Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-04
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Doctor targets women's health — Page 5 Extra cash aids cops — Page 9 Amherst News-Times Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents i Mc iiii / woes put chamber out of business QC < X i-i W by ( o o X X i-t v-l ■y News Aflcr year: Amherst An mcrce is plat because of funding. 3 < m Members asked to OK a dissolution o o s, the Corn- doors icient A dissolution was approved during a special Jan. 22 meeting of the chamber's board of trustees. It is exacted to become official within a week pending the approval of at least 20 percent of the chamber's are several people, including my- Dworkin said. 108 members and the filing of self, who have tried to get tilings go- Dworkin said she hoped she necessary documents with ihe Ohio ing and who have worked very hard could turn the financially troubled Attorney General's office. to raise money through fundrais- chamber around when she became "It's sad in a way because there ing," board president Judith president in January 1997. tie\! :y auditor co aw Ian H ond after news of financial troubles leaked by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter City auditor Diane Eswinc is trying to find out who politically stabbed her in the back at city hall because of her inability to file a S50.000 surety bond. The new auditor is sure someone in cither her office or the treasurer's office lei it be known that she was unable lo post the bond because of a poor credit rating. "No one knew about this outside of the mayor's office, my office and maybe a few people in ihe treasurer's office," Eswine said following a Jan. 26 city council meeting. "This is all very political because this whole thing was in error and is being taken care of." Eswinc's failure lo meet the required bond set for the auditor's post was brought up by city law director Alan Anderson during the administrative reports portion of last Monday's council meeting. Anderson said he learned of ihe problem a week ago Monday but assured council that the bond will be posted within 10 days. He said he was unaware of the problem until contacted by an area newspaper. Eswinc accused the newspaper of being notified by someone at city hall who "obviously doesn't like me and who has their own political motives." Eswine said she was unaware of her bonding difficulties until after she was swom into office earlier this month. Under Ohio law, council has the authority to remove any elected official who fails to post the bond, which is designed to protect cities from financial claims against officials. Following the meeting, an angry Eswine said she was recently informed that she was rejected by an insurance bonder because of a poor credit rating sustained when her husband's (Thomas Eswine) printing business failed lo pay sales tax to the slate in time about three years ago. As a result, she sustained a poor credit rating because she was a cosigner for the business. In addition, the Ohio Department of Taxation failed to notify her that it had placed a lien on the couple's home, further complicating her credit rating. The lien was satisfied prior to last year, but the state failed to bring its records up to date. Eswine said the state auditor's office has since provided her with the necessary legal documents to correct the error and allow her to receive ihe required surety bond. The documents are expected to by filed wilh the Lorain Counly Common Pleas Court ihis week to remove the liens, she said. They total more thari"32#O0, a?- cording to court records. "This was all just an error in record keeping on someone's part, bul it certainly has made things look bad for me," she added. If necessary, she would have refinanced her home as security for the bond. Fortunately, the bond difficulties were resolved last week after Eswine filed the necessary documents wilh the Common Pleas Court. She then obtained the surety bond from Arthur Gallagher and Co., a Cleveland insurance company. Regardless, Eswine said she wants to know who tipped off the news media. "After all, I have to know who I can trust," she added. Mayor John Higgins said he never had any doubt about Eswine's qualifications for the position. Her bonding problems were brought about by a "bureaucratic glitch" in Columbus that was "blown out of context" by someone in her office, he added. All traced up Scott Koba, 11, gets his face and head traced by Jordan Koba, 11, as part of a special Shupe Middle School social studies project. Teacher Louise Timms initiated the program to show students how people created shadow portraits in the 1600s. All-day kindergarten class canceled by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter To keep pupil/teacher ratios low and help ease overcrowding, all-day kindergarten will not be offered next year at Powers Elementary School. Kindergarten principal Bob Wicrsum made the announcement at the Jan. 26 board of education meeting. "I sat down with Mr. Wier- sum and we looked at the growth we are experiencing in the schools and the size of the classes," superintendent Howard Dulmage said. "There are just loo many students." Eliminating all-day kindergarten is only a small step in helping to ease overcrowding at the school, Dulmage said. The goal is to have 20 or 21 students per kindergarten classroom and in some classes there are as many as 25 and 26 students. The