Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-18
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_ a tgiving service is set — Page 3 Mayor's job is now full-time — Page 16 Lmherst News-Times to) w; r* 18. 14MH Amherst Ohio Residents don't want new utility building built close to them by OLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Some residents fear the city's plan to build a $535,000 utility storage and office building off Middle Ridge Road may lower their property values or cause disturbing traffic noise. Glenn Loughrie and John Johnson both live on property adjacent to the planned facility; they questioned its location during a Nov. 9 city council meeting. Regardless, council initially approved allocating funds for the building, although two more readings of the ordinance are needed in order for it to become final. Both live next to an access road to Ihc facility. In addition, Loughrie, who said the facility will be located behind his property, said he fears it will adversely affect the value of the home he purchased six years ago. "It was worth S250.000 until this water tower and utility building project started. Now, I wonder," he said. The answer may come in the coming months. Loughrie said he plans to have his property reappraised and will demand the city reimburse him if its value drops. Several years ago, he claimed a building inspector assured Mm city ordinances require road right-of ways to be at least 60 feet wide. The access road adjacent to his property is about 50 feet wide. "I'm talcing a hit on this, me and the other people who live there," he added. "This isn't a good idea." But mayor John Higgins said the road also will provide utility access to nearby lots on which property owner Richard Schneider plans to build four homes not far from the utility complex. Schneider offered to give the city about 2.9 acres in exchange for access to city utilities.- The city readily agreed because the land's height will enable the city to spend less money on the nearby water tower. As now planned, the 750,000-gallon lank only needs to be 160 feet tall to help resolve a low water pressure problem in neighborhoods to the north with a lower elevation. ; If placed elsewhere in the area; Higgins said the water tower would have to be at least 40 feet taller, Each additional foot would cost the city an estimated $3,500, a total of $140,000 more. In addition, the water tower wilt be located at the southern most edge of the property near the Ohio Turn* pike. It will be painted white with a green stripe around it. The word* Amherst and Comets will be painted in gold. But Loughrie and Johnson say they question the location of the utility building more than the water tower. Johnson, who bought i nearby home three months agoj seemed to be satisfied when the mayor explained city traffic going to) the complex would be minimal. ; In addition, city utility supervisee Don Woodings said he plans to ere* ate a noise buffer with trees an) grassy mounds. The structure is being built \v house electric department trucks and equipment for which there is no room at the city utility complex h> cated off N. Lake Street About four employees will use the facility. Following the meeting, Higgins said the access road could have been placed elsewhere, although its loci-' tion was a key factor in Schneider's: donation of the land. The choice of other land would:; have cost the city at least an addr* ' tional $150,000 to $200,000, he added. Businessman gets charge from battery-powered idea j by QLEN MLLER Newt-Times reporter Tom Stock is an entrepreneur who likes taking risks. His philosophy has made him successful and, if everything goes right, could make him more successful in the future. The owner of Stock's Elec- tronic's ft Security, he was on the cutting edge of the home security and electronic monitoring equipment business when it was first jntroduced about 20 years ago. Stock gambled oa the home security business aid left his job as an assembly line worker at the Fort Motor Company plant in Lorain. He picked a winner. Bat now he's taking another chance with a product line most people use every day. About two months ago, he opened up Battery Power in the Amherst Plan, a store that sells nothing but tonnes - every kind imaginable. Mock said mere ia • big ausfeat tat batteries; m-tea am at least 25.000 spactoky hmte- *mmw ■—aaaa^ aaa—paaaa as aj| 11 ■ _—^g/ mamamaaar tarn, maat of which be Has in stock or cm get by WXm^amm batteries can be successful because they think you can get them anywhere. Wrong." He just smiles and looks at his checkbook. Stock remembers the similar comments people made years ago about the viability of selling and installing home security equipment Stock said his income now surpasses what he made at Ford thanks to his home security business. He thinks selling batteries can make him even more money. He first got the idea of starting an all-battery store more than a year ago, an idea that got an enormous charge early this year during a visit to Florida. Stock learned about a chain of franchised stores throughout the South that specJaHis in battery sales only. He become convinced after visiting one, where he learned the businessman's profits paid off his investment in seven "So. if it works there. I can definitely make it work here. Otherwise they wouldn't have 123 atoms." he added. Stock's remote-controlled golf cast that follows a golfer around the greens; it is controled by a device on the golfer's belt Others are special batteries for wheelchairs, car phones, the security equipment he sells and services, special car and boat batteries snd even personal computers. Stock is on the verge of becoming a wholesale distributor of batteries as well. "What doesn't run on electricity runs on batteries these days — nearly everything.'' he explained. "A lot of them are specialty batteries that you have to run around looking for." His business philosophy is simple. "I don't see myself taking a risk, just being first," ha added. "If being first is talcing a ri*. then okay, but I e*inajU^a*» maam a mjeaMmm mama maaaaammmmm\am **■ business it being sum k a worth the risk, at it I'm fat moveu ma c of Ma The security he Ertripmrmur Torn Stock atooha up hattariaa eman have questioned ■ mmmmmmt' B*4 mmmm\ tmmmmmmmSmm mme.. mmmm TmWmjr etam % mmm 8 ttom thai aeSs aotMaa rim for everything and any- tarim aaai can't la bought in (flaoaaat or auto So, I if I A hap tha Rl 113 fat I 00 IW9 mmmft mmVt MM aji'jaia* "...'" >mSmT maaa I ■■'. • - ■•♦•■•■■■■'
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-18|
|Date of Original||18-NOV-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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