Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-30
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Library hosts art display — Page 5 News-Times welcomes new reporter — F O M O O o _ x _ c c-> 00 a-| |_ o o Amherst News-Time CD < x <= rn _ oo 00 <_ I H M 33 _ < n N) "** 3> _ *~ 00 W I DM SDAY, JANUARY 30, AMMIRST, OHIO ta o o l-l rn Couple fight city hall on fix-it ordinanc U) by AMY PERSMQER News-Times reporter One local family found it is hat- to fight city hall, but they aren't finished yet. They are trying to change a city ordinance to protect other Amherst residents from the expensive ordeal they went through. George Walts of Blossom Drive had been having more trouble than They say law unfair to residents usual with the plumbing at his rental property on Autumn Drive. At a meeting two weeks ago, he told Amherst city council that he had to call the plumber to the house five times in the previous 18 months. It was discovered that his sewer line, a clay pipe dating back to when the house was built, had collapsed underneath the street. Walts assumed it was the responsibility of the city to dig up the street and repair the broken line. Members of the city's utilities department investigated the breakage and agreed* that it was under the street but located before the main sewer line. The Waltses' house sits on the east side of Autumn Drive while the main runs down the west side. The Waltses were shocked to learn that Amherst city ordinance states that the homeowner is respon sible for maintaining the sewer line up to the main. "I thought that's what we were paying taxes for," Loretta Walts said. The Waltses made many phone calls, getting estimates for a project that they couldn't believe they had to take on. He saio m<ui< contractors were surprised the city wasn't tak-; •: ing care of the problem. "I called several other communities, such as Avon Lake, Avon, and Lorain to determine if this was their standard practice,'' the Waltses' son. Cliff, stated in a letter to Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Wasilk. "I was told that the city maintains the road and everything under it::-: CONTINUED on page 5 Prison to patrol: His dream job's serving force by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter Amherst's newest patrolman, Eric Layfield, wanted to be a police officer since he was 16 years old, and after spending seven years working for the state prison system, his dream finally came true. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Layfield grew up in Youngstown. He lifted weights and played baseball in high school. And though the idea passed through his mind, he knew that going into the military was never an option in his family. His father wanted his son to go to college, and Layfield says he's glad he went While still in Youngstown, Layfield he got to know some police officers around his neighborhood. He said he especially admired the State Highway Patrolmen with which he came in contact 'They were always nice and professional,'' Layfield said. "They're all tall and skinny, though,'' he said, laughing. "It's genetics. They run a lot." Layfield's football-player build didn't seem to him to fit the model. He also felt that the State Highway Patrol was a narrow field for his interests. "I wanted the whole picture," he said. After graduating from Kent Eric Layfield State University, Layfield had a hard time getting hired by a police department, so he accepted a job as a corrections officer with the Ohio Department of Corrections. He spent seven years working in the prisons before returning to his original plan to become a cop. He said, "I thought, "This is not what I wanted to do.'" He began his training for the Amherst Police Department in August at the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. The training lasted 17 weeks and he started as a Field Training Officer under the direction of Sgt. Mark Cawthon in early December. While he's in the FTO CONTINUED on page 8 Just hangin' around Jared Persinger, 4, takes advantage of the nice weather last weekend at Amherst Township Park on Middle Ridge Road. The new playground there provided the perfect place to stretch hie skills. Three take step to become first police auxiliary Drama troupe stages festival The Marion L. Steele High School Theatre Company will stage a Winter Festival of Plays which premieres Thursday, Jan. 31, and runs through Feb. 2. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Powers Elementary School gymnasium. Under the guidance of assistant drama sponsor Dave Anderson, se nior thespians direct MLS students in several one-act plays to be performed on stage with a comedy troupe providing entertainment between each play. One play is an original piece written by senior Elaine Muniga. The Comedy Troupe will add humor and fun during scene changes. It is directed by Jeff Lombardi and Rueben Escandon. The cast includes John Bednar, Chad Hill, Josh Am- brosio, Katie Fowler, Jordan Murray, Grant Larson, Adrienne Bednar, Tim Gilkerson, Kristen Bilewicz, Adam Schneider, Josh Miranda, Lindsey Gibb, Katie Primm, Nikki Macy, Theresa P'Simer. "The Still Alarm," by George S. Kaufman, is a satirical comedy in farce style. The play is set against the danger of a hotel bedroom fire,: whith the characters persisting in the '■ English, well-bred manners as if it's' tea time. The play is directed by. Dann Starrett and the cast includes: Jake Wachholz, Adam Schneider,: Ana Krupelak, Collin Lesko and; CONTINUED on page 6 ■> by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter Three local men begin training this week with the Lorain County Sheriffs Auxiliary to become the first members of Amherst's auxiliary police department when it's implemented. Council was scheduled to hear the recommendation for the formation of the force at Monday night's meeting and they an expected to approve the plan. The clan is only offered once a year so Rich Wolf, Ron Yacobozzi and Ken Bring began their mining even though council hasn't yet approved formation of the new auxiliary. Wolf, a Navy veteran. own's Rich's Autobody Shop on North Main Street Yacobozzi is a member of Am herst's school board and is a self-employed landscaper, and Bring is employed by Lakeland Enterprises. The school is provided by the county at no charge to the men or the city, but the proposed plan provides new officers with $1,250 toward uniforms and equipment such as vests, when they start with Amherst. Most volunteer forces to not provide any startup money for its members. Rich Wolf said the three- and-a-half-month training is a commitment but be knows the men will enjoy it too. The three men have been involved with police chief Lonnie Dillon's push to bring an auxiliary police force to Amherst from the beginning. Dillon said his plan is to start with three officers, adding one or two a year. He said he thinks 10 would be CONTINUED on page • / Engineers at work Engineers at Nordson Corp. last Wednesday demonstrate a prototype precision dispensing machine they developed for • cus tomer to Obetln High School students day organized by Nordson through the who naiHrtiiRetl In ■ ruraar *»W»t*_r ^a~mm~waa*m^arw_^aMrmltw **•*_■ "mw~^~waja-K
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-01-30|
|Date of Original||30-JAN-2002|
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