AMHERST TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER

Fall 2007
Vol. XII No. 3
Recycling Report

Amherst Township recycled the following quantities through the “Blue Bag” program (2nd quarter):


0.9
tons of aluminum cans

2.1
tons of bi-metal cans

9.1
tons of glass

2.6
tons of HDPE plastics

2.1
tons of PETE plastics

20.4
tons of newspapers

6.0

tons of scrap metal through the dumpster program





For questions concerning the “Blue Bag” program, contact Allied Waste Services at 458-5191 or David Urig at 988-8256.

Dumpster Days

Amherst Township has set the following dates for “Dumpster Days” in 2007:

October 4, 5, 6

Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please note:  NO TIRES WITH RIMS!
                    
NO PROPANE TANKS!

Drop-Off Hours for Yard Waste!!

Brush, limbs, grass clippings, and leaves may be brought to the rear of the Amherst Township Garage at the following times:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mon – Fri
  • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Saturday
  • Amherst Township Residents only
  • I.D. will be checked
  • No Commercial

The garage is located at 7530 Oberlin Road.

Newspapers, cans, glass, and 1's & 2's plastics can be placed at your curb in blue bags for Allied pick-up. Newspapers should be “blue bagged” separately.

Compost & Wood Chips Available

Free compost and wood chips are available from the Township. If you are interested, contact John Szefcyk, Road Superintendent, at 988-5833.

Have a problem?  Complaint forms are available at the Township Hall, inside the white bulletin board, or may be downloaded from the Township’s website.

Township Hall & Garage
Fax......................................988-5877
Fiscal Officer (clerk)...............988-5894
Email: amhersttwpfo@oh.rr.com
Road Superintendent (garage)..988-5833
Email: amhersttwproads@oh.rr.com
Office (Zoning Inspector).........988-5866
Office Hours for Zoning Insp:
Mon., Wed. & Sat. – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Voice Mail is checked daily
Email: amhersttwpzoning@oh.rr.com
Don Gargas, Zoning Inspector

Trustees
Dennis Abraham...................986-4555
(Ambulance, Cemetery, Park, Water, Roads,
Ditches, Enterprise Zones, County Health Rep.)
Neil Lynch.............................988-7681
(Sewer, Fire Land, Equipment, Personnel,
LORCO, Senior Services, Zoning)
David C. Urig.........................988-8256
(Lighting, Buildings, Solid Waste,
Phase II Storm Water/Environmental Strategy, Alternate County Health Rep.)

Fiscal Officer
Howard Akin.............................233-7624

Road Superintendent
John Szefcyk.............................988-7045

Amherst Twp Senior Services Office
Carol Schmitkons......................988-5822
Email: amhersttwpseniors@oh.rr.com
Office Hours – Mon thru Fri – 8am to 12 Noon

Fire Prevention Officer
Wayne Eppley...........................324-3921

LifeCare Ambulance, Inc.
Maude or Herb DeLa Porte........323-6111

Sheriff's Department................329-3710

TRUSTEE MEETINGS:
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Amherst Township Trustee Meetings may be viewed on Amherst Cable Channel 12. They will air for 7 days, running Mon thru Mon, following the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Air times are at 9 am, 4 pm, & 11 pm. Zoning Commission meetings will be shown 8 am, 3 pm & at the conclusion of the 11pm Trustee meetings. All airings are subject to change.


Prepairing for Winter

  • As a safety issue, please do not pile snow around fire hydrants.  It is best to keep hydrants clear of any snow, excess mounding of soil, or plants.

  • Also, when cleaning your driveways, do not plow or shovel snow onto the streets after the Township/County has plowed.
  • Mailboxes should be inspected to make sure the posts are in good condition before the winter snowplowing begins.

  • Be aware that the bridge decks freeze before the pavement does, causing them to be slippery even when the roads are clear.
Burning
Prohibited

The burning of leaves, grass clippings, brush, and limbs is prohibited in the township.  Unnecessary tax dollars are spent when the fire department responds to a fire call that is not a true emergency.  If you have any questions, please call Fire Inspector, Wayne Eppley, at 324-3921, or contact one of your township trustees.  Yard waste may be brought to the Amherst Township Garage for disposal.  For drop-off times, days, and location, see “Your Yard Waste” and the front page of this newsletter.

Your Yard Waste

Limbs, brush, grass clippings, and leaves may be brought to the Township Garage at 7350 Oberlin Road.  Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday thru Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  There is a composting area at the rear of the property where the items may be placed.

Please – limbs, brush, grass clippings,
and leaves only!

