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Fairfield trustees seeking bids for work on building

April 4, 2008

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIPä Trustees authorized Mike Fagan, an architect with Olsavsky & Jaminet of Youngstown, to advertise for bids to replace the roof on the administration building and install a concrete, sloped floor in the maintenance garage behind the building at their regular meeting Thursday night, despite dissenting views on the issue.

The two projects are part of a larger project that also involves the demolition of the old Fairfield School next to the administration building. Separating the three parts into different projects, Fagan said it would be best to treat each individually since each will require different types of construction.

With the entire roof in poor condition, Fagan said a complete renovation of it is required, with estimates around $52,000.

The sloping floor in the garage is needed for drainage purposes. Currently, a portion of the floor is over the basement that, because of natural deterioration over time, is no longer stable enough to hold the heavy road equipment, Trustee Fred Grappy said.

According to Fagan, the new floor would drain into catch basin that would lead to an oil separator and continue out to waste basin outside. The estimate for the project is $35,000. The bids will be opened on April 24.

The trustees granted approval despite the Grappyás refusal to okay the bid advertisements.

âI want to know what we are looking at and where we are going,ã Trustee President Bob Hum said. âWe donát have to do anything with these bids, but they will hopefully gives us an idea of the costs weáre looking at.ã

Grappy said that he felt accepting bids is pointless since he does not agree with committing any money to the repairs.

âI vote no on the basis that I am opposed to spending 50 cents on these projects,ã he said. âWe should have what we can afford, but it should be new. It doesnát make sense to put $60,000 into a roof when the entire building should be torn down.ã

Grappy said he would like to see the current administration building torn down and a smaller, more economical one built. With most town hall buildings being built for approximately $120 to $175 per square foot, a 2,000 to 2,500 square foot building with a meeting room, a few offices and restrooms would cost $300,000 to $500,000 to erect.

Problems would arise, though, because the facilityás sewer system and well would have to be updated to meet Board of Health codes. Rebuilding the maintenance facilities would create even more problems, he said.

All trustees agreed that the old school should be demolished. Fagan said that a report needs to be completed on the asbestos in the building before bids can be accepted.

Estimated at $95,000 to $113,000, the demolition will cost approximately $35,000 more to save the gymnasium, Fagan said, and he should be ready to advertise for bids for demolition by the next meeting. Since scrap metal is so valuable right now, demolition bids have been coming low due to the quantity taken out of the buildings, he said.

In other business, trustees:

ä granted Road Supervisor Dennis Farmer to purchase culvert pipes at $3,000;

ä approved a renewed contract with Farmers National Bank for township investments.

ä The next meeting is scheduled for April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Township Government Center.

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