Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-07
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' • Electric switch wanted - Page 2 Churches to unite - Page 5 ■ Amherst News-Time ■•::< Wednesday, July 7, 1999 Amherst, Ohio I "Sewer to nowhere" may end up in Amherst .-.■ by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Engineering information on linking the county's "sewer to nowhere" to city sewers has been requested to help the Lorain County Commissioners decide if it is the best and least costly solution for providing waste treatment The request for additional engineering information was made by the commissioners during a July 1 meeting with city officials and representatives of other treatment solutions. The information is expected to be presented to the commisioners in about two weeks. Mayor John Higgins said he believes the Amherst link offers a financial solution to the city's required update of its waste water treatment plant and resolves those associated with the county's sewer to nowhere as well. Not only is il the least expensive solution, $2.93 million, it is generally favored over a county treatment plant and ecological treatment system by the Environmental Protection Agency, he added. The proposed ecological treatment system would cost about $3 million and construction of a county treatment facility at least S3 million plus the cost of land for it. A tie-in with Lorain's sewer system would cost nearly $5.8 million. The only possible roadblock to the Amherst link is annexation. The city won't allow the connection unless the commissioners agree to annex the Rt. 58 Amherst Township land to be served by the unconnected sewer. The area for which annexation is sought is mainly located along Rt. 58 north of the turnpike. The tap-in and user fees paid by new economic and industrial customers that locate in the area would help pay for a multi-million dollar upgrade of Amherst's treatment plant. It also would drastically reduce the fees existing Amherst customers would have to pay to finance the EPA mandated improvements, the mayor said. Commissioner Michael Ross requested the Amherst engineering in- Group concerned city appears anti-business by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter The Amherst Downtown Business Association (ADBA) has written a letter to the city administration expressing concern over a perceived "hostile business atmosphere" that has resulted from the prosecution of Crystal Mortgage. The letter was written last week with the unanimous consent of association members. It does not mention the company or that it has been accused of allegedly failing to pay its 1997 city income taxes. But David Fox, ADBA coordinator, said the letter was prompted by Crystal Mortgage president David . Moore's decision to close the firm's first floor sales office in the Moore Financial Center on S. Main Street It was moved to an Elyria location near Midway Mall last week because of what Moore previously said he sees as a hostile business environment stemming from the city's legal action against the firm. The mortgage company's second floor corporate offices will remain on the second floor of the financial center. The News-Times previously reported the move was pending because Moore fell the prosecution was unwarranted. The ADBA's letter was not politically motivated. Fox added. It expresses concern over the "perceived hostile business atmosphere" that has developed as a result of the charges and calls for a prompt resolution to the case. "It is important to us that Amherst is perceived as a friendly host to business, especially in the downtown area now that we plan to embark on the Main Street USA program," the letter says. It also says the association wants to avoid being "judgmental" because it is unaware of all the facts in the case. Regardless, it wants the city administration "to be aware of our deep concern." The letter notes the closing of the sales office has resulted in the loss of 17 or more employees from downtown AmhersL This is seen as CONTINUED on page 5 Rev. Willis Hall named Faith Baptist minister by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Until recently, the Rev. Willis Hall has been a traveling man, a mission he gladly undertook 16 years ago to help spread the word of Ood across the country. Now, Ihe 68-year-old minister has come home to stay as the new pastor of the Faith Baptist Church on North Lake Street Hall, of Elyria, officially took over as pastor last month after years of traveling and preaching to Baptist churches between New England and Alaska. He succeeds the Rev. Robert Barrett, who retired after 36 years of ministering. It was Hall's desire to establish roots near his long-time Elyria home and the Amherst congregation's liking of him that ended his thousands of miles of travel. It just so happened he wasn't ttfwafaijtri to be on the road in January and February, so he agreed to fill in at the pulpit for the retired Barrett. The congregation liked what they saw and heard, and ap- proached him to be their new pastor. "I'm sure there was a guiding hand in all of this," he said. "I had no intention of becoming a pastor again, but I found them (the congregation) to be responsive and kind." And he has no immediate plans to retire despite his age and many years of service to Ood. "I enjoy preaching and ministering, so I really feel the Lord has work for me to do yet," Hall formation but also suggested the county make another attempt at negotiating a tie-in with Lorain's sewers. The $3 million county sewer was laid more than two years ago along parts of Rt 58 and Middle Ridge Road to help facilitate development expected from the forthcoming turnpike interchange on Rt. 58. It was rendered useless because of Lorain's refusal to permit it to be connected to its overloaded sewer system. An Ohio EPA spokesman confirmed the agency generally favors the city link because it would provide the "easiest satisfactory solution" if the city can show its waste water treatment plant can handle the additional affluent and avoid pollution along the Beaver Creek. The Amherst link also is favored by Consolidated Investors Group, owner of about approximately 250 acres of vacant Rt. 58 land. Higgins said the Amherst option would eliminate the county's need to invest a considerable amount of money on waste water treatment facilities and the employees to run them. "The city is already in the business. There's no need at all for the county to get into it too," he added. Higgins said the,city must upgrade its plant to meet new U.S. EPA treatment standards set for facilities discharging into creeks or