Streetsboro -- Transporting 2,550 cubic yards of fill dirt last week to City Park had at least one unanticipated effect.
Large trucks carrying the dirt from The Collection Auto Group's construction site on Route 14 to City Park caused damage to the drive between Field No. 7 and the cluster of four fields in the center of the baseball complex.
The Collection Auto Group paid the $17,000 cost to have the dirt transported to and graded at City Park. If the city had to bid the project out, it could have cost around $140,000 to buy fill, pay to have it moved and then have the fill graded at City Park, according to city officials.
Mayor Glenn Broska said the drive was not built to withstand the weight of the trucks, adding the city will repair the drive.
"Nobody realized the base back there was as thin as it was," he said. "I really don't think it was laid over a base that was designed for an 80,000 pound truck."
The cost to fix the road will be "minimal," he added. The city will use remove the damaged pavement and use its own grindings to "tar it over."
There was no damage to Kirby Lane, a dedicated roadway which experienced the same truck traffic as the drive into the park, said Broska.
A portion of the dirt is in the area where Streetsboro Family Days usually has rides set up for its annual festival, which Founder Chuck Kocisko said concerns him.
"The mayor assures me it's going to be ready," he said. "We're hoping it's going to be ready. We know the mayor's intentions were good."
Kocisko said the city plans to hydroseed the area where the fill was graded last week, which is a relatively fast way to grow grass. But he's a little concerned the grass may not be strong enough by July 26, the opening of Streetsboro Family Days, support amusement park rides.
The rides would have to be located on Baseball Field No. 7 and in the outfield if the new grass isn't ready, and it would be a tight fit, said Kocisko.
"We'd like to get about 12 to 14 rides in there," he said, adding food vendors and games would also use that area if need be.
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