July 24, 2016

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Medina council agrees to buy Moose Lodge parking lot

MEDINA — City Council approved buying a downtown parking lot owned by Medina Moose Lodge No. 647 Loyal Order of Moose at Monday’s meeting.

Council President John Coyne said the parking lot will be needed to handle overflow parking during a hoped-for expansion of Medina Municipal Court. It also will provide extra space for people who visit Public Square for shopping or events.

“I think we’ve had around 10,000 at various events in one day, and I think there’s not enough parking around the square to handle that,” Coyne said.

The city agreed to pay $220,000 for the lot, at the southeast corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Liberty Street. It includes about 40 parking spaces.

The Medina County auditor’s office puts the market value of the lot somewhat higher: $266,040.

The only Council member to vote against the proposal was Bill Lamb, at-large.

“I don’t think we should be using that space for anything but future retail development,” he said.

Lt. Bob Starcher, left, accepts a Medina City Council resolution from Council President John Coyne that commends Starcher for 30 years of service to the Medina Police Department. Starcher will retire at the end of this month. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Council also approved another agreement that will allow the city to be considered first to buy the lodge’s building at 136 S. Elmwood Ave., should a developer be found for the property in the next three years.

In other action Monday, Council approved a resolution commending Lt. Bob Starcher for his 30-year career with the city Police Department, holding every rank, including acting chief. Starcher, 57, will retire at the end of the month.

Council members and city officials took turns congratulating Starcher for his service.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell also presented Starcher with a mayoral proclamation. Hanwell said he worked with Starcher while he was with the department.

“He’s done a great job for the department,” said Hanwell, the city’s former police chief. “He’s a man of high ethics and values and Christian principles.”

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