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Ashtabula Star Beacon (Newspaper) - October 13, 2000, Ashtabula, Ohio Friday october 13, 2000 local Star Beacon a5 Pamela e. Gran / Star Beacon Amanda Bacon uses a calculator to estimate the weight of 500,000 Gallons of water stored in Orwell villages water Tower. Sixth Grade students from grand Valley Middle school toured the Village water Plant thursday As part of a group project. Looking on is Tom Merritt. Orwell students tap into where water comes from by Pamela e. Gran staff writer Orwell a just magically tap. Sixth Grade grand Valley Learned the which water water does not appear at the students from Middle school process through goes before it is usable when they toured the Village water Plant thursday. Tours began with a Stop at the Well Field along route 322, East of the Village. Greg Hogue water and sewer superintendent told students the Village has a total of to Wells five at each end of a one mile stretch. A Large round Concrete building near the Road is the collection Point for the water which is then pumped to the treatment Plant a Short distance West of the building Hogue said. Hogue asked students to guess How Many Gallons of water the Village uses each Day. Estimates ranged from 8,000 to More than i million. A the Village uses approximately 250,000 Gallons per Day a Hogue said noting the annual figure runs Between 90 million and too million Gallons. A Small building next to the collection Point houses generators that ensure residents will have water even if electric serv ice is disrupted said Earl Niznik water department employee. A Battery inside the building is constantly recharging and the Generator motors Are kept at an even temperature so they will Start easily when needed Niznik said. Inside the treatment Plant students Learned the purpose of two tanks. The tanks filter water coming from the various Wells Hogue said. A each tank weighs 8.5 tons a he told the children. Gravel Sand and another filtering medium Are inside each tank to get rid of impurities in the water Hogue explained. From those tanks water flows into a 21,000-gallon holding tank and is pumped from there to the water Tower located behind Kenn Metal along Penniman Road. To help students understand How much weight is held inside the 500,000-gallon Tower Hogue singled out Amanda Bacon who used a calculator and a mathematical formula provided by him and the other students. After multiplying the towers capacity by the weight of one gallon of water and dividing by the number of pounds in i ton students determined the Tower holds about 2,050 tons. A a that a the equivalent of about 520 school buses a Hogue said. Rezoning requests to be heard monday by Frank Obernyer staff writer Ashtabula a Ashtabula City planning commission agreed to recommend rezoning for two requests that came before its Board at the aug. 24 meeting. City Council will meet at 5 15 monday to allow All interested parties an Opportunity to question or comment on the rezoning requests. The hearing will take place in the municipal courtroom on the second floor of City Hall Annex building to w. 44th St. Bud Williams from Childs Williams funeral Home requested a zoning change for property at 1030 Bunker Hill Road. The property formerly a Church is zoned r-2, residential and Williams is requesting the zoning be changed to c-2, general commercial. The planning commission agreed to recommend the zoning change to Council on condition the property will revert to r-2 should Williams Ever wish to sell the property. Following that season is a pub Lic hearing for the rezoning of property owned by Arthur Louis steel co. At West 51st Street and Chestnut Avenue. The request is to rezone the property from r-4, multiple family to my Light Industrial. . Steel co. 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