April 17, 2014

Medina
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County could take over recycling after contract expires

MEDINA — Medina County officials are preparing for possible changes in how the county handles recycling. County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to hire an environmental consulting company to plan for the future of the county’s Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township. In January, a committee created to study the county’s trash recycling program recommended keeping Read More…

Medina County, Wadsworth housing funding team-up mulled

Medina County may partner with the city of Wadsworth to get more community housing funding through a state grant. County Finance Director Scott Miller told county commissioners Tuesday that the county and city could qualify for $100,000 more in federal Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) grants if they apply together. The program, which is administered Read More…

Restroom approved for weigh station

Medina City Council agreed Monday to build restroom facilities at the weigh station on state Route 18. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — City Council has agreed to install restroom facilities at the city’s weigh station on state Route 18. Council’s Finance Committee approved a proposal Monday to build restroom facilities that would tie into the sewage system of the nearby Medina County Career Center. “Putting a workable restroom in there, as opposed to a (portable Read More…

Businesses sought for Joint Economic Development District

Medina City Council on Monday approved a Joint Economic Development District agreement with Lafayette Township aimed at spurring development of University Center Innovation Park. For more than a year, Medina County Commissioners have urged creation of the JEDD to lure businesses to the industrial park, along Technology Lane north of state Route 162. As expected, Read More…

Deadline nears for mortgage aid

Financially strained homeowners don’t have much more time to get help with their mortgages. April 30 is the deadline to apply for mortgage assistance under the Save the Dream Ohio program. “The program has been going on here for about two years but it kind of came without warning that it would be cut off Read More…

Police targeting texting ‘epidemic’

This screenshot is from a 30-second video that graphically depicts the deadly consequences of texting while driving. The video was produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of its “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign that kicked off Thursday. (NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION)

Police across the U.S. are cracking down on motorists who text while driving. Local area law enforcement agencies say they will do their part to ensure the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, which began Thursday and runs through Tuesday, is a success. “People need to know that we are serious about stopping Read More…

Red Cross chapters to merge

The Medina County chapter of the American Red Cross will merge with the Summit and Portage counties chapter this summer. Beth Kilchenman, executive director of the Medina County chapter, will retire July 11 after 27 years, and officials said it makes sense to reorganize the two chapters under one executive. Joe Kuzma is the current Read More…

Granger Twp. gaining firm with future $2.5M payroll

GRANGER TWP. — Medina County commissioners learned more Monday about a deal that will bring a new business to Granger Township under a federal program that offers tax abatements. S&V Industries is slated to move its corporate headquarters from Fairlawn to the Community Reinvestment Area business sector along state Route 18. Bethany Dentler, executive director Read More…

Recorder’s Office: Papers now can be filed online

Residents and businesses will find it easier to file their documents electronically with the Medina County Recorder’s Office starting today. County Recorder Colleen Swedyk has launched the “E-Record” program through the office’s website. Residents, banks and businesses can file power of attorney papers, living wills, mortgages and liens online through a company that will charge Read More…

Program pairs seniors’ benefits

Low-income Medina County senior citizens soon will be enrolled in a new state health care program that combines their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. My Care Ohio will be in effect May 1 and residents have until then to select an insurance program or be placed into one by the state. Officials say it remains to Read More…