Olmsted bleachers could be re-purposed for Dukes

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com

Aluminum bleacher benches could be reclaimed from old North Olmsted stands to refurbish badly aged ones in Wellington.

The Eagles are building a new $5.9 million football stadium. That money comes from $81 million in bonds approved last fall by voters as part of a high school and middle school construction project.

Wellington School superintendent Dennis Mock, business manager Tim Wulfhoop, and athletic director Dennis Ziegler traveled there to see the old bleachers and forge a deal with administrators.

“We kind of chuckled because North Olmsted’s field is set up just like Wellington’s,” Mock said.

They are nearly exactly the same size and configuration on both the home and visitors’ sides — except they are not wooden.

According to Mock, North Olmsted educators plan to get an estimate on the sale price to a scrapyard, then sell them to Wellington at that figure, pending approval by the school board.

Problems at the Dickson Street field were confirmed late this football season when an insurance inspector visited.

Metal framing under the bleachers passed inspection but still must be sandblasted and painted this coming summer, Mock said.

Wooden seating and flooring did not escape the inspector’s notice, however.

Nor did the condition of a locker room structure under the bleachers. The insurance rep “walked about three feet in, walked back, and said, ‘That’s coming down,’” mock told the school board Tuesday.

An unsound roof and mold are huge concerns.

The plan now is to ask Ozanne Construction for an estimate to remove the building.

Ozanne was also selected in a board vote to raze the old McCormick Middle School starting Dec. 14.

“We should be able to get a pretty good price on the demolition of that locker room and so forth,” Mock said.

The board of education did not vote on the bleachers and locker room issues but seemed content to wait for two new members to be sworn in this January before making a decision.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk