Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-02
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Miami, wi —i tmmmnmmmjtmmmmmmammmmiim ."» »—».* , 1. a»ia*ti»**»*W*)»*alaa i<*«»»niw ■■ «» ■.<,<»«.■ HI t niWi i SSII*iiS*iiii88*1 Siti**«—■'■ ■»■ a— aa« a»«w*»vaj»T*a*»*-*Ja*»>»*a*»S8»^^ pays tribute to daughter — Page 4 Girls open season with win — Page 12 Lmherst News-Times ecember 2. 1998 Amhorst. Ohio 50 cents / 3Sto removal plagues city hall project wj «a«.M« imLLER News-Times reporter The removal of potentially dangerous asbestos from the ceiling of city hall's second floor has added another $9,500 to the cost of repairing the historic building's roof. The extra expense involved the unexpected cleanup and removal of ceiling plaster containing asbestos from the floor of part of the second story two weeks ago. The mayor said it posed no danger to city hall employees because the material tracked on to the first floor and ground level by construction workers was not regarded dangerous to people's health. Essiek Environmental Services, a Middleburg Heights firm, tested the air quality in three different areas of city hall and failed to find a dangerous concentration, according to company official Cliff Thomas. The plaster material apparently had fallen to the floor after being knocked loose by leaking rain and the vibration of men hired to repair the building's deteriorating bell tower. Rather than climbing up scaffolding, mayor John Higgins said workmen used a small trap door passage that leads from the second floor to the roof. In doing do, he said they stepped on the material and tracked it about. Once the error was discovered, Higgins said he hired Esstek to test the levels of asbestos throughout the building. Thomas said the level found was below what is considered health threatening by the Environmental Protection Agency. The company charged $3,500. Hunter Environmental Services, a Seven Hills firm, was then hired to clean up the debris at a cost of $6,000. Both fees will be paid out of $30,000 in contingency funds set aside for the $450,000 roof replacement, the mayor said. It is the second time unexpected costs have plagued the project. In late October, workers discovered part of the bell tower was in danger of collapsing because sections of huge sandstone blocks had been separated by years of weathering. That cost $5,000 to repair. Thomas said the discovery of plaster containing asbestos will necessitate the entire removal of the second floor ceiling using a special method if and when the city decides to renovate it Higgins said they are no immediate plans to fix the second floor because of lack of funding. In the meantime, roof installers are finalizing plans to remove old shingles containing asbestos from CONTINUED on page 3 Father refuses to give up fight in son's battle with illness, state by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Istvan (Steven) Sakac and his son Tony are hoping the spirit of the Christmas season will entice area residents to reach out and help them. They have come a long way from their San Francisco home in the hope of finding treatment for Tony, a gravely ill victim of Lyme Disease. For the last 11 weeks, the Sakacs have been living at Motel 6 on N. Leavitt Road while he tries to raise the money to pay for room rent, medical care and rehabilitation needed by his son. Until recently, Tony, 23, intermit- Residents are cited for income tax trouble Twenty-four Amherst residents and businesses have been charged with failing to pay their income taxes, a criminal charge for which they could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to six months in jail. The charges were filed in Oberlin Municipal Court last week by law director Alan Anderson after the taxpayers failed to make arrangements with the city treasurer's office to pay their delinquent taxes. The total amount owed is about $20,000 in income taxes from 1997 or previous years by six businesses and 18 residents. Anderson said all received ample warning, including two subpoenas and three letters. One of the subpoenas was hand-delivered by Amherst police and the other sent by mail. Anderson wrote one of the letters, a warning of the legal ramifications to come unless the residents or businesses agreed to make payment arrangements with city treasureer Kathleen Litko- viiz's office. The city was unable to ac- commodaie one resident who came in after the charges were filed by Anderson. "We can't really accept payments because it's in the hands of the court now," Litkovitz said. "I fed sorry for them, but they had ample lime and epportunity to come in before this." In many cases, people have ignored Lhkovk/'s ofler to set op payntenl schedules baaed on what they can af- farf ib pay. In other cases, OOtmVamMO « page a tently slipped in and out what can best be described as a semi-coma Sometimes he was awake and alert, other times he could not stand by himself and almost appeared brain dead. But that's changed within recent weeks thanks to medication prescribed him by Dr. Joseph Joseph, a Pennsylvania internist who treats victims of Lyme Disease as part of his practice. Now, he is more alert and no longer 100 percent bedridden when he's helped to his feet and propped up on crutches or placed in an old wheelchair. "He like(s) to get up and move CONTINUED on page 3 Steven Sakacs helps his son Tony as he prepares to get out of bed in their Motel 6 room. Rezoning dispute spills over to council After months of meetings and heated discussions, eight N. Leavitt Road property owners have won a battle to have their land commercially zoned, but only partially. City council's buildings and lands committee agreed Monday to rezone the land from residential to commercial C-l, not the more general C-2 classification they originally requested. In addition, council let it be known it intends to change C-l zoning to prohibit motels, bars, and fast food restaurants from the classification, some of the businesses objected to by rezoning opponents from the adjacent Rock Creek Run subdivision. The area is a 1,000-foot long strip of residential land on the east side of N. Leavitt Road between Spruce Tree Lane and a home converted to a beauty shop. James Blazak, attorney for the Leavitt Road residents, stood in the rear of council chambers as council members hashed out a workable compromise to the longstanding controversy over the rezoning. Ac cording to Blazak, residents would have preferred C-2 zoning, which permits bars, but conceded to the compromise suggested by council about two weeks ago. The only unresolved issue is how soon the city's seldom-used C-l ordinance can be amended. It will involve review by the zoning commission, one or more public hearings. Young sisters skate their way to contests by OLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Kristen and Megan Men- doza may be skating their way into a future Olympic competition if they keep up their winning pcifcs-mances in the ice. CONTINUED on page S Megan Mondoza, oUplays tha talent thai wartiy r»t*>sd har ***•*! a gold rnodal. ■*—■»—— iaMa»»*p»^»w«»a»»waa>a»a***a*«i '. i ■'...^: ■".• .:*■• \ '■ H _^*i aamm m'axm and city council review and approval, a process that is likely to take at least 14 weeks, according to law director Alan Anderson. Last week, council decided not to rezone the property C-2 and sent the issue back to the buildings and land committee so city officials could be- CONTINUED on page 3 Beautiful entryway planned for routes Planting for the first phase of a project lo beautify the four sectioas of the interchange of Rts. 2 and 5ft has nearly been completed and should begin blooming in early spring. tj The planting of 50 pine, flower and crab apple, spruce and other kinds of tree was finished last weejt in the southeast quadrant of the fa terchange by more than a dozen volunteers. Conceived more than a year ago, work on the Rts. 2 and 58 Beautifi- cation Project began in early September and involved about a dozen volunteers under the direction or* Amherst resident Dan Brown, the It was started to bceutify what asoat paopla cosaidar tha atihi ee- traace to tha city. aMtotsgh Brown stirl k abo Is at* mmfvmam inter- change leading to Lorain, Oberlift, Wellington and the test of tha county. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-02|
|Date of Original||02-DEC-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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