By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted School officials Thursday gave the go-ahead for plugging an open gas well found where the district’s new football field is expected to be located.
During Thursday’s board of education work session, board officials gave unanimous approval of awarding a $62,545 contract to Hagen Well Service of Wooster. Officials said five of the six state-approved potential contractors visited the site of the open well, at what is estimated to be about the 30-yard line of where the district’s new football field will be when the new athletic facilities are completed. The state is involved since it is paying for a portion of the capital improvements project.
“The passage of the board resolution will allow a contractor to begin plugging the dormant well that was discovered in the area of the new athletic stadium football field,” Superintendent Mike Zalar said. “We will continue to work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to facilitate a solution that is cost effective and meets the strict construction timeline of the project.”
Workers on the district’s $90-million capital improvement project discovered the well in mid-October while working in the area. The new athletic facilities will be in addition to a new sixth- through 12th-grade school and performing arts auditorium being built for the district as part of the capital improvements project. After it was found, officials said it appeared to be an old well which is no longer in use.
Thursday, district officials said the normal competitive bidding process was not followed because to do so would have delayed the work on the capital improvements project too long. In the update on the project at Thursday’s meeting, Hammond Construction officials said the project is on schedule to be completed in the fall of 2018.
Officials anticipated the plugging work starting in the next few weeks, with completion in the early spring.