September 30, 2014

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Medina approves plan for backup water

Medina City Council’s Finance Committee has authorized the city to enter into an emergency water usage agreement with Medina County with the hope of avoiding future water crises. The agreement stems from a water crisis that began Jan. 7 when the city’s water supply from Avon Lake Municipal Utilities was interrupted due to the cold Read More…

Treasurer to host tables to find residents’ unclaimed funds

Medina County residents can check if they have any unclaimed funds held by the state at more than a dozen locations this fall and winter, county Treasurer John Burke announced. Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks uncashed for five or more years. These funds are held by Read More…

Wadsworth residents in gas aggregation program should save on bills

Residents participating in Wadsworth’s gas aggregation program should get a break on their heating bills this winter thanks to a substantial drop in price to $4.25 per thousand cubic feet. “We know that many of our residents appreciate having a fixed rate to depend on and could not be happier that this rate is 52 Read More…

Audit accuses independent care provider of improper Medicare billing

A Brunswick woman is accused of improperly billing Medicaid for more than $24,000 between 2009 and 2011, according to an audit released Thursday by state Auditor Dave Yost. Linda Frame is an independent care provider. She is accused of billing Ohio Medicaid for 113 services between 2009 and 2011 for which she could not provide Read More…

Construction begins on trail connecting Lake Medina to Reagan Parkway

WEBSLIDEtrail

Construction workers have broken ground on a 1.6-mile trail that will connect the state Route 18 parking lot at Lake Medina in Medina Township to the Reagan Parkway Multipurpose Trail in Medina. Trail construction was approved in 2010 after the county was granted $590,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Cost estimates rose and Read More…

Igloos no longer available to take glass for recycling

The multicolored igloos where Medina County residents can recycle glass bottles and containers are being discontinued. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The multicolored igloos where residents can drop off glass bottles for recycling are being discontinued by the Medina County Solid Waste District. A news release from the county sanitary engineers office cited “cost prohibitive changes in the local recycling market for bottled glass.” County Commissioner Steven Hambley said Envision Waste, operator of the county’s Central Read More…

Federal judge throws out GOP law, orders expanded early voting in Ohio

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state’s elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall election. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, several predominantly black churches and others challenging Read More…

Jane Leaver in 2008: ‘Answer is almost always somewhere in the middle’

Jane Leaver

Editor’s note: Former Medina Mayor Jane Leaver died late Tuesday after a long battle with lung cancer. In remembrance of her, The Gazette is republishing this story, originally published in June 2008. That year, The Gazette conducted an informal survey of community and government leaders and asked them who they thought were the most influential Read More…

Former Medina Mayor Jane Leaver remembered for dedication, service

Jane Leaver is shown in the Medina mayor’s office in 2008 before the end of her last term. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Former Medina Mayor Jane Leaver died at the Cleveland Clinic late Tuesday night after a four-year battle with lung cancer. She was 49 years old. Leaver was the first and only woman to serve as the city’ mayor, from 2002 to 2009. She was the Ward 1 member of Council in 1998. “We couldn’t be Read More…

Bids being readied for operations of Medina County recycling center

Amy Lyon-Galvin

Eight companies, including two from outside Ohio, are interested in taking over the operations of the Medina County recycling center. County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said Envision Waste Services, the Cleveland-based company that now operates the Center Processing Facility, in Westfield Township, will be one of the bidders. The other seven that have registered to Read More…