Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-31
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Auditor sworn in early — Page 3 Scouts earn awards — Page Amherst News-Time O 1X3 r- 00 <-> t-i C UlOo CO < X hi C m r-" IV) p- V) 3 -I 3> O 7) } 3> M < O Wednesday, December 31, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Mayor will look to council for renovation ii by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Cily council is expected to be asked for a 5250,000 "internal loan" to stop accelerating deterioration of city hall and its historic bell tower. With the help of city treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, mayor John Higgins spent much of last week going through the city finances to determine where the money can be borrowed. Pending council approval, Higgins plans to borrow a total of about $250,000 from various city accounts to repair the deteriorating roof of city hall and its bell tower. The plan is a preventive measure brought about by law director Alan Anderson's decision lo appeal a suit against council to a state appellate court in Akron. It questions council's authority to appoint a bond counsel to oversee the sale of S5Q0.000 in bonds needed for the bi'ilding's renovation and restoration. Anderson claims stale law gives him the appointment authority. Although the Lorain County Common Pleas Court has ruled in council's favor, Anderson has appealed the case. The bonds needed for restoration and preservation work cannot be issued until the case is settled. In the meantime, inspections by a structural engineer have revealed conti nuous deterioration of the bell tower, according to Higgins. They have found the tower's wooden frame support is badly warped and twisted, a condition that could lead to the tower's complete collapse unless it is repaired. Higgins wants lo borrow the needed money from the budget and then repay it with a loan once the lawsuit is settled. The internal loan will come from surpluses in various city accounts. "It's an extreme measure, but it's the only quick fix we can make," he added. "They (the engineers) say we could have a structural catastrophe on our hands soon if we don't do CONTINUED on page 3 Grandma's holiday houses look fine; taste even better by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Dancsc Antonopoulos stayed up until 4 a.m. two days last week building and baking what has become a family tradition for her grandchildren and family. She is what could be called the general contractor responsible for three gingerbread houses covered with all sorts of chocolates and other Christmas goodies. But alas, the yummy structures were likely to become fond memories of holidays past thanks to the appetites of five of her seven grandkids. Nikko Antonopoulos, five, the rambunctious one, started picking jelly beans off the roof before Santa even appeared on Christmas. His twin sister, Ashley, also picked away here and mere. Two other granddaughters, Arianna and Alexia Antonopoulos, six and three, respectively, look their's home, They arc the children of Teresa Antonopoulos, a second daughter-in-law. They and their friends were expected to employ their demolition skills and satisfy their sweet tooths. CONTINUED on page 5 The grandchildren of Danese Antonopoulos crowd around her aiCstJElSspfoys the results oi this year's gingerbread hobsa.can- struction. From left are Alexia and Nikko Antonopoulos, chief con tractor and grandmother Danese, Ariana Antonopoulos, Kassie Pijor and Ashley Antonopoulos. Shoplifters, thieves help themselves to goods It was ihe week before Christmas and all was not well in Amherst when several people decided it was bcllcr lo lake rather than give. Amherst police reported four prc- holiday robberies, one involving a Lorain woman and her 16-year-old daughter, and another involving two men who apparently carried a big slick. The first incident occurred Dec. 14 shortly after 1:30 a.m. According to reports, a clerk from Dairy Mart on Cleveland Street reported a male subject was in the store and stole two 12 packs of beer. Officers responded and checked the area but were unable to locale the suspect. They said the ihicf dropped one of the 12 packs in the parking lot as he fled. On Dec. 17, a Lorain woman reported someone had stolen money orders totaling more than S600 from her while she was at Discount Drug Mart on N. Leavitt Road. The incident occurred about 11:08 a.m. Police obtained the name of the person who cashed the money orders and referred the theft to the detective bureau. Laicr that day, a woman and her 16-year-old daughter were arrested while trying to steal shoes from ihe Payless Shoe Store about 2:11 p.m. The manager apparently had caught one of them and detained both until police arjived. Both were charged with petty theft. The mother will appear in Oberlin Municipal Court and the daughter in juvenile court. Then on Dec. 20 at about 10 p.m., an