Montville Township trustees plan to abandon the old township hall and move all offices to the Ronald F. Bischof Safety Services Center.
Trustees passed a resolution last week approving a $750,000 addition to the building. The Bischof building at 6665 Wadsworth Road houses police, fire and ambulance services, while the township’s zoning and administration offices still use the township hall, the old Poe School, next door.
“It’s an old school building built in the 1920s, and it’s not very energy efficient and we’ve had maintenance issues with it over the years,” Trustee Jeff Brandon said.
Brandon said the new building was designed to accommodate additions because officials believed the need would arise.
“We thought this might come along, but I think it just happened a little sooner than anyone thought it would,” he said.
Brandon said housing all services under one roof will reduce utility costs and provide easier access for handicapped residents.
Once the addition is completed, the old one will be vacated and demolished.
Brandon said that process will take some time because the old building contains asbestos that will need to be removed before the structure can be torn down.
Contractor RFC Contracting, of Strongsville, is assembling a bid package to send out soon, Brandon said, including design plans rendered by AODK Architects of Lakewood.
Brandon said trustees hope construction can begin in the spring.
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