Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-11
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Parks caretaker to retire, again — Page 2 I City plans utility building — Page 16 kmherst News-Times '■ • ! November 11, 1998 Amherst, Ohio ( ncil figures it's cheaper to pay EPA fine gingly agreed to emment $12,020 ispute over PCB P' to violations. City council was expected to authorize the expenditure at its Nov. 9 meeting. The alternative is to challenge the longstanding violation in court and pay more money in legal fees, according to law director Alan Anderson and u.liiies superintendent Don Woodings. "You're talking at least eight to 10 years of fighting this in federal court," Woodings explained. "It is an option, but not a very good or inexpensive one. This should be our Final closure on this." The city contends the settlement is the least expensive way out of a legal mess that began in 1982. That year the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered the removal of any materials containing even the smallest amount of PCBs, which are considered toxic indust rial pollutants. Amherst was placed on a list of 1,800 public and private sector violators because the toxic agent was found in oil used to maintain electrical generating equipment, including transformers and capacitors. PCBs were normally added to the oil so it did not break down under extreme heat and cause electrical equipment to malfunction. The city is now free of them, Woodings added. Over the years, Woodings said the city has spent more than $100,000 to comply with whatever the EPA has ordered or suggested during the complicated removal and clean up process. It has involved the removal of some transformers, the purchase of shipping containers and contracting with hauling companies. The process included testing every transformer in service. Federal regulations required oil with even the smallest amount of PCBs to be removed. If this could not be done, the transformers had to be destroyed using a complicated procedure created by the government. "We did everything they told us to do and we still have to pay to get out from under this convoluted mess," a frustrated Woodings said. The $12,020 is not a Tine, rather what he described as "a final settlement" that will be paid to finance a special steering committee which oversees the cleanup. It consists of a group of private company executives and high priced attorneys contracted by the EPA and U.S. Justice Department. 'This really irks me, too, because somebody is getting rich off taxpayers' money," Woodings said. "It's caused us a lot of headaches, but they never do anything easy or inexpensive." The EPA also refused to provide CONTINUED on page S Boy's interest in family home leads to award from historians by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Members of the Amherst Historical Society are marveling over the thoroughness and complexity of research done by nine-year-old Matt Nahorn. Rather than spend his summer playing baseball, the son of Diane and William Nahorn, of 46900 Cooper Foster Park Road, became a researcher and historian when he uncovered litde known information about his home and Jacob Shupe. His historical journey began with interest in his own home. The Nahoms always knew their house was old but weren't exactly sure how old. After all, its foundation is made of sandstone and beams cut from tree trunks. . They guessed it was built at least ISO years ago. It was Matt who discovered it was built more than 180 years ago by Shupe, who is generally considered Amherst's founder and first settler. Larry Fuhrman, chairman of the historical society's preservation committee, said he felt Nahom's research was a significant contribution because of the information it uncovered. His work was recognized recently by the historical society when it presented him with a landmark plaque at an Oct. 28' membership meeting. The award culminated hours, days and weeks of research written by the youngster, but not his passion to know more about area history. "What he's done is abso- CONTINUED on page 3 Youthful historian Matt Nahorn is presented a landmark plaque search into his family's 187 year-old home, by Larry Fuhrman of the Amherst Historical Society for his re- Mayor to speak today at Veterans Day fete The American Legion Post #118 will host Veterans Day ceremonies today at 11 a.m. at the legion hall at Middle Ridge Road and Elyria Avenue. Mayor John Higgins will be the speaker, and the Amherst Honor Guard will be present Coffee and donuts will be served in the social hall immediately following the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. Amherst Township voters' reject levy Amherst Township plans for a fire department were extinguished I by voters Oct. 3 by a nearly 3 to 1 margin. According to unofficial election results, 1,565 residents voted against the proposed 2-mill levy while only 574 people cast favorable ballots. The resounding defeat leaves township trustees with only one alternative: to finish negotiations Cora new fire service contract started more than a month ago with the City Of Amherst. The levy was placed on the ballot by trustees David Urig and Ron Leoni in August after the city announced it would increase the cost of the contract from about $46,000 to about $110,000 a year. The levy met strong opposition from trustee Dennis Abraham and a group of residents, who questioned the wisdom of creating a township fire department They cited lack of planning and said it was a poor reac tion to Amherst's proposed $64,000 contract increase. The township has fire service contracts with Amherst and South Amherst. The city fire department serves the northern and central portion of the township and South Amherst serves the southern portion. About $20,000 of the contract would be set aside annually for five years for the purchase of a new pumper-tanker to serve a rural area without fire hydrants. Amherst safety service director Shcrrill McLoda said continuation of the contract talks was put on hold by the trustees pending the outcome of last week's election. She now expects them to begin talking again within the next tw«£ weeks. & Amherst officials agreed to give the trustees a 60-day extension to the contract which expired Oct 1. Only about 20 days remain in the extension, mayor John Higgins said. Painter to brush up skills on city hall reproduction by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter The last thing Terry Anthony expected when she gave away two of her paintings was a commission for a third work from mayor John Higgins. After selecting two landscapes from an art exhibit at the Amherst Public Library, the impressed chief executive asked her to dp a painting of Amherst's historic city ball. When finished, it will hang in either his office or city hall. There's only one catch. It will be done for Ave, tort of a community service. Anthony. 60. wiD start by taking photographs of the building. She'B have to wail until the iraflnlrhng that now aurround. city M £>*£ , and repairs to the bell tower are completed. "I want to make sure nothing is blocking my view because this is the first time anyone asked me to do something like this," the Amherst artist said. "It's an honor.'' It won't be her first building. Even though her forte is landscapes, she recenuy completed an oil psMnng of Lorain's historic lighthouse A 20-year resident of Amherst, Anthony's palntingi for the library art exhibit on display through the end of the month. Sac's already given two de- momtioai on The Joy of hunting.- a kndscape technique mmyamapmm by the late Bob Rasa, aa artist snd mmmtmmml WSaVMatSal mmmmmm. mi mm mimm on public An assistant social worker at the W.O. Nord Center, Anthony never imagined she had art skills. Then, one day, she wanted to turn the ceiling of her family room from a Southwestern motif into a sky. While shopping at a craft store, she became hooked on a demonstration given by Do- loris Pease who. to her surprise, also turned out lo be from Amherst. MI just couldn't turn amy. What she was doing reafty -I had eammf mm sj^mmemwea) asm %paa^V Wmm ss aa artist, but 1 to leach »e and that was That was 1991 and a cou- * of dam "happy ae* ">H mm •am >mam 1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-11-11|
|Date of Original||11-NOV-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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