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Copley Community Center demolition brings range of bids

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley Township Board of Trustees were somewhat baffled by the range of bids received for demolition of the Copley Community Center.

Twelve bids ranging from $23,650 to $111,300 were opened at the board’s May 7 meeting.

Service Director Mark Mitchell said he could not explain the wide discrepancy in the bids since all bidders were provided with the same bid specifications. Trustees turned the bids over to Mitchell for evaluation.

Trustee Helen Humphrys said she thought the project drew the largest number of bids ever received for a township project.

This was the second request for bids for the project. Bidders received incorrect bid specifications in an earlier request, according to Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall. The project includes demolition of the community center, a pavilion and two storage sheds, Mitchell has said.

The structures, located on Sunset Drive, are being razed to pave the way for construction of the township’s new police facility.

Also during the meeting, Mitchell reported the April auction of obsolete township property, including police vehicles and disco balls and chandeliers from the community center, netted about $19,000.

Mitchell also received approval from the board for $10,000 in repairs to a township tractor used to mow road berms. Mitchell earlier thought the repairs could cost as much as $20,000. Trustees, concerned about the eventual cost of replacing the equipment, suggested the township could borrow a berm mower from a neighboring community.

Mitchell said no neighboring community had similar equipment and other governmental entities have used Copley’s equipment to mow their berms.

In other business, a resident of Westridge Estates asked the trustees for help in sorting out parking problems in the development. Bob Kenneley, treasurer of the Westridge Estates homeowners’ association, said the association has been trying for eight years to remedy parking problems along Wilshire Road. Residents park on both sides of the street, which narrows the street so emergency vehicles cannot pass through and creates problems for school buses and township service vehicles, Kenneley said. Despite repeated attempts by the homeowners’ association to educate residents, the problem persists, he said.

The homeowners’ association request for a traffic study was forwarded to the Summit County Engineer’s Office, and the township service department began placing stakes for more than 60 “no parking” signs within the development. Residents began to protest the number of signs as soon as the stakes started going in, Kenneley said. He added he thought placing that many signs would change the character of the neighborhood. The engineer’s recommendations also would eliminate parking in the development’s cul-de-sacs, he said. Kenneley asked if “no parking” signs could be placed only on Wilshire Road.

Mitchell said the homeowners’ association agreed to reimburse the township for customized signs that were produced for specific streets in the development and that other materials purchased for the project could be repurposed. The project currently is on hold, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he understands the residents’ concerns and would support placing signs only along Wilshire Road.

Police Chief Michael Mier agreed the signs along Wilshire in addition to more communications to residents would be sufficient.

Humphrys said she expects the county engineer will bill the township for the parking study. She said she also had concerns about potential liability if recommendations from the traffic study are not fully implemented.

Trustees agreed to seek a legal opinion before making any decisions about the issue.

Trustees also have requested a hearing for a liquor license application for the Circle K at 1456 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Trustees said they successfully fought previous requests for a liquor license at this location, which is within 1,000 feet of Copley-Fairlawn Middle School’s playground. The license application is for carryout beer and wine, Mier said.

In other action, trustees:

  • accepted $177,491 from the city of Akron, representing the township’s share of Joint Economic Development District taxes for the previous year;
  • accepted a grant of about $14,958 from ReWorks, which will be used to maintain large trash containers at the township’s recycling center, for the annual brush collection and for salary and benefits associated with those projects;
  • noted the township spent $240,880 for snow and ice removal, including $145,416 for road salt, $55,204 for overtime and $40,260 for the senior snowplowing program, according to Mitchell;
  • gave Fire Chief Michael Benson permission to prepare bid documents to sell an unneeded rescue truck to Summit County for an estimated $100,000; and
  • approved a request to have the Summit County engineer prepare plans, specifications and estimates for replacement of culvert pipe on Dogwood Terrace.

The board’s next meeting is set for May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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