Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-14
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mtm+w mm .mi n iaiiii.i m\jm**m*4********mw Their business helps business — Page 7 Developer sues over taxes — Page aaaMaaaaaaaaBaaa.aaiaaaaaaBaaaaaBBiBaaaaaaBBaiBaaiBaaaaaaaaaaiBaaBBaaaaBaiaaiBaaaaaBaB Amherst News-Time 'cdnesclay, April 14. 1999 Amhorst. Ohio fc Residents urge congressman to lower costs of health care by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Congressman Sherrod Brown comfortably sat on a serving bar at the Crossroads Grill as he spoke to about 30 of his Amherst constituents early April 9. The U.S. representative originally had chosen the restaurant as the site for informal "town meetings" he likes to hold about a year ago. Last week's breakfast meeting gave him the opportunity to And out what's on the minds of people in a relaxed atmosphere. The informal meeting was one of several Brown's local staff squeezed into his busy schedule last week. Another was held in Columbia Town ship and more will be held in the coming weeks in Medina and Lorain counties. "I have enough formal meetings and sometimes people tend to stay away from them or aren't as willing to feel free to talk," he explained. "Here, it's more like just shooting the breeze. I let them tell me what concerns them and ask questions." Amherstonians drank their morning coffee and munched on ham and eggs or baked goods as they listened and asked Brown questions. Health care and its ever increasing cost dominated the meeting. People complained about the increasing cost of prescriptions, up nearly 400 percent in the last few years, ac- CONTINUED on page 3 Congressman Sherrod Brown discusses health care and world events with a group of 30 customers at the Crossroads Grill. Brown said he hopes to hold future town meetings at the restaurant because of its relaxed atmosphere. City will ask ODOT for Main/Kolbe traffic light A request for a badly-needed traffic light system at the intersection of North Main Street and Cooper Foster Park Roed soon will be in the hands of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). . The request is based on a study by engineering consultants R.E. Warner, Inc. that found 20 accidents occurred at the heavily traveled intersection between January 1996 and 1998. A dozen people were hospitalized, although most only involved minor injuries. Most accidents occurred at-the Cooper Poster Park Road east and westbound approaches to the intersection. The majority happened during the day and were caused by people driving on Cooper Foster Park Road who failed to yield to traffic on North Main, a through street. The firm did perform a traffic volume count that revealed an average 24.000 vehicles %datttJaflKti through the intersection^ mtaax between 4:15 and 5:15 pjn. The majority of vehicles travel south and turn east (left) on to Cooper Foster Park Road or west from Cooper Foster north (right) on to North Main Street and Kolbe Road. It has recommended installing a semi-actuated three-phase traffic signal and adding a left turn lane on to North Main and a right turn lane on to Cooper Foster. The solution will increase safety at the intersection. The turn lanes will increase vehicle capacity and result in decreased delay for east- bound drivers turning on Cooper Foster and westbound motorists turning on to North Main. It also "provides the highest level, of safety for the present and allows for the ongoing increase in commercial Jnd residential development in the area without compromising the future safety and efficiency of the intersection," the report said. Lorain community development officials have applied for a $1.3 million federal grant on behalf of Lorain and Amherst to help pay for the widening of Cooper Foster Park Road. Plans call for it to be widened to five lanes at its intersection with Leavitt Road and three lanes from Sharondale Lane west to North Main Street The grant sought by .Amherst is separate but will be part of the total improvement project, according to mayor John Higgins. They planted seeds of religion Baumanns proud of their 35 years of mission services by QLEN MLLER Newt-Times reporter At least once a week, Faith and David Baumann find their minds straying to a land on the other ride of the world. India was their home for 35 yean at missionaries for the Methodist Church. They have returned to it since retiring in 1986 and returning to the U.S. Now residents of Amherst Township, they enjoy checking on the seeds of Christianity they helped plant as India was developing as an independent nation free of British rale. The retired couple stay in touch with and occasionally get visitors who were once the children and young people in winch they instilled Christian beliefs. Today, some are Methodist church leaders in their country while outers are professional people or community leaders in Gujarat, an Indian stale northwest of Bombay, the capital. The Baumanns went to the rural area separately, she in 1950 as a missionary with the Canaan United Church of Christ, and he the following year with a group horn the Methodist Church. He is a Methodist mlnlstrr ordained in the 1940s. The couple met at a language training center for vari- ous different Christian mis- Armed with a 16 millimeter camera, projector and five films, the Baumanns went from village to village preaching and teaching God's word to Hindus and Muslims. Eventually, he developed an extensive Christian film library. "A lot of times we had to show them outside because there was nothing big enough to get the entire village into then," lie explained. Their last 25 years were spent teaching modern agricultural techniques to farmers. One project involved using manure from sacred cows to make bio-gas that was used to make fuel for cooking. "It was perfectly okay and done in remote rural areas as far. as we know," David, 79, said. They also trained local church lay leaders to help them make converts. When they did, whole tsf.i'prt usu- of whom were from India's lower castes. Christian conversion was seen ss one way of breaking out of the caste system, by the David and 1*11111 taumann love. They 1955 loo ia Soon they were joined by David Mid Mark, were bora and raised ia India. They originally ware peg hi charge of a hostel for 90 boys, ahhoagh David eventually I Today. Faith arid ths once rigid caste system is breaking dawn as people from claaaes meet and marry. With ths help Of the **--*imam gf ajn City to add curbs and catch basins to street repairs The city's annual repaying program will cost more than usual this year because of a decision to add curbs and catch basins to the list of streets in need of repair. Curbs will be added to streets that don't have them to control street flooding and water runoff Leaky catch basins will be fixed as part of an effort to reduce unwanted storm water from seeping into the city's sanitary sewer system. The latter is being done as part of the city's effort to upgrade its waste water treatment plant and meet stricter guidelines nuuadated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to mayor John Higgins. The city has a large number of old catch basins built out of brick and motor that have cracked and leak storm water in sewers. All the streets paved will have their catch basins replaced. The total estimated cost of the projects is $849,000 aad includes the curb sad catch bash, unprove- ments. Chy council Wll be informed of the aadmiatawal corrective at its April 12 1 know this is a very bat we haws to start cor- water tower and the water treatment plant The city is investigating the possibility of using rubber recycling grant money to defray the costs of those projects. The single most cosdy project will be the rebuilding of the Jackson Street bridge over the Conrail tracks through .Amherst. It will Cost $700,000. The city will use $425,000 in street income tax levy money. The remainder will come from a state Issue 2 grant, money made available for a variety of public works projects throughout Ohio. Pending council's approval, streets that may be included in the 1999 program are: Green Forest Drive from S. Lake Street to the end. Maple Creek Drive trom Green Forest Drive to 171 feet east. Tana Lane from Sunrise Drive to 350 feet north, Virginia Court horn Weavers Drive to the end. N. Main boss Martin Street to 214 feet of Brandt Avenue, Tenney A- ton S. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-04-14|
|Date of Original||14-APR-1999|
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