Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-25
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' [ - rn m . eeds business growth — Page 3 Amherst News-Times February 25, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents Iding's big, but selling's bigger here by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Based on area real estate records, "For sale" signs have been posted in the yards of more lhan 100 Amherst, Amherst Township and South Amherst homes in recent weeks, possibly the largest number ever recorded at this time of the year. The large number of sales can be attributed to several factors, although indications are the closing of City moves to protect tax income with laws by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Two requests for tax refunds from Amherst workers who claim they pay taxes in several other cities has prompted the development of revised tax legislation. The payment of tax refunds became an issue at the Feb. 16 city council finance meeting after treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz said two men requested refunds because they reportedly have paid tax to cities to which they travel as part of their business. Litkovitz told council the city regularly refunds income tax to residents who live in Amhersi bul work in other cities. In this case, however, the men work for companies headquartered in Amherst but spend time in Pittsburgh, Chicago and other cities to which they claim they have paid income lax. Litkovitz said she docs not wanl lo provide lax refunds unless the men can provide proof they have paid Uix in those cities. "I am hard pressed lo believe they arc going there and filing a tax return as a nonresident," she added. Regardless of business travel, she said a person who works lor an Amherst company normally pays income lax io ihe cily. To provide such refunds would create an "accounting nightmare" and increase the administrative cost of operating Liikovitz's office, mayor John Higgins said. "I agree. If you work here, you pay here," he added. The practice also would hurt ihe city's finances. "1 feci il is incumbent on mc to gel every rightfully owed tax dollar to the city of Amherst. If wc start this, wc arc going lo be losing a lot of lax revenue and I am dead set against thai," she added. She said Amhersi docs nol cxpcci employees of other companies outside Amherst lo pay taxes jusi because they may occasionally do business in the cily. Neither do neighboring cities, including Avon Lake and Lorain. "They feel as we do. it's a wash," she added. CONTINUED on page 2 Ford Motor Company's Thunder- bird assembly plant in Lorain tops the list of reasons, according to local realtors. As of Feb. 4,117 homes worth an average of $159,875 were on the market. That's more than most realtors, including Amhersi appraiser Wanda Aschenbach, can recall. As- chenbach operates the Appraisal House on Leavitt Road. In addition, a total of 427 homes were sold in the area during 1997. Sales totaled more lhan S43 million, anolhcr record. In comparison, 399 homes were sold in 1996. According to the report, 170 homes were sold between January and July lasl year while another 257 were sold between July and December. Bul El Nino also has been good for Northern Ohio real estate sales. Bonnie Muniga, manager of the Amherst Realty One office, said the mild winter weather has contributed to the surge in home sales. About 80 to 90 homes normally arc put on the market in Amherst in any given year. Most usually go on ihe market in early spring, although this year the belter weather has prompted more people lo place their homes up for sale earlier. They include the families of Ford Motor Co. employees who have accepted transfers to a company truck assembly plant in Louisville, Ky. "Basically, they wanl to get an earlier start so they have a better chance because most know more homes have gone on the market be cause of the (Ford) closing," Muniga said. Nol all of the homes belong to former employees of the closed Thundcrbird and Cougar assembly plant. Others may have planned to buy their first home or "move up" to meet the needs of a growing family, she added. So far, home prices have not drastically dropped due to the larger number of homes on the market. Those thai have been sold have been no less than three lo five percent of Check it out Harris Elementary School students dressed in surgeon smocks examine a puppy with the help of Thomas Wood, veterinary director ol the Animal Protective League of Lorain County. Wood talked.to third and fourth graders and allowed them to try their hands at being veterinarians during special assemblies after they contributed $413.08 in lunch money to the APL's general fund. State Issue II cash will help repair bridge by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The cily has received a $200,000 stale Issue II public works grant to help pay for the reconstruction of the Cooper Foster Park Road Bridge spanning the Beaver Creek. The $358,000 projtxl is one of nearly a dozen projects that will be done this year as part of the city's '.998 street improvement project. Based on information presented to cily council's finance committee, the projects will be done in two phases and cost an estimated $1.1 million, about the same as last year, ac- cordi ij to mayor John Hiacins. Higgins said he cannot determine the exact cost of both phases until the