Dembinski, Lacko vie in first ward


BRIAN DEMBINSKI Occupation: Application Solutions Architect for Macy’s Technology Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Toledo; Business Minor, University of Toledo 1) In the next few years we’ll have the opportunity to set the future of Amherst for the next 20 years. This large amount of responsibility must be handled with caution. When talking to residents, most are happy with the general direction of Amherst so large, sweeping changes would not be preferable. Instead we’ll use smaller, gradual changes to plan for the future. A common theme that ties together many of the changes I’d like to see is the upgrading of our electrical infrastructure. Particularly, I would like to see more than one electric feeder line for the city. Within the past year, the power has gone out for the entire city twice. Not only is this an inconvenience, but for anybody with a sump pump it creates a huge risk. While a long-term project, I’d like to create backup systems to limit our exposure to power loss. Finally, I want to create a rain barrel program. Not only do rain barrels support sustainability but they can reduce your water bill and remove excess water from the storm water system. My experience on council and dedication to Amherst is why I’m the right person for these visions to become a reality. 2) In my daily job as an application solutions architect for Macy’s Technology, it’s my responsibility to evaluate our current systems and plan enhancements which set the company up for the future. This is the same responsibility that I bring to my job as first ward councilman for the city of Amherst. The decisions we make today for the city need to be carefully considered before enacting, ensuring that we continue our long-term success of keeping Amherst the safe place to live, work, and raise our families. 3) We’re fortunate that our historic downtown area is at almost 100 percent filled capacity. A recent agreement with the Community Improvement Corporation will soon provide additional locations for small businesses, increasing our variety for boutique shopping and as an entertainment district. We’ve also shown that we’re able to work with the surrounding communities by entering in to a Joint Economic Development District with Amherst Township. Both of these agreements resulted in increased revenue without raising taxes. While I’m pleased that we are exploring out-of-the-box thinking on a case-by-case basis, I would prefer to see Amherst develop an official master plan. A master plan would define our long-term vision for Amherst and potential goals on how we should get there. This would allow everybody to understand the direction we’re heading, allowing us to work toward a common goal. 4) Most people focus on the streets because they’re our most visible infrastructure, and with the recent letters concerning sidewalks those have also been receiving attention. While both are important, it’s the hidden infrastructure that concerns me. Nobody thinks about a water line until it breaks, or about adding backup electric lines in to the city until the power goes out. These kinds of infrastructure may not be flashy topics of conversation but are vital in our daily lives. If we’re doing our job to take care of them then the residents should never have to worry about them. 5) I honestly believe that updating our utility meter reading process will provide the single biggest improvement for the city. For years I’ve heard complaints about inconsistent and incorrectly read meters but we haven’t had the opportunity to change the process. Once the meters are updated to allow for remote reading, we’ll be able to provide accurate and near real time usage, removing the month-to-month swings in the billing process. The data from the new meters can also be analyzed for anomalies, alerting residents if the system detects a water leak. All of this results in savings for our residents.


BRADLEY LACKO Occupation: Independent Trucker Education: ITT Tech, A.A.S. Computer Aided Design and Engineering; Lorain County JVS, Computers and Accounting, Keystone High School 1) In the next two years, it is my goal to support our mayor, Mark Costilow, and his growth plan and follow through each task or goal to its completion. I believe my knowledge and experience in the areas of focus will be very useful. 2) For over 10 years, I have owned and operated my own small business. I have a wide knowledge in various areas of business experience, and I am no stranger to hard work by any means. After all I am no career-type politician, just a simple hard-working man like my neighbors. Who better to represent residents than someone they have things in common with and can relate to? 3) In order to keep things in a positive direction, it will be important for me to support our mayor’s growth plan. 4) Our mayor has already initiated a progressive approach to our sidewalks. I believe our meter reading system is the next important area to focus on as it does affect the city and residents. Whenever possible, I would like to see a proactive approach to water/sewer line repair or upgrades during all major street repair projects to keep things as efficient as possible. 5) There is a consistent increase in traffic congestion on Rt. 58 and other areas in that section of our city. I would like to work toward a resolution to ease these areas of larger congestion, mainly to ensure our safety services the quickest possible access to where they are needed.


Brian Dembinski (D) joined Amherst city council this spring after the resignation of councilman Steve Bukovac. He is facing a challenge from Bradley Lacko (R) for council’s first ward seat.

