July 24, 2016

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County Board of Elections office wants move to larger facility

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners are considering a proposal made today by the Board of Elections to relocate the county office in 2013.

The Medina County Board of Elections Office wants to begin moving in June from 4210 N. Jefferson St. to 3800 Stonegate Drive. The relocation would provide more space for the office’s eight full-time staffers and 702 voting machines, according to Bill Heck, a member of the county board.

Steve Hambley

“Because of our number of machines, staff and files for record keeping, we want to move forward with relocation,” Heck said.

Space at the existing county elections office totals 4,795 square feet, Heck said. The empty facility on Stonegate Drive would provide 13,795 square feet.

Money will be a factor in the commissioners’ decision whether to agree to the move. The annual rate to lease the current office space is about $71,000. Relocating to Stonegate Drive would cost nearly $205,000.

“The cost is a huge jump and concern,” said Commissioner Steve Hambley during today’s meeting.

Heck noted a price per square reduction from the present facility, $11.95, to the proposed location, $10.70, exists.

“We understand there’s a lot more money involved,” said Heck, who suggested a “sizable” conference room for employee training and additional machine storage of the new facility would be beneficial.

Heck added an option exists to sublease any space in the new building not used by the elections office.

Further discussion on the proposed move is scheduled during a budget hearing between the Board of Elections and commissioners at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, 144 N. Broadway St., Room 201.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.