November 20, 2014

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Board of Elections eyes another relocation spot

MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Board of Elections is weighing a second option in moving locations after county commissioners said the board’s primary choice was too expensive.

The new option is bigger and cheaper than the board’s first choice, but they said it would require more work and money to prepare it for everyday use, including installing cabinets and counters.

The Medina County Board of Elections is considering leasing about 12,600 square feet at 990 N. Court St., Medina. The new location would cost about $7,500 more per year than their current location at the county Health Department and would almost double their current space. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Its new option is a space about 12,600 square feet at 990 N. Court St., Medina, and its rent would be $70,000 per year for 10 years. After that, the price would increase to $88,200 per year.

Currently, the board leases 6,790 square feet from the county Health Department, 4210 N. Jefferson St., Medina Township, for $62,468 per year.

Board members said the location at the Health Department is far too small, especially considering the two entities share about a third of the leased space.

The board’s first choice for a new location is about a half-mile north of the Health Department, at 3800 Stonegate Drive. That location is 10,263 square feet, and rent would be $99,141 per year.

At all three locations, there are additional costs for maintenance.

At a meeting Thursday, board members said they still wanted the Stonegate location, but they’d have to ask for lower rent.

“I would be happy to go back to Stonegate and try to renegotiate,” board member Bill Heck said.

Board member John Welker said he thought Stonegate was the better choice.

“Stonegate is the one that will give us the bigger bang for our buck,” he said. “It’s a bigger, better space.”

Board Director Carol Lawler said the board intended at the meeting to make a decision on which space to take, but decided against it after questions arose about additional costs at the North Court location.

“I think there are just too many questions right now,” she said.

Instead, the board decided to approach county Administrator Chris Jakab for guidance on the subject.

Board member Teresa Cotman said they hope to move no later than February 2015, but February 2014 would be ideal.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.