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County Council approves new contractor for project

11/8/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — An alternate contractor had to be brought in to complete a project to convert the old clinic to a visitation center at Summit County Children Services, Summit County Council learned during its Nov. 5 meeting.

Council heard from Deb Matz, director of Law for County Executive Russ Pry’s office, about the project. She said the previously approved contractor did not complete the project and used improper materials in some areas.

According to the legislation Council passed in January, Kraiger Construction was hired for the project at a cost not to exceed $229,600. Council adopted a resolution this week that will allow a contract with Ver-Dick Builders for repairs and completion of unfinished work at the Blazey Center.

Matz said work had started at the project earlier this year but by June it appeared to be “bogged down.”

“By early August, I was getting concerns raised to me, so I went out to view the project,” she said.

Matz added the county has filed a claim on the project’s performance bond. The project is now complete.

“We are just waiting for the final occupancy permit,” she said.

Matz said the original contractor has already been paid $120,000. There are concerns that subcontractors hired to work on the project have not been paid by the contractor, she added.

The cost for the new contractor to complete the project and make repairs was $38,249, according to the legislation.

Also Monday, Council adopted legislation regarding improvements to roads in Bath, Peninsula and Boston.

Through agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation and federal funding through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, improvements are coming to North Cleveland-Massillon Road from Ghent Road to Ira Road in Bath and Riverview Road from the Cuyahoga County line to the Peninsula corporation limit.

The Cleveland-Massillon Road project will cost about $1 million and will include shoulder improvements, depth repair, resurfacing, catch basin repair and guardrail upgrades, according to the Summit County Engineer’s Office. The department is aiming to get the work done next spring, and it will likely take four to five weeks, officials said.

Council also adopted legislation regarding Riverview Road improvements. One is for resurfacing and other improvements to the road from the Cuyahoga County line to Boston Mills Road, and the other is for the project from the Peninsula northern line to Boston Mills Road. That project is slightly more than $1 million for both parts, officials said, and the project is also slated for next spring.

Council also voted in favor of renewing a contract with ICSolutions for inmate phone services at the Summit County Jail. The county is projected to receive $506,000 by the end of the year, more than $150,000 than was received through a previous contract, officials said.

Council also adopted a resolution confirming a contract with Ease@Work for the county’s employee assistance program at a cost not to exceed $95,000. County officials said the contract reflects a savings that was possible because the city of Akron was added for a total of 5,000 employees covered by the program, which provides counseling or legal help for employees.

Council will not meet Nov. 12 due to the Veterans Day holiday. Council will meet for committee meetings Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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