Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-20
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Amherst News-Time 3 Wednesday. January 20. 1999 Snow plow drivers face lonely miles for hours on end Amherst. Ohio a by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter A few weeks ago, Jeff Barnes encountered an unusual protestor while plowing snow on North Ridge Road in his heavy duty street department dump truck. Standing in the middle of the road was a woman who obviously was fed up with having snow plowed across the entrance to her driveway. "There she stood with her arms in front of her holding her shovel," Barnes said. "She had been out shoveling and was tired of it. I felt bad, but we can't lift the plow in front of every driveway or otherwise we wouldn't be clearing the road and people would complain." Projects to keep city busy in 1999 by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Several possible annexations and developments outside the city's corporate limits are among the issues that mayor John Higgins predicts will keep the city busier than normal during the coming year. The developments and annexations were briefly mentioned by the mayor during his annual state of the city address before city council Jan. 11. The biggest annexation is 57 acres of land between Ackerman Road and the Conrail tracks owned by Amherst area excavator R.E. Rice. Rice filed a petition for annexation to the city with the Lorain County Commissioners last week. No public hearing date has been set Rice vowed to annex his property into the city last year after the township trustees and city officials broke off talks on the creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) for industrial development on the propery. An agreement worked out between the city and township was changed by Amherst Township trustees Ron Leoni and David Urig without prior discussion with the city council and Higgins, who had spent nearly seven months working on it. The second annexation is nearly six acres of land near Middle Ridge and Quarry roads owned by three' residents. It is being contested by Leoni and Urig. A public hearing convened in mid-December has been continued until Jan. 21 by the Lorain County Commissioners. Higgins declined to reveal the third annexation because the petition has not been filed with the Lorain County Commissioners, although sources at the county level said it may involve a small strip shopping center at Middle Ridge and Leavitt roads. The shopping center and the former Sparkle Market were recently purchased by Archie Abraham and a west side Cleveland developer who plan to renovate them early this year. ■ Higgins said some of the development involves residential building in exjunction with the Ohio Turnpike inserchange on Rl 58. There's been talk about, some possible housing ia the towsvmp when it (tte imerchante) iappm, he said. There's been Meting definite, but I doubt if tte turnpike comes in if that land is going to sit fete." • Annexation has been a matter of contention between tte township and city for several yean. Tte atayor had hoped to avoid future annexation through the JEDD, which *>oukltev»grWsaedta»doBanfar The 18-year-street department worker and veteran plow driver had two options: radio Amherst police and have her removed or lift his plow and drive around her. He chose to drive around her, and came back later to plow the road in front of her driveway — carefully. "We haven't made too many friends doing this. People want clean streets but not the snow we push in front of their driveways," he said. "It seems like they no sooner get done shoveling when we come along, but then again, I have to shovel myself out, too." It's disheartening for people, especially the elderly, who spend money to have their driveways cleared. CONTINUED on page 6 Keeping his eyes on the road is Jeff Barnes, one of five city street department employees who has worked 12-and 14 hours day to make the city's street cleaner and safer for drivers. Edna De Souza (right) is greeted by fellow educator and Steele High School principal Fred Holland (left) during a visit to the school. Accompanying De Souza are her nephew, Quilherme Olivera, an exchange student, and their host, Shelly Wilson. Winter greets Brazilian visitors by QLEN MLLER i CONTINUIO on News-Timas raporter Imagine getting around in three inches of snow and ice while wearing sandals. That's one of the memories Edna De Souza will have of her brief visit to Amherst to see her nephew, Guilherme Olivera, a 17-year-old Brazilian excliange student at Marion L. Steele High School. De Souza arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on a long flight from San Paulo, Brazil, on New Year's Eve wearing sandals. A change of shoes and heavier clothes were packed away in her luggage that Continental Airlines lost during her connecting flight between New York and Cleveland. The woman, her nephew and his Amherst host family. Shelly and Jeff Wilson, had to scramble for wanner clothes. She had to buy warm clothes until her lost luggage could be recovered. So there she was standing in line at Super K, wearing her nephew's soccer shoes to keep her tootsies from freezing. "It's something she can laugh about in years to come but it certainly wasn't too fanny at tte time given tte weather," Shelly Wilson said. Maybe not, but it would have been hard for anyone id take tte situation too seriously after what happened next Stanly after arriving swOsfooO BsvQfle IftsflsaX Exchange student in Ohio to see snow for first time ShOMMM defcVsedter A company representative might have reach the Wilsons' home sooner had he not gotten stuck in a driveway while turning around on their street A principal at'a school the size of Marion L. Steele High School, De Souza was aware she would be flying from Brazil's summer into Ohio's winter and had come prepared for snow and cold. She didn't expect the eight or