City OKs Emergency Infrastructure for Amphitheater, Park

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City officials approved emergency lighting and communications infrastructure Thursday for the riverfront park and amphitheater. 

The city’s board of control – with members Jeff Limbian, city law director, and deputy finance director Kyle Miasek in attendance, while Mayor Jamael Tito Brown was out of town – approved a $150,554 net addition to the contract awarded to Brock & Associates Builders Inc., North Lima, for the project.

The modification to the contract – worth just over $8 million when awarded in April – includes a $179,865.80 addition to the contract and a $29,311.67 deduction for work that wasn’t performed.

The additional work covers electrical conduits, fiber optics and communications infrastructure to provide power and communications in the event of a power outage at the site, Charles Shasho, Youngstown’s deputy director of public works, said.

“If for some reason the power goes out during the show, there’s obviously not that much lighting down there,” Shasho said. The additional infrastructure will provide emergency lighting and a public address system to provide attendees with directions.

The changes bring the contract to $8.1 million.

Work on the site remains on schedule, with flatwork and landscaping to be completed in the spring. The project is on pace for a planned June 2019 opening, Shasho said.

“This contractor is very detail oriented. He’s a hard worker,” he said. “He’s very attentive and mindful of the schedule. He knows exactly when we need to have this done.”

Brock will continue working through the winter, and several enclosed buildings on the site are ready for interior work.

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