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Work on lakeside restroom beginning soon

2/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

A new restroom facility on Canfield Road by Springfield Lake could be available for public use in late April, according to the Springfield Board of Trustees.

The trustees decided to build the restroom facility last year after receiving an $80,000 Community Development Block Grant from Summit County, according to Trustee Dean Young.

Planning for the project began this past October with Mosyjowski & Associates Engineers hired for engineering and surveying services at a cost of $2,100. Trustees then approved $73,000 for the purchase of the prefabricated unit late last year. At the Feb. 14 meeting, trustees approved an $11,179 contract with R & K Electric and a $30,341 contract with Bachtel Excavating for site preparation work, sidewalks and trenching for sanitary sewer and a water supply line. That work is expected to begin as soon as weather permits.

The restroom, to be located near the Vincent J. Mealy Gazebo, will include one room for women with two toilets and a sink and the one for men with a urinal, toilet and sink. Each side also will have a privacy wall in front of the doors.

The township will pay an estimated $36,600 to cover the cost of the restroom project over the grant award, according to Young. Some of the three portable toilets currently located in the lakeside area for public use may remain after the new restroom has been constructed, he added.

Young has stated trustees decided to build a lakeside restroom to encourage more families to use Springfield Lake Park.

In other business at the meeting, trustees approved:

  • paying $15,736 to the Local Cable Board for its share of the fourth-quarter franchise fee;
  • employing Dave Sattler as a technology consultant at a rate of $40 per hour to evaluate and recommend improvements to the township telephone system;
  • a two-year service contract not to exceed $4,426 for four automated external defibrillator units at Springfield High School; and
  • certifying a total of 70.141 miles, based on data collected by the Ohio Department of Transportation, to the Summit County Engineer’s Office, to use in calculating the township’s share of the state motor vehicle fuel taxes.

Trustee Deborah Davis announced residents may now drop off half-gallon juice and milk cartons for recycling at the township site. She also asked residents to dispose of all recycle material in the appropriate bins.

Also announced was a reminder that the Hidden In Plain Sight presentation will take place Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Spring Hill Junior High, located at 660 Lessig Ave. The program, presented by Copley and Bath police departments, includes an exhibit of a teen’s bedroom and items inside that may indicate risky behaviors, such as drug use, sexual activity, underage drinking, eating disorders and more. The program is free and open to adults only. No youths will be admitted to the presentation.

At a Feb. 7 special meeting, trustees approved two advances from the General Fund — one for $20,000 to the Road and Bridge Fund and another for $50,000 to the Fire Fund for budget stabilization. Trustees adjourned into executive session with legal counsel to discuss pending and anticipated litigation.

The next trustees’ meeting will take place Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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