July 24, 2016

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Montville Twp. trustees look at spending $3.5M for new facilities

MONTVILLE TWP. — Township officials met Monday in a special session to put the finishing touches on plans for a new administration building and maintenance garage.

The 5,500-square-foot administration building will cost an estimated $1 million. It will be an addition to the north side of the Ronald F. Bischof Safety Services Center, 6665 Wadsworth Road (state Route 57).

The 22,000-square-foot garage will cost $2.5 million and be built across the street, on the west side of Wadsworth Road. An old barn on the site will be torn down.

Officials said the new administration building is needed because maintaining the old town hall, just north of the Safety Services Center where trustees and zoning officials now meet, is too costly to maintain.

“We’ve tried as well as we can, but we decided that the cost to maintain the existing administration building is just not a good way to spend the taxpayers’ dollars,” Trustee Sally Albrecht said.

Trustee Ronald F. Bischof said trustees have been planning for the maintenance garage since the Safety Services Center was built in 2011. He said the township doesn’t have adequate facilities to house all its equipment.

“We’ve got 10 plow trucks and only six bays and a lot of other equipment,” he said.

Officials said they expect to break ground on the two buildings in June. The old town hall will not be razed until the new building is up and ready for use.

Bischof said the township will save money by including the administration addition in the same loan as the maintenance building and completing both projects at the same time.

The plans also require the township to put in a new water line. Bischof said it may cost upward of $50,000 because, in part, it will have to be routed below Interstate 71.

Bischof said a 2-inch pipeline serves the Safety Services Center, but the building’s needs will be greater once the administration building is attached. The line also will need to service the maintenance garage.

Bischof said the township only needs an 8-inch pipe but the county may force it to install a 12-inch line.

“The question is whether the commissioners will let us put in a smaller line or if they will pick up some cost for a larger one, because we don’t need a 12-inch pipe,” he said.

But county Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said the county looks at the long-term needs of the area when water lines are installed.

“From our standpoint, anytime there’s a water line, we look at it from a regional perspective, to make sure it meets the needs of the county now and in future,” she said.

Trustees met Monday with Jon Swidrak, an architect with AODK, of Lakewood, to make any last-minute alterations to the building plans.

As of Monday, trustees were awaiting the county’s approval of the construction plans. They said they expect that to take another week. The township will have a week to reply to the county commissioners’ concerns, and then they will start seeking bids for the project.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.