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Bath trustees OK purchase of land near Bath Center site

12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

At the meeting Dec. 2, the Bath Board of Trustees approved the purchase of land south of the Bath Center building.

Trustees James Nelson and Elaina Goodrich approved the purchase, while Trustee Becky Corbett cast the dissenting vote.

With the approval, the trustees agreed to accept the real estate purchase and sale agreement with Maggie Leasure for 1206 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road for $95,000, conditioned upon the approval of a short sale. The land is adjacent to the Bath Center building and could be used for a variety of purposes for the township, according to township officials.

“It’s very obvious we need more land,” said Nelson. “When everyone is here there are no available parking spaces for visitors. Adding more parking is essential.”

Goodrich said the Fire Department also has expressed interest in expanding into some of that land.

“Mr. Leasure recently passed away, and Mrs. Leasure is not in good health to manage the property,” Goodrich said, explaining why the township was pursuing the purchase at this time. “If the house is sold to someone else, it could be many years before we have an opportunity to purchase it again.”

Corbett expressed concern about the cost.

“We purchased the BP property, and we still haven’t done anything with it,” she said. “I don’t think it sends a good message to the community to spend $95,000 right now. I’m concerned it’s just too much.”

Trustees also discussed the Ghent Road Sanitary Sewer Project. Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli reported three bids for the project were accepted — Precision Directional Boring for $139,230, H.M. Miller Construction for $114,501 and Precise Boring of Ohio for $96,747.

The trustees unanimously agreed to approve Sinopoli’s recommendation to accept the bid from Precise Boring of Ohio.

Sinopoli said the project will run from roughly the 1000 block of Ghent Road north to where Jimbo’s used to be located, then cross over Ghent and run south on North Cleveland-Massillon and end near Embassy Parkway. The process will involve drilling about 5 to 6 feet underground, and then horizontally drilling and installing the sewer pipeline.

“This project is for the commercial properties in this area that are paying JEDD [Joint Economic Development District] taxes to hook up to a sewer line,” Sinopoli said. “It is not for personal properties. This is something that was promised years ago when the JEDD tax was first passed.”

There are seven commercial properties that will use the sewer line. There was no information provided about when the project would begin or expected to be completed.

In other business, trustees:

  • heard a presentation about the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program by firefighter Geoff Kuzas. According to Kuzas, the program provides life-time support to burn victims through several different programs and services, but is not widely publicized. For each pound of aluminum donated, 60 cents will be given to the program. To drop off used cans, take them to the drop-off bin located at the Bath Fire Station, 3864 W. Bath Road; and
  • were informed by Service Director Caine Collins the seasonal snow and ice removal staff responded well to the season’s first snowfall, and now all the kinks are worked out of the system. Trustees also agreed to repost a seasonal snow and ice removal position through Dec. 13. According to Collins, the position is for the night shift, and he is looking for someone with at least a Class B CDL and previous street-plowing experience.

The board’s next meeting will be Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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