AMHERST TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER

Winter 2009
Vol. XIV No. 4
Recycling Report

Amherst Township recycled the following quantities in the 2nd quarter of 2009.

1.08 tons of various paper through the "ABITIBI Paper Retriever" program
3.57
tons of aluminum cans
17.83
tons of bi-metal cans
33.73
tons of glass
9.65
tons of HDPE plastics
7.72
tons of PETE plastics
76.06
tons of newspapers
30.00
tons of yard waste
2.47

tons of scrap metal (dumpster program)

For questions concerning the "Curbside Recycling Program", contact Allied Waste Services at 458-5191.

" 2010" Dumpster Days

Amherst Township has set the following dates for “Dumpster Days” in 2010:

April 8,9,10
July 8, 9, 10
October 7, 8, 9

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!!

Christmas Trees, brush, limbs, grass clippings, and leaves may be brought to the Amherst Township property located on the EAST side of Oberlin Road (directly across from the Township Garage which is located at 7530 Oberlin Road) 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. may be checked
  • No Commercial

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 ........................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, Buildings, Land, Enterprise Zones,
County Health Rep. Phase II Storm
Water/ Environmental Strategy)
Neil Lynch.............................988-7681
(Zoning, Sewer, Fire, Equipment,
Personnel, LORCO, Senior Services,
Lorain County Community Alliance Rep,
NIMS Primary Contact)
David C. Urig.........................988-8256
(Lighting, Solid Waste)

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

Road Superintendent
John Szefcyk.............................320-7157

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.
Pete or Herb DeLa Porte...........323-6111

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

Ohio Edison
Automated Outage Reporting Line
1-888-544-4877

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.


Christmas Tree Disposal

Amherst Township residents may bring their live Christmas Trees to the Amherst Township property located on the EAST side of Oberlin Road (directly across from the Township Garage, which is located at 7530 Oberlin Road) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Residents may also leave live trees on their lawn near the road. The township road crew will be picking up these trees Sat., Dec 26th thru Fri., Jan 8th.

Snow Ban

Residents are reminded that there is a "Snow Ban" in effect in Amherst Township. If there are two inches of snow or more, vehicles should not be parked on the street.


Amherst Township Park Trail Project Update
As reported last spring, Amherst Township is planning to extend the existing walking path in the Amherst Township Park, linking the existing path to the Township's Civil War era cemetery and the Workshop Players Theatre. This additional trail will improve outdoor recreational activities for the residents of Amherst Township and the surrounding area by facilitating access to the conserved natural area of the park.

The Lorain County Engineer's cost estimate for the proposed walkway, as well as resurfacing the parking lot and existing walkway, is $162,391. The township applied for several grants, hoping to fund the majority of this project with grant money. This fall, the ODNR awarded the township a grant of $11,702 to help with the funding of the trail extension. Although this amount is considerably less than the funding required, the Board of Trustees has agreed to accept the funding, and complete as much of the project as possible. Additional grant funding will be sought in 2010 to fund the balance of the project.
The township Road Crew has roughed in the trail extension, and used reclaimed road grindings for the trail base. The roughed in trail is currently accessible to foot and bike traffic. Future improvements will meet ADA compliance, and allow for walking with baby strollers.

The dark lines in the map below show the location of the new walking path. The existing walking path is located on the perimeter of the soccer and baseball fields. Upon completion there will be approximately 3/4-miles of walking paths in the Amherst Township Park.


Lots Available

Cemetery lots are available at Kendeigh Cemetery, located at the intersection of Quarry Road and Middle Ridge Road. Lots may be purchased by contacting the Township Office at 988-5833.

$403 - Resident
$693 - Non-Resident

Twp. Bulletin Board

Scheduled meetings and Trustee Work Sessions are regularly posted in the bulletin board at the Township Hall. These are public meetings and residents are welcome to attend.


FEATURED EMPLOYEE


Joan Whitman is our featured employee. Joan has been on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the past year and a half and attends most of the Regular Trustee Meetings.

If someone wants to do something that does not necessarily agree with the current zoning, they bring it before the ZBA. Examples may be lot splits, building, or running a business that is not a permitted use in the area. The ZBA also annually reviews all of the "Conditional Uses" in the township to make sure everyone is still in compliance. As a member of the ZBA, Joan likes learning about how the township is run and what the laws are for zoning. She believes that it is good to know what is going on in the township and attending meetings keeps her informed. She thinks that more people should attend the meetings so they can know first hand how things are run. Watching the meetings on cable is also a benefit, although not always timely, as they may be a week or two in the past.

Joan was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. She is a graduate of Lorain High School and Lorain County Community College. Joan worked as an Office Manager for a medical office for 25 years and at Metro Medical Center as a "coder & biller" for the last 5 years before retiring.

