senior Girt Scout Shannon McVey poses with the books she collected for the FAITH house in South Lorain and the Genesis House. Services approach readers' needs Cheryl Ashton has been named the new youlh services manager for the Amherst Public Library. "We already have a great program established here and with the wonderful staff and community support we have, there's no limit lo the things we can accomplish," Ashton said. One new service aimed at introducing kids to a variety of books is the Animated Book Reviews that Ashton recently added to the library's website. "We're the first library in Ohio to offer this service," she said. "It's a great way to get ideas on books you want to read and kids can even write their own comments and book reviews and I'll get them posted on the web for others to see." To access the new Animated Book Reviews, visit the Amhent Public Library's web page at www.amherst.lib.oh.us. Click on "departments" and visit the site through either the children's or young adults' sections. Listening to the animated 3-D reviews may require patrons to download a program called RealOne Player. Click on "help" for instructions. But even without the download, patrons can browse through the different books, reserve a book, or send in a book review. I'll be adding books to the web site as we get new ones on the shelf so check back often," Ashton said. "I've been working with the company's creative consultant to include reviews that will carry through the summer reading club circus theme of 'Your Library: The Greatest Show in Town!'" Ashton has worked part-time at the library for six years, first working at the circulation desk, then going to wok at the reference desk, and also serving as the library's public relations coordinator. She lives in Amherst with her husband. Rick, and three children, Claire, CONTINUED on page 2 Kay Koler Cheryl Ashton Student adds travel to repertoire Christina King, an eighth grade student at Nord Junior High School, has a deep kwe for music, an avocation her parents, Tim and Pamela King, fully support. In third grade. King secured a solo st Harris Elementary School to sing "You're Never Pally Dreesed Without A Smile," from the musical "Annie." Following that performance, her interest in music exploded, But her exposure to musk started when she was just a six-month-old baby, when she started watching aw** with her mother, who has a profound interest in musk as wclL King received a slip from her her for entry lo a local choral organization, the Oberiin Choristers. Her mother immediately registered her in hopes of broadening her horizons. In the faU of 1997, during King's fourth grade year of school, she joined Ihe Choristers' intermediate choir for youth in grades three and four, at die New Union Center for the Arts in downtown Oberlin. In her fifth grade year, she continued with the Choristers, and auditioned for alio saxophone in the Shupe Be- Choristets' touring choir and was accepted. This group rehearses twice a week, and travels nationally and internationally. This group also performs a more difficult repertoire. That year. King traveled to Italy far almost two weeks with the Choristers and guest conductor Henry Leek. Last year, the group traveled to Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Last year. King also received a letter from her touring choir director, Katherine Flank, who is also land Opera's production of "La HoUy- That summer. King became involved with *e Suashiae Summer Theater, playing Princess Pea-Green in "The Pale Pink Dragon." Ia 1999. King auditioned far the the primary, concert choirs, asking her to one of the 16 Bohemian the dtildren's chorus ia the cfcikk-eeie King was ecstatic That the Maria Bradky ia "Hotel wood Has-Beem King recently American Chorak Directors atioa Conference ■ children from all over the United States auditioned for in Boys' Honor Choir. GMs' Choir, Men's Honor Goapel Honors Choir. King was dnaea to the GMs' Honor Chok by CONTINUED on a spot far a aaa. ajaiiM « "' '■ m^mmim —m m'-mmmmmm
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-04-17|
|Date of Original||17-APR-2002|
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