Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-11
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Three grapplers advance — Page 7 Amherst News-Times ', March 11, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents itrator will have to settle police contract 4 MILLER 09 reporter The city is .asking a slate arbitrator to intervene in the contract negotiations between the city and the union representing full-time patrolmen and sergeants. The arbitration request was approve by city council during a March 6 emergency meeting at which it also rejected a fact finder's Mistaken identity leads to lawsuit by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Ruemontc M. Tcvis III , of Oberlin, has spent nearly $7,500 trying to clear his name for a mistake he claims the Amherst police department made in arresting him. He claims he didn't do the crime for which he was .charged and shouldn't have had to pay a dime for all the lime he has spent in jail and Oberlin Municipal Court. Another Ruemontc M. Tevis III — or some one using his name — did assault a man at Toucan Charlies night club last Sept. 17, but not him. That's why he has fited a $10 million suit against the city, police chief William Hall, and patrolmen Walter Gould and Luther Smith. Tevis, 22, was arrested in mid- September for failing to appear in court for allegedly punching oul an Elyria man at the night club and knocking oyer an atrium. The trouble is the unknown assailant wasn't Tevis. Instead.il was someone without identification who was using his name when he was arrested by Gould and Smith, according to Tevis's Oberlin attorney Kirk Perry. The attorney said police failed to verify the assailant's identification before taking a mug shot of him and releasing him on $1,000 personal bond. The real Tcvis was arrested by Oberlin police Sept. 25 for failure to appear in court while walking to work and jailed until he posted bond. After that, he spent several days going lo and from court trying to clear his name. At no time did Amherst police attempt to match Tevis CONTINUED on page 5 report on contract talks that began earlier this year. Council adjourned lo an executive session, but prior to it mayor John Higgins said the report heavily favored the demands of the Amherst Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association. According to the mayor, ihe contract would cost the cily an additional $159,000 over the length of the three-year agreement. Higgins said the city was prepared lo pay less, but would not say how much. The report did accept a four per- ccm pay increase offered to patrolmen by the city. The cost of many other provisions in the contract is more than the city is willing to pay, he added. The issues contested include court time, call-in pay for off duty officers, holiday pay, sick leave, and shift differential. The emergency council meeting was prompted by a state lafjor law that requires parties involved in negotiations to accept or reject a fact finder's report within seven days after it is mailed. The report was mailed Feb. 28. The fact finder's report was requested because the city and union initially could not agree on items lo be negotiated. Based on state labor law, the mayor said the document automatically would have been regarded as the basis for a contract if no action had been taken. "We couldn't afford to let this happen because wc have to think about other upcoming conlracLs and what they may cost us," Higgins said. Patrolman Walter Gould, local OPBA director, said the union believes the fact finding report is "fair and equitable" to the city. Patrolmen have to put up wilh "unreasonable working schedules and conditions of employment" because the department is under staffed, he said. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, he claimed employers lhat continuously under Staff their work force must "accept the responsibility of paying a premium" to its employees. But Higgins feels differently. In the past two years, he said the city has built a new police station and hired additional full-time and part- CONTINUED on page 2 Squires sends bill for legal fees; law director doesn't like two-year lag A bill for legal services performed for the city by the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and De- mpscy had city law director Alan Anderson scratching his head in wonder March 2. It wasn't the $10,983.25 ihe linn charged, bul why the firm waited 23 months to bill the city for its services. "It's just weird," he said during a city council finance committee meeting. According to Anderson, it would have been better for the firm to bill the city when it concluded perform- for ing each individual service which il had been retained. "I am surprised they haven't done this. I just wonder if there was something else behind this, but I doubt it," he added. Ihe bill was for a variety of services performed between Jan. 1, 1996 through Nov. 30, 1997 and amounted lo exactly $10,000. An additional S983.25 disbursement fee for long distance phone calls, copying, research, delivery service and travel to Columbus was Uickcd on. CONTINUED on page 2 Moritorium gives CC one year to buff up on nude, topless law Up and down Maggie Smith, 5, starts her trip down a curly slide at Powers Elementary School while her brother, Max, 9, is nearly ready to come in for a landing. Dozens of Amherst kids enjoyed a day off during last week's spring-like weather thanks to a teachers' service day held in the city's school system. This week, they had to deal with a spring snow storm on Tuesday. Prompt^ by Vermilion's battles with a topless bar, Amherst city council has placed a one-year moratorium on the opening of the same kind of sexually oriented businesses. The yearlong legal delay will give city officials the opportunity to develop an ordinance regulating adult- oriented businesses, mainly topless or nude dancing in bars. The issue was discussed by city council's ordinance committee March 2 and passed on emergency March 9 by the full council. Council member Steve P'Simer said the yearlong delay was created in response to calls from constituents who inquired if Amherst had the power to prevent nude or topless bar dancing establishments from opening in the city. To his surprise, he discovered Amherst has none, but should. The moratorium will prevent any adult-oriented busi/iess from obtaining any kind of an operating license or building and occupancy permit. None of the callers complained about the possible sale of adult magazines, such as Playboy or Penthouse, at present businesses selling magazines, he added. "Whatever ihe pleasure is of the rest of city council, the law director, the mayor and anyone else who wanLs to gel involved, wc need to sit down and review other ordinances and try and come up with one of our own," P'Simer said. No business featuring nude or CONTINUED on page 12 She'll pamper you in your own kitchen with her business style by GLEN MILLER Monica Stark creates some magic in her kitchen. News-Times reporter Monica Stark is a mother, a cook, a business woman and, to some extent, a party-goer. She's not a party-goer in the traditional sense, rather a woman who is using her skills as a cook to carve out a new career for herself and family by pampering dozens of women in the area. Stark is among the area women who are consultants for a new company that throws parties for homemakers like herself seeking new kitchen tools. The concept is a lot like throwing a Tupperware party. The only difference is that she pampers them. Not only does she sell kitchen ware, but she uses it to cook for the party- goers. Thai's where die idea for the company — Pampered Chef — got its name. Apparently, people like the food she makes at her parties and what she sells. These days, she's wearing special blue monogrammed apron awarded to her by the Chicago-based company because was tops in sales last year. She also captured a first place award for making a yummy desert, double chocolate mocha trifle. It won her first place in an Cleveland area recipe contest using her products. "It's not much, bul it means a lot because it signifies I've succeeded in something I never did before — sales," she said. "I've always liked to cook, but never did I imagine it would help me financially." The mother of three children, Will, 4, Sarah, 2, and two- monih-old Tommy, Stark is among ihe women who have decided to go into business for themselves rather than work long, often tiring hours for someone else* Her demonstrations have been for as few as four people or as many as 16 or more. They usually last three lo lour hours, leaving die rest of the day to de- vole to her kids while doing CONTINUED on page 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-11|
|Date of Original||11-MAR-1998|
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