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Appropriations approved at Sharon trustees meeting

2/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Sharon Fiscal Officer Anita Haas released permanent appropriations figures for this year during the Feb. 12 Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting, which trustees approved.

Haas said the total is $4.9 million, with $1.6 million for the General Fund, $1.3 million for roads and bridges, $1.5 million for the Fire Department and $318,900 for emergency medical services.

Also during the meeting, trustees tabled a request from a vendor to bring soft drink machines to Sharon Community Park. The trustees discussed the pros and the cons of the issue and decided to give it more thought before making a decision.

Trustee Ray Lurtz said he does not want commercialization at the park and fears the machines could be robbed.

However, Trustees Kimberly Bolas Miller and Brian Guccion expressed their approval of the idea.

In other business:

  • Haas said she received a bill for $20,549 from the Medina County Commissioner’s Office for the Sheriff’s Communication Center covering call activity for 2012. She also said she received a tax bill for ditch enclosure assessment from Medina County Sanitary Engineers due Feb. 15.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas said the Fire Department answered a total of 441 calls for service in 2012, a 1 percent decrease in call volumes over 2011. He also announced a total fire loss of $50,700, a 39 percent increase since 2011.
    He also discussed upcoming events from the Fire Department. He said two fish fries are planned for this year — one in April and one in November. He added a fundraiser will be held March 16 at Thirsty Cowboy, 2743 Medina Road, which will include a raffle for a four-wheeler. The funds raised at the event will go toward the township Firefighters Association’s efforts to refurbish one of its fire trucks as a casket hauler, he explained.
    The chief also announced he accepted the resignation of firefighter Kyle Muir, which will become official once a resignation letter is received, according to trustees.
  • Lurtz acknowledged the resignation of long-time Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) member Christine Kurth. He expressed his gratitude for her 18 years of service to the township.
    “She became a friend of mine and I hate to see her go, but I know why she went, and I respect her wishes,” he said. “She served the township well.”
    He also said the culvert project on State Road will be open for bids Feb. 21-28.
  • Miller also commended Kurth for her work and announced Jeff Haag was appointed as a BZA alternate. Miller also recognized the work of Eagle Scouts Blake Weekley and Andrew Tatman for their service to the Sharon community and to the Highland Local School District.
  • Service Director Bob Turek addressed various service concerns for the township. Among them were headstone repairs at the local cemetery and the proposal of three new sets of bleachers at Sharon Community Park to replace the current wooden ones. The trustees approved that proposal, but said the value of the bleachers is not to exceed $3,000.
    Turek also said the Town Hall rental procedure is now on the Sharon Township website at www.sharontwp.org.
  • Trustees also approved purchasing four trees to be planted around the backstop in Sharon Community Park for $1,300.
    According to Turek, the township is currently 450 tons of salt under last year’s order.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones discussed a variance request for a new billboard on Medina Road near Snyder Tree Farm.
    He also said he has issued only one house permit so far this year.
  • Resident Jacob Darling proposed the idea of a farmers’ market to be held in Sharon Circle sometime this spring.
    Miller agreed with the suggestion and said she liked the idea of everyone coming to the center of town.
  • Diane Citino, of the Sharon Firefighters Association, announced the annual Sharon Township Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 30 at Sharon Community Park on Ridge Road.

The next Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road, on Sharon Circle.

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