Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-20
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They're top computer kids — Page 2 JEDD project hits money snag — Page 5 \mherst News-Times i May 20. 1998 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents I ce union I roves deal; l,.- .. Dactivity hitch dissolves A new contract for Amherst patrolmen and sergeants is five steps away from becoming a reality now that retroactivity is no longer a major stumbling block in the talks. The union wanted all contract issues wilh cost implications agreed on by cily council in early March to be retroactive to Jan. 1. With the exception of pay, the city agreed that all other cost issues would became effective March 6, the day council approved a factfinder's report. Under law, the report became the basis for a c onlract when it was approved. Regardless, the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association refused to sign the contract because members wanted all monetary issues to be retroactive. With the exception of pay, the union has now agreed to make all other monetary issues retroactive to March 6 based on the advice of an attorney. In a statement issued by patrolman Walter Gould, local OPBA director, rctroactiviiy was dropped because the union could noi receive a clarification on the contract language dealing with it. The advice is based on a State Employment Relations Board (SERB) ruling thai stated a factfinder cannot provide clarification if cither party in the talks objects to it The city's negotiator, attorney lames Wilkens, declined lo "cooperate" wilh clarification sought by the OPBA, according lo Gould. The union will not file a com plaint with SERB because its attorney does not believe it will win. "We cannot file an unfair labor practice action against our employer (the city) because we would not win that either," Gould said. Regardless, Gould claimed the factfinder, James Mancini, believes there was no dispute over what would be retroactive during the initial talks. The differences allegedly occurred after Wilkens typed up the contract, he added. It allows patrolmen and sergeants to receive two and a half months of retroactive pay and will still provide them with what Gould called "a real nice contract." It provides for a four percent increase this year retroactive to Jan. 1 and 3.5 percent raise in 1999 and 2000. Some disputed issues remain to be resolved by city and union negotiators. They are: • A provision governing a two- year restriction on disciplinary stc- tion and another dealing with injuries sustained while on duty. • The removal of language giving new patrolmen a two-year pro-rated $50 uniform allowance. • A typing error in a sick day provision. • Use of percentages in determining pay schedule. Gould said he do—-not Ihii> how many of these issues have been fully resolved, although a few have been "ironed out." Varying voices bring community chorus together by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter This year is the second anniversary for a group of 45 Amhersto- nians whose melodic voices have captured the ears of audiences throughout the area. Surtcd in the fall of 1996, the Amherst Community Chorus has performed dozens of concerts in and out of town, some at churches and at , least one at Midway Mall. The voices are strong and vibrant. Most singers are over 40, including Mary Lou Zinsmeister. She's 75. Much of her vocal strength and those of other members comes from the weekly practices held Monday evenings in the smsdl music room of Harris Elementary School. "We sing as one," said chorus director Simone Gall. "We're all individuals with different voices and we all have different vocal strengths. We love what we do." Gall and. her husband, Steve, started the chorus along with accompanist Debbie LeSuer when people first began to talk about building an auditorium for Marion L. Steele High School. Despite what appeared to be community wide support, the auditorium dream hit a sour note among voters. CONTINUED on page 3 Watch spending, council told; income tax collections down City officials have been warned to watch their spending this year ■because of a decline in income tax collections. They arc about three percent above 1996. Although that may sound good, city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz told city council May 11 collections normally have been running five to seven percent more lhan those of previous yeiirs. This does not mean the city is in bad financial shape, rather that il will have less money than it has had over the last few years, she explained. The drop means at least $60,000 less will be available in the coming 12 months. "I'm telling you this because you have to have this in your head CONTINUED on page 3 ■ o « ;t 1- te > is ic »u to ill ;n of Fred Holland BOE taps veteran educator for MLS principal by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Fred Holland, Chillicothe High School principal, was unanimously approve*! to replace Marion L. Steele High School principal Robert Boynton at Monday's special board of education meeting. Holland's three-year contract takes effect Aug. 7, although he will be working with Boynton in July, superintendent Howard Dulmage said. Holland's salary will not be set until his experience has been verified and he has passed a security check. Boynton, 47, who has been MLS principal since 1990, is leaving his post to take on the role of superintendent. Dulmage, who has served the district for more than 14 years, is retiring at the end of the school year. Holland has been principal at Chillicothe since 1994. He also served as principal of Oberlin High School from 1992-1994. He was the assistant principal at Medina Senior High School, Orrville High School and Rittman High School. His teaching experience includes nine years of teaching history, science and health and coaching football and track. CONTINUED on page 13 Lawyers may pass on talking up lawsuit by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Law director Alan Anderson's lawsuit against city officials may be decided June 18 based on the legal documents filed with the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Anderson said he opted to waive an oral hearing set for June 18 in an effort to save city officials legal fees that would have been paid to their private attorneys, Thomas Muzilla and Thomas Smith, of Elyria. Anderson said his decision to waive the presentation of oral arguments by him and Muzilla and Smith was based on what he called "exorbitant fees" charged by the latter. So far, the case has cost the city more than $15,000 in legal fees. Mayor John FLggins, however, said he doesn't think the suspension of oral arugments will make much of a difference in overall attorney fees. "It's kind of late for that now," said mayor John Higgins. "I really CONTINUED on page 9 y- ;f- n- •a- ea is it o- ey ;r- )W in. ist ed nd ge of Bf- tlC ns' r a ler ise uk ihe or fa- at- ce t! \LL ost\ f
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-20|
|Date of Original||20-MAY-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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