Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-01
|Save page Remove page||Previous||1 of 13||Next|
Loading content ...
a* i 03 < atre groups split for kids — Page 3| 'Our Town' on Workshop stage — Page 7 Vmherst News-Times I July 1 1998 Amherst. Ohio puts )mic district in waves by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter j A major change in a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) agreement between the city and Amherst Township may prove to be a stumbling block for future economic cooperation between the two governments. ! Both mayor John Higgins and township trustee Denny Abraham expressed dissatisfaction with the change because it promotes annexation by the city rather than economic cooperation w'ith the township. The revision prevents other commercially or industrially zoned land jn the township from becoming patt of the initial 60-acre district unless it is contiguous to it As approved by the township June 9, the district includes land owned by area contractor RtE. Rice between Rt 58 and Dewey Road, Ackerman Road and the Norfolk Southern rail line. The original agreement allowed any non-residentally zoned land in the township to be added to the district regardless of its location. ■ The change was supported by trustees Ron Leoni and David Urig but opposed by Abraham because it requires the addition of each noncontiguous area to be approved by township voters. -- State law requires JEDDs to be approved by township voters before they become a reality. Under the change, the township will have lo pay for issues to be placed on the ballot each time a non-contigous expansion is sought "It also defeats the whole concept of joint economic agreements and • makes annexation quicker and cheaper for a developer," Abraham added. "No developer is going to want to go through a long process . and then wait for the voters to have the final say. Once should be enough." By becoming part of the city, a potential industry would pay less fov utilities. It also would not be subject to the demands of a JEDD governing board composed of township and city officials, and representatives of the industries in the district, he added. I Higgins said the process of developing the legislation and working out other details for the initial 60-acre JEDD took seven months and two years of preliminary planning. "Maybe another mayor be willing to do this all over again, but not me." he said. "It's not fair to the taxpayers to have to do this every time because it's their money that's being spent It's a long drawn out process." The intention of the agreement was to eliminate the need for the same process if land was to.be added to the district in the future. Urig could not be reached for comment Leoni said he thought the change was proper because of concerns voiced by some township residents. Abraham, however, said the coot-ems were expressed by residents who are not part of the district and will not be adversely affected by it , Under the agreement, the city will extend water, sewer and electricity to to district, but charge SO percent forte— the same rate it now township customers, township will receive prop- I real eatate tax in addition to percent of the income tax from in the district The city 1.2S percent of Ihe income * Amherst has very little apace for iwhiatrial expansion because tha fnajority tf dty land U develop ^township has land, but not the Karoline Radosevteh, though 102 years old, enjoys working in her rose garden on a regular basis. Mother marks 102nd birthday by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter "Ood willing," Karoline Radose- victi says she'd like to be around another two years to see the start of Among her many recollections is another century, not that she hasn't the fateful trip she almost made already. across the Atlantic at the tender age " She's already passed one miKt'JaVCTS. - - - tone and, in doing ao, managed to It seems the luxury liner she and escape one of the more memorable her late aunt Katherine Nikelska She missed a tragic trip on Titanic as youngster disasters of the 20th Century. Bom in 1896 in Austria, the Amherst woman turned 102 June 17. It's not that there are not other centenarians around, but not that many in Amherst especially those who still garden, crochet and have a memory as sharp as Iter's. where supposed to sail on from England to the US. had engine problems. So its owners, the White Star Line, were ready to switch them to a new ship called the Titanic. She can't recall the other ship's name, but her daughter, Olga Franta, thinks it was the Olympia, the Titanic's smaller sister ship. Regardless, the ship's engine problems were fixed jusjjn, *jme». Otherwise, there's a vety-goooV chance she would have never gotten to the United States, let alone across the Atlantic or to Amherst Ohio. For her, the crossing was uneventful until she, her aunt and other passengers heard of the disaster after they arrived in New York. Franta saw the box office hit movie about the Titanic a few weeks ago but couldn't coax her mother to accompany her. "Oh no, no. All those many people died. I could not bare seeing that. I could have been one," Ra- dosevich said. "I was very fortunate." Besides, she has seen similar movies on TV and wasn't sure she wanted to see the tragedy on the big screen. Her aunt, who lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., was only bringing her to America for a visit She wanted to show the teenager how big and beautiful it was and the kind of opportunities it possessed for people from