TWINSBURG TWP. — Township trustees will apply for state grants for three road reconstruction projects, and will seek a grant for a cell phone charging station to be placed at Twinsburg Public Library.

At the trustees’ June 19 meeting, Township Administrator Rob Kagler explained a road reconstruction project in the Reserve at Kensington off Liberty Road and Ridgetop off Twinsburg Road has been added to the township’s needs list.

The township will seek a local transportation improvements program grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission through District 8 of the Public Works Integrating Committee.

The grant would be for upgrades on part of North Ridgetop Drive, all of Mikala Court and a stretch of Darien Lane north of the roundabout. Kagler said an engineering consultant has found that those roads are rapidly deteriorating.

Kagler said the consultant has estimated the cost of reconstructing those three stretches at about $800,000. 

"This would not solve all of the problems in those subdivisions, but it would be the start of a multi-phase project," Kagler said.

The other two transportation improvement grants will be sought for Twinsburg Heights Phases 16 and 17, which cover three blocks of Case Street. That work is targeted for 2021.

Recently, Kagler reported the Ohio Small Government Capital Improvements Commission OK’d a grant for Heights phases 14 and 15, which would include the western dead-end blocks of Rugby and Buchtel streets.

"We should receive formal notification and grant agreements for those in July," said Kagler. "Pending review of local funding, we will look at completing phases 14 and 15 in 2020."

Kagler added engineering is under way for the final phases of the Heights improvements — phases 18 to 20 — which include all three Stanford Street blocks and the southern blocks of Harvard and Yale between Stanford and Case.

Earlier this year, trustees approved $248,942 to be spent for engineering and surveying for phases 18 to 20.

The grant for the cell phone charging station would be from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

Meanwhile, Kagler reported the cost of the township’s routine 2019 road improvements will be slightly more than $400,000. Improvements include resurfacing, spot paving, crack sealing, rejuvenating and striping.

In other action June 19, trustees approved an additional expenditure of $10,000 for the 2019 recreation center program, bringing the budget for the program to about $75,000. 

Kagler reported one business has been removed from the approved list of fitness sites because it has ceased operation, and the following three centers are being added: Premier Fit and RIPP City Fitness in Twinsburg and Molon Labe Crossfit in Macedonia.

The program pays half of the membership fee at eligible centers, with a total benefit of up to $250 per township household. The eligible centers are listed on the township’s website.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com.