April 19, 2014

Medina
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Elections board gets new digs

MEDINA — The Medina County commissioners have approved moving the county Board of Elections to larger quarters.

“We’re very excited,” elections board Director Carol Lawler said. “We’re ready to embark on the future of the Board of Elections in a new location and to make a fresh start.”

Its new location is 3800 Stonegate Drive in Medina Township — about a mile north of the board’s offices at 4210 N. Jefferson St., also in the township.

Lawler said she is enthusiastic about the move, which is planned for the spring.

“We want to better serve the people of the county,” she said. “That space is just right.”

The board will host a meeting at 8 a.m. Friday to discuss the relocation.

The board leases the North Jefferson offices from the county Health Department for $62,468 a year.

Board members said the 6,790-square-foot space is too small. The Stonegate Drive building, which had housed the Medina County District Library for more than two years while the downtown library was renovated, is more than 10,200 square feet. Annual rent there will be $82,104.

The rent does not include maintenance or infrastructure improvements.

Board members have eyed the Stonegate location since last year. Commissioners rejected a proposal to move there in December, saying it was too expensive.

To get the commissioners to accept the proposal, elections board members negotiated a $17,000 reduction in rent at Stonegate Drive.

The board also considered another location: the former site of MC Sporting Goods at 990 N. Court St.

That 12,600-square-foot space would have cost the board $70,000 a year, but elections officials said the building was older and would require more work and thousands more dollars to prepare it for use.

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