Amherst News-Times, 2000-06-28
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Swimmers open with a win D*-»*m< 10 Amherst News-Time — X —I -1 H H C O •' " - .71 » ,»S ^dnnsdny. June ?8. 2000 Cross-Roads street repairs Amherst. Ohm gets job The city has awarded a $40,487 bid to Cross-Roads Asphalt Recycling of Columbia Station to complete crack and joint sealing to a number of Amherst streets. The repair list includes the following streets: • Cleveland Avenue, from South Main Street to Leavitt Road, 22,000 feet • Washington Street, from Sun- : rise to Shadylawn, 1,718 feet • Lincoln Street, from Cleveland Avenue to East Martin Street, ; 3.060. • Lincoln Street, from 215 feet ! north of Rainbow to 191 feet north of Greenlawn, 3,915 feet • Shadylawn Avenue, from Blossom to 169 feet west of Cherry Valley Drive, 1.718 feeL • Westlake Drive, from West • West Martin Avenue, from North Lake Street to 900 feet west t 2,607 feet • Crestline Avenue, from North Lake Street to 900 feet west 2,598 feet • Fallen Oaks Lane, from Sleepy tt Hollow Drive lo Westchester Drive, fl 3,313 feet • Sleepy Hollow Drive, from Fallen Oaks Lane to Westchester Drive. 2,203 feet • Westchester Drive, from Fallen Oaks Lane to 167 feet south, 356 feet • Westchester Drive, from Fallen Oaks Lane to Fallen Oaks Lane, 3.184 feet • Holly Lane, Sleepy Hollow Drive tt> Westchester Drive, 1,283 feet • Rome Beauty Road, from 162 : Martin Avenue to the end, 2,310 feet west of Mcintosh to Golden | feet Russett, 2,434 feet ■ • May field Court, from Westlake • Winesap, from 155 feet Mcln- : Drive to the end, 277 feet tosh Lane to Golden Russet 2,551 ; • Plaza Drive, from Middle feet Ridge Road to the end, 3.850 feet • Baldwin Court, from West • Lancer Drive, from Dodge Martin Street to the end, 2,691 feet Drive to the end, 7,247 feet All together, the crack and seal ; • Dodge Drive, from Middle program will cover 76.392 feet of Ridge Road to the end, 7,077. streets. _*d_ _■ *** Catching a wave It isn't exactly the ocean, or even Lake Erie, but when you're hot and you're a kid, a sprinkler on the front lawn will do just as well on a summer oay. Senior citizens get break in sewer bill increases jp*:'". by VICKIE HAUFF News-Times correspondent At a special meeting of the utilities enm«d»» last week, John Courtney of Courtney and Associates, outlined a three-year plan for sewer rate increases for Amherst residents. The proposed plan is a three-year projection that would hike sewer rates from the current flat rate of $21 per month for single-family units to $25 per month over a three- year period. The purpose of this analysis was to determine the revenue adjustment needed to meet projected operating, capital, and debt service expenses that the city will be facing. This projection includes the cost of a new wastewater treatment plant with an $8 million price tag.** With this proposal, residents using 5,000 or less gallons per month would not see an increase until 2002, at which time the rate will jump to $23 per month, then to $25 per month in 2003. The 40 cents per 1,000 gallons increase would allow the city to stay on track to pay back the loan taken out for the wastewater treatment project at an estimated $650,000 per year over the next 25 years. .John Courtney of Courtney and Associates talks to city council oommlttee members last week about keeping up with the cost of maintaining the city's sewer treatment through increased rates. Typical Bill Comparisons Monthly usage Existing Rates 2001 2002 2003 Residential 0 $21.00 $21.00 $23.00 $25.00 5,000 $21.00 $21.00 $23.00 $25.00 10.000 $21.00 $42.00 $46.00 $50.00 Non-Residential * • . 0 $21.00 $21.00 $23.00 $25.00 10.000 $42.00 $42.00 $46.00 $50.00 25,000 $105.00 $105.00 $115.00 $125.00 50.000 $210.00 $210.00 $230.00 $250.00 100.000 $420.00 $420.00 $460.00 $500 00 Courtney stated that each year his company will review the sewer rates as well as water and electric to ensure the city is on track to stay within their goal. If the rate increase does not go through, although normal operating revenues will be met the wastewater treatment project monies will have to come from other venues. An increase of 37 percent in revenues is needed in order to sustain the project while meeting normal projected revenues that are required for the city to maintain. While the projection considers the city's growth at a rate of about 6 percent per year, committee members were concerned for the city's senior citizen population who are living on fixed limited incomes. 