Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-28
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Brinkley to run in state meet — Page 7 Spikers out after tourney — Page 8 i A mherst News-Times x> o Wodno < o FIc tur ce Twp m <e batt e ov ayment of fire contract 7 by QLEN MLLER Nawa-Timas raporter No money, no fire protection; that's the way the city plans to do business. The city has canceled one fire service contract with the Ohio Turnpike Commission and may cancel another unless it gets paid. A 10-year-old contract to respond to accidents and fires along the toll road in the eastern half of Florence Township has ceased because of nonpayment Another for service within Brownhelm Township will cease Jan. 1 unless an agreement can be reached between turnpike and township officials as to who will pay for it That contract expires Dec. 31 and also is at least 10 years old, according to mayor John Higgins. Amherst firefighters stopped responding to turnpike wrecks and fires in Florence Township several weeks ago after turnpike officials failed to respond to letters from Higgins about the outstanding bill. The Amherst Fire Department responds to accidents on the turnpike through the turnpike plaza located off Plaza Drive. Until recently, Higgins said turnpike authorities were the contractual parly responsible for making payment "After all it (the turnpike) is state property run by them, but now they say differently,*' he explained. Turnpike officials claim the Brownhelm Township trustees are responsible for making payment in their township. The mayor said he doesn't care who is responsible as long as the city Rets paid for responding to calls, something that hasn't occurred for more than a year. "I can't tell you exactly, but I know it's in the thousands of dollars, maybe more,'' he added. Fire chief Ralph Zilch estimated the amount to be between $1,500 and $2,000. Talks are reportedly taking place between Brownhelm Township trustees and turnpike officials in an attempt to reach an agreement, but Higgins said his patience is waning. In the meantime, turnpike officials claim cancellation of turnpike fire service within the township would be a violation of the contract Nonpayment by the turnpike also is a violation and a valid reason to cancel the contract, the mayor responded. "I'm not going to send our guys out there on a busy super highway and ask them to risk their lives for nothing. Neither should they ask Amherst taxpayers to pay for it," he added. A Florence Township firefighter was seriously injured and disabled when he responded to an accident in the western half of the township several years ago. Turnpike officials did not return calls from the News-Times. In a related development, Higgins said he is waiting for the Amhent Township trustees to continue talks on the renewal of their fire contract with the city. It expired Oct 1 but was extended to Dec. 1 to give trustees additional negotiation time. In the meantime, trustees David Urig and Ron Leoni have placed a 2 mill levy fire service levy on the Nov. 3 ballot It will raise an estimated $185,000 a year for a township fire department Things that go bump in the night aren't always as bad as they sound by QLEN MILLER Nawa-Timas raporter It's that time of year again, when things go bump in the night and people suddenly see strange beings or shadowy things that vanish into thin air before their eyes. They might be ghosts — or spiritual apparitions — as some people prefer to call them. Whatever they He's a king when it comes to busting bad guys for drugs Halloween hauntings Last Saturday was a goodd&y for a haunttrmjat least in downtown Amherst where the youngsters —"aixfafew oldsters — turned out for the annual parade. At top, Jack the dog gets ready for his moment of fame. He's a devil in costume, and perhaps in spirit, too. At right, Amherst Police Department patrolman Les Carrendar is a scarecrow, and below, members of the Police Explorers Unit fingerprint kids. are, they're here in Amherst A few people in town have them, although not all are willing to talk about them as much as Lois and Okey Stevens, and their daughter, Donna Fleming. But then again, the two spirits — a man and a woman — are fairly benign. They've been part of the family since the Stevenses moved CONTINUED on page 3 by forcemeat family, bae of Ms cousins is a Cleveland police dog, trKrtlwis tmwrsbwof fter I. who has a big £^mem.A|e22[? 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-10-28|
|Date of Original||28-OCT-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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