Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-28
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Retter apartment zoning sought — Page 12 Muska's off to D.C. — Page 3 Amherst News-Times January 28, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents eyeing firefighter fund for city hall repairs nI miller News-Times reporter Cily council will transfer up to $450,000 from a firefighters disability fund to pay for much-needed repairs to the city hall roof and bell tower. The transfer of money into the city's general fund was discussed by city council's finance committee and mayor John Higgins during a meeting Jan. 20. Pending council approval, the funds will be used in two phases: the roof and bell tower repair, and possibly the renovation of city hall. The renovation includes relocating some of the offices on the overcrowded first floor to the basement to provide additional office and storage space. Council was expected to discuss the fund transfer at its Monday meeting. The second phase will be implemented if there is sufficient money after the repairs are made, Higgins said. Pending review by law director Alan Anderson, the mayor said the money can be legally borrowed from the account. In the meantime, two questions need to be resolved: • Whether to transfer the money into the general fund or a special interest-generating account within the general fund. • The elhical or "moral" implications of using disability funds. Firefighters have each paid as much as $9,500 into the fund over the last 40 years, but few have used it. There is orfly one firefighter remaining on the fire department who remains eligible for benefits. The mayor has proposed leaving $54,000 in the account, more than enough to cover the city's obligation to him. Following the meeting, Higgins said the loan is the only alternative open to the city because of a lawsuit filed against him and council members by Anderson last year. A county common pleas court judge ruled that council can select a bond representative to sell bonds for renovation of cily hall, now esti mated at more than $500,000. Anderson's suit claimed that only he had the authority to hire a bond counsel. Council cannot issue bonds until an appeal filed by the law director is heard by a state appellate court. In the meantime, continued deterioration of the building prompted the need for what Higgins called an CONTINUED on page 2 Ken Cross . Eagles bursting with new members by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter People seem to be lining up to join the Amherst Fraternal Order of Eagles now lhat it has completed its new $1 million club on Milan Avenue. Aboul 200 new members have joined the F.O.E. since il moved inio its long-awaited new facility last November and an additional 200 to 300 have made application, according to president Ron Harper. "Wc knew we had lo make the move years ago because we were just getting to be loo crowded," he explained. "Now that we have moved, we've got more people lhan ever before wanting to join." At last count, the F.O.E had 1,340 members, making it the largest Eagles club in Lorain County and its district, which also includes Erie Counly. The 22,000 square-foot-facility will be dedicated during special Jan. 31 grand opening ceremonies. Ken Cross, the national membership and inventory director, and director of the F.O.E's heart and diabetes funds, is among the Eagles officials who will be present for the grand opening. Cross, of Milwaukee, Wis. is past grand worthy president of the F.O.E. Officially, the club is Aerie 1442. Unofficially, it's become the social "in place" for Amherstonians these days. Anyone who is anybody belongs. Members include mayor John Higgins, police chief William Hall and Lorain Counly sheriff Martin Mahony. Harper and club trustee Bill Lea- zier said the organization sees itself as civic group that enjoys having fun while donating funds lo worthwhile causes. Among them have been the Amherst school district and its sports banquets, the Amherst Police Department's Safely Town, ihe Sandstone Summer Theater and various community cleanup activities. More than half its members live in Amherst. Others either live in Amherst Township, Soulh Amherst or the surrounding area. The former club at Milan Avenue and N. Main Street has been sold to David Moore, the owner of ihe Crystal Mortgage Co., and is being remodeled. Eagles members were busy last CONTINUED on page 12 Couple closing camera shop to finally enjoy their retirement by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Two of Amherst's best known shullcrbugs have decided to put the lens cap on their 20-year-old business. Paul Ruminsky and his wife, Doris, will permanently lock the door of Parke Camera, 281 Park Ave., when they close their little photo shop for the last time sometime in late February. No firm date has been set. They want lo sell off all or most of their merchandise before settling into retircm>Ma*r-<He>U*-79 and she is 75. But his health, more than their golden years, has more to do wilh their decision. It was prompted by a small stroke Paul suffered last June. It didn't disable him, but it was a warning that Ruminsky's doctor lold him not to ignore. "I was lucky. It could have been much worse," he explained. "The doctor told me to slow down and start taking it a lol more easy and kind of take more time lo smell the roses. We've worked a lot over the years and want to enjoy life more." Al first the Ruminskys, who run the store themselves, considered selling the business but found a small camera store isn't ihe kind of business for which banks arc willing to make loans. A few people did express interest but couldn't secure the necessary financing from banks. "If you were buying a home, CONTINUED on page 2 Paul and Doris Ruminsky will be closing the doors of Park Camera at the end of February to take time to "smell the roses" after 20 years in business. Substation to finally get proper phones After nearly a four-month delay, ihe Lorain County commissioners have agreed to pay for the installation of two phones lines needed for a new sheriffs substation al the Amherst Township Hall. The approval will pay for the installation of internal and external lines. The internal line will be used by deputies while outside lines will be connected to a specially designed emergency call box from which residents or passersby can call 911. The internal line was approved Jan. 15. The external line was nol because of an error on the agenda, according to commissioners' clerk Roxannc Blair. The mistake was corrected by a simple resolution amendment approved by the commissioners Jan. 22. Lorain County 911 has agreed lo provide special outdoor call boxes at substations in Amherst, Penfield and Eaton townships. The lines, how ever, must be paid for by the county commissioners because the sheriff's department does not have money budgeted for them. Based on Century Telephone rates, Blair said the commissioners will pay $80 a month for the two Amhersi Township lines as well as an initial $100.50 installation charge. Charges at the other town- . ship substations will be based on Alltel fees. The outdoor call boxes can be used by people wilh an emergency and will connect them with 911 service when deputies are not in the substation. Officers will be in the general area, less than five minutes away. The call boxes also can be used for roadside auto assistance and eventually may be connected to the sheriff's department if enough emergency calls are made. Their design will not allow general purpose calls to be made, according to Lor ain County sheriff Martin Mahony. The indoor lines will be used by deputies to accept or make calls. They also will enable them to send reports by computer modem to the sheriff's department, Mahony explained. Eventually, the sheriff said he will ask the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide signs that can be posted throughout the area pointing to the substation and call boxes. •~^ Township, CC oppose Golden Acres idea Employees of the Chief Wrecking Co. of Lorain look on as a steam shovel seems to take a big bite out of the former Bob Morris Big Lot at Cleveland Avenue and Leavitt Road. The property is be ing cleared to make way for construction of a Rite Aid pharmacy this spring. Amherst and Amherst Township officials have joined forces to oppose the possible closing of Golden Acres and the sale of its property for commercial use. Two letters, one signed by city officials and another by the township trustees, have been sent to Lorain County commissioner Michael Ross opposing a plan that could include moving the nursing home to the former St. Joseph Hospital in Lorain. Ross is seeking a feasibility study to determine if the nursing home and its patients should be moved to a vacant wing of the closed hospital. Last month, the commissioner said he wanted to make better use of all county facilities, including Golden Acres. The study will determine if the hospital can house its patients and if Ihe nursing home's 20 acres has commercial development potential. Township and cily officials have made it clear they don't like the CONTINUED on page 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-01-28|
|Date of Original||28-JAN-1998|
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