Brookfield – Township officials prepare to demolish the East John Schuster’s Steak House building off Brookfield Avenue in Mussoorie.
Code enforcement officer Pete Ross told township trustees at his meeting on Monday that the building would be demolished in mid-September.
Dan Sutles, chairman of the trustees, said the property is owned by Trumbull County Land Bank. He said asbestos was found inside the building and it had to be addressed before proceeding with the demolition. The cost of the asbestos remedial work was $100,000 and would be covered by the land bank and county commissioners along with US Rescue Plan funds.
Sutles said the property has been vacant for years.
In recent years, the township has received help from the Trumbull County Council of Government to cover the cost of demolition, including Gray Wolf Tavern. Sattles said the project is through a land bank.
In other business, to improve security by the township administration building, trustees solicit quotations for the installation of parking lot lights for the front and sides of the building. Suttles said officials want to add to the current lighting system to make the area brighter. He said some lights were not working.
Sutles said Police Chief Dan Faustino would ask for citations and apply for funding for the project,
The trustees also approved proceedings with the sale of two smaller township-owned parcels, one located on Davis Street and the other on Sime Street. Suttles said bids are being sought and will be opened on September 23 at 4 p.m.
Suttles said there are deed restrictions on the property, such that some manufacturing and storage of vehicles would not be allowed. Suttles said the trustees wanted to make sure the assets didn’t turn into prying eyes.
Also at the meeting, the trustees heard from a representative from Brookfield Schools that high school students were interested in doing community volunteer projects in the township.
Suttles said that over the years, students have helped pluck leaves and remove snow. He said township and school officials would review various project ideas.
The trustees are also considering three projects for which US Rescue Plan funds could be used. Suttles said ARP proposed projects include refurbishment of playground equipment and a $45,000 upgrade to the park; Railing and other work on the gazebo in the Beach Green for $10,000; And the landscaping and mulching in the center is green at $7,000.
In other action, the trustees:
• scheduled a special meeting on September 14 at 6 p.m. in the park for public input on potential park improvements;
• Hired Prime Electric for $3,094 for electrical repairs at Edison Road’s Firehouse substation;
• Permission to replace LED parking lot lights in police stations.