Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-25
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Our hobos on the road again — Page 4 Health care debated on camera — Pe Amherst News-Time o o r-l m WIDNISDAY, September 25, 2IHI2 AMHIRSI, OHIO i City to upgrade N. Lake railway bridg J by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter City builders might soon be encountering more of the same problems that have slowed construction efforts on the Jackson Street Bridge. Council committee members voted Monday night to authorize safety/service director Sherrill McLoda to apply for OPWC Issue II Round 17 grants in the amount of $150,000 and $100,000. If the applications are approved, the grants will fund an improvement to the railway bridge on North Lake Street near Milan Avenue. Pending approval, council will take bids on the project, which city documents call the North Lake Street Pavement, Widening, and Pedestrian Tunnel Project Preliminary engineering plans are currently being completed to give the city an estimate on costs, which city officials have tentatively mariced as $380,000. The building and lands committee will apply for $230,000 in funding and the balance will be paid Irom the street improvement fund. The plans indicate that the existing sidewalk under the railway bridge will be removed to allow workers to widen the street To compensate for foot traffic, the plans call for the installation of a pedestrian tunnel through the over pass roadside embankment However, because the project involves working on or near railway tracks, railroad company approval and involvement in the planning and execution of the work will be required, and may cause delays similar to those experienced on the Jackson Street Bridge project "When working with the railroad, we'll need an awful lot of time," Higgins told committee members, pointing out that planning will likely stall the start of the project until the summer of 2004. But Higgins also pointed out the urgency of the project "With the opening of the new (junior high) school, we feel this is a very important project and the quicker we get it done, the better," he said. Increased safety in the school zone is one of the motives for redoing the underpass. Two years ago, 10-year old Carson Hamby- Two new cops on patrol force; reservist back from war duties The Amherst police department took steps last week to alleviate its law enforcement personnel shortage by hiring two new officers. Patrolmen Michael Taliano and Kurt Oehlstrom began active duty last week. Both.officers were part of the first police academy class to go through Lorain County Community College's training program. Taliano, who grew up in Lorain and now lives in Amherst, graduated from Bowling Green State University. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and currently is in the Army National Guard. He was drawn to the profession because his father was also a police officer, he said. Oehlstrom grew up in Cleveland and then moved to Parma, where he graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1994. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps. He left the Marines with an honorable discharge. He has wanted to be a police officer since he was very young, he said. "I've always wanted to be a po-' lice officer in a city that I'd like to live in," said Oehlstrom, who lives in Lorain but plans on relocating to Amherst in the near future. Taliano and Oehlstrom believe that their extensive military training and experience with firearms will prove beneficial in their new jobs, they said. In addition, Oehlstrom brings extensive martial arts experience with him. He is undefeated in seven martial arts tournaments. The patrolmen are in the first steps of field officer training, and will gradually take on more duties and responsibilities over the next 14 weeks. "Right now we're just starting to New patrolmen Kurt Oehlstrom (left) and Michael Taliano (riQht) are confident in the training and abilities they bring to the Amherst Police Department. Oehlstrom is undefeated in seven mar tial arts tournaments, and Taliano has had extensive weapons training as part of his military background. learn the city, the people, businesses, and different sectors of the city," said Taliano. The two officers said they plan to make a career of police work in Amherst "I would imagine that I'm going to finish in Amherst," said Oehlstrom. "I can't imagine leaving." In addition to the two new offic ers, the department has also been bolstered by the return of Sergeant Dan Makruski, who was called to military duty in the Army Reserves last year. Rittcnour was killed while riding his bicycle near the railway bridge. Although the proposal to city council will go through the customary three readings instead of being fast tracked, the mayor asked com- mittee members to declare emergency status. Higgins also said that the project will be bumped up on the city's to- do list if the city is turned down on funding for the Henry, Hall, and Tenney Street sewer projects. State audit shows minor errors by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter A recent state audit of Amherst city government showed bookkeeping discrepancies, but will have no effect on operations, said city auditor Diane Eswine. After completing a review of city spending for 2001, Ciuni ft Panichi, Inc., the independent accountant hired by the city to audit records, noted several anomalies. Ciuni & Panichi met with Eswine and mayor John Higgins to discuss findings at a post-audit hearing, where the accounting firm told officials that filing purchase orders after receiving invoices was one of the city's problems. "That's been a problem for us and CONTINUED on page 12 Sean Bailey Troop 427's Sean Bailey awarded Eagle Scout title Commissioner candidates debate jobs, county cash by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Two worthy opponents locked horns Wednesday night during a debate between candidates for Lorain County commissioner. Democratic incumbent Betty Blair squared off against Republican challenger Eric Flynn, who lost the race to Blair two yean ago by a small margin. The debate was taped as part of the "Amherst Debates: Your Choice, Your Voice" series that will air on cable access channel WACC. Talking to people and getting their opinions on issues is an important part of being a commissioner," said Blair in her opening remarks. Blair, who has served three terms as Lorain County commissioner, gained the endorsement of four major local newspapers during the last election. Flym emphasized his background nr * **-*-*?^ Bt J> •« ■ ■ "■ ■L /«*—*■' -am *t****;i^ **\ WsrrA' **»M m ^A-'^H 1 ^k ^Jm***]! ^^SS *a*4. ^m\ ■ .^S/fft " **•1 \Wf <^H * k\ ***** 1 \< t- 1 u **W*\ Commissioner Betty Blair (D) and her challenger, Eric Flynn (R), say they have different tactics for cultivating prosperity in Lorain County. Voters will have to decide which to choose in elections on Nov. 5. in business as a strong point in his fesskmal politician," he said, "this opening remarks. is what it's all about: it's about oar "Unlike the others, I'm not a pro- CONTINUED on page 12 Sean Bailey, a member of Troop 427 of Amherst, was honored June 9 with the presentation of his Eagle Award, scouting'* highest honor. Bailey served the troop as bugler, troop guide, counselor in training, assistant senior patrol leader, camp staff and patrol leader. He earned 24 merit badges and IS special awards. He has been an active member of Troop 427 since 1996. Bailey's Eagle Service Project involved refinishing eight tables and 30 chain far the Heritage Presbyterian Church. The work included stripping, sanding and repainting the chain and tables. The project benefited not only the church, but also Ihe Lorain Fiwiily YMCA, since they hold a day care service for children after school and on weekends at the church facility. A ceremony and reception were held for Bailey at the church; he is the son of Michael and Roxaane Bailey. Steele, Lake Ridge teens named merit semifinalists Six Steels High School students and a senior at Lake Ridge Academy hive been aimed aemifi- nalistt in the 48th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards that win be offend m the spring. Merit Scholarships are by about 500 nd higher The six Steak awniflnahata in- aad elude Jennifer Beight, who plans lo study Ff«|^«-VRltgH** literature and hopes to become a high school teacher, Kristen Cookaey, who will major in political science and pursue a career in public relations; David Hadaway. who plans to rsudy astronomy and become a chemist; Joseph Strickler, who will study electrical and plans a career as a laeor, Nicholas Tests, who wiH stady marine biology and a earner aa a cottage professor, Teets, who will study chemistry end plane OOCtOf. io become a Escuro, who is a Ridge Academy la viUe, has also been i at Lake her coarse of study at cottage, to become a Be- to advance to fiaaUet competing far a Merit I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-25|
|Date of Original||25-SEP-2002|
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