Sharon trustees discuss maintenance issues
The Sharon Township Board of Trustees, township officials and residents discussed several issues during the Feb. 26 meeting.
Trustee Ray Lurtz discussed the tax assessment for enclosed ditches in the township, stating that 20 percent of the original cost is put into an escrow account. He explained the township pays 25 percent of the 20 percent cost and the owners pay the rest of the cost. The funds in the escrow account cover any drainage problems that occur during the 10-year assessment period, he said.
Lurtz also reported the township received a call from the Medina County assistant engineer regarding asphalt work done in the Falling Waters subdivision. He said both the materials and workmanship are poor, but said the owners of the companies doing the work and providing the materials said their analysis passed. This was reported four months after the job, he said, and the analysis should have been completed at the time of the job. He explained the bond for the project is still in force, but if the problems are not fixed by June 1, the bond company will take over a settlement of the issue. In the meantime, a meeting has been proposed with the township and the owners in an attempt to reach a resolution.
In other township news:
- Lurtz reported a notification from Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Administrator Matt Simon that sewer work will start on the south side of the former site of Stauffer’s Furniture at Sharon Circle. He said he also asked for an appraisal on the back land of the property from the post office to the Sharon Fire Department. He said the appraisal has been received, but the dollar amount will not be revealed, in accordance with the law.
- Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported receiving a notification from the post office that its lease with the township will expire in May. She said the post office agent proposed a five-year lease with a 6 percent increase, adding the lease could be renewed twice for five years each time with an additional 6 percent increase each time. She said a termination clause with a 180-day notice also would be added.
Trustees expressed displeasure with a 3 percent rental fee that would have to be paid in full for five years within 30 days of signing the lease. They felt not taking an increase in rent or taking a smaller increase would be preferable to paying the upfront fee.
Trustees decided to hold off on making a decision pending further discussion with the agent.
- Miller said the Medina County Board of Elections sent a notice that a permanent change will be made for two precincts voting at Northside Christian Church. She said the new polling place will be Sharon Town Hall.
Miller also said 28 residents who could potentially vote for the possible Medina City Schools levy in the May 7 Primary/Special Election could be sent to a Medina polling station. A letter will be sent to these residents, she said.
- Service Director Bob Turek reported the bleachers for Sharon Community Park will be delivered next week and will be bolted to concrete pads when they are installed. He also said trees have been planted at the park and the restrooms have been painted.
- Turek explained that bids for the State Road culvert project will be dropped off at the Sharon Fire Department March 12.
- Fire Chief Robert Haas reported engineers’ drawings for a new fire truck to replace the department’s 1991 Pierce Pumper are almost complete. He said documents for bids have been drawn up.
Haas also announced tickets are available at the Fire Department for the March 16 fundraiser at Thirsty Cowboy, 2743 Medina Road. He said the proceeds will be used to restore a fire truck to be used as a casket hauler and the fundraising event will include a raffle for a four-wheeler. [For more on that event, see Page 9.]
- Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced a new bond from Assistant Zoning Inspector Melissa Hydel was signed, increasing the bond to $5,000.
- Diane Citino, of the Sharon Township Firefighters Association, said she is seeking donations of wrapped candy to fill eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled for March 30 at Sharon Community Park. She said the candy can be dropped off at Sharon Elementary School. Residents can also help with the event by filling eggs in the Sharon Town Hall basement March 9.
- Resident Jim Snider suggested to the trustees that a “State of the Township” address be held each January so residents receive a comprehensive report addressing the top five financial and social issues. He also suggested holding a trustees meeting at Sharon Elementary School, 6335 Ridge Road, to show the students how their local government works. Another suggestion he proposed was to create a future strategic planning committee to address such issues as excess funds, population growth and improvements for the next few years.
- Resident James Robertson asked trustees why the white safety lines were nowhere close to the stop signs at the railroad crossing at Sharon-Copley and Boneta roads.
The trustees said the contractor for the job has been notified, along with the ODOT and the Medina County Engineer’s Office.
Robertson also questioned why the stop signs for the Signature of Sharon development are different than the rest of the township.
The next Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road, on Sharon Circle.
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