Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-12
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~.i* PTO honors two for service — Page 7 Swim team lands second — Page 10 r> m o o O UD X X f 00 M H C tfi o o 3 X CD < X (-( c m i-< </> r- Cfl l> o i J> M I < n rn 3> Amherst News-Times o o August 12. 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents stomers zapped by higher electricity bills H MILLER tes reporter untitles superintendent Don Woodings thinks city electric customers shocked by high June electric bills should blame Mother Nature and the federal government rather than the city. Woodings said his office has re ceived hundreds of complaints about higher than usual June bills received by customers last week. Many blamed the utilities department for a mistake until they look at the Power Purchase Adjustment, a section of the bill showing the cost of buying electric from a supplier. That cost went sky high in late June because a severe storm and tornado disrupted First Enegry service from the Davis Bessie nuclear power plant near Port Clinton and damaged a generating plant operated by American Electric Power (AEP) in eastern Illinois. AEP supplies power to western and pari of southern Ohio. First Energy and AEP had to buy 10,000 megawatts of electricity to make up for the temporary loss of the two facilities around June 20. Both outbid AMP-Ohio, Amherst's municipally-owned electric system's main electric supplier, for the purchase of what is called short- term interruptable power. As a result, First Energy and AEP received electric power for a few days that would have been available to AMP-Ohio and Amherst Normally, the purchase would have not been much of a problem if temperatures had not soared into the nineties between June 24-26. Amherst's electric use dramatically rose and reached an all-time peak use record, according to Woodings. The city could have experienced forced "brown outs" if AMP-Ohio had not "scrambled to make up for the power that was lost to us during the interruption,'' he explained. Thinas got worse due to a federal agency's policy. At the same time, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) temporarily lifted a cap placed on the price that a power supplier can charge for electricity. "This hurt us more than anything else and hurt a tot of smaller cities like us," he added. CONTINUED on page 7 Local library's in good shape; documents, too says expert by GLEN MLLER News-Times reporter The Carnegie section of the Amherst Public Library is one of about 88 architectural and educational gems that's being well preserved, according to an authority on libraries built by steel magnet Andrew Carnegie. Mary Ellen Armentrout, a librarian with Otterbein College in Westerville, gave the message to library director Judy Dworkin last week while viewing the 92-year-old- building. Armentrout is in the process of doing extensive research on Carnegie libraries that began two years ago with funding provided by the college. Her research involves photographing and collecting the histories of each as she travels throughout the state inspecting them and interviewing staff members. The research is being done because most of the Carnegie libraries soon will be a century old and have been a major part of library history in Ohio and elsewhere, Armentrout said. "It's just something I want to do and they (Otterbein College) think U important," she explained. Based on her research, she said Amherst also "is miles CONTINUED on page 6 - •.* •/ Carnegie library building researcher Mary Ellen Armentrout shows library director Judy Dworkin a unique feature of the Am herst building's blueprints during a meeting in the 92-year-old building. ■ Home building craze starts to slow after plant closes Residential building in Am- June through September Lorain last year, herst is slowing down accord- traditionally have been the A large number of workers ing to a report submitted by peak home building months accepted transfers to a Ford the building department. over the last five years. Only truck assembly plant in Louis- Fifty three homes were seven new homes were started ville, Ky. Even so, many built in the city last year in June and July of this year waited until spring or the end compared to 72 in 19%, 80 compared to an average of 14 of the 1997-98 school before in 1995 and % in both 1994 for the same two months placing their homes on the and 1993. since 1993. market, according to area This year, 26 homes have Building department secret- realtors, been built or started as of ary Kaye Browning blamed The amount of existing July 31; mayor John Higgins the decline on a higher-than- homes on the market have in- and the city's building depart- usual number of existing creased by about 18 to 20 ment don't expect to see the homes that are for sale in the percent over last year because number of new homes being Amherst and Lorain area. of the Ford plant closing, built to meet the numbers ex- Most have been put up for "So this means the market perienced in recent building sale since the closing of the boons. Thunderbiid assembly plant in CONTINUED on page 9 NEW HOUSES ■ AMHERST BUILDING DEPT. 