Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-11
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Safety City donors sought — Page 12| Local scout earns gold status — Page 13 I —————————^———^ \mherst News-Times February 11, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents yor's shopping for temporary city offices have embarked on a for temporary city ly hall undergoes rc- iblc renovations this spring. Mayor John Higgins told city council Feb. 2 thai he wants lo rent enough office space to house al least 100 filing cabinets and a dozen cily h;ill employees, including himself and ihosc in the auditor's, trea surer's and building inspector's offices. At least two buildings are under consideration: the San Spring Building on Park Avenue next to the Amherst Public Library and a vacant building at 276 S. Main St. The S. Main Street office was vacated late last year by convicted investment counselor Joseph Nem- chik and currently is owned by a bank. Higgins said other buildings may be considered if they are large enough and easily accessible to the general public. Only council chambers will be excluded from the offices, although he would like council and ks committees to meet in the Amherst Historical Society's Grange Hall on Milan Aveni Environmental study puts halt on downtown parking plan by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Plans to build a city parking lot on property owned by former auto dealer Milad Abraham have been put on hold because of an inconclusive environmental impact report, according to mayor John Higgins. As a result, the mayor lold city council's building and lands committee Jan. 20 he will have to "restart" his negotiations with Abraham for the purchase of the land at Tcnncy and Church streets. Abraham once owned an auto dealership on the property. Following the meeting, the mayor said he is concerned aboul the lack i>l documentation on ihe possible presence of an underground fuel lank and how oils and other toxic fluids were disposed. "In short, we don't know whal was taken care of and what wasn't," he explained. "Wc shouldn't assume environmental responsibility for what might be there and won't." The mayor has been negotiating wilh Abraham since late lasl year for the property in an effort lo provide additional downtown parking. The environmental study was done al his request by a private engineering firm. II the talks wilh Abraham break down, Higgins said he is considering two olhcr pieces of vacant downtown property for possible parking lots and will enter into talks wilh their owners. The lack of parking has been a problem in downtown for many years. Under a current ordinance, all vehicles must be removed from the business area by 2:30 a.m. daily so lhat slrccl cleaning can be done. Vehicles parked on business streets aflcr 2:30 a.m. are ticketed. Bul the complaint of Al Burgdorf, owner of Al's Park Grille, spurred council's police and fire committee lo recommend changing the deadline lo 3:30 a.m. According lo police chief William Hall, Burgdorf spends lime cleaning and restocking his business aflcr closing and cannol move his car. Some council member questioned why Burgdorf should parte on Park Street, which is supposed lo be used for store patrons. In ihe end, ihey agreed to extend the time limit an extra hour except during snow removal emergencies. In these instances, all vehicles must be removed when snow depth is iwo inches or higher lo allow snow plows lo clean ihe slrccl. Cars left on ihe street will be ticketed and towed. Hall also said residents who park on streets due lo driveway work or lack of parking space should provide police with their license numbers to avoid being ticketed. The same courtesy will be given visitors to a residence, he added. Fire Department unearths treasure in used truck buy from Oberlin's lot Someone once said thai one man's junk is another man's treasure — especially if it will save him mora lhan $500,000. The Amherst Fire Department doesn't consider Oberlin's 85-foot aerial ladder truck io be junk even though it is 29 year; old, has 15,600 miles on il and was in ihe repair shop for a month last year. The truck's age hasn't kepi Ihe city from making a formal offer for il. The total price is $36,000, less lhan half the truck's original cosl. The purchase includes $25,000 for ihe truck plus an additional $ 11,000 for the equipment on il. The city's intention was disclosed by mayor John Higgins al ihe Jan. 26 cily council meeting and approved by council's finance committee Feb. 2. According to Higgins, purchasing the used truck from Oberlin will save the city between $575,000 and $670,000 and still provide the city with additional fire protection. The city has been discussing purchasing an aerial ladder truck for several months to give firefighters the exira dimension of battling fires in multi-floor buildings. Il will also enable them to shower water "down "If we have to rent from anybody, I would like it to be them because, in effect, wc would be helping them, and they arc a good cause," he added. Because of the moving involved, Higgins said he would like to reach an agreement on the temporary office space and council chambers by no later lhan mid-March. In the meantime, the cily is hoping ihe cost of the bell tower and roof repair work will leave enough money to do the planned basement and first floor renovation work at city hall, estimated at more than $200,000. Because of insufficient funds, there arc no plans to renovate the deteriorated second floor of city hall lhat has been vacant for many years. on to a fire from above and get ihem (firefighters) off a roof," Higgins added. "That's definitely more desirable." Fire