more inches of snow inches that had fallen and the punishing frigid weather and wind chills the area has experienced. Her nephew wasn't prepared for it either, but he likes it. He was hoping to see snow for the first time in his life since arriving in Amherst in August His desire to see snow is tte reason te asked the exchange program to place him in tte northern part of tte United States. But so far, he hasn't volunteered to help tte Wilsons' shovel tte drive; fee's Just been tossing k around in snowball fights, according to Shelly -Wilson. Ha wants to try aiding or snow boarding before te wings his way back to Brazil's hut 90 degree plus tins Sunday. "k*a great It's fun. U"s too I can't take some borne with aw to show my friends," tesakt His aunt Uked k. too. b was tte lint tans ate feed seen snow. Privately, the Wilsons and a lot of others probably wish they could accompany him and his aunt back to Brazil. It was 98 degrees when she left Brazil shortly before New Year's and about 30 degrees when she landed in Cleveland. When asked about her snow expectations, De Souza, who spoke little English, just rolled her eyes and shook her head negatively. Olivera translated her Portugese. In order words, it was unbelievable, a lot more than she had expected, but beautiful. An educator for 22 years and principal for the last 10, she previous visited the Big Apple in hot humid July but wanted to experience tte soiall town America as seen through the eyes of her nephew for tte last six months. She wanted to see the difference between metropolitan America and small towns. "It is beaiititul and people are friendly." ate said through her neotew. ajSJSfSS) mmMama—m*mmTm—i a Amhent has an ratimatfirl 104)00 residents while San Paulo has a trust!ing pflpwlt- don of about 21 million, Steele principal And Holland didn't have bag to greet her or lead a tour of tte Mgh eeteeJ as ate fend feoped. He ted to reek off to • PTO Ottos* armed with a video camera, took over and led his aunt to various classrooms and introduced her to teachers and students who have befriended him. She left the United States on Jan. 12, just hours before a new snow and ice storm snarled traffic and delayed flights. Olivera said he has been at ease with the local teenagers and is already talking with some good old American slang. People have come to know him as "Gi." It was easier for De Souza, rather than Olivera's mother, Jandira, to visit him. She is single and his mother probably couldn't have afforded to bring to his sister, Beatrix, 14, with her. Besides, his mother probably would have frozen. "She gets cold when it turns 70 (degrees), ao I don't think ate would like this any- . way," te added. But then the Wilsons two daughters. 1 scatter, 11 and Josie. 4. helped fill any void that may have occurred when te missed his — To him, Amherst is "like a big city in a small 01060." Ml la^suae. __________ ____§ M^fOsWlfl mmaa^pat fniensnoV eaasavM* Uo^s^fenaW here and learned very much," te said. "It will ba good to return tecne bat sad too,1' Olivera said. And as for de Souza, she Cai love wkh Ai Isost aVaUy, too £fja#io Nsw Ye*. I jPf. r 1^ ill mill 1 1 a 11 1 mmmmaafr^ataaa* OULvi %A*aa\) will aid city hall relocation The city hopes to move some of its offices into the San Spring Building by late summer pending the receipt of a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant The money will be used to build a drive-through window for utility payments as well as a hydraulic lift for the physically challenged. About $28,000 of the grant is unused money approved in 1996 for the renovation of the former post office building on Park Avenue. The additional $72,000 is state CDBG money administered by Lorain County planning authorities. The grant involved doing a historical study of the building. Mayor John Higgins said he hopes the grant will be awarded within the next few weeks. In the meantime, the city is moving ahead with plans to install phone lines and wiring for a new computer system and remodeling the building's interior. An architect is redesigning the interior of the building. The city auditor's and treasurer's offices will be moved into the building along with the building inspector's office and the entire utilities department, which is now located in an old two-story building in a residential section of Park Avenue. That property will be sold for residential development once the utilities office is moved. The utility drive through will enable residents to pay for electric, sewer and water bills without going into the building. It will be located on the west side of the building and the hydraulic lift will be situated at a rear stairway. The San Springs Building was purchased by the city last spring under a lease/ purchase agreement and will become a city administrative building in order to relieve overcrowding in city hall. A styling salon will remain in the lower level of tte building and other empty office space will be leased to private businesses. Higgins said several business have expressed interest in renting space, including the Amhent Public Library. City hall will continue to house the mayor's and safety service director's offices, council chambers and an office Cor tte council clerk. A library containing city, county and state ordinances and other research material will be available tor council members. In addition, tte city has received a $30,000 CDBG grant Cor installation of a new cement floor in tte basement of city hall, once tte Amherst Police Department Tte floor, which now has time different heights, win be leveled end a new doorway will be installed to accomodate tte physically Plans call for the to be converted to a file age area, altbough part of k may someday te used for a te used by dvie or for - ■ ■■: "':-: . *\ C
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-20|
|Date of Original||20-JAN-1999|
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