2011-07-23 / News

Trustees choose contractor to modify former church

By Scott Rawdon

UNION TOWNSHIP – The Union Township police and zoning departments may be able to move into the new Union Township Complex by the end of August.

Monday night, the Union Township Trustees chose William Gulick Construction to complete JBA Architect’s design for improving security within the complex to accommodate the police department.

“There is some block going in,” said Trustee President John Slater. Gulick will charge roughly $7,800. His bid beat bids from Tim Wilson Construction and Colopy Remodeling Services, Inc. Trustee Jesse Ours sustained from voting for Gulick because Gulick works for Ours as an independent contractor.

JBA Architects Vice President Greg Cotterman previously said plans are to use the right side of the Union Township Complex for the Union Township Police Department, which will require two secure doors and a “pass through” window to keep the single officer department separated from the public. Trustees also want to create a small evidence room. So, Cotterman said total plans call for three doors, the window, and the evidence room.

Slater said Gulick should be able to start within a few weeks and he anticipates that Gulick will be finished by the end of August.

In other township news:

• Slater said the Coughlin Auto Group offered trustees a former ODOT District 5 highway department pole barn that’s currently on the corner of Ohio 79 and Ridgley Tract Rd., where the auto group will build a new Toyota dealership adjacent to Coughlin’s existing Hyundai dealership. Slater said the township could really use the pole barn to house equipment, but the only stipulation is that the trustees must pay for moving the barn from the property. “We need to find a practical way to do it,” he said. Slater said trustees hope moving the pole barn would cost less than building a new one. Otherwise, even though it’s a generous offer, trustees would be forced to decline.

• Slater said Refugee Road would begin receiving a “leveling” coat of asphalt Friday. “It’s going to have some flaws in it,” he said. But, he said road crews told him sections of Refugee Road are “bumpy and washboard-like,” So a new coating of asphalt should make the surface of Refugee Road more even. Slater said some sections of Refugee Road may need chip and seal paving and others may need surface sealing.

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