STOW: The formal bidding process has begun for restoration of the high school running track.
Stan Jackson, of Braun & Steidl, the architectural firm managing the project, gave a presentation to the Stow Board of Education at its meeting on Monday.
Jackson says that this is a surface-restoration project, not a complete reconstruction. He says that it has been 12 years since the last resurfacing. Although Jackson says the current asphalt is still usable, it is necessary to restore the surface now to extend the life of the track an additional 8-10 years before a replacement would be necessary.
As part of the restoration, the long jump event area will be moved inside the stadium. Its current location, according to Jackson, is in a low-lying area that is frequently flooded.
Jackson said they want to resurface before the track "turns into anything ugly."
Treasurer Catherine Bulgrin says that "ugly" means unsafe, and that should students be injured while on a deteriorated track, the district could face serious liability issues.
Bulgrin says the bids will be opened on Monday, and a recommendation for a contractor will be submitted for board approval at the April 22 meeting.