Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-23
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Memorial Day events planned — Page 2 Tracksters head for regionals — Page 12 Amherst News-Time en => £ _ x ~ X -< -i _ < X -^ Wednesday. May 23. 2001 Amherst. Ohio ~ -n -i M -^ rs a 98? «i« £ ft s Jeff Toth, 13 and Terry Traster Jr., 13, are busy painting light posts downtown. Girl Scouts from troops 609, 771 and 608 plant flowers in the large bed next to the gazebo downtown during Saturday's Pride Day. Members of the Amherst Fire Department clear away debris from underpasses during Pride Day. Blacksmith fair, city pride bring folks out by YVONNE OAY News-Times reporter Amherst residents got their hands dirty, and had time left over to visit the late 19-century on Saturday. Pride Day festivities officially started at 9 a.m., and one hour later the Blacksmith Town Fair also got underway. During Pride Day, many residents took to the streets as early as 7 am., clearing debris from sidewalks and planting flowers. The county-wide beautification program, now in its seventh year, celebrates the action of citizens taking pride in their community. • "We have over 150 individuals out here helping. We contacted different organizations and they told their members," mayor John Higgins said in front of Tov/n Hall this past Saturday. In front uf him, volunteers were busy planting flowers and weeding beds. "A lot of these people will go all day. It's like a social event, people get to meet each other." Members of the Amherst Beautification Committee, helped in planning the city's events. "We believe in city beautiful," Reta Mick, of the ABC commented as she and 16 other members toiled in the soil, planting 50 flats of flowers at Town Hall and around town. Other groups who participated in this year's beautification projects included: the Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst Garden Club, Amherst Neighborhood Watch, Amherst Park Board, Explorers, members of the Amherst City Council, Freedom Nation Motorcycle Club, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, 4-H Club, Leadership Lorain County Class of 2001, Masons, Thursday A A Group, Leo Club, and students from Nord Junior High School and Marion L. Steele High School. Projects volunteers were busy performing throughout the day included clean up of the quadrants on Leavitt Road at the entrance to RL 2, planting flowers at several locations, including the gazebo park on Tenney Avenue, the post office. Office on Aging, and Maude Neiding Park, clean up of the Old Spring Park located behind city hall, clean up and washing sidewalks of all railroad underpasses, clean up around the Amherst Rotary Park, and clean up of the playground at Maude Neiding Park. "I think we should call this service day. Getting out and working for the community uufoe best thing you can do," volunteer Dm Brown said as he and Nicholas Brusky planted black-eyed Susans in the small park on Milan Avenue. About 40 of the plants were taken right out CONTINUED on page 5 Decision on new truck finally made at special meeting by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter City sewer foreman Doug Jones fell under heavy fire during a city council meeting last week when discussion focused on the lease/ purchase of a jet vactor track. Jones spent more than 20 minutes addressing concerns from fourth Ward councilmember Jennifer Wasilk. .Afterward, council voted 5-1 to pass the item on to third reading. But when several members of council expressed disappointment about the decision, including Third Ward councilmember Steve P'Simer, who had initially raised questions about the purchase of the track, a special meeting of council was called for Monday. During Monday's special meeting, Jones once again answered questions addressed to him by Wasilk. However, this time he produced a list of prices from five cities, along with estimated maintenance costs and fuel usage. Afterwards, council voted on the track and the ordinance passed 5-1, with Wasilk keeping her vote "no." Last week, moments before council were ready to pan the ordinance, which would have allowed for the leasing purchase of the $300,000 track, Wasilk asked Jones what she considered to be key questions surrounding the truck's maintenance costs, possibilities of using the services of other local vacuum companies, and the need to hire a full-time worker. Although Jones had remarked during a council meeting held several weeks ago that the city would probably have to hire one full-time worker to hdp ran the two-person operated track, he hat since re- Blacksmiths demonstrate their crafts inside the blacksmith shop located in back of the center. SIMM'S tmmm muwi canted that statement Last week he told members that the city should be "all right" if it pulled one worker from both the street and sewer departments. He said the workers would work 500 hours each per