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Lake Township officials expect construction to start next month on a new administration building.
The township trustees have retained Normand Associates, Inc., Perrysburg, as the architectural firm for the new structure, which will replace the building on Cummings Road destroyed by the June 5 tornado.
Normand Associates was one of 14 firms to submit a statement of interest and one of five to be interviewed for the project.
Rudolph/Libbe, Inc. will be the general contractor.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said representatives of Normand and Rudolph/Libbe are confident the project can be completed for less than the insured amount on the old building of $1.7 million. The building housed offices for the trustees, zoning inspector, and fiscal officer, a multi-use meeting room with an adjoining kitchen, police station and dispatching offices, and an emergency medical service bay that included living quarters for paramedics.
Mark Hummer, township administrator, said he expects the new building to be up with a roof by December, allowing contractors to proceed with interior work before the weather gets too cold.
Trustee Joe Kiss said the township has been discussing the construction of a new sports and recreation facility for the last several years.
“We finally got it together,” said Kiss. It’s exciting that we actually got it going and started it as opposed to just talking about it. We finally made it happen.”
The site, behind Jerusalem Elementary School on Yondota Road, will feature two baseball diamonds and two soccer fields, said Kiss.
“We just finished installing the underground tile for drainage, and we got all the stone and drains in,” said Kiss.
Jerusalem Township is part of the Oregon City Schools District. Two schools in the district - Eisenhower Middle School and Jerusalem Elementary School - are located in the township, where township athletes have practiced and played.
The top management of CSX Corp. wants to close Walbridge Road at a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road, the Lake Township trustees were informed Tuesday.
Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, told the trustees there have been several near hits between vehicles and trains at the crossing and the company’s chief executive officer wants to proceed with having the road closed to traffic.
One of the near hits occurred while a representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio was on the site, Gilsdorf told the trustees, adding the company’s plans have the tentative backing of the commission.
“We do hold the deed to the land around that area,” he said.
One option would be for CSX to vacate part of the road, Gilsdorf said, and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners. If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that were controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard.
For the township’s emergency vehicles to have access to the crossing, a special phone line would be installed, linking township authorities to the yardmaster at the Walbridge Yard who could open the gates by remote control.
The township’s previous contract was with Waste Management. When it came time to renew the contract, costs were just too steep, said Trustee Joe Kiss.
“We were paying almost $4,000 per month more than we needed to on garbage,” said Kiss.
The township had been paying Waste Management approximately $9,300 per month for garbage pickup services, he said. “We’ve been with Waste Management for over eight years. Trustees decided to look at the refuse contract and we thought it was very high. We were being charged so much per household, and we have 1,300 households in the township.”
With the recession in the last couple of years negatively affecting the housing market, Kiss said he knew all 1,300 households were not using the service.
“We have about 100 or more households that are vacant,” he said.
He decided to follow the garbage trucks for two consecutive weeks to determine how many houses were getting their garbage picked up, he said.
From the air it looks like a replay of the June 5 tornado that swept through Ottawa and Wood counties, but construction of a new elementary school building in the Genoa district is on schedule, reports Dennis Mock, school superintendent.
The building is being constructed at the middle school/high school campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road and will house kindergarten through the fifth grade.
Voters in 2008 approved a 1.9-mill bond issue to fund the local share of construction costs. The Ohio School Facilities Commission is providing the balance.
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