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Sharon trustees clear up billing dispute

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

During the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 22, Trustee Ray Lurtz announced a year-old billing dispute with Karvo Paving Co., of Stow, has finally been resolved.

Karvo did roadwork in the township in the fall of 2011, for which the township received an invoice shortly thereafter for $165,000, he said.

Trustees sent a check for $140,000 in January of 2012, and over the past year, they have made several attempts, via letter and phone, to clear up the bill, according to Lurtz.

The work was never completed, and the township was overcharged by $14,000, Lurtz said at a previous trustees’ meeting. Also, the business was unresponsive to the letters and calls, he said.

However, after finally meeting with Karvo officials the previous week, the matter has been laid to rest, and trustees have agreed to pay the remainder of the total bill, which was changed to $160,500, he said.

Yet, Lurtz noted the township would have been justified in charging $1,000 per day for each day the project was considered incomplete. Lurtz said trustees decided to deduct just $500 for being overdue.

Another road project on the horizon will fix streets in the Signature of Sharon subdivision, according to Lurtz.

While the township does not have $1 million to totally redo those roads, they plan to remedy the major problem, which is water under the road that has nowhere to go, said Lurtz. The pipes were not built low enough, he said.

“Water is the culprit of destroying roads,” he added.

Before next winter, trustees plan to have the project complete, which includes resurfacing the subdivision’s roads, said Trustee Brian Guccion. They hope the fix will last another 10 years, said Lurtz.

Also at the meeting, along with other annual bills presented by Fiscal Officer Anita Haas, trustees approved a motion to send an annual gift of $750 to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for services provided in the township. Haas said a SPCA report indicated that in 2012, the agency helped 10 animals in the township, estimated to cost $75 per animal.

In addition, trustees signed their annual highway system certification with the Medina County Engineer’s Office, for 42.7 miles of roadway.

Trustees also signed plans for repairs to a culvert on State Road, located south of Fixler Road, almost to Blooming Acres greenhouse.

The culvert has been bad for years, said Lurtz, and it has flooded in the past.

Trustees want to have the culvert fixed before paving the road later this year, he said.

The project has been estimated by the Medina County Engineer’s Office to cost between $70,000 and $80,000, and they may begin accepting bids from contractors as soon as next month, he added.

In other business, trustees:

• adopted a resolution outlining a policy regarding providing food at township meetings, generally restricted to special occasions;

• noted Service Director Bob Turek is the new contact for handling Town Hall, gazebo and table and chair rentals;

• set a public hearing for Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for comments on proposed changes to the township’s zoning resolution, including adding language regarding cell towers and to create guidelines for the Architectural Review Board, according to trustees. The Architectural Review Board can be used at no cost by any building owner in the township for guidance on aesthetics, but appearing before the board is not mandatory, noted Guccion;

• said there is a potential buyer for the FirstMerit Bank building on Sharon Circle. The potential buyer is not interested in the 2 acres of land behind the building, and the township has hired an appraiser to determine the value of the land, which the township may be interested in purchasing, according to Lurtz;

• noted the Sharon Fire Department made 441 runs in 2012, which is seven runs less than the year before, reported Fire Chief Rob Haas;

• approved a request from the fire chief to spend $956 to renew a maintenance program for a breathing air compressor;

• noted the township has ordered 234 tons of road salt so far this winter season, and the salt bins are full to about 400 tons, according to Turek. By Jan. 22 of last year, 488 tons had been ordered, he said;

• heard a repeat request from resident Bill Bramley that trustees rescind their moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on township-owned land. The ban discourages the oil and gas industry, he said. Trustees reiterated their position on fracking is neutral.

“We are choosing not to pursue hydraulic fracturing [on properties owned by the township],” explained Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller; and

• following an executive session, made appointments to the zoning boards, including Debbie Gabriel (four-year term), Jim Snider (first alternate, one-year term) and Don Hammond (second alternate, one-year term) to the Zoning Commission; and John Solomon (four-year term), Christine Kurth (first alternate, one-year term) and Mark Funfgeld (second alternate, one-year term) to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is set for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building on Sharon Circle, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road.

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