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Sharon trustees discuss road construction

11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Audrey French

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the Sharon Township Board of Trustees approved a 14-day extension on the Koontz Road culvert project.

According to a letter from HSH Construction, the company needs extra time to pave the road and put in a guardrail, said Trustee Brian Guccion.

Service Director Bob Turek indicated the road would be paved Thursday, Oct. 25, at the same time as the road around Culvert 6 near Medina Line Road. Turek also mentioned a guardrail would then be installed, after which the road will reopen. While the completion date is now Nov. 9, both Guccion and Turek remain optimistic the road will be opened sooner.

On the same topic of road construction, Guccion also announced Burdett Road near state Route 162 will be closed today, Nov. 1, for emergency repairs to the southbound lane where the ditch is undermining the road, although these repairs may be delayed until the effects of Hurricane Sandy pass. The trustees received a bid from N&N Construction for excavation, a new storm pipe, grate, drain tile, concrete spillway and riprap, totaling around $9,263, said Guccion.

Also during the meeting, Guccion mentioned he had talked to Dan Becker, a civil engineer with the Medina County Engineer’s Office, regarding potential issues with the pavement near a culvert on State Road along the Sharon and Wadsworth border. The current plan is to replace the culvert and repave the road in Spring 2013, said Turek.

Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller additionally voiced concern over large cracks in Thoroughbred Drive.

Turek said Trustee Ray Lurtz is looking into the issue and repairs could potentially be done in the spring.

In other business:

• Guccion, Miller and Turek discussed options to minimize vandalism of the restrooms at the Sharon Community Park. Miller proposed locking the restrooms after dusk or installing a gate at the entrance. No decisions were made pending further investigation.

• Zoning Inspector Neil Jones is waiting to hear back from the owner of four large white tanks originating from the A. Shulman Inc. building, which are currently sitting in the parking lot behind the Sharon Event & Party Center.

• Trustees approved the renewal of Sharon’s Medina County Economic Development Corp. membership for $1,500.

• Trustees accepted the amounts and rates in the 2013 budget received by Fiscal Officer Anita Haas from the Budget Commission. The township uses this estimated budget to determine appropriations.

• Miller read a drafted letter to International Services expressing Sharon Fire Department’s disappointment in the recent performance of their 2009 Braun Rescue Squad on which Sharon has had to replace many faulty brake parts.

• Trustees approved a final post-audit review by Charles E. Harris and Associates for an estimated $55 per hour.

• Turek mentioned the cemetery grass has now been seeded and covered in straw and that a section of the fence near the entrance needs to be repaired.

• Trustees renewed the Fire Department’s Technical Service Agreement for all its LifePak defibrillators for one year totaling $2,873.

• Jones mentioned he has contacted the political candidates whose signs are too large and in violation of Sharon’s zoning and asked them to remove the signs.

The following announcements also were made:

√ The Heritage Society is still accepting nominations for its Community Service Award. They can be sent to P.O. Box 154, Sharon Center, OH 44274, said Jones.

√ The Medina County Auditor’s Office is currently sponsoring two contests. Fourth-grade students are invited to write an essay on why their dog, should be 2013’s Top Dog, due Nov. 12, and high school students are encouraged to design stickers used by the office’s Weights and Measures Division, due Nov. 21, said Jerry Brewer, of the Auditor’s Office. More information is available at www.medinacountyauditor.org.

√ Fire Chief Rob Haas and Guccion announced the Sharon Township Firefighters Association will hold a Kids Festival Nov. 3 at Sharon Circle directly after the Sharon PTO Fall Festival, which ends at 3 p.m.

In addition, trick-or-treating has been rescheduled to Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. around Sharon Circle and in the neighborhoods there, according to Miller.

The next Sharon trustees’ meeting is set for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building on Sharon Circle.

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