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Sharon trustees considering additions to website

5/31/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

At the May 22 Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting, members discussed a request from the Sharon Women’s Club to put that group’s information on the township’s website, www.sharontwp.org.

Trustees Kimberly Bolas Miller and Brian Guccion considered whether this request would be fair to all entities the township serves. Trustee Ray Lurtz was absent.

“If we do that for the Women’s Club, we’re going to have to do that for the 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts,” said Bolas Miller.

She suggested adding a “Useful Links” page onto the website, where they could provide links to the Sharon Women’s Club as well as other information that might be of interest to residents.

However, the club does not have its own website, conceded Bolas Miller.

Neil Jones, president of the Sharon Township Heritage Society, said his group also has thought about asking trustees to put their information on the township’s website. They are looking into creating their own website, he added.

Guccion said he would not object to putting a whole list of contact information for groups on the township’s website.

Resident John Winland said he thinks it would make sense to limit the list to nonprofit organizations in Sharon.

For now, the Women’s Club’s information can be added to the website’s “Special Announcements” section, and a township official will contact the web designer about adding a “Useful Information” section, said Bolas Miller.

Also at the meeting, trustees:

• noted air conditioning in the Town Hall is completely installed and operable. Trustees discussed putting in a lockbox or programming the unit to ensure it is not left on long after a group is done using the building;

• discussed lighting improvements taking place around the outside of the Fire Station. Fire Chief Rob Haas said the project, which includes adding motion lights that turn on when movement is detected from about 60 feet away, is 98 percent finished;

• approved renewing two software licenses with ACS Firehouse for managing Fire Department records at a cost of $850;

• noted that while receiving regular maintenance, the Fire Department’s Engine 131-1 was found to need new front brakes, and the cost has not been determined yet, said Haas;

• approved paying a bill to Medina Paint Striping for $930 for painting stop bars at railroad crossings on Boneta, Beach and State roads;

• said repairs to a nicked gas line in the cemetery caused by a township employee using a backhoe are expected to cost $1,503, according to Fiscal Officer Anita Haas. She is waiting to hear from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority regarding whether the expense will be covered by insurance, she said;

• heard from Jones in his role as zoning inspector that an issue with signs planned for the Medina Municipal Airport helipad has been resolved, as plans have been brought in compliance with all township zoning regulations;

• noted the deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption tax reduction for adults 65 and older or permanently disabled is June 4, according to Jerry Brewer, representing the Medina County Auditor’s Office. Also, the auditor’s office can provide assistance with applying for mortgage aid through the state’s Restoring Stability program, he said. The office can be reached at 330-725-9754;

• discussed efforts to add a four-way stop at Ridgewood and State roads, the site of a recent three-vehicle crash. Trustees said they wrote a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) a year and a half ago regarding that intersection and believe traffic studies have been conducted at that location in the past but plan to now follow up again with ODOT; and

• said they received a letter from an Akron resident regarding the traffic pattern around Sharon Circle, in which he complained it is incongruent with other roundabouts in the area, which can cause confusion. The man’s letter was accompanied by a reply from an ODOT traffic operations engineer, on which the trustees were copied, which noted the township desires to retain the existing traffic control around the circle.

Trustees next will meet June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building on Sharon Circle.

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