December 21, 2014

Medina
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Better way needed to handle water debt, expert tells county

A consultant told Medina County commissioners this week they must raise water rates to eliminate a $4.25 million deficit. Robert McNutt, an analyst with CT Consultants of Mentor, presented his rate study to commissioners Tuesday. He commended county officials on how the sewer fees have been handled, but called the county’s water fund debt an Read More…

Transit funding won’t be part of May social services levy

Medina County commissioners have scaled back a proposed social services levy aimed at the May primary ballot by dropping the county bus system from the agencies the tax would support. Commissioners took the action Tuesday after county Auditor Mike Kovack warned that state law bars financing transit systems with a social services levy. Ohio Revised Read More…

Medina district sets its priorities for building fixes

The Medina school district will take on 10 capital improvement projects before the start of the 2015-16 school year. Jon Burkhart, director of business affairs for the district, said the projects will be paid for with $1.2 million from sales tax revenues. One of the most expensive of the 10 projects will be replacing the Read More…

New beginning for historic house at start of trail in Medina

Renovations have begun to turn this city-owned home at the start of the Champion Creek Multi-purpose Trail in downtown Medina into a coffee house and bike rental outlet. From left, Bob Tidwell, of Fairview Park, Keith Zeisset, of Wadsworth, and Steve Reese, of Wadsworth, all employees of Buckeye Signature Construction, of North Royalton, lay the foundation Monday for a concrete patio below the new deck. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

One of Medina’s historic homes is being transformed into Spokes, a bike rental and coffee house, at the start of the Champion Creek Multi-purpose Trail. The city in April leased the house at 406 S. Broadway St. to Intervention for Peace, a group that serves developmentally disabled residents. The deal allowed the nonprofit to use Read More…

NEXUS pipeline opponents consider nonprofit collective

Property owners opposing the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline are considering incorporating as a nonprofit organization. The group’s leaders will hold a private meeting Saturday at an Oberlin church in Lorain County to “refine strategies” for how to get the route for the proposed pipeline moved out of Medina County, Paul Gierosky, of York Township, said. Read More…

Wadsworth’s Louis Perry is retiring on his own terms

Louis Perry

Louis Perry said retirement has been a goal for the past couple of years but not at the expense of his company, employees and clients. Last year, the 75-year-old Sharon Township resident started looking for companies interested in continuing his industrial legacy in Wadsworth — the Louis Perry Group, an engineering, architectural, design and construction Read More…

Residents weigh in on proposed social services levy

Several residents attended the Medina County commissioners meeting Thursday to protest the proposed social services levy. If voters approve the proposed 0.9-mill levy, a single property tax would generate $21.4 million over five years to finance four social service agencies — Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, Medina County Job and Family Read More…

Wadsworth student’s death investigated

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Wadsworth Middle School eighth-grader. Capt. Ken Baca said Benjamin Parke, 13, died Tuesday of what appeared to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” “None of the evidence we’ve collected so far has indicated foul play,” he said. Baca said the investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Read More…

PHOTOS: Elf School is in session, Gazette continues toy donation drive

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Only three days left to donate new toys and food items to The Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box. The Gazette has a goal of 2,000 toys, and 785 have been donated so far! Items can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the newspaper, 885 W. Liberty St., Medina. Tax-deductible monetary donations also Read More…

Clean Ohio funds given to expand, create parks

Three Clean Ohio grants approved for Medina County will help create a nature preserve in Medina Township, buy the former Blue Heron golf course in Montville Township and expand the Cox Forest Preserve in Guilford Township. Nature preserve With a $786,000 Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation grant, the Medina County Park District plans to purchase Read More…