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Bath trustees authorize new parking lot design

4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Bath Board of Trustees took steps at the April 17 meeting to alleviate a longstanding parking problem at the township administrative complex.

Trustees approved hiring architect David W. Smith for design and construction administration of a new parking lot to be constructed at 1206 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, just south of the Administration Building. Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said the parking lot will be used to accommodate fire and police personnel vehicles.

Trustees acquired the property in May 2014 for almost $84,000, according to board meeting minutes, and spent an additional $5,900 to demolish the house about a year later, according to Sinopoli. A garage remains on the property.

The property purchase was approved in May 2013 by a 2-1 vote of the board, with Trustee Becky Corbett objecting to the sale. According to the minutes, trustees noted the Administration Building at the corner of Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads was landlocked. Acquiring the property would allow the township to expand the administration complex to increase services for anticipated population growth, trustees noted at the time. The fire department had for some time requested extension of the building housing the fire station, the meeting minutes show.

In other business, Beaverbrook Drive resident June Edwards appeared before trustees to ask for help establishing a crosswalk from Olentangy Drive to Bath Hill Park on North Revere Road. Edwards said many children who live in the neighborhood could use the park, but it is not safe to cross Revere Road.

Trustees said Revere Road is a county road and a crosswalk would have to be authorized by the Summit County Engineer’s Office. Trustees said they previously requested a crosswalk in the area, but no action was taken by the Engineer’s Office. Trustees said they would make another request of the Engineer’s Office and asked Edwards to write a letter to the county engineer and gather signatures of her neighbors.

Trustees also noted Project Pride, an annual roadside litter pickup campaign, is April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can meet at Bath Elementary School, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Corbett said those who cannot participate in the event could help by picking up litter along the road by their homes.

The board also approved:

  • the sale of a 2005 Pierce fire engine upon delivery later this year of a new fire engine;
  • a change to the 2016 contract with Ronyak Paving Inc. for unanticipated road base repairs to Roberts Ridge and Charles Lane during repaving. Trustees authorized $20,000 more for the change order;
  • a payment of $73,311 to Ronyak Paving for the 2016 hot mix asphalt repaving program. The total includes the additional $20,000 from the change order;
  • the purchase of a 2017 Ford F350 Super Cab pickup truck from Ganley Ford at a cost of $33,290 using a state purchasing program. It replaces a similar vehicle whose engine failed, said Service Director Caine Collins;
  • an annual resolution pledging to not poach businesses from neighboring communities and to share tax revenue with its former home community if a business relocates to the township; and
  • a purchase order for $6,000 to Time To Spare LLC. This is the first of six payments to the company hired to plan events for the township’s 2018 bicentennial celebration.

The board has rescheduled its May meetings. The May 1 and 15 meetings were canceled. The board will meet May 8 at 1 p.m. in Room 200 at Revere High School, 3420 Everett Road in Richfield, where an American government class will observe. The board also will meet May 22 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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