Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-06
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Student musicians get top rating — Page 7 I Bowling club advances — Page 9 Amherst News-Time O K1 O O ouoii r- C» t— I—i e t-> o o ~ X c: < I h c: — i-^ t/l — '.' _ _: H h — S> WIDNiSDAY, I I HRUARY (», 2(102 AMHI-KST, OHIO ■ State of the city: 'good' mayor sa\ D by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter The city of Amherst made great strides last year with more accomplishments to come, mayor John Higgins told city council last week. In his State of the City address, Higgins said 2001 was an exciting year for the city of Amherst "Our community is growing," he told councilmcmbcrs. "We as leaders of the city are at a point in the progress of our community where if we invest wisely, plan carefully and put the community ahead of self- interests, the city we live in will grow correctly and will continue to be the secure, friendly and quality place that we now enjoy." He then stressed the importance of recognizing the city's accomplishments first. 'These accomplishments are the result of a team effort," he said, and thanked council and clerk, elected officials and their staffs, utilities, fire and police chiefs, and their officers, department heads, employees, and the members of boards, committees and volunteer projects. "These people are the best explanation for Amherst's position as one of the finest places in America to live," Higgins said. He also told council that he plans Workers rally to help victim by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter In an effort to ease the suffering of one of their own, city employees have enlisted a lot of help to host a fundraiser this month. Bob Jones spent 18 years working for the Amherst Wastewater Treatment plant He'd just bought his house in Vermilion a couple of years before. But on Nov. 14 Jones was caught in a house fire. His front room was engulfed in flames. His neighbor, David Woods, thought it was another foggy November morning. It wasn't fog, though, it was smoke coming from Jones's house that darkened the neighborhood. Woods told his wife Debbie to call the fire department and he and his 13-year-old son, Dy- lon, rushed to Jones's house to see what they could do to help. Jones was lying on his front room floor, trying to call out to them. Woods and his son pulled Jones into the yard. Vermilion fire chief Eugene Kropf said there has been no ruling yet on the cause of the fire. "We can't prove it" he said. Jones suffered severe burns on the upper half of his body, especially his face, forearms, and his hands. He's had to have his fingertips amputated. Mayor John Higgins said he might be released from the hospital in March, but the bills are piling up for the Amhem city worker. In addition to the mounting medical costs Jones will have to contend with the coat of repairing his Vermilion home. That's whore the fundrasier comes in. Higgins said that Amherst's American Federation of .State and Municipal Employees chapter has been garnering sup- port from other local groups to host the Feb. 23 event Higgins said the Amhem Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the Lorain AFSME chapter are buying ingredients for a spaghetti dinner. The mayor said that council, the administration, the fire de- CONTINUED on page a u Early last month workers began assembling the iron framework of the new bridge on Jackson St. near the Nordson Corp. offices. Amherst residents are anxious to see the new bridge completed. Mayor Higgins listed the bridge pleted this year in his as one of the projects that he will see corn- State of the City address. to continue to to enable them to de pendable. The iimyui aauu utility costs in Amherst are among the lowest in the area. The mayor said in his address that there were 59 new houses built at a value of $12,773,900 and two duplexes at a value of $225,000, in the city last year. There were also seven commercial additions at a value of $2,255,000 and 19 residential additions at a value of $465300. The city saw four new commercial construction projects blossom last year as well. The Pinnacle Building cost $526,595, the American Legion cost $300,000, Donatos cost $110,000 and the new school, including additions to the high school, cost $12,172,800. In addition, the mayor told council, the city passed a property maintenance code, received a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant for the revitalization of downtown, increased parking fines downtown from $5 to $25, purchased the property on the southeast comer of Church Street and Tenney Aveenue for $285,000 and received a grant from the county that paid for ADA improvements of two restrooms, drinking fountains and a new ramp at the old Post Office. CONTINUED on page 5 'Shadow' for a day offers up her report by ASHLEY COSTIQAN News-Times cub reporter I am a seventh grader at Langston Middle School in Oberlin, and for my shadow day experience I chose to shadow Amy Persinger, an Amhem News-Times reporter. My experience with Amy has been moat delightful. When I first met Amy I knew she was a person with humor. My first mission as sha- dower was to head out witi* Amy to explore Amhem and its people. She took me to City Hall, Rich's Auto Shop^nd the Amhem Police Station. All of those places really made me think about bow this town has such a history and really is full of excitement After exploring Amhem, Amy and I left to pick up her oldest, daughter Jordan far lunch. I met Amy's parents CONTINUED en paga 7 Repairs and Upgrades Rod Pinter, left, an employee at Rich's Autobody works on an Amherst police cruiser that sustained approximately $11,000 worth of damage when a Marine home on leave from boot camp rear- ended it. It is alleged that he was drinking. The police also received a new prisoner transport vehicle, above, last month. The van, which had been used by the water department was improved by donations from Rich's Autobody. Lakeland Enterprises and Fireside Auto Wrecking. Weather turns nice, for ice skating, that is Ashley Costigan, Obertin, shadowed Amy Perstogsr last Friday at she performed her duties as the Amherst reporter. AsMey Is Interested in beoomlna a witter. ~e~*m*awmam **•■ WWV<*w^| Va ■vv-a-f** by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter Along with the bitter cold, ice skating has returned to Amherst Last month Ed Cornwell and the city parks department constructed an ice skating rink on the corner of Tenney and Church streets. The property was purchased last year by the city to construct a parking lot Since construction hasn't started on the lot it was seen as a good place to erect the rink quickly. "We're going to move it to one of the parks next year," mayor John Higgins said. "We took advantage of the open space this year to cut down on set up time.'' Sally Cornwell, the mayor's secretary, said the rink will be moved to Maude Neiding Park next year. The rink was constructed by Ed Cornwell and other city employees from a Irk Cornwell took the idea to council, who approved tha parhatf of the kit and its construction in the empty lot It has a wooden frame, a vinyl liner and foam bumpers around the edges to help prevent injuries. It is 60 feet by 150 feet and few deep. The An department a hydrant to fill it Lonan County Transit donated four benches for use at the rink. Sally Cornwell said it had only been frozen for one afternoon since it had been erected so no children had been able to skate on it "Ed's thinking about stocking it with fish," Mrs. Cornwell said on a warm day last week. Temperatures dropped Sunday and are expected to stay low enough to keep the ice frozen this week. Bike committee meets Thursday Police chief Lonnie Dillon wants a ftiD house at the police station Thursday night He ia inviting all rerideeta to join him Feb. 7 for a meeting ra the rtftntw to discuss the rorm^** * tion of a BicycWPedeatrian Safety Advisory Committee. The fearing oow-toa will 1_ H____ aa*l <____ _M_W>T stop, goals and objectives of the advisory conuninrta. The committee b being formed to move" the Bicycle **Tha ooa_a__a uri_ i It
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-02-06|
|Date of Original||06-FEB-2002|
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