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Sharon trustees pass resolution regarding Stauffer property

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Audrey French

Sharon Elementary School students, from left, Logan Acks, A.J. Cooper, Emma Kwiecien and Billy Murdock attended the Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting to receive awards for their artwork.
Photo: Audrey French
At the Nov. 13 meeting, the Sharon Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution detailing how they can help facilitate the sale of the Stauffer property.

Trustee Brian Guccion said the current issues with the Stauffer property are twofold, including improper drainage and issues with some of the property line boundaries lying inside the buildings.

After talking with the Medina County Engineer’s Office, Trustee Ray Lurtz said the state of Ohio is on board to help; however, state Route 94 (Ridge Road) is not scheduled to be repaved until 2016, when the state will look at improving subsurface-level drainage.

In the meantime, the Medina County Engineer’s Office is looking into a grading plan, since the agency is only allowed to address issues on the surface, he said.

Lurtz said he expects to receive the plan for consideration early next year.

In order to resolve the issues and help assist in a more timely sale of the buildings, the trustees had Brian Richter, of the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, draw up a resolution. The resolution, which trustees approved, states that at this time, it is the intent of the trustees to work to resolve any encroachment issues with the buildings located in the north and south side of Sharon Circle; to work with the property owner of the building on the south side of Sharon Circle to address surface-level drainage issues; and to allow the current public parking at Sharon Circle to remain on both sides as it has always been in the past.

In other business:

• Six Sharon Elementary School students were awarded for their artwork as part of the school’s semi-annual art contest. In addition to the awards, each student received his or her framed and matted artwork, which had been hanging in the township Administration Building for the past six months.

• Lurtz said Andy Conrad, Medina County assistant engineer, asked trustees for input regarding issues with the resurfacing in developer Mark Michaels’ Sharon Falls subdivision off of Ridgewood Road.

All the trustees voiced the opinion that the workmanship and materials used in the pavement were not up to standard and advised the county to not accept it.

Guccion said he feels like the pavement should be removed and put back in at the contractor’s expense.

• Trustees approved expenses associated with the State of Ohio Trustee Convention in Columbus this January.

• Boy Scout Alex Karwowski updated trustees on the status of his Eagle Scout project in which he plans to install a new “Welcome to Sharon Township” sign on Ridge Road near state Route 18. Alex stated that assuming the site passed inspection Nov. 14, he, along with a group of other Boy Scouts, planned to work on the sign Nov. 17 and 18 at the latest.

• Trustees approved an agreement with the Medina County Engineer’s Office to give them the ability to purchase materials for the township in 2013.

• Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller read a letter from a concerned parent whose child attends the school at Northside Christian Church regarding the general confusion that occurred at the church during the Nov. 6 General Election. In the future, Miller said the Medina County Board of Elections would consider allowing the two precincts, which were moved, to vote at the Town Hall or Administration Building instead.

• Trustees passed a motion to approve an agreement with the Medina County Combined General Health District to oversee the Phase II Storm Water Management Program for Sharon in 2013. 

• Trustees approved the scheduling and pricing for the new Fire Prevention Program at Sharon Elementary presented by Fire Chief Robert Haas.

• Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced the annual Sharon Community Christmas Celebration will be Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Sharon Town Hall. Festivities will include a community sing-along, lighting of the circle holiday display, a guest appearance by Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, and the presentation of the Sharon Township Heritage Society’s Appreciation Award.

• Administrative Assistant Marsha Bebout will be resigning at the end of December from her position, said Haas.

• According to Haas and Miller, if anyone is interested in being a member of the Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals or Zoning Commission, they should send a letter of interest and résumé to P.O. Box 7, Sharon Center, OH 44274 by Nov. 30.

• Service Director Bob Turek announced Koontz Road is now open.

• Zoning Inspector Neil Jones announced the 2013 Heritage Society calendars are on sale for $10. Interested individuals can call Jones at 330-239-1729 or a fellow Heritage Society member at 330-239-2099.

The next regular Sharon trustees’ meeting will take place Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building on Sharon Circle.

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