Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-15
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¥M^m^rftmmamtsa)a0ttmfm billiam looks to rebuild - Page 9 I Coaches earn honors - Pa p] Amherst News-Time r M H J T. 1 H tJ 9 1 » : n t> <-„ Wednesday, November 15, 2000 Amherst, Ohio I City moves to confine sex oriented businesses to areas zoned industrial It is a fact that the legitimate sex business (pornography) makes more than $1 billion every year. That is a lot of money for a business that you can't find at your local shopping mall The reality is that mainstream America isn't ready to have adult book stores and porn shops popping up in strip malls nestled between Subway and the Hallmark shop. These businesses are usually reserved to the more industrial areas of a city. One just needs to take a trip down Brook Park Road in Cleveland to figure that out. But what if your town doesn't really have an industrial area? What if you live in "Small Town USA?" What if you live in Amherst? City council has an ordinance on the floor for approval that addresses this very issue. The ordinance, which has just been passed on to second reading, states that it will "add sections 1135.001, 1137.001, 1139.021, and 1141.011 of the codified ordinances of the city of Amherst, entitled 'sexually oriented businesses' restricting sexually oriented businesses to the I-1 Industrial .District; and establishing other regulation with respect to the location of such businesses.*' What this means is that if someone wants to open a business that is deemed sexually oriented, they wouldn't be permitted to open in downtown, or any other area where children would be exposed to iL This ordinance is very similar to the "red light districts'' that some cities have. These "red light districts'' herd all of the sex workers, legitimate and non-legitamate into one seedy area of a big city. The area that would be open to sexual businesses if the ordinance is passed is broken up into four areas within the city of AmhersL The first area runs from Cooper Foster Rd over to Oak Point Rd. The second is located between Hamilton SL and Apple Orchard Lane. The third area stretches from Church Sl to Oberlin Rd. along Milan Ave. The final area extends from Dewey Rd. To Oberlin Rd. This proposed ordinance must still go through two more readings before it is passed into law. According to the Mayor's office this ordinance has been worked on for several years. They feel that there were several legal issues that had to be resolved before the ordinance could be taken to the floor of council. Council endorses Ohio Main Street Program application Just about everyone who lives in the city of Amherst knows that the local government has started the downtown revitalization plan. This plan is designed to upgrade and beautify the downtown area of Amherst so that people will want to do their business there. The city has already taken action to help strengthen the economic potential in the downtown area. They have hired Greg Balbierz as the downtown coordinator. Balbierz has been instrumental in organizing activities in the downtown area, as well as putting together applications for grant money that would be used to help upgrade downtown. One such grant that the city and Balbierz are hoping to get is the Ohio Main Street Program. The mission of the Ohio Main Street Program is to assist Ohio communities to economically and physically revitalize their downtown by providing the necessary education and training to implement the National Main Street Center's four point approach. There are six requirements that must be met before a city can be designated with the Main Street Ohio tag. First the city must have a definable downtown commercial area with historic architectural resources. THey must have a commitment to employ a program manager or executive director. If the population of the city exceeds 5,000 the manager must be a full time employee. The city also needs an adequate program operating budget for a minimum of four yean. The program manager or executive director, board members, ^fPwrJr^^ mmsrf ■•!!—>•■ ' r>'*k-. 'J^it-itSi. l. iX Marion L. Steele High School shows its appreciation to the voters who passed the bond issue that has supplied the city with a new junior high. With the passage Eric Nord has pledged $150,000 to the new facility for educational equipment. School board begins building with passage of bond issue and volunteers must make a commitment lo attend training sessions and workshops. Finally they must make a financial commitment to provide DOI with $5,000 for a total of three years of training and technical assistance. Wellington has already been designated as a Main Street Ohio city and has seen improvement in their downtown area. Oberlin and Lorain are currently applying for the same designation. The only problem that rests in the application process is the name of the organization that has been created for the sole purpose of bringing together the downtown merchants. The Amherst Downtown Business Association or ADBA is not officially a non-profit organization. This is key because in order to receive the Main Street designation, the board must be non-profiL Since it takes time to receive non-profit designation, and the due date for the application is upon us, some feel that the name of the organization should be changed to the Amherst Downtown Betterment Association. This takes the "business'' out of the name and eliminates all doubt as to whether or not they are for profit or not This is a small problem and can be fixed by a simple change of the wording. The project has the support of the mayor, and city council. who passed an endorsement of the project on first reading at the last council meeting. This is just another step in the revitalization of historic downtown' AmhersL by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Ho Ho Ho! Did anyone hear that? I know that Christmas is more than a month away, but Santa made an early stop in AmhersL He did not come with a sack full of-toys, but rather he showed up with a brand new school! Issue 35, the bond issue that would provide the Amherst school system with a new junior high and additions to Marion L. Steele High School passed with flying colon on election day, and we don't even need a recount to prove iL Superintendent Robert Boynton and his staff breathed a collective sigh of relief when the results came in. "I didn't get much sleep that night,'' stated Boynton. "I am just relieved that all of our hard work paid off." Issue 35 is a $25 million bond issue