'What can we do to accommodate our senior citizens living on fixed incomes and cannot afford an increase?" asked councilmember Steve P'Simer. "I'm talking about those who have been paying the $21 and using less than 5,000 gallons per month." After a short discussion, it was agreed that a special current rate status can be put into effect for those seniors who meet the limited income requirements, the same type of program that die city uses for their beat program. Applications would be available at city hall and proof of income would be required to qualify for the discounted rate once the increase is put into effect Tbe analysis also determined that the average family in Amherst uses 5,000-6,000 gallons of water per month while an elderly couple uses only 3,000-4.000 gallons per month. Offering the lower rate to i who need it will not affect the projected needs the city must meet over the next three years. Courtney's analysis is designed to provide die minimal impact on consumers and also provides for interest rates incurred during the construction of the wastewater treatment plant project Courtney also staled that the city should re-think its budgeting strategies, with the onslaught of the wastewater project the "budget as needed" attitude will not suffice and the city should adopt a "depreciation schedule" method instead, This would mean that the budget would be gone over on a regular basis to ensure that the city is staving on track to meet its goals. Mayor John Higgins added, "I think it's the most efficient thing to do, to stay on top of the budget" Red Cross training pays off for boys by VICKIE HAUFF •*v News-Times correspondent When Matt Chonko's . mother asked him to attend a ,'" lied Cross training course 'with her in 1998, she never dreamed he would be using -'what he learned leas than a '•' year later to help someone who was injured. ;;'. That's just what happened however when on Oct 22, 1999. while playing at a bus -Mop with friend Skyler Gnn. :' the then 11-year-old Matt was . abb to put his knowledge of basic emergency skills to good we. Skyler. also 11 at the time, ran into the street whore he was stock by a car. Matt ran to lis friend and asked if be was -right Whea Skyler did not respond. Matt alerted a .-'Alfchbor to «- 911 and whh Skytar m* he made sure that gathering onlookers understood that they were not to move him. He then retrieved his mother, Marcie Chonko, who is an employee of the American Red Cross, and helped keep Skyler stable until paramedics arrived. When Skyler's father arrived at the scene, according to Marcie, he said "Skyler, it's dad, I love you." And that was the first and only time Skyler opened his eyes at ihe scene. The Grms told Marcie later, she said, that doctors at Cleveland Metro Hospital informed them that ihe first few minutes of an accident of that caliber are crucial, and had Mitt not responded as be did. Skyler may not have recovered from Ms injuries as well as he did. Skyler suffered a fractured _a_l and gent fear days ht a coma. He then underwent several weeks of rehabilitation but was back at school within a few months. Recently, Matt received The American Red Cross Certificate of Merit awarded to those individuals who help save a life. The award, which is signed by President Clinton, wu presented to Matt during a school assembly at Shupe Middle SchooL 1 don't think be is aware of how unportsiu what he did _, but probably in tbe yean to come, be will realise it," Marcie Hid. Marcie said that she was taking the coarae aa part of Red Cross and asked Matt if he wanted to take it wife her. The Gnas are probably glad he did. Matt _*> received a citation Ohio State Representative acknowledging his courage and quick thinking. "It takes a lot of courage for someone to get involved," said Sherrill McLoda, Amherst City Safety-Service Director. "Even adults don't always do that and for an 11-year-old, that is commendable bravery." As far as hero worship for Matt, forget it his mother said nothing has really changed. Matt, now 12, goes about his business like nothing has happened Skyler. these days is bqck in the swing of being a 12-year-old himself, with baseball games to get to and being a normal kid. The Grms were not available for comment on the matter, but McLoda says she is mm surprised that Matt took it ■pan himself to help his friend, stating. "The people of st really do look after Workshop Players stage 'zany' show Workshop Players presents the final show of the 1999-2000 season, John Ford Norman's "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking" with music by Laudon Wainwright DI. Directed by Val Farschman, this zany comedy takes place in the kitchen of Maude Mix. played by Amy Brotheron-Stak-s, perhaps the archtypal suburan housewife in Westchester County. N.Y. Maude is having a tough day. Mot only is her husband off on a weekend spree with bit secretary, but she can't seem to get rid of her peaky neighbor Hannah Mae. played by Tereaa Jenkins, who haa feat asoved up from Thus aad won't take "gat kMt" for an answer. Eventualy they Join forces against their errant erring husbands, b the end. Maade has been Bbereted into a wider and wiaer world. Performances are July 6, 7. g, 14. IS. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. There wifl also be Swnday ana-Nee on Inly 16 and 23 at 3 pjn. Ticked are $gJ0 sack and may be reserved by calling fee ban oflke at 9gg-5613. Gaoap " abfe far gRNfn of 10 or anon. Workshop Players Theatre is located on Road ia Amherst halfway between Stats Rome 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-06-28|
|Date of Original||28-JUN-2000|
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