Amherst News-Times, 1999-08-25
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■* Comets prepare for gridiron season — Page 7 Speed monitors tested — Pag •■'••» Amherst News-Time o ■•© X X f OO H H — Tl 3 O X ~C W < X M C W M 0) f r/j *» 3 -o » M < (1 t*i :j» b* m o o ] 'dnosd.ny, August 25. 1099 Amherst. Ohio -3 -rj a Design company hired for West Side Park A Cleveland firm has been hired by the Lorain County MetroParks board to begin design work on the 34-acre West Side Park. Behnke & Associates, a park design company, is expected to begin architectural design work this week on the park's layout based on a master plan approved by the city and the park board. The facility will be located behind the police station between N. Lake and N. Main streets and is expected to be completed by next summer, according to MetroParks director Dan Martin. Among the first projects in the $1.8 million park will be construction of a 2,100 square-foot enclosed pavilion that can be used year- around. An open pavilion for picnics during warm weather also will be built, although Martin said he expects the enclosed facility to be used by a variety of community groups, including non-profits. "It will have a wide variety of uses all year and will be in a nice location that will let people see a lot of the park," he explained. kWlfc- tit**-*■<%***■ y..-ee«,-»-jaX: Among the first projects in the $1.8 million dollar park will be the construction of a pavilion for year-round activities. This drawing shows a design style for the project. Library will focus on interior facelift to create space The Amherst Public Library is in the process of planning a major in- , tenor renovation to provide it with more space for books and enable it to better meet patron needs. Judy Dworkin, library director, said library officials are in the process of interviewing three design firms, one of which will be chosen in September to design the renovations and provide cost estimates for the project Each firm has submitted proposals to make maximum use of the current library space without committing to an expansion for at least three to five years. "We will do the best we can with what we have, but we were looking down the road, knowing that as population expands and youth grows — which is when we probably will have to do some kind of major expansion," she explained. Space for books, reference ma'er- ials and computers are now at a premium. In addition, use of the library is continuing to increase due to the area's larger population and school assignments. Pending board of trustees approval, Dworkin srjd she doesn't expect interior remodeling work to begin until early 2000 or next spring, it probably will involve rearrangement of the existing shelving ^.figuration and other changes, Dworkin said. Part of the changes also will include design of a sloping ramp or wheelchair lift that will make the library's older Carnegie section accessible to the physically challenged. Built early this century, the Car negie building is largely vacant except for a small section reserved for newspapers and historical research material on the second floor. The first floor is occupied by administrative offices and a staff lounge. Dworkin said she has wanted to make better use of the building's second floor for several years but hasn't been unable to because it not accessible to the physically challenged. The second floor is about six feet lower than the upper floor of the newer library building, which is handicapped accessible. Nevertheless, the older building only can be entered by the public via stairs from the newer building. "This is a major problem that we need to solve and would give us more usable space," she explained. Among the changes under consideration is expansion of the historical section for Lorain County and Amherst area history. In late spring, library officials cancelled plans for a new entrance trom a patting lot locate behind the facility. The addition would have eliminated traffic congestion along Spring Street and provided a new book depository. It was canceled because library officials thought it was not feasible because of the cost, given the need for more room and a future expansion in the coming years. If it is financially feasible, Dworkin said a less expensive new entrance may be built along with the internal renovations. Otherwise, the new entrance will have be delayed until the major renovation. High summer electric usage will cause monthly bill increase Amherst residenu soon will get a shocking surprise in the mail — re-" cord high electric bills. ' On the average, electric bills will pending on individual usage. The high rates are tied to increased costs brought about by attempts to keep cool in last month's hot, humid weather. Usage reached s record 11 mil- lipokik)waW.UMrT»«everujedby Ainberst municipaJ electric custom- i Can. The prexriow record was 10 mil- lion Idlowatts set aboet two years can Municipal Power of Ohio (AMP-Ohio) plant ia Marietta during a period of peak