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Sharon trustees finalize donation to SPCA

12/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees settled on a decision regarding donations to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at the meeting Dec. 10.

Medina County SPCA Director Stephanie Moore discussed the services the society offers to the county, including its 24-hour emergency care program. She explained the SPCA removes injured animals from township roads and transports them to the nearest veterinarian. She said the SPCA also started Dec. 16 being responsible for handling stray and owner-surrendered cats. She emphasized the SPCA does not euthanize healthy adoptable animals. She also said the SPCA has currently taken 44 animals in Sharon Township since the beginning of the year.

Trustee Ray Lurtz inquired about the SPCA’s request for a $1,800 donation.

SPCA board member and Sharon Township resident Lloyd Knudsen explained the donation is not a billing, but a request. He said of the 25 jurisdictions in Medina County, five have not donated any money to the society in the past three years.

“Sharon Township is one of the few that has supported us,” Moore said.

Knudsen also said the $1,800 donation is 40 percent of the average number of animals the SPCA handles multiplied by the $180 per animal fee for their care.

Moore also told the board the SPCA can provide a list of every address they have been to in the township.

With that information being given, the board agreed to issue the $1,800 payment to the SPCA.

In other business:

  • Re-elected trustees Ray Lurtz and Kimberly Bolas Miller were sworn in Dec. 16.
  • The board agreed to move: $250 from the township’s General Fund to the Trustee Salaries Fund, $250 from the General Fund to Fiscal Officer Salaries Fund and $250 from Capital Overlay to the Road and Bridge Salary Fund.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas discussed the township’s new contract with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. She said the current rate for deputies is $25.16 per hour for 200 hours per month. The board determined they must verify those figures before signing the new contract, which must be signed in January.
    Haas reported an organizational meeting regarding the township budget will be held Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building.
    Haas said she was notified by Burnham and Flower Insurance the trustees must renew their service with Delta Dental before Jan. 1, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
  • Lurtz reported the plan for remediating wetlands in the township has been rejected. He said a second plan is being reviewed by the Medina County Engineer’s Office.
  • Miller encouraged the public to take the recycling survey the Medina County Solid Waste Technical Advisory Committee uploaded online at recyclemedinacounty.com.
    Miller also said she got a good quote from the Medina County Fiber Optic Network. She said the network has quicker expansion ability ideal for local businesses. She said she is waiting on a response from Verizon and Frontier Communications regarding phone lines, but said the phone service might cost $100 more per month.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion discussed a call he received about two loose calves in the township. He discussed with board members and zoning officials about how to capture the animals and return them to their owner.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported permits for three accessory buildings and three single-family homes were issued since the last meeting. He also discussed a zoning seminar with county inspectors that was held at Dec. 6.
    Jones reminded the public “Faces of Sharon” calendars are still available for purchase at the Sharon Township Administration Building and all proceeds will go toward the Sharon Township Heritage Society.
  • Boy Scout Josh White, 17, asked the board for permission to start a cataloging project at Sharon Township Cemetery. He said this project would include assigning headstones to grid numbers and keeping an electronic record of graves, births and deaths. He also said he wants to post these records online. White said he hopes to complete this project by the end of December, weather permitting.
    Miller told White she would have to discuss the legality of keeping records online with the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, but the board approved of the idea of the project.
  • Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec discussed the purchases of the Sharon Fire Department’s new tanker and loose equipment. He said the total cost of the equipment is $50,047 without discounts from vendors, and more than half of the cost is from the state bid.
    Board members determined they will decide on the approval of these purchases in a couple of weeks after reviewing the proposed purchases.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, located at 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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