SAGAMORE HILLS While the Canyon View Road project is delayed a year, Trustees will be focused on rebuilding McNeil Drive this summer.

Trustees Paul Schweikert and John Zaccardelli voted during the March 13 to seek bids, to be opened April 7, for the rebuild. Trustee Dave DePasquale was absent from the meeting.

Schweikert said the project is estimated to cost approximately $250,000.

Dave Smith of the Summit County Engineer's Office, said McNeil Drive is approximately 1,700 feet long and will have a full-depth reclamation, or stabilization of the base and resurfacing. He estimated it will take approximately 30 days to complete the work.

The road will be closed for the project with access only for residents. The project could start as early as May or June depending on the weather because the funds will be completely local. Schweikert said the township will not receive grant money because there are no sewers involved and the project would not score high enough for Ohio Public Works Commission funds.

In addition to McNeil, Trustees will be looking into replacing catch basins in Ashford Glen and Eaton Estates neighborhoods this summer.

CanyonView delayed

Work on Canyon View Road is postponed this year after Trustees turned down a $191,000 grant from the OPWC intended for Phase II of the Canyon View Road reconstruction.

Schweikert said all three Trustees, along with Fiscal Officer Scott Gale, agreed to turn down the money because it wasn't nearly enough for the $1.2 million project and would not have paid for the replacement of a 50-year-old water line, which frequently breaks.

He said the Trustees are looking for the second one-third of the project to extend to the Timberscan condos. Phase I was completed last summer and extended from Greenwood Parkway down the road 1,300 feet toward Route 82.

The cost of Phase I was $720,000, of which township paid $360,000 after receiving an OPWC matching grant, Schweikert said.

Trustees have not yet decided whether to apply for the all the funds at once for the remaining stretch of the project, which is estimated at $1.2 million, according to Schweikert, or to break the work into two phases.

He said officials are looking at engineering plans which would allow the roadwork to proceed in such a way that the water pipes could be replaced in the future with minimal damage to the new road -- should the township get turned down for the amount of the full project.

"We didn't even have that contingency plan this year so it wasn't worth taking the money when we couldn't get done what we needed," Schweikert said. "We're going back to the drawing board."

He told the News Leader that regardless of whether the project is done in phases or all at once, the township will apply for the funds in conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the North Hills Water District.

"The more entities you put on a project, the higher you score" with the OPWC, he said. "We scored really high last year but other areas scored higher."

He added he is hearing competition for OPWC grants will be tight this year with the City of Akron applying for funds this year. He said they usually get the lion's share.

The deadline to apply for the grant is July and Schweikert said the township should know by Thanksgiving if they will receive funds or not.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432