November 1, 2014

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Tax district may benefit road repairs in Brunswick

Brunswick City Council is looking at using an economic development tool to help pay for repairs on Skyview Drive. At a Council meeting Monday, members discussed the possibility of creating a Tax Increment Financing District on Skyview Drive at the site of proposed apartments on the north side of the road, just east of Pearl Read More…

Police dispatchers in Medina seek new three-year contract

The Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and city are searching for common ground on hours and pay in a new contract for the Medina Police Department’s 10 dispatchers. In an Oct. 8 report, Susan Grody Ruben, a fact-finder for the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, rejected a request from the dispatchers to work four, 10-hour days Read More…

Ex-IT head sues auditor over firing, says she was whistleblower

Kovack v Ehrlich

Loren Genson and David Knox | The Gazette The former information technology manager for the Medina County Auditor’s Office has sued county Auditor Mike Kovack, accusing him of firing her in retaliation for reporting to authorities that he misused his county-owed computer and other office resources. Annette Ehrlich filed the lawsuit Friday, alleging Kovack violated the Read More…

Brunswick saves about $20,000 as trash hauler cuts flood cleanup bill

A bill for Brunswick’s share of storm clean-up services for residents has been negotiated down to $39,000. The invoice — to be paid to Republic Waste Services with city refuse funds — will cover the cost of emergency Saturday collections and dumpster availability after flooding on May 12. “This is a substantial compromise over what Read More…

Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth councils to convene for group meeting

A joint meeting of the city councils of Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth will be 6 p.m. Monday at Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave. The councils will discuss county issues including the Central Processing Facility, tipping fees, the Community Housing Improvement Program, casino revenues and ways to collaborate to save money on high-cost services. Read More…

Medina Council OKs bids for easements for West Smith Road

City Council’s Finance Committee authorized Mayor Dennis Hanwell to sign two fair market value estimates for easements involved with the second phase of the reconstruction of West Smith Road. With Hanwell’s signature, the city will be able to authorize consultant Smith & Nejedlik Inc., of Independence, to proceed with the easement acquisition process. The consultant Read More…

Wadsworth moves to widen Route 94 through eminent domain

The city of Wadsworth has gone to court to acquire land from property owners along High Street as part of a $16 million project to widen state Route 94 near Interstate 76. The city filed 25 petitions claiming eminent domain in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 22, naming more than 50 property owners Read More…

New Wadsworth bike trail will connect to Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

A new two-mile bike trail will connect downtown Wadsworth to the 85-mile Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs from Tuscarawas County to Cuyahoga County. The city of Wadsworth was awarded a $372,185 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trails Fund, allowing the city to build the trail that will Read More…

Medina Councilman Lamb pushing for rental registry

Medina City Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, says he will introduce legislation requiring rental properties to register with the city and be inspected on a regular basis as early as January. Lamb said the legislation will be a key step in revitalizing the city’s older neighborhoods. “In looking at the big picture the largest problem Read More…

Fiber Network needs loans to cover bonds

Next week Medina County will cut a half-million-dollar check to the county Fiber Network. The loan is required because the network has failed — at least up to now — to attract enough customers to be financially self-sufficient. The subsidy was triggered in June when the network’s cash reserves dropped below $1.2 million after making Read More…