TWINSBURG – The fitness center roof and PoolPak replacement, a new aerial ladder truck for firefighters and Doorridge Drive waterline upgrades are among the major capital improvements planned for the city in 2023.

The Capital Improvement Board recently completed its month-long review of capital needs. Recommended items totaling at least $7.52 million, including $5.03 million for infrastructure projects, were due for consideration by the finance committee and city council on September 13.

Each year in August and early September, the CIB examines requests from department heads for projects and purchases. This year’s panel consisted of Chairman Charles Kane and Bryan Waldorf, Shelly Shipley, Sharyn Price and Eric Hornyak.

David Post has represented the Council at the weekly meetings, where department heads explain to the panel the reasons for their requests.

“I think our panel has done a great job of talking this year,” Kane said. “I think it’s a good idea to tour the city’s facilities to better understand what projects need to be done and what items need to be purchased.

“I don’t see any frivolous spending on next year’s list,” added Hornyak. “Everything is necessary there. We’ve pushed back a lot of spending over the past few years, and at some point we just can’t do that anymore.

Waldorf praised the assistance CFO Sarah Buccigross provides during the capital improvement review process, while Kane called her a “superstar” and added, “we love working with her.”

“I rely on department heads to help me,” Buccigross replied. “And I appreciate the work you [the panel] Is. It’s not easy to look at and analyze all the requests in such a short time.

The fitness center roof/PoolPak replacement project is estimated at $2.3 million, but this figure is not included in the total capital expenditures as Buccigross said the exact amount has not been determined. determined and that the city explore financing options.

Watersports and camp superintendent Branden Burns said the facility was deteriorating after more than two decades and “this project needs to get done.” He noted that new facilities should have a life expectancy of around 25 years.

Fire Chief Tim Morgan said the city has two similar scale trucks. One is in fairly good condition, while the other has some issues. “The latter could be refurbished, but at considerable cost,” the chef said. “He is 22 and replacement is the best option.”

The cost is estimated at around $1.75 million, with payments to be made over 10 years. Morgan said it takes several months to build fire trucks, so the new vehicle may not be ready for use until early 2024.

The Doorridge Watermain project is estimated at approximately $2.19 million. It was originally slated for completion this year, but engineer Amy Mohr said the bids were too high and city officials decided to postpone and restart the project.

Other infrastructure projects include road paving ($1.47 million), road realignment ($200,000), Cannon Road improvements ($500,000), Ravenna Road sanitary sewers ($516,000 $), Four Corners right-of-way ($100,000) and emergency repairs ($50,000).

Buccigross praised Mohr for his “hard work” in finding alternative sources of project funding such as grants and loans, which reduce the amount the city has to pay.

At the fitness center, a new natatorium scoreboard ($53,000), flow meters ($11,500), a lift chair for the disabled ($9,050) and the fifth payment of a five-year rental plan for equipment ($38,000) were other proposed capital expenditures.

A new $198,000 sludge haul truck, $40,000 Vactor truck frame repairs, and a $29,000 No. 3 effluent pump are among the capital assets of the sewage treatment plant, so did a new $55,000 mower for the Gleneagles golf course.

Other fire department items include a new vehicle for the chief ($70,000), the fourth payout of 10 for a fire truck ($82,000) and the second payout for an EMS team ($152,000).

Among the police items are two administrative vehicles ($74,000), the second payment of five for the 911 communication system ($50,000), a Getac video system ($5,500) and the rental of four detective cars ( $22,000).

The city’s share of the playground and restroom upgrades at Glen Chamberlin Park would cost $225,000. This would be Phase I of the upgrades made possible by a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. New water park furniture and concrete repairs are also expected at $113,000.

It is proposed to install a pedestrian bridge over East Idlewood in 2023 at an estimated cost of $195,000. Tree planting is proposed at $30,000 and the sidewalk program is budgeted at $50,000.

Planned purchases for the service department include two 5-ton trucks ($160,000 for the first of three installments), one 4WD truck with plow ($60,000), two 2WD trucks ($100,000), two chip boxes ($120,000), two zero-turn mowers ($36,000), fuel dispensers ($40,000), HVAC controls upgrade ($25,000) and an on-board air conditioning unit. the roof ($22,000).

The second of three lease payments for an IT department access control system would be $105,000, and a building department vehicle is budgeted at $32,000, as is a one-bedroom patio structure. worth $25,000 to the senior center.

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