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Sharon trustees approve 2014 budget

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees approved a budget for 2014 during the July 9 meeting.

According to Fiscal Officer Anita Haas, the township is expected to spend $2.7 million this year and $2.1 million next year. Haas said the estimated revenue for next year’s budget is $1.7 million. Having heard these figures, the board approved a $3.8 million budget for 2014.

In other news, Haas said the township received a $14,381 check from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to rebate Ohio’s economic resurgence.

Trustees also agreed to reissue the township’s road bid to Karvo Paving Co., of Stow, with revisions based on several different road maintenance projects in the township. Trustee Brian Guccion said the revised proposals and figures total up to $598,988.

In other business, Guccion said someone has been using the back entrance to the Medina Municipal Airport on Beach Road as a driveway. He said the rear entrance has since been chained and reminded the public that it is not a legal driveway.

Guccion also reported he received a letter from the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office stating some of the township cemetery deeds are incorrect.

However, trustees said the letter also stated the deeds do not necessarily need to be changed.

Guccion and the other trustees then expressed their congratulations to Granger Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach on her retirement after 33 years of service to the township. Trustee Ray Lurtz added every fiscal officer in Medina County has used Beach as a resource during her years on the board.

Also during the meeting:

  • Lurtz reported he received an email regarding the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program stating 22 applications for the program have been filed in Medina County out of 33 available projects. He also stated a resident sent in a money order of $750 for the demolition of the former Brian Fixler Ballroom, but the envelope was received with no contents. He said action needs to be taken to stop the payment of the money order.
  • Lurtz addressed reports from residents of gunshots being fired in the Sharon Falls development. He said calls were made to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office on these incidents, but residents are allowed to shoot on their own property.
  • Lurtz informed the public of a recent bear sighting in Sharon Township. He showed a photo of the bear he received on his cell phone and said the bear was last seen near Boneta Road.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller addressed a resident’s concern about a lake being dug behind their house and complaints that the amount of dirt from the digging is in the rear view of the house line.
    Zoning Inspector Neil Jones explained there is a five-foot distance requirement under Medina County law for digging in residential neighborhoods, but the township has no control over enforcing it.
    Miller advised the public to talk to their neighbors before starting such projects.
  • Miller reported the railroad gates at the railroad crossing on Boneta Road were stuck and the railroad quickly fixed them.
  • Miller said the parking for the farmers’ market at Sharon Community Park will be available for vendors at the road maintenance building across the street on Ridge Road July 21. She said vendors will not be able to use the park’s parking lot due to a church picnic being held that day. She also reported the farmers’ market at the park has been very successful so far this season.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas reported the Fire Department should receive their new $632,000 pumper tanker in approximately 230 days. He also reported Sharon Fire Department paramedic Adam Black has returned to the department after a one-year leave of absence to serve in Iraq as a paramedic. He said Black’s leave extended beyond the one-year period because he had broken his leg. Haas explained to the trustees that Black has been medically cleared and he is now putting him back on the department.
  • Chief Haas reported the Fire Department received a $2,500 grant from the Ohio Division of EMS. He also announced the department will take part in upcoming training classes from the Emergency Medical Service Institute at Medina United Methodist Church.
  • Service Director Bob Turek reported an air conditioning unit at the Sharon Township Administration Building is not working and discussed buying a new unit with the trustees.
    Chief Haas also said the air conditioner at the Fire Department is also not working properly.
  • Zoning Inspector Jones reported two pools, four permits and a conditional sign application were among the business the zoning department had taken care of since the last meeting.
    He also responded to a resident’s inquiry about a no-parking sign from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    Trustees responded their main concern was overnight parking that causes problems, especially in the winter months.
  • Resident Noah Fouts, 15, asked for approval for an Eagle Scout project to hold a benefit concert at Sharon Town Hall Aug. 13. He said the concert will benefit the music therapy program at Akron Children’s Hospital by buying ukuleles and will feature a variety of musical performances. The trustees approved his request.
  • Boy Scout Drew Gardner attended the meeting to work on credit for his merit badge.

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

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