June 27, 2016

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Elections board move opens up space at Health Department

MEDINA TWP. — With the Medina County Board of Elections moving to its new location next week, the county Health Department is looking for new tenants to lease the board’s space.

Board of Elections Director Carol Lawler said the staff is prepared and has next week’s move planned out.

“We have a board meeting (today) to finalize election results,” Lawler said .”And the move really starts on Tuesday.”

Some furniture will be delivered to the new office at 3800 Stonegate Drive on Tuesday, and the staff will pack up the office space it leases in the Health Department building, 4210 N. Jefferson St., on Wednesday.

The board’s Jefferson Street offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the move. The board plans to be open at the Stonegate Drive location on June 2.

Lawler said there’s no election in August, which made the end of May the perfect time to move.

“We’re very lucky there was no August election. That would have made things really difficult,” she said. “We would already be into the cycle of preparing for the August election.”

County commissioners approved the board’s move to a bigger space in October. The new building has 10,200 square feet and annual rent will be $82,104.

At the Health Department building, the elections board paid $62,468 annually for the two offices, totaling 6,790 square feet, it leased.

“There’s actually three office spaces over there. The Board of Elections occupies two,” Health Department spokeswoman Lynee Bixler said.

The spaces are available to lease individually.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.