Europe. It didn't take much to convince her. She stayed and, by 1916, CONTINUED on page 3 Father, daughter share college years, graduation by OLEN MLLER : The whole idea benefits the township as much ta me city, bat (hUUoUttwhatca " ! CONIPKHDM "Abm- 9 News-Times raporter Like father, like daughter. That may not be the right gender match, but it accu- ■ lately reflects what Rick Williams, 48. and Ms daughter, Kris, 23. did together after a long delay, his longer than ber's. A little over a month ago, they each graduated from Kent State Univer*ity, he with a masters of education in rehabilitation countollng and she with a bachelor of science degree ta graphic arts. For Rick Williams, the trek toward completing bis master's degree look 11 years from start to finish. His daughter's academic effort look seven yean. They have a lot hi common. They ado am Marion La Steele gtaoaatoi. Ha it a ? the Otas of'69 Ae the Cam of *9l. What had started out as a summer internship in 1994 and subsequent tun*mt*r jobs at the company turned into a foil-time job when company officials saw her work. It's a great job. I had everything done but the thesis, so I didn't want to pass it up," she explained. University officials gave her three yean to finish her thesis on the use of graphics and create a portfolio of her work. It involved creating 20 greeting cards and the accompanying marketing materials. Site finished a year ahead of time and graduated May She is now in the process of copywriting her greeting cants before selling them to aaa of cai Greetings ie G luck Williams, a timet aad for different the had finished all her walk with to eacep- * ia Pan He two at me Lor- *r- ' -act Osptor ia Elyria, began Ml efforts to better ymaolf ia lW7e It .was ehea whaa he banned about a enev-iati mm aaatmm*aMmamm snarvan* aa aajswtajPSjBBi Br^seaaea being osmfod by Vent Eaat weald (awe enabled Mm io belt am a master's degree wtoV H KiiE md Rick WllilEiaiE. «*-> a a*aeiar's oat having to dig too eaapry to tw tamily sevia m punak et a mamsr-s aeatog i m »ia abrett hall a year eel a* w whaa the ootteaa cat off fee*. i ana* taeaeae of taaaaiM )*» k la»«»»a»ta»a»™aajaa»ajaast»»»taa^ La. vd-'-'■ ■-' .:7 ..■'-'■'■. i."' ?-'->■<&' 'liii^l&it: V. £< Ha couldn't fork oat the asoaey at Mi eat) eitner , Family business also kept Rick Williams nrruaitid He *amaamjmmm9 m ■t^tataaaBBtaaaaarw ^Baaaae^Ba^BJBaaa^paBaaaaaaaa *ajaa,aar she has two sons in to Amherst schools: Dylan, a ttoktor at Stosto. and Wasjey, a first it Powen EloBteaawy OOPfip^ilO m pete .t fr.-.f i . A- ';'■'■.". .'. ,-!.-Vl-.'A SO conts Cops eye offenders in blitz The Amherst Police Department wants drivers to know they are going to be giving extra attention to offenders throughout this week during a traffic blitz that started Monday. According to sergeant Dan ' Jasinski, the department is using federal dollars given to the city through a special traffic enforcement program to step up its efforts to catch violators. As many as six additional patrolpersons will be on duty during some shifts this week, Jasinski explained. They'll be concentrating on those areas which are infamous for violations: Cooper Foster Park Road, N. Main Street Cleveland Street and Rts. 2 and 58, among others. The target times will be about 3 p.m. to 3 ajn. Jasinski said those on patrol will be targeting any traffic violation from speeding, to running stopsigns and stoplights, and even seat belt violations and child safety seat violations. High accident areas will.be hardest hit Jasinski said the grant money has allowed the department to pay patrolpersons for traffic blitzes on two other occasions. During a recent Thursday night blitz, the department issued more than 40 tickets in four hours. The blitz may continue through the Fourth of July holiday weekend. And although the goal is to catch and ticket as many offenders as possible, Jasinski said he wants drivers to know the department is out and watching with additional personnel, in an effort to be fair. Parking plan's too expensive, city says by OLEN MLLER at a-aaSaaSa. ^flatTA eSkLaSa flta^aataattatta'ttB-aat* NtJWS- I Him rspOtttK Plans to build a city parking lot on N. Main Street will go back to the drawing board until the city can think of a way to pay for it The plan was put in Umbo June 22 when city council defeated an ordinance that would have given mayor John Higgins the authority to negotiate a 10-year lean for to land. If it had been approved, to city would have been able to lease enough land for 32 parking spaces from Marathon gas station owner! Walt WyviU. A 3-3 tie vote was split by council president Wayne White, who voted against to member John Dietrich waa CotmcUi Tony' ssid to lease's $120400 price tog 012000' a year) wee too ooatfy. fmi chy with I initiated the idea, f-maaa^f abOUt to MsaW ill coat It coatd coat to city to taut tmorjO over 10 yean wMto «a> cam**aa eatoatad «2 .000 la mmj* __ ft i fl' *;.\ ^!«s f-Vr.< •i j5F I •V . e:J^.:av^'X\v*c I •- % I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-01|
|Date of Original||01-JUL-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
|Rights||For rights and reproduction requests, go to the Ohio Historical Society's Audiovisual and Graphic Reproduction Services page at http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/audiovis/photodup.html; Online access is provided for research purposes only. For rights and reproduction requests or more information, go to http://www.ohiohistory.org/collections--archives/digital-collections--services/rights--reproduction|