Amherst News-Times, 2000-07-05
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. 4 Do lock boxes violate rights? — Page 2 Dirt road isn't enough — Pa< Amherst News-Tim •— oo —' l_| sjioq .y) r J! S x> o X» i—< r J rn » •S 2000 Amherst, Ohio a Weekend of fun awaits Jamboree crov Northeastern Ohio's most beloved weatherman, Dick Goddard will be this year's Grand Marshall at the 27th annual Old Time Jamboree parade on Sunday, July 9, starting at 1 p.m. Amherst Historical Society executive director Scott Kodger says this year's Jamboree will be bigger and better than ever, with more than 30 sponsors, a Chinese raffle, many new vendors, games and entertainment acts. The big entertainment feature this year will be the oldies band. Eddie and the Edsels performing on Saturday, July 8 bom 12:30-2:30. Bill "Eddie" Morris and his two younger brothers have performed throughout northeastern Ohio and even appeared as the house band on the 1970s national television show, "The Upbeat Show." Billy and his brother Danny have been performing together for over 20 years. Billy plays trumpet and guitar while Danny plays keyboards and bass; youngest brother Tristan adds drums and percussion with Nancy Stas on tambourine and saxophone. All four members of the quartet lend their vocal talents to the group, allowing fans to rock to the tunes of such greats as "All My Lovin," "Band of Gold." "Beer Barrel Polka," "Bom to be Wild," "Cool Jerk," "Dancin* in the Street," and "Twistin' the Night Away" to name a few of the more than 300 songs the band covers. Also performing this year will be the 1960s and 1970s classic rock band Skinner Boxx on Friday July 7 at 6:15 immediately following the 6 p.m. opening Ceremonies. Rudy and the Illusions will perform new and old country music on Friday night at 7 pjn. Disco Dynamite with LaFreeda Boogy will be on at 6:30 on Saturday night followed by Kid Wicked playing 1980s and 90s rock. The Amherst Community Choristers will be performing "Encore- Millenium Review" from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The music takes a stroll back in time with the Great Lakes Dixieland Band playing country and folk music on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. to wrap up the festival. Saturday's events consist of a tractor pull that will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m., a watermelon-eating contest from 3:30-4 p.m., and a pizza-eating contest from 5-5:30 p.m. There will be a pelting zoo consisting of local pets and a pet parade in which veterinarian Mark Gigliotti will be judging the beauty contest for pets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also new this year is the Penton Farm Market/WOBL sponsored "catapult" from which a watermelon throwing contest will take place. Dave's Games of Sandusky will be providing carnival games including a new Powerman as well as ring toss, and the like and Captain Fun Amusements of Grafton will be providing rides including a new ride to the Jamboree this year Scooby-Doo for the kids. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their handiworks and Amherst artist Neal Jenne will be creating his pen and ink masterpieces at the historical society's •booth. Souvenir mugs, polo shirts, t- shirts, trivets and teapots as well as prints featuring Jenne's work will be sold by the historical society featuring the Quigley House, the first in a series of items that will feature each of the society's protected buildings. The Amhen £ iety will a so be . „ ese Raffle this year whac $5 will buy five tickets, of which each can be placed ;nto a box of your choice depending, on which ,irize you are hoping to win. Gift baskets of beauty products, gift certificates for local restaurants, health club memberships, floral centerpieces and more will be raffled. One b\% enticement to enter the raffle > ould be a chance to win a free fib at Dad's Gas Station or the complete auto detailing package from Ed Mullinax. There will be numerous door prizes and a special raffle "Second CONTINUED on page 7 Residents say they're awash in water woes by VICKIE HAUFF News-Tribune correspondent Water problems on the west side of town brought about 20 audience members to the June 26 city council meeting. For more than an hour the heated discussion of flooding on Crosse Road and Milan Avenue went back and forth between residents and city .officials. Norman Miller of 275 Crosse Rd presented council with large display maps and photographic collages representing his flooding problem. Miller said he has asked his council ward representative Terrence Traster to witness his problem during the last flooding episode he "This has been going on for five years, this is not a new problem," Miller said MiHer said his flooding problem is the result of the runoff of storm water from North Ridge Road which has no storm sewers, causing the water to flow across Crosse Road, through property owners' yards and even into their basements. This, combined with a blocked ditch that is located in the back of Resident Norm Miller shows council and the city administration some of the problems he has to deal with concerning flooding on his property. Flooding takes its toll on Miller's property and he wants the city to get to the bottom of the trouble. property on North Ridge Road and where Crosse Road residents' septic tanks flow, causes gray water to fill basements and yards. Miller said his basement floods due to water rising above his base ment Mock, and seeps in between the block and his house. Before deciding to come to coun cil. Miller checked lo make sure that his own drainage was working properly, the sump-pump was