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Sharon trustees hear update on court

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the March 12 Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting, Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen McIlvaine gave a presentation of activity in the court during 2012.

McIlvaine gave the following statistics about the court:

√ 8,793 new cases, up 549 from 2011;

√ more than $10,000 in restitution was given to victims;

√ 11 jury trials took place;

√ 161 nonjury trials took place;

√ 535 cases were covered by public defenders;

√ $1.8 million in receipts was disbursed to various courts in the state; and

√ 45 weddings were performed;

In response to a resident’s question, McIlvaine said the receipts consisted of money given back to the courts in accordance with specific state statutes. As an example, he referenced funds given to the locality where a traffic citation was issued.

In other business:

  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported nine bids were received for the culvert work on State Road. Trustees agreed to accept the bid from HSH Construction and Excavating, of Wadsworth, for $68,658, pending approval from the Medina County Engineer’s Office.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced a Spring Appliance Roundup will be held by the Medina County Solid Waste Management District April 8-12. She said residents may drop off appliances for free from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Medina County Central Processing Facility, 8700 Lake Road. Additionally, she mentioned drop-offs can be made at the Plum Creek facility, 2417 Plum Creek Parkway in Brunswick, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Haas asked for a supplemental appropriation to the budget to move $10,000 from the General Fund to the Utility Fund. She also requested and received approval for funds to attend a local government officials’ conference in Columbus April 3-4.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller received approval for a nonprofit fund to be set up through the Sharon Firefighters Association to cover expenses for summer concerts. She said a $2,000 donation will be made to the fund.
    Miller also reported negotiations regarding the post office lease for five years with the ability to renew twice will continue.
    She also announced a potential buyer for the FirstMerit Bank building on Sharon-Copley Road.
  • Service Director Bob Turek announced Sharon Earth Day Cleanup will be held April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the township’s maintenance garage. He said no tires, appliances or hazardous materials will be accepted.
    Turek said he received a call from Wadsworth Electric about a lack of payment for three 400-watt streetlights on Wolf Creek Trail since November. He said the Wolf Creek Association will be contacted about payment.
    Turek also reported several replacements at Sharon Community Park, including a new cover on the park’s fence, new bleachers and new roofs on the dugouts. He also said there is consideration for the replacement of the park’s 15-year-old playground.
    Also, Turek reported he purchased 740 tons of salt. He said the township currently has a total of 1,076 tons of salt.
  • Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec announced the latest bill for the Sharon Fire Department’s medical supplies totals $280.
    Stanec reported the department has issued a request for a radio programming upgrade with the Copley Fire Department that would total about $2,601. A motion to upgrade that equipment was approved.
    Stanec said he will send letters to owners of residences with driveways longer than 900 feet requesting permission for their properties to be marked and inspected by the department.
    Stanec also announced the department’s fish fry will be held April 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones announced four conditional-use applications have been issued. He said one of them requests the former north Stauffer’s Furniture building be divided for different uses.
    He also reported on an Eagle Scout project in which Scouts will help install dugouts for Sharon Elementary School’s baseball field.
    He also said a new entranceway will be added to Bennett’s Pet Supply at 986 Medina Road.
  • Resident Jim Berry said the new building at Portside Industrial Park should be done by Oct. 1, and over the next three years, up to 85 people should be employed there.
  • Resident Eleanor Hammond discussed the Sharon Women’s Club Scholarship, which will be available for any Sharon students to apply for through April 15. She said the scholarship is good for colleges and trade schools. She added the application is available on the Highland Local Schools’ website, www.highlandschools.org, as well as Sharon’s website, www.sharontwp.org.
  • Resident Jacob Darling reported his idea of holding a farmers’ market at Sharon Circle has been approved by the Medina County Health Department and the Medina County Department of Agriculture. He said vendors selling whole produce and cottage goods will not be required to have a vending license.
    The trustees said they plan to discuss the idea in greater detail.

The next trustees’ meeting is set for March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building on Sharon Circle.

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