Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-23
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BOE vies for improvement cash — Page 3 | Firm investigates bridge work — PQnp R Amherst News-Time <"> M O O o vo x x l~ CO M M C en o o 3 I "J<lH c m m f> r— CO (S) 3HM » O *^ 33 IS 3> M N) < O -^ m j s to o o I CC may pass deadline to buy police cruisers despite budget for buy by JASON HAWK News-Times roportor What began as the routine purchase of a new police cruiser escalated into a debate last week over spending, during a regular meeting of city council. City departments must request council's approval of purchases of more than $15,000, including a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria that Amherst police asked to purchase for $21,048 from their appropriated budget funds. Ward Three councilmember Steve P'Simer immediately supported the purchase, stating that it was being made from money already budgeted for that purpose. He also staled that the police department was not using and returning $200,000 of budgeted resources this year. "We cannot allow our fleet to exceed 100,000 miles per car and feel Schools anticipate 'exce lent' that we are providing safe conditions for our officers,*' agreed mayor John Higgins. "The safety of our officers should be a number one consideration.*' But controversy came when Ward Two councilmember Ed Cowger objected to the purchase. Cowger told council that he would vote against expediting the purchase because he is wary of spending money when a shaky 2003 report card This should be a report card Amherst schools superintendent Robert Boynton will want to take home and hang on the refrigerator. School officials anticipate when the state department of education releases official data for the district report cards on Friday the Amherst schools will get a perfect 22 out of 22 standards. That would put the schools in the "excellent" rating category. "The key word is we anticipate we'll have 22 out of 22," Boynton said. "We won't know for sure until the 25th of October, but that's what we anticipate. It could be 21 out of 22. But we're really happy about that" The district report cards rate school districts largely on the basis of student performance on the state proficiency tests given to students in grades four, six, nine, 10, and 12. For each grade the test is broken down into five categories: citizenship, math, reading, science, and writing. The report card also includes standards for graduation rate and student attendance. Last year the Amherst schools were rated "effective" with a score of 23 of 27 standards on the district report card. They met the standards in each area except fourth grade citizenship, math, reading, and science. This year there were only 22 standards on the report card because the 12th grade proficiency lest scores removed from the list of standards. The 12th grade test is not required for graduation. If the schools' projection of 22 ot 22 ctandards met holds up, it would uvdiuye a marked improvement in the four* grade test scores. Harris Elementary School principsu Bbonda Neuhoff said she worked out a program to target students in need of intensive help on the proficiency teat and to provide Hut help •sing state parity money to hire three core curriculum tutors. She said the staff at Harris has been the key to the success of the program. She said they have taken f-ersonally the challenge of raising the proficiency test score*. "It's the teachers and the staff and the core curriculum tutors." Neuhoff said. "The people I work with here are so enthused about it. If I told then 'Stand on your head and teach math; it will improve test s', they'd do it." city budget and possible city layoffs loom. "I truly believe that we can't make any new purchases until we have a full understanding of what we're facing next year," he told council. He said it wouldn't do the city any good to have a fleet of cars without officers to use them, should budget hearings reveal a need to lay CONTINUED on page 8 Police chief Lonnie Dillon watches over the proceedings at City Hall as city council members debate whether to purchase a new Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Police officers say that older cars with over 100,000 miles place officers at risk in pursuit situations. T^rfiporarily disconnected Police direct traffic around a crash that plugged up the in- released information about the crash, or stated whether vehicle op- tersection of Lake St. and Milan Ave. on Saturday. Police have not erators or passengers were injured. Halloween in Amherst is Oct. 27 The annual Halloween parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4:30-5 p.m. Registration for the costume contest will start at 3 p.m. at the San Spring building, 480 Park Avenue. Judging will start promptly at 4 p.m. The Amherst Fire Department is sponsoring this year's parade. Trick or treat in the city of Amherst will be from 5:30-7 p.m. In the event of iiw!-*r^u weather, the p-irade will be canceled atnd the costume contest witi be held at the Amherst Fire Department, 414 Church Sl Youngsters are urged to wear light colored or reflective clothing, and to take an adult while trick or treating. Residents who want to pass out candy should turn on their outside lights. Something big and scary haunts tha residents of this houae en Cleveland Ave. All around town, Amherstcnlans art decorating their properties with silly, seasonal, the HaMowaen spirit. and macabre ornaments In suit to comply by JASON HAWK Nows-Times reporter The Amherst and Amherst Township residents who have chosen to hold out against hooking up to the "sewer to nowhere" will now have to face the Lorain County Board of Health. The board filed a complaint last week that put the ball in motion for county officials to use the justice system to force residents to comply with sanitation codes. The complaint was filed in Lorain County Common Pleas Court Tuesday and demanded a court order against 13 Amherst Township residents and several Elyria and Lorain residents. In all, 21 property owners in the dispute have failed to comply with the county's mandate to tie into the sewer system. David Kelly, Terry Podich, Mark Miller, Lenice Collett, NeUie Collett, William Dongcs, Richard Johnson, Joan Johnson, Walter Mackin, Mary Lynn Woodyard, David Mitchell, Joann Mitchell, and D Boys Four LLC were all named in the grievance. According to state law, the citizens that reside within 200 feet of the sanitary sewer line are required to connect within one year. "If the sewer goes by your house, you're required to tie in," health board attorney John S. Keressi explained. "If the sewer runs near you, it doesn't matter if you have a good septic system or not. Legislators in Ohio have decided that it's cleaner and more environmentally sound to tie in to a public sewer system. They are definitely more efficient," he said. Keressi said that the major goal of the suit against non- compliant residents is to force them to connect to the sanitary sewer, and that the county doesn't want to fine them or seek any damages from the property owners. "Basically, when we started this process this spring, we decided our goal was to get as many of the people tied in as we can," he said. He also claimed that the holdouts have not so much refused as they have just failed to comply. One of the suggested reasons is that the cost of connecting to the system may be prohibitive for some residents, running between $2,000 and $3,000. Keressi pointed out that while many of the area residents have already chosen lo tie in, the minority that are named in the lawsuit may be made up of people who have fallen through the financial cracks. "They may be people who are not quite eligible for funding aaritaanca, but don't have enough liquid money lo pay for a project like this," He also indicated that several local residents have been able io obtain assistance in the form of Lorain County Community were not included ia the suit htir—ii they are slated for CONTINUED on page 11
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-23|
|Date of Original||23-OCT-2002|
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