November 20, 2014

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Brunswick finance chief proposes $37.1 million budget for 2015

Brunswick Finance Director Todd Fischer presented a $37.1 million budget for 2015 to City Council members during Monday’s finance committee meeting. The city appropriated $34.9 million for this year’s budget. Fischer said his proposed budget calls for $205,502 more in spending than projected revenues. But he said he thinks the gap could be closed by Read More…

Top Dog essay contest deadline is Monday for fourth-graders

Fourth-graders have until Monday to enter an essay contest spotlighting their favorite pooch in Medina County. All entrants will receive gift certificates for Dairy Queen ice cream cones, and winners can receive prizes for their dogs, themselves and one of 2015’s first dog tags. “Kids love this contest,” said Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, whose Read More…

Finance boss to succeed Chris Jakab as Medina County adiministrator

Scott Miller

Medina County Finance Director Scott Miller accepted an offer Thursday from the Medina County commissioners to become county administrator and succeed Chris Jakab, who will retire at the end of the year. “I viewed this job as the next step and appreciate the fact that Medina County has always been fiscally conservative,” Miller said. “It’s Read More…

Commissioners make offer to county administrator candidate

Medina County commissioners have made an offer to one of 19 applicants seeking to succeed county Administrator Chris Jakab, who is retiring at the end of the year. On Monday, commissioners interviewed four applicants: Kimberly Bolas-Miller, a Sharon Township trustee; David Lair, Geauga County administrator; Dave Schaeffer, manager of the Auto Title Division for the Read More…

Brunswick Veterans Day service honors ‘thousands of our best and brightest’

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Local veterans came out to support one another and the families of veterans as they marked the observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday at Brunswick City Hall. “Today, thousands of our best and brightest are deployed all over the world,” said Tom Chester, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Brunswick Post 9520 who served Read More…

Ohio WWII veteran fought ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ after earning Bronze Star

Rupert "Twink" Starr

Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again — Read More…

Burglary case still going after five years, two verdicts, two appeals

Matthew Hartman

The five-year-old case of a Harrisville Township man accused of trespassing on some friends’ property while armed with a gun has seen little progress since a judge in the case recused himself a year ago. A jury has twice found Matthew Hartman, 45, guilty of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. But the 9th District Court Read More…

Medina Council finance committee OKs deal with police dispatchers

Medina City Council’s finance committee approved a new contract with police dispatchers to avoid going to arbitration with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The amended agreement for the city’s 10 dispatchers follows the same contractual changes agreed to with the city’s patrol officers and sergeants with a few exceptions. The dispatchers did not get their Read More…

Tax tool worries Brunswick officials

Brunswick City Council members and Brunswick Schools officials voiced concerns Monday over a proposed development tool that could be used to do road repairs on Skyview Drive. Council members are considering creating a tax increment financing district, or TIF, on Skyview Drive at the site of proposed apartments on the north side of the road. Read More…

Voters may decide social services levy in May to fund agencies

Medina County commissioners are considering a combined social services levy for the May ballot. If voters approve it, the county would be only the fourth in Ohio to finance multiple social service agencies with a single property tax. The three counties that have consolidated social services levies are Cuyahoga, Montgomery and Wood. The proposed 0.85- Read More…