June 27, 2016

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Medina city, township officials to talk joining forces

MEDINA — Medina City Council will meet with trustees from the four surrounding townships this week to talk about ways the communities could collaborate more.

Among the ideas up for discussion is extending the city’s joint economic development district agreement in Montville Township.

The agreement allows businesses in the township along state Route 3 south of the city and state Route 18 east of the city to have their employees pay Medina’s 1.25 percent municipal income tax.

Twenty percent of the tax money is set aside for infrastructure projects, such as road, street lighting and other improvements for the businesses. The rest of the money collected is split between Montville Township and the city.

“We’d like to expand that if we could,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said.

The mayor said the city also was interested in establishing a similar joint economic development district agreement with Medina Township.

The meeting among council members and the trustees of Medina, Montville, York and Lafayette townships will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at City Hall.

Hanwell said similar meetings have been held once a year to talk about how various collaborations are going and to share ideas.

Council also holds similar meetings with the Medina school board and county commissioners.

“It’s just a general session to get together to talk things over,” Hanwell said.

In addition to the Joint Economic Development District agreements, also on the agenda is discussion of police, fire and emergency medical service dispatching. The city now dispatches for the Montville and Medina townships’ police and fire departments.

Ron Bischof, chair of the Montville Township Board of Trustees, said he is particularly interested in discussing baseball fields and parks.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.