Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-17
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\h" ■ <"*",# . a. »> _ . ■ ■ at. » ...,,, #» « I ^■"■■■■■■■■■■"■"■'■■■■■■■■■■■■eaaBSBBaBBBBSBB^BBBBBBBBBBBBaBsaBBBBBBBB^ Pro athlete delivers message — Page 2 Jews for Jesus visit church — P OCX c y o 3 00 < X i Amherst News-Tim< Wednesday. March 17. 1999 Amherst. Ohio o X Sewer connection would require annexatic by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The cost of tying Amherst Township's sewer to nowhere into Amherst's sewer system will be annexation plus at least $2.8 million. Mayor John Higgins made it clear to the Lorain County commissioners at a meeting last Thursday that annexation of at least part of the sewer land is a must before a connection can be made. The mayor, county engineer Ken Carney and county sanitary engineer Fted Nelson where among those who spoke to the commissioners about the possibility of a connection. Following the discussion, the mayor said the city is not willing to allow the connection unless it has a Who gets revenues from city land sale? Mayor John Higgins is seeking an opinion trom the city's legal bond counsel about the use of $272,000 raised from the sale of two pieces of city property. The mayor wants to use the money to help pay the remaining $300,000 the city owes for the development of the proposed 60-acre West Side Park between North Lake and North Main streets. The opinion is being sought from Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, a Cleveland law firm with which the city ftequendy does business. Law director Alan Anderson has previously stated he thinks the money should be placed in water revenue funds because money originally used to purchase the properties came from those accounts.. At question is money acquired by the sale of city-owned land on West Erie Avenue in Lorain and property at HI Park Avenue, the location of an old water department storage garage. The lakefront property was sold to Scott Sprenger, of the Sprenger retirement centers, for $251,000. The city purchased it about 50 years ago as the site for a possible water treatment plant, but never used the land. The Park Avenue property, which ' CONTINUED on page 3 Reconciliation urged on JEDD President of the county commissioners, Betty Blair has suggested city and Amherst Township officials try to salvage plans for a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) abandoned more than a year ago. Her recommendation came at a March 11 commissioners meeting while discussing the possibility of connecting the township's "sewer to nowhere" to the Amherst wastewater treatment plant Commissioner Mary Jo Vasi questioned if annexation would occur should the county's sewer to nowhere be tied into Amherst's sewer system. Annexation of some of the property along the sewer's route would likely occur to help defray the cost of upgrading Amherst's sewer system. How much has not been determined, according to mayor John Higgins. The sewer runs along por tions of routes 58 and 113, and part of Middle Ridge Road east of the city limits. If this were to happen, Vasi said she would prefer something similar to the JEDD be developed. That prompted differing explana- CONTINUED on page 2 source of revenue to help pay for future upgrades of its sewage treatment plant. That revenue would come from future sewer tap-ins, utility payments and taxable income from businesses or residents build ing in the annexed area, he explained. How much land might be annexed and where won't be determined until an all-compassing study of the Amherst proposal and three other treatment possibilities can be done. Before that can begin, the commissioners asked Carney to find how much the study will cost. His answer is expected this week. The $3.5 million sewer was con structed about two years ago along parts of routes 113 and 58, and Middle Ridge Road to enhance development in connection with the planned turnpike interchange on to Rt. 58. It remains unused because of Watch your feet Physical education teacher Audrey Huber helps students at Harris Elementary School learn the fundamentals of square dancing. * Lorain's refusal to allow a connection to its sewers. Higgins said he doubts if the whole sewer route will be annexed. The most likely area would be Rt 58 between the city limits and the turnpike. It would include small parts of Middle Ridge Road east and west of RL 58. Commissioners Betty Blair and Mary Jo Vasi indicated they would like to avoid annexation if possible. Blair suggested the city and Amherst Township officials reconsider plans for a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD). Under it, both the city and township would receive different tax benefits and annexation would not be necessary. A JEDD was aban- CONTINUED on page 2 City nets thousands from late taxpayers Delinquent taxpayers beware: pay your income taxes or pay them in addition to Tines levied by Oberlin Municipal Court So far, the city has netted about $5,700 in Tines from residents who have failed to pay their 1997 income taxes and is going after several other delinquent taxpayers. City treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz and law director Alan Anderson made the announcement during their administrative reports at the Match 8 city council meeting. The treasurer said it is the tint time she can recall residents being taken to court for failing to pay their taxes and it won't be the last "1 think it's probably a sign of the times,'' she added. "We've never had any of our residents get so seriously delinquent, but we do mean business and the judge (Martin Heberling) means business." "it's not something I like to do, but it most certainly is something that I have taken an oath of office to do," Litkovitz added. All residents must file even though employers withhold income taxes and pay them to the city, Anderson noted. Litkovitz said several other residents are scheduled to be taken to court in the near future for failing to pay their taxes prior to 1998. No representation? No problem for man with suits by QLEN MILLER Newa-Tirnea reporter ' George Koleno doesn't think the seven lawsuits he's filed against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and several county officials since 1996 are nuisance lawsuits. Those he has sued feel otherwise. The 77-year-old Amhent man says he's just exercising his constitutional right to seek legal redress for alleged medical malpnctice by the Cleve- tad Clinic FoutrJaoon and one of its doctors. He's filed two suits against the hospital, one in 1996 and soother mis yesr. Along the way. he's also filed t total of five otter Lorain County Pleas Court judge Oratory WW* clerk of courts Donald Armed with legal advice books from the Amherst Public Library, Koleno is acting as his own attorney because he claims several attorneys have declined to take the case for various reasons. Koleno says most feel they either cannot win the case or are unwilling to take on county officials. He has no choice, he adds, because be fears the statute of limitations will expire before he can find someone with the legal "guts" to take the case. He claims the clinic staff, under the direction of a doctor named Lester Borden, illegally and improperly did a spinal tap on him that has left him with pennanent nerve damage and the inability to work. In 1997. te filed suit against Zaleski for dismissing his ease against the clinic. Th* auk was dismissed by judge Kosms Otovas because of judicial immunity and Koleno's failure to appeal Zaleslri's decision to dismiss the malpractice suit A second suit making similar allegations against Zaleski was dismissed in 1998 by Glavas. A former Moen, Inc. employee, he is seeking $10 million in damages front Glavas for improperly dismissing his suit against Zaleski. Tte two suits filed this year allege White violated Koleno's ccitstitutional rights and obstructed justice in his suit against Zaleski. He also claims Redigery was involved in tte improper dismissal of the 1996 malpractice suit against Borden and the CcWc. Both cases have teas dis- urissed, tte former by Zaleski sad lauer by Glaum -I think they're all In ce- "ha The risjon ef -Tying ^ 3e*-tnade attorney George Koleno reads In We COH1MJID ea pesje I on# ^ ^ ^ g^f^jp fee* he hag need Founs) . ..iiMJiijiii;;. 'up ii wiijiimsh.' ;\i n r 11" mii./ i ..ii -a* the Clt*Mey« C.t*o ;
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-03-17|
|Date of Original||17-MAR-1999|
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