No garbage, refuse, or other items allowed.  It has come to the attention of the Township Trustees that garbage and refuse have been left with the compost material.  This causes extra work and cost to the township.  It is not the intent of the composting program to provide other refuse disposal.

Attention!
Hidden Valley Residents

Please do not rake leaves onto the street as it restricts water flow into the catch basins when it rains, causing drainage problems for you and your neighbors!  The township does not pick up leaves.  However, you can bring leaves and other yard waste to the Township Garage for disposal.


Recycling Incentive Contest

Winners of the July 2007 recycling contest received a gift certificate from “Law’s Auto Service” Marathon Station.

Winner of a $150 gift certificate is:
Virginia Szilvasy

Winner of a $124 gift certificate is:
Gary Lamier

Winners of a $200 gift certificate are:
Bill Farlow, David Fly, Dennis Hodkey, Jeanette Kosakowski, Frank Lasso, Nancy Metzler, Aaron Schmitkons, Barbara Shinsky, and Kenneth Welton.

SIGNS

Political Signs.  Amherst Township limits the size of these signs to 8 square feet.  No permit is required for Political Signs, but the permission of the property owner is required.  These signs may be placed 30 days prior to Election Day and must be removed 10 days after the election.

Garage Sale Signs.  If a fall garage sale is in your plans, remember that if you place signs on near-by corners or on property other than your own, you are required to have that property owner’s permission. Please keep your signs to a reasonable size such as 8 square feet.  Also help keep the Township litter free by removing and properly disposing of the signs when your sale is over.

A 2nd Lorain County Household Hazard Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 9am to 3pm.  The two locations will be P.C. Campana Industrial Park at 3000 Leavitt Road in Lorain and Grafton Twp. Hall & Fire Station at 17109 Avon Belden Road in Grafton.

For more information call the Lorain County Solid Waste District at 1-800-449-5463 or visit their website at www.loraincounty.us/solidwaste.

FEATURED EMPLOYEE

Mary Torma is our featured employee.  Mary was previously on the Zoning Commission for 6 years, holding the position of Chairman for 2 of those years.  She took some time off and came back to the zoning commission in 2002.  As a member of the Zoning Commission, Mary needs to study and be familiar with the Amherst Township Zoning Resolution.  The Zoning Commission makes decisions on rezoning, handles special requests from individuals on land use, and reviews “Site Plan Reviews”, signs, and text changes to the Zoning Resolution.  They are also looking at the goals and vision of the overall “Comprehensive Use Plan” for the future of the Township.  As a Zoning Commission member, Mary enjoys developing and reviewing zoning plans, assuring that standards are met.  She also enjoys working with the people in the township.

Mary is current iate Professor at Lorain County Community College.  She teaches courses in

Mary is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She has served as a Vice-Chair of an American Bar Association committee and has been trained in mediation by the Lorain County Bar Association. She is also a member of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Mary serves as a member of the St. Peter Church (Lorain) Finance Council. Over the past 30 years she has served on many boards in various leadership capacities including president of Common Ground in Oberlin, member of the 1985 class of Leadership Lorain County, chairman of the Lorain County Woman of Achievement Luncheon, president of the Lorain YWCA, president of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Systems Society, president of Altrusa, member of the Lorain Catholic High School Foundation Board, and secretary of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board.

We would like to thank Mary for being a valuable part of our township and for taking the time in her busy schedule to serve on the Zoning Commission!

law, entrepreneurship, human resources, and mernational Children’s Games in Cleveland.  Mary also attends her children’s school activities.

Mary is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She has served as a Vice-Chair of an American Bar Association committee and has been trained in mediation by the Lorain County Bar Association. She is also a member of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Mary serves as a member of the St. Peter Church (Lorain) Finance Council. Over the past 30 years she has served on many boards in various leadership capacities including president of Common Ground in Oberlin, member of the 1985 class of Leadership Lorain County, chairman of the Lorain County Woman of Achievement Luncheon, president of the Lorain YWCA, president of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Systems Society, president of Altrusa, member of the Lorain Catholic High School Foundation Board, and secretary of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board.
We would like to thank Mary for being a valuable part of our township and for taking the time in her busy schedule to serve on the Zoning Commission!


Zoning Amendment Ballot Issue
A group, known as “Consolidated Investors Group”, owns land to the east of Route 58 and south of the Turnpike. The CIG land located within 1,500 feet of Route 58 has, for several years, been zoned General Business (GB-1). As part of the Amherst Township “State Route 58 Corridor Study” and comprehensive rezoning in February of 2007, approximately 55.7-acres of CIG land to the east was zoned to Mixed Use (MU-2). This Mixed Use zoning extends from the general business zoning to approximately half way between Route 58 and Oberlin Road (See Zoning Map on next page).

