Construction of a $250,000 pavilion by Norwich Township at Weaver Park will not begin until Hilliard City Council approves an agreement concerning the structure.

Construction of the pavilion was planned to begin after the close of the Franklin County Fair at the end of July, Norwich Township Administrator Jamie Fisher said in May.

The project has yet to be sent to bid.

"We will not move forward with hiring a firm to bid it out until we have a (memorandum of understanding)," Fisher said June 28.

The Norwich Township trustees on June 19 approved the MOU, and it was signed the following day by Barbara Cash on behalf of the Hilliard Ohio Historical Society, Fisher said.

Hilliard law director Tracy Bradford said June 26 that the city would act in August on the MOU, and it has the support of City Council members.

"When council returns from their summer break (Aug. 27), we will introduce legislation authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with the historical society, permitting it to rent the pavilion for events and retain the rental income to assist the society with its ongoing fundraising efforts," Bradford said.

Norwich Township would build the $250,000 pavilion at Weaver Park, adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St.

The pavilion would be in excess of 2,000 square feet and accommodate about 130 people, according to Fisher.

An attached exterior patio is planned, as well as sidewalks to connect it to the covered bridge and other areas of Weaver Park.

It would have electrical hookups and LEDs, according to Jeff Nadalin, owner of Janco, a contracting company that designed the pavilion.

The township paid $5,875 for Plain City-based Janco to complete a concept plan, Fisher said, but the company that builds it will have flexibility in choosing materials and other decisions that trustees would approve when a contract is awarded.

After its completion, the township plans to dedicate the pavilion to Hilliard, Fisher said, making the city responsible for its maintenance, insurance and other associated costs.

"Once the pavilion is constructed, we will introduce legislation to council to formally accept ownership of the pavilion and establish its name as the Norwich Pavilion," Bradford said.

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