Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-23
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1 I < C tfl o o CD < ■ in j> fundraisers need cash help — Page 3 Bank robber turns himself in — Page 3 Amherst News-Times December 23. 1998 Amherst. Ohio M) cents lents distrust Nord talk by QLEN MLLER Nawa-Timaa raporter Nord Mental Health Center officials are hoping a meeting with Hidden Valley residents will calm their concerns about women with mental disabilities who live in a neighborhood residential care facility. The mental health center's decision to operate the home at 820 Deer Rm as a supervised independent living facility has come under fire from surrounding residents who claim it is unsuitable for the neighborhood. Antoni Sulikowski, Nord Center director, said he hopes meetings this week or next will "calm the situation" and alleviate neighborhood fears about women living in the home. ', The meetings may help offset anger, frustration and animosity of residents. They include more than SO 'residents who gathered in Amherst Township Hall Dec. 15 to hear Sulikowski and other Nord Center officials discuss their choice of the home and their concerns. In an interview with the News- Times, he admitted center staff members did a poor job of notifying residents of their plans. "We admit that maybe we could have done a little better job in educating them up front by going to the community and reassuring them from the get-go," he said. "It would have alleviated some of their anxieties and fears." Based on the township meeting, Sulikowski said he and his staff feel another meeting may be the best way of resolving complaints about the home and educating Hidden Valley residents. The meetings may be with individual families or groups. - Their goal, he added, is to allay their fears and answer questions. - But one resident, Dan Orr, said he doesn't think additional meetings with Nord Center officials will change neighborhood feelings "They botched this thing so badly that there's a lot of people in the neighborhood, me included, who aren't going to be happy until they close and sell the house," he added. He accused the mental health agency of using deceptive practices. "The Nord Center people have lied to us, they botched it horribly and they have no credibility with the neighborhood," he added. 1 think that message came across to them crystal clear at the township meeting." .A resident living next to the Deer Run home reported the theft of an iron fence post from her family's ItooVe and also complained her mail had been tampered with by one of fjte residents. Sulikowiki said the problems were caused by one resident who has been placed under closer supervision, and may be moved to fee neighbors, but wa an charged with caring for our client's needs.'' . BM Oar arid he and other reai- denfe feel those with mental disabU- mmm should not be placed in densely fpffllatmt neighborhoods, Ha noted fee bouse is located in front of a strhppl bm stop and said many poo- lie fear the residents Bay harass or harm children in some way. Sulikowski called the claim "an- founded" and noted the Nord Center emAmai similar homes in residential of Oberlin. Elyria and for at feast 30 Checking it twice Santa does his best to remember what each Powers Elementary School child would like for Christmas. He visited each classroom last week and gave each child an opportunity to tell him what is on their holiday wish list. New cable guy sought for system The city's cable advisory committee has launched a search for a new manager to run Amherst City Cable operations. Harold Dopman, manager for about a year, announced he will resign Dec. 31 for personal reasons. The former owner of his own San Diego, Calif., video production service, Dopman was named the city's first part-time manager because of the need for more expertise in running the service, mayor John Higgins said. Amherst City Cable, of WACC- TV as it also is known, operates out of facilities in Marion L. Steele High School and consists of volunteer staff. The mayor said the search for Dopman's replacement is being hartJtuJJjytllgTable advisory committee, which also consists of volunteers. It meets on a regular basis to discuss local cable programming and other needs of the cable televi sion station. The committee has placed employment ads in area daily newspapers with the hope a replacement can be found and hired by early January. The part-time manager will work about 25 hours a week and handle all aspects of the cable station's operations. -.