In keeping with the spirit of the State Route 58 corridor studies, CIG proposed that the 55.7-acre Mixed Use and 42.7-acre Residential/Agricultural (R-AG) land to the south be rezoned to General Business (See Zoning Map area bounded by dashed line). This approximate 98-acres of land would become part of the existing general business district, thus providing the Township with a larger general business district, immediately adjacent to the Turnpike. Having the general business zoning in place would permit potential businesses to confidently begin planning and investing considerable sums without fear of the time delays and other costs involved in rezoning.

CIG has been in discussions, through brokers, with national retailers and other potential users and developers. All of which generally require 100-acres with general business zoning.

The rezoning would permit growth and development in a controlled way at a location in the Township that minimizes the impact on Township residents. It would improve the opportunities for increased real estate tax and other tax revenue for the Township. Further, there would be more

opportunities for jobs and for the services provided by the retailers and other establishments that would be located in the development.

During the Public Hearings, concerns were raised with respect to adult entertainment.  CIG agreed to voluntarily prohibit adult entertainment uses in the land to be rezoned to general business and in its land that had already been zoned for general business.  The restriction was placed in a deed.  An executed deed has been delivered to the Township Trustees.  It will be easier for the Trustees to enforce the prohibition on adult entertainment, through the deed restrictions, than it would be through the Township's zoning laws.

After considering all of these matters, the Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning.  Subsequently, a majority of the Trustees adopted Resolution 5/8/07, rezoning the land to General Business (GB-1).

As provided by the Township zoning resolution, petitions were circulated to have an election concerning the rezoning.

The question before Township voters will be whether or not the area bounded by the dashed line in the Zoning Map should be rezoned from 55.7-acres of Mixed Use (MU-2) and 42.7-acres of Residential Agricultural (R-AG) to 98.4-acres of General Business (GB-1).  A sample of the ballot language and the zoning map are shown on the following page.

Please exercise your right to vote regarding this question on

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


REMEMBER

TO VOTE

This year’s general election will be on Tuesday, November 6th.  Please exercise your right to vote. Remember that to be eligible to vote this fall, you must take along your driver’s license or a photo ID to show to the poll workers.  New registrations and change of addresses need to be completed by October 9th.

If you are unable to get out and vote but you would still like a say in how our country is run, call the Lorain County

Board of Elections at 326-5900 to request an absentee ballot, or visit their website.  Absentee voting begins on October 2nd.

The Lorain County Board of Elections is located at 1985 N. Ridge Road East, in Lorain.  For more information about voting and other registration locations, visit the Lorain County Board of Elections website at:

http://lorainboe.erienet.net


PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT

NO. 5/8/07

AMHERST TOWNSHIP (unincorporated area)
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
(Full text of resolution is posted at this polling place.)

A resolution to amend the Amherst Township Zoning Map and rezone 98.142 acres of land, being 55.6908 acres from MU 2 (Mixed Use Office/Industrial), and 42.7274 acres from R-AG (Residential/Agricultural) to GB-1 (General Business).

The amendment proposes to rezone: permanent parcel nos. 05-00-046-000-037 and 05-00-046-000-038 and the easterly portion of 05-00-047-046-026, east of the existing GB-1 zone line, from MU-2 to GB-1; and the easterly portion of permanent parcel no. 05-00-047-000-028 east of the existing GB-1 zone line, from MU-2  and R-AG to GB-1; and permanent parcel no. 05-00-047-000-004 from R-AG to GB-1.

The proposed rezoning is located approximately one-quarter mile east of State Route 58 and immediately south of the Ohio Turnpike/State Route 58 Interchange.

 

YES

SHALL ZONING AMENDMENT NO. 5/8/07 REZONIG PARCELS OF LAND IN AMHERST TOWNSHIP AND AMENDING THE ZONING MAP BE APPROVED?

 

NO

     TRICK OR TREAT     

“Trick-or-Treat” in Amherst Township will be held on Sunday, October 28th, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. this year. Residents that wish to pass out candy should turn on their outside lights.

Also on Sunday, October 28th, the City of Amherst Fire Department will be sponsoring a “Costume Contest” with registration starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Sans Springs Building, located at 480 Park Ave. in Amherst. Judging for the contest will start promptly at 4:00 p.m.

The annual “Halloween Parade” will follow, from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the “Costume Contest” will be held at the Amherst Fire Department located at 414 Church St. in Amherst.

NOTE: Meeting Times:

Trustee Meetings at 7:00 p.m. – Zoning Commission Meetings now at 6:30 p.m.