TWINSBURG TWP. – Shortly after the March 9 state of emergency was declared in Ohio but well before Gov. Mike DeWine’s March 22 stay-at-home order, the township trustees were wrapping up plans for this year’s upcoming construction season.

Whether the work will proceed has not been announced, but plans are for a $1.2 million road improvement project to complete Phases 14 and 15 of the Twinsburg Heights road improvements. Trustees awarded a contract to Tri-Mor Corp. at their March 11 meeting.

Township Administrator Rob Kagler explained those phases will include the dead-end blocks of Rugby and Buchtel streets, with cul-de-sacs to be constructed at the ends.

Kagler said the contract comes in about 20% under the engineer’s estimate, and the project will be funded solely with township cash. "This is the first of the phases that we’ve been able to pay for this way," he said. "We’ve been able to pay down the debt on other phases of Heights and Marwell."

Kagler said he is confident Phases 14 and 15 can be completed at the same time, likely this year.

In discussing the 10-year funding forecasts for three portions of township operations, Kagler said the news is good. "It is expected to be a while before any new levies are needed," he said.

He said levies that are in effect now for fire/EMS, police protection and the service department should carry the township forward for a while. "Cost controls have enabled us to stretch our dollars," he said.

"We are considering decreasing our dump truck fleet from four to three, which could carry us through 2026 before new money is needed for the service department. We would buy a new truck this year and sell two older trucks at auction."

He said the township has been replacing a dump truck every three years in the recent past.

Kagler told trustees he likely will have a resolution ready to pass at the April meeting which would award a contract for 2020 asphalt road resurfacing to Karvo Paving Co., whose bid was $204,000. "That’s about $8,000 over the engineer’s estimate," he noted.

Trustees authorized selling a 10-year-old Ventrac mowing/snow plowing machine at auction on Kagler said a new Ventrac will be purchased before summer.

Trustees approved a request from Twinsburg VFW Post 4929 to conduct the Memorial Day parade and services May 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Township Square, and also OK’d advertising for part-time seasonal workers.

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