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Green Council OKs Summa’s expansion

10/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

GREEN — Green City Council approved plans for Summa Health System’s Green medical office building at the Oct. 22 meeting.

The vote was 6-0, with Ward 1 Councilman Jim Colopy absent.

During a committee meeting held before the Council meeting, members heard a presentation from Daniel Herstine, of Hasenstab Architects, the developer of the project.

According to Herstine, the new medical building will be adjacent to the current Summa Emergency Department located at 1825 Franks Parkway. The building will include 25 exam rooms, a few diagnostic rooms and a community room that will be used for health education seminars and be available for public use.

“We wanted to match the design and feel of the current building,” Herstine said in his presentation, “so we have used the same horizontal lines in the building design. And, the same materials will be used in the construction.”

The new building will add more than 21,000 square feet to the existing property, and potentially new jobs to the community, he said.

When asked about how many jobs the expansion will add, Ed Friedl, vice president of the Construction Department of Summa, who also was present at the meeting, replied he is unsure of how many exactly, but there will be at least 10 to 15 staff members working in the new medical building.

“Some may be moving from different practices in the area, and some may be new entirely,” he said.

Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin as soon as possible, and hopefully will continue through the winter months, according to Summa officials.

“I think this is going to be a great addition to what’s already at this location,” said Councilman Gerard Neugebauer (at large).

Council also held a public hearing on an ordinance amending the definitions of “adult family home” and “adult group home.” Under the current code, an adult family home may house up to five people, and an adult group home may house up to seven. The ordinance proposes increasing a family home to up to six individuals and a group home up to 16 individuals.

Interest in modifying these definitions came from a local property owner, according to city officials, and it was not stated what his or her plans are if this ordinance is passed.

According to Neugebauer, both the adult family home and the adult group home are places for mentally disabled individuals to live and be cared for. There were no public comments during the hearing.

The first reading of legislation regarding this ordinance was also read during the meeting with no discussion from Council.

In other business, Council:

  • approved an agreement between the city of Green and Spano Brothers Construction Inc. in the amount of $71,601 for emergency repairs along state Route 619 with a vote of 6-0. During a recent paving project along this road, water undermining was discovered, and if not fixed quickly could lead to more expensive repairs down the road, according to at-large Councilman Chris Humphrey;
  • was informed of an informational meeting to be hosted by METRO RTA regarding route and schedule changes to take place Jan. 1. The Green meeting will be held Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Green Central Administration Building. The routes to be discussed include: 18, 110, 111, the Call a Bus program and the Grocery program, according to Ward 3 Councilman Ken Knodel;
  • approved an agreement between the city of Green and Local 2714 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for a three-year contract for 2013 through 2015 with a vote of 6-0. Some of the details in the contract include a 2 percent raise each year, and an increase in employee contributions to health care from the current 5 percent up to 10 percent by 2015, according to Ward 2 Councilman Dave France. The full agreement is available for public view on the city’s website at www.cityofgreen.org; and
  • approved a resolution modifying appropriations with a vote of 6-0. According to Humphrey, a total of $273,298 needed to be modified, with the majority of that being refunded to a local corporation that was charged $250,000 too much in income tax.

The next Green City Council meeting is set for Nov. 12, starting at 5 p.m. for committees and followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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