July 23, 2016

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Medina council OKs expanding JEDD on state Route 18

MEDINA — City Council on Monday approved expanding the Medina-Montville Township Joint Economic Development District.

The addition runs along state Route 18 between Interstate 71 and Windfall Road.

Council President John Coyne said the expansion does not mean businesses in that area will become part of the district, only that they will have that opportunity.

The JEDD, established in 2009, allows township businesses along portions of state routes 3 and 18 within the district to have their employees pay Medina’s 1.25 percent wage tax.

Under Ohio law, townships cannot collect an income tax.

Twenty percent of the tax money is earmarked for infrastructure improvements, such as landscaping and sidewalks. The rest of the money is split between the township and the city.

Money for the projects is allocated depending on how many people the business employs.

In other action Monday, Council approved a payment of $26,250 for CompStat, a Web-based crime mapping program.

Police Chief Patrick Berarducci has said the software will help police better analyze crime data, making them more efficient, and it will give residents access to crime maps as well.

Council members Mark Kolesar, Ward 3, and Brian Hilberg, Ward 1, voted against paying for the service.

“I have reservations about the cost and the possible ongoing costs,” Kolesar said. “The city of Medina is a fairly low-crime community, and I just feel that we already know where the crime is.”

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