Beacon Hills Park pavilion in Northfield Center to cost $17,980

This graphic shows the proposed layout of Beacon HIlls Park after Northfield Center Township makes improvements with money from a NatureWorks grant. Pleasantview Drive runs across the top of the site, with Beacon Hill Boulevard at left. Parking and a basketball court are shown at the bottom of the illustration. Across the top of the layout are, from left, a bocce ball court, tennis/pickleball/wiffle ball courts, a pavilion and playground area.

NORTHFIELD CENTER – A new pavilion at the township’s Beacon Hills Park should be up and ready for use in the next few weeks after trustees awarded a contract at a special session.

Done on Time Construction of Northfield Village will build the 16-by-28-foot pavilion for $17,980. The firm told trustees it will have eight 6-by-6-inch posts and will be completely maintenance free.

The pavilion will be constructed with a 5-12 pitch hip-style roof, with a one-foot overhang and commercial grade steel siding for roofing with a ridge vent. A vented soffit will be installed on the perimeter, all of the overhangs will be wrapped with facia metal and there will be seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts.

A few months ago, the township was awarded a $114,885 ODNR NatureWorks grant to enhance accessibility to and utilization of Beacon Hills Park, which measures about 345 by 200 feet, and is located at Beacon Hill Boulevard and Pleasantview Drive.

Other improvements planned at the park are revamping two existing tennis courts, which also will be striped for one each pickleball and wiffle ball court; upgrading an existing basketball court; expanding the play area; and adding a bocce ball court and parking.

“With these improvements, this will become a multi-purpose park,” said Township Administrator Steve Wright at a previous trustees meeting.

The expanded playground will measure about 65 by 95 feet, with some playground equipment moved from the township’s Crestview Park. The basketball court will be 51 by 77 feet, the bocce ball court 13 by 91 feet and the parking lot 54 by 63 feet.

Trustees previously approved two purchase orders for Done on Time Construction to relocate the playground equipment ($6,800) and for grading and drainage work and playground area enlargement ($24,280).

Trustee Rich Reville reported the work at the park is moving along smoothly. He added quotes are being obtained for electrical work at the pavilion, and that contract could be awarded at the next meeting.

In other action June 4, trustees approved an agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council to receive 2020 grant money. The funds are used for energy efficiency projects. An amount for this year’s grant is unknown at this time.

Trustees also authorized Fiscal Officer Andy LaGuardia to draw May 2020 vouchers in the amount of $209,659 to meet current expenditures, and acknowledged receipt of bank reconciliations for May.

Meanwhile, Wright has announced that yard sales are permitted in the township, but residents must first contact the township office at 330-467-7636 and provide the homeowner’s name, address and email or phone, and dates of the sale.

Signs are not permitted within the road rights-of-way and will be removed if placed there. Residents must follow social distancing and/or mask rules, and display signs that indicate only up to 10 people are allowed at the site at any given time.

Also, the township’s service department has free fill dirt available for residents and resident businesses, and unscreened top soil for residents. The dirt must be picked up, and appointments can be made by calling 330-468-5979.

Trustees remind residents that public hearings are scheduled for June 15 and 22 at 5 p.m. to discuss the possibility of levying an additional $5 permissive motor vehicle license fee. The sessions will be conducted via WebEx.

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