cost of all projects is submitted later this year. Nearly $791,(XX) will spenl in the first phase and includes aboul $231,000 to rcpave five streets, $226,000 for a Middle Ridge Road storm sewer, $50,000 for a crack and joint scaling program and $20,000 for curblawn landscaping. According lo cily engineer Mill Pommcranz., ihe Issue II grant cuts the city's share of the Cooper Foster Park Road bridge project lo $128,840. The work is included in Ihe first phase of projects. The new bridge will be wider and have sidewalks to accommodate ex pected residential growth in the neighborhood and increased traffic. The road will be rehabilitated from N. Main Street to about the city limits, about three-quarters of a mile cast of Oak Point Road, Pommeranz said. The Middle Ridge Road storm sewer work will be done from the area near Beaver Creek to the eastern cily limits. The road is showing signs of being washed out during periods of heavy or prolonged rain. "Wc need lo control ihe water flowing down the road, especially in the winter time lo prevent freezing," Higgins said. Pommeranz said total Phase I construction costs total aboul $650,000. An additional S64.000 has been set aside for contingency costs. Streets on Ihe asphalt rehabilitation and resurfacing program and their estimated cost are Oakhursi Drive, $80,000; Idlcwood Dnve from Sunset to Forest Hill drives, $35,(XX); Sunset Drive, $40,000; West Martin Avenue from North Lake Street to ihe bridge, $50 .(X)1); and Georgia Avenue, $26,000. As last year, Pommeran/ said ihe landscaping of residenlial curblawns lorn up by street resurlacing will be done by a local contractor in ensure juxhI work. In previous years, ic.si- denls expressed dissaiislaciion wilh landscaping work done by the road construction companies. The second phase will cost about $300,000 to $350,000 and involves reconstruction of a small bridge on Quarry Road north of Milan Avenue. The bridge work will cost more than $130,000. Il also includes aboul $100,000 for equipment and $50,000 for the repayment of a street repair loan taken out several years ago, Higgins said. Several other streets may be resurfaced or repaired if money is left over. They are all or portions of Woodside, Walnul, Green Foresl and Maple Creek drives, and Virginia Court. the lasl listed price. A.J. Schrcibcr, manager of Homctnark Realty, doesn't agree. According lo him, some home prices arc holding steady while some sellers have decided lo ask less because of ihe over supply. Price cuts mainly have occurred in homes costing S130,(XX) and more, but nol as much among those costing less. Homes sales have been slow but CONTINUED on page 2 Grapplers win first SWC title for school; eye state by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter Good things come to those who wail. And the Amherst Cornel varsity wrestling team has waited a long, long lime, actually since the beginning of Marion L. Steele lime. But Saturday, during the Southwestern Conference Tournament held al Avon Lake, they were finally rewarded for their years of frustration and hard work. They found themselves being crowned as the SWC champions after knocking off three-lime champion Otmstcd Falls by iwo slim points Going into the final rounds, the Comets, who have led the conference all season, found themselves trailing Fails 160.5 to 152.5. But knowing what they had to do, the Amherst grapplers won seven of 11 in the championship round to grab the elusive title. While winning ihe SWC for ihe Inst time in wrestling history al Amhersi, the Comets also crowned the most champions, four, in ihe school history. "They really did a nice job," Cornel head coach Bill Walker said. "Their backs were against the wall. I thought wc might win five or six bul wc won seven." The final standings in the 38th annual wrestling tournament were Amhersi 181.5, Olmsted Falls 179.5, Fairview 162, Wcstlakc 105, Avon Lake 76, North Olmsted 57, Rocky River 28 and Bay 5. In the final rounds ihe four Comet champions were sophomore Jake Pcrcival who at 112 pounds won his second title by defeating Olmsted Falls' Paul Hodcrmarsky by a 3-2 decision, and seniors Matt Moos in the 135-pound class, Paul Adamson in the 160 class and Adam Sludsiill, claiming his second championship in the 189 class. Moos won his title by a 7-3 decision, Adamson by a 13-2 decision and Studstill by a 14-7 decision. Other Comet wrestlers who competed in the tournament were Joe Falbo in the 103-class who finished third, 119 pound Kyle Klekota who finished second, Ryan Lahctla who also finished second in the 125-pound class, John Falbo finishing third in the 145-class, Ron Gar- giulo who finished third by a pin in ihe 152-class, Joe Ramsey finishing second in ihe 171-pound class and Wayne Johnson, who at 275, finished fourth in his class. While there was plenty io celebrate and cheer, the Cornels' work is still nol over. On Friday and Saturday the Amhersi grapplers will be al Southview competing in the Sectionals hoping io wrcsilc their way to Suite. Walkci is hoping to send al least ten of his young men lo the District Mcei. "They have wrestled well all sea son and hopefully it will carr> io state," he said. "We are peaking at the right time " *"*s£kS
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-02-25|
|Date of Original||25-FEB-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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