Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-30
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Lease signed for Post Office — Page 3 Pump station gets lift — Page 10 Amherst News-Time <~> •- O O i r~ 00 m m cr en o o 3 I ■ < X H c m m ■7"; Wednesday, April 30, 1997 Primary 1997 Bond issue would help relieve crowded situation by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Amhersl area residents will decide whether to solve the anticipated "space jam" in the Amherst Schools when they go to the polls on Tuesday. At question is whether property owners arc willing to help finance a $16.7 million renovation and expansion project to add more than 40 classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and other facilities needed by its five schools. The only alternative will be lo institute half-day classes in the school district, a solution superintendent Howard Dulmage wants to avoid. Morning sessions would begin at 6:30 a.m. and dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Afternoon classes would begin shortly after 12:30 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. 'That would affect academic performance," he said. "We've consistently lead the county in proficiency test scores That's a good indication of quality of education they (students) receive. Half-day sessions would hurt this." Amherst recently was named one of Ohio's 26 high performing school districts. Both Dulmage and assistant superintendent of schools Timothy Logar said they view the bond issue as an investment in the growth of the Amherst area and the education of students. "This is not too much to ask if you arc interested in the advancement of our kids," Logar added. Based on projections by the Lorain County auditor's office, the 3.954 mill bond issue — Issue 14 on the ballot, will cost homeowners with a $70,000 home $84.76 yearly. Those wilh $100,000 homes will pay $121.09 annually and those with $120,000 homes will pay $181.64 a year. The unprecedented residential growth within the school district has brought about the "space jam" in the schools, the theme of the campaign. Enrollment in the school district has increased by more than 500 students in the last five years and projected to continue to grow by at least 100 or more students yearly. The school district now has about 3,700 students but was built for no more than about 3,500. If new home construction in the school district continues as projected, there will be around 4,200 school children enrolled by 2001. ln some schools, storage rooms arc being used as small classrooms or offices. Mobile classrooms have been installed at Nord Junior High School, Shupe Middle School and Harris Elementary School. Buying more mobile classrooms CONTINUED from page 2 Republicans vie for right to run in fall auditor race Michael Nolte There will be some familiar faces from the political scene as well as a few newcomers on the May 6 primary ballot on Tuesday. There is only one contested race in the primary between Republicans John Dunn and Michael Nolte, who are competing for the right to represent their party in the November auditor's race. No Democrats will appear on Tuesday's balloL Candidates for city offices who have filed petitions with the Board of Elections include the following: • Auditor: Republicans John Dunn and Michael Nolte; Democrat Diane Eswine and Independent candidate Darlene Klingenmeier. • Treasurer: Republican James Klaibcr and Democrat Kathleen Litkovitz. • City council president: Democrat Wayne Whyte. • Council at large (three): Republican Dann Swift and Democrats David Kukucka, John Dietrich and Nancy Brown. • First Ward: Republican Robert Sisler. Darlene Klingenmeier • Second Ward: Democrat Edwin Cowger. • Third Ward: Democrat James P'Simer and Independent David Rice. • Fourth Ward: Democrat John Mishak. Candidate profiles, from those candidate who provided information, follow: Republican candidate Michael Nolte, 162 Woodhill Drive, has not made any prior trips to the ballot as a candidate. A 17-year resident of Amherst, he and his wife, Maria, have a daughter, Laura. A graduate of Bluffton College and the Graduate School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Nolte has been involved in public finance for 17 years. He has served as a city finance director for the last nine years. Prior to that, he was assistant vice president of Lorain County Bank for five and a half years and a bank examiner for the US Treasury Depart- CONTINUED on page 3 Amherst, Ohio (A 3 H 3> O ■33 t> H < O o n Slime time Students in Jane Wagner's science club at St. Joseph's School celebrated Earth Day last week by learning about Ihe habits and benefits of earthworms. Wagner was assisted by parent-helper Christine Byrne, as children from grades one through four oohed, ahhhed and yukked through the session. Crumbling town hall may be fixed by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Vowing to do whatever it takes to kc*p city halt*from succumbing to the ravages of old age, city council has begun an in-depth effort to facilitate renovations on the building. "I'm not trying lo be brash with city council, but you better consider fixing this building up — or moving out," mayor John Higgins told council members during an April 21 building and lands committee meeting. Total costs for restoring the historical landmark are estimated to run al least $500,000, according to Higgins. *" The mayor said lhal portions of city hall are showing serious signs of decay and issues of safely have been raised by office workers — who arc concerned about the possibility of falling beams or a collapsed ceiling. Additionally, the building suffers from bad wiring, poor ventilation, rolling beams, a leaky roof and a heating system that barely works, according to the mayor. Details of ihe repairs and renovations needed were outlined by Higgins at the committee meeting for the first two stages of renovations. "Construction Resources has completed their inspection of the exterior and has recommended a number of repairs," he said. The recommendations include: • Bell Tower, masonry, ledges, stone and chimney repairs — $119,000 • Plumbing and wiring — $100^)00 • Replacing exterior shingles, including (he removal of old asbestos — $80,000 • Aluminum frame windows throughout — $75,000 (for wood frames, an additional $75,000 would CONTINUED on page 2 Habitat gets plenty of human help The small animal habitat at Powers Elementary School is ready to take on spring — and a few additional residents. A second grader has donated a handmade birdfeedcr and his classmate has contributed enough birdseed to keep the birds chirping for a while. Second grade teacher Rcnee Vanderwyden said each class volunteers one week during the school year to take responsibility for feeding birds who visit the small animal habitat. The preserve was built in May of last year, as a way of increasing the students' awareness of nature and the environment. Vanderwyden said that eight- year-old Robert Abfall was so enthusiastic about the habitat, that he look it upon himself to make the birdfeeder to welcome his feathered friends back from their southern vacation. "The children have come up with various ways lo feed (he birds in the past, like coating pine cones with peanut butter," Vanderwyden said. "But this young man wanted to do a little something extra." Abfall constructed the birdfeeder from a recycled peanut container, Alexandra Levine and Robert Abfall prepare lunch for their many feathered friends who visit coathangers and tape, and mounted il on a tree the week before Easter — where it has provided a quick lunch spot for birds. Robert said he was inspired to make the feeder because "I thought the small animal habitat at Powers Elementary School regularly. it was a good idea," and he wanted to make sure the birds had a safe place to dine. He gave credit to his mom for assisting in the design of his projecL Another student of Vanderwy- den's, Alexandra Levine, eight, donated a 50 lb. bag of birdseed to the project. Levine won the birdseed as a CONTINUED on page 6 Cops help avert cemetery suicide By using restraint instead of deadly force, two Amherst police officers were able to thwart a suicide attempt by a man who planned on killing himself in Ridge Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, April 22. The despondent 44-year-old Vermilion man had recently left Erie County Courthouse after being sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to pay child support, and told a relative he was going to kill himself, according to chief William Hall of the Amherst Police Department. The relative notified Vermilion police, who passed the word to 'toih Amherst police and the Lorain County Sheriffs office. After hearing on the police radio that the subject may be in the area, officer Hector Rivera, who was on routine patrol, located a blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck matching the description of the subject's. Rivera called for backupwat 10:55 a.m., as he saw the subject in the cemetery, walking from the passenger side of his truck to a grassy area near several graves. "He walked about 10 to IS feet, and then just dropped on his back — almost like he had been shot," Rivera said. Officer John Balog was returning from Lorain County Jail and provided backup for Rivera as ihe man lay down on the CONTINUED on page 6 I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-30|
|Date of Original||30-APR-1997|
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