Construction of a $250,000 pavilion by Norwich Township at Weaver Park is expected to be finished by the end of April 2019.

Steps toward construction are underway, Norwich Township administrator Jamie Miles said.

The Norwich Township trustees on July 17 approved a contract with OHM Advisors for $18,500.

The firm will perform a site survey, civil engineering and prepare a bid package, Fisher said.

The bid package will be made available to contractors, who will submit bids for construction of the pavilion, she said.

"We hope to bid the project in about four weeks," Fisher said last week.

Norwich began the process to build the pavilion after Hilliard leaders signed and approved a memorandum of understanding concerning its construction, Fisher said.

"We will not move forward with hiring a firm to bid it out until we have a (memorandum of understanding)," Fisher had said June 28 after Hilliard law director Tracy Bradford indicated Hilliard City Council would not act until after its return Aug. 27 from its summer recess.

However, City Council approved the memorandum July 9 at its final pre-recess session, Fisher said.

The pavilion at Weaver Park, adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds at 4100 Columbia St., would be more than 2,000 square feet and accommodate about 130 people, she said.

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.

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.

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