COPLEY: Township trustees delayed a vote Wednesday on the architectural contract for construction of a new police station.
The sticking point is whether contract language authorizes architect David King, of Dublin-based Horne and King Architects, to act also as construction manager. Trustee Helen Humphrys raised the concern.
Trustees rescinded an initial vote to approve the contract after Humphrys raised her question. The contract does not have specific language about having an option for a third party to manage the project. During discussions with trustees, King offered to act as project manager, but trustees said they preferred an independent party to be involved with the management duties.
Trustees decided to wait for clarification -- "a clear contract" -- from the township attorney. Both Trustee Scott Dressler and Dale Panovich said they believed a section of the contract was deleted beforehand.
The three-phase architectural contract includes design, bidding and construction documents and building construction. The overall project cost is just more than $5.4 million.
Once the contract is approved, the next step is expected to be exploration of finance options. Possibilities range from a long-term, low-cost federal Department of Agriculture loan, sale of municipal bonds or financing from a bank that specializes in municipal building projects. The township does have $2 million set aside for such projects -- funds mostly accrued from inheritance tax money.
The new police station is expected to be approximately three times the size of the current 6,000-square-foot building located off Sunset Drive.
Looking long term, trustees have said the current station's likely future will be a community center. The community center currently in use across from the police station would be razed.