July 1, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Montville Township back to drawing board after bid comes in high

MONTVILLE TWP. — Montville Township trustees are rethinking plans for a new administration building and maintenance garage after the only bid on the project came in with a price tag almost $1 million more than estimated.

The $4.4 million bid from Industrial Construction, of Cleveland, was rejected during a special meeting June 30. Trustees had planned to spend $3.5 million.

Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township asked for bids at a time that was bad for construction companies because of loaded summer construction schedules.

“We are going back and revising the building plans and take out a few things to keep it in line with the budget,” Brandon said.

Brandon said the trustees will meet with architects at AODK Architects, of Lakewood, and go over the original estimate.

Square footage could be the aspect of the plans that will be scaled down, Brandon said.

The 5,500-square-foot administration building is planned to be an addition to the existing Ronald F. Bischof Safety Services Center, 6665 Wadsworth Road (state Route 57).

The 22,000-square-foot garage was to be constructed on the opposite side of the road, but Brandon said it could be smaller now.

The building would house the township’s 10 plow trucks and other equipment.

The old maintenance building only has six bays to house plow trucks.

The trustees decided in January that the building from which the township operates was becoming too much of a burden on the budget.

“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 told the Gazette then.

Brandon said trustees will discuss plans to move forward at a July 22 meeting.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.