employee of the Junction Beverage Drive Thru reported two men wilh stocking caps came into ihe store waving a large stick and demanded money. He complied. The robbers quickly left the store wilh the cash drawer in hand and ran toward (he back of die building, police said. The amount taken was not disclosed. Firefighters earn higher rank Veterans find 24-hour-a-day jobs are enjoyable ventures by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Neither Wayne Northeim nor Greg Knoll had a desire lo climb the Amherst Fire Department's promotional ladder when they became novice firefighters back in the early '90s and late '80s. But on Dec. 10, both became captains, ranks neither thought they would reach. Both thought they would be happy being volunteer firefighters who were ready and willing lo respond lo alarms when their pagers went off. Knoll, 33, fell in love with the job aflcr responding to an ad for firefighters in ihe News-Times in 1988. There was no looking back. It was different for Northeim, 4T. A former Marine, he had never wanted to become a firelighter. The thought of joining the volunteer force never crossed his mind. It was. repeated arm twisting and motivation by now retired firefighter Jerry Wilhclm that persuaded him to "take a look" "I kind of liked what 1 saw. It sparked some interest, sp I put in an application and here I "am," he explained. Aflcr a short lime on the job. he began to wonder why he didn't respond to Wilhelm's persistence earlier and join sooner. "It's hard to explain the feeling of satisfaction, but I kind of kick myself in the rearend lor not doing it sooner," he added. Both said becoming lieutenants several years ago was a big enough step. Becoming captains was a move neither man had thought about until two longtime double stripers, Ken Rosenbusch and Scott Dunlap, decided it was time to retire. In addition to supervising fellow volunteers at fires and rescue calls, each has administrative duties. Nor die im, who operates his own painting and wallpapering business, is in charge of preplanning. He is responsible for checking businesses to gather information aboul theni should the city's fire volunteers be called to battle a blaze in them. He also has to check fire hydrants throughout Amhersi to made sure they work. Knoll is procurement officer, the man in' charge of inventory and the.purchase of new equipment. He is employed by Bencher Industries in Birmingham. CONTINUED on page 2 New Amherst Fire Department captains Wayne Northeim (left) and Greg Knoll say they take their new responsibilities seriously. Rail group could loan Lakeshore needed money to alter interchange by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Jan. 8 may be the day of reckoning for the Lake Shore Railway Association's efforts to modify an Ohio Turnpike interchange planned for Rt. 58. That's the day'the Ohio. Rail Development Commission in Columbus, will decide if it will loan the non-profit railroad group an estimated $1.7 million to pay for the interchange's redesign. It's also, the final time the Ohio Turnpike Commission will agree to delay the nearly three-year-old con suuciion project. The turnpike has agreed to redesign the interchange but will not pay for the. additional cost. Barnett said the railway association agreed nearly two years ago to pay for the redesign so it can complete its plans to build a 20-mile long, historic railroad. If the loan is declined, the Turnpike Commission will go ahead with its original plans to spend about $7 .million on the interchange, according to director of information and research Bob Barneu. Much of the turnpike commission's frustration has resulted from the railway association's inability to find funds to pay for the redesign. The commission had given the association until Dec. 15 to find funds, but agreed to wait until the rail development commission meets before proceeding. ■. . "We have been patient and tried to work things out with them lony enough," Barnett said. "We'd like to • be able to start work in the spring and finish by the end of '99." The change will allow the association to boild the railroad between Wellington and northwest Elyria. In . turn, Barnett said Ihe turnpike commission will have to relocate the toll plaza and purchase additional land for the right of way. The design will cost a total of $1.7 million. Railway association spokesman Alan Shaffstall said the group understands the turnpike commission's frustration caused by the. delay and its decision not to delay the pVoject beyond Jan. 8. Based on a "favorable" letter from the Ohio Rail Development Authority, he said he expects a lo;;n to be made. "We'd both like to move ahead on.this and leave the past behind," Shaffstall said. CONTINUED on page 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-31|
|Date of Original||31-DEC-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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