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Falls Council OKs purchase of discounted storage structure

5/17/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Cuyahoga Falls City Council members unanimously agreed at the May 14 meeting to buy a metal storage building at a discount.

No coupon is required for the deal that will allow the city to replace a deteriorating storage structure for almost half the amount budgeted for the purchase earlier this year.

“Everyone loves a sale,” said Service Director Valerie Wax Carr.

The Finance Committee held a meeting during the regular meeting to discuss an available prefabricated, unassembled metal storage building through Genuine Parts Co.

Carr explained the current storage building attached to the Street Department facility has been falling apart for a few years, and now it is starting to collapse.

“It is in bad shape,” she said. “We have wanted to replace it for years and had to keep it in the budget.”

Wax Carr said the city recently received notice a storage building originally priced around $168,000 is for sale for about $98,000, with free delivery.

The Pennsylvania State University ordered the structure but did not fulfill the commitment, she explained to the Finance Committee.

“We made sure there would be no Nittany Lion attached to the building,” she joked. “We are very excited to get it for almost half the cost we thought.”

Wax Carr said the city had to act “fast” on the purchase, as other cities were interested, so the administration put down about $20,000 for the unit.

“We were kind of confident you would approve this,” she said. “We did not want to lose our chance to get the building.”

Before it was brought out for vote during the Council meeting, the Finance Committee approved purchasing the approximately 15,000-square-foot unit.

Wax Carr said the building is coming from Florida and should arrive in the next several weeks. She added a local contractor may need to be hired to help construct the structure.

Wax Carr said the city is hoping to store more items in the new unit than it does currently and increase security at city facilities. She said they have been experiencing theft at some of the city-owned properties.

During the meeting, Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to also purchase security fencing, through Genuine Parts Co., to be installed at the City Service Complex, 2560 Bailey Road.

Council also approved making minor plat adjustments at 402 W. Steels Corners Road and at 1705 and 1719 Akron-Peninsula Road; and approved a conditional zoning certificate for the construction of an outdoor recreation facility at 4190 State Road, the current site of Legend Lanes Bowling Center.

In addition, Council introduced ordinances to direct the appropriation of certain interests in real property necessary for the improvement of State Road, between Graham Road and Steels Corners Road, and issue an encroachment permit to Barbara Dieterich, doing business as Diamond Deli, for the purpose of installing and maintaining outdoor seating and food service activities in the public right-of-way on Front Street.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Don Robart to enter into an intergovernmental agreement, known as the Summit County Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding of Job Creation and Retention and Tax Revenue Sharing, and entering into a Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption jointly with Technicote Inc. and CFO Realty LLC.

In other city business, the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board May 10 again rejected a change to the fee schedule at the Natatorium that would have allowed married same-sex couples the opportunity to receive a spousal discount. Earlier this year, a gay couple, who married in Washington, D.C., asked the city to reconsider how it defines a married couple after their request to receive the discount was denied. Robart stood behind the decision and has said the city recognizes marriage as it is defined by the Ohio Constitution.

Council will gather for committee meetings May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St., and for a regular meeting May 29, a day later than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday, at 6:30 p.m., also at the Natatorium.

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