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Sharon trustees OK community reinvestment area proposal

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees approved a proposal to establish a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) involving land at Medina and Medina Line roads Jan. 28.

Before the trustees voted, they heard a presentation from Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corp. Dentler has said a CRA would serve as an incentive for businesses to locate in the area with reductions in their real estate taxes.

She said the CRA involves 28 parcels of land for a total of about 223 acres. She said the median home value of the 19 residential properties involved is $102,680. Comparing that figure to Sharon’s median home value of $276,500 shows potential for residential incentives, she said. Dentler said approximately 74 percent of those homes are 35 years old or older and 37 percent were built before 1939.

Dentler reported companies have shown interest in this area because of the easy access to Interstate 71 in Medina Township and Interstate 77 in Copley Township. She said there is also an opportunity for a side payment or compensation agreement with the Highland Local School District.

After the trustees approved the proposal, Dentler said she will discuss it with the Highland Board of Education and the Medina County Board of Commissioners.

In legislative business, the board approved the following:

√ to switch the township’s Internet provider to the Medina County Port Authority for $400 per month and to hire Ford and Associates to make necessary connections and installations for $4,000;

√ a resolution for the public to vote on gas aggregation;

√ the resignation of firefighter Megan Brown, which went into effect Jan. 27;

√ to send firefighter Karrie Kuruc to paramedic school and to make $2,050 payable to Parma Community Hospital, splitting the costs with Medina Township; and

√ the purchase of the FIRE Manager software package for $1,666.

In his report, Trustee Ray Lurtz said he asked the Medina County Engineer’s Office if it could add a four-way stop to the intersection of State and Ridgewood roads following a severe traffic accident Dec. 21. He said he received a response from the Engineer’s Office stating the need for a four-way stop would require five or more accidents at the intersection in a one-year period.

Lurtz reported he also asked the Engineer’s Office to conduct a speed study on Hartman Road, to which he was told to send additional information. He explained Hartman Road currently does not have a posted speed limit, which means drivers could legally travel up to 55 mph on that road.

Lurtz also reported Medina County instituted a policy to remove mailboxes from the right-of-way of streets and asked Sharon to abide by the same guidelines.

Miller suggested notes be posted about mailboxes on permits stating mailboxes be posted under the state law’s guidelines.

Also, Lurtz reminded the public it is illegal for snow to be pushed into the right-of-way of streets and offenders can be subject to citation for doing so.

In other business:

  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller announced the township has been working to purchase a piece of property jointly with the Medina County Park District. She said the township is interested in purchasing 42 acres of the 178-acre Brandel Farm. She added one of the fields on the property would be named after the Brandel family.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion questioned whether the board should issue tax statements to those who donate to the township.
    Fiscal Officer Anita Haas said she will write a letter to specific contributors acknowledging their contributions.
  • Haas reported she received an invoice from Emergency Medical Associates for 2014 emergency management cost allocations for $1,323. She said she also received an invoice from the Technical Rescue Operation Team for $1,275 and a grant from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority for $500.
    Haas reported she was informed the township is due for its 2012-13 audit Feb. 17.
    She also announced the township’s record retention schedule has been approved.
    Haas also presented the board with an amended official certificate of resources from the Medina County Auditor’s Office. She said the township totaled about $4.8 million in permanent appropriations, the bulk of which went into the General Fund.
    The board approved a resolution to accept the amended appropriations.
  • Service Director Bob Turek reported the township currently has 175 tons of salt and he ordered 200 additional tons last week.
    Turek also reported two gas leaks, one by the north wall of the Sharon Township Administration Building and one in the Sharon Town Hall, took place earlier Jan. 28 and have since been repaired by Columbia Gas.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported he received requests for three single-family homes, three conditional applications and four lot splits so far this year. He said he also received a variance request for a retention pond and a request from TGC Engineering to have a sign installed at its business.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, located at 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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