chief Ralph Zilch said the 85-foot extention ladder will be especially useful for fires lhat occur in two or three-story buildings. He said taller buildings, possibly motels, may be built within Amhersi Township on completion of the turnpike interchange on Rl. 58. Oberlin fire chief Dennis Kirin said his city will replace the vehicle in mid-March with a new ladder truck costing $673,000. Ihe older vehicle was manufactured by the Stuphen Co. in Columbus in 1968 for about $87,000. The cily will replace it with a truck equipped with a 100-foot extending ladder and hose bucket. The older truck has a hose platform. It was taken out of service last March after an inspection found ihe devise lhat connects the platform to ihe ladder had been bent. It cost aboul $30,000 to repair. The truck also has low mileage considering its use. Similar trucks owned by Cleveland may have as CONTINUED on page 13 Dave McCarty, manager of Olde Town Pizza, lakes down the name of one of the Amherst Critters and Such 4-H Club members, as he prepares to place a pizza into the oven. Each member was taken into the kitchen and allowed to create their own personal pie. Afterward they took a tour of the building. Critters invade pizza parlor and get their little mits dirty The Amherst Critters and Such 4-H Club spent last Tuesday afternoon at ihe Olde Town Pizza House, 195 Cleveland Avenue, eating iheir way through a special project. They got to create — and consume — iheir own handmade pizzas. Aboul 20 kids in the club, ranging from age five to 13, were led to ihe kilchen and allowed to create their own pizzas. Cheese, peppcroni, peppers and everything in between was piled high as manager Dave McCarty instructed the kids on how lo make a perfect pic. After everyone ate, McCarty look small groups on a lour of ihe- building, walking the kids through the kitchen and coolers. He explained how the store op- crates and how all employees work together for a successful business. The Critters were all smiles as they enjoyed the afternoon. Organizational advisor of Ihe group, Cheri Hcffcman, said the group travels lo different businesses, and that this was just one outing for ihe Critters. One young critter carefully places her dough on the counter and reaches for the sauce. 4-H club members were shown how to make a pizza and than allowed to pile theirs with any toppings they desired. Once a community meeting place and small theater, it has been badly damaged by roof leaks. The mayor said grants for the restoration of historic structures are nearly impossible lo obtain because of federal and state cutbacks in their use. Nevertheless, he is considering seeking grants from one or more private philanthropic organizations in the area. Donation of house to expand AHS room by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The' Amhersi Historical Society has received an unexpected birthday gift for its 25th anniversary — a house al 157 Jefferson St. But there is a mystery about the house the society doesn't wanl to talk about or can't — it was donated by an anonymous source. Society president Lilly Krebs said she docs know lhat it formerly was lived in by a Ford Motor Co. worker. The employee accepted a transfer from the closed Thunder- bird assembly plant in Lorain to a Ford truck plant in Louisville, Ky. How the home came into the hands of the donor was not disclosed. The two-story house abuts the society's historical Sandstone Center properly on Milan Avenue and will become ihe society's new headquarters, Ihus relieving overcrowding in the Quigley Museum, Krebs added. The Quigley museum will be used for historical displays but not the society's offices. Formed in 1973, the society will become 25 years old April 10. The donor was aware this year marks the society's quarter-ceniury of existence but also was interested in helping to alleviate overcrowding and providing another entrance or exit to the Sandstone Center, she explained. Land adjacent to the home will eventually be used for the additional entrance or exit. The historic group began moving in Monday and is expected to be fully in place by early next week. Krebs said the additional room will eventually enable the society to set aside space where people can do genealogical research. The headquarters will be open Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is ihe sixth building to be acquired by the society. Others arc the Quigley Museum, the Grange Hall, St. George Chapel, the recently moved and rebuilt Greek Revival House and an octagonal barn. The home is at least 80 lo 100 years old. Research will be done on il ihis year lo determine its actual age. "Right now, we're very busy planning things for the year, bul we'll be doing ihe research as soon as wc can," Krebs added. The historical society will begin its year-long celebration Feb. 25 wilh a flashback to the 1930s al the old Grange Hall on Milan Avenue. The event will feature a film about life in America during the thirties. People who lived during the era are encouraged to bring a photograph of how they looked al lhat time. Residents who were bom after the thirties are asked to bring an artifact from the era or a photo of relatives, including their parents who lived during ihe Depression era. The historical society's March 25 meeting will feature a report on research being done on Amherst's iwo cemeteries, Cleveland Avenue and Crown Hill. April will be a special month for the society. Il was created on April 10. 1973, which also was the 100th anniversary of the chartering of CONTINUED on page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-11|
|Date of Original||11-FEB-1998|
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