JACKSON TWP.  During the March 26 regular meeting, the Jackson Township Board of Trustees awarded a construction contract for the amphitheater project to Akron based Cavanaugh Building Corporation at a cost of approximately $2.6 million, which includes $2.3 million for the original construction and alternate addons or upgrades for another $278,900.

“This is the lowest and best bid and it is under what we had budgeted," said Board President Todd Hawke. "The earth work that has been done was paid for through a grant through the state of Ohio Plus, we have a grant for one million of the construction cost that we received through a state of Ohio.”

“We are excited to be able to start construction earlier than we anticipated so we are ahead of schedule and under budget and hope to stay that way," added trustee James Walters.

Trustees also approved opening the yard waste site Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning March 29. The site is for township residents only and no commercial dumping is allowed.

“The key system for the gates will begin May 1," said township administrator Michael Vaccaro. “Online registration for the keys will begin April 13 and only one key per address will be allowed. There is a $10 fee for online registration and $20 fee for registering in person at the Township Hall. Once registered, residents can their pick key up at the Township Hall.”

Trustees said that residents will be required to show identification when they pick up the key. All of the rules and regulations for using the site can be found online at http://www.jacksontwp.com/ beginning April 13.

Other Actions:

- Swore in two new full-time police officers, Jeffery A. Aynes and Bradley J. Mericer, at $56,953 a year, effective March 30.

- Accepted a $120 donation from Cheryl Bernado for the Hooked on Fishing Program.

- Approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford F250 from Middletown Ford for the highway department at a cost of $30,223.

- Accepted two Community Celebration sponsorship donations, $250 each, from Cain Toyota-BMW and Staley Technologies.

- Authorized the fire department to sell hydraulic rescue tools to Clinton Township (Wayne County) for $3,000. 

- Paid bills in the amount of $940,708.

- Approved an As-Built Survey agreement which is a topography survey for the amphitheater project.

- Approved a Certificate of Substantial Completion for ground work for the new Jackson Township Branch Library which states the ground work is complete.

- Accepted a donation of one equipment shed valued at approximately $2,500 from the Jackson Fast Pitch Association.

REMINDER: The annual Easter Egg Hunt at North Park is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 13. The event is for kids aged crawlers through fourth.

UP NEXT: Meets 5 p.m. April 9 at the Township Hall