June 30, 2016

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Medina’s plan to house city vehicles is a go

MEDINA — The city is mov­ing forward on the estimated $911,540 expansion that will allow all city vehicles to be housed indoors.

“It’s always been under­sized,” Service Director Nino Piccoli said of the facility on West Smith Road.

“The back portion of the city garage was an add-on, and it was a fire station at one time.”

He said the city’s growth and additional streets have out­paced storage capacity for service vehicles.

Piccoli recently updated City Council about the project, pre­senting the preliminary design that RWL Architects of Elyria has created for the building.

The architect’s plans include expanding the vehicle mainte­nance department area from 3,100 square feet to 7,000 square feet, which will allow the city to house $7 million worth of vehicles — garbage trucks, street sweepers and salt trucks— indoors.

Exposure to all types of weather conditions reduces equipment’s longevity, Piccoli said.

The project also will increase salt storage capacity to 4,000 tons, up from 1,600 tons, Pic­coli said.

The architect’s design includes a new wash bay. It will allow all city vehicles, includ­ing police cruisers, to be washed on a regular basis. Pic­coli said washing vehicles to remove salt will help extend their lifespan.

Funds for the expansion likely will come from the streets, maintenance and pub­lic buildings funds, Piccoli said. The next step is for Coun­cil to send out requests for pro­posals for the project.

Piccoli said the project potentially could begin during the winter.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.