April 20, 2014

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Medina Twp. trustees seek grant for wetlands

MEDINA TWP. — Trustees approved a grant application Thursday to preserve wetlands near Regan Park.

If awarded, the $1,165 million grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would fund the purchase of 70 acres of privately owned land off Fenn Road, property that abuts Regan Park, trustee Mike Todd said.

“The watershed will always be there, so we want to preserve as much as possible so that the water that feeds into Medina County stays manageable and healthy,” Todd said.

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy originally approached trustees with the issue and facilitated the purchase of the property, Todd said.

Because trustee Ray Jarrett sits on the WRLC board, he abstained from the vote. Todd and trustee Sally Gardner voted to approve the application, which must be submitted by Jan. 4.

Grant awards will be based on importance and need for watershed preservation. Todd said Medina Township’s application should be competitive in the process.

The township will find out if it receives the grant in March.

If the land is purchased, Todd said it could form a comprehensive park, and in the future, trails could be put on the property.

“It’s something we all pretty much agree on,” he said. “Whether it’s awarded remains to be seen.”

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.