Joan and her husband Bob have been married for 46 years and have lived in Amherst Township the entire time. They have two sons, Robert and Ronald, and four grandchildren.


Joan likes to spend time with her grandchildren when they are not in school. She also enjoys exploring the Internet, going for walks, and she loves to read. Joan is a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Amherst. She has served two 6-year terms on the church council, serving as Vice President and Deaconess. She was a member of the Alter Guild, taught Sunday School, and works at the Vacation Bible School every year.

We would like to thank Joan for being a valuable part of our township and for taking the time in her busy schedule to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals.


Township Hall Expansion & Upgrade Status

By November, the concrete parking lot has been poured, parking spaces are lined, and parking stops installed. Grass seeding is completed.

View of the main meeting area, looking at the new entry way and kitchen. The tile flooring is installed and the walls are painted. Exit signs, emergency lighting, and fire detection are also in.


2010 Allied Waste
Large Item Curbside Pickup Weeks:
January 11th May 10th September 13th
February 8th June 14th October 11th
March 8th July 12th November 8th
April 12th August 9th December 13th
"WIN A RAIN BARREL!" CONTEST

Thanks to those of you who filled out the "Win A Rain Barrel!" environmental survey. We received over 100 responses. Winners were picked during the October 27th Regular Trustee Meeting. Ten Amherst Township residents won a 50-gallon rain barrel.

The Winners were:

Charles Bezoski
Tim Bivins
Brian Bott
David Dempsey
Michael Gargasz


Tammy King
Eleanor Lewis
Steve Ostrolencki
Eileen Rockwell
John Schmitkons

Recycling Incentive Contest

In October, Amherst Township held a raffle in conjunction with "Dumpster Days" as an incentive to encourage residents to recycle more. Residents brought a raffle form along with recyclables or yard waste to the dumpster event. The incentive program is an eligibility requirement of the "Solid Waste Grant" award received by Amherst Township.

Items that may be recycled are:

  • "1" and "2" plastics (HDPE and PETE)
  • Aluminum and Steel cans
  • Glass beverage bottles & jars
  • Cardboard boxes / Cereal boxes
  • Newspapers / Magazines / Junk Mail

Please rinse all food and beverage containers before placing them in the recycle bin.

Winners of the October "Incentive Contest" received a $25 Gas Card from "Law's Auto Service, Inc." located on Middle Ridge Road near the State Route 2 interchange.

The Winners were:

Michael Alexander
Rich Antus
Philip & Angela Bak
Jay Bardar
Denise Bringman
William Bringman
Keith & Amelia Burrer
Roland Camarillo
Jeanette Kosakowski
Gary N. Lamier
Frank Lasso


Bill & Debbie Mann
Jeff McVetta
Nancy Metzler
Jacki Rich
Charles Sapienza
Jerry Scheidler
John Schmitkons
Kim Schmitkons
Walter Szewczyk
Virginia Szilvasy
Pam Welton

Permits Required

Residents are reminded that permits are needed for pools, decks, porches, patios, gazebos, fences, ponds, signs, garages, new construction, building additions, accessory buildings, and driveways. When a permit is obtained before the start of construction, the fee will be reduced by 50%. Be sure you or your contractor has obtained a permit. Payments must be made by check only. Cash is not accepted.

Please contact Don Gargas, Amherst Township Zoning Inspector for these permits. Office hours for the Zoning Inspector are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at 988-5866. Voice Mail is checked daily.

"Building inspections" through the Lorain County Building Department may also be required. These building "inspections" are in addition to the building "permits" that are required from the Township. The Amherst Township Zoning Inspector can assist you for both of these requirements. A building "permit" from the township is required before applying for the building "inspection" from the county. Permits for both the township and the county may be viewed on the township's website under "zoning".

LIFECARE

Amherst Township, as a member of the Sandstone Joint Ambulance District, has chosen "LifeCare" to be their ambulance provider. President Pete de la Porte and Vice-President Herb de la Porte own and operate LifeCare. They can be reached at 323-6111. To learn more about their services, visit their website at www.lifecareambulance.com.

Contact Sheriff's Dept.

Residents are reminded that they can help deter crime by keeping home and car doors locked, as well as keeping garage doors closed. If residents know of, or see, any suspicious activity in the township or at the Amherst Township Park, please contact the Sheriff's Dept. at 329-3710. To contact the sheriff's dispatch from your cell phone without being charged, call 323-1212. These are not "911" emergency lines.

Curfew

Please be aware that a curfew exists in Amherst Township for minors age 16 and under between the hours of Midnight and 5 a.m. This curfew will be enforced by the Lorain County Sheriff's Dept.


NOTE: Meeting Times:

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