Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-06
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j , ,—, _ ■ - I Moos follows his brother's trail — Page 6 Suit settled out of court — F Amherst News-Time 3t H ] Wednesday, August 6, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Swales may help end one street's flooding woes; others examined by KATHLEEN KOSHAR News-Times editor Hydrosphere Engineering, a firm which was hired by the city to undertake a water management project, is making waves. The Cleveland company has already made progress in the city's quest to get its flooding problems under control. Mike Menoes, the project engineer, made a presentation to city council last month and outlined the five different projects his crews are working on. They include flooding problems in the Forest Hill Drive area where residents were surveyed about their water problems. The company also met with residents during a meeting and investigated soil in the area. Results of the flooding data gathered include the following: • Many houses on the east side of Forest Hill Drive are experiencing rear yard flooding due primarily lo a lack of storm water runoff control from the Ravenglass Subdivision. Menoes said the subdivision is higher in elevation than the existing homes; rainwater flows downhill flooding the backyards of residents there. - Several houses on Forest Hill Drive, near the Idlewood intersection, are experiencing sanitary sewer backup into the basement. This problem is being caused by storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer, although die exact location has not been determined. • Some houses on Shupc Street arc experiencing flooding problems. It has been reported that the creek behind the houses frequently floods. These problems, Menoes said, can be corrected. His recommendations are twofold: • A swale should be installed along the rear and some side property lines along Keswick Court and West Kendall Court on existing city-owned storm sewer easements. The swales will be ouUettcd into ex isting yard drains that run along the rear property lines. • Smoke test sanitary sewer line on Forest Hill Drive to determine any cross connections; cross connections must be disconnected. Also, the sanitary sewer along the stream behind the houses on Sunset Drive should be examined for infiltration problems. Menoes said storm water lines that are connected to sanitary sewer lines put the flow under pressure, causing the sewage to backup into basements. The city will also have lo determine who is responsible for any improper cross connections; in some cases, it would be the city's responsibility to correct a problem but in others it could be the homeowner's responsibility. Hydrosphere is also working on a Beaver Creek watershed computer model. Workers have already started work on the project computing drainage basin limits. Other work that needs to be completed includes examination of soil types, land use within the watershed and stream lengths. The model will help determine the peak flows through Beaver Creek, give the city an ability to define flood plains along the creek and prevent problems in future developments, and help foster the creation of a county-wide storm water control plan, among others. Menoes explained the efforts of the company to organize the city's existing records. Right now, he said, sewer and water plans can be located at city hall, the city utility complex or in the city engineer's office. "This really needs to be organized and we have to index what the city docs have and get it into one location," he explained. At this point, Menoes said it is not even known what plans exist and a great deal of time and effort is lost looking for CONTINUED on page 2 Melissa Harmych and Libbie Ehmschwender help Mary Nichols and Russell Behm load food into a van taking supplies to a mountainous area near Hazard, Ky. They are among 13 people spending a week helping to clean and build school buildings They're on a mission to aid others by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Thirteen members of St. Peter's United Church of Christ are on a mission to help people in southeastern Kentucky who subsist oft their fa.th and belief in education. The seven teenagers and six adults departed Saturday for a poverty stricken area in a remote section of the Appalachian Mountains. "It's so remote that they warn you not to drive in the mountains at night because it's so steep in some places," said St. Peter's minister of education Mary Nichols. The 13 will join church groups from Greater Cleveland that will work on a private school. It reportedly is the only school within 10 to IS miles of Hazard, Ky., because no public schools are located in the mountainous area. The group will repair an existing school building and work on a new building J_eing buitj. by volunteers. ' " ■ ■■ ■ They also took a van filled with food for the residents there. "We've been told it's a whole different culture up there and that they don't have many resources," she added.,"It's hard to believe something like that in this day and age, but we'll learn more by being there." Officially, the effort is a workcamp to improve the school and get it ready for a new academic year. The facilities, which include an elementary and high school, are run by a woman who apparently has stepped in where the Slate of Kentucky has failed to tread. The Sl Peter's UCC group was enlisted by a Bcrca woman who has been traveling into the mountainous area for 27 years. "We don't know her or the people who we're going to help, but we feel it's our mission to help people who don't have the resources to help themselves," Nicholas said. The group will slay in dormitories built above a school campus. The dorms house children who cannot travel the mountain roads in winter. The volunteers will have to climb 70 steps to reach the dorms, just one indication of how mountainous the area is, ac cording to volunteer Russell Behm. The trip, which has been planned for several weeks, promises to be as much a learning experience for the St. Peter's volunteers as ii will be for the Kcniuckians receiving their help. "It will be a new experience for us because we'll be meeting people who live outside of normal society, maybe by their own choice," Behm added. "It's hard for us to understand when you look at a map a sec there's a town only 10 miles away, or below." The group will return to Amherst Aug. 10 with a new appreciation for what it means to live in poverty but still seek an education to better themselves, Nicholas said. Coaches bridge culture gap; help kids learn by NITA OFFINEER Nows-Times correspondent Amhcrsl look on an inter- n.itional flavor in mid-July when iwo individuals came to town lo teach some young soccer enthusiasts the thrills and skills of the sport. Amherst Youth Soccer Association sponsored the Major League Soccer Camp, which is the official camp of the Columbus Crew. Two local families, the Hummels and the Offineers, hosted the two soccer instructors for a week. Jack Sibajene, born in Zambia, Africa, and Ian Williams, bom in Wolverhampton, England, shared stories of their travels and experiences with their host families and several other Amherst residents. Sibajene has lived in the United Stales for seven years and is.currently residing in Slippery Rock, Pa. Sibajene's parents were foreign diplomats; he has traveled throughout the world, living in Russia and London. He has been with Major League Soccer Camps for a year. Sibajene comes from a large family where all played soccer at a young age. . Sibajene stayed with the Hummel family — which includes five children — all ■ • who participated in the soccer Ian Williams, Major League Soccer Camp chkin group instructor, takes a water break with the' mun- camp. Joe Hummel is president of Amherst Youth Soccer Association, and his wife, Ginny, co-direcis the girls' in- housc soccer program.. The other instructor, Ian Williams, 30, currcnUy lives in Bournemouth,.England, and is a physical education teacher in Poole, England, for 11- lo 18-year-old boys and girls. He has. been with Major League Soccer Camp for a year, and has traveled to the United Slates seven limes. Williams's introduction to Amhcrsl was a bit different than his other irips. When he landed at the Cleveland airport, Williams learned his luggage wis lost. . . Later that same evening, Williams decided to lake a nighutime jog in bis host family's neighborhood to un- CONTINUED on pag« 2 Jack Sibajene ot Slippery Rock, Pa., is coaching Brianne Hummel, seven, on the finer points of soccer. ' I ' v
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-08-06|
|Date of Original||06-AUG-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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