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Bainbridge Works to Fix Gas Issue at Fire Station
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Bainbridge township officials are trying to discover who dropped the ball during the design phase of the new fire station addition after a problem with…

Bainbridge township officials are trying to discover who dropped the ball during the design phase of the new fire station addition after a problem with the gas supply and heating system was discovered last week.

“We’ve been having gas issues at the fire station,” Fire Chief Brian Phan told trustees during his departmental report Monday.

Trustees said they were well aware of the problem.

“There are some issues related to the natural gas supply and the meter,” Trustee Lorrie Sass Benza said. “We made a temporary fix today.”

Benza said it appears the gas supply is too small for the expanded building, resulting in low pressure and lack of heat.

She surmised someone in the planning process did not consider the building would need a larger gas supply and meters.

“I asked the fiscal officer to pull all the reports for the construction phase. We don’t know where Dominion East Ohio Gas came in during the inspections,” Benza said. “I think there’s some miscommunication between Dominion East Ohio and the plumber. Once we contacted Dominion East Ohio, they were outstanding.”

She also praised Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Burge for handling the issue quickly.

“He’s been on top of everything,” Benza said.

Trustee Jeff Markley, who had served as liaison during the planning and construction of the recently completed $2.5 million addition, said he had sat in on virtually all the planning meetings and could not recall any mention of the gas supply or meter upgrades.

“I can’t imagine they didn’t know we would need to double the supply,” Markley said.

He recommended keeping the contractor, John G. Johnson, in the loop as they found out who made the mistake,and while they arranged for a permanent repair.

“Not only because they are accountable, but for the sake of communication,” Markley said.

Benza added, “We definitely have some issues.”

In other business, trustees heard an update on the township’s investments by their Morgan Stanley representative, township resident Al Weilacher.

“The bad news is, the interest rates are still low,” Weilacher told trustees. “The good news is, you managed to earn $6 million over the years.”

Weilacher said the township took advantage of interest rates when they were at their highest, from November of 1999 to February of 2008, when their investments earned $4.6 million.

When interest rates plummeted, the township still managed to earn $1.5 million from 2008 to December of 2013.

Trustees discussed the township’s long relationship with the Aurora Pre-School, which has leased a building at Centerville Mills Park for the last decade.

Trustee Chris Horn said the school officials would like a commitment from the township that the building will be available to them for the next three to five years.

Trustees have ordered many of the old buildings at the former YMCA camp demolished to conform to their plan to turn the park into a passive one, but have kept the daycare building because of the long-term relationship.

“If we’re comfortable with what we’ve done, we need to come up with a business plan and long-term lease agreement,” Markley said. Trustees said they would consider that at their Feb. 17 meeting.

Trustees also agreed to enter into a lease agreement for the Bissell House, after the Bainbridge Township Historical Society informed trustees they would be willing to pay $500 a year toward the utility costs.

“That’s about a third of the cost of the utilities,” Markley said.

Trustees decided to cancel the annual Fourth of July celebration due to no volunteers coming forward to run the program or solicit donations this year.

Horn said the board will conduct a final vote on the issue at their next meeting.

In other business, trustees said they inspected the town hall kitchen recently with Properties Director Dave Mitchell and each came to the conclusion the kitchen can be used to heat foods, but can no longer be used for major cooking events such as pancake breakfasts or spaghetti dinners.

The facility needs major renovations, including new stainless steel countertops, if it were to be used for cooking. Trustees said the expense is not warranted since the kitchen is no longer needed for such events.

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