Grove City Record

Council moving forward on plan to relocate library

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Grove City Council has been on break the past two Mondays, but next week, it will consider two contracts.

At its regular meeting scheduled Monday, Aug. 5, council will hold its first reading on an ordinance that will authorize City Manager Chuck Boso to enter into a "professional services agreement" with the Pizzuti Cos. for the Grove City Library project.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pizzuti will act as the "owner's representative" during the process that will see the Grove City Library relocated from 3359 Park St. to the intersection of Broadway and Grant Avenue. The responsibilities of the owner's representative include serving as the contact between the city and contractors, maintaining copies of all documents, performing on-site observations of the project and reporting to the city regularly.

The agreement calls for the partnership to last through the completion of the project. Pizzuti's compensation will be equal to 3.5 percent of the cost of work for the project, to be paid monthly. According to the text of the agreement, the cost of work currently is budgeted at $12.75 million, which would give Pizzuti a fee of $446,250.

In December, council approved a redevelopment plan for the city's town center that included relocating the Grove City Library, and in April, council approved the purchase of 3951 and 3959-3963 Broadway for $1 million and 3418 and 3422 Grant Ave. for $292,000.

When the new library is built, the city will lease the land to Southwest Public Libraries for 30 years, then deed SPL the property at the end of the term.

Representatives from the city and Pizzuti could not be reached for comment.

In other business, council is scheduled to hold its second reading and vote on the city's collective bargaining agreement with the Local 1116, Ohio Council 8 of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.

The contract covers wages, hours and other conditions for the city's maintenance, service and clerical employees as well as its account clerk, account specialist and service technician.

It's a three-year agreement that would retroactively begin April 21 and be in place until April 21, 2016.

Under this agreement, the employees would see pay increases of 2.5 percent in 2013 and 1 percent in both 2014 and 2015. The city also will cover 90 percent of the employees' medical coverage, vision coverage and dental coverage, and the participating employees will pay 10 percent.

Representatives from AFSCME declined comment.

"I don't have any comment," said AFSCME Representative Eric Boyd.

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