rivers. These regulations must be He drives Ihe 12 miles between Ms Elyria home aad the church every day but hasn't discounted the possibly of moving to Amherst. It basis flying cross country or drM^teraaiOWoori Rev. Willis Hall state, something he accepted as a part of his traveling ministry. It was a little like an old fashioned revival. The pastors of churches usually invited him to preach at their churches for a week or less. He liked it, although there was one draw back. Hall didn't get to know the people to which he ministered as much as he wanted because his slays usually were short All the time he maintained his home in Elyria while his wife. Ruth, taught school. Now retired, she was an English teacher at Avon High School and also taught at the Baptist school her husband oversaw as a former Elyria pastor. "It is always nice to come home, but I enjoyed seeing the country and preaching and Htrhiwg, to different coogregations,M he wandaed II was as much aa educational experience far me as it was for the people I on aeael The vigilant Recycleman and his cohorts strike a victorious pose as they set out to inform Am- H- '•''*>' herst about recyclina Recycling superhero will promote blue bag program Don't flip out if you see a character walking around Amherst in a green and gold super hero suit. He's Recycleman, a mysterious character whose sole purpose in life is promoting the virtues of recycling amongst a populace which tends to throw away everything and anything. Lite Batman and Robin, he's also the star of his own locally produced TV show made by Amherst City Cable. His immedii-te goal, according to cky auditor Diane Eswine, is to convince people io use the city's blue bag recycling program. Blue trash bags are the ones the city and Browning Penis Industries (BFI) enoourage people use for discarding recyclable mat*rials like newspapers, ihimamm cans and glass. The city provides blue bags to every household in Amherst whether they are used or not The trouble is so that's why Recycleman to town. "We fosl r s very people use their blue bags and start recycling if they haven't already," Eswine said. "He's here to tell them why they should." The caped crusader wears a little green mask, a green and gold cape and suit. "He's bound to pop up here and there just about any place,'* she explained. "He warns to make sure people are recycling and, if not, tell them why they should.'* There's only one problem. The suit he wears is hot because it's made of the same kind of material as a wet suit That can make his job really hot at times, although Eswine said he'll endure. After all he's on a mission lo help rescue the Amherst area from trash, she added. Eswine has anumed the role of spiAesperaoa for the recycling hero. Recycleman made his Im super appearance in June while taping a segment oa recycling at BFI s recycling center near Obertin, she said. It-Crested people can follow Ms exploit* oa Amhent Cay Cable. He was a* town lest Saturday, video taping segments about recycling tires that will be aired on the cable station in the next several weeks. The idea for Recycleman was bom out the city's $125,000 recycling grant from Ihe Lorain County Solid Waste Management Agency. As a pan of it, the city offered to provide education about recycling. At the suggestion of cable TV station manager Chariene Duncan, Eswine said the city decided to produce and broadcast a series of educational segments about recycling and the blue bag program. Various people, including Eswine. have volunteered to play characters in each of the Recycleman episodes featuring various aspects of how materials can be recycled. updated every five years, the mayor said. Another alternative would be for the city to discharge treated affluent into Lake Erie by laying a sewer line from the plant to the lake. Although the cost would exceed $1 million, Higgins said it is a better long-term solution because EPA discharge standards for Lake Erie are not as stringent or cosdy as those for creeks and rivers. To afford this, the city needs tte additional revenue from more customers. The proposed tie-in along with the annexation would make this possible without significantly raising rates of customers, he explained. City will investigate fencing for ponds- by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter A plea to consider the safety of children has prompted city officials to reconsider an ordinance which does not include fencing around retention ponds. At the urging of Amhent resident Ken KeDiher, city council decided June 28 to send an ordinance on the placement of protective fences around water sources back to its buildings and grounds committee for further consideration. The ordinance required fences around swimming pools and not detention ponds often used in housing subdivisions to control water. Kelliher said he feared the lack of fences could result in a drowning should a small child wander into a subdivision retention or detention pond. The ponds, which can be several feet deep, must be built by subdivision developers to alleviate the risk of basement of yard flooding from rain water run off. Kelliher, who lives near a detention pond, said he failed to see the logic in not requiring fences around the ponds, especially when small children may find them an inviting place to play. He contends the sloped edges of the ponds could prove to be hard for an adventurous small child to climb out of should they become slippery or covered with weeds and slime. Council's buildings and grounds committee recommended elimination of fences because it and city administrators felt a 15-year-old law was too vague and hard io enforce. It required fences around all waief sources, including swimming poooi, natural ponds and creeks. Mayor John Higgins said hp understood KeUiher's motive but, feared the city could be held liable for not ensuring the upkeep of pond fences. Law director Alan Anderson said the maintenance of the ponds aad the fences would be the responsibility of the residents oa whose property they are located. Regardless, the ntayor said the city still would be reaponsable ktt II Tha and written by dty of Recyctemea. "Just like" Ispifss had their ao dues he," she power m i he aided. nberesrea-oredu»30poadoin this town and sosse are aaajatt f don't too*'mm- yarn ■» «*«• patrol all of those pcaaVMgti* stud. ~' ,-a, Ketther Mid tte at** et oMtf- rea ia moro issswtuat maa tte smUv. . c/tte fauces. iho has lorn a oaa hacaajB at fault bsjbi ar a aeaftliM».u4«a»«J ■Mb
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-07|
|Date of Original||07-JUL-1999|
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