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Trustees approve new equipment for Sharon Fire Department

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees approved the purchase of new clothing and helmets for Sharon Fire Department firefighters during the Nov. 12 meeting.

Trustees approved Fire Chief Robert Haas’ request to upgrade the department’s turnout gear, which includes eight pairs of coats and pants for $1,750 each. He also requested the department purchase 34 helmets to replace the department’s current outdated helmets. Haas said the helmets will cost $337.50 each, for a total of $11,475.

Haas also announced the Fire Department’s new pumper tanker should arrive at the fire station by the end of November.

A short zoning meeting was held prior to the board meeting to discuss a zoning amendment regarding the definition of the term “dwelling.” Dick Aughenbaugh, of the Sharon Zoning Commission, explained the term “dwelling” applies to any place that involves some habitation by humans. He explained he went through the township’s residential code and found a variety of words describing residential uses and said he wants to simplify the code. The board approved the amendment as submitted.

In legislative action, the board approved the following items:

√ an agreement with the Medina County Engineer’s Office regarding the purchase of gravel, salt and signs for township roads; and

√ the hiring of Helen Robertson as a part-time maintenance employee for the Sharon Administration Building and Sharon Town Hall for $10 per hour.

In other business:

  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas announced Sharon Township’s Christmas gathering will be held Dec. 1 at Sharon Town Hall, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.
    She also reported she received a letter from the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) explaining they will now ask for donations in the form of a specific dollar amount. She said the letter stated the SPCA is requesting a donation of $1,800.
    SPCA representative Jeff Holland explained this fee covers its services to pick up animals. He said criminal investigations into cases of animal cruelty will continue.
    Fiscal Officer Haas said trustees will respond back to the SPCA by Dec. 15.
    She also said she received letters from the Medina County Engineer’s Office regarding code violations in the Estates of Woodfield development. She said the letter stated the violations involve mud being tracked onto the roads. She explained six letters have been sent to construction companies involved in the violations.
    Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said he received calls on the same issue.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported he received an invoice from Karvo Paving, of Stow, for township paving in 2013 and found discrepancies in the invoice. He said he wrote a letter to Karvo asking for a meeting regarding the discrepancies.
    He also announced there are openings for one member and two alternates on the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. He explained applications for these openings are due by Dec. 6.
    Lurtz addressed residents’ concerns about snowplows knocking berming material out of the roads and into yards and driveways. He said the law requires the roads to be cleared by snowplows.
    Lurtz also said he received a letter regarding a Sharon Corporate Park Association meeting where members expressed concern about flooding and drainage, especially at Wolf Creek Trail and Ridge Road. He said he will forward the letter to the state since Ridge Road is a state highway.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported she is still working on getting quotes for the previously proposed fiber optic network.
    Miller also announced the township’s contract with the Medina County Recycling Center will end in 2014. Miller said additional information on the Medina County Recycle Center can be found online at www.recyclemedinacounty.com.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported ditching in the township was scheduled to start Nov. 13.
  • Jones reported permits for two homes, three in-ground swimming pools, two variance requests, one lot split and one accessory building were issued since the board’s last meeting. Jones also announced the Sharon Township Heritage Society’s “Faces of Sharon” 2014 calendar can be purchased at the Zoning Department for $10. He said all proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Heritage Society.
  • Resident Wayne Hlavin announced this year’s Wreaths for Western Reserve ceremony will take place Dec. 14 at noon at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road in Rittman. He said wreaths to be placed on graves can be ordered for $15 per wreath, and orders must be submitted by Nov. 26. He said wreaths can be ordered for general placement or for placement at a specific grave. Hlavin said more than 2,000 wreaths have been placed on the cemetery’s graves in recent years. For more information, visit www.wrcwreaths.org.
  • Resident Chris Karwowski reminded the public Sharon TubaChristmas will take place Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Gazebo on Sharon Circle, at the intersection of state Routes 94 and 162. He said the event is free to the public and will be moved into Sharon Town Hall in the event of inclement weather. [For more information on that event, see Page 30.]
  • Jeff Holland, who also owns the law firm of Holland & Muirden, announced the firm will hold a Christmas open house Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. He said everyone in the community is invited to attend.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, located at 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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