June 30, 2016

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Commissioner Friedrick to take seat on NOACA board

MEDINA — Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick will replace Stephen D. Hambley as the county’s representative to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.

Medina County is one of six members of NOACA, the metropolitan planning group that recommends how federal grants are spent in communities in the five-county Northeast Ohio area. The other members are Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties and the city of Cleveland.

Steve Hambley

Adam Friedrick

Medina County now is represented by Hambley; Chris Easton, Wadsworth’s service director; county Engineer Mike Salay; and Brunswick Hills Township Trustee Kathleen Scheutzow.

Commissioners approved Friedrick’s appointment Monday and cited as the reason Hambley’s decision to run this year for the Ohio House District 69 seat. The post now is held by House Speaker William G. Batchelder, who can’t run again because of term limits. Hambley declared his candidacy in September.

Friedrick said the switch makes sense because of the time Hambley will spend on the campaign trail and the possibility he’ll win.

“With Steve’s record and the make-up of this county, I think there’s a pretty good chance he will win that election,” Friedrick said. “Of all the boards and committees commissioners sit on, NOACA is one that requires a great amount of time and attention.”

“We thought it best to make the switch now, so I can learn while Steve is still around to help.”

Hambley’s term as county commissioner continues until 2016. If he is elected to the General Assembly, the Republican Party will appoint someone to finish Hambley’s unexpired term.

Hambley has served as NOACA president in 2001, 2006, and 2011. Friedrick has been Hambley’s alternate since his election in 2010.

Friedrick has filled in once as the voting member in Hambley’s absence. Friedrick said he has attended most of the meetings as a spectator to learn how the board works.

He will take over immediately, in time to represent the county at a NOACA meeting Friday.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.