Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-24
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.. ■—«-ir_i, m,mmammaSSWatmm%maamSSa^l Holiday means early ad deadline — Page 2 Kallas is Nord award winner — Page 3 Amherst News-Tim^ Wednesday, May 24, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Rt. 58 property owners request annexation Into Amherst by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter The City of Amherst was solicited by 58 property owners Thursday, May 18 to annex nearly 600 acres of township land into the city. Businesses, landowners, and residents filed a petition last week to receive fire and police services as well as electric, sewer, and water utilities from the city on their Rt 58 properties that have been in question for city help for over a year. "I think this would definitely increase our tax base and help pay for our upgrade of the waste water treatment plant," mayor John Higgins said. If developed, the land has the potential to generate millions in tax re venues, according to Higgins. Not only would Amherst build a new tax foundation, but the city would also be able to put into service the county's $3.7 million "Sewer to Nowhere". The sewer built in 19% along parts of RL 58 and Middle Ridge Road was constructed in hopes of facilitating development expected from an interchange off the turnpike. It was rendered useless because of Lorain's refusal to permit it to be connected to its overloaded sewer system. The city has worked on servicing the sewer line in the past with township trustees with the notion of a joint economic district. The township would share income tax with the city who would provide utilities CONTINUED on page 3 Back talk The EMH Center for Senior Health and Wellness presented a health seminar to the senior community of Amherst Wednesday, May 17. Pictured, Dr. Bharat Shah gives a group of seniors in the Amherst Hospital cafeteria a presentation on back pain control. Shah's presentation is one of many that the hospital is aiming towards to help renovate the facility's programing and market its resources. (News-Times photo by Keith Gribbins) Memorial Day festivities include Monday's parade The Amherst American Legion Post #118 will be hosting the Memorial Day ceremonies. On Sunday, May 28, services will be held at Brownhelm Cemetery, located at Sunnyside and North Ridge roads, at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be retired Navy Commander Joe \ Godfrey. Monday, May 29, services will start with a parade starting at Washington Avenue and Cleveland Street at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Daryl Bishop, immediate past commander of the American Legion of the state of Ohio. Cop hurt as drunk slams cruiser A Vermilion man who was trying to elude Amherst police and state highway patrol troopers Saturday night on Rt 2, slammed his vehicle into a police cruiser driven by Amherst patrolman Bob Lane. Dennis E. Wolcott was arrested following the incident on several charges, including felonious assault of a police officer, and booked on $26,700 bond. im-Wr. pnjirr recievariUa report at about 9:30 p.m. that an intoxicated driver was traveling west on RL 2 in the area of Middle Ridge Road. Drivers in two other vehicles reported seeing Wolcott driving a blue Ford Ranger. He was reportedly swerving from lane to lane and had struck the guardrail twice. Police said the other drivers said they were traveling slowly behind the Ford Ranger in an effort to keep other motorists from trying to pass the intoxicated driver. Three Amherst policemen, including Lane, were sent to the area of Rl 2. Once he entered the city limits, a state trooper, who had been dispatched on the same call, tried to stop the vehicle. Instead, Wolcott tried to flee and drove his truck into the median strip between the eastbound and westbound lanes of RL 2. The trooper, who had exited his vehicle, according jjo-polic-. motioned to the driver and ordered him to stop. But the driver, after nearly entering a heavy volume of east- bound traffic, turned and drove back through the median strip and continued west on Rl 2. An Amherst sergeant pursued the vehicle with lights and siren, but the driver refused to stop. As the pursuit crested at the overpass over Rt. 58, patrolman Lane entered Rt. 2 and started to clear traffic out of the way of the oncom ing pursuit The driver of the Ranger, after swerving between several vehicles, struck the rear of the cruiser driven by Lane. The collision occurred on RL 2, about 50 feet east of the Terra Lane overpass, according to police. The driver then drove his vehicle off the right side of the road and came to a stop. The man was arrested at the scene and identified as Wolcott; he was then taken to Community