Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-30
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Turnpike needs to buy land — Page 2 South Amherst loses chief — Pac Amherst News-Time WHDNLSDAY, October 30, 2002 AMHhRST, OHIO Rock Creek residents oppose brid o X t\i r-i »- GO O IO x X r— CO M M c (*oo 3 X 00 < X M c: m M 07 r- (_,* S> 3 —I M a* O *S, > h rj < o «v. m 3> <s m -l -c by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Disgruntled residents of Amherst's Rock Creek Run subdivision argued last Monday night against the construction of a bridge they feel will turn their neighborhood into a throughway for dangerous traffic. Nearly 40 residents showed up to voice their concerns that a local contractor might build a bridge across Beaver Creek on Spruce Tree Lane, stating that the bridge would allow drivers to use the route as a shortcut between North Ridge and Leavitt roads. They also brought with them a petition, originally filed on Oct 7 by IS Rock Creek Run residents, asking city council to stop the construction of the bridge by vacating the street on either side of the creek. An attorney for the group, Garrett Murray of Elyria, said that Spruce Tree Lane met the criteria for vacation because residents found safety issues to be good cause, and because the measure would not be detrimental to their well-being. He also slated that 31 lots would be directly affected by the attempt to build a bridge on the road. "(The residents) feel that it's a safety issue," said Murray. "It's a highly residential area with a large number of children.*' A bridge across the creek would not only cause traffic flow problems on Spruce Tree Lane, but would also create considerable backup on Leavitt Road, he said. "If you think that it's backed up now, wait to see how bottle-necked that intersection will' be should a bridge be added,*' he said. "The results would be disastrous." CONTINUED on page 3 Thousands of little ghosts, ghouls, gobblins, clowns, superher- eluding (from left to right) little firefighters, the Yu-Gi-Oh cartoon's Athletically-geared Amherstonians put the pedal to the metal oes, and princesses and their parents turned out at the Amherst blue-eyes white dragon, and Spiderman. The festivities were fol- (below) Sunday morning, running in the annual 5K "Run for Your Halloween parade near city hall last Sunday evening. Some of the lowed by the holiday's traditional trick-or-treating actvities all ar- Bones" event, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, most popular, fun, and creative costumes are pictured above, in- ound town. Do you believe in 'haunted' houses? This family sure does by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter It was a dark and stormy late afternoon near Halloween, and probably the worst possible time for me to be sitting across from the a cemetery in what its owner assured me was a very haunted house. "We've always had ghosts in our house. It's just something we kind of grew up with," Liz Szefcyk told me as we sat in the old house at 619 Cleveland Avenue which was built in the 1850s. "We've got them, and they're friendly," she said. "They don't bother us. We know we've got them and it's kind of nice." Szefcyk has owned the house for 12 yean, and spent .time mere as a child when her grandmother moved there in the 1950s. "You always feel like there's somebody here. There's always somebody t moving around constantly. You can feci them," she said, "I'm never alone even when I'm alone, if that makes Szefcyk claims to have first the ghost of her great- Liz Szefcyk's family believes thai ghosts share the house at 619 Cleveland Avenue with its currant living owners. From left to right, top to bottom, they are: Lb, Isabels. Mary, Aly, snd Mad Hey - who's that shadowy figure hi Ihe background? grandfather, Lewis Hatchet, when she was very young. According to her story, she was sitting on the front porch of the house when she saw him walk down Cleveland Avenue and into the cemetery across the street before he simply faded away. "I don't think he's here as a ghost, but there are definitely ghosts in the house," she told me, and I couldn't help but check over my shoulder. Stories about sightings of a whole host of paranormal phenomenon abound in the Szefcyk household, and they haven't all come from her. "My uncle. Harry Powers, said he was always annoyed by the ghosts upstairs," Szefcyk said. According lo her, Powers beard frequent unexplained knocking and would often find objects moved around in his loom with ao plausible cause. Szefcyk's lister. Julie, began to recognise the distinctive traits of Ihe ghost in that particular room and gave it the name Genie. One of Ssefcyk's grandee also clshned lo ghosts in the old Victorian CONTINUED on page S City must submit plan to EPA; face $10,000 a day fine without correction by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter As if Amherst's problems with the Environmental Protection Agency weren't enough, city councilmembers learned last Monday night that they'll have to jump through more hoops when new regulations are put into effect in March. Representatives from the Ohio EPA told councilmembers on Oct 21 that the city must comply with a new mandate to submit a plan to establish six new control measures. The decree came from federal EPA officials, who decided in December of 1999 lo expand the existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Storm Water Program in order to better protect water quality. The regulation affects four categories of storm water dischargers, <nflwrf**g small municip—lities such as Amherst, and the EPA official said the city can be fined up to $10,000 per day if it does not sub- mk a plan for implementing the new measures before the March 10,2003 1. Public education and outreach program to study the impacts of storm water pollution, and must target both the general community and commercial, industrial, and institutional dischargers; 2. Public involvement and participation in developing and implementing a local Storm Water Management Plan; 3. Elimination of illicit discharges; 4. Construction site storm water runoff ordinance, including site inspections for compliance; 5. Post-constractioa storm water management ordinance; 6. Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal opera- tions such as efforts lo reduce storm water pollution from the maintenance of open space, parks, and vehicle fleets. Utilities department workers wil alio be fr-*f_ked lo nap the city'a MS4 sanitary sewer system in its entirety. The ultimate purpose of the measures, according lo EPA literature is to protect sensitive wetlands, minimize the of soils SM the amount of CONTINUED on page 1S
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-10-30|
|Date of Original||30-OCT-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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