year, totaling 1,000 for the year. That was his first committee meeting, he spoke out of turn and Jennifer picked up on that," utilities superintendent Don Woodings later commented. "Now that statement has been like a snowball. There's been no talk of getting another worker." But talk of pulling workers from both the sewer and street departments didn't decrease Wasilk's mounting concerns, in fact, it had only added to them. "Now they, (the sewer) department is telling us that there are 1,000 to 1.700 man hours that we can spare," Wasilk said after the May 13 meeting, referring to the estimated yearly time usage of the truck. "If that's true then why are there so many projects that haven't been completed around the city?" Reiterating her concerns from a previous meeting, during last week's council meeting, Wasilk questioned Jones on whether or not local companies were looked into. Jones stated that they had and noted that Robinson Pipe, a Lorain county vacuum track company, had quoted the city a price of $130 per hour, making the coat for usage of the track $130,000 ID $170/100 for the year. "My understanding is that other companies provided lower bids," Wasilk responded, stating* that she had contacted MPW and Pour Seasons, companies which are also located in Lorain. Jones said he was unfamiliar with MPW, and in a so- CONT1NUED on page • i __ if fat W- v r ___j - Union members from around town and neigh- Saturday, boring cities support workers at Sliman's on Machinists, Sliman at odds over unionization process by YVONNE OAY News-Times reporter "Would you buy a car from this sort of person?" That's the question more than 100 technicians acked wheo they joined fat protest in from of Sliman's Chrysler Dodge Plymouth ship on Saturday. Aad folks at the ca were asking why those on the picket line weren't Sliman employees. Many driven who passed by the corner of Leavitt and Middle Ridge their fists in support of the protestors' action. The "informational picker demonstration waa said to be the final straw between Shmaa and its mechanics and parte employees. According to Raymond Briggs, representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Sliman has done everything to stall the process in allowing its mechanics to unionize. Referring to an orange copy of literature picketers handed out, Briggs said Sliman filed an objection toward the conduct of the election after September 2000 results showed that workers were ia favor of fanning a union. 7-5. After Sliman objections were overrated in November 2000, the company began a long process of refusing to bet-pun with 1AM, a refusal that re- Ttopefully. this will make the public aware that Sliman's mgkw Mr.' Other blacksmiths were also on hand showing visitors how their craft is done. Threats not made in school South Amherst incident alleged by YVONNE OAY News-Times reporter Reports of a South Amherst Middle School student threatening to shoot up the school are grossly exaggerated, according to South Amherst school superintendent Finn Lauraen. Laursen was referring to last week's television and newspaper coverage of a South Amherst Middle School student who made local headlines when he was taken into police custody almost two weeks ago. "Reports have gotten out of hand because we can't disclose a lot of things about the incident," Laursen explained. "Unforc»*iately, a lot of it has to do with what sells papers." Although the case is still open, and officials are prohibited from talking about specifics. Laursen was able to shed some light oo the incident. According to Lauraen, the South Amherat Police Department was contacted by someone in the community who reported that a child had been threatened by another child the previous day. He said die report was filed the following day because the parties involved needed time to think about what they should do. "They had aa argument and threats were made." Lauraen explained. "It involved threats of vio- leace widi a gun. A report waa made Thursday maraing (May 10) and die police showed up at the achooi that same day. They told school officWa Aat they had a "We're here because Sliman's won't negotiate a flair labor agreement," Warren Mart, vice president of the machinist division said. "What they are doing is (unlawful). Dave Sample, general manager of Sliman said he has no problem widi the workers wanting to unionize. He said bis only problem is the way in which the unionization process was "You have to do things legally." he said, stating the reason he has objected to Ihe union is because of questionable procedures that were followed from the "None of there people ere my workers," he said, looking out at the demonstrators diet lined the comer of his deeknhip. "If you're going to protest somothing, you *ouM know CONTMUIOen
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-23|
|Date of Original||23-MAY-2001|
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