July 23, 2014

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City Council calls special meeting to enter Masonic Temple auction

MEDINA — City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday morning to authorize Law Director Greg Huber to bid on the Masonic Temple, 120 N. Elmwood Ave., less than four hours before the auction will begin. The ordinance will allow Huber to bid up to $250,000 at the auction held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 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…

Accountants: Commissioners’ charity ball donations tax-deductible

MEDINA — Local accountants say money raised through the annual Medina County Commissioners’ Charity Ball is tax-deductible, even though the ball doesn’t have nonprofit 501(c)3 status. Dave McCarthy, a certified public accountant with Rea & Associates, and Brett Thomas, a CPA with S. C. Thomas & Associates, said because commissioners used a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Read More…

Auditor warns of telephone scam that’s tricked Medina County residents

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is warning residents to be on guard against a telephone hoax from a person identifying himself as a representative of “Department of the Treasurer, Legal Affairs.” The caller warns residents they have a lien on their property and asks if they have a criminal attorney. The caller then Read More…

Williams on the Lake, residents opposed to asphalt manufacturing plant

A line of trees separates the Williams on the Lake banquet hall, left, from the site of a proposed asphalt manufacturing plant. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The Medina Planning Commission is urging a road construction material company and a local banquet hall to settle their differences privately. The Shelly Co., of Cleveland, wants to move an asphalt manufacturing plant from 310 N. State Road about a mile to 820 W. Smith Road. The Shelly Co. needs a conditional zoning certificate from Read More…

Clerk of courts employee’s job status in limbo until at least Friday

David Wadsworth

MEDINA — A Medina County Clerk of Courts employee will keep her job and remain on paid administrative leave until at least Friday. Clerk David Wadsworth placed Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree on leave last Tuesday, accusing her of failing to back up computer data. Wadsworth said Tyree, who is paid a $34,440 salary to administer Read More…

No wrongdoing found so far in probe of allegations against auditor

Mike Kovack

A special prosecutor said he’s not found evidence to support allegations that Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack used resources of his office in his re-election campaign, but stressed he’s still working on the case. “I haven’t seen anything so far that shows any improprieties,” Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Tuesday, “but I’m also not done Read More…

Help wanted: Poll workers for Nov. 4 election

The Medina County Board of Elections wants to make sure it has enough workers to staff the polling places on Nov. 4. “This is going to be a very busy election because it’s the gubernatorial election, which is the second largest next to the presidential election,” Elections Director Carol Lawler said. “We want to know Read More…