Amherst News-Times, 2002-08-28
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> • . • *W*msm Sunoco attendant foils robbery — Page 3 1 Library sets fall storytimes — Page 5 Amherst News-Times n i-* o O O VO X X i— CO M M c en o o 3 X CO < X l-i NX I DMSDAY, August 2K, 20(12 Kids greeted by food court, more choices for lunchtime by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter On Amherst's last summer day before the start of school, Wanda Warford looked tired. All day long, she had directed the frenzied flow of workers around her as the finishing touches were applied to Marion L. Steele High School's new cafeteria and kitchen facilities. "There will be something for everyone, both teachers and students," said Warford, who serves as cafeteria superintendent for all of the district's schools. "We're going to be able to offer a lot more choices. I think it's great. We were so limited before,'* she said. New to the school this year will be a food-court style "scramble system" featuring different food stations. Each will offer a unique variety of foods for students and teach- Sewage plant needs repairs by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter City council members will discuss next week major measures to overhaul the Amherst sewage treatment plant. According to Charles Allen, environmental engineer for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's division of surface water, the current plant has reached its hydraulic capacity. "Amherst is in the design stage of updating sewage treatment." he said, adding that the current plant is in violation of regulations, and not meeting the requirements of its permit Today, the plant is capable of handling 2.25 million gallons of sewage each day. Due to a growing population, increasing environmental-concerns, and sanitary considerations, the plant will have to be expanded to handle 3.5 million gallons per day. During storms, said Allen, the plant will be able to peak at two to three times the normal flow. One of the mam concerns is that the plant can't keep up with sanitation demands, and as a result, waste solids and harmful chemicals are making their way back into the water supply. According to Allen, Amherst water supply exceeds its ammonia content limits. If these levels continue to increase, fish and aquatic bacteria will be killed off, decimating the area's fragile ecological balance. ' Standards require that water hold only 12 mg/L ammonia. 10 mg/L carbonaceous biochemical waste, and 12 mg/L suspended solids. Current levels exceed these limits. "Sewage systems are only meant to last 20-23 years," said Allen. "The Health Department tried to get i residents to fix their systems as best as was possible, but over time the problems have compounded until they've reached a peak," be said. One of these peak problems is that because the plant's capacity is already stretched, overflow and ex- cess rains cause sewers to back op aad run into the street At one point. CONTINUIDon ers to choose from, including pizza, subs, salad, grill, fruit, main course, and snack stations. "We're also able to offer healthier choices, because now we have refrigerated serving areas where we can lay out salads, fruits, and yogurt," said Warford. The new system is the part of the major building project that has changed Steele's capacity to serve the students efficiently. "Previous years, staff would bake and prepare food in the old kitchen and then transport it all the way down the length of the building to the multipurpose room and to the other areas where seniors were served," said Warford. "Every day, we went back and forth. It was terribly inefficient, time consuming, and labor intensive," she said. Growing school attendance also made serving and seating nearly im- CONTINUED on page 10 Students enjoy the new cafeteria facilities during the first school lunch of the year. The kitchen, serving and eating areas were designed in part by district cafeteria supervisor Wanda Warford and feature multiple food stations. There's something for everyone," said Warford. a*, y^ a *_ *■"*■ ****** • *** *t *w*w** *** tmsevrwaap* wmws **■ Jm\n******* 4*K ***" -** *" *• ' *•■*■"'■ '"** *>■»-*- •* "** Cool dip Kids enjoy the last dog-days of summer at the Maude Neiding many kids wont get a chance to visit the pool now that school is In Park pool. Although the pool will stay open through Labor Day, session. Auxiliary recruiting for members by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter The Amherst Police Department is looking for seven more good men or women lo serve as auxiliary police officers, said Rich Wolf, who currently serves in the auxiliary and owns Rich's Auto Body on North Main St "People don't think that the Amherst police do a lot, but they don't see a tenth part of it," said Wolf. According to Wolf, auxiliary officers are used much more than is typical ia other cities. "Some cities just want their auxiliaries to march in parades, but we're very active here,'* he said. Wolf originally wanted to be- come a police officer after finishing his military service during Vietnam, but was held back because of a motorcycle injury. He finally look the patrolman's test at the age of 50. "Here's a chance where some young guys can teach an old guy new tricks." be joked. "I'm used to working with lough military types," said Wolf, who was a US. Navy gunner's mate. "With my experience, I can tell you with- CONTINUEO on pefle 2 Council will set budget meeting by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter City council members wrestled with financial issues last Monday night as committee reports reinforced projections of brewing shortfalls on the horizon. "We need to be more forward thinking," said council-at-large David Williams. "Citizens don't want us to go from year to year. They want us to have a plan," he said. According to city auditor Diane Eswine, Amherst is looking at a deficit of more than $1 million, based on estimations on this year's spending and next year's expenses. The. heart of the problem, according to mayor John Higgins, is that waning net profits have brought less tax money from Amherst businesses, resorting in a shortage in the city's general fund. Residential taxes don't flow into this fund, being diverted instead to the street improvement fund. One of the temporary solutions to the problem, according to council members and city administrators, might be to transfer surpluses from the street fund to the general fund. Some council members, however, object to this course of action. . "People come up to me in church, even, and say, 'Don't you touch that street improvement fund. If there's a surplus, then fix my street'." Williams told committee members. City treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz agreed. "I hear from a lot of citizens," she said. "I'm stopped by many people at church, the office, and in public who don't want the street fond touched," she said. • "We've got to start beating that drum and getting new businesses ia here,*' she said. "We've got to tighten our belts. There are aseas we could cut back in. even for just a year." Cc-uncil-at-larte Nick Bnisky suggested instating a five-year plant to set dates and spending expecta- for projects aad needs. "We can transfer fmde aC wa Rich Wo* works win the Antharst Poace De- partment aa a member ol Is auxMary una:. Wolf, and captain Dennis Soger, are totting for new members, both men and woman, to Join tha next auxiliary training class that starts In January. want* but that's net -ping to tnh* nt-ail'iiia 2007." ba said, "M*a*f cities haws adopted i-laos sto« tftt-tk
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-08-28|
|Date of Original||28-AUG-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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