Northfield Center eyes architect for new safety building

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent
Kent Weeklies

NORTHFIELD CENTER – Township trustees are seeking a criteria architect to assist with preliminary design of a proposed safety building, fire station and potential administrative offices at 8484 Olde Eight Road, the site of the current service department garage and cold storage facility.

At their July 13 meeting, trustees authorized Township Administrator Steve Wright to distribute a request for qualifications for the design services and eventual selection of a design/build firm. Firms are to submit their qualifications to Wright by Aug. 5 at noon.

The township is looking to replace the current fire station at 60 W. Aurora Road, which Wright said has fallen into disrepair. The fire station is situated on 0.39-acre, whereas the proposed new site encompasses 4.26 acres.

Wright noted the service department staff is completing grading work to prepare the eastern portion of the Olde Eight Road site for the proposed building, and soil testing will be completed in a few weeks.

“The criteria architect will review the site to design a building that complements the residential area and uses the designated portion of the lot as efficiently as possible,” said Wright.

The building size will be about 120 by 100 feet, with a full complement of offices, recreation area, common area with kitchen equipment, two bays and sleeping quarters. “We also are considering adding office space for township administrative staffers, which would expand the footprint by about 1,000 square feet,” said Wright.

“Finally, we intend to do a preengineered building. The project will utilize a design/build delivery method, the estimated cost is between $600,000 and $800,000 and prevailing wage requirements would not apply to the project.”

Wright explained trustees are highly motivated to move forward with the initial design once the criteria architect is selected – hopefully by Aug. 31. “Furthermore, the trustees plan to work with the criteria architect to solicit and select the design/build team as soon as possible,” he added.

Questions about the project can be directed to Wright at townadministrator@northfieldcenter.com or by phone at 330-467-7646 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OTHER BUSINESS

Trustees approved purchase orders for more work at Beacon Hills Park. Steve Kanta will do painting and refurbishing of the Crestwood Park playground equipment for $2,775. The equipment has been moved to Beacon Hills.

Done On Time Inc. will do grading of the west side of the park and will install a lockable trap door for the new pavilion for $3,000. Beacon Hills Park is being improved with $114,885 in funding from an Ohio NatureWorks grant.

Trustees adopted a resolution pledging support for a mandatory mask-wearing ordinance being drafted by Summit County Council in light of the coronavirus pandemic. County Council expects to have the ordinance ready for action by the end of July.

“This resolution is more focused on educating the public about the importance of wearing masks and social distancing than arresting violators,” said Trustee Russ Mazzola.

Wright was authorized to execute a Uniform Accounting Network participation agreement and oversee submission of documents for staff who will have access to the network. UAN’s objective is to provide public offices with efficient and economical access to data processing hardware and software, as well as technical support.

Trustees recognized the contributions and service to the township of former Trustee Edward A. Duber, who died June 5. He served as a trustee for 20 years, was a U.S. Navy veteran, held a pilot’s license for nearly 50 years, was owner and president of Aircraft Acquisitions and was a dedicated member of the Eagles Lodge.

Trustees directed Wright to come up with a new cell phone/pager use policy. Mazzola said the township’s current policy is 11 years old, and needs to be updated and made consistent for trustees and all township employees.

Zoning Inspector Don Saunders reported a lot of building permits are being issued this summer, especially for swimming pools. He said because more people are at home due to the coronavirus, many are choosing to do home improvement projects which they have put off.

Saunders also reported Dunkin’ Donuts and Jiffy Lube on Route 82 near Giant Eagle are about ready to begin construction.

Macedonia Fire Chief Brian Ripley reported hydrant flushing is coming up soon in the township, and it could continue into the fall.

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