TWINSBURG — After Councilwoman Jo-Ann McFearin asked her colleagues Oct. 9 whether they thought the city should hold off on demolishing the former Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse, legislators concluded it should indeed come down.
McFearin suggested the old building could be used for storage, but Mayor Ted Yates said the city has plenty of storage space, and maintaining the building would be too costly since it has some structural deficiencies.
"I think we should take it down, because its condition will just get worse if we don’t do anything with it," said Councilman Brian Steele.
Yates said demolishing the old building is part of the work set forth in the contract awarded to the builder of the new clubhouse — Cavanaugh Building Corp. — and the demolition has been scheduled for the first week in November.
Meanwhile, Yates said the new clubhouse is fully operational, and future events are being booked nearly every day. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.
Director of Planning and Community Development Larry Finch said a permit has been issued to demolish a city-owned house at Darrow and Post roads near the water tower. He said there are "a number of problems" with the structure, and the city plans to use the lot as a trailhead for the Old HIckory Trail.
Part of the structure once was a schoolhouse, and Finch said some of the original foundation stones and timbers will be salvaged.
Finch also noted demolition of buildings on two Community Improvement Corp. properties on East Aurora Road, east of Dunkin Donuts, will take place soon. He said asbestos has been removed, utilities discontinued and usable items salvaged.
Finch reported the city is seeking $165,000 in ODOT grant money to help with improvements to Chamberlin Road in anticipation of the new O’Reilly Auto Parts warehouse going up. The improvements will cost about $660,000, with that amount split between the city and Summit County.
Finch said the city’s share would be reduced if the grant is landed.
Councilman Sam Scaffide informed his colleagues that he has witnessed illegal dumping of debris into the creek behind what formerly was Massara’s Plaza on Ravenna Road. He urged Chief Building Official Russell Rodic to keep an eye on the situation.
Truck or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Twinsburg Fitness Center. Several trucks and other city vehicles will be on display, and children can don Halloween costumes and receive candy.
Yates also said the community garden will be closed soon for the season, and he urged residents who have plots to retrieve their produce and clean up their space.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org