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Sharon to hold meeting on proposed zoning amendments

10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Dick Aughenbaugh, of the Sharon Township Zoning Commission, proposed several changes to the township’s zoning regulations at the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 22.

He said one of these changes is a proposed amendment pertaining to the definition of the term “dwelling” in the regulations. He announced a public hearing on that proposed change is scheduled before the Board of Trustees for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., which will precede the regularly scheduled board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle. Augenbaugh said this proposed amendment has been tabled for the past six months.

Additionally, he said, other regulation changes will be addressed at next month’s Zoning Commission meeting Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Sharon Town Hall, 1320 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle. Augenbaugh said among other zoning regulations that will be addressed are the creation of General Business, Industrial and Agriculture districts, raising R-1 (Residential) zones to 5 acres, and General Business with historical overlays designation for the circle area. He said he encourages the public to attend the BZA meeting.

In other zoning department news, Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported permits for two single-family homes, two accessory buildings, a swimming pool and a deck have been issued since the last board meeting.

Jones also reported he is seeking nominations for the Sharon Heritage Society Community Service Award. He said he is asking the public to send in letters of nominations describing why the recipients are being nominated, what their qualifications are and how they enriched the township. He said nominations can be sent in by mail to: Sharon Township Heritage Society, P.O. Box 154, Sharon Center, OH, 44274. Jones said the deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 8.

In other business:

  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported she received a letter from the Sharon Women’s Club thanking the trustees for the donation of police presence at this year’s Fall Festival.
    She reported she also received a letter from Burnham and Flower Insurance Group explaining they will increase the trustees’ current rates by 2 percent in January because of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz provided an update on the construction of Beach Road between Sharon-Copley and Ridgewood roads. He said construction that has been completed on one section of that stretch of road cost $14,981. He added another section of that area should cost less than the $12,000 that is left from the $27,000 budgeted amount for the project.
    Lurtz inquired about the addition of cabinets to the historic 1840 house.
    Jones said he looked through the memorabilia inside the building to determine how much room would be needed to move cabinets into the building.
    Lurtz also reported construction has been authorized for Hatch Road. He said the project will be done by PS Construction Fabrics, of Berea.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported a local woman called about her grandfather’s gravesite.
    Service Director Bob Turek said he could not find a permit for June 3, 1959, the date this resident’s grandfather was buried.
    Miller also extended birthday wishes to residents Betty Bush and Mildred Holland, both of whom are now 100 years old.
    Miller reminded the public Halloween trick-or-treating in the township will take place tonight, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported Simmons Brothers Construction in Medina donated dirt for various construction projects in the township.
    He also reported edge lines on State Road should be added by Medina County this week.
  • Turek reported ditching in the township has been postponed because the equipment of the company assigned to the project is broken.
    Guccion suggested Turek look for another company to start the ditching process.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas reported Sharon Fire Department member Megan Brown requested a six-month leave of absence.
    Trustees suggested Chief Haas ask Brown to resign and then reapply upon her return after her leave.
    Chief Haas said the time is approaching for the Fire Department to purchase new fire helmets, which he said cost roughly $125 each. He said all Fire Department apparel must be replaced every 10 years.
  • Lisa Nichols, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, reported the deadline for filing for informal hearings for the 2013 reappraisal project is tomorrow, Nov. 1. She said informal hearing requests can be emailed or dropped off at the office, 144 N. Broadway St.
    Nichols also said starting next year, there will be a change to the Homestead Exemption Program. She said if citizens are already enrolled in the program, there will be no change for them. She explained the program will become an income-based qualifying program starting in 2014, and in order to qualify, a homeowner’s income can be no more than $30,000 per year.
    Nichols said residents who are 65 or older are urged to apply for the exemption before the end of the year to receive the exemption without a qualifying income. She said anyone with questions on the program can call the Auditor’s Office at 330-725-9754.
    Miller suggested the Auditor’s Office set up a table at Sharon Township’s fish fry Nov. 9 to explain these changes to the public.
    Nichols announced rules for the Top Dog Essay Contest for fourth-graders in Medina County can be found at medina countyauditor.org. She said the essay contest will kick off Medina County’s dog licensing program, which will start Dec. 1.
  • Frankie Marrone, owner of Sharon’s Little Leapers Day Care Center, 5145 Boneta Road, announced children can get photos taken with Santa Claus Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the center. She said the photos are free and can be picked up two days later.
  • Eleanor Hammond, of the Sharon Women’s Club, expressed her thanks to trustees and the Service Department for their assistance in putting together this year’s Fall Festival. She said more than 400 people attended the festival this year.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ a payment of $1,500 to the Medina County Economic Development Corp.;

√ the resignation of Sharon Fire Department paramedic Adam Black;

√ joining the Medina County Fire Chiefs Association in the purchase of rules and regulations from the law firm of Comstock, Springer and Wilson in Youngstown for $5,000.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle, following the public hearing with the Sharon Zoning Commission, which will start at 6:30 p.m.

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