all- day kindergarten class this year has 28 students, Wiersum said. This year there are 10, half- day classes and one all-day class. That is down from the previous year, when two all-day classes were offered. With the elimination of the all-day class, there will be 12, half-day classes next year. CONTINUED on page 2 Amherst man to direct foundation by GLEN MILLER Brian Frederick News-Times reporter Experience in research, problem solving and social work accumulated over the last 20 has helped prepare Brian Frederick for a challenging but people-oriented dream job. Beginning Feb. 9, the Amherst man will have the task of helping to decide how people and organizations can best be helped through special funds administered and distributed by the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County. Frederick, 45, is the foundation's new executive director, a job in which he will help create special interest-generating funds benefiting agencies and communities throughout the county. He replaces acting foundation director Dolly Minter. 'The whole idea is lo encourage the community to take pan in investing in itself by .creating philanthropic funds that can help it, specific agencies and others who need services from an agency," he explained. Unlike the Nord Family or Stocker foundations, Frederick said the community foundation does not provide grants to groups or agencies. Instead, it helps create and coordinate interest-bearing funds for a specific purpose from which money can be used. Some are general purpose funds while others are earmarked for a specific purpose. Some, like endowment funds, might be for a specific school district uses while others may be created by social agencies to fund the needs of people ihey serve. In both cases, the funds are administered by the community founda tion. Decisions arc made by its board of directors wilh the input of the donors who have contributed to a specific fund. Benjamin G. Norton, chairman of the foundation's board of directors, said Frederick was chosen for the post because of his extensive background in management, social services, and work with nonprofit organizations. For the last six years, he has operated his own business, BAK Data Solutions, Inc. The small firm spe- CONTINUED on page 5 Those hopes were dashed after city officials and chamber members learned Ohio law prohibits statutory cities like Amherst from loaning or giving money to chambers of commerce. The announcement by law director Alan Anderson ended d.e city's CONTINUED on page 3 CC eyes street tax OK again Lower amount for more repairs An extensive engineering study will be done to determine the long- term cost of maintaining the city's streets, curbs and bridges before an income tax renewal for their upkeep is placed on the ballot. According to mayor John Higgins, the study will provide a "close" estimate of the cost of maintaining streets, curbs and several key bridges based on their linear square footage. In turn, the estimates will help determine if the renewal of a half percent levy will provide sufficient funding. Renewal of the existing 10-year .05 percent levy was hashed over Jan. 20 by city council's finance committee. Most members disagreed with Higgms's suggestion that the levy be reduced to .25 percent. City council wants to begin reviewing costs and needs this year even though the existing levy doesn't expire until Dec. 31, 2000. The issue may have to go on the ballot in 1999. The city currendy spends more than $1 million a year on street repairs. Several council members, including David Kukucka, said the .25 percent cut would prevent sidewalk repair or construction from being added during future street repair programs. Several residential streets, including Terra Lane and Washington Street, were buill without them years ago by developers, he explained. He and other council members noted lhat construction of sidewalks on al least one side of some streets would increase public safety. Too many children and adults who are forced to walk in the streets are in danger of being struck by speeders or careless drivers, they added. A developer must provide sidewalks in all new residential subdivisions. The city does not assess residents for their construction where none exist, the mayor explained. While not disagreeing with council, Higgins said an inspector may have lo be hired to determine which existing sidewalks need repair. His main concern is the upgrading of bridges, including those on Cooper Foster Park and N. Quarry roads, Jackson Street and Park Avenue. Their upkeep is necessary for continued economic and residential development. N. Quarry Road is one of the few areas within the city open to residential development. The Jackson Street bridge serves both the Nordson Corp. and the surrounding neighborhood, he said. Maintenance of the lauer could cost more than $1 million, Higgins said. "We have to maintain what we have to provide services, so we will have to rebuild these bridges," he added. Repair of the Cooper Foster Park and N. Quarry road bridges is slated for next year. Council members said the study does not have to be done immediately. It will be needed later this year or early next help to formulate plans for the passage of the levy. f I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-04|
|Date of Original||04-FEB-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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