April 21, 2014

Medina
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Hoops season canceled

MEDINA — After 33 years of bringing kids to the court, the Medina Junior Basketball Association has voted to cancel its 2010 season after Medina City Schools raised gym rental rates because of a failed tax levy.

Jim Frame, president of the association, said the new fees would cost the organization an estimated $40,000 per season compared to the previous cost of $3,000 per season to use Claggett Middle School’s gym.

This year, the 450-player association had a $65 enrollment fee, but waived that fee for 50 players who received full scholarships. Frame said the association considered raising the rate to $175 per player and discontinuing the scholarships, but a poll concluded at least 20 percent of players could not afford the higher rate.

The decision to cancel the season “was based on the ethos of not leaving kids behind,” Frame said. “We are a rec league. Our goal is to supply for the C, the D player, and the kid with no money. What we cared about was keeping these kids out of trouble. And I think we did a darn good job of it over the years.

“We weren’t there for strictly basketball.”

Frame said the new school district fees include $45 per hour to use two gyms one night per week and all day Saturday. A gym custodian would cost the association $38 an hour, and there would be an additional $25 a day administration fee for filing gym rental paperwork every day the group rents the facilities.

Snow removal also would cost the group $45 as needed.

“Prior to the levy, we had essentially supplemented what it cost to supplement our facilities including custodial costs, utilities,” said Randy Stepp, superintendent of Medina City Schools. “ … No longer can we supplement the costs of our facilities.”

Stepp said that while all for-profit third parties paid for operational costs, the school district supplemented the costs for nonprofits like the Basketball Association.

After the 11.9-mill operating levy failed Nov. 3, the district considered barring use of its facilities to all groups unassociated with the schools, but then decided to open its facilities “to those who could afford them,” Stepp said.

He added the school district calculated the new fees to cover all the operating costs and also studied the fees of other area districts to determine the fees were fair.

“We’ve had a number of groups that are now using alternative sites. Some are going to churches. We still have some groups that are renting,” Stepp said.

For now, Frame said the association will “reassess” its position and try to find a solution, including a cheaper space. He said there are few places in Medina that are big enough to support the 450-player league.

“We’re not upset with the school board; the bottom line is that the levy failed,” Frame said.

“I’m angry but I don’t know at who.”

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@ohio.net.

  • hippohurricaneholler

    To all Residents of Medina County
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    View what occurs in Lorain County and you too shall get $10 million to fund City/County Schools and Municipal Services

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    To all Elyria Teachers/ Educators who are members of the Teacher’s Union as well as ALL Lorain County Teachers …
    To all the Parks/Recreation and Sewer workers In Lorain County

    The Safety Forces of Lorain County will be sharing in an IRS CID Reward I am to receive… their 37.5% cut will be $10 million .
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    America’s Pizza Delivery Industry has conspired with their insurers to create a humongous number of instances of undeclared income
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    There is a basket of funding alternatives outside ballot-based initiatives which will remain for the parks, civil services and schools of Lorain County Union Workers(Parks Workers’ Unions, Teachers’ Unions, etc).
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    ..when you witness the “mechanism of action” by which their union leaders will collect $10 million IT WILL AT LEAST LET YOU KNOW that your Unions are all “definitely in the ballpark” for collecting around $10 million of your own.
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    Here is a quick rundown of your funding alternative… I will give you a $10 bill (either “before” or “after” I collect my IRS CID rewards)
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    You will offer to make a wager using “all” or “part” of that $10 bill that I just handed you on a million-to-one wager… The people you offer the wager to will refuse the bet and will hand you $10 million minus the $10 bill that I had just handed you.
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    That’s just ONE alternative of many. Tune into this thread often(either “telepathically” or by bookmarking it to your browser’s “favorites” link or access it through your browser’s “history” link)
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    Have your Literature Teachers/Professors put all thoughts of “I, Claudius” out of their minds completely and substitute the created vacuum with the thought of “I, Peter Potamus”

