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Richfield trustees reject bids for office project

11/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees announced Nov. 21 they decided to reopen bids for the new office building set for next year at a special meeting two days earlier.

The companies that had submitted bids all overbid on the project, according to township officials.

“We were amazed and disappointed,” said Trustee David Wyatt. “The bids came in significantly higher than we had hoped. We anticipated a cost of $300,000, and some of the bids were double that amount.”

Since the lowest of the eight bids was $491,000, the trustees rejected all of them.

The architects will literally go back to the drawing board in an attempt to bring the cost of the project down, Wyatt said.

“We’ve asked them to work on other options,” he said. “The footprint of the building hasn’t changed, but we may have to eliminate the enclosed garage and the second-floor loft area.”

The new bidding process will take place next year.

“The trustees will work with the architect on how we should go to bid, with some different alternatives and options,” Trustee Janet Jankura said.

In other business:

  • A reception to honor Wyatt for his years of service to the township is scheduled for Dec. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Brandywine Golf Club Par 3 Clubhouse, 5555 Akron-Peninsula Road in Peninsula. He did not run for re-election.
  • Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney announced the township’s response to allegations that some residents on Boston and Streetsboro roads have been violating the zoning code by running businesses out of their homes.
    She said the township has sent six letters to the alleged business owners, with four of them including violation notices.
    “We’ve had a full range of responses,” Pinney said. “Some have questioned us, some have challenged us and others have understood and asked for time to rectify the situation.”
  • Wyatt said the quote for a new home-run fence for the baseball field at Rising Valley Park came in at $17,000. He said he hoped some civic organizations may be willing to help defray the cost.
  • Trustees approved the expense of $4,022 for major repairs to the township’s main snowplow.
  • Trustees approved a four-year agreement with Summit County Public Health to screen and sample storm water in Richfield Township. The cost is $914 for 2014 and a total of $4,852 spread over four years to monitor the township’s 21 “outfalls.”
    “Any time a constructed waterway flows into a natural waterway, we are required to keep track of it and make sure it’s performing correctly,” Pinney explained.
  • Trustees also passed a resolution to adopt the Summit County Solid Waste Management Plan. Yolanda Walker, the executive director of ReWorks, outlined the plan for the trustees Nov. 7.
  • Before the meeting, the trustees conducted a public hearing on changes to the zoning code, which they approved at the end of the hearing.
    The changes eliminate language in the zoning code in areas that are now regulated by the state, like wireless towers and drilling for oil and gas.

The trustees also voted to remove the R-3 (Residential) and C-3 and C-4 (Commercial) districts, since there is no township land with those zoning designations. The C-1 and C-2 districts have been combined into one Commercial zone.

Also, the language in the Commercial zone has been modified to remove old-fashioned business uses like tailor, dressmaker, shoe repair shop and soda fountain.

The next Richfield trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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