The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

April 9, 2013

Concession stand looking good at Walnut Beach

ASHTABULA —  People hoping to dip their toes in the lake Memorial Day weekend will see vast improvements to the Walnut Beach concession stand, City Manager Jim Timonere said.

City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday authorizing Timonere to award a $122,500 contract to Feghali Brothers Construction of Canfield for engineering and renovation services. Feghali Brothers was the low bidders, Timonere said, noting there were no local bidders.

Improvements will include replacing all plumbing fixtures, including sinks and toilets, new partitions, paint, time-lock doors, wheelchair ramps, lighting fixtures, and a shower faucet outside of the building, said Mary Church, project administrator.

Work is expected to be completed by June 1, Timonere said.

The time-lock door system will allow the restrooms to be open even when the concession stand is closed, such as during bocci tournaments or Big Bands on the Beach, Timonere said.

“If funding is available, we will paint the outside of the building, too,” Church said. “There will be new windows because if you’ve ever been inside (the concession stand restrooms) it’s really dark.”

Timonere said he hopes to add pitch to the roof and add a new, steel roof — sometime in the near future. Right now, the city tars the flat roof on a regular basis, but a flat roof near Lake Erie isn’t the best, he said.

Shelly Mullen of the Lift Bridge Community Association praised city officials.

“It’s one more step in the revitalization of Walnut Beach,” she said.

Timonere gave Church credit for her hard work in getting the $125,000 from the revolving loan fund to the community development block grant fund for the project.

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