The ink was barely dry on the contract authorizing the demolition of the Lake Township administration building before it was razed.
Crews from Cousino-Harris Co., Perrysburg, tore down the building Wednesday morning after the township trustees approved a contract the day before for the demolition.
The building, located near the intersection of Cummings Road and State Route 795, had been destroyed by the June 5 tornado.
The township’s insurance carrier is to cover the cost of the project set at $36,064, according to Tom Hays, township solicitor.
The trustees also contracted with Cousino-Harris to construct a new restroom facility at Friendship Park for $52,486. The contract includes the cost of demolishing the old restroom, which was also damaged by the tornado.
Costs will be covered by the township’s insurance.
The trustees have set Aug. 24 as the deadline for accepting statements of interest from architectural and engineering firms for designing a new administration building.
In one wing, the former building housed offices for the trustees, zoning inspector, fiscal officer, and an emergency medical service bay that included living quarters for paramedics.
The police station and dispatching offices were housed in another wing. Between the wings were a community room and adjoining kitchen.
The new building will be constructed on the existing foundation slab and underground utilities if they pass inspection.
The trustees are considering some changes to the planned building to include an expanded meeting room and kitchen and relocating the EMS bay so it could also be used for other purposes.
The trustees are also requesting the new design include a separate entrance for the police department and an upgraded storm shelter area.
Park event planned
Despite the tornado damage to Friendship Park, township officials are confident the facilities will be renovated in time for a Sept. 11 memorial event.
A gazebo in the park has been renovated and work on new shelter houses is scheduled to start this week, said Ron Hanely, park supervisor.
He said the Genoa American Legion Band has been scheduled for the event.
Township officials are again planning to hold tree memorial/plantings that day to honor residents. To date, plantings are planned to remember Marion Hicks and Irwin Welling, Hanely said, adding the names of more residents will also be added to the list.