Township Trustees on Monday authorized a $30,000 payment to Willoughby-based Trax Construction for additional work on the County Line Road redevelopment project.

Trustee Jim Mueller said the township’s contribution was part of a $90,000 total payment to the contractor; Hunting Valley will pay the remaining $60,000 for the section of road in the village. Mr. Mueller said that the Ohio Public Works Commission will refund Russell Township’s $30,000 payment at a later date.

Trustees also agreed to authorize $25,000 for Todd Raskin to use in protecting the board’s interests in the project, Mr. Mueller said. Mr. Raskin is one of the founding partners of Mazanec, Raskin& Ryder, Co., LPA, who the board previously hired to represent the township for an initial fee of $5,000 at a meeting on March 30.

Mr. Mueller said that Mr. Raskin is working on the township’s behalf by engaging in negations with all parties involved in the project including Hunting Valley, Trax and the Geauga County Engineer’s Office. Russell trustees are concerned about what party would be responsible for cost overruns due to delays in the project when utility poles were replaced.

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