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Sharon trustees continue to debate donations to SPCA

12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Sharon Fiscal Officer Anita Haas started the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 26 by readdressing the previously mentioned donation request from the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Haas previously reported she received a letter from the SPCA explaining they will start asking for donations in the form of a specific dollar amount and they are requesting a donation of $1,800.

Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said if the SPCA is requesting a specific fee, it should not be considered a donation.

Haas said the SPCA will not service Sharon Township if the fee is not paid.

Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller suggested the board ask an SPCA representative to come to the next board meeting to address these concerns.

Haas said she will call a representative to attend the next board meeting scheduled for Dec. 10.

In other business:

  • Haas said she and Trustee Brian Guccion made a decision on how township records will be kept, how long they will be kept and the medium they will be kept on. She said this information will be sent to the Ohio Historical Society and the State Auditor’s Office.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz said he was informed Sharon qualifies for the signage grant application. He said the state will give the township money for new signage. He explained Sharon falls into the top 100 townships in Ohio with the highest traffic accident rate. Lurtz said up to $50,000 for any one township will be available.
  • Miller reported the Medina County Solid Waste Technical Advisory Committee uploaded a survey on recycling in Medina County online at recyclem edinacounty.com.
    Miller also said she is working on getting a node for the proposed fiber optic network placed in the fire station and has scheduled a teleconference call with Frontier Communications, the company that provides Internet and phone service as part of this network.
  • Guccion reported ditching has been completed in the township.
    He also said the deadline for zoning position applications, both in the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Commission, has been extended to Dec. 9 to allow for additional publication of openings.
    Guccion discussed a recent Zoning Commission meeting in which members decided some changes may be made to zoning districts. He said one item that was discussed was changing the size of building lots from 2 acres to 5 acres. He explained Hinckley and Granger both require 2 acres for building lots, and the information given at the zoning meeting was incorrect in stating Sharon was in the minority of townships that have not moved to more than 2 acres for building lots.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas reported progress is being made in the construction of the Fire Department’s new tanker, and a mid-construction view of the vehicle should take place in early December. He said the delivery of the vehicle is scheduled for January.
  • Jones discussed variances regarding a house on a property where another house is already located and two lots for sale that are not buildable. He said the lots are 300 feet from a storage tank and 200 feet from an oil well.
    Jones also reported a conditional application is up for approval of a parcel on Medina Road. He also reported the Zoning Department issued permits for two single-family homes and one living space since the last board meeting.
    Jones reminded the public that Faces of Sharon calendars are still available at the Sharon Township Administration Building for $10 each. He said all proceeds from calendar sales go to the Sharon Township Heritage Society.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ to hire Verdin Bells and Clocks to perform maintenance work on the township bell tower for $550;

√ a new pay schedule to change to semimonthly pay for township employees; and

√ for Kevin Robinette to perform architectural work for display cases for Heritage Society articles to be housed in the Administration Building for a total of $1,900.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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