Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-15
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New pastor settles at Old Stone — Page 5 I Rini puts money in soccer — Page 11 imherst News-Times July 15, 1998 i < imissioners Amherst, Ohio 50 cents ( for Rt. 58 L....pike exit to be underway by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Area developers, businessmen and the Lorain County commissioners are hoping the Ohio Turnpike Commission will decide to end a five-year delay in building a turnpike interchange on Rt 58 at its July 20 meeting. In the commission's hands will be a letter from the county commissioners echoing a motion adopted by them July 9. It supports construction of the interchange "without further delay." In adopting the motion, the commissioners may have pulled die rails out from under plans by the Lake Shore Railroad Association to build a portion of an historic railroad in the same area. Commissioners president Michael Ross said that decision rests with turnpike officials, although he favors any effort that would allow the interchange to "move forward immediately" regardless of the railroad's plans. Ross said he initially wanted the interchange and railroad to "coexist" but has since changed his mind because of the delays it has caused. "We've given this our best shot and now we have to look at getting this turnpike exchange moving forward," he added. At issue is an abandoned railroad underpass built beneath the turnpike about 1,000 feet east of Rl 58. Turnpike officials originally wanted to use it as part of the interchange until the railroad group received the support of governor George Voinovich. Shortly afterward, turnpike officials agreed to a more expensive interchange plan if the railroad would pay for a redesign costing about $1.8 million. Commissioner Mary Jo Vasi referred to use of the underpass as "Plan A" and a more expensive redesigned interchange as "Plan B." The railroad is having financial difficulties despite a loan for that amount from the Ohio Rail Development Authority. It reportedly has a $480,000 shortfall. CONTINUED on page 6 Doggone it; he won't let city, ■-- new ordinance control his life by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter You might say Ronald Westmoreland was doggedly upset about possible changes to the city's vicious dog ordinance when he stepped before city council's ordinance committee June' 6. Not only did he criticize the proposed changes, but councilman Steve P'Simer, the chief proponent of them, most of city council, city officials, and the entire police department as well. He called most council members "stupid" and inferred that most council members had failed to read the current ordinance. It's entirely satisfactory and doesn't need to be changed, according to Westmoreland. During the meeting, Westmoreland said council should be devoting money and time to more important city needs, including what he said is inadequate ambulance service and insufficient fire hydrants. That led to a heated discussion between him and councilman David Kukucka over the response time of city ambulances. It finally ended when chairman Ed Cowger banged his gavel to bring the discussion back to order. The mayor told council he had previously spoken with Westmoreland about die ongoing effort to update the vicious dog law. Mayor John Higgins said Westmoreland allegedly called the police department "a bunch of donut eating cops" and had called council members "stupid." Westmoreland admitted making the comments, which drew an angry response from Higgins, P'Simer, and several council members. The reason we have these meetings is so everybody can have respectable input, not to come up here CONTINUED on page 2 City must sell its part of Hill's store stocks Until two weeks, ago, the city was unaware it was a small player ia die stock market because it held interest in Hill's Department Stores. Employees in the city auditor's office discovered stock worth more than $776 that they must get rid of ia order to comply wilh state law. The 99 shares of stock ware given to the city several years ago by Hill's. Because state law. prohibits the eity from owning stock, auditor Diane Eswine told city council's finance committee July 6 it must be sold. Initially, employees found 44 shares of preferred stock and SS shares of common stock tocked in a safe -tout two weeks ago. > Since then. Eswine has contacted the Hill's corporate controller aad learned the city owns at least a half dozen additional shares, bringing the city's unknown investment to more than 100 shares. The stock apparently was given to the city in 1993 by Hill's in lieu of paying fees for some kind of water and sewer improvements made by the store. According to a letter found with the stock, the department store was in bankruptcy during that tee. Former city auditor Jim Gammons apparendy accepted the stock certificates aot raaliziag it was illegal for the city to hold slock, ac- r nritiag to —yor Joha Htggins. With the approval of city coun- cU. Eswine said the more than $776 will be paid into the water and .— -f- V ' r>**~ i ' m* . • At top, Judy Stacey purchsss* a raff It torn Fire Departments "big" dafcnatian pas ket from VivinnoBl^ol the Aii-slaratH*- ••• tha crowd in an aerial laddtr track baaks ticket torlcal Society during opening hows ot ths *#_% ths Jamboree parade. Mow. cMdren Olde Tims Jamborss. Slacey. femwrty. Judy wait to scramble to pick up sandy thrown m^mmmTmmmmmVmm^ "^ ^'" whscs for many yss/s. In ths fnddw, ths i They tied the knot at annual Jamboree by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter You might say Jerry and Michelle Windgard took the place of a band July 10 when they were married by mayor John Higgins. They enchanged vows atop the bandstand in front of city hall minutes after the official start of Amherst's Olde Time Jamboree at 6 p.m. The mayor said he has married couples on the bandstand before, but not during the Jamboree. In that respect, it was a unique and different way to start the annual festivities. The Windgaids had decided on July 10 as their wedding date several weeks ago and knew they wanted a simple wedding officiated by the mayor. It was she, the former Michelle Migra, who called city hall when Jamboree director Eric Long just happened to be present. He suggested the Jamboree wedding. They thought it over and agreed. The rest is history. "We just figured it would be something different," Jerry Windgard said. "We might not get a chance to do something like this again, so figured we'd take it." Their road to matrimony began ia the spring of 1995 at an Avon Lake car show. It was instant attraction for her, but not him. Both drive Ford Mustangs, so she thought a good way of getting to know her husband would be to drop a subtle hint for him to put stripes on her's. "Either he was oblivious to everything or he couldn't take hints very well," she explained. But she did leam where he lived in Lorain — at least the general area. So for the next two years, she drove around the Lorain Catholic High School neighborhood hoping to see him. Occasionally, she peaked in a few garages here and there but failed to spot him or his Mustang. Then fate smiled on her. She was driving along Cooper Foster Park Road one day and she saw him drive by and her heart began to go thumpety thump. "I was like thinking, 'Oh my God, Oh my God. There HE is." She turned around and followed him. She kept honking and waving at him until he stopped. Alas, it was little more than a brief meeting with and sighting of her dream man. She kept thinking and talking about him even though friends didn't see him and began wondering if he was a product of her imagination. Her answer was to keep a throwaway camera in her car just in case of a chance encounter. Luckily, she happened to see and talk to him at an area drag stare a few days later. Bat one thing tod to another. Then, aftor two yean of looking and hoping — bingo, they went out for the first time after amber encounter at aa area restaurant. She waaiM to take aim for a ride in her hot Iftling. de oae she occMtanaBy likes to run at a Norwadt drag •rip. l^^W IHRp-Hr mWw \a*m\^Jkr m 9 a T mmamaa. r m*. 7"? ,:■■.> . • • . • ., .■- • SA- uv\*m*Wma\mam., W*«v- _W_ ; HH
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-15|
|Date of Original||15-JUL-1998|
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