December 20, 2014

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Brunswick rethinking economic development

Brunswick is considering reorganizing its economic development department. City Council’s economic development committee was scheduled to receive an update from City Manager Anthony Bales on Monday night about filling the vacant economic development director position, but committee members adjourned instead to executive session to discuss “personnel.” Bales said he couldn’t get into details about what Read More…

Better way needed to handle water debt, expert tells county

A consultant told Medina County commissioners this week they must raise water rates to eliminate a $4.25 million deficit. Robert McNutt, an analyst with CT Consultants of Mentor, presented his rate study to commissioners Tuesday. He commended county officials on how the sewer fees have been handled, but called the county’s water fund debt an Read More…

Transit funding won’t be part of May social services levy

Medina County commissioners have scaled back a proposed social services levy aimed at the May primary ballot by dropping the county bus system from the agencies the tax would support. Commissioners took the action Tuesday after county Auditor Mike Kovack warned that state law bars financing transit systems with a social services levy. Ohio Revised Read More…

Slate of candidates seeking commissioner’s seat expands to seven

Two more candidates are seeking appointment to the open seat for Medina County commissioner. On Monday, Lisa Woods, co-founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors, a tea party affiliate group, submitted her letter of intent to county Republican Party Central Committee Chair Sharon Ray. Westfield Township resident Gregg Depew, who ran as a write-in candidate Read More…

Conservative group hosts forum for county commissioner candidates

A local grassroots conservative group hosted a forum Saturday for county commissioner candidates. Guests included more than a third of the members of the Medina County Republican Party’s Central Committee, who will vote next month on a replacement for Commissioner Steve Hambley, who won a state House seat in November. Co-founder Lisa Woods said Medina Read More…

Envision sues county over recycling

A judge on Wednesday ordered Medina County commissioners not to accept bids for operating the county’s recycling center as a waste transfer station. In its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Cleveland-based Envision Waste alleges commissioners “abused their discretion” and violated Ohio law by planning to operate the Medina County Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township as a Read More…

Residents weigh in on proposed social services levy

Several residents attended the Medina County commissioners meeting Thursday to protest the proposed social services levy. If voters approve the proposed 0.9-mill levy, a single property tax would generate $21.4 million over five years to finance four social service agencies — Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, Medina County Job and Family Read More…

Property taxes to rise for some next year

The new year will bring an increase in property taxes in four Medina County communities: Brunswick, Homer Township, Seville and Cloverleaf Schools. Cloverleaf voters approved a combined 3.5-mill emergency levy/income tax in May. The levy will result in an increase of approximately $122.50 annually per $100,000 of property value. Collections on the 0.75 percent earned Read More…

Time running out for Iraq War veterans to receive tax-free bonus

Veterans of the Iraq War and their families have three more weeks to apply for a tax-free bonus for their service. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, exactly three years after the official end to the war in 2011. Veterans who served at least three months between March 19, 2003, and the war’s end Read More…

Brunswick city manager drafts guidelines for hotel developers

The city has drafted guidelines for a hotel that a Canton-based developer hopes to build at Brunswick Town Center. On Monday, Council members made an initial read of legislation that would define the amenities a hotel must have to get a green light for construction at the center. The guidelines were drafted by City Manager Read More…