Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-02
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She's running for your life — Page 3 Council debates buying truck — Pag Amherst News-Tim< J> Z Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Amherst, Ohio 1 ! No competition on May 8 for council see Several council and city seats are up for re-election this year. But there are no party contests in the May 8 primary. The real race will be this fall after candidates in next Tuesday's primary advance without competition from within their own parties. In the race for president of council, incumbent Democrat John Dietrich of Candy Lane, is running un opposed by a Republican candidate. Incumbent Democrat Diane Eswine, of Leavitt Road, will have a challenger this fall from Republican Michael Kent Sutton, of Ravenglass Boulevard in the race for the position of city auditor. Sutton is a member of the Amherst school board and this will be his first run at an elected city administrative position. in the race for city treasurer. Democrat incumbent Kathleen Litkovitz of Cherry Valley Drive, will advance to represent her party in the fall race, as will newcomer Daniel S. Gross, of Pyle South Amherst Road, a Republican. In the race for the three councii- at-large seats, three incumbent Democrats will automatically advance. They are Nancy Brown of Elyria Avenue, David Kukucka of Charles Avenue and David Williams of Shadylawn Drive. Only two Republicans appear on the primary ballot. They are Nicholas Brusky of Cherry Valley Drive and Barbara Kilgore of Stonchedgc Way. Both have made unsuccessful attempts at council seats in previous I elections. In the First Ward, incumbent Democrat Terrence Traster of Milan Avenue is the only candidate listed. In the Second Ward, Democrat incumbent Edwin Cowger of Middle Ridge Road will represent his party in the fall election, as will newcomer to the scene, Ronald Skolnik of Ravenglass Boulevard, IftiUJfeft reprcscntiri i party. In the Third Wara, incumbent Democrat Steve P'Simer, of Brennan Drive, will face Republican Mark Costilow of Lincoln Street. And in the Fourth Ward, incumbent Republican Jennifer Wasilk of Greenlawn Drive will this fall face former council member John Mis- hak of Sunrise Drive. Firefighters from Lorain County and neighboring cities got a chance to look at new fire safety equipment and trucks during the firefighters' annual trade show held this year at the Amherst Fire Blazing topic Department. Several companies were represented during Thursday's show including: Verizon Wireless, B&C Communications, Keystone Fire Apparatus, Inc., Spill Tek, Stonewall Uniform, Arch Paging and Kenwood Communications. Even the dogs got into the act. Who knows? Questions on bridge repair abound by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Construction woes continue to plague the Jackson Street bridge project and communication seems to be at the root of the problem. The bridge was scheduled to be completed by June 1; now a September opening is speculated. Tempers flared as council members discussed the problems surrounding the bridge during its regular meeting two weeks ago. Almost everyone had received complaints Teens jam to raise money for wigs program by YVONNE GAY from residents voicing concerns and wanting answers. 'The contractor blatantly lied to all of us," council-at-large member Nancy Brown said. "It's shameful. (We've had other bridge projects going on) and this bridge has been down the longest." Brown was referring to an April 9 council meeting with Dennis Bender of Bender Construction. Bender told council the reason work hadn't begun was because of the problems he was having with the railroad officials, and that they were not being cooperative. He told council he would be bringing his equipment to the bridge on April 12, and would start without the railroad. He also added that the railroad had been giving other builders a hard time. Bender told council he had tried contacting the railroad twice, with no success. Brown asked Bender if the city would suffer any repercussions from the railroad issue and Bender replied, "no." During a recent council meeting Brown said she has received a number of complaints from residents on CONTINUED on page 12 News-Times reporter Four bands from the Marion L. Steele High School belted out renditions of Metallica and Weezer in the name of charity last month during a Wigs for Kids benefit concert Diamonback, Blis. Rising De- scension and Simple Figure played to a crowd of 260 screaming fans and raised $350 for the Rocky River Wigs for Kids chapter. The organization offers hair replacement systems for children experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, bums or other medical conditions. Metal lockers Bill Anderson, Steven McKinney, David Sugerik, Nick Gargasz and Justin Scardini of Rising Descension organized the event. The two-year-old group recently made its mark with a mind blowing January performance at Cleveland's historic Agora Theatre, when they opened for Cold Hand of Christ The group has also played at The Flying Machine in Amherst Anderson suid he hoped the concert held at Amherst Cinema, would not CONTINUED on page " J road] CLOSED I " Problems continue to plague the Jackson Street bridge project and residents want answers. Amherst Township voters eye 3-mill fire levy issue Simple Figure (above), Rising Descension, Blis and Diamonback played to 260 fans at the Amherst Cinema and raised $350 to aid "Wigs for Kids." Below, some girls get ready to party. SEE SPOtToiT*^ COO 200I METAL CONCERT 7:00 A 3-mill Amherst Township fire protection levy will appear on the May 8 ballot. Township officials say it is needed to pay for the increasing cost of fire protection. Amherst Township is covered by two fire service contracts, one with the city of Amherst and another with South Amherst. Amherst Fire Department covers the areas of the township north of the turnpike, while South Amherst Fire Department covers the area of the township south of the turnpike. The township Safety Task Force, which is made up of residents appointed by the trustees to investigate safety services, has provided information on the upcoming levy in the form of questions and answers. Information provided by the task force follows: • Why b a 3-mill levy required for Are protcctioc? The current 1-mill Amherst Township fire protection levy is significantly less than the annual cost of fire protection provided to the township. To pay for the cost of fire protection, the township must dip into the general fund, reducing the amount of funding for other services. Over the past six yean, the cost of fire protection in the township has been as follows: 1995 $31,292 1996 .$64,226 al^rT/ aa»*MMaiatataaaa««*MaMfat*Hiaia afOO|5*/'t ijFjFO ••alll:.aHIHIIMMM'HI(aH»*>H> WjVfJrxfJ 1999 $112,122 2000 $125,784 As Amherst Township grows, we can expect the cost of fire protection to increase. The proposed levy- should provide funding for our fire protection for years into the future. Additionally, Amherst Township is contractually obligated to purchase a pumper/tanker truck. Cost estimates range from $235,000 to $325,000. If the 3-mill levy passes, the township trustees will cancel the current 1-mill levy. • Why is the township buying a pumper/tanker truck? The pumper/tanker truck is being purchased for the benefit of Amherst Township residents. This truck will be owned by Amherst Township, but leased to the city of Amherst for $1 per year. The pumper/tanker truck will be used predominantly for Anient Township fire protection, as many areas in the township have no fire hydrants. • When was the last levy passed for fire protection, and how ranch revenue is generated? A levy was passed in November of 1990 that provides $63,000 to $67,000 per year for fire protection. • How will this proposed levy affect taxes? Taxes will increase 20 cents 10 40 cents per day, depending on real estate market value of a home. The following table provides an estimate of the increased tax payment: Value Additional tax $100,000 $73.27 $150,000 $109.91 $200,000 $146.54 • How will the lack of fire protection impact ray homeowners' insurance? If fire protection is not available in Amherst Township, you home insurance will increase. • What fe the longevity of this proposed levy? This will be a continuous, levy. • Is Amherst Township plan- ■ing on starting a fire department? There is no plan to start an Amherst Township foe department The Safety Task Force and Amherst Township trustees have determined it is more cost effective to purchase fire protection« from neighboring municipalities. • Want happens if the levy fails? If the levy fails, and die township clerk cannot certify that there an enough funds to pay for fire protection, residents may be left without fire protection. The Ohio Revised Coda don not in tuns* th sion of fin ptrmniiun.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-02|
|Date of Original||02-MAY-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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