July 24, 2016

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Initial spark lit to grow square’s holiday displays

MEDINA — City Council is planning to expand holiday lighting around Public Square this year.

Council’s finance committee, which consists of all seven members, agreed Monday to spend $16,500 for more lights, especially on buildings along South Court and West Liberty streets leading to Public Square.

The proposal still must be approved at a regular Council meeting.

Council members said they would rather see money spent on lighting buildings than adding more lights to trees along the streets.

“I think the trees would be something that we would look at down the road,” Councilman Mark Kolesar, 3rd Ward, said.

Last year, Council spent $43,500 to buy and install lights on the buildings surrounding Public Square, including a wreath for the Medina County Courthouse.

Main Street Medina raised private funds for a fireworks display from the parking deck behind the courthouse during the Candlelight Walk. The nonprofit once again is raising money for a similar fireworks display.

Matt Wiederhold, Main Street Medina’s executive director, said that so far, he has raised $2,673 of a needed $6,500 toward this year’s fireworks display.

To donate, residents can visit www.mainstreetmedina.com.

In other action Monday, the finance committee approved buying four acres of land for $98,000 at 751 Wadsworth Road, which is north of Simon Lane on the west side of the road.

The land, in addition to another four acres donated by a local family, eventually will become a new city park.

Kolesar said city officials plan to put in a nature trail and plant some trees in the coming years. The land is now a field with some woods and a creek running through it.

“Hopefully someday that will be a forested area,” Kolesar said.

During Monday’s regular meeting, following the finance committee, Council approved the $320,000 purchase of 119 Public Square, the former location of Key Bank’s drive-through. The building will be turned into a small visitor’s center with between 20 and 22 public restrooms, including two family restrooms.

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