working, and assessed many possibilities before deciding it was a problem he CONTINUED on page 3 City opts to accept land donation/offer City council voted unanimously last week to purchase three lots in the downtown area from Milad Abraham at a coat of $285,439. In exchange, Abraham will donate two parcels of land, valued at $264/198. Tbe 7-0 vote came after a discussion regarding the former discrepancies of the purchase, including price and appraisal value. It was decided that this ordinance be passed oe emergency lo ensure the city can lock in a deal with Abraham and get tbe project underway, after three yean since first looking into this purchase. Mayor John Higgins answered questions regarding the discrepancies, stating that Abraham's asking price was higher than the city's appraisal of the property and that the purchase agreement was contingent upon an Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) study and Abraham remedying any problems the EPA finds. Formerly, it was reported in the News-Times that Abraham was asking mare than 10 percent of the original appraised value and the city could not pay thai amount. A new appraisal was conducted and council Approved the purchase conducive to the agreement that Phase I and if needed Phase fl of the EPA's findings will be met Phase I is an environmental study conducted to see if any dangerous chemicals or devices remain oo die wvperty, in this case two large Aid holding tanks were found under the ground where a service station once atood. Abraham agreed to have the ing in the ground, then Phase II must be put into effect Phase II is another environmental study which is more precise in detail regarding such hazardous materials. In 1996, the city forced Abraham to demolish the three abandoned buildings which were dilapidated and in a state of disrepair on the property. Besides a service station, there were also a house and a car dealership on the property. Since then the land has been sitting vacant, Higgins believed purchasing the property for the city would make a great improvement to the parking situation in the downtown area and hopes it will attract a few more retail shops. This could be the catalyst for the downtown revitalization program," Higgins said. "More parking would really help the Main Street Project," According to a study conducted by registered surveyor and engineer, Charles P. Waryu of Lorain, the proposed parking lot could mean an additional 156 parking spaces with room for additional retail businesses on Park Ave. and Church SL Although it will not directly affect some of the businesses on the western point of downtown, indirectly it will free up space in front of storefronts in that area which will mean convenience for patrons of those businesses. Tbe Main Street Project is designed to bring business back lo the downtown area and revitalize the city as a whole and with tbe new parking space and possible addition of new retail businesses, Amherst is sure to see an increase in downtown County doesn't like sewer deal by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Timee editor The city has moved one step closer to annexing the property surrounding the "sewer lo nowhere" that was built in Amherst Township four years ago But the city's insistence that the sewer link include the annexation of about 595 acres of property from Amherst Township isn't sitting well with county commissioners. City council last week approved on first reading a resolution indicating it is the intent of the city to accept the RL 58 sanitary sewer into the city's wastewater system, pending annexation of the property. The sewer has not been operational since it was constructed in 1996, after a glitch developed between the county and the city of Lorain. The county assumed Lorain officials had agreed to accept connection of the sewer system; since then, the county has been trying to figure out how to connect the system. Amherst officials see the sewer line as a way to boost the city's tax base through annexation. Mayor John Higgins said the annexation of nearly 600 acres of township land into the city could generate much- needed tax dollars, that will conversely help the city make repairs to its wastewater treatment system. Without the additional tax revenue, Amherst would not be able to accomodate the CONTINUED on page 3 *eve been made te mat project there is say to suspect The five lots total -bout 13 between Park and Tenney with two of the lots with frontage Church Street S.Amherst woman rolls van in crash A South Amherst woman escaped serious injury when her minivan flipped over in an accident on Oberlin Road in New Russia Township last week. According to state highway patrol dispatcher Mary Peskar, Jill Sittin- ger of South Amherst was traveling northbound on Monday, June 26, on Oberlin Road near Butternut Ridge Road when she was struck by a sta- tionwagon driven by Janet Dyles of Oberlin. Peskar said Dyles was .southbound on Oberlin Road, aiming led onto Butternut Ridge Road and into SUtinger's vehicle. The impact faced Sittuiger off the roadway, where she drove onto a utility pole support wire, turning the minivan onto its passenger side. Oberlin firefighters were summoned lo the scene as a precaution. Sittinger was reported te have possible injuries, but she did not re- ;y medical service at tana treated. Dyles was cited for failure to A Nghway patrol Hooper .nvestig-tee an accident lent Monday ttmkm tha minivan at Wl onU mm. Than warn no aertous injuria* reported. I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-07-05|
|Date of Original||05-JUL-2000|
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