Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-21
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i d finds at cemetery — Page 3 Cops target trouble spots — Page 6 I Lmherst News-Times nuary 21, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents Bl Sl 3 3 re; only d_ homes up in 1997 by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The construction of new homes and business in Amherst appears to be slowing down based on 1997 statistics released by the city. Based on information collected by the building department, 53 new homes were built in the city last year, 23 fewer than in 1996. The slowdown may be the result of the closing of the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Lorain, mayor John Higgins said. In monetary value, the difference represents about a S4 million decline. More lhan S8.2 million worth of homes were built last year compared to more lhan $12 million the previous year. The construction slowdown will affect counly properly taxes. The city's main revenue source comes from employee withholding taxes. City treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz said seven businesses, including Rich's Auto Body on Park Avenue, closed or moved out of Amherst. Others downsized and a few others reported lower lhan expected profits. "Most of our revenue comes from employee withholding lax, so when it falls off for one reason or another ii affects us," she explained. "It's imporlani for council to know this as iis spends money. Total income tax revenue from employee withholding tax amounted to more than S2.9 million last year. Lilkovitz said she expects this amount lo be maintained this year and may increase slightly, but nol much. "Il's important to recoup the businesses wc lose," Litkovitz added. Higgins noted that a few businesses, including a Pat Calan's craft siorc, plan lo move into vacant buildings in the Amherst Plaza on Cooper Foster Park Road this year. ♦ Employccss al the craft store and other new businesses will provide the slight boost in income tax revenue, Lilkoviiy. said. In addition, the mayor said HTM, a dirt motorcycle firm now located in Lorain, plans to move its corporate headquarters to Amherst this year and has purchased a local firm thai makes trailers for them. The firm was slated to go out of business. Seven new commercial buildings were buill and three others buill additions last year. Another three businesses were remodeled. In addition to the loss of some businesses Lilkovitz. said the cily continues to deal wilh the problem of CONTINUED on page 2 Road, sewer job, new park will top 1998's projects, mayor predicts Four of the founding members of the Amherst Women's League take a break during a dinner with June Petrillo (seated), an Elyrian who helped the women charter the club. From left are Elaine Smith, Ruth Husar, Dorothy Kurth and Thelma Powers. For 50 years, they've been in a league of their own by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter For five decades, inc Amherst Women's League (AWL) has been a quiet catalyst for starling community projects. The trouble is, nol all of today's Amhcrsto- nians have heard of the AWL or its accomplishments. Only 1ft members remain in ihe club oul the 50 who belonged in 1966, the height of its membership. That was the year the social and civic group had lo purchase name tags to identify everyone. Still, other women were waiting lo join. Since men, many have moved away and some have died. Still others went on to raise families and never rejoined. The remaining members arc a lightly-knit group that will mark the organization's golden anniversary Jan. 24 at the Nordson Depot beginning at 12:30 p.m. "It's hard to say where the time has gone. We're all older now and don't do as much as we used to all those years ago,' founding member Rulh Husar. 72, said. by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The cily expects to spend up to SI.8 million this year on projects ranging from the mapping of city utilities to continued street improvements, according to mayor John Higgins's annual state of ihe city report. Presented during the Jan. 12 city council meeting, the report ouUines projects completed during 1997 and those planned this year. Among ihe most ambitious projects will be the mapping of city utilities using the Geographical Information System, or GIS. The longitude and latitude of each sewer and water line, utility poles and even fire hydrants will be placed on a map using a small electronic backpack equipped with an antenna. Il allows a signal to be sent lo a special satellite and bounced back to earth marking the utility's location within a fraction of an inch. "This will give us one whole composite of the city and ihe utili ties we have. This way, we will know exactly where they are and what we have," Higgins explained. The GIS mapping process will cost ihe city about $40,000 and create maps for different kinds of utilities. A consulting firm has been hired to do the project, but no start date has been set. The continuing repair and upgrade of city streets will begin in the summer and involve paving and rebuilding bridges over Cooper Foster Park and N. Quarry roads. The work on ihe bridges will cost an estimated $125,000 each and the installation of a new 36-inch sewer line along Middle Ridge Road will cost about $350,000, Higgins reported. Extensive blackiopping, sealing and concrete work also will be done, bringing the total road work to at least $1 million. Pending cily council approval, the cily may hire a consultant to help prepare proposed revisions in planning and zoning ordinances this CONTINUED on page 14 CONTINUED page Amherst Women's League members help a Pauline La France, Ethel Moyers and Bernice child pick out a Christmas gift at Santa's Sec- Wyvill. ret Shop in the Nordson Depot. From left are City's competing for share of cash from state to pay for park project by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The city has applied for a $200,000 Natureworks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) lo help pay for its portion of a joint park project. If it is approved, mayor John Higgins said the grant will help pay for the city's share of building the park with the Lorain County Metro Parks. The city has agreed to contribute a total of $600,000 and the Metro- Parks an equal amount Another $600,000 is to come from other resources, including the grant and public and business donations. The joint project was announced earlier this month after more than two years of planning. The land will be purchased from the RLR Development Co. in Elyria. ODNR land management division administrator Mike Cook said a total of $11 million is available to cities, counties and townships throughout the state in 1998. The grams are awarded on a county-by-couniy basis. The cily is competing with nine municipalities and townships for about $251,000 in grant funds for the county in 1998. The other applicants are Elyria, Avon, Lorain, the Lorain Pori Authority, and LaGrangc, Grafton, Pcnfield, Huntington and Brownhelm townships. A total of more than $1 million in grants is being sought. "That means there are four limes the number of grant applications than there is the funds we have set aside for ihe county, bul it's often like that," Cook said. A decision is expected to be announced in May based on a community's needs, financial resources, the recreation facilities offered in the park and other factors. Representatives from the land management division reviewed the site in September. "Wc know Amhersi is a quickly CONTINUED on page 2 m \^w 1 ^^^r^^***^^ < r | Goldman's 'Lion in Winter' on Workshop Player stage Tom Cotton, Dustin Jasinski and Leon Of- The Lion in Winter, fengenden in Workshop Players' production of Workshop Players, celebrating its 50th season this year, will present 'The Lion in Winter," by James Goldman beginning Jan. 29. The production is directed by David Cotton, who is assisted by Aliie Jenkins. "The Lion in Winter" is the story of the fiery relationship between King Henry II of England (played by George MacDonald) and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine (played by Pamela Pickworth) and how they plot, love, cheat, connive and try to politically devour each other. The queen tries to align herself with France to ensure her eldest son's (Richard the Lion Hearted, played by James Darvas) position as heir to ihe throne. King Henry favors his youngest son John (played by Dustin Jasinski) for the coveted tide. The sons care little for either parent, and each will stop at nothing to obtain personal power. Rounding out the cast are Leon Of fengenden as son Geoffrey, Tom Cotton as King Philip of France and Connie Osborne as the French Princess Alais. Highlighted with comic moments, "The Lion it Winter" is a powerful drama of fierce ambition and family honor. The production will be presernted on Jan. 29, 30. 31, Feb. 6. 7. 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees will be Feb. 8 and 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 each and available by calling the box office at 988-5613.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-21|
|Date of Original||21-JAN-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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