July 24, 2016

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Medina County approves $317,000 to repair clock tower

MEDINA — County commissioners agreed Monday to spend about $317,000 for additional work to the clock tower portion of the historic Medina County Courthouse.

County commissioners have approved money to straighten the clock tower atop Medina County Courthouse. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The money will be used to straighten the tower’s exterior, replace the roof with new slate and tile, and paint and weatherproof the structure, county Administrator Chris Jakab said.

The county spent about $213,000 last year for tower shoring, support and stabilization, Jakab said.

Commissioners approved the expenditure 2-0. Commissioner Pat Geissman was absent.

Prior to any work starting, the county’s proposal must be approved by the city of Medina’s Historical Preservation Board, which aims to maintain the architectural integrity and character of the city’s historical districts and landmarks.

The preservation board has input on refurbishing the courthouse because the structure resides within city limits.

Commissioners hope to have work begin in mid-May and finish by early fall, Jakab said.