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Copley seeking new bids to raze Community Center

4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

During the April 16 meeting, the Copley Township Board of Trustees approved publishing a new call for bids to raze the Community Center on Sunset Drive, in preparation for building a new police facility on the site.

The specifications on a previous call for bids were incorrect, and only one bid was received by the April 2 deadline, according to Service Director Mark Mitchell. That bid was not opened, according to Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall.

This time, the scope of work has been changed, and the proposed project includes demolition of a pavilion, storage barn and a wastewater treatment plant on the property, in addition to the Community Center building, according to Mitchell.

Proposals will be accepted until May 7 at 4 p.m. and opened at the trustees’ regular meeting that evening, according to the trustees’ resolution.

In other business, trustees approved making modifications to its radio antennas for connecting with the Southwest Summit Communications Center, its shared emergency dispatch center with Norton and Barberton, which is located in Norton.

Fire Chief Michael Benson — who trustees also congratulated for being honored earlier that day as the 2013 Safety Citizen of the Year Award winner in the public sector from the Summit County Safety Council — said Copley’s radio antennas need to be moved up higher on the tower, and the project involves three contractors and will cost around $6,800.

For the Police Department, trustees approved a purchase order for around $5,900 to replace three laptop computers to serve as mobile data terminals in police cruisers. The computers that needed replacing were older technology no longer being supported by LEADS, the Law Enforcement Automated Data System operated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Police Chief Michael Mier.

In other action, trustees approved purchasing two John Deere Zero-Turn mowers to maintain township properties. The total cost will be $10,400 after trade-in, said Mitchell.

Trustees discussed an additional request from the service director, with no action taken.

The township has had its current berm mower since 1997, which is in need of transmission repairs, said Mitchell, who asked trustees for a purchase order for $20,000 for the expense. A new tractor would cost around $100,000, he said.

The equipment is needed because Ohio law requires berms be mowed at least twice a year, he said. In Copley, they usually go out with the berm mower four times a year, he added.

Trustee Helen Humphrys said trustees would make a decision on how to go forward by their next regular meeting. She suggested the township could contract with the county to do the mowing this year or perhaps share the cost of a new tractor with another community.

Also at the meeting, Planning Director Matt Springer reported the Architectural Review Board last week approved the Arbor Chase subdivision, a new development to be constructed at the end of Heritage Woods Drive. The 65-unit single-family residences planned are ranch-style homes, he said.

During the portion of the meeting set for business from the floor, Deborah Amos, of Millhaven Drive, shared her concerns about rising water bills. She said for the past three years, the township has been contracting with the city of Akron for water, but in her neighborhood, they have yet to install water meters.

Monthly bills have been steadily increasing, and last month’s bill was $90, she said.

Trustee Dale Panovich noted the Amoses bill actually combines charges for water and sewer, and recent increases are a result of Environmental Protection Agency mandates affecting sewer rates.

While trustees have no control over what the city of Akron charges for sewer and water, she will advocate for Amos and her neighbors to have water meters installed, Panovich said.

The next Copley Board of Trustees meeting is set for May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, located at 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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