Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-26
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[ ■ O c il X .H 3> O < o Dur vote for favorite books — Page 4 Comets rally for football — Page 7 imherst News-Times August 26, 1998 Amhorst Ohio SO cont; .). eyes own volunteer fire department; sponsors levy by QUEN MLLER Nawa-Timas reporter Amherst Township may have its own volunteer fire department if voters approve a two-mill, five-year operating levy sought by township trustees. The levy was approved by the trustees Aug. 14 trustees to determine if residents want a volunteer fire department rather than continue contracting for fire service with the City of Amherst It will appear on the Nov. 3 balloL "We are trying to determine if people think this is feasible and a viable alternative to what we are now doing," trustee David Urig said. "We want to have more than one option." The levy would generate an estimated $184,959 a year in addition to about $65,016 already raised by a one null continuing fire levy, according to the Lorain County Auditor's Office. The township also has a .50-mill continuing ambulance levy that raises $32,226 yearly. The creation of the two-mill fire , levy was disclosed during a special city council work session held Aug. 17 lo resolve difference! between the city and township over a joint economic development agreement, utility sendee and fire protection. Following the meeting, Amherst mayor John Higgins said the money ($249,975) generated by the two levies is not enough to start a fire department let alone purchase fire equipment He noted that the trustees' deci sion occurred the same week they were sent a letter asking them to begin negotiations on a new fire contract with the city. The existing agreement expires Ocl 1. Under it, Higgins contends the township has been "under charged" by the city based on the percentage of fire calls answered in the township. Last year, for example, the Amherst Fire Department responded to a total of 202 calls, 29 percent (or 60 calls) of which were in the township. It was charged $46344, only 10.5 percent of the $438344 it cost to operate the fire department "So, in effect, Amherst residents have been paying for a sizable chunk of their (township) fire service based on our costs," he said. "The township's been getting a bargain, but that's going to stop because it's not fair." A proposed contract was discussed by Higgins and fire chief Ralph Zilch Aug. 19. Fees have not been finalized, although the mayor said he expects the total amount paid by the township will be doubled in an attempt to bring costs more in line with services provided. PfganHfei. ho widths nhat mob ably will be $100,000 or less a year. much less than the cost of starring and operating a township fire department Other surrounding townships, such as New Russia and Vermilion, pay at least double what Amherst Township is charged. In addition. New Russia recently purchased a 3,000 gallon pumper-tanker that is CONTINUED on page 3 Linda Petkovsek and two of her children with some of their own dogs. Project's a doggone good idea by GLEN MLLER News-Timea reporter More than 50 pooches owe their lives to a dedicated group of Amherst children and their adviser who took on thutf •ateaaasan and placement in good homes as a 4—H project. Between March and early June, a dozen members of the Amherst Insiders and their advisor, Linda Petkovsek, visited the county dog pound in Elyria two or three times weekly to select dogs and prevent them from being, euthanized. "Our goal was to save at •least one dog a week, have them checked over by a veterinarian and place them in a good home," Petkovsek explained. "We are very happy. We did better than that." A little more than 30 were chosen. * " mm^,-'" The project was her idea. An animal lover since a child, Petkovsek, 41, and her husband, Brace, have four dogs, three cats, five small and harmless Com snakes and more than a dozen mice. Add to that their seven children, four of whom participated in the project They are Arnold, 15, Laura, 13, Meredith, 16, and Anne, 18. The others are Murray, 6, Alex, 17, and Marigold, 3. Most of the rescued dogs were kept at the Petkovseks' Cleveland Avenue home until they were adopted by families and individuals who spotted one of the numerous classified advertisements placed in area newspapers. "Needless to say, our house was a little crowded at times, but then it usually is," Petkovsek said. The ads also attracted dog lovers who, for one reason or another, wanted to find good homes for their dogs. Some were strays found by people while others were animals people no longer wanted because of moving plans or other reasons. As a result, the club took on the task of finding tomes for 20 additional pooches during the four-month project, which Petkovsek said probably will resume early next spring. "We had to work within what we could afford and it's usually harder to place dogs in the middle of summer anyway," she explained. None of the dogs were from the Amherst area. Most came from Lorain, Elyria and CtriTlNUED on page S He lends his tale of Lyme to others by GLEN MLLER , News-Times reporter Little did Ron Bartosch know that skinning a deer eight years ago would change his life and cause Urn physical and emotional misery for the rest of his life. Bartosch, the former owner of the Specialty Seafood and Meat Market on Park Avenue, is a victim of Lyme Disease, an ailment that partially has disabled the 44-year-old Amherst man. Once a strong man with bundles of energy, he saw the deer's hide was covered with ticks as he skinned it for a customer in 1990. He didn't realize one of them jumped on him and chose to feed on his Mood, infecting him with sijual-snaoeu oactertuo. called Borrelia burgdoru. If it is not discovered im- ovediately, the bacteria eventually wotts its way into the body tissue and can causa a wide variety of medical problems, including a tare form of The disease is a malady for which (here is no cure unless his caught in its early la hit case, it wasn't ou> QONTMUID en page S M III I Disagreements end JEDD idea as owner plans to annex to city and a JEDD expert It would hem avoided future aniiexaoon aad allowed the city and township to Rice by QLEN MLLER Nawa-Timas reporter The city's efforts to create a Joint •&«*■» ttx*rt°nL , Economic Development District B*™}j~_**• mm_m (JEDD) on 60 acres of Amherst J"J" ■• *£*__[ ____: Township land adjacent to Rt 58 ^_Z^e^ia^^ta!!i gig jagsj ute fsominiatratson is that we had a Amherst excavator KM. Rice, the «ood egjeenient to begin with aad property owner, has decided to an- *• data t see say reason for nex the land into the city because of cn^?' a 12-word change in a JEDD agree- , AtK?u_*w® ^ __ mentrnade^yttotownshiptrusW T«^!atdas\ss\l^esaaaa^^ He plans to petition for annexation » prevent tne ossuw s expstssion to in the ccmiiiginonths. othcr commercially or "I just think it is in my best in- _eA mm____mM_l tent," Rice said.'The JEDD is not ■* *■» «W*»ous lo the redly wetting the way I aad the ■"^f^L. city hoped it would, aad I can't af- Jr^f^T ford to watt any tougrv. Besides, the c«y s luwwleagB or city has more to offer Ob providing Jf*™*"1* ■** utilities) anyway." 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-08-26|
|Date of Original||26-AUG-1998|
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