The News-Times sent surveys in September to each candidate asking for their insights on five questions:

1) What do you believe you can accomplish on city council in the next four years, and why are you the right person to make that vision a reality?

2) What talents, skills, and qualifications do you bring to the table as a candidate?

3) Amherst is very nearly built out, with little developable property remaining. What do you feel city council should do to keep the city’s economy strong and residents happy without raising taxes?

4) Amherst’s infrastructure is aging and must be maintained. What should council’s priorities be when it come to streets, sewers, water lines, sidewalks, and other public utilities?

5) If you could propose any one new ordinance or resolution to affect change in Amherst, what would it be?

BRIAN DEMBINSKI Occupation: Application Solutions Architect for Macy’s Technology Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Toledo; Business Minor, University of Toledo 1) In the next few years we’ll have the opportunity to set the future of Amherst for the next 20 years. This large amount of responsibility must be handled with caution. When talking to residents, most are happy with the general direction of Amherst so large, sweeping changes would not be preferable. Instead we’ll use smaller, gradual changes to plan for the future. A common theme that ties together many of the changes I’d like to see is the upgrading of our electrical infrastructure. Particularly, I would like to see more than one electric feeder line for the city. Within the past year, the power has gone out for the entire city twice. Not only is this an inconvenience, but for anybody with a sump pump it creates a huge risk. While a long-term project, I’d like to create backup systems to limit our exposure to power loss. Finally, I want to create a rain barrel program. Not only do rain barrels support sustainability but they can reduce your water bill and remove excess water from the storm water system. My experience on council and dedication to Amherst is why I’m the right person for these visions to become a reality. 2) In my daily job as an application solutions architect for Macy’s Technology, it’s my responsibility to evaluate our current systems and plan enhancements which set the company up for the future. This is the same responsibility that I bring to my job as first ward councilman for the city of Amherst. The decisions we make today for the city need to be carefully considered before enacting, ensuring that we continue our long-term success of keeping Amherst the safe place to live, work, and raise our families. 3) We’re fortunate that our historic downtown area is at almost 100 percent filled capacity. A recent agreement with the Community Improvement Corporation will soon provide additional locations for small businesses, increasing our variety for boutique shopping and as an entertainment district. We’ve also shown that we’re able to work with the surrounding communities by entering in to a Joint Economic Development District with Amherst Township. Both of these agreements resulted in increased revenue without raising taxes. While I’m pleased that we are exploring out-of-the-box thinking on a case-by-case basis, I would prefer to see Amherst develop an official master plan. A master plan would define our long-term vision for Amherst and potential goals on how we should get there. This would allow everybody to understand the direction we’re heading, allowing us to work toward a common goal. 4) Most people focus on the streets because they’re our most visible infrastructure, and with the recent letters concerning sidewalks those have also been receiving attention. While both are important, it’s the hidden infrastructure that concerns me. Nobody thinks about a water line until it breaks, or about adding backup electric lines in to the city until the power goes out. These kinds of infrastructure may not be flashy topics of conversation but are vital in our daily lives. If we’re doing our job to take care of them then the residents should never have to worry about them. 5) I honestly believe that updating our utility meter reading process will provide the single biggest improvement for the city. For years I’ve heard complaints about inconsistent and incorrectly read meters but we haven’t had the opportunity to change the process. Once the meters are updated to allow for remote reading, we’ll be able to provide accurate and near real time usage, removing the month-to-month swings in the billing process. The data from the new meters can also be analyzed for anomalies, alerting residents if the system detects a water leak. All of this results in savings for our residents.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_Brian-Dembinski-1.jpgBRIAN DEMBINSKI Occupation: Application Solutions Architect for Macy’s Technology Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Toledo; Business Minor, University of Toledo 1) In the next few years we’ll have the opportunity to set the future of Amherst for the next 20 years. This large amount of responsibility must be handled with caution. When talking to residents, most are happy with the general direction of Amherst so large, sweeping changes would not be preferable. Instead we’ll use smaller, gradual changes to plan for the future. A common theme that ties together many of the changes I’d like to see is the upgrading of our electrical infrastructure. Particularly, I would like to see more than one electric feeder line for the city. Within the past year, the power has gone out for the entire city twice. Not only is this an inconvenience, but for anybody with a sump pump it creates a huge risk. While a long-term project, I’d like to create backup systems to limit our exposure to power loss. Finally, I want to create a rain barrel program. Not only do rain barrels support sustainability but they can reduce your water bill and remove excess water from the storm water system. My experience on council and dedication to Amherst is why I’m the right person for these visions to become a reality. 2) In my daily job as an application solutions architect for Macy’s Technology, it’s my responsibility to evaluate our current systems and plan enhancements which set the company up for the future. This is the same responsibility that I bring to my job as first ward councilman for the city of Amherst. The decisions we make today for the city need to be carefully considered before enacting, ensuring that we continue our long-term success of keeping Amherst the safe place to live, work, and raise our families. 3) We’re fortunate that our historic downtown area is at almost 100 percent filled capacity. A recent agreement with the Community Improvement Corporation will soon provide additional locations for small businesses, increasing our variety for boutique shopping and as an entertainment district. We’ve also shown that we’re able to work with the surrounding communities by entering in to a Joint Economic Development District with Amherst Township. Both of these agreements resulted in increased revenue without raising taxes. While I’m pleased that we are exploring out-of-the-box thinking on a case-by-case basis, I would prefer to see Amherst develop an official master plan. A master plan would define our long-term vision for Amherst and potential goals on how we should get there. This would allow everybody to understand the direction we’re heading, allowing us to work toward a common goal. 4) Most people focus on the streets because they’re our most visible infrastructure, and with the recent letters concerning sidewalks those have also been receiving attention. While both are important, it’s the hidden infrastructure that concerns me. Nobody thinks about a water line until it breaks, or about adding backup electric lines in to the city until the power goes out. These kinds of infrastructure may not be flashy topics of conversation but are vital in our daily lives. If we’re doing our job to take care of them then the residents should never have to worry about them. 5) I honestly believe that updating our utility meter reading process will provide the single biggest improvement for the city. For years I’ve heard complaints about inconsistent and incorrectly read meters but we haven’t had the opportunity to change the process. Once the meters are updated to allow for remote reading, we’ll be able to provide accurate and near real time usage, removing the month-to-month swings in the billing process. The data from the new meters can also be analyzed for anomalies, alerting residents if the system detects a water leak. All of this results in savings for our residents.

