Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-02
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Softball team marks 20 years — Page 10 Amherst News-Time m r- Wednesday, April 2, 1997 Amherst, Ohio City-hired water manager to help end flooding, sewer troubles by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The recent hiring of a water management project engineer fpr Amherst increases the city's chances of curtailing some of the flooding and sewer problems that have plagued it in the past. At a city council meeting held on March 24, council voted 7-0 to hire Michael C. Menoes, a professional engineer who works for Hydrosphere Engineering in Cleveland, for the part-time position. Menoes will be paid $55,296 for working 24 hours a week for 48 weeks. As part of the ordinance established to create the project engineer, Philip H. DeGroot, also of Hydrosphere, has been hired to work three hours per week for 48 weeks as die supervising engineer. DeGroot will be paid $12,096 for his contribution. Other costs, including equipment, software, document productions and mailings, and telephone, arc included in the salaries, which arc not to exceed a one-year maximum of $67,392. City council has voted to use money from tbe water, sewer and wastewater funds to finance the positions. At a previous executive committee meeting, DeGroot and Menoes outlined their proposal, which is a three-stage project over as many years, "We plan on utilizing a G1S (Geographic Information System) mapping of the city, which will allow us 10 supervise the placement of benchmarks," DeGroot said. Menoes told council that as project engineer, he would be developing a storm water management model, supervising the collection of sewer system data and assessing current water and sewer-related problems ia the first year. DeGroot and Menoes distributed a pamphlet to council members, which detailed current water problems in the city, including basement flooding (from both storm and sanitary sewage), deteriorating sewer systems, water pressure issues, and an overloaded wastewater treatment plant "Accurate, unbiased information is the key to planning for future expenditures," Menoes said, adding that Ihe mapping system will go a long way in stemming problems related to sewers and water mains. "Right now, you have a superintendent of utilities who has the knowledge of where sewer and water lines are stored in his head, but when he retires in a few years, he takes that knowledge with him." Menoes told council the position of project engineer would not conflict with Mitt Pommeranz duties, who is tbe acting city engineer. Instead, his job would help to relieve some of Pommeranz "s already overburdened work load. Also planned ia conjunction with die new positions is the city's utilization of two civil engineering students, who will assist with creating the mapping of storm and sanitary sewer system data. Mayor John Higgins told, council that the new in-bouse position would be much less expensive than contracting out, and because of the severity of Amherst's water-related problems, the project engineer's position makes sense. "These costs would be the same or higher if we brought in an outside person.*' Higgins said. "I don't want to have to go through trial and error." The mayor told the News- Tunes that the GIS mapping system is something that can be added on "layer-by-layer,** so that every tiling from utility locations to cemetery plots could eventually be accessed by computer. Hi Hundreds turn out for annual egg hunt Mother Nature did her best to cooperate with Saturday's Easter egg hunt at Maude Neiding Park. Hundreds of youngsters turned out for the XS&flf^hich was sponsorea by the Amherst Leo and Rons Clubs. The following prize winners were announced: • Three and under, stuffed toy lion: Christopher Pullin, David Kulp, Matthew Krieg and Matthew Shinsky. • Four to six, Amherst Theater movie passes: Levi Toth and Dakota Wattcrson. • Seven to 10, Amherst Theater movie passes: Emily McKilrick, Eric McGinnis, Amber Ortiz, Brandon Knew, Zach Gargasz and Malt Ewald. Organizers report that three prizes went unclaimed. If any of the egg hunters are still holding one of the plastic eggs marked as a prize winner, their prize may be claimed by writing to the Lions at 238 Church St. Include a name and phone number with the claim request and arrangements will be made to have the prize delivered. Jerry Coghlan and Hilary Hoak rehearse a of "All My Sons." scene from the Workshop Players' production Workshop Players stage Miller's story of wartime in 'All My Sons' The Workshop Players, Inc. fourth production of the season will debut Thursday, April 10 at the troupe's theatre at 44820 Middle Ridge Road. Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," is a wartime drama that portrays a factory owner torn between devotion to his family and responsibility to society. Directed by Don Wozniak and Marilyn Hubbard, the cast includes Jerry Coghlan of Vermilion as Joe; Pam Pickworth of Elyria as Kate; Chip Neu- virth of Chagrin Falls as Chris; and Carrie Lamanna of Amherst as Ann. Also in the cast are Brad Sales of Oberlin; George Mac- donald of Bay Village, Kris Ry- barczyk of Lorain; Charles Westover of North Ridgeville; Miki Pritt of Elyria; and Hilary Hoak of Amherst. The show will run at 8 p.m. on April 10, 11. 12.18, 19.24. 25 and 26. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays, April 20 and 27. Tickets are $5.40 on Thursdays, and $6.50 for all other performances and may be obtained by calling the box office at 988-5613. Quarry Road bridge closed after steel beams damaged by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter The Quarry Road bridge that lies north of the IG A was closed yesterday due to a recent discovery of compressed and deteriorating steel beams. "It will be my recommendation to city council that the bridge is closed permanently and dismantled," said mayor John Higgins, after consulting with three different structural engineers. Permission has been given lo the city by Jim Mann, who owns prop- Signs mark the entrance to the Quarry Road bridge which was damaged by a heavy load recently. An inspection shows steel beams were damaged. eny on Quarry Road, to allow vehicles onto his property to utilize a dirt access road as a temporary CONTINUED on page 2 School board searching for new assistant transportation worker The Amherst school district's busy bus coordinator will be getting some much-needed help beginning in the fall. At its March 17 meeting, the school board agreed to create the position of assistant bus coordinator in order to relieve the workload of bus coordinator Ruth Williams. "She gets very busy these days. There's a lot more to the job than jusi making sure kids get picked up and dropped off from school by (bus) drivers," superintendent Howard Dulmage said. Williams needs help in setting up bus routes, arranging for dozens of field trips and the transportation of the band and athletic teams throughout the state and northern Ohio. She also drives buses when a driver calls in sick, a job the assistant will assume. The job dudes call for the assistant to help with driver training, arrange workshops and meetings, assign drivers and substitutes to routes and help Williams prepare a mix of state reports. The individual will be paid about $11 hourly, according lo administrative assistant Robert Wiersum. Williams, 60, has been with the school district since 1969.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-04-02|
|Date of Original||02-APR-1997|
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