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Maintenance workers build a temporary wall Friday at the Human Services Center, 246 Northland Drive in Medina. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — A brick wall at the Human Services Center collapsed sometime overnight Thursday.

It is the same wall Medina County Administrator Scott Miller has been trying to find a contractor to fix for weeks.

So the wall collapse next to a ramp to the first floor of the Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive, wasn’t a shock to Miller.

“We knew it was a possibility,” he said. “That why we wanted to get it repaired this year.”

Medina County commissioners had rejected the lone bid, received two weeks ago from Eclipse Co. LLC for $222,192, to restore and repair the crumbling wall.

He said because the bid was more than

10 percent over estimate, commissioners were forced to reject it under Ohio Revised Code.

“We have to rebid,” he said. He said they are now accepting new bids until July 24.

Studio Techne Architect’s project estimate last month called for the construction to cost around $158,000. That shouldn’t change with the collapse of the wall, Miller said.

About a dozen workers from the Medina County Maintenance Department were cleaning up the bricks Friday and building a temporary wooden wall.

“They did a phenomenal job cleaning it up,” Miller said.

He said the money to fix it will come out of the county’s capital improvement budget.

“We might have to figure out a cheaper way to do it,” Miller said. “All parts of the specs from the architect are to be as cost effective as possible.”

Laura Toth, director of the Office for Older Adults, said the area has been cordoned off for at least the last three months.

“The walls came a tumbling down,” she said.

She said the ramp leads to the main entrance to her office. Now, people must take the elevator down one level to her office. She’s hoping work can get done by the end of September.

“I’m just glad nobody was hurt,” she said. “That’s a blessing.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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