June 28, 2016

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Medina County Commissioner: Vying for an empty seat

Adam Friedrick, a plant manager and Marine Corps veteran, and William C. Lamb, a teacher and former mayor of Medina, are vying for Sharon Ray’s seat on the Medina County Board of Commissioners. Both are Medina residents.

Ray, a Republican, announced last year she would not seek a third, four-­year term.

In other county races, Auditor Michael E. Kovack and Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier are running unopposed for re­election.

Q: How would you address Medina County’s budget crunch?

Friedrick: Revenues are near 2005 levels. Look at 2005 budget numbers and use them as a guide. Ensure all entities within the county are treated equally. No new or increased taxes.

Lamb: Medina County must examine every dollar of its expenses. Only a full-time com­missioner can dedicate the hours necessary to personally review departments to determine what is necessary and what we can do without.

I served successfully for two terms as mayor of Medina. Dur­ing that time I expanded services while never raising taxes. I believe our county is now in need of that type of committed service and experience.

Q: What are the biggest issues facing Medina County?

Friedrick: Decreasing revenues and the cuts that will be needed to make the budget work. It won’t be easy or popular.

Lamb: Budget/economy. First we need to resolve the current financial issues. Then we need to develop a long-range financial and capital improvements plan.

By being fiscally conservative and only funding what is neces­sary, we foster a climate that helps businesses thrive. Healthy busi­nesses not only provide jobs, but they grow a broader tax base that lightens the load on individual households.

Q: What projects should the county tackle in the next four years?

Friedrick: Anything that makes the county more business friendly. Ensure work being done by the Planning Commission as well as the MCEDC (Medina County Eco­nomic Development Corp.) con­tinue. Market Foreign Trade Zones and the University Center and Innovation Park to businesses, especially those in the tech field.

Lamb: Of course put the finan­cial house in order, and put in place long-term financial plans.

Work with the chiefs of county safety forces to explore cost-sav­ing through regional possibilities. Working with the townships, vil­lages and cities, we will develop a smart plan for the future growth and development in the county.

Recognize the importance of both commercial and light industrial development to help keep taxes lower while maintaining the healthy balance we now enjoy with agriculture and rural assets of the county.