    After all, I am (pregnant pause) Peter Potamus

    Quite frankly, I’ve watched enough “fair and balanced” gems told to me by FOX NEWS’s brilliant Sean Hannity to know that:
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    the teachers of Elyria and Lorain County are going to have to “pick themselves up by their bootstraps” according to my GlenBeck/RushLimbaugh/ChipKulik neocon “hackneyed phrase” generator.
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    The funniest part of watching FOX NEWS is seeing Glen Beck burst into tears after the waterworks start “ohm… so slowly”
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    Well, now the Union Workers representing Lorain County’s Teachers can give Glen Beck something to REALLY cry about
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    I have a few ideas:
    1) I already spoke of the $10 million the teachers could collect when I provide them with a $10 bill and a WINNING million-to-one wager.
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    2) A “finder’s fee”… The Center for Disease Control has lost something very valuable. The Elyria Teachers and Parks/Recreation employees will be told by me where to find it …they can then tell the CDC where that valuable item is and bill the CDC $10 million.
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    I guarantee you… inform US Attorney Dettelbach in Cleveland that you teachers are going to charge a “finder’s fee” and he’ll tell the CDC that he doesn’t need any headaches in his jurisdiction of the Northern Ohio Judicial District and the Lorain County Teachers and Parks/Recreation employees will get that $10 million “finder’s fee”.
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    3) Law Enforcement colleagues of Elyria’s “beat em’ up brothers” arrested a couple of chaps for correctly predicting the future…. these police were confused by the ability to successfully predict the future – so the police did what they usually do when they were confused; to wit, they unholstered their batons and “beat the living daylights” out of these two guys
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    These guys can be recruited by the Elyria Teachers Union, Lorain County Teachers and Parks/Recreation Employees to pick the winning lottery numbers each week… I mean two guys who show the police they can successfully predict the future should be able to pick the winning lottery numbers each week, correct?.
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    Again, inform US Attorney Dettelbach that you are publicly going to recruit those two guys who showed the police that they could successfully predict the future and US Attorney Dettelbach will be making some phone calls to say he doesn’t need any more headaches in his jurisdiction…
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    …and the Lorain County Teachers and Parks/Recreation Employees will get their $10 million
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    4) Orrrr…. if anybody wants to see this poor US Attorney “pull his hair out” in frustration… the Elyria Teachers’ Union and Parks/Recreation employees could point out to US Attorney Dettelbach that in everyone’s amazement that two guys showed the police that they could predict the future… someone inadvertently neglected to charge the police with “brutality” charges.
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    Then the Elyria Teachers and Lorain County Educators could charge the US Government with a $10 million “reminder’s fee”.
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    Nobody wants to file “brutality” charges PRECISELY BECAUSE no one wants to talk about how two guys could successfully demonstrate to the police… they don’t want to talk about these two guys at all.
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    Again, US Attorney Dettelbach will be making some phone calls and saying he doesn’t want any more headaches in the Northern Ohio Judicial District and the teachers of Lorain County will get $10 million from the people he talks to.
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    …and now the Lorain County Teachers should have their philosophy teachers/professors step forward once more to listen to the words of 18th-century English Philosopher, Alexander Pope…
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    “Damn with faint praise,…
    assent with civil leer, ….
    And, without sneering, ……..
    ……………….teach the rest to sneer;
    Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
    Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike;”
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    You all in the Parks/Recreation and Lorain County Teachers will get $10 million of your own…. like that guy from “The Men’s WearHouse” TV commercial says, “I guarantee it” .
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    You will be living in a City and County whose financial problems are all solved.
    The whole discussion will be rendered moot. The Unions which represent the Safety Forces of Lorain County will collect 37.5% of my IRS CID rewards which will amount to around $10 million…
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    …and then there are a basket of available funds outside the arena of ballot-based initiatives which will cover the financial shortfall in the remaining departments.
    I certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone to “Keep on spending like sailors”, but the funds will roll in and there will not be even one problem that will remain unsolved.
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    After all, I am (pregnant pause) Peter Potamus
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    The funds will be provided to the Unions representing the County’s Safety Forces… these will come out of 37.5% of an IRS CID reward that I am eligible for.
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    The funds for the remainder of city/county services(teachers, parks/recreation, sewer) will be derived from a basket of measures taken which fall outside the arena of ballot-based initiatives.
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    It’s not “the whole ball of wax” in terms of validation BUT BY FOLLOWING the instructions contained below… you can see for yourselves that AT LEAST you’re all “still “in the ballpark” as it pertains to collecting the funds…
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    If one wants to copy/paste the Yahoo!Group link directly then one can go to the FORUMS at the TV Channel 3 (WKYC-TV) Web site.

