Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-03
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r— Players stage comedy fare — Page 3 Young thespians prepare shows — Pag! •v. Amherst News-Times1 O M O O tO I r ao m C on o X CO < X c m h w r w » -f > o • TO 2> M < O m > (7) o o Wl DNI-SDAY, July V AMI II KS I o X City to pay tab on sewer repair under roadway by AMY PERSINGER News-Tim«s reporter The city will now pay for sewer line repairs if the break occurs under the roadway or within 12 inches of the road. City council has drafted an ordinance that specifies the city's responsibility when a sewer lateral from a residence breaks underneath the city's roadways. The ordinance, which is in its second reading, would place the responsibility for repairs on the city if damage is proven to be under the roadway. City council has been considering legislation regarding sewer lateral repair since January when George Walts went before council to ask them to consider a request to reimburse him for costs he incurred when he had his sewer lateral repaired. At Walts's Autumn Drive rental unit, the sewer main runs along the opposite side of the street, so the lateral passes under the street The lateral was collapsed under the road and the city told the Waltses that they were responsible for getting it fixed. The city had done road work near the break but utilities superintendent, Ron Merthe, said that was not the cause of the break. Walts said he was surprised that he was responsible to pay for repairs under the roadway in the first place. He said he feels that the city caused the break and should be responsible in any case because the road had to be excavated and repaired. Council voted to pay Walts's bills for the repair in June out of the city's moral claims fund. Mary Barfield, another Amherst resident, is also asking council to pass an ordinance that would reimburse her for sewer repairs that may have been a result of construction near her home. The ordinance requires the resident to have the lateral inspected by a professional plumber to determine the cause of the homeowner's problem. If it is suspected that there is a collapse under the roadway, the resident would be required to have the plumber use an in-line video system to document the damage to the lateral. The resident would then provide the video to the utilities superintendent for review. CONTINUED on page 11 A matter of time City workers hang a banner announcing the upcoming Annual Old-Time Jamboree, which will be held July 12-14 in downtown Amherst. Food, drink, crafts, children's games and contests, a vintage classic car show, a parade, live musical entertainment and other events will be featured. Festival hours are Friday, July 12 from 5:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13 from 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 rade with Neil Zurcher as grand marshal starts at Sunday. 10 a.m. to p.m. A pa- 1 p.m. on Swimmers returtji after 'tingle' scare by AMY PfSRSMOER N«ws-Times reporter After having to try to stay cool without the benefits of the city pool, local kids headed to the pool in droves after city officials were given the go-ahead to reopen the Maude Nciding Park pool last week. Amherst's only city pool, located at the park, was reopened last Wednesday afternoon after being closed during the hottest days yet this year, after swimmers complained of a "tingling'' feeling. Several swimmers had noticed the feeling when they touched the lifeguard chair or the stainless steel gutter that surrounds the pool, according to councilman Ed Cowger. Cowger told council he received a phone call from a resident complaining of a minor stock, or tingling feeling her son received Monday when he touched the lifeguard's chair while climbing out of the pooL After he checked into it, Cowger said he found that the utilities superintendent and building inspector had already known about the small current being detected in the pooL On the previous Thursday, city building inspector Ron Konowal and utilities superintendent Ron Merthe detected about \5 volts of stray current inside the filter building of the pool. Cowger said he was told that there had been 2.5 to three volts detected in the pool area on Monday by Callihan Electric, Inc. the voltage was detected corrected. Safety/service director Sherritl McLoda immediately agreed lo have it closed, even though she was assured by the electrician and utilities superintendent that it was safe to let kids swim there. Callihan Electric returned to the pool last Tuesday morning and was able to reduce the stray voltage to zero. The city's electric dqiartiaeiat also checked on a utility pole that had been struck by year and found that it grounded property either. The city repaired that problem at wdL Merthe said that CaJJihan's told him they had already eliminated the stray current before die utility pole was repaired. Merthe said wartime* there jam isastwycurrentHesaidcurreutof such a low voltage can be tiaaamit- ted in the ground. The pool was laopaaad ea WeaV Despite a slight "tingling" feeling which revealed a slight electrical current at the city pool, swimmers returned with confidence last "That's about what runs the pager I wear on my hip," Merthe said of the three volts. Cowger told council that the utili ties department had contacted CaJJihan's and they were (tying to pinpoint the current leak. The electrician worked through the plumbing, week that all had been repaired. updating the grounding around the pool and was able to lower the voltage to 1.5 on Monday. Councilwoman Nancy Brown low oa Wednesday, poaribly cause the pool was not expect* be open undl Thursday. But dm Una came out in full force on '~~ The pool was loaded with lies, with groups of kids still I ing up the sidewaJks in the early af> asked that the pool be closed, in spite of the record high temperatures, for the safety of the families who use it, until the actual cause of "Everything's fixed. Bum, an employee She said pool was back to day and Friday. at the Growing church caters to children by AMY PER8HMER Newt-Times reporter Some peopie say there are a lot of churches in Amherst, but one new church is showing that there is room for more of them. Conacrsfone Community Church moved to HI S. Lake St in August, 2001, with about 40 regular ..tenders. Now 130 people, mostly from Amherst, call Cornerstone thfir home church. Steve Buckner, 30, the pat- tor of Cornerstone Community Church, and his wife Debbie, 31, came to Lorain County to start a church. Buckner is a member of the Assemblies of God. The organization docided it ngffdfd to start, or "plant," as many churches call it, a church in the area. He was associate paatwing a church in West aaa^BBa>aSa^r^^BaaB*e aalnnaaTanf) e^a»nn»"aata»*«F UfBnjF came to Ohio. Buckner and hit wife, who it a vtarriaaritn, grew up la Brie, Pa. He went to South Eastern Bible College in Iskeland, Ffe., and she went to Allegheny College in Meadvitte, Pa., and Purdue University. Buckner first started Cor- at the Family Y in m tower Blvd. The CMVCJal ODOfValOG lutfC usbOU! ft year. The Buckaers knew ao whoa they came to the ae feey saat oat direct of fa kids. The hat knew the church needed its own place. Amherst was one of the focus areas when the pastor was sent here, ao a location in Amherst was ideal. The Amherst Historical Society owns the building on South Lake Street that once housed another church. The society's offices are upstairs in the buikling. The Historical Society made the building available and Bfjcfcaer jtarptd at the Members of the church renovated the downstairs of the building. They painted, laid carpet and renovated the offices. They made fee old CtMnaTCl) QjaCtaT CaMnVCtnL "We had to chase fee bats out!" Buckner said, only half- Just like when they at Tower, fee nude themselves known to the coatnaoaky. They held faft' fmtftwf and tried ie you are. at we .moves, fee jsst began to gpow, knew they hare. The ah am a big am of ©an.* Btxstsr said. CONTttUID en page 1) '» ' *wf*******^**********asi J > •■**» «<•*»>-•
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-03|
|Date of Original||03-JUL-2002|
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