Amherst News-Times, 1997-05-14
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Women in hot water over men — Page 16 Nord winners announced — P Amherst News-Time i O 'JO X r OS H C V O 3 ■ (/) r— (j-t 3 -I O o ] Wednesday, May 14, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Voters give bond issue big thumbs dc I \ by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter School officials think ihc pending layoffs at the Lorain Ford assembly plant and misinformation about the Amherst schools were among the factors contributing to last week's defeat of a 3.954 mill school bond issue. "I don't think it was any one thing. It was a combination of several that we'll have to work to overcome," school superintendent Howard Dulmage said. "We knew we had a very difficult campaign on our hands." By an unofficial vote of 3,002 to 1,632, voters turned down efforts to raise $16.7 million needed to eliminate overcrowding. The money would have paid for construction of 40 additional classrooms, labs, cafeterias and several renovations. Dulmage said at least four things contributed to the defeat: • The anticipated end to auto assembly at the Lorain plant The layoff of more than 1,000 Ford em- Republican Dunn is winner in race for auditor's job in primary election by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter As the winner in the only contested primary race in Amherst, Republican John Dunn will probably be appointed to serve as interim auditor until the general election in November. According to Marilyn Jacobcik, director of the board of elections, the unofficial tally for the auditor's race was 409 votes for Dunn and 354 for his opponent, Michael Nolle. Because former auditor Jim Gammons resigned from office last month, under statutory law, the party to which he was affiliated is responsible for appointing the interim auditor. The appointment will take place after the official results are recorded later this month, and Jacobcik said "it would seem likely that the Republican parly will choose him (Dunn)" to serve in that capacity. Deputy auditor Cathy Pufnock has been handling ihc auditor's duties in the meantime, but is not eligible to run for the position because she docs not live in Amherst. "Even if I lived in town I probably would not run for it because I need a full- time job and the auditor is only part- time," she said. Pufnock added that the auditor's position requires no accounting background, although it would be preferable. She said the majority of the administrative work and budgeting is done by her and budgetary clerk Donna Rumplcr, and that the auditor acts as more of "a figurehead," meeting with city officials, attending city council meetings and making recommendations. Dunn, 51, is a seven-year Amherst resident who is a product availablity manager for Pepsi-Cola and has been there 30 years. He lives with his wife Maria, and they CONTINUED on page 3 City could save cash by housing prisoners in own five-day facility by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter When voters approved the construction of the new police and jail facility, they were told it could be used to house prisoners for up to five-day periods. The facility recently became licensed to do that, and now the city is seriously considering the possibility. At a May 5 police and fire committee meeting, law director Alan Anderson told members of council that he had received a notification from city prosecutor Steve List, indicating it is time to prepare the jail to house prisoners in the manner for which it was intended. "We need to have corrections officers for the jail," Anderson said, adding that it would be more cost- effective for the city than paying for prisoners to be housed at the Lorain County Jail. Currently, when a person convicted of a crime in Amherst is sent ployces, some Amherst school district residents, may have made people fear the financial impact of the shutdown, Dulmage said. To makes matters worse, rumors have been circulating about the possible shut down of the Ford Econo- line van assembly at the same plant "Nobody really knows how things like this are going to influ ence the local economy and peoples' votes," he added. • Misunderstanding about the March 24 Ohio Supreme Court ruling on inadequate funding of schools by the state. Although the Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to develop a new funding method by next spring, legislators have said it could ii take more than a year. They have said property taxes are not likely to be greatly changed. Regardless of information provided by campaign supporters and the news media, Dulmage said too many voters have the impression property taxes will no longer fund CONTINUED on page 3 to the Lorain County facility to serve time for a minor offense, the city must pay a $35 per diem charge to the county. If that same prisoner served a sentence in the Amherst facility, the city could save money, according to police chief William Hall. "We have four men's cells, two women's cells, two holding cells and one detox cell," Hall said. "Right now we are just using them as holding facilities and are not using them for the purposed they were designed." As a holding cell, prisoners can be kept no longer than eight hours. Hall said that money can be saved by keeping prisoners in Amherst because they could be required to reimburse the city for the expense of holding them there, rather than paying out money to Lorain county. It is estimated that required reimbursement for time spent in the Amherst jail would be from $40-45 per day. List said one of the problems with CONTINUED on page 16 Rendering a decision Kids at St. Joseph's also went to the polls last week. Student council elections were held for the upcominq school year and stu dents made their choices during lunch times in the school cafeteria, following speeches, slogans and voter registration. Girls heed mom's advice to help out Who says kids today don't listen to their mothers? Lora Sanchez, a Shupe Middle School sixth grader not only listened to her mother's suggestion to do something nice for others, she took it upon herself to gather a few friends and raise money to be given to the Red Cross. The money is to be used to aid flood victims from Ohio. On May 2, Lora and classmates Danielle Hosiewicz, Jenny Saladin and Nicole Vaught presented a check for $240 to Clarence Wills, director of the Lorain County chapter of the American Red Cross. In gratitude, Wills presented the girls with a certificate for their generosity and their caring attitudes. Lora's mother, Mousha Sanchez, had been talking to her several weeks earlier about how not enough was being done locally for the flood victims, and suggested the idea of raising some money to help them out. Rather than scoffing at the idea, Lora immediately garnered the support of her friends, and Clarence Wills, director of the Lorain County Chapter of the Red Cross, gives a plaque of appreciation to Lora Sanchez, Jenny Saladin, Danielle Losiewicz and Nicole Vaught tor their efforts in raising $240 dollars for the flood victims in southern Ohio. they approached sixth grade teacher Holly Schneider with the idea. After receiving approval from principal Steve Demko and the lunch aides, the girls went to work, collecting money from fifth and sixth graders during their lunch breaks. The girls stayed after school on several occasions to count the money and received a strong show of support from the other Shupe students. Lora and her friends enjoyed the donation ceremony and seemed touched and proud to receive the acknowledgement of their altruism. And the adults in attendance seemed pretty proud as well. Quarry zapped for time in AMP-Ohio contract by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The Cleveland Quarries will have to put off indefinitely digging for a cheaper source of power through the city of Amherst and AMP-Ohio, after the second of two proposed ordinances was killed at a finance com mittee meeting on May 5. Quarries management, who currently negotiate its power needs directly with Ohio Edison, was hoping to gel the AMP-Ohio/Amherst contract ratified in time to make the switch this July, thereby enabling it to save on power costs. Superintendent of city utilities Don Woodings said that the plan had been for AMP-Ohio to finance a transmission line to the quarries, and then have the city of Amherst buy it back, selling the power to the quarries at a better rate than they currently receive, while bringing in extra income for the city. But because the July 1 deadline for the quarries to disconnect from Ohio Edison is rapidly approaching, Woodings told mayor John Higgins that the project is not feasible at this time. "1 have to look out for the best interests of the city," said Woodings. "In this case, we would not have made as much money as we originally thought, and the project would have had to have been rushed. When you rush something, it just doesn't get done right." The measure killed at the May 5 committee meeting was the second of two ordinances necessary for the agreement to take place. The first ordinance (that was ki'.led about a month ago) was an agreement between the city and the quarries, while the measure killed last week was between the city and AMP-Ohio. "I told them in January that a year from this July would be better," said Woodings. who added that quarries management wanted to push the project along anyway. "But the load wasn't there and the. time frame wasn't there, so we had to back out." Although he is not making any guarantees, Woodings said it is conceivable that new ordinances could be drafted to enable a similar arrangement to lake place in 1998. * 1 iui» !■««,» minim
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-05-14|
|Date of Original||14-MAY-1997|
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