MEDINA â€” As an avid fisherman, acquiring Chippewa Lake for public use is something retiring Medina County Park District commissioner Ken Strauss said he always had on his mind during his 22-year tenure.
â€œThis is going to be another gem we are going to provide for the people of the county,â€ he said about the park districtâ€™s purchase of the lake earlier this year. â€œThe wait is definitely worth it.â€
Strauss said he asked not to be reappointed to another three-year term because he is now retired and wants to pursue other interests.
â€œI am very proud of what we accomplished,â€ Strauss said. â€œWe met all the goals which we set.â€
When he began on the board, the park district had little funding and only owned 620 acres. Today, the district owns more than 4,200 acres and operates several trails and buildings.
As a retired elementary school teacher, he thinks the construction of the Wolf Creek Environmental Center in Sharon Township is one of the park districtâ€™s most important assets because it gives students an opportunity to learn more about nature.
Although he is stepping down as of Dec. 31, Strauss said he will continue to be involved with the park district as a member of Friends of the Parks and as a trail monitor.
Strauss is one of three commissioners for the park district who are appointed to three-year terms by county Probate Judge John J. Lohn.
Applications for Straussâ€™ position are available at the Probate Office located in the Medina County Courthouse and will be accepted until Dec. 1. The term will begin Jan. 1 and end on Dec. 31, 2010.
Park commissioners are not paid, but are reimbursed for job-related expenses.