Streetsboro -- The city will pay up to $15,500 to repair a drive at City Park that city officials say was damaged by large trucks carrying dirt from The Collection Auto Group's construction site on Route 14.
City Council unanimously voted July 14 to approve repairs to the drive between Field No. 7 and the cluster of four fields in the center of the baseball complex. The contract for chip and seal work is with the Portage County engineer.
Service Director Bill Miller said the county road crew is doing the work. He said he expected the work to be finished July 22 -- before the city's annual Family Days festival July 24-27.
Mayor Glenn Broska said the damage that was done "was due to the sheer volume of trucks that came back there. This [trucks carrying dirt] was just the thing that put it over the top."
Council member Steve Michniak said he "never thought all that dirt [brought in] would do that much damage to City Park. I was actually surprised."
Council member Jeff Allen said if heavy trucks drive on the road again, it "will bust up and cost us more money."
Allen urged the city to pave the drive to city road standards, even if it is done next year.
"It's not going to be much better [with] chip and seal than what we have [now]," Allen said.
The problem evolved after 2,550 cubic yards of dirt was transported in early June.
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.
Broska said the drive was not built to hold the weight of the trucks.
"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."
Broska said the city will remove the damaged pavement and use its own grindings to "tar it over."
He said there was no damage to Kirby Lane, a dedicated roadway which experienced the same truck traffic as the drive into the park.
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