Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-15
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1 1 Powers to have two principals — Page 2 Officials to appeal ruling — Pagr B ' Amherst News-Time! Wednesday, October 15, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Shouting mat erupts in mee over Anderson's lawsuit appeal by GLEN MILLER Halloween haymakers Children from Lorain Head Start have no fear of a giant spider (right) as they venture through a Halloween maze erected at Penton's Country Market on Middle Ridge Road. Others just pretended they were scary creatures. More than 100 children learned how apple cider was made and enjoyed a hay ride during Penton's annual halloween celebration. Above, children end their trip through a maze at Penton's by sliding down the back of a semi trailer under the watchful eyes of teachers. News-Times reporter City officials have decided they must continue to fight the suit filed by law director Alan Anderson even though they regret having to use taxpayers' money. The city finance committee approved spending §20,000 Oct. 6 lo continue employing the Elyria law firm of McCray, Muzzila, Smith, Meyers & Betleski to represent council, the mayor and other city officials. They arc dcfcndcnls in a lawsuit filed three months ago by Anderson. Every city council member sits on the finance committee. Last month, Lorain County Common Picas court Judge Kosma Glavas ruled council, nol Anderson, can hire a bond counsel to handle the sale of $500,000 in cily hall renovation bonds. Anderson, who argued slate law gives him the sole authority, has appealed the decision to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Akron. The appeal is not expected to be heard for at least six months, possibly a year. The city owes the firm an additional $5,000 for the law firm's services even through its already has paid $14,999. The appeal will cost al least an extra $15,OCX), according lo mayor John Higgins. Several council members blasted Anderson for forcing the city to spend more money on legal fees, including David Kukucka, who said he would prefer not having to spend any money. Turning lo a cable TV camera, Kukucka said, "I ask the people of Amherst to call mc or these people (council members) up here. It's your money. If you warn us lo fight this, let mc know." The decision was expected io come before council Oct. 13 for final approval. Council member Nancy Brown approved paying the $5,000 bul said she had a "rough time" paying for the cost of the appeal. "Wc arc wasting good money. This is very difficult for mc," she added. Higgins agreed bul said a decision not lo fight the appeal would be tantamount to giving Anderson control of the city government. Higgins said he no longer feels comfortable calling on Anderson lo provide legal opinions because they arc often contrary io the bcsl interests of the cily. "If wc arc going lo give up lhe ship, and that's what he is counting on, you might as well not have a council and a mayor because you might as well turn lhe whole cily over to him," he said. Councilman John Dietrich agreed, saying he would nol like someone trying to tell him how lo run his business and spend his money. Regardless, lhe city has link; choice. "If you guys don'l spend the money lo get rid of this 'growth,' you're going to set a precedent as far as I am concerned," he added. "Il is totally wrong to spend lhe city's money, bul 1 don'l sec any olhcr way lo pul this lo bed." He called Anderson's suit "a political power play" lhat he resents. That prompted a response from Anderson, who said his suit is based on questions surrounding council's authority to hire additional legal counsel, nothing else. He called Higgins an "alarmist" who is blowing his legal action oul of proportion. He said the appeal CONTINUED on page 2 Five to be inducted to MLS Gallery of Success by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor It will be an all-male event this year during the Marion L. Steele High School Gallery of Success induction ceremonies. Five men have been tapped for lhe 1997 honors. This is the lenth annual Distinguished Alumni Gallery of Sucess; il is going lo be held Friday, Ocl. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lorain Palace Theater. The inductees -— all graduates of Amherst high schools — this year include Gerald Pritlic, Class of 1949; John Luccio, Class of 1951. Bradley Hawes, Class of 1972, Daniel Mihuta, Class of 1941; and posthumously, James Ehrman, Class of 1935. They will be honored for their work in business, education, the arts, and most importantly, for their dedication lo helping others in some significant way. Here is biographical information about each inductee: James Ehrman James Ehrman A member of the Amherst High School Class of 1935, Jim Ehrman was involved in athletics and music and served as class salutalorian. He was captain of the basketball learn Daniel Mihuta that won third place in the state championship playoffs. He graduated from Bluffton College in 1939 and began teaching at his hometown high school that year. His career in education was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1941 where he served as a weather fore- Gerald Prlttle caster in the China-Burma-India theater for three years. After the war, he earned his master's degree and eventually became a school administrator and superintendent. While superintendent of the Henrietta Schools in the early 1950s, Ehrman was given the task of organizing, building and consolidating John Luccio all of the schools of Brownhelm, Florence, Camden and Henrietta Townships. He served as the district's superintendent for 12 years. Ehrman was also superintendent of the Blufflon schools for four years and in 1980 joined the Allen County Board of Education as treasurer. He relired from that position Bradley Hawes twice. Ehrman's greatest legacy was his association wilh Bluffton College over 50 years. He served as director of alumni affairs and as director of lhe Development Department. He also taught for several years and was director of athletics for two CONTINUED on page 3 Up, up and away; balloonist irks city officials by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Bill Swan/or thinks some city officials are full of hoi air because of their efforts to prosecute him for attempting to open his new REMAX really business in a lofty way. He didn't think he could gel inlo trouble simply using a huge hot air balloon lo promote his Aug. 14 grand opening. Flying an air balloon over Amherst isn't illegal, although it was in this case. Because it bares the REMAX logo, it was considered an over-sized sign that musl be reviewed by the zoning board of appeals, according to building inspector Ron Konowal. Swanzer applied for a variance lhat would allow the balloon lo be launched from behind his office in the new office park at 574 N. Leavitt Road. Remax uses the Akron-based balloon to promote its real estate offices throughout Northern Ohio. Its coporate logo is a hot air balloon w^ilh REMAX written on it. "I didn't see any harm in iL" Swanzer said. "I thought it would be a great way to let people know I opened my office in town and would have been a community event for the curious and people interested in taking a ride." A local contractor even cut down some trees behind the office to clear the way for landings and launchings. Profits from the rides would have been donated to lhe Children's Miracle Network, an organization established several years ago lo help severely ill children. Swanzer did request a var- CONTINUED on page 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-10-15|
|Date of Original||15-OCT-1997|
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