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Sharon trustees discuss flooding in township

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the July 23 meeting, the Sharon Board of Trustees discussed the July 10 storm that caused flooding and downed trees throughout the township.

Trustee Brian Guccion started the meeting by expressing his thanks to the chiefs of the Hinckley, Brunswick, Valley City and Wadsworth fire departments for assisting the Sharon Fire Department during the storm. He said each chief took a quadrant of the township and assisted in the cleanup effort.

Service Director Bob Turek stated the storm caused damage to Koontz Road. He said a culvert on the road had to be repaired and 47 tons of stone needed to be brought in. The board agreed to pay N&N Construction, of Wakeman, $5,391 to repair Koontz Road.

Turek also said the storm caused flooding at Sharon Community Park. He said four picnic tables and six garbage cans floated away, and all but three of the garbage cans were recovered. He also said the storage of paper products was damaged and the items had to be thrown away. Partition walls made of particle board in both of the restrooms got wet and gave off an offensive odor, he said. The board agreed to spend $3,600 to replace the partition walls with plastic walls.

In other business:

  • Guccion offered his condolences to the family of Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) member John Houghton, who died earlier this month.
    Trustees agreed to move BZA first alternate Mark Funfgeld onto the BZA for the remainder of Houghton’s term, which will expire Dec. 31. Jeff Haag will take the first alternate position for the remainder of Funfgeld’s term, which also expires Dec. 31.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller said she received a letter from the Cleveland Restoration Society, which extended to the board a one-year complimentary membership in the society. She said this was a result of resident Kevin Robinette’s winning this year’s Celebration of Preservation Award.
    Miller also provided an update regarding the fiber optic node discussed at previous meetings, which would provide faster Internet service to businesses. She said the township has tentatively agreed to place the node at the fire station. She explained the company will waive the township’s access and connectivity fees, but does not offer any discount on services. Miller said she asked a company representative if reduced fees for services might be a compensation for allowing the node to be placed in the township. She said she has yet to receive a response to that suggestion.
    Miller also reported she received a call regarding a pond that was built at State and Ridgewood roads.
    State Road resident Ann Turley addressed her concerns on the issue, and said the owner of the pond told her he wanted to put in a small lake and dam. Turley said she is concerned the dirt from the dam might not hold the water back and with the unsightly nature of the 7- to 8-foot wall of dirt that faces her property. Turley added Dan Wilhote, of the Medina County Engineer’s Office, has been contacted about her concerns.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas said she received a letter from the Ohio Department of Commerce that the township’s liquor licenses will expire Oct. 31 and those with permits to sell alcohol must renew their applications.
    Haas also reported she talked with a representative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, who said the agency will replace a culvert on Sharon-Copley Road in Montville Township starting Aug. 2. She said the road will be closed for seven days as a result of this project, and a detour will go through Sharon.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas reported two of the department’s vehicles are out of commission.
    The board agreed to spend $1,369 to replace the emergency brake lines on one of the department’s trucks.
    Chief Haas said the department’s tanker also is out of service with a cracked rotor.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said he received a call from Highland Youth Soccer President Chris Schaffer, who said he would like to have new soccer nets installed at Sharon Community Park at no cost to the township.
    The trustees said the Park Board should be able to help make arrangements with the soccer team.
    According to Jones, he talked with Brian Richter, of the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, about a lighted hoop arena on Beach Road. He said Richter told him nothing could be done since it is used for agriculture, but did suggest talking to the property owner. Jones said he will talk to the homeowner about limiting nighttime lighting.
  • A township resident reported he had noticed an abandoned house on Sharon-Copley Road in which the garage had fallen in.
    Jones said he will try to call the homeowner and ask if he or she is interested in participating in the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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