December 21, 2014

Medina
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Clean Ohio funds given to expand, create parks

Three Clean Ohio grants approved for Medina County will help create a nature preserve in Medina Township, buy the former Blue Heron golf course in Montville Township and expand the Cox Forest Preserve in Guilford Township. Nature preserve With a $786,000 Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation grant, the Medina County Park District plans to purchase Read More…

$400K will be due from local governments for fiber network

Local governments will be responsible for about $400,000 this spring to cover a December bond payment for the Medina County Fiber Network. Local governments chipped in $523,802 in October to help subsidize the fiber network’s cash reserve. The network made a $600,000 bond payment in June on $14.4 million in bonds used to construct the Read More…

Outgoing Commissioner Steve Hambley makes his pick for successor

Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley announced Monday he would like to see candidate Jason Stevenson succeed him on the board of commissioners. Hambley was elected Nov. 4 to the 69th House District seat being vacated by House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina. “I take very seriously the commissioner’s job, and I want someone with the same Read More…

Medina County Probate Court gives children something soft to snuggle

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About 50 students at Windfall School came home with cuddly new companions Wednesday as part of an annual program sponsored by the Medina County Probate Court and Medina Sunrise Rotary Club. The two groups purchased about 200 Build-A-Bears complete with their own outfits to give to children in need in the community and to 2- Read More…

Great Recession scars Medina County in 2009-2013 Census report

David Knox, Katie Anderson and Andrew Davis The Gazette How badly Medina County has been hurt by the slow recovery from the Great Recession is spelled out in a new Census Bureau report released today. The 2009-2013 American Community Survey includes data on income, housing values and poverty, in addition to myriad other topics, for Read More…

Courthouse added to county buildings getting energy upgrades

Medina County Commissioners have added the courthouse to the list of 12 administrative buildings to be made more energy efficient — bumping the cost up to nearly $4 million. The project includes indoor and parking lot lighting upgrades at the buildings as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. Eight boilers will be replaced Read More…

County considers levy for social services

Medina County commissioners Tuesday asked county Auditor Mike Kovack to certify the amount of revenue that would be collected from a countywide social services levy. The action is required by Ohio law before the issue can be placed on the May ballot. If voters approve the combined social services levy, a single property tax would Read More…

Weather and broken vacuum pump put Medina’s leaf pickups behind schedule

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Medina’s leaf pickup program is at least 10 days behind due to two bouts of cold and snowy weather and a broken vacuum pump on one of the city’s three trucks, Service Director Nino Piccoli said. Piccoli said weather caused the city to miss its target of before Thanksgiving to have all leaves in the Read More…

About 400 young essayists honored for celebrating their pups

Grace Nelson, 9, of Medina, reads her first-place essay Monday during the awards ceremony for Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack’s Top Dog Essay Contest at the Medina County Administration Building in Medina. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County’s five “top dogs” received the first dog tags of 2015 at an awards ceremony Monday. About 400 fourth-graders participated in the 20th year of the contest by submitting essays about their favorite dog in the county. County Auditor Mike Kovack hosts the Top Dog Essay Contest each year, reminding residents to renew their Read More…

City, councilman working to revitalize Medina neighborhoods

Medina Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, plans to push for neighborhood revitalization in tandem with a city plan to target enforcement of property maintenance code. Lamb said he will organize Neighborhoods by Design, a group he hopes will be able to tackle problems facing Medina’s older neighborhoods. “The intention is to use it as a Read More…