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New restroom facility planned at Springfield Lake

10/18/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Another improvement is coming lakeside to Springfield Lake.

At the Oct. 22 Springfield Board of Trustees meeting, officials moved forward with plans to construct a restroom between the Vincent J. Mealy Memorial Gazebo and the Boyd Esler Senior and Community Center on Canfield Road. Trustees approved hiring Mosyjowski & Associates Engineers for engineering and surveying services for the restroom facilities project at a cost not to exceed $2,100.

The new restroom building will be constructed using an $80,000 Community Development Block Grant from Summit County, according to Trustee Dean Young. Currently, there are three portable toilet facilities in the area for residents’ use.

Young said township officials have met with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County officials, who are “experts” at creating such buildings, for advice on planning the project. He added the new building, which may be constructed using a prefabricated concrete form, will include two separate rooms — one for women that will include two toilets and a sink and one for men that will include a urinal and a toilet, as well as a sink. Each side also will have a privacy wall in front of the doors. The project will need some sidewalk, water, sewer and electrical work, he added.

Young said officials are considering a concrete building because it is more vandal-proof and also cost-efficient.

“We have two proposals in hand and are gathering a proposal from another company,” said Young.

The project is estimated to cost $100,000, and the township will kick in the other $20,000 needed, said Young.

“We are hoping to see this project start before the end of the year,” he said. “We are doing this to encourage more families to use the lakefront.”

In other business at the meeting, trustees approved:

• a proposal from Frank Gates Avizent for the Group Retrospective Rating program, providing an estimated savings of 39 percent off the 2013 Bureau of Workers’ Compensation fees; and

• hiring Chris Cutright to fill the vacant full-time position of firefighter/EMT paramedic, to serve a one-year probation period, and pending successful completion of the physical examination.

Also at the meeting, Sam Ross, from the Summit County Engineer’s Office, told trustees the construction of a new traffic signal at Canton and Springfield Lake roads has been slowed because of a delay in the delivery of the poles from the supplier. Ross told officials the poles are expected to arrive Nov. 16. Details about expected traffic disruptions will be announced near that time.

Springfield Police Chief John Smith announced the department’s annual “Fill-A-Cruiser” events are set for Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2887 S. Arlington Road, and Dec. 1 at the Speedway gas station located at the corner of Canton Road and state Route 224.

Smith said the events will collect new toys, nonperishable food items and cash for families in need in Springfield and Lakemore.

Road Department Superintendent Richard Kaylor reported the police boat dock, the dock at the boat launch area and the buoys have been removed from the water at Springfield Lake, and the fishing pier will come out at the end of the month. Also, the water level has been lowered by 3.5 inches by removing a flashboard, but it will be reinstalled, and the water level will be raised in the spring.

Kaylor is retiring at the end of the year, and trustees are accepting applications for the position, according to township officials. For more details, call 330-794-1739.

In addition, Trustee Deborah Davis announced the township received $258 from the collection of paper and cardboard for recycling in September. The funds are allocated to the Parks Board.

The next trustees’ meeting will take place Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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