Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-14
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I BOE elects '98 leaders — Page 10 Beanie Babies in APD raffle — Pa Amherst News-Time < ~ Wednesday, January 14, 1998 Amherst, Ohio Township sheriffs station needs phone lin< by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Ncnrly four months after a sheriff's substation was created in the Amhersi Township hall, Lorain Counly sheriff deputies are being forced to use a cellular phone in lieu of a regular line. The reason for the delay has spurred questions by the township trustees, the sheriff's department and at least one county commissioner. Sheriff Martin Mahony said he realizes the commissioners have much to do, but noted that his request for funding was made Dec. 19. Indoor and outdoor lines are needed. Lorain County 911 has agreed to provide special outdoor call boxes at substations in Amherst, Pcnficld and Eaton townships. The lines, however, must be financed by the county commissioners because the sheriff's department does not have money budgeted for them. The department's money is used for investigation and day-to-day operations. Any extra funds must be provided out of the county general fund by the commissioners, the sheriff explained,. The outdoor call boxes can be used by people with an emergency and will connect them with 911 service when deputies arc not in the substation. Deputies will be in the general area, less than five minutes away, "So that's why we'd very much like to get this off the ground, but we don't want to throw stones at anybody," sheriffs captain Joe Bell added. Township trustee Denny Abra ham was reluctant to criticise the commissioners. Nevertheless, he noted that the township has spent more than $3,500 of its own money lo make the necessary renovations for the substation. "It's an asset for the community and they (phone lines) arc not all that costly," he added. "So, it's hard for us to understand the delay." Commissioner Mary Jo Vasi said she is particularly disturbed by lack of action on the cc eluding the failure ot teiiow commissioners Betty Blair and Michael Ross to agree to put the funding on a meeting agenda. Vasi said she and the commissioners have received letters from the sheriffs department asking for funding bul have nol taken action as quickly as she would have liked. CONTINUED on page 3 First at local baby born in 1998 hospital flies in Joel and Michelle Miller may be hoping the newest addition to their family doesn't continue to be late the rest of his life. Their 10-day-old newborn son, Austin, has the distinction of being Amherst's New Year's baby even though he came into the world at 8:54 p.m. Jan. 4 — four days behind schedule. According to Michelle's pediatrician's projection, he was due sometime New Year's Eve. Instead, he decided lo show his mom, dad and 21-month-old brother Andrew just how stubborn little kids can be. Nol only was he late, he gave his parents and everyone else a very early scare. He had to be helicoptered to Rainbow, Babies and Chil- dens' Hospital in Cleveland after doctors at Amhersi Hospital discovered he had a probelm with one of his lungs. It turned out to be a tiny hole that created a little air bubble between his chest wall and lungs. In addition, his oxygen level was lower than normal. Doctors decided the Cleveland children's hospital was better equipped to deal with ihe abnormality than was the local hospital. As a result, Austin took his first flight at a very early age and was placed on oxygen. The Millers live less than a block from Amherst Hospital and arc used to seeing the LifeFlight helicopter land and take off. "Never in our wildest imagination did we think we'd ever have to use it, but we're glad it's there," she added. Fortunately, the lung hole healed itself without surgery in a short time and continued tests revealed everything was okay. Austin came home to 161 Cleveland Avenue Jan. 10. Bul his late arrival wasn't abnormal and had nothing to do with his lung problem. Births can be plus or minus 10 days from the projected due date, according to what doctors I old Michelle. "We're just happy everything turned out okay because it was scary for me and Joel," she added. Nevertheless, the late arrival was a little disappointing for bolh. She City council, staff sworn in, given committee duties Amherst's small city council chamber was filled to capacity Jan. 5 as nearly 35 friends, relatives and curious people watched as a new city council and cily administrative staff was sworn in by mayor John Higgins. "This looks like it will be a very active and good council," ihe mayor said. Taking their oaths of office for ihe first time were first ward council member Terry Traster, second ward council member Edwin Cowger and third ward representative Steve P'Simer. Joining them were fourth ward councilman John Mishak, council president Wayne White and council members-at-large Nancy Brown, John Dietrich and David Kukucka. Kukucka also was chosen to serve as president pro tern. "I'm looking forward to two very fruitful years," White said. Among those in attendance was Lorain Counly auditor Mark Stewart, who said he