Amherst News-Times, 1998-09-09
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r-» i ^ ( i n m o o I O U) I I c cn o o 3 x U<IH c m m 01 r- 01 33 3> M < O m 3> oo s lose home opener — Page 5 Troop honors one of its own — Page 12 Amherst News-Times September 9. 1998 Amhrrst Ohio City makes corrections to financial ways The city is in the process or instituting recommendations and correcting several problems cited in a 1996 state audit of its finances and financial procedures. Among several citations was the spending of more than $10,000 without the prior authorization of city council. An independent audit by accountants from Hausser St Taylor of Canton fc id three out of five contracts made during the year were entered into before council passed an appropriate ordinance. In another case, one of the con- John Higgins e^eeaaj tracts was awarded without the city seeking the to* ~»: _nd best bid after proper advertising. Deputy auditor Barbara Petro said both procedures have been corrected. All expenses exceeding $10,000 are now authorized by ordinances enacted by council. "In the past, this has not been done consistently, but it is being done that way now," she added. In another instance, she said interest earned on a half percent street improvement income tax levy fund was not placed in that account The audit found the interest previously had been incorrectly placed in the city's general fund by a previous city auditor. According to the auditors, state law requires all revenue derived from a special levy must be credited to the special fund for which the levy was passed. The same was true with several other proprietary funds, including water improvement, water revenue, the utilities office and health insurance funds. The city is in disagreement with the citation and is attempting to resolve the ruling, she added. Another section of the audit found fault with parts of the city's internal financial control structure, including the failure to form a committee to oversee electronic (computerized) data processing. Petro said a committee has since been formed by city council to review all city computer needs. The report also found failure to change computer passwords on a periodic basis. In addition, computers are frequently left unlocked Mayor says he's running again Saying he has much left to do, mayor John Higgins has announced he will seek a second term as Amherst's mayor. "I promised to do a job for the people and to approach certain areas (of government) that needed help," he said. "I thought I could do that with my background and I'm not done yet. You just don't wave a magic wand after four years and expect everything to be done, although I think we've made terrific headway toward getting there.'' The mayor will kick off his campaign for a second term as the city's chief executive with an Oct 10 fun- dratsmg event from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Amherst Eagles Club on Milan He credited the accomplishments of his administration to the cooperation of city council and several members of his administration. The one sore spot has been the lawsuit filed against him and council by law director Alan Anderson over the right to select a bond counsel for the city. The suit stems from a decision by Higgins and council to select a bond counsel for the issuance of bonds for the renovation of city hall and its roof. Anderson claimed state law gave him the authority, but the Lorain County Commons Pleas Court and a state appellate court have ruled in council's favor. While not publicly criticizing Anderson, Higgins said he would prefer to see "a team concept" develop in the future among the city's administrators and council. Higgins, 62, is a retired maintenance manager of the rolling mill division at U.S./Kobe Steel in Lorain. He operates a small consulting business with the company, but has done little work because of time required of him as mayor. "I can't serve two masters. The city comes first" he said. Higgins works an average of SO hours weekly as part-time mayor, a position that may become a full- time job pending the approval of council later this year. The creation of a full-time mayor's post was recommended by a citizen's committee based on the city's growth and the demands it has placed on the mayor's job. Other than expanded job duties as defined by council, Higgins said he doesn't foresee much of a change. "I'm working full-time now in a part-time job, so it would be only an official change with more pay," he said One of his chief concerns and goals has been to eliminate the threat of flooding on the city's northwest side. Despite the installation of a new storm sewer this summer, Hig- gins said "work still needs to be The fjotemial (for flooding) is still great, especially as the town- ship grows and because there's such big difference (more than 100 in elevation from south to he explained. "We're a ns- b«a4 geographic catchall for a lot of of the cost involved. Flower power Jessica Littleton (left) and Stephanie Nixon (right) of Amherst, along with their Dutch bunnies, donned costumes for the best- dressed animal contest at the Lorain County Fair recently. The two are members of the Partners in Pride 4-H Club. Laura Skeels (far left) with her Costa Rican family: Vivlana (back), Mirta and Manuel. Sisters 'share' adventure opportunity by OLEN M.LLER