    1) Go to wkycDOTcom
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    2) Click on the DOWN ARROW next to the “Life” tab to display a menu of available options…
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    …do not click on the “Life” tab itself; instead, click on the DOWN ARROW to the immediate right of the “Life” tab.
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    3) Click on the “Forums” link from that menu of available options
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    4) Click on the “WKYC – Northeast Ohio News” forum
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    5) Click on the “General Discussion” sub-forum contained within the “WKYC – Northeast Ohio News” forum
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    6) Click on the “Funding Lorain County Safety Forces” thread contained within the “General Discussion” sub-forum
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    7) Scroll down to the bottom of the FIRST MESSAGE within that thread… the hyperlink to the Yahoo!group can be COPIED and subsequently PASTED in the “address bar” of the Web browser you are currently using.
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    That will take you DIRECTLY TO the Yahoo!Group titled, “Funding Lorain County Safety Forces”
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    Everyone can ALSO JOIN the Yahoo!Group without prior approval so that the messages will be e-mailed to you By Yahoo! as soon as they are posted.

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    Hi Julie Wallace (Managing Editor of the Chronicle Telegram),
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    You may not believe this, but in group therapy at the NORD CENTER last week, Big Bob(my invisible friend) said the exact same thing as you just did regarding the extreme length of my message postings.
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    It’s like that episode of the Twighlight Zne or One Step Beyond where my writing hand is controlled by the Ghost of Leo Tolstoy.
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    Julie Wallace,
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    The massive nature of this “commercial insurance scam” between America’s Pizza Delivery Industry and their insurers (racketeering) has resulted in an INCREDIBLE “tax liability” attendant to around $540 million in undeclared income.
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    Wow!
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    …and the Union Leaders of the Lorain County Safety Forces along with their memberships are going to cash in!!!
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    The other teachers, parks/recreation, sewer workers, road repair crews…they’re all going to cash in too – but not due to collection of IRS CID rewards.
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    Julie Wallace,
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    There was this Hollywood Comedy Movie called “Viva Max” starring Peter Ustinov, John Astin, and Jonathan Winters where the “Alamo”… now a 1960s tourist attraction .. is seized by crackpots within the Ceremonial Mexican Guard at the expense of the ceremonial Texas Guard.
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    The problem is ..since they are Ceremonial Guards placed their to battle each other twice a day for the tourists … none of them has any ammunition…
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    …except for one lone bullet in Peter Ustinov’s .44 revolver.
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    well…now it is a REAL TAKEOVER of the Alamo but each side knows they are without ammo but is not sure about their opposition.
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    A Mexican Standoff occurs with each side standing “at attention”.
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    Finally, Peter Ustinov screams and fires his only bullet into the air.
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    Everyone in the Texas Guard immediately throws down their rifles in surrender.
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    ….LINKAGE of that movie scene to Lorain County’s Financial Troubles…
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    Julie Wallace,
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    You have friends/contacts in the Elyria or Lorain Police Department… they could tell you what the police radio code “10-5″ means
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    There are 7 (seven) magic words that could be coupled with the radio code “10-5″
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    The people of Lorain County after the completion of the singing of the National Anthem at High School Basketball Games…
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    ..or after the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance has been completed at the beginning of City Council meetings..
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    Well… the People of Lorain County actually in attendance at these events could say,”10-5″ and immediately follow it with saying those 7 magic words.
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    People would start soiling their boxer shorts when it was relayed to them what occurred in Lorain County…and when they discover that that “10-5″ radio code AND 7 magic words are going to be repeated after the National Anthem at every High School sporting event and City Council Meetings…
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    …then instantly the entire Texas Alamo Ceremonial Guard would be flown to Lorain County on the fastest jet aircraft that could be found to throw down their rifles in surrender before the folks at the High School Basketball Games…
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    …and also, there wouldn’t be ONE CITY SERVICE or ONE SCHOOL or ONE SAFETY FORCE that would be left unfunded ever again in Lorain County (tax free…levy free)
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    7 magic words + “one ’10-5′police radio code” is all it takes…
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    I can guarantee 100% that it will be accomplished successfully, Julie Wallace.
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    After all, I am (pregnant pause) Peter Potamus