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 JAN 6 6 1 1 5 4 FEB a 3 2 2 0 2 MAR 4 7 3 8 7 5 APR 6 10 5 11 8 6 MAY 7 13 9 5 7 2 JUN 7 5 8 2 3 3 JUL 12 8 11 9 8 4 AUG 11 8 L_ 6 7 0 SEP 13 14 7 9 5 OCT 5 1 12 15 I 3 NOV 13 9 14 , _3 4 t- DEC 4 12 2 nfl g TOTAL 96 96 80 72 53 26 HISTORY.XLS City considers tenants in its new space by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The city hopes to make money on the purchase of the San Springs Building by subleasing two or more basement offices. Mayor John Higgins said he is in the process of negotiating lease agreements with the Amherst Public Library and the Mustache Mug Hair Styling Salon. The beauty shop currently is located in the building. A third, a public agency, reportedly has expressed .interest, but Higgins said he preferred not to identify it until negotiations can begin. The library wants to use a room in the building for storage space and hopes to buy or lease a driveway behind the structure for access to a new library entrance. He would not provide information on lease income until talks are finalized. Several other private businesses have expressed interest in leasing space, aJthough Higgins said he has not yet had time to pursue talks with "I don't want to get too involved in tubleaiing or leasing until all the work on city hall is done and we know for certain how much space we will have available in there (me San Spring Building)." he explained. The city scquired the build ing at 10S Park Avenue two weeks ago under a $272,000 leaserpurchase agreement It will lease the building for four months before becoming its owner. The city plans to move city hall offices into the building on Sept IS while the historic S. Main Street building is being reroofed at a cost of about $400,000. Once the renovations pe complete, he said the auditor's and treasurer's offices (a addition to the building department are likely to restate in the Sao Springs BalMtng The city ■tiUtioi JnpsrWiW now on Park Avenae emeejh ■ ally will be diaii,ll.*iJ sad more offices moved into saa building as watt. Oft* will be set aside for city files and a possible conference room. The mayor's and safety service director's offices will be returned to city hall along with an office for the clerk of city council. A citittn'i effort to raise money for city hett renovations was saaouaood in the spring before city cooncU decided to sire a load underwriting company, ft hi arranging fiaaacsaf and * V hire a for eta itroofing • an other city capital »*• not be wH be used to renovate the badly deteriorated second floor of city hall, once a community auditorium. Authoriiation to transfer and appropriate funds for the roof work will be done during a special Aug. 17 city council meeting. A community develefraent block grant will be sought for a cement floor innovation of city hall's basement, once the police deparanent. It will be used to store city records moved from the San Springs Building, he said. Tee assyor said renovation of the hairmeai for city offices would have been more cosily thai the pufdasas of the San Township planners eye future of land use by QLEN MLLER News-Tints* reporter A small group of Amherst Township residents is learning the trials and tribulations of how to create a successful planning process that will help give the township an economic boost into the next century. Started five yean ago, the Citizens for Economic Growth (CEO) consists of nine people dwHrsftftd to careful planned economic growth, a process that previously had not existed in the township. "Things had tended to be belter skelter because zoning here was decades old." CEO president Allen Al- grim explained. That's not conducive to good planning let alone attracting business these days." The group was created by a former township board of trustees in 1993 to assist it in planting and development. The trustees felt she CEO could get some things done that they could not because of lack of time or other township bat of its The private group is not with nie township oo^s k^to Srustee work. "They don't ran us, but we do keep them up lo dale and what we're doing.- Algrim Hfhtinil "It's up to us to figure what slang* we can do in good for it and auLbhnshaU of its work sad ^B»ai*WW n antvsnpmjjjBj , ^ananr mannnnnnnr • pa, • Wa\\\\ HSaWsssssisssHI *S5- gPSf*** '■•■*' I nm
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-12|
|Date of Original||12-AUG-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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