i CQNTINUeo an pane 1 News-Times reporter You could amy Laura Skeeles eocountered a rainforest and a once in a lifetime Central American adventure this summer by default Skeeles, 13, look the place of her sister, Angie, 17, when *» spent Jobs 2 through July 11 in Com Rica wasting through a reiafeseat, axptotisg s volcano, and Mviag with s Amhent Insiders 4-lt" Club, was one of several Ohio teenagers chosen by state 4-H officials to take part in a dab tswiurtional study tour. AB that changed ia late spring after she was offered a at NASA's Lewis Cosier ia Cleveland. "It was a bard decision for Angle. She wanted to go very badly, rjot this was just as t't pass up, so she eWCber aad ran a coffee Angle, a eft* enaaea 9 Historical Society hosts antique market Sept. 12 As part of the Amherst Historical Society's 25th anniversary celebration, the group will be hosting an antiques show and sale, flea market and plant sale on Saturday, Sept 12 from 10 tun. to 4 pjn. . The event will be held at the Historic Sandstone Museum Center on Milan Avenue. Sales will feature antiques and collectibles, an outdoor flea market and plant sale and a lecture on herbs and plants. The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the chapel. An "antique roadshow*' will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the grange annex. Residents who want to know whether they have "trash or treasure" on their bands are welcome to bring an object to experts who will be at the roadshow. Anyone interested in setting up s table to sell items at the show can call coordinator Sally Van Nuys Brown at 984-3486, or the AHS office on Wednesday at 988-7255. Police searching for clues in woman's death at home It may be at least a month before Amherst police know what caused the death of 34-year-old Catherine Bolyard. who mysteriously died in her fiance's mobile home Aug. 26. The Lorain County Coroner's Office is waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine the caare of ta woman's when not in use, posing s potential threat to data security. This is among the things being looked at by the committee, she added. The auditors also recommended what they called a disaster recovery plan should something happen to the city's computer system. Petro said financial information is now being backed up on a floppy disk and placed in the police department's safe. In addition, the city is CONTINUED on page 3 According to police reports. Borer* was discovered ia far aad by David Weaisch, of 107 IIliii ill liiianstiil an arnliiiln--- rf tar ha fosad Bolyard was not ssMia^B^B^BasB. i33b« to Weandt Bolyard hadbaweTiekiag saltier* the The couple became in- argsateat, _ ■SM} wPatVBB- auusB-Jlu ■■^sj as ma asleep. He later checked on her and she appeared to be okay, but ia the morning she was found not breathing. He then called 911. The woman's body was timsported from UK 9CCftC* Lieutenant Lonaia DiUoa said pnlirs are Trailing ftsr lbs maaltt of an autopsy on the cause of death, itobe 'Aaytime you have somebody wto U M die Unit*. It's aot to be and! wa know oataviss, HI- loaasid. Bel yard and tat, teat cMMvea, SaJstoita uff 55 Sfa'aai a^aaaj ^p^p^a^,. ^L^esSa} d*ammSMaaasm\Vaaaaammm\ BB^BBBsbW Humming along... Raffle benefits ballfields The Amherst Children's Baseball Foundation is giving Amherstonians a chance to find out what soldiers ride around in by raffling s Hummer. The raffle is an attempt to raise money for the continued development of ball fields at Harris Elementary School that was started last year. The vehicle, which costs more than $50,000, is s two- door hard top pickup similar to a black four-door Hummer often seen parked in front of the Crystal Mortgage Co. at ues rive rotors insenecoon. The foundation hopes to raise enough money to finish work on fields to be used by T-ball players, the boys' Rainbow League and the girls' Yearling League. The Hummer that will be given away is black and currently being kept at the east- side Cleveland area auto dealership from which it was purchased, according to foundation spokeswoman Terry Myosky. The Hummer is a V8 diesel fueled injection vehicle with a four-speed automatic transmission. The group's goal is to sell at least 60.000 $1 tickets before the Oct 30 drawing at Five Points. If it doesn't the foundation will reserve the right to convert the drawing to a SO/50 raffle so it can break even on the fundraiser, she explained. The raffle was the WBlftChlM Ol nTHDtaatHfasl founders, David Moore, Job Barnes sad Bob Perritt Although the raffle win benefit local children, Myosky said the foundation is promoting the event nationaDy by placing advertisements in a nationally known auto trade The wiener wiU be stole for all taxes, license and transportation, but need not be present for the Oct 30 6 p.m. drawing at Five Points. Tickets are available at the following locations: Crystal Mortgage, Bayskk Tide, Wy- vill Mandsoa staon. Your Deli, Olde Town Pizza, Zaber Pools, Ridole Dr. Taffy Ante mLoantaang an 12S dotal tot WB0* aVasasfaaWsB) aa sfSaaasssV asm* a____m samX, WMsaaeaWaW 9% faemm\\maa% Wa\ aama\\\\a\\W Qs»* to stag v* a as*- •*Sra"Ss# ■• wess^SSwnsw saw^ yam**- ' ■ ■ a;
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-09-09|
|Date of Original||09-SEP-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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