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Eagle Scout honored at Sharon board meeting

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Alex Karwowski, an Eagle Scout in Troop No. 511, was awarded a plaque by the Sharon Township Board of Trustees April 9 for creating a welcome sign on Ridge Road entering Sharon Township.
Photo: Scott Kriska
At the April 9 Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Brian Guccion presented Eagle Scout Alex Karwowski, 16, with a plaque commemorating his service to the township.

Guccion said Karwowski created the “Welcome to Sharon Township” sign on Ridge Road as part of his Eagle Scout project. Karwowski said some of the things he learned while working on this project included project management, people skills and experience working with local government. He said he also learned how the Ohio Department of Transportation works to issue permits for such projects. Karwowski reported the total cost for the new sign was $5,000.

Also at the meeting, Fire Chief Robert Haas addressed a problem with field fires in Medina County. He said these fires could be started because of dense undergrowth of grass and also by open burning and high winds. He advised the public to be careful and to read through the township’s open burning regulations on the township website at www.sharontwp.org.

The chief also addressed problems with the Fire Department’s email server and said the department may need to switch email providers.

The trustees agreed to replace the Fire Department’s current 1991 pumper tanker with a 2013 Pierce Aero XT pumper tanker based on state and prosecutor approval. Chief Haas said the new tanker costs $633,699 and should be delivered within 200 to 230 days.

Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller discussed the farmers’ market, which has been moved to Sharon Community Park due to traffic concerns in Sharon Circle. She said the market will take place on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. starting in late May in the area behind the rear parking lot of the park. Miller said all vendors must provide their own tables and chairs. Anyone seeking more information on the farmers’ market can contact Miller at 330-239-4406 or sharontrusteekim@aol.com.

Miller also suggested the public continue to patronize the Blooming Acres greenhouse on State Road despite the road closure, and she reported that a node for the Medina County Fiber Network will be placed in the township for better phone and online network service. She said there will be no connection fee for the node to save money on services.

In other business:

  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced Service Director Bob Turek received a $500 grant from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority for safety items for his work at Sharon Community Park. She said his work included replacing the bleachers at the park.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz announced permits have been issued for work to be done on poles in the right-of-way on Hartman Road.
    Lurtz reported Guccion will handle an upcoming meeting with a contractor who worked on the Sharon Falls subdivision.
    He said bids for all township roads will open May 14.
  • Service Director Bob Turek said 20 headstones at the cemetery need to be fixed.
    The board approved a motion to pay $14,300 to fix the headstones.
    Turek also discussed adding footers to the cemetery, questioning whether the cost of footers should be raised. He said footers that are 36 inches or less cost $50. The issue will be up for future discussion.
    Turek reported reflective regulatory signs will be added to township roads before Jan. 1, 2014, in accordance with Ohio law.
    He also said he will add a regular stop sign to the intersection of the Signature of Sharon development and Sharon-Copley Road.
    Turek reported he saved $20,000 on salt over last year. He noted the last order he made contained 879 tons of salt.
    Turek and the trustees also discussed a proposal for new playground equipment at Sharon Community Park. No final decisions have yet been made.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported on an architect from Rausch Historic Preservation who is interested in taking photos of Sharon Town Hall. He said the photos will be used in a résumé from the architect to show how preservations are done.

The next Sharon trustees’ meeting is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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