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Trustees begin razing process for center

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

To prepare the site for construction of the township’s new police facility, Copley Township’s Board of Trustees is seeking a contractor to raze the Community Center located at 1278 Sunset Drive.

At the trustees’ March 5 meeting, they decided to advertise for bids for the project, which will be accepted until April 2 at 4 p.m., according to the resolution.

Initially, the proposed project also included demolition of a pavilion, two storage sheds and a wastewater treatment plant on the same property to make way for new construction, but those other structures will remain for the time being, according to Service Director Mark Mitchell.

At this time, township officials are accepting bids just for tearing down the Community Center, he said.

Mitchell gave a rough timeline of the project’s schedule: Trustees plan to open bids from contractors at the April 2 meeting; Mitchell anticipates making a recommendation April 19 to trustees on which contractor to use; and demolition could begin as soon as the last week in April.

Representatives of the Copley Seniors group, who attended the meeting, were told they would be able to meet as planned at the Community Center April 23.

Trustees also verbally agreed to allow the Fire Department to conduct training inside the building before it is torn down.

Firefighters will take advantage of the opportunity to practice skills such as breaking concrete walls, said Fire Chief Michael Benson.

“We don’t anticipate setting anything on fire,” he added.

The township is also continuing to take advantage of Moving Ohio Forward grant funding to demolish dilapidated houses in the township. At the meeting, trustees approved resolutions ordering the removal of two abandoned homes, located at 2463 Copley Road and 2155 Wright Road, through the program.

Both homes have been vacant for well over a year, according to Planning Director Matt Springer.

He said the deadline to use the grant money has been extended again, to May 1, and the township has access to approximately $51,000 that can be used to tear down blighted structures until that deadline, he said.

The Police Department received permission from trustees to purchase a 5-by-8-foot enclosed trailer to store items needed for the Hidden in Plain Sight program.

The program, which includes a traveling display, was created by the Copley and Bath police departments and features a mock-up of a teenager’s bedroom that is filled with items that parents should be on the lookout for as signs of possibly dangerous behavior.

The cost of the trailer is $1,799, which will be paid for by donations earmarked specifically for the program, according to Police Chief Michael Mier.

Currently, Hidden in Plain Sight items are stored at the Community Center, noted Mier.

In other action, trustees:

  • accepted the resignation for retirement of Ed Simpson, chief fire inspector/firefighter/medic, from the Copley Fire Department, effective March 1;
  • approved listing surplus Fire Department items for sale on www.govdeals.com. The equipment includes a hose dryer, miscellaneous EMS equipment, a surplus 3-inch hose and a high-expansion foam trailer, according to Benson;
  • renewed a one-year contract with MOP Janitorial Services for cleaning township buildings, at last year’s cost of $20,232; and
  • accepted the annual highway system mileage certification for 2013 from the Summit County Engineer’s Office at 59.06 miles, up from 58.91 miles, according to Mitchell. Added roads are Creekstone Parkway (0.6 mile) and Clifford Drive (0.09 mile).

Also at the meeting, trustees heard from resident Faye Nicholson, whose home on Sunnyacres Road has been subject to significantly damaging flooding.

Trustees said $100,000 in funding reportedly set aside for addressing storm water issues in Summit County would not likely go far, as that money is intended to spread across nine townships.

Though the township does not have a budget to do so, they will look into costs and requirements for acquiring easements associated with the township clearing ditches on Sunnyacres Road, trustees said.

In other action, following an executive session, the board granted a 2 percent wage increase to all nonunion personnel, about 15 employees, retroactive to Jan. 1, according to Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall.

The Copley Board of Trustees’ next meeting will follow a public hearing for map and text amendments to township zoning regulations regarding a Copley/Jacoby roads Mixed Use Overlay District, set for March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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