Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-18
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voods hit the derby — Page 3 Vandals attack vehicles — Page 6 kmherst News-Times i February 18, 1998 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents >uty auditor quits amid city hall uproar MILLER News-Times reporter Deputy city auditor Cathy Puf- nock resigned suddenly last week after being accused by auditor Diane Eswinc of allegedly leaking information aboul her difficulties in obtaining a surety bond to a Lorain newspaper. Pufnock, deputy auditor under former auditors John Dunn and Jim Eswine, Anderson battle over bond by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter City law director Alan Anderson drew the wrath of auditor Diane Eswinc and mayor John Higgins after he criticized her for allegedly trying to cover up her bonding difficulties last month. Anderson blasted Eswine at city council's Feb. 9 meeting for telling the New-Times that in formation aboul former bonding difficulties had been leaked to the news media by someone at city hall with questionable political motives. Eswine's comments came following a Jan. 26 meeting and in volved disclosure that she was unable lo receive a $50,000 surely bond as auditor because of previous credit problems. Eswinc said she was not try- CONTINUED on page 5 Pennies from her heaven pave road for needy kids by GLEN MILLER Faith Bauman News-Times reporter Once a month, Faith Bauman wiles away two or three hours counting pennies, lots of them. Her goal is to collect 84,000 pennies or about $840, a mile of them, according to her calculations. It's not lhai Bauman needs the money; she's collecting penny aflcr penny to help children attending the Red Bird Mission, a rural mission school in a mountainous part of Kentucky. So far, she's counted about $350 worth of pennies donated by children and adults attending her Sunday school class at the Old Stone United Methodist Church. When she reaches a mile, the $844 will help pay for the room and board of impoverished children who live in boarding houses near the school. The homes arc a necessity. Otherwise, she said the youngsters would have to walk miles to and from school each day, often over sleep or rough sections of southeastern Kentucky. CONTINUED on page 3 Residents want acreage to reflect backyard policy A small group of residents and city officials are trying to determine how to rczone aboul 41 acres of land between Rt. 58 and Royal Drive. The city planning commission is considering rezoning the two parcels of former Amherst Township land from residential R-l-1 to commercial property. The residents, most who live along Royal Drive, don't want to look oul iheir rear windows 10 sec businesses. They would prefer the cily leave about three-quarters of the property residential, especially the part behind their homes, according to Royal Drive homeowner Martin Sofia. Sofia has offered io research how the township's previous R-l-1 zoning and the type of construction il allowed. He and city building inspector Ron Konowal, who is doing similar research using aerial mapping, are expected to report their findings to the planning commission Feb. 24. A portion of the land, which is owned by Daniel George, of Amherst, abuts properly owned by American Legion Post #118 and Royal Drive homes. Most of the land was residential (R-l-1) and a small portion commercial when it was annexed into the city from the township about eight years ago according lo mayor John Higgins. George wants it all rczoned commercial but the nearby residents don't. A few residents spoke on ihe history of the area and made an impassioned plea to preserve the residential zoning during a Jan. 27 planning commission meeting. Higgins said the some residents' hope of keeping all the land zoned residential "wouldn't fly" with the planning commission or city council. "It just isn't practical given the development that's going to be occurring along Rt. 58 when the turnpike interchange comes along," he explained. Sofia, of 1025 Royal Drive, said he and a few other neighborhood residents also feel it is unrealistic to think the city can keep all of the land residential. The portion along the west side of Leavitt Road can be zoned commercial, but nol more lhan about 1,000 or 1,500 feet in depth. In addition, a buffer zone should be built between the com- CONTINUED on page 2 Yesterday and today Fourth grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School take a test while dressed the way in which their ancestors were schooled about 150 years ago. The special dress was in celebration of Cleveland Catholic Diocese 150th anniversary. Gammons, said she resigned at noon Feb. 11 without giving notice because she feared she was about to be fired by Eswine. "I was falsely accused by her and, based on some nasty things she said to me, I felt that she wanted me out," Pufnock said. "This is an appointed position and I have no (civil service) protection. She could fire mc overnight and without warning." CONTINUED on page 3 Russell McGrew She ends courtship; he returns to rape her An Elyria man, who was reportedly angered by a broken relationship wilh his Amherst girlfriend, allegedly overpowered and raped her Feb. 4 while ihe woman's five-year- old son was in the home. Russell S. McGrew, 38, is charged wilh raping his former 28-year-old Flamingo Avenue girlfriend while her five-year-old son was nearby. The boy did not witness the rape but was within hearing distance of the act, according to detective Alex Molnar. McGrew, of Elyria, pleaded not guilty in Oberlin Municipal Court Feb. 10 and is being held in the Lorain Counly Correctional Facility pending a Feb. 26 preliminary hearing. He also is charged with domestic violence and aggravated burglary. The woman did not call police following the rape because McGrew threatened to kill her if she did. Molnar said McGrew and the woman broke off their relationship Feb. 3. He returned to the woman's modular home the following night and entered without knocking through an unlocked door. When the woman asked him to leave, he overpowered and allegedly raped her in a nearby room while the boy was home. Molnar said the 5-foot-10 inch, 170-pound McGrew easily overpowered his 5-foot-5 inch, 120-pound ex-girlfriend. He left following the sexual attack but returned the following morning as the woman was walking her son to a school bus stop. "He pulled up beside her and basically said they had to talk, so they went back to her trailer. He knocked her around there," Molnar said. Commissioner says Golden Acres safe haven Golden Acres will not be closed nor will pan of its property be used as the site of a tourist center operated by the Lorain County Visitor's Bureau. Lorain Counly commissioner Michael Ross said he never intended to close the Amherst Township landmark or move its residents lo the vacant Si. Joseph Hospital in Lorain. His intent was to determine if "a working relationship" between the owners of the medical building and the nursing home could be developed as part of an assisted living facility being considered in part of ihe old hospital. "1 never intended to indicate we might close Golden Acres. There was a misunderstanding on the part of people for which I accept full responsibility," he said. Ross said he met wilh Golden Acres staff and administrator William Glowacki last week in an effort to clarify his intentions and plans. According to him, much of misunderstanding involved his plans to determine the value of the nursing home and the 20 acres it sits on. The plan still is viable, but only as part of an effori to discover the true value of all county-owned land. The evaluation has nothing to do wilh construction of a turnpike interchange on Rt. 58 and the resulting commercial development thai will likely occur along the highway, he added. "I never meant that looking at the land value would mean we would eventually be putting up a for sale sign on the lawn and look at making a profit," he added. Neither will a portion of the nursing home land be used for the tourist center. Less lhan an acre of the land was seen as a possible new home for the visitor's bureau, which is now located in downtown Lorain. "That didn't sit well with ihe other board members (commissioners)," Ross said. "Ii won't happen." Nevertheless, the commissioner said he wants to continue investigating the possibility of developing a relationship with the owners of the hospital if an assisted living facility is placed in it. 'There's really not that much happening on the one (Si. Joseph's) end yet, so the jury is sull out on the idea," he said. "It's a possibility, but there's a lol of details lhat have to be explored." If such a facility is finalized, Ross said ihe commissioners and the Gol den Acres board of trustees would have to develop a closer working relationship before any land of connection between the two facilities can become a reality. He said letters from Amherst City Council and the Amherst Township Board of Trustees opposing any change to the landmark did not influence his decision. "I value their opinion the same as I do others who wrote or called," he said. "As commissioners, we need to gel this kind of input."
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-18|
|Date of Original||18-FEB-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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