Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-25
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[ They envision a better Amherst — Page 2 Library forgives you — Page 3 O a-> O o O IO X X r CO H H C <J\ O o 3 X CP < X M cr m m (/) a— C/5 2> O 3> t-l < o imherst News-Times V) o o arch 25, 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents E <, gas station robber gets caught on film w h1 IILLER reporter Kurt Bradley's past and his newly acquired desire to rob people caught up with up him on March 19. Bradley, 35, of Lorain, was arraign^ in a Cleveland federal court for robbing the PremierBank branch at 938 N. Leavitt Road on St. Patrick's Day. He also is due to appear in Lorain County Common Pleas Court for robbing the Marathon service station at Rt. 58 and Cooper Foster Park Road on Feb. 21. During lhat robbery, the suspect made a female attendant lie on the floor in a rear office while he made liis (.-scape. Bradley managed to elude police until he robbed a Shell gasoline station at Cooper Foster Park and Middle Ridge Roads in Lorain March 19, according to police. Although he escaped, his car was spotted castbound on 1-90 by Avon police. Officers lost it in traffic aflcr a high speed chase along the high way into Lakewood. It was there that Bradley managed to speed away as pursuing officers slowed clown to avoid a possible accident in a hazardous construction area. Fortunately his vehicle was seen .again about three hours later by I akewootl police. This time he didn't gel away, not that he would have eluded Amherst police much longer any way, according to lieutenant Lonnic Dillon. Amherst police knew who he was prior to his alleged March 19 holdup thanks to a hidden PremierBank camera and Bradley's past. The bank robbery occurred about 40 minutes after the bank opened March 17. Still photos from the bank tape Higgins gets a little recognition as teacher by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Mayor John Higgins can best he described as a politician, administrator, negotiator and planner. But on March 16, the day before his 62nd birthday, he took on an infrequent role — that of teacher and lecturer. He also identified himself. As city council prepared for its bimonthly committee meetings, he stepped before a group of 15 Marion L. Steele High School government students to explain the function of council and its committees. The students, sophomores and juniors, had been assigned lo observe a council meeting and write a report on what they saw and learned on local government. The meeting was shorter lhan most. It was over in about an hour and went smoothly. "He likes talking to students. He's even been asked lo speak in classes, although he doesn't always have the time," his secretary Sally Cornwell explained. Higgins stepped forward prior to the start of the finance committee meeting to explain what was about to take place and why. Then the finance committee started, during which Higgins spoke and answered several council member's questions about issues. Occasionally, there are breaks between the end of one committee meeting and the scheduled start of another. It was then when Higgins and a few council members took time to answer any questions. He didn't pause or hesitate when answering questions until he was startled by a girl's comment. He had just finished explaining who each council member was and whal their committee functions were when the teenager said, "Yeah, I know who they all arc, but where's the mayor and where's he been all this time?" Dumbfounded, Higgins and several astounded council members roared in laughter. Even though Higgins has a namcplaic wilh the word Mayor John Higgins gives Marion L. Steele ttiyiractiool students a lesson in local govern ment during a break in city council committee ^meetings. Although she was impressed with *WSJtt!ffMTedge, one student didn't know who he was. mayor" on it at his council seat, she apparently never saw il or heard him identified as "mayor" John Higgins. 11 was hard for him to keep a straight face until council's executive committee was called to begin its meeting. Council member David Kukucka added to the jovial moment, saying to Higgins, "Oh, and while you'er at il, don't forget to take out the trash, too." "I guess he had to identify me in some way, bul a well-dressed janitor I am not," Higgins quipped. "But then again, at home...well, it's different." Following the meeting, the mayor said he has spoken in the schools six times since he has been mayor and tries to meet with students at city hall whenever possible. "Its one of the pleasurable duties of this job," he explained. "They're very interested in government, how things happen and me and my job, so I try to reci- procate and help them with projects." • City offers trade to property owner for tower land A Middle Ridge Road property owner may receive free access to city utilities in lieu of a water line tap-in fee as part of a deal for land needed for a new city water tower. The deal has to be approved by city council but has been tentatively worked out between the city and the unidentified property owner. It will allow the city to build a 100-foot water tower to provirJe adequate water pressure on the city's south and wesl sides. The tower will hold one million gallons of water and cost