Jackson Township officials are considering five bids for work to start construction of an amphitheater and a new Stark County District Library branch in North Park.

JACKSON TWP.  Five companies offered to begin the work to clear land for a new Stark County District Library branch and an amphitheater in North Park, and one should know by the end of this week if the offer was accepted.

Jackson Township trustees opened bids for the project during a meeting Tuesday evening. Township officials and their architects planned to talk with the low bidders today and assess who might have the best offer. A meeting to award the bid is planned for Thursday morning.

Bidders offered estimates on the cost to clear and grade the southeast section of North Park where the amphitheater and library, along with a connecting plaza, with be built. The work includes running utilities for the two buildings and preparing the site for construction. In addition to the main bid, alternative bids were sought for the cost to remove basketball courts and a skate park at the site.

The lowest bid came from United Earthworks, based in Deerfield. The base was $542,525 for the main project and an additional $17,367 to remove the two areas, for a total cost of $559,892. The other bids were:

Lockhart Concrete, in Akron, at $599,900.
Bennett Construction, In Akron, at $614,600.
Wenger Excavating, in Dalton, at $616,300.
Stanley Miller Construction, in East Sparta, at $676,300.

Jackson Township plans to use a $500,000 state grant to help finance the initial work on the project. The township also has state grants toward construction of the amphitheater, while the library district is funding construction of the new branch.

Township and library officials wanted to begin work this year, but a lack of bids earlier this year have slowed the effort.

Trustees have been working for two years on plans for the amphitheater. The facility includes an open area and paved plaza, and is being developed in conjunction with the library branch.

In other business Tuesday, trustees:

Accepted an agreement with Dressler Properties acknowledging use of land during work to build an extension of Strip Avenue NW this summer.
Agreed to extend hours at the yard debris waste site to allow for leaf drop off. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until mid January.
Paid bills totaling more than $1.24 million.
Conducted executive sessions to consider the sale of property and to consider confidential information related to economic development.
Agreed to waive zoning and other fees tied to improvements planned for the Jackson High School varsity baseball field.

The next regular meeting for trustees is Oct. 9 at township hall, with an executive session or work session at 4 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 5 p.m.

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