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Sharon culvert replacement deadline rescheduled

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Dan Becker, of the Medina County Engineer’s Office, spoke at the April 23 Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting to provide an update on a current road construction project.

He said HSH Construction and Excavating has been working on replacing a culvert between Fixler and Reimer roads, a project that started in March and was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of June. However, he said he anticipates the project to end before Mother’s Day, May 12.

Becker said the company will change its plans for using a precast box to replace the culvert and instead have a box poured into place to fix the culvert. He said that should speed up the process to have the project completed three or four weeks earlier than originally planned. The extra measures will cost approximately $3,000 in addition to the initial $68,600 bid for the project.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed:

√ on a lease for the post office on Sharon Circle. Miller said the five-year lease will include an increase in annual rent of up to $1,200 and will be renewable twice; and

√ agreed to purchase a wider and longer EMS emergency backboard. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec said the new backboard will be paid with EMS grant money and costs $499.

In other news:

  • Trustee Brian Guccion discussed a letter he received from the Medina County commissioners stating the county will receive a $185,000 allocation from Ohio’s Community Development Block Grant Program starting Sept. 1. He said township projects must provide direct benefit to low- or moderate-income residents, disabled residents or elderly residents.
    Guccion also provided an update on the paving of the Sharon Falls development, stating that an 11-year performance bond has been set for the project. He said a contractor will make the repairs, but a performance bond will ensure that if the repair fails, the township will receive a 100 percent replacement for six years and a 10 percent replacement for five years afterward.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported the electric lines on Hartman Road have been moved as part of an effort to remove the electric poles from the right-of-way. He said the installation of cable lines on the poles has been scheduled to take place in the middle of May.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller said the farmers’ market is scheduled to start the first week of June at Sharon Community Park and will be held throughout the season on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced the upcoming Recycling Day held by the Medina County Solid Waste Management District will take place May 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds. She said paint, antifreeze and batteries will be accepted.
    She also announced Fire Chief Robert Haas received a certificate for 100 percent participation in Medina County Safety Council meetings in the past year.
  • Service Director Bob Turek provided an update on a previous proposal to add new playground equipment to Sharon Community Park. He said a state bid on the equipment is not needed and he will meet with some of the companies that make some of the equipment.
  • Jerry Brewer, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, handed out newsletters to the public and announced some upcoming events in Medina County, including the Pet Adopt-A-Thon scheduled for May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Medina National Guard Armory, 920 Lafayette Road. He also discussed a Memorial Day essay contest for middle school students in Medina County and said more information on the contest can be found on the Auditor’s Office website at www.medinacountyauditor.org.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said eight permits have been issued since the last trustees’ meeting, including an agricultural exemption for a horse barn.
    Jones also reported on street damage in the Crooked Stick subdivision caused by a tree falling, which needs to be cleaned up.
    Jones announced he received an invitation to a ceremony for Eagle Scout Alex Karwowski’s welcome sign project. Alex, 16, was honored by the trustees earlier in April for his work in creating the “Welcome to Sharon Township” sign on Ridge Road.

The next Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting has been scheduled for May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road in Sharon Circle.

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