November 24, 2014

Medina
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Medina’s plan to house city vehicles is a go

MEDINA — The city is mov­ing forward on the estimated $911,540 expansion that will allow all city vehicles to be housed indoors. “It’s always been under­sized,” Service Director Nino Piccoli said of the facility on West Smith Road. “The back portion of the city garage was an add-on, and it was a fire station at Read More…

Longtime Medina clerk saying goodbye

Catherine “Katie” Horn celebrates at her retirement party Wednesday at the Medina Country Club in Lafayette Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KAITLIN BUSHINSKI)

MEDINA — When the “Queen of Med­ina City Hall” announced her retire­ment, she made planning a celebration incredibly hard. “Every time we were trying to work on something for the party, here comes Katie,” Dawn Conwill, administrative manager for the mayor’s office, said of putting together Wednesday’s retirement party for Catherine “Katie” Horn. Conwill, who Read More…

Medina City Council seeking computer consultant

MEDINA — City Council is seeking proposals for an information technology consultant. Council on Monday night approved a request for proposals regarding the consulting position because its two-year contract with Mirifex Systems is set to expire at the end of December. The duties include maintaining and trouble-shooting the city’s various computer systems and equipment, including Read More…

13th CD: The incumbent vs. the car dealer

Car dealership owner and businessman Tom Ganley, a Republican from Brecksville, is challenging incumbent Democrat Betty Sutton for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. The district zigzags from the city of Akron in Summit County through northern Medina County and southern Cuyahoga County to the city of Lorain in Lorain County. Sutton, who lives Copley Township, has Read More…

69th House District: A race repeated again

On Nov. 2, Democrat Jack Schira of Brunswick Hills Township once again will face Republican incumbent William Batchelder, a 30-year veteran of the Ohio House of Representatives, for the 69th District seat. The district encompasses all but the southern portion of Medina County. Schira unsuccessfully tried to unseat Batchelder, a Medina resident, in 2006 and Read More…

Medina schools: District tries again for emergency levy

MEDINA — A year after voters defeated an 11.7-mill emergency levy, the Medina City School Dis­trict is seeking voters’ support again on Nov. 2. The five-year, 5.9-mill emer­gency levy on the ballot would gen­erate about $6.95 million a year and cost property owners $185.85 per $100,000 of assessed value, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Read More…

Litchfield Township: Renewal to fund fire maintenance

LITCHFIELD TWP. — The Litchfield Township Fire Depart­ment is asking residents to renew a 1.5-mill levy that funds the department’s operations. The five-year levy, which voters approved in 2005, will expire in December. If approved, the levy would generate $55,177 per year for the department, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office. Because it is Read More…

Rash of break-ins plague Medina’s west side

MEDINA — Police are investigating a string of car and home break-ins on the city’s west side. Lt. Bob Starcher said the incidents mainly occurred Oct. 13 and Thursday in the vicinity of Liberty Road Plaza and West Grove Court. Thieves entered two residences through unlocked rear doors and stole electronics, Starcher said. They also Read More…

Family helps son by turning home into ‘haunted’ house

Around 60 costumed kids attend the Duluc family’s annual Halloween party in Montville Township on Saturday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KAITLIN BUSHINSKI)

MONTVILLE TWP. — Every Halloween a local family gives new meaning to the phrase “trick or treat.” The treat: Michael and Janet Duluc turn their fam­ily’s home into a two-story “haunted” house, complete with an intricate backyard maze. The trick: The party helps Cameron Duluc, who has special needs, overcome his social anxiety and other Read More…

Doraty dispute: Car dealer charged with misdemeanor, could face fine

A big inflatable bee was towering over Bill Doraty’s car dealership in Medina Township late last month. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA — Bill Doraty of Bill Doraty Kia faces a misdemeanor charge and possible fine in Med­ina Municipal Court over the use of inflatable displays at his Med­ina Township dealership. A special prosecutor filed a sign charge against Doraty on Sept. 29 for allegedly violating the township’s zoning code by using inflatable displays on the Read More…