- ■ <**■•*■**> mt*\y\me*m Im sorry to see him (Dopman) go because he brought a new degree of professionalism to the cable service and improved the operation," Higgins said. Previously, the mayor said the cable operation mainly was operated by volunteers and high school staff members. Shortly after his arrival, Dopman began a series of TV training classes for interested area residents that involved camera operation, video editing and TV production and direction. Many of those who enrolled in the free classes are now among those who volunteer their services. Sulikowski said the Nord Center another mental health agencies use residential care as one means of helping tram the mentally disabled, hy integrating them back into the community. *We work for the people in Lor- ain County, so their mental health is ap.hnportant to us as is our clients," he added. "I don't want to i Time grinches A time witch (Kayley PorterfieW) and axa man (Scott Rosenau) pushing some time travel buttohs. Tha child actors wart among are ready to smaeh and tap a time computer occupied by Choieea thoae who performed during Harris Elementary School* annual Pharam aa Father Time (Joah Toothman) attempts to aave II by Christmaa pageant. St*. .« aay of an page it Developers buy empty twp. store aw Bay Village developer David Tha dosed m Tl!e. **?**.H^rold.', __ W*M»> from Harold Mae- i^*m'Mm *L* *•*** *- Sparkle Market on N. Leevitt agemom I* * t>w tauee ____S _^__7 _^L?_ Road will be given a leverel retail outlets once in JJ3UT*" m9m***1* $600,000 fiwBft next year by it U rwofclsd. Uwugh TMaUnniil about thmo- " aaaftiwcf amlfeaaatbof JJ^ stom closed comer ef Rt St and &M» mwmm about two eaaoj ago. Ridge reads. stem Flam far em feattty have nae ttsAemg aaats this ambeaaiumiil. although of work bat it aM be Lwmedaofar Abraham ami am piaaaed 1 ? ■ f1" .»"*'¥':' jjm '-i1"" will be en asset to me township aad city," he added. Abraham said he expect* the facility's haemal aad a*> teraal renovations to be eaav pletsd by spring. Ha owes AfeC The and AalC Oaaaaar anas ai me ^VafaMatMaMtt Maaaa*! MfWaMt »i)ammmam*mmmm* Electric ordinance may get zapped by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter City officials are considering eliminating or changing an electric rebate ordinance so they can use a $23 million surplus to help pay for more than $4 million in improvements to the city's electrical system. Without the money, city officials my the city's electric rates, now among the lowest in the area, could significantly increase in the coming years to pay for the improvements and a possible expansion of the electric system. Last week, council decided not make that decision without first talking it over in committee. Repeal of the ordinance was sent back to the utilities committee for further recommendation. "I don't think we want to repeal the whole ordinance, but before we can do anything it has to be drastically changed to bring it up to date so it meets our needs," public utilities committee chairman John Dietrich said. In the meantime, the city may hire a consultant to review its electric rate structure and advise council on how best to finance improvements without drastically passing costs on to customers. The 14-year-old city law allows customers to receive a five percent rebate if the surplus exceeds $1.95 million. It also allows the city to in- cream rates five percent if the fund is $330,000 or less. Prior to the meeting, mayor John Higgins said the ordinance is "flawed" because city officials failed to consider the cost of maintaining and improving the municipal electric system when they adopted it in 1985. "No one realized how much this city would grow back then and how much more demand it would place on the electric system," he explained. \ ' Several improvement projects are needed over the next four to seven years. They include: • Replacement of an old transformer at an electric substation on the south side of the city, estimated at $800,000 or more. • Replacement of a high voltage line supplying power to the Amherst Plaza, estimated at about $15 million. The line was damaged after being struck by lightning several years ago and needs to be replaced to prevent possible power outages to businesses in the area. Without the new tine, the mayor said be fears die city could be legally liable for damage to frozen foods in grocery stores, restaurants and deb shops if power should ML • Installation of several new utility poim, at least SlOOjOOO, and rej>lece<nent of old electric meters on bo- . Repiece aad < ertammme. sya»|sairc» iaasicaeaga on Rl St, et^aBHBtd at JflfJOjOQOO sjgfjftjfJOOi
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-12-23|
|Date of Original||23-DEC-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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