Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-26
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Fund set up for cancer battle — Page 3 Comets start with scrimmage — F • Amherst News-Time Wednesday, November 26, 1997 Amherst, Ohio $ Holding facility to be eight-hour jail until force's numbers higher by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter The Amherst city jail will continue to operate as an eight-hour holding facility, rather than become a five-day facility after council killed discussion of hiring corrections officers at the Nov. 17 council meeting. Mayor John Higgins said he did not see how a five-day facility could bperatc for less than $250,000 a year, a cost which the mayor said would drain the budget and leave no money in the capital improvement fund. He said he would rather use the money to hire additional officers. The original estimate to run the jail as a five-day holding facility was $140,000, given to council in April by lieutenant Lonnie Dillon, jail administrator. Dillon said the costs may have increased slightly since April, but not much. In his estimate, Dillon included the correction officer's salary, prisoner meals, linen service, medical expenses, personal hygiene expenses and fringe benefits for a full- time corrections officer. The estimates arc wilh the facility running al full capacity, which is six cells housing one prisoner each. The mayor said he estimated a higher cost because a considerable amount of personnel would be needed as well as the cost of meals, health care, uniforms, laundry and exercise programs for the prisoners. "When ihe facility opened we purchased much of the equipment needed to operate as a five-day facility," Dillon said. Prisoner uniforms and bed linens were among the items purchased when the new jail opened. Medical expenses can be estimated Dillon said, bul could range from a small amount to a large amount. In Dillon's estimate he gave to council he allotted $5,000 per year for medical expenses. The money would cover emergency room, ambulance and dental costs not covered by the prisoners' own health care. "The biggest expense would be hiring more people," Dillon said. There are 17 full-time officers and seven part-time officers now working for the city, but more would be required if the facility is changed. If additional officers are hired as the mayor said he would like to do within the next few years, Dillon said the facility could become a five-day facility because the manpower would then be available. "The changing arena of corrections is never predictable," Higgins said. "But for the next two to three years wc intend to run an eight-hour holding facility. The money will dictate what we do with the facility." Corrections officers would be needed if the jail became a five-day facility because an officer would be required to be at the jail 24 hours to oversee the prisoners. As the facility is organized now, an officer checks on prisoners once an hour, which is a state requirement for such facilities. If a prisoner needs to be detained longer than eight hours, an officer must transport him or her to the county jail, which costs the city $55 per day. Using officers to transport the prisoners is also a problem, Dillon said. The time used for transpor- CONTINUED on page 3 Travel plans Students at St. Joseph School get a taste of a traveling science program — "Chemistry is Cool" — sponsored by COSI Columbus, on Monday. Brought to the school through the efforts of the Educational Enrichment Co'mmittee, students learned through hands-on experiments about many of the everday substances they use, such as toothpaste and lip balm. Construction manager to oversee renovation by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter After the problems experienced with the construction of the new police station, city council wants to take no chances on the exterior restoration of city hall. At the Nov. 17 meeting, members sent to council floor on emergency the hiring of a construction consultant from Construction Resources, a third party consulting business headquarted in Mentor. A construction consultant was used in the building of the new jail facility, but not unul the end. when problems had already risen. A consultant came in to oversee the correction of the problems, mayor John Higgins said. Problems with the jail included inferior materials and poor workmanship, he said. "The consultants are knowledgeable people," Higgins said, "espe cially in the areas of masonry and roofs." The consultant will be used to draw up specifications for the restoration, oversee the bid process and the installation of equipment and materials for correct procedure and quality. The estimated cost for the restoration, including the cost of the construction consultant is $250,000, said die mayor. That is an additional $75,000 from the first estimate made on the building, he said. The money will come from the general fund and the city hall maintenance account. Navy man finds adventure at sea's worthy experience for dealing with life ahead When Luke Marshall left home in 1992, he went in search of adventure, education and experience. In sltort, he joined the Navy. Today Marshall, 23, son-in-law of Dan and Carol Solak of Amherst, serves at the Naval Weapons Siation in Yorktown. Marshall admits that many different elements influenced his original decision lo enlist. "I thought it would be a good experience," he said. "My father, my uncles and my grandfather were all in the military, so this influenced my decision a great deal." And today at Yorktown, the third class petty officer is making a significant contribution al one of the Navy's weapons stations. The Naval Weapons Station has a critical role in lhe Navy's mission. It provides ordnance and technical support io sustain the war-fighting capability of the Atlantic Fleet and was recently recognized for its efforts in environmental management, pollution prevention and environmental quality, earning awards from the Department of Defense, secretary of the Navy, chief of naval operations and Naval Sea Systems Command. A mess management specialist, Marshall currently serves as the baker for the base. "As the baker for the base, I make pastries, assist the galley in cooking meals and decorate ceremonial cakes," said the 1992 graduate of Oberlin High School. "I also have a collateral duly, serving on the auxil- ary security force." Marshall added lhat his time in the Navy has been beneficial personally and professionally. "Personally, I've traveled a lot and seen a number of countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey." he said. "Professionally, I've learned lhat teamwork is the most important thing in the sea service. I've learned some great skills and if you stay flexible and can adapt lo any situation, everything runs smoothly." Marshall, who has been married lo the former Jennifer Solak for three years and has one daughter, 'Olivia, one, said he has definite plans to leave the sea service when his enlistment expires. "My goal is to move back to Ohio and enjoy my family," he said. "I definitely would like lo stay in thr customer service field, bringing the valuable skills and leadership I've learned in the Navy into the civilian sector." No mailer whai Marshall does, he will always be able to look back on his lime in uniform with pride. Luke Marshall "The building continues lo deteriorate," Higgins said. "We will make minor repairs to get through the winter, and hope to start the project after winter." The bell tower and the roof are the main concerns in the restoration. New mortar will also be applied, said the mayor. Judge gives boy's killer maximum Nathan Eden, the LaGrange man convicted of killing Harris Elementary School fourth grader Jacob Balda in January, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison this week by Lorain County Common Pleas judge Thomas Janas. Eden, 46, was earlier convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the Influence and five other charges. Eden voluntarily agreed to contribute 15 percent of his monthly retirement benefits from USS/Kobe Steel Co. to the trust fund set up by the boy's parents, Tim and Mary Jean Balda. Ten-year-old Jacob was killed on a Saturday afternoon when Eden drove through a stop sign and hit the family's van. Tim Balda was driving the van and the two had just attended the boy's ice hockey game. This was Eden's second drunken- driving accident. He seriously injured a woman in an accident last year. The seven-and-a-half year sentence was the maximum allowed under the law. -"""■■- »—»» ■„i...
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-11-26|
|Date of Original||26-NOV-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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