Regional coalition discusses its first joint purchase, an asphalt recycler

by Bob Gaetjens | editor Published:

Hudson -- Kent, Stow and Ravenna have purchased an asphalt recycler which enables them to reprocess asphalt that's been ground up in the process of road maintenance so it can be used again as hot mix. 

It's the first shared purchase which a regional coalition of about 10 to 12 communities will be discussing and working to find ways to share.

"You're the guinea pigs," Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska told Ravenna Service Director Kelly Engelhart during a meeting of officials representing about 10 communities Jan. 10 at Hudson Public Library.

The asphalt recycler is based in Kent, but Kent, Stow and Ravenna will share it with one another for free since they shared in the $129,000 cost of purchasing it and plan to rent it out to other communities in the regional coalition.

"They've started to make product," she said. "But there are still tweaks needed. It's a skill set that staff have to learn, just like putting asphalt down is a skill set."

Engelhart said the Kent Service Department is working to fine-tune the recycling process and test the product.

"Once we have it and put it down and see it's successful in our communities [of Stow, Kent and Ravenna], then we can share it with other communities," she said.

Broska said he's ready to recycle once the machine is fine tuned.

The coalition also voted to make Dr. Tom Pascarella, Tallmadge director of administration, chair of the group and formed two subcommittees. One will develop a regional mutual aid agreement for service departments and the other will work on longer term sharing of services, equipment and personnel.

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