Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-17
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Summer rec program underway — Page 12 >- 00 >- n C ." O o 3 X a? < x m e m hi 3> O < n m 3> kmherst News-Times CO o o June 17, 1998 Amhorst. Ohio 50 conts o X to r. merger has city worried about trains MLLER »• reporter The takeover of Conrail by the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads has Amherst city officials concerned about increased train traffic, noise and hazardous waste being transported through Amherst. Parking lot plans proposed by mayor The city could gain an additional 92 parking spaces along Tenney Avenue and N. Main Street if city council approves a multiple parking plan recommended by mayor John Higgins. Under the plan, the city would lease a vacant parcel of land on N. Main Street from Marathon service station owner Walt Wy- vill for 10 years. In addition, about 40 angled parking spaces will be built along Tenney Avenue, both north and south of Church Street. The entire plan was introduced to council at its June 15 committee meetings by the mayor, who was given authorization to negotiate a 10-year Council approved of the plan, although councilmen Ed Cowger and John Mishak suggested merchants purchase parking lot permits to free up on-street parking. Other members who suggested purchasing the land were told by the mayor that Wyvill only will lease it Higgins noted that providing adequate parking must precede any downtown redevelopment. Two chain restaurants. Including Starbucks coffee house, have abandoned plans to locate in the city because of a lack of parking, he added. Although it will relieve a shortage of parking on the west end of the downtown business district, Higgins said the city still needs additional parking between Church and Spring streets, the eastern boundary of the business area. "This will help, but it's cer- tainly not the entire solution," ' Higgins explained. MIf we want to keep business downtown, we have to create more parking." But the plan may be cosdy for both the city and motorists. The cost of paving the vacant lot and marking 52 spaces is estimated at $52,000. A cost estimate has not yet been made for the Tenney and Church Street plan, according to city engineer Milt Pommeranz. Whatever the total for both plans, it will be paid for by drivers who have to slip quarters into parking meters installed along the street and in the proposed parking lot. To help pay for construction costs, parking meters also may be installed in the city existing L-shaped parking lot that is located between Church Street and Tenney Avenue. Free parking now exists there. The meters can be removed by a future council as soon the construction costs are paid. Many years ago, meters were removed after a 10-year plan was paid in eight yean. Higgins said. Pommeranz said a few angled parking spaces may be installed on Church Street near the Tenney Avenue intsrsfniiwi. Most woakt be built on the south aide of Teaney along a small aew CONTINUED en pa* 7 The issue of increased train traffic through the city by Norfolk Southern arose during a June 9 city council meeting, the same day the $10 billion acquisition was approved in Washington, D.C. by the federal Surface Transportation Board. Rather than have one large railroad, federal regulators allowed the ownership of Conrail to be split between Norfolk Southern and CSX, Teacher to continue studying all summer by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Bill Strohm, English and history teacher at Marion L. Steele High School, will be traveling to England this summer as one of only 15 secondary education teachers attending a "Historical Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in England" seminar. The seminar, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and conducted at Nottingham University, is being taught by Dr. Gerard Koot, chair of the history department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. It will be held July 5-July 31. The NEH provides participants $2300 to cover expenses. Any other expenses are paid out _of pocket. formerly the Chessie System. Councilmember Nancy Brown said she is especially concerned about the diversion of hazardous waste from another line to the one that will be operated by Norfolk Southern through Amherst "I'm very upset about this, but I have no idea of what recourse we can take at this point," she said. She and other council members noted the city of Cleveland won concessions from the Norfolk Southern and CSX, both of which have rail lines running through portions of the city. Brown also expressed concern about the deterioration of the railroad overpasses which span Main Street and Milan Avenue. They regularly leak and drop debris or rocks on the sidewalks and road below, creating hazards for pedestrians and motorists, she added. She said council would like to start "pressing its concerns" to railroad representatives. Council president Wayne White noted that Cleveland and other suburbs have been promised sound barriers to cut down on the noise caused by trains as they pass through residential areas. "If they can do this to our community, they can give us something in return," Brown said. Lorain County has been promised little more than signs with phone numbers that will be posted at crossings if people have complaints about rail traffic, she added. Mayor John Higgins said Cleve- CONTINUED on page 7 Koot said 116 educators applied worldwide. Applications were reviewed by Koot, another Dartmouth faculty member and a high school teacher. The applications were ranked on the basis of interest, essay topic, general intellectual accomplishments and if they had previously attended an NEH seminar. "I am interested in giving them a much greater appreciation and knowledge about the subject," Koot said. "This is an opportunity rarely given to teachers — the opportunity to be students, work with colleagues and be treated as professionals." Strohm, who has been teaching in the Amherst school district since 1972, is in his first year of teaching a combination of English and history. He has taught English since he began his teaching career in 1967, but added history when the school decided to do double blocking and combine subjects. This year he taught juniors and seniors American history and American literature and next year he Volunteers earn good grades for service Three women who have given a lot of their time and energy to helping Marion L. Steele High School and the Amherst schools run began spending more time on themselves last weak. It brought an end to the years that Mary Ann Kulik, Carma Bates and Linda Matus have served as volunteers for the high school's parent They decided their "retirement" was appropriMB. Alter all, their daughters graduated from MLS June 7. For Bates, it's almost like the end of an era. She began volunteering bar free time to school activities 27 yam ago when her family lived ia Lorain. She spent eight yean halp* ing the schools ia tha latefkont dty before bar tally asoved to Amhent The seaaiMnf 19 • j 'Vicious' t * dog law gets boost from city will teach British literature and British history. Strohm has a minor in history and is currently taking classes at Baldwin-Wallace College to receive history certification. He said he is looking forward to visiting Nottingham because it is in the heart of industrial England and not a usual tourist attraction. "The interesting thing of the Bill Strohm seminar is the unpredictability," Strohm said. "There will be meetings, journals and side trips." Koot said participants will meet every morning and will have assigned readings. Projects and essays will also be assigned. Once a week, they will spend an entire day on a study trip to view sites such as the Manchester Industrial History Museum, the Iron Bridge, a water-driven textile mill and the first site where mechanized textile production took place. "The purpose of the seminar is to do an integrated humanities discussion," Koot said. "And to allow people to pursue their interests." Strohm, who has traveled to England before, said he plans to stay a few weeks after the seminar to travel to Scotland and Northern England. Robert Boynton presents Carma Bales. Linda Mait>eaixiM^Ai>nKu»»tlTa»vt><^^y»*< dally CoaMt Comer at the hkh »___ _t Ma^anL m—ammmamj —m-ammmm-m, -am—amwmmmmm mamma mammmr mamaaaaam mmmmsmaT asmt ^aaaaaaaaaaaamaaaaam _ Totafcita ___W_ •eyWvohtol tostedssas %% j aM net tar partnsn la vofamsser- •*** pertOnfatnoea aa school volunteers trvouohout by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter City officials plan to get together this week to take a bite out of dog owners who don't adhere to a proposed law designed to tighten the leash on vicious dogs. City councilman Steve P'Simer said he plans meet with law director Alan Anderson, safety service director Sherrill McLoda and police chief William Hall in the hope of including "harsh" fines in a revised vicious dog law proposed by him. The law was discussed and tabled by council's ordinance committee June 1 until fines are agreed on and Anderson can write an ordinance including P'Simer's suggested changes. Under it, rottweilers, chow chows, akitas and dogs with a wolf hybrid would be added to a list of dogs that are considered to be vicious. Among them are various breeds of pit bull terriers. The tough new ordinance would require the owners of these dogs to place them on a chain link leash or tether not longer than six feet and capable of retaining at least 300 pounds. It also would requLc their owners to register them with the Amherst police department and keep them muzzled whenever they are outside their chain link dog pen. They would have to be controlled by people who are at least 18 years old. P'Simer changes are based on two months of research, including a tough new vicious dog ordinance enacted by Cleveland city council earlier this year. Based on P'Simer's research, Anderson said he sees no problem with including specific breeds of dogs, such as rottweilers, in the ordinance while excluding others that are not regarded as vicious by national experts. In a letter to fellow council members, P'Simer said a "better mechanism" is needed to enforce the city's current ordinance. "I feel a much-needed change and a positive pro-active approach would be to require residents who own a vicious dog to register such an animal with the police department," he said. Chief Hall called the proposal "a good idea." On registering them, owners would have to show proof they have $100,000 in insurance to cover any attacks by their dogs. The present insurenoe requirement is $50,000. He said registration is "essential" because the city and residents, especially those with children, need to know where vicious dogs are located throughout the city for safety All dogs are licensed through the Lorain County Auditor's Office. Al- though k taa ao record of pit bells in AaBhent. FStar said he has testaem siIsart 12, possibly 15, with* tha city. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-06-17|
|Date of Original||17-JUN-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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