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Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Elyria, Ohio Inside Story a expensive Doc Vincent Van Gogh s portrait of or. Gachet sold for a record Mil lion at Christie s auction House in new York City. It was purchased by a Japa Nese Art gallery. Page a-4. He s Back Joe Garagiola is returning to Abc s today show next month As co Host. Page d-6. The three month drug investigation at the Ford Plant is almost completed. Page a-7. Elyria skateboarding is starting to get some respect from Council. Page a-5. Akron North Ridgeville Man sentenced to 35 years in prison on Federal drug and weapons charges. Page b-2, Russia twp township trustees will see preliminary plans for a Bufi recycling Center this summer. Page b-2. Elyria consumer group no show fuels fire of those complaining about Edison rate hike. Page b-2. County s free clinic begins fund drive. Page by. It file Jim Henson Dies Jim Henson Cre Ator of Kermit the Frog miss Piggy and the puppets is dead at age 53. Page a-4 Detroit Early May sales of cars and trucks built in North America fell 8.4 percent. Page b-3. Cleveland Oakland fumbles its Way to a loss to the indians. Page d-1. Keystone has top pole vaulter. Page d-1 Cuya hoga North Olmsted Council oks ouster of civil service chairman Thomas Stroh. Page a-2. Mcgunagle look out Lorain county Here come the Cleveland ers. Page by. Cleveland Richman Brothers is closing its e. 55th Street Plant costing 375 workers their jobs. Page b-3. Index accent cl-3 Bridge 06 business b3 comics ,e5 dear Abby c2 deaths b2 editorial b4 Etc. B5 Horoscope d5 dl-4 theater d6 to d5 forecast rain Low tonight 60-65. Breezy thursday. Showers Early. High 65-70. Details on Page a-3. Elyria Airport to shut Down targeted for commercial Industrial use by Glen Miller it staff writer Elyria the Elyria air port on Middle Avenue will close dec. 31 and begin a two year program which will see some of the 66-acre air strip converted to commercial or Industrial use. The business is going to Airport manager Tim Moore said tuesday. We re going to be under construction this year and next year to diversify the real estate to com Mercial areas outside of Avia Moore said the Airport will be closed to general aviation and a Pilot training school and refuel ing depot also will shut Down. Only the Elyria aviation co., which does aircraft maintenance and Aero craters an air Craft renovation and restoration firm will remain open. The run Way will remain to allow planes to come for maintenance. About 90 pilots with private planes housed at the Airport have been told to find new Han Gar space by dec. 31, although a few aircraft May be stored in the Airport s Large main hangar he said. The closing will Benefit companies at the Lorain county regional Airport where mid West air owner Ray t. Fuqua plans to spend about to turn to Page a-4 Krebs Elyria Airport officials have announced the air strip will close by year s end. Levy reaction in Avon sports teachers axed Kimberly Barth defense attorney Terry Gilbert Fields questions from reporters. In the background is Paul Dai ton one of the six charged in connection with an april 13 protest at Oberlin College. Felony dropped in of protest 6 face trial on misdemeanours by Glen Miller it staff writer Oberlin a felony charge of inciting to violence against Steven Decastro one of the so called Oberlin was dropped for Lack of sufficient evidence at a preliminary hear ing tuesday in Oberlin Munici pal court. What had promised to be a lengthy hearing with subpoenaed appearances by Oberlin College president s. Frederick Starr and other College officials ended a few minutes after it convened. A pre trial conference will be held May 23 to Settle unresolved trial details on Misdemeanour charges against the six. Following the hearing Ober Lin prosecutor John Lowther said an investigation into Decas Tro s arrest revealed that a Fel ony charge was not merited. Originally it looked like a Fel ony but the evidence was t there so we re not going to Pur sue it unless More evidence comes to Lowther said. But Terry Gilbert attorney for the protesters said he suspects the testimony of Starr Campus Security chief Richard Mcdaniel and Ellis s. Delphin Kimberly Barth Steve Decastro listens intently As charge is dropped. Associate Dean of students would have revealed who ordered the protesters removed turn to Page a-4 by Denise Vitcavage it staff writer Avon in response to last week s defeat of a 0.5 percent school income tax the Avon Board of education voted tues Day to enact a series of cuts for the 1990-91 school year including eliminating at least eight teaching positions All sports and other extracurricular activities. The Board however put off a decision on whether to set up a pay to play plan for athletics and extracurricular an Issue that Drew an emotional response from the some 125 people who attended the Board meeting at the High school Library. According to Board members Many of the budget cuts will not have to be initiated if a proposed property tax Levy is passed by voters in a special election aug. 7. The Board voted to put the emergency Levy on the ballot in Hopes of collecting Money lost from the failed income tax. Voters Defeated the income tax Issue May 8 by a vote of leaving the District to face a projected deficit for the 1990-91 school year. The Issue on the ballot in August will