RUSSELL — Time is beginning to become of the essence for township trustees to get the new 8,000-square-foot multi-purpose storage facility started before the end of the year.

Trustees met on Monday to discuss the options that were available. They ultimately voted to advertise for bids on the project.

Secretary Melissa Palmer warned the trustees that the project may not get started until 2022, noting the time it takes to advertise and accept a bid. Advertisements will be open until Dec. 10, which is when the trustees will be able to award a bid, she said.

“Twenty-five days [to get the project started] is very ambitious,” Ms. Palmer said.

If the project is not started by the end of the year, officials said, the project would be delayed until March when permanent appropriations are in place.

Trustee Kristina Port voiced her concerns regarding the global supply chain shortages and issues with backlogs.

“This would hinder people going in for bid [on the project],” she said.

Trustee Jim Mueller also commented saying that this could be a forced measure and a forced issue due to the time constraints.

“It’s almost as if a building fell down because of an act of God,” he said.

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