me during the July heat wave, scemding to iitilities iiefwitemrlqst Don Woodams. AMP-Ohio supplies electric power to Amherst and other munscipeJIy-owned power plants ia the stats, such as Oberlin. As a result, it had to p*a*rtem electricity from ahort-isfn fetepea- New Nord principal Michael Diamond has been spending time meeting staff and stu dents since his return to the school where he was most recently a teacher. New principal is a diamond in the making at junior high e The » due to a major involves n-rapaatlve power •niwsnjai >U^-OWoIs«Ibo pay $3400 pit Ue«e* la a en patel Michael Diamond has had an intte-estiag and busy life tte lest few yean. He's earned a master's de- lies, gone to Russia, adopted two children, moved three .tees, sad left Nord Junior High School as a teacher bet year only te retara as principal ids year. mammmmmU 40, tsWffst SOCM. aMttes, Malory aad civics be* toss dsasfttea at tte aad of ate ltfe»§9 atteoi year to hanofaa asvaaass* tmj______ at a^e^^ee..w mmma^^^ mmmm^^mmm ~. kmmmmmwtdkod 0* WlSSSaaW Me?e»< Diamond said he did "a little of everything," including a stint at a set-unary in Pittsburgh, before realizing education was his forte. After earning a master's degree from Jote Canvi Uai- vet-say. te saw tte ateae aa woppottmity to advance into **tetoisttatsoa. Ha a*et> ably would have ss*m* ta Weelete had am Wotee tka*eaa4aaa* enetleataS M aWieMBBaSt al aSBBTaa*** IWJU*""S* MS S****ea***ai B» a*. ■ -. S_ mmmm. • He was tit* -%r ;ate Joe, As an assistant principal at the Weatkke middle sttteat, he oversaw tte etemtoa of the aaaaa group he tmajat at the junior high level tt Need. Tte only difference » that me tte jaaior Ufa te ate) tote-am oft* aadte The pavilion win tie sumtta to one built in a North Ridgeville park. It will cost an estimated $300,000 and is within the park's construction budget. It will overlook a small cliff area above the Beaver Creek. Martin said he hopes the foundation for the building can be laid within ihe next two months so work can continue through most of the winter. Plans call for the construction of a parking lot around or near a cellular tower, soccer fields, a mile-long walking and bicycle path around the park, a children's playground and a large nature area in which people can stroll and enjoy nature. In connection with a possible expansion and second phase, Martin said the MetroParks also have purchased about 20 acres of land along Beaver Creek extending from behind Harris Elementary School to . Milan Avenue. All the land lies on the west bank of the creek and will be a nature preserve area. Portions of it will be CONTINUED on page 2 Few offer city ideas for using post office Plans to convert the former post office on Park Avenue into a community or senior citizen center have hit a snag — not enough people have expressed interest in the idea. But rather than abandoning the concept, mayor John Higgins said he wants to give interested parties another opportunity to discuss the idea at a future public meeting. No date has been set, although it may be held in September or early October. In addition, die mayor said he intends to discuss the idea with city council sometime soon. Council is on its August break but will return Aug. 30. The mayor said he may discuss the matter at that meeting or soon afterward. A public meeting was held in early spring to discuss the idea with interested groups. Despite the presentation of ideas, few people turned out for the meeting. "It was disappointing given the things we could do with it for the community," Higgins said. "There were some ideas, but there seemed to be a general lack of interest because few if any community groups showed up. We'll give it another try and see what happens." Without support, the mayor said the city may have to explore other options, mainly rental of the building. Several parties already have expressed interest in renting the vacant facility, although he declined to identify them. Whatever happens, the city will not consider selling the building. "It's far too valuable given it's made out of sandstone and has become a downtown landmark," he said. "I'm sure there are community uses for it, but so far the kind of support we'd like to see hasn't appeared." The city previously leased the building to the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, which renovated some of the interior m part of a lease agreement with die city. The building has been vacant since the church moved out last spring. It purchaaed and i-eoovtued the former A-aerican Legion post oa Middle **Hm Road. tte maw post office tea ftet Boor aad ie to aeversl Tte 100 1 .as stem Ul-t It is LWamea aaaaal a_J_a__a If IwlW .eW WsVJsfjsl m it to att' m same ay aim ester Tte ate pamteataS tte asU/ltesjIli ■, esTsTsTsTsTsTsTsm' ""j**"1 '.', ■f_w_______________^^' 4 <m V'-he - 111 • tJ *5fr bb eajstJaBB kv*M €mW
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-08-25|
|Date of Original||25-AUG-1999|
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