Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-18
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Nude dancing isn't for Amherst — Page 2 Girl goalie fights for fame — Page 8 Vmherst News-Times March 18, 1998 icil oves contract Editor's note: A story which appeared in last week's News- Times was incorrect in reporting the results of a special city council meeting concerning a police contract. The correct story follows; the News-Times regrets the error and any inconvenience it may have caused. Amherst patrolmen and sergeants were awards a new three-year contract March 6 when city council failed to overturn a factfinder's report on troubled negotiations with their union. Mayor John Higgins had recommended the rejection and permission to enter into federal arbitration in an effort lo resolve stalled talks with the Amherst Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association (OPBA). Bul ihe majority of council didn't agree wilh him. Only five of council's nine members voted for an ordinance rejecting the report and giving him and safely service director Shcrill McLoda permission to seek federal arbitration in the labor dispute. Council member David Kukucka was, and new council members Steve P'Simer and Ed Cowger voted against the legislation. The emergency council meeting was prompted by a federal labor law that requires parties involved in negotiations to accept or reject a factfinder's report within seven days after it is mailed. The Amhersi report was mailed Feb. 28. Had council not met, the factfinder's report would have automatically become the basis for a new contract Higgins sought to reject the report because il heavily favored union demands thai he claimed would cosl the cily an additional Sl59,0(X) over the length of the agreement. But council's acccplancc of the report gives sergeants and full-lime patrolman a four percent pay increase retroactive to Jan. 1 and an additional 3.5 percent in 1999 and 2000. The OPBA originally had sought a 4.25 percent raise this year but lowered lhat demand during the talks. It refusal to give in on u dozen other issues including pay for lime served in court, call-in pay lor off .duty officers, holiday pay, sick leave, and shift differential. "I was disappointed because wc did not have the opportunity to renegotiate some of these points," Higgins said. "If wc had, 1 think we would have won some." The mayor said the cily had lo consider the cost of other police contracts lhat remain to be negotiated. They include talks with OPBA bargaining units representing full and part-time dispatchers. Contracts also remain to be negotiated with pan-lime patrolmen, and the department administrators, including chief William Hall, who are not represented by the union. Patrolman Walter Gould, local OPBA director, called the fact finding report "fair and equitable" considering the contracts of other police departments and the amount of time Amhersi officers must often work. Patrolmen have to put up with "unreasonable working schedules and conditions of employment" because the department is under staffed, he said. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, he said employers that continuously under staff their work force must ''accept the responsibility of paying a premium" to them. Bul Higgins felt differenUy. In the past two years, he said the city has built a new police station and hired additional full-lime and pan- limc officers. "But still the union said dial's nol enough," he added. In addition, about 40 percent of the cily's $3.9 million general fund will be spent on ihe police department this year. Of this, more than $1 CONTINUED on page 3 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents What's old will be new again in local bridges by GLEN MILLER Window Marion L. Steele High School students Lindsey Edwards (rear) and Alicia Horn place clothes they have sewn for a class project in a display window for everyone to see. The sewing was accomplished by three life skill classes under the direction of teacher Judy Pozniak. News-Times reporter For more than a year, die city has been sorting through old steel beams no one wanted in the hope of using them to help refurbish a small but important city bridge on Cooper Foster Park Road. In the process, it has chosen the. best beams, those that show no serious signs of deterioration, thereby saving money in the bridge's reconstruction. Utilities superintendent Don Woodings and mayor John Higgins have begged and bought used steel bridge beams from the Erie County engineer's office. The used beams are not in bad shape, but the bridge in which ihey will be used is in poor condition. Its base is eroding, partially because of greater use and normal deterioration over many years, according to the mayor. Had the city not located the salvaged steel beams, Higgins said it may have had to spend up to S500.000 to fix the bridge. Instead, the work only will cost 5354,000, $200,000 of which is money from a state public works Issue II grant. The city's share is $154,000. Of that, $44,000 is permissive tax money, funds collected with the city five percent tax on new vehicle license plates. The key find was span beams purchased from construction companies that worked on re placing or repairing bridges throughout the state. In most cases, the bridge span beams were nol in bad condition but- usually had to be replaced to accompany the wider bridges and roads built on them, according lo Higgins. Ihe refurbished Cooper Fos- ICf Park Road bridge will be hmli this spring and also will be wider. In addition to the two- lane roadway, it will hold sidewalks for increased pedestrian traffic in the area, Higgins said. The Quarry Road bridge used lo be part of an old railroad bridge. It also supports a 12-inch water line that feeds most of the cily's soulh and west sides, especially the new subdivisions located off S. Lake Street, according to Woodings. The Quarry Road bridge also eventually will be rebuilt wilh used steel beams that have yet to be purchased. Instead, the city will spend about $250,000 this year to build a walkway bridge lhal also will support the water line. The bridge is not expected to be replaced ihis year but probably will be within the next few years. When il is, the cily may save thousands ol dollars by using good quality salvaged steel. Woodings said. The cosl of a new bridge has been estimated at S1.3 million. The city thinks it can save al lasast half the cost by using used CONTINUED on page 3 Hobby turns golden for local egg lady Family's heritage reflected in intricate designs of color and wax by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Beverly Boiwka is an artist who produces a rare but beautiful and fascinating art form from something most people toss into the garbage. The Amhersi woman is becoming renowned for the designs she painstakingly puts on egg shells of all sizes and shapes, whether they come from chickens or rheas, a small ostrich type of bird. Her fascination with egg design started 20 years ago when she learned aboul a design class through her church and decided to see what it was all about. Her teacher used Ukrainian designs and patterns. Thai ended up suiting her fiimily heritage just fine. Her husband, Steve, is Ukrainian. Ukrainian designs arc symbolic and have survived over many generations. "There is a symbolism in every single pattern they do. It's mind boggling and beautiful," she added. "They never threw iheir patterns away." The sun, wh>3ai, stars and flowers that are commonly found have religious or agricultural significance. At first, she just created egg designs for her family and friends. Boiwka didn't think she would become firmly attached to it because she liked lo "dabble" in several kinds of craft work. Bui lhal changed when a friend saw her egg art and suggested she iry selling il at craft shows. Il was a concept lhal had never occurred lo Boiwka. She did, but look along other crafts. They didn't attract near as much attention as did her egg designs. "People came to a screeching halt and become rooted in place. There Ukrainian egg artist Beverly Boiwka shows off <i small sample of throughout the year, her intricate and often time-consuming art work that she makes was kind of a magnetism. Il was then I realized what I had and whal fascinated people," she explained. Over the years, what started out as an occasional hobby has mushroomed into a business, Country Lane Crafts, thai site operates out of her Slick Koad home wilh the help of her husband. It's his job lo remove egg whites and yokes wilh a special tubing and loots lhat carefully blow oul the in- sides. The thin tubing is the width of a small nail. "It's just kind of taken over, so over the years I keep trying to create more challenging and complex designs," Boiwka said. She's lost count of how many eggs on which she has created designs, but over the years it's been in the thousands. January to Easier is her busiest lime of the yisar. Every year she creates designs for 20 to 30 dozen eggs. Some sell for as much as $35 at craft shows, depending on the in tricacy of her designs and the num ber of colors used. She normally participates in four to 10 shows a year, including the Avon Lake Homespun Fsur April 4 at Lorain Counly Community College. CONTINUED on page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-18|
|Date of Original||18-MAR-1998|
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