an estimated $1 million to build. Despite a recent general 75-ceni increase in water rates, mayor John Higgins said the cily probably will have to sell bonds io help pay for the project. A storage facility for the city utilities department also is expected to be built on aboul 1.5 acres needed for the projret. "We haven't finalized things yet, but we have discussed where it will be, how we will get io it and what utilities will be provided," he explain«sd. A second Middle Ridge Road property owner has been approached in the hopes another ileal can be worked out for pipeline installation. Use of the land would shorten the length of the pipeline from the water, thereby culling the cost, he added. The lower will be located be- iweeii Pyle—S. Amhersi Road and S. Lake Street. The cily cunently Iras a water lower near the Nordson Corpo- ration lhal may be temporarily shul down for repairs and painting, later this year. It needs a second on the south side because of differences in water pressure caused by changes in elevation. The water tower will take about a year to build once the agreement is finalized, approved by council and bonds are sold. "It's going to lake a lol of engineering work, but it's something we need and have needed for some time," the mayor said. Higgins explained the city has some of the highest and lowest elevations in Lorain County. These differences cause problems in water pressure lhat can be equalized by the construction of the proposed water lower. A detention pond also is needed to hold rain water. The water would be slowly let out of the pond thereby preventing flooding of Beaver Creek during heavy or prolonged rains. Plans call for it to be at least 250 feel wide. She's spotted it Jenny the Datamation uses her sense ot smell to check out a lost glove someone stuck on a post at Maude Neiding Park while her owner, Jack Gilgenbach, looks on. Gilgenbach said Jenny usually takes him for a walk every day, rain or shine. were made and distributed to surrounding police departments. A Lorain police officer recognized him as a former high school classmate and police began tracking him down. According to police, Bradley walked to the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money in CONTINUED on page 2 CHIP $$ to aid downtown business by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Part of a proposed $400,000 Community Housing Improvement Project (CHIP) grant will be used to make downtown Amherst more livable and hopefully add shoppers to the business district. Pending the approval of state development officials, some of the grant will be used to renovate apartments located downtown, mainly those that are in the second and third floors of businesses. An ordinance supporting the grant and its use was endorsed by city council's finance committee March 16 and was expected to be presented to the full council Monday. By creating more usable living space, mayor John Higgins said he hopes the grant will he\p bolster the number of people who may shop in the main business district. "The idea is to have more people shop some of the downtown businesses," he explained. "Having more people live there is part of the trick because it will be convenient for them." The CHIP grant allows the money to be used at the city's discretion as long as il will improve people's living conditions. This is the second year in a row the city has applied for the grant. Last year's application was turned down by a slate review board because it lacked enough detail. This year the city has hired Lakewood planning consultant Al Zalina to help write the grant so it meets government specifications. Zalina also will oversee the grant if it is awarded. CHIP grants are federal funds administered and awarded by the state. An undetermined portion of Amherst's grant will be set side to assist low income senior citizens repair or renovate their homes. The city expects lo learn if it receives the grant in about six months. If it does, it probably will apply for additional grants in the future, Higgins said. Parking has been a major stumbling block to attracting more business to downtown for several years. About 40 to 50 additional parking spaces may be added under a proposal unveiled by Higgins last week. As developed with the help of council member Terry Traster, it calls for adding eight parallel parking spaces and at least 30 diagonal spaces on Tenney Avenue between S. Main Street and Mill Avenue. Parallel parking would be located on the south side of Tenney Avenue along the Conrail tracks. Aboul 15 diagonal spares could be located on the south side of the street near the corner of Church Street and an additional seven on the north side adjacent to the Church Street Bar and Grill. About another dozen may be located on the east side of Church Street across the street from the restaurant and bar. Others would be on both sides of Tenney Avenue immediately east of Church Street. The diagonal spaces can be created by reducing the width of sidewalks from eight to four fret and reducing the size of a small park to be built al the southwest corner of CONTINUED on peg* 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-03-25|
|Date of Original||25-MAR-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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