Health Partners Hosptial where he was treated and released. Police charged him with felony fleeing, felonious assault on a police officer, reckless operation, assured clear distance, driving under the influence and a prohibited blood alcohol level Wolcott posted bond and awaits an appearance in Oberlin Municipal Court. Lane was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, but Bob Lane the city's police cruiser sustained heavy damage. Cadette scouts work two years to earn Silver title < In front are scouts Amberleigh Klement, Kathryn Klement, Kara Gelenius and Shannon McVey. Seated behind them are residents of Amherst Manor: AJbina Janhulovich, Grace Gigliotti, Frances Ko- vach, Donna Joyce, Helen Stevens, (standing) Norma Carman, Louis Nemeth, John Cacchione, Naomi Walton, Arthur Kaiser, Ann Vechy, Steve Kudlo, Gladys Johnson, Mary Monaco and Mary Gerba. Girl Scout Troop #051 of the Sandstone Unit of Erie Shores recently received its Silver Award. This is the highest award that a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. It recognizes their efforts in a range of scouting and community experiences as well as their commitment toward working to better their life and the lives of others. It has taken the girls two yean to earn this award. There were many requirements for this award. The girls had to document all their activities in an 18-page planner and keep a detailed scrapbook. The girls all completed requirements for several patches, including special ones, those being the Dreams to Reality patch, and the Leadership patch. All of the patches required com-i auction with play money, construe munity service attention. Some of these services including filling 25 CONTINUED on page 3 comfort kits for the Red Cross, which are given to children that lose everything in a fire or flood* Another example was collecting hundreds of stuffed animals to sen} to the children of Kosovo. The main requirement for this award was a project, which totaled 30 hours. For this project, the girls: adopted the 18 assisted-living residents of the Amherst Manor Nursjr ing Home. Since September, the girls hav been going twice a month. Thei planned a variety of activities eluding games, such as Binge Wheel of Fortune, crafts for the I lidays and season, showing the i dents how to oeprate a lap top i puter, how karaoke works, a pet i view, a puppet show. Sewer hikes initiated to pay for EPA mandates i by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Amherst residents will probably be paying for a sewer rate hike tow- aid the end of the year, the money is necessary lo pay for renovations of the city wastewater treatment plant to meet standards set by the Ohio $nvironmental Protection Agency. Representatives from Fmkbeiner, Pettis, and Strout and Courtney and Associates discussed the renovation of the Cooper Foster Park Road plant and how the city might pay for the upgrade during a finance committee meeting held Monday, May 15. Consultants estimate the coat of the renovation would reach $8 million in order to quell EPA violations concerning ammonia content, and capacity problems that flow front the city's systems into Beaver Creek. "EPA standards have become much tighter in recent years, and the older group of facilities haven't been able to keep up with the changes," explained mayor John Higgins. 1 expect a lot of cities to are going to make upgrades." Ob May 2 the OEPA sent a letter to the city concerning ammonia limits for Amherst's permit renewal. According to the report, the city has been in violation since 1993. In a consent ardor the EPA is requiring the city to address their past ammo- nia issues and the necessary upgrade of the wastewater treatment planL The city has been bit with ammonia violations in the pasL The city was fined $250,000 when Amherst's facilities did not comply with its EPA permit in the 1980s. The fine was eventually reduced in a local court to $25,000 -_t Amherst was allowed to invest in the upgrade of the plant, according lo utilities superintendent Don Woodings. In 1991 -ad 1993. Aa_xwt was hit with consent orders lo address aa anunonia content problem that was flowing into Beaver Creek. But every _o» the city upgraded their systems, they still could not handle the aumiH* content, Higgu- said. "We've been waned about the in the past But the things we did to ivgrade the t_- cilUy just didn't work. They did not solve the problem." he added. According lo Dennis Kachmaraky of Fmkbeiner and company, "tt ia impossible to achieve your ammo- nia limitations at the plant you have now." Consulting engineers, working on CONTINUED on page t
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-24|
|Date of Original||24-MAY-2000|
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