Amherst News-Times, 2001-03-21
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1 Council passes helmet law to third — Page 5 JVS teens tops in tests — Pa< Amherst News-Time .\ _ \ 4 > « p 0 t. u K r 'I li q V B fl ■8 a c vt si 4 IS if & _ n -f Wednesday, March 21, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Township to decide fate of 3 mill fire le i by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Tima. editor Residents of Amhent Township will be asked in May to approve a 3 mill fire levy to provide funds for fire protection, as well as the purchase of a pumper truck. The township trustees have appointed a Fire Safety Task Force which has been meeting weekly since Jan. 17. The group, which is disseminating information about the upcoming levy, is going to continue to meet in aider to make recommendations to the township trustees about fire and ambulance services. On Thursday, the task force is hosting a public meeting, at 7 p.m. at Shupe Middle School, to talk to residents of the township and explain all the issues behind the levy. Members of the task force Increase sought to pay for pumper include chair Howard Dulmage, secretary Neil Lynch, Ron Brotherton, Frank DeAngelis, Jim Yorks, Janice DeAngelis and Ron Yacobozzi "We've put in a heck of a lot of time trying to get this information out," Dulmage said. Amherst Township is covered by two fire service contracts, one with the city of Amherst and another with South AmhersL The Amhent city contract coven the areas of the township north of the turnpike, while South Amherst coven that area of the township south of the turnpike. The majority of the township residents live north of the turnpike and the city of Amherst last year said it could no longer subsidize the cost of fire service to the township. Negotiations between Amhent and township officials stalled at times, and the two entities nearly ended the year without a fire contract Amherst Fire Department chief Ralph Zilch said 30 percent of the department's calls the year before had been to the township, costing the city $40,000. Dulmage said in 1991, only about IS percent of the department's calls were to the township. But a population and building explosion over the last decade has increased the number of calls for fire and ambulance. Amherst and township trus tees Ron Leoni, Dennis Abraham and David Urig were able to come to an agreement on a three-year contract which was approved by the end of last year. The contract has three stipulations, Dulmage explained. The township must pay a $40,000 fee to the city, as well as a fee based on the number of calls as well purchase a fire pumper truck. The pumper truck is needed because the township has no fire hydrants and will be used to haul an adequate water supply. The truck will belong to the township but will be parked at the Amherst Fire Department, Dulmage explained. The township presently has a 1 mill permanent fire levy passed in 1991 that generates about $65,000 peryear. If the 3 mill levy is passed on May 8, the 1 mill levy would be repealed. Dulmage said the 3 mill levy would then raise about $270,000. Collection would begin in January, 2002. Dulmage said one thing the task force is hoping to get across to residents in their publicity campaign is that the township will not raise enough money from the new levy to build and staff, as well as equip, its own fire station. "A lot of people felt the township was going to go and build their own fire department and that's not true. They just can't do it on that amount of money," Dulmage explained. Dulmage said the cost of a pumper truck is estmated at about $310,000 so the township would pay about $100,000 a year for three yean. While some township residents may balk at the .bought of buying a new pumper truck for Amherst's firefighter., Dulmage said it is not such an unusual venture at all. Recendy, the residents of New Russia Township purchased a tanker truck for the Oberlin Fire Department, which provides that township with fire protection. Also, Oberlin College contributed a large sum of money toward the purchase of an aerial ladder truck to equip the department "This is not an unusual thing as part of a contract although it is unusual for us in the township," Dulmage said i 1; R K J< N Special room 'all their own' built for kids at St. Joseph ■ »Jr ♦*_«-W*t*mw~" " * wm&s* v — •- ^^^V ^ •*•-*•**--... -.—*> * , tt Warm weather ways Getting the golf clubs primed and the auto in weather activities that we found Amherstonians good running condition are just two warm engaged in recently. Now children at St Joseph School who need some individual attention can work with a tutor on lessons in the privacy of a new luxury suite, high above the school's library. \ The new classroom, which was once a storage area, debuted last week as a new tutoring space, a place where teacher aide Lois Mackert can work with kids one on one. According to St. Joseph principal John Gregory, now in his second year at the helm of the school, the space, accessed by a stairway in the library, was being used for storage. But led by a committee of parents headed by Paul Sliman, the space has been transformed into a lofty room with desks and some palatial windows which overlook the library. Last week, Mackert had a small group of youngstere in the classroom who needed some work with their math In the past one-on-one tutoring often had to be done in the hallway, which was disruptive to both students and teachers. But with the school growing in enrollment and space at a premium, there might not have been a quiet and private place, to go for tutoring. This year, the private Catholic school boasts of 405 students in grades from pre- kindergarten through eighth. The room will also be used for many other activities, Gregory explained. It is, he said, a space kids "can call their Teacher's aide Lots Mackert tutors student Ian Diet, on his math lessons hi the new classroom at St. Joseph School. own. The construction, including carpeting, the stylish windows, and ventilation, was paid for by dflnatkm* of parishioners as well as the church, led by Father Larry Martello. The renovated space is just one of many updates the school is making through the vision of a continuous improvement plan. Other activities planned for the future include renovation CONTINUED on paga 8 Adult Career Center will be center of JVS open house W^rtZTZ The Lorain County Joint Vocational School will host a carer showcase for individuals interested ia learning more about the job training programs available through the Adult Career Center. The career showcase will lake place on Monday, March 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lorain County JVS. The JVS is located oo the corner of Rts. Had 20. This eveat is designed to show interested adults how ths Adah Career Center caa help thea leers new skills, la.pw.we a_t__ttas. shtUs aad increase their employment potentiaL The following programs will be highlighted during the event »Computer business tcchno-ogy. • Cisco Network System Technology. • Health Care Profe__-onal. • Auto Mechanics. • Coc-plructioa trades. • Industrial machine dcats and instructors demonstrate the skills needed for today's workplace. Counselors will he available to discuss career opportunities, training objectives, financial aid, the GED exam aad employment Atoerefthsi will allow v__a__ss to see -** «e- Refreshments aad door prises will be a part of the career show- ahoet the eveet, call the Career r« 440-774-1091, est __M. H I ~» \****W*~0**,*lm'*.m'
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-03-21|
|Date of Original||21-MAR-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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