BRADLEY LACKO Occupation: Independent Trucker Education: ITT Tech, A.A.S. Computer Aided Design and Engineering; Lorain County JVS, Computers and Accounting, Keystone High School 1) In the next two years, it is my goal to support our mayor, Mark Costilow, and his growth plan and follow through each task or goal to its completion. I believe my knowledge and experience in the areas of focus will be very useful. 2) For over 10 years, I have owned and operated my own small business. I have a wide knowledge in various areas of business experience, and I am no stranger to hard work by any means. After all I am no career-type politician, just a simple hard-working man like my neighbors. Who better to represent residents than someone they have things in common with and can relate to? 3) In order to keep things in a positive direction, it will be important for me to support our mayor’s growth plan. 4) Our mayor has already initiated a progressive approach to our sidewalks. I believe our meter reading system is the next important area to focus on as it does affect the city and residents. Whenever possible, I would like to see a proactive approach to water/sewer line repair or upgrades during all major street repair projects to keep things as efficient as possible. 5) There is a consistent increase in traffic congestion on Rt. 58 and other areas in that section of our city. I would like to work toward a resolution to ease these areas of larger congestion, mainly to ensure our safety services the quickest possible access to where they are needed.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_DSCN6045-1.jpgBRADLEY LACKO Occupation: Independent Trucker Education: ITT Tech, A.A.S. Computer Aided Design and Engineering; Lorain County JVS, Computers and Accounting, Keystone High School 1) In the next two years, it is my goal to support our mayor, Mark Costilow, and his growth plan and follow through each task or goal to its completion. I believe my knowledge and experience in the areas of focus will be very useful. 2) For over 10 years, I have owned and operated my own small business. I have a wide knowledge in various areas of business experience, and I am no stranger to hard work by any means. After all I am no career-type politician, just a simple hard-working man like my neighbors. Who better to represent residents than someone they have things in common with and can relate to? 3) In order to keep things in a positive direction, it will be important for me to support our mayor’s growth plan. 4) Our mayor has already initiated a progressive approach to our sidewalks. I believe our meter reading system is the next important area to focus on as it does affect the city and residents. Whenever possible, I would like to see a proactive approach to water/sewer line repair or upgrades during all major street repair projects to keep things as efficient as possible. 5) There is a consistent increase in traffic congestion on Rt. 58 and other areas in that section of our city. I would like to work toward a resolution to ease these areas of larger congestion, mainly to ensure our safety services the quickest possible access to where they are needed.