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Copley trustees preview police station

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Also, Lt. Bruce Koellner receives top honors

The design phase of Copley Police Department’s new building is now complete, according to Project Manager Sharon Jurawitz, with one rendering of the front of the building shown above. Construction of the proposed facility is expected to begin this fall.
Rendering courtesy of Horne & King Architects
Copley Fire Lt. Bruce Koellner, at left, recently completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program through the National Fire Academy. Fire Chief Michael Benson commended him at the Board of Trustees’ Feb. 19 meeting.
Photo: Ariel Hakim
Architects gave a progress report Feb. 19 at the Copley Township Board of Trustees’ meeting on plans for a new police facility on Sunset Drive.

Trustees viewed several renderings, including virtual exterior and interior walk-throughs of the proposed building.

This is the largest construction project the township has ever taken on, according to trustees.

Construction documents are now being drafted, according to Project Manager Sharon Jurawitz, of Horne & King Architects, of Dublin, and the design/development phase is complete. Jurawitz said plans are for construction drawings to be complete at the beginning of July. Steps to follow will be to obtain necessary permits through Summit County. Following permitting, the township can put out a call for bids to construct the building.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and last around 13 months, she said.

Plans for the building call for some staff-only areas, as well as a 2,700-square-foot community room with seating for 98 people, according to Jurawitz.

Trustees viewed the architects’ recommendations for a brick exterior with a stone band around the bottom of the building. The proposed building also calls for portions of wood siding. Signage is to be done in cast aluminum, Jurawitz said.

Discussion among trustees also included the possibility of reconstructing Sunset Drive this summer and the options for running water and sewer lines to the new facility.

The township’s Architectural Review Board is set to review plans for the building next month and again in May, Jurawitz added.

Also at the meeting, Fire Lt. Bruce Koellner was honored for recently completing the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program through the National Fire Academy. Fire Chief Michael Benson said the EFO designation is the highest certification given by the U.S. Fire Administration.

Koellner is just the second EFO Copley has ever had — former Fire Chief Joseph Ezzie, who retired in 2004, is the other — though Benson is in the third year of the four-year program, the chief said.

Koellner, a lifetime township resident, began his career with the Fire Department part-time in 1983, when he was still in high school, and he has been employed in the department full time since 1992, said Benson.

Koellner also was celebrating having earned a master of science degree in leadership, with emphasis in disaster preparedness and executive fire leadership, from Grand Canyon University in January.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved reinstating Anthony Hyatt as a contractual firefighter/medic effective March 1;
  • approved participating in Summit County’s annual pavement maintenance program at a cost not to exceed $545,000;
  • approved entering a memorandum of understanding with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District to provide services and programs for storm water pollution prevention in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations;
  • set a public hearing for March 19 at 6 p.m. for map and text amendments to township zoning regulations regarding a Copley Road/Jacoby Road Mixed Use Overlay District, with the Board of Trustees’ regular meeting to follow; and
  • following an executive session, confirmed offers of employment to Jonathan Smith and Bryan Friend with the Fire Department, as they both successfully completed the prehire testing.

The Copley Board of Trustees’ next meeting is set for March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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