TWINSBURG TWP. - All 20 phases of the Twinsburg Heights road improvement program could be wrapped up in the next couple of years if state and local funding is available.

At their Feb. 12 session, township trustees approved advertising for bids for Phases 14 and 15, which include parts of Rugby and Buchtel streets. A contract could be awarded within the next couple of months.

Township administrator Rob Kagler told trustees Phases 1 to 13 have been completed over the last few years. He said engineering is complete for Phases 16 and 17, which includes Case Street, and the township should find out this year whether funding is available. If so, construction is targeted for 2021.

Engineering for the final phases – 18 to 20 – which includes Stanford Street, will be done and the township will apply for state funds this year. If they are available, construction would take place in 2022.

In related business, trustees also authorized the Summit County engineer’s office to complete the township’s 2020 road improvement program at a cost of $369,931. The program involves resurfacing, crack sealing, rejuvenation and pavement markings.

Kagler said the expenditure allows the engineer’s office to oversee bid solicitation and provide recommendations for all components of the program, then provide construction administration services to see that each component is implemented.

The actual amount spent will depend upon bid amounts, whether alternate bids other than the base bid are awarded and whether any change orders occur throughout the program.

Kagler said the township will pay selected contractors after receiving pay recommendations from the engineer’s office. There are usually four or five contractors, one for each component of the program, and contracts are usually awarded in late spring or early summer.

Resurfacing may be done on all or parts of Case Street, Anthony Lane, McCausland Drive, Hadden Road, Woodland Glade Drive and Township Hall’s main parking area, while crack sealing is planned on numerous roads.

Other business

Trustees accepted this year’s Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energized grant, which provides funds for projects which improve energy efficiency. Kagler said the township will get $2,455. Although no specific project has been determined, the money could go for an update to Township Hall’s lobby (doors, the counter window or climate control).

The board also approved the sale of a 2013 International 4400 dump truck on the govdeals.com website.

Trustee James Balogh noted selling surplus items on the website has been beneficial financially, allowing the township to recoup some of the cost of purchasing vehicles and other large items.

Mary Kidd, executive director of Community Focus, gave Council a brief update about the community television station which used to be Cable 9. She noted longtime executive director Jeff Cole is now part-time pending his retirement in the fall. The station is Channel 1021 on Spectrum.

Kagler reported a resolution allowing the township to participate in the Summit Port Authority’s Energy Special Improvement District may be presented to trustees in the future.

The district initially is focusing on commercial/industrial and multi-family housing entities, and would allow the cost of energy improvements to be assessed to their property tax duplicates. He said the program eventually may extend to single-family homes.

Trustees also agreed to donate $500 to the Twinsburg High School After-prom Committee.

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