that will cost homeowners throughout the district roughly $2.83 per month for each $25,000 of home value. However, the bond issue does provide for a reduction on property taxes for senior citizens on a fixed income if they meet a certain criteria. They must be 65 years old or totally and permanently disabled, and are the owner and have occupied the home as of Jan. 1,2000, and their income is less than $23300 including the income of a spouse. Anyone falling into this category could receive up to a 75 per cent reduction. The other big news that is related to the passage of the issue is the pledge of Eric Nord to donate $150,000 to the schools for a mult media package. THe school will use the money to establish a discretionary fund which will provide the new facilities with the package. The multi media package will include LCD projectors, Elmo projectors, multi media cabinets, electronic copy boards, wireless computers, two wireless computer class sets of 30, and science probes for water quality, biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science. Fust the facilities have to be builL According to Boynton, there is a Nov. 15 meeting scheduled when the board and the architectural firm will plan out a calendar. The firm of Clark and Post has been hired to oversee the project The first step in the building of the school is the clearing of the trees and leveling of the land, which was completed yesterday. Boynton wants to get the land leveled so that the new soccer fields can be completed. Next year the existing fields will be turned over to the community soccer program. Once the land is cleared, there work is done," stated Boynton. "Now we have to get to work to complete the job." The new school is scheduled to open for class in Sept 2002. Some families in the area are concerned about a possible safety problem involved with the new school. The fear is that the children attending Harris Elementary would be in danger of traffic going through the Harris parking lot to the new junior high. Boynton put those fears to rest by stating that there will be no road connecting the two schools. Only a walkway. The only vehicular access to the new school will be in the form of a new road being put in off of Milan Ave. will be soil tests and surveying to be done. "Just about all of the design "I want to thank all of the voters for putting their trust in us," stated Boynton. "Everyone worked so hard. Now we have to change gears. We got the issue passed, now we want to provide the community with facilities that will meet the needs of the kids. This will be something that the whole community will be proud of." Who said that Christmas only comes once a year? Electic is spe for lOGcu politicians by JASON TOMASZEWSKI Newt-Times reporter No one can complain that Amherst doesn't have a say in Lorain County politics any more. For the first time in SO years two R win be sitting in county commissioners seats as Amherst residents Dave Moore and Erick Flynn beat out incumbents Michael Ross and Mary Jo Vasi in the Nov. 7 election. The wins came by margins so slim it makes the Florida election look like a landslide. Moore defeated Ross by a mere 862 votes, while Flynn downed Vasi by 421, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections. While the victories were slim, Moore feels that the voters sent a message. "It was a win win," stated Moore. "Even if we had lost by 1,000 votes, that still would have shown it was time for a change. The people had a mandate. I will not embarrass them." While the victories have been well received by Moore and Flynn, election officials might have them wait before they can claim total victory. With the Florida election the margin of victory was so slim that an automatic recount was instituted, Election officials feel that with the slim margin here a recount is likely. Still the wining candidates were happy about the wins and humbled that the voters chose them. "I want to thank all of the Democrats who voted for me," Moore stated. "I think this says that the voters wanted a change and are tired of seeing the commissioners on the front pages for petty bickering. I am humbled and proud." Flynn was likewise humbled by the election. "I just heard it on the news," Flynn stated. "I think that the voters wanted a change. I am very grateful to the voters to give me the vote of confidence." More and Flynn will be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2001. The two R represent the first GOP candidates to be elected as Lorain County Commissioners since 1954. City plans outage There is a planned complete city- wide electric outage scheduled for the City of Amherst on Sunday, November 19 from 3:00 am. until 5.-00 a.n. in order to upgrade the new electric substaion #1. If it should rain, this two hour outage will be rescheduled. Flu shots available . The Lorain County General Health District will hold its 2000 flu clinic at tbe Amherst VFW Post 1662,165 Cleveland SL, on Tuesday, Nov. 21. from 10 am. to 5:30 p.m. Flu immuniiation is recommended for those 65 years of age or older, people with chronic heart or lung disease, residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities, those with chronic disorders such as diabetes, kidney disease or anemia and those who care for or have extensive contact with these groups. People who are sensitive to eggs should not receive a vaccine. Those who are ill with a fever should wait until symptoms disappear before getting the vaccine. Flu immunization. for those 18 and older, if $5. For more information, contact the health district at 244-3418. rAftffHI.k-r.lWi JBU 7 ^ /Viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirv VJiilllllllllllllU^ CI (Xs_ An architect's nior high tohooJ where the new Ju- begun to complete the echo* m time tor tie Sept w« be paved. Work htMtfmriy 2002 Forum will address redesign The AMherst Downtown Business Association will be lymfrug a public forum *rw"g«*f at the Old Post Office on Park Ave at 7:30. This forum will highlight plans for die quality design luniidrssiions for downtown Amherst. Ruth Durack of the Kent Sate Urban Design Team will be pre- the plans for the revi- LMverauy of California Berkley and later worked with the coaaukiaf firm of Wallace Robert A Todd in Phiarlfl- nMa. She wu instrumental ia the redevelopment of the Philadelphia Naval Yard and wes selected aa a Loeb Fellow by Harvaid University to tioa of her SegauVaat 'J
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-15|
|Date of Original||15-NOV-2000|
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