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Cleveland Heights Plans To Construct New Salt Storage Facility By Dec. 21

The building on Warrensville Center Road, which used to house Hillside Dairy, will be demolished.

Cleveland Heights City Council approved plans to demolish the former salt storage facility on Warrensville Center Road and construct a new building at its regular meeting Monday night in City Hall.

Council member Bonita Caplan said the old structure is "in terrible disrepair" and "actually dangerous." Council members approved the two resolutions on a 6-0 vote as Mayor Ed Kelley was absent.

They're not wasting any time — Public Works Director Alex Mannarino said the plan is to have the new facility up by Dec. 21.

The old building used to house Hillside Dairy, which started business in 1932.

Legacy Building Solutions will provide materials and construct the new 90 foot by 120 foot steel-framed, tension-fabric building at 1418 Warrensville Center Road, and the cost will not exceed $270,000. CT Consultants was hired on an amended agreement to provide architectural and engineering services at a cost that will not exceed $18,000.

Mannarino said he received bids from at least 15 companies, and Legacy had the best deal.

The new building, which also houses University Heights' and the CH-UH School District's road salt, will be able to contain 11,000 tons of salt, instead of 7,000 tons, Mannarino said.

John H. October 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
That is a remarkable difference in price. It is worth noting that CH is bigger than Beachwood, and since this Storage unit will also be used to store salt for UH and the School District, it obviously will be bigger and thus more expensive. Still, those price tags are remarkably far apart, aren't they?
Garry Kanter October 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
You have summarized my own thoughts quite well. But here's the thing, at the end of the day, all either city is doing is storing salt. Which is a rather simple task, no? Why does one building need to be sooo much larger? And sooo much more expensive? And maybe Beachwood is accommodating their schools, as well? Lastly, by doing things as emergency legislation, and not having public discussions, the city council is *inviting* scrutiny. Absent meaningful data, I can either ask questions, or ignore the issue. There's less discussion by council, no mechanism for residents to have *any* kind of input, no referendum available to the citizens, and no requirement to follow the state's bidding laws. All because replacing a "dangerous", 80 year old building in "terrible disrepair" couldn't be addressed before October. This is BS. These people are doing a crappy job of representing We The People. They need to do their jobs better. Now.
Fran Mentch October 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I called the company hired to build this salt storage facility, Legacy Building Solutions, and they told me they have no office in Ohio. They send a work crew from out of state to build the building. Ed Kelley and city council have a track record of hiring out of state companies. The company that updated the website is from California, the company, Camiros <a href="http://www.camiros.com/latest-news/sustainability-audit-in-cleveland-heights/"</a> that the city hired for the "sustainability code" is from Chicago. Citizens in Cleveland Heights give our elected officials the benefit of the doubt and assume they make the best decisions for us. In this case I think the facts do not support this. It is clear they do not take into account our local economy. They have exported 3 large ticket items out of state.
Garry Kanter October 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
No leadership whatsoever is coming from the mayor or city council.
Ralph Solonitz October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
hire a mayor from out of state!

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