Township workers, donations improve Kingsville's garage

2018-09-11 | Star Beacon

Sept. 11--KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP -- Teamwork and a timely donation will help Kingsville Township cut heating costs for the new road department garage now under construction, officials said.

Township employees recently installed insulation and piping for a radiant heat system at the garage ahead of pouring the building's concrete floor. At the start, the garage will be heated via a forced air system, but trustees hope to transition to a radiant heat system in a few years, said Jim Branch, chairman of Kingsville's board of trustees.

"The idea was that in the future we could install the other necessary equipment for the system (boilers and manifolds) but that the sub-floor components needed to be in place before the floor was poured," Branch said in an email message.

When it eventually becomes operational, the system will cut heating costs and provide "a more comfortable working environment for township workers," Branch said.

Trustee Michael Cliff suggested the system be installed, Branch said, and in June trustees approved the project. A $10,000 cap was placed on the work, Branch said.

The donation of 8,700 square feet of insulated panels from Plastpro, Inc. -- a gift with an estimated value of $11,000 -- and labor provided by Cliff, township road superintendent Neal Stewart and his employees helped the township meet its spending goal, Branch said. The workers cut and installed the insulation and also laid out and secured the piping.

"We also greatly appreciate the builder, John Boczar, accommodating us as we installed the sub-floor components," he said.

The township hopes to defray some of its cost via an energy grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Branch said.

"NOPEC has already approved our eligibility for $5,556 in grant money for energy efficient upgrades and we are hoping the radiant heat system qualifies," he said.

The new garage will replaced the one on Cemetery Road wiped out by a fire of undetermined origin in July 2016. In April, trustees approved a $548,000 contract with Northeast Buildings LLC of Jefferson, and construction began in early summer.

The building will rise on the same spot in a slightly different configuration, officials have said. The garage will measure about 62-feet-by-132-feet and contain six bays, storage areas and office space.

Barring snags, the building should be completed by the end of the year, officials have said.

The fire also wiped out the township's fleet of earth-moving vehicles and lawnmowers. Much of that equipment has been replaced. Smaller tools lost in the blaze will be replaced when the new garage is finished, officials have said.

Insurance money will finance the new garage, officials have said. The old garage was built in 1961 and expanded in the 1980s.