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New Copley police station back in discussion

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

COPLEY — Construction of a new police station was back in discussion at the June 5 Copley Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees questioned architect David King, of Horne and King Architects in Dublin, about contents of a contract he submitted for the project. Trustees were concerned about supervision of the construction and debated with King the merits of hiring a general contractor or construction supervisor who would be onsite every day. King’s contract proposal allows him to oversee construction and provides for him to be onsite three days each week.

King told trustees that allowing him to oversee the construction would give them better quality control and a greater opportunity for savings in construction costs. As an agent of the township, any construction cost savings he could realize would remain with the township, he said.

Trustees in January gave King the go-ahead to draw up plans for the new facility. The price tag for the facility is estimated at $5.5 million. It will be located along Sunsetview Drive on property the township acquired when it purchased the Copley Community Center, said Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall.

Trustees have long discussed replacing or renovating the outdated and overcrowded police station. However, concerns about the economy and cuts in state funding to local governments prompted trustees to put the project on the back burner in 2010 after the needs assessment estimated costs for the new facility.

The new police station would be almost three times as large as the current station, trustees have said. Trustees said the police station would be the largest construction project the township has ever taken on. The $4 million Stony Hill Fire Station, a joint project with Bath Township, was completed in 2006.

In other business, it took contractors just two-and-a-half weeks to complete demolition, backfilling, grading and reseeding of seven blighted Copley properties, said Planning Director Matt Springer. The houses, located on Copley and Kibler roads, were targeted for demolition about a year ago, when trustees decided to apply for a Moving Ohio Forward grant to offset costs of the razing.

Spring said the program will make funding available through the end of 2013. He told trustees that six more properties are targeted for demolition. Those, however, may be more difficult to manage, as he was able to obtain the agreement and signatures of property owners for the first seven.

Trustees also briefly discussed participating in a study with the cities of Norton and Barberton to explore forming a watershed conservancy. They said a conservancy would allow the township and its partners to work toward flood abatement. Trustees said they will act on a resolution that would provide $7,500 in funding for a study.

Trustees also questioned actions by the Summit County Engineer’s Office to clear vegetation within the roundabout at Ridgewood and Hametown roads. Trustees said the trees were planted in the roundabout to give motorists a visual warning they were approaching the roundabout and that they should reduce their speed. Without the trees, motorists have a clear view through the roundabout and may be more likely to approach it too quickly, causing accidents.

In other action, trustees:

  • promoted Barb Amer to full-time status as an administrative assistant. She will assist the Service Department and perform other duties as assigned by the board, said Marshall;
  • approved resolutions declaring the properties at 864 Jacoby Road, 640 Hametown Road and 1210 N. Plainview Drive nuisances and ordering the property owners to remove vegetation and/or debris from the property;
  • approved the purchase of three in-car digital video recording systems (DVRs) for police vehicles at a cost of $13,105. Police Chief Michael Mier said the recorders would be placed in cruisers that currently did not have them, bringing the total number of cruisers with DVRs to eight;
  • approved training for police personnel;
  • approved a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Justice/Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The agreement will allow the Copley Police Department to assign officers as needed to the task force; and
  • approved a resolution to participate with Fairlawn in a project to repave Bywood Drive. The project, which will be carried out through the Summit County Engineer’s Office’s aggregation program, will cost the township $2,722.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place June 19 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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