July 30, 2014

Medina
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Bus pooling: County transit looks to merge with Brunswick service

The Medina County Public Transit director wants the agency to merge with Brunswick Transit Alternative next year. “Brunswick is part of Medina County, so why wouldn’t it be a part of the countywide system?” Medina County Public Transit Director Mike Salamone said. “It just makes more sense.” Brunswick Transit Alternative has two fixed routes, a Read More…

Brunswick to tap into fund for stormwater

BRUNSWICK — City officials hope to get some stormwater projects underway this year using money from a utility fund that began collecting money earmarked for that purpose in 2012. The fund collects money through a $4.95 fee added to residential trash bills. The fund brings in about $1 million annually. The city decided it would Read More…

Medina County to offer operators options for trash contracts

Companies interested in operating the county’s recycling center next year will be able to bid on two proposed contracts. County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin presented the two contract options at Tuesday’s county commissioners’ meeting. “The reason for two options is to allow creativity in the response from bidders,” she said. “We are hoping to cast Read More…

Brunswick Council OKs money for return of tornado sirens

City Council agreed Monday to spend $24,554 to get Brunswick tornado sirens up and running. The cost includes upgrades to digital encryption radios to prevent hackers from gaining access to the ­system. In 2008, Council shut off the sirens after repeated attacks from hackers had them sounding false alarms in the early morning hours. “It puts Read More…

Sales tax revenue distributed to schools

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners have approved the distribution of $2.6 million in second-quarter sales tax revenue to local schools. The money is from the 0.5 percent sales tax earmarked for capital improvements that voters approved for schools in May 2007. County Finance Director Scott Miller said the amount is 3.1 percent more than was Read More…

Clerk of courts rejects HR recommendation, fires deputy clerk

David Wadsworth

MEDINA — Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth has fired Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree, rejecting the recommendation of lesser discipline from a county human resources official. Tyree said she received a short letter in the mail Wednesday saying her employment was terminated, effective Tuesday. Tyree was put on paid leave two weeks ago for Read More…

City Council calls special meeting to enter Masonic Temple auction

MEDINA — City Council will conduct a special meeting Thursday morning to authorize Law Director Greg Huber to bid on the Masonic Temple, 120 N. Elmwood Ave. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. — less than four hours before the auction will begin. If Council approves the ordinance, it would allow Huber to bid Read More…

HR official suggests county clerk put employee on unpaid leave

MEDINA — A Medina County human resources official has recommended county Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth discipline one of his employees by putting her on unpaid leave rather than firing her. Wadsworth on Monday said the employee, Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree, has not been terminated but didn’t elaborate. The disciplinary recommendation was filed Thursday by Read More…

Medina council moves to replace outdoor pool for about $1M

MEDINA — The city is moving forward with plans to replace its only outdoor pool. Parks Director Jansen Wehrley told City Council’s Public Properties Committee on Monday that the city will advertise for bids on the project of renovating the pool at the end of this week. The pool was closed in 2012 at Memorial Read More…

Ohio Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner talks voting hours

State Sen. Nina Turner, Democratic candidate for secretary of state, shakes hands with Pamela B. Miller, former head of the Medina County Democratic Party who now serves as chairwoman of the county Board of Elections, at a garden party fundraiser hosted by Janice Skeen in Sharon Township on Sunday afternoon. Turner said she would work to expand voting opportunities for Ohioans if elected to office in November. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

SHARON TWP. — State Sen. Nina Turner, who’s on the campaign trail as the Democratic nominee for Ohio secretary of State, stopped by a garden party fundraiser Sunday afternoon. Turner, whose Senate District 25 represents part of Cuyahoga and Lake counties, told the audience of about 30 that, if elected, she would work to restore Read More…