wanted to meet all the cily officials. "I just think it is important for mc to know them and for them to know mc," he explained. Also taking the oaths of office were newly elected city auditor Diane Eswine, formerly a council member-at-Iarge, and treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, who was re-elected to her post last November. No business was conducted at the meeting, which lasted aboul 25 minutes. Among the issues that are likely lo come before council in the coming months include the lawsuit filed against council by city law director Alan Anderson, the proposed rezoning of pari of N. Leavitt Road from residential to commercial use, hiring additional cily employees and temporary repairs needed to the roof and bell tower of city hall. "I think we'll stay pretty busy and there are always things we don't think about or know about," White said. Committee appointments include the following: Finance committee, Kukucka chairperson and Dietrich vice chairperson; public utilities commission, Dietrich chairperson and Traster vice chairperson; police and fire committee, Mishak chairperson and P'Simer vice chairperson; Community development, capital improvements and ecology, Traster chairperson and Brown vice chairperson; streets, sidewalks, sewers, draihs and creeks committee, Brown chairperson ancf Trastcr vice chairperson; cable television, John Mishak chairperson and Cowger vice chairperson; ordinances and legislation committee, Cowger chairperson and P'Simer vice chairperson; recycling committee, P'Simer chairperson nd Mishak vice chairperson; building, lands and grounds committee, John Dietrich chairperson and Kukucka vice chairman; executive and insurance committee, Mishak chairperson and Cowger vice chairperson; and the annexation committee, Cowger chairperson and P'Simer vice chairperson. Ali seven council members serve on each committee. was hoping for an additional tax deduction for 1997 rather than 1998. Joel just thought having a New Year's baby would be "neat." "If wc had gotten closer to midnight, I might have asked her to push harder, but we're just happy to have a healthy boy," he joked. So far, Andrew has accepted the idea of having a little brother. He hasn't just shown jealousy but nearly sal on Austin — accidentally, of course. It seems mom and dad took Austin out of his crib and thought it would be cute to place nim in Andrew's bean bag TV chair. Andrew was concentrating more on TV as his walked backwards into his chair, forgetting it had a temporary occupant. His parents caught him before he parked himself on Austin. They have decided to keep little brother in more a protective place until he gets older. and Joel both work; she is a secretary for a Westlake electric company and he is a stone mason for Stonchingc in •Amherst. Joel and Michelle Miller enjoy time with their two sons: new-born Austin, and his older brother Andrew. Wet work The pouring rain and cold temperature didn't deter this hardcore mechanic from doinq necessary repair work on a car. James Con way of North Ridge Road preferred to brave the rain last Thursday and beat the snow and freezing temperatures to get the work done. New design in store for Rt. 58 'pike by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The Lake Shore Railway Association is chugging closer toward completing plans to place tracks through an old rail underpass initially sought for a new Ohio Turnpike interchange on Rt. 58. The step forward was made possible by a $ 1.8 million loan approved Jan. II by the Ohio Rail Development Commission. The only stumbling block seems to be the Lorain County Commis sioners' willingness to approve a loan guarantee. Commissioners Betty Blair and Michael Ross discussed the railway wilh its opponents and supporters at a Jan. 11 commissioners meeting. Commissioner Mary Jo Vasi was nol present. The two commissioners decided lo lake no formal action until they can obtain information on the railway's finances, according to clerk Roxann Blair. Thomas O'Leary, executive director of the development commission, said it approved the loan last week partially based on supportive letters individually written by commissioners Ross and Blair. Neither commissioner could be reached for comment. Blair and commissioner Vasi said ihey were unaware of the letters. Regardless, they said the commissioners must pass a resolution to guarantee the loan but will not until they have more information on railway finances. Vasi said she is opposed lo the railway. County money should nol be used to support a private entity, she explained. The loan will pay for a redesign of the interchange planned by the Ohio Turnpike Commission on Rt 58. Turnpike officials had agreed to delay final action on the nearly three-year-old construction project until the rail development agency announced its loan decision. The deal was worked out between ihe railway and turnpike authorities nearly two years ago after both parlies learned they each wanted lo use ihe underpass. CONTINUED on page 3 t ■1 . ~^amtm At
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-14|
|Date of Original||14-JAN-1998|
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