June 25, 2016

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Medina approves parking lot upgrades

MEDINA — In its first act of the new year, City Council authorized improvements to several parking lots at a special meeting Monday.

City Engineer Patrick Patton said the $60,000 project will pay for lighting, concrete and fencing improvements for three parking lots: two of which are off West Liberty Street and one off South Court Street.

Bill Lamb

The money will come from issuing $1.2 million in municipal bonds. According to the terms of the bond issue, a contract must be entered to spend 5 percent of the money within 60 days of the bonds being sold. Council has discussed spending most of the bond money on building a new parking facility.

Councilman Bill Lamb, at-large, said during the meeting that he supported improving the parking lots, but he didn’t want to see sidewalk improvements pushed to the back burner.

He said fixing sidewalks around Public Square should be a priority.

“It has to be walkable for people that have a baby stroller; it has to be walkable for people in a wheelchair,” he said.

Sidewalk improvements were discussed as a possibility for the money at a previous meeting.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said some of the city’s income tax money could be spent on sidewalk improvements.

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