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.
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