generate about annually if approved. Treasurer Tom Tomlin said the county will determine the Mill age based on How much it would take to generate the Avon voters will also decide the Fate of a 4.3-Mill renewal operating Levy in november. Meanwhile the reduction plan passed by the Board will eliminate five teachers at the High school including science math English social studies and learn ing disabilities teachers. A number of staff positions will also be Cut at the Elemen tary school including two class room teachers two teacher aides two tutors one librarian and one Counselor. The cuts also encompass Field trips Purchase of new equipment and professional leaves of absence. Total i know these cuts Are irritating and Are going to Hurt our kids but we have no Choice we have to eliminate at least from the budget Board member Norman Irwin cuts Are in excess of i know these Cut Are irritating and Are going to Hurt our said Board member nor Man Irwin. But we have no Choice we have to eliminate at least from the Board members elected not to vote on whether to enact a pay to participate program for extracurricular until a special meeting monday. The Board held off making a decision because of the absence of Board member Jim Smith. Representatives from the Avon teachers association and the Avon classified employees read statements expressing Dis approval of a pay to participate program stating that the pro Gram is discriminatory against students unable to afford them. While Many teachers were expressing disapproval students came out in full Force to support the pay to participate program. We want to be Abla to enjoy extracurricular activities next year As we have in the said student Doug Mclaughlin. I think i speak on behalf of most of the students when i say we Are for Mickey Haas president of the athletic Booster club fought off tears several times As he expressed disappointment Over the failed income tax Issue and pleaded for support for the pay to participate extracurricular program. Port authority to give spending info to Lorain by John Caniglia it staff writer Lorain the Lorain port authority approved a Resolution tuesday night that it believes will end a dispute with City Council Over control of the port authority s purse strings. The Resolution Calls for the Board to submit to Council its annual budget As Well As monthly financial statements. It also Calls for the Board to sub Mit copies of the resolutions it passes to Council s Rivers and harbours committee. As far As we re concerned the problem with Council is said Richard Panza an attorney representing the port authority following tuesday s meeting. Last month Panza with the Board s approval threatened to sue Council if an agreement was t reached regarding the future role of the port authority in the City s waterfront develop ment. The action came after Council rescinded the Board s spending Powers at its april 16 meeting turning the Board role into that of an advisory panel instead of one that can spend Money and decide on major development plans. At its May 7 meeting Council Man Ronald Pecora d-2, who initiated the earlier measure softened his stand by offering a Resolution that would have coun cil approve All contracts or expenditures of More than Pecora claimed the Resolution would allow the Board s actions to be More closely scrutinized. Neither Pecora nor Stumphauzer could be reached to determine if Council will still bring Pecora s original proposal Back for a second Reading at its monday meeting. 6 contractors Appeal Osha fines in Ford Nissan deaths by Denise Vitcavage it staff writer Avon Lake at least six of the 49 contractors fined for safety violations at the site of the by Ford Nissan minivan expansion of the Ohio truck Plant Are appealing the citations. The occupational safety and health administration cited the firms on april 25 for a total of 269 violations following an investigation launched after the deaths of three construction workers in separate accidents at the site. The citations carry fines totalling the deadline for appealing the citations was tuesday. Each of the 49 contractors cited had the option of either contesting the penalties asking for an informal conference or paying the fines. Amis Andersons area director of Osha s Toledo office said he is aware of six contractors that have contested their citations Ford motor co., Triangle electric Lathrop co., Haden Schweitzer corp.,. Alberici and Joseph Lach construction co. Anderson said a Complete report would be available by the end of the week. Joseph Lach construction co. Is contesting the largest number of citations of the six firms including one wilful penalty that carries a Fine and eight serious penalties that carry a total of in fines. Osha defines wilful violations As those committed with an intentional disregard of the requirements of the occupational safety and health act and regulations. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious phys ical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the Hazard. Ford is contested its three serious violations amounting to in fines one for substandard lighting another for an employee s failure to Wear a safety hat and a third for an employee s failure to Wear safety shoes. Triangle electric received one wilful citation and 12 Seri Ous citations but is contesting turn to Page a-4 i

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