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Local Scouts attend Sharon board meeting

2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

A local Cub Scout troop attended the Sharon Township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 11.

The troop’s Scoutmaster said the boys came to the meeting to see the legislative process as part of working on a Webelos Citizenship badge.

At the meeting, Trustee Brian Guccion introduced the Scouts and the public to Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller, who said he has been in law enforcement for 40 years and has been the county sheriff since January.

Throughout the meeting, the trustees and other participants frequently took time to explain their actions to the Scouts. At the end of the meeting, a resident commended the trustees for having the local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts come to their meetings to educate them more about local government.

Guccion continued the meeting discussing the township’s current salt supply. He said there are 150 to 200 tons in the shed and 250 tons are on order.

In other business:

  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported the price of the township’s 1830 house for sale has been lowered.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported a local government conference will be held in Columbus March 5-6.
    He also said a meeting with the Medina County Health Department will be held March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the department’s headquarters, 4800 Ledgewood Drive in Medina.
    Lurtz announced Ohio’s gas aggregation task force is seeking a representative from Sharon.
    Miller added that while the township is in favor of gas aggregation, even if the issue passes on a ballot, residents have the right to opt out of gas aggregation without any penalty.
    Lurtz reported he has scheduled another meeting with Karvo Paving, of Stow, for Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas reported the Fire Department has purchased its new fire truck. He said the vehicle was built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wis., and costs $632,000, which does not include the equipment. He said the company is fixing some problems with the truck following its inspection.
    He also reported that the department has received its third installment of $37,000 from the estate of a recently deceased local woman who left $250,000 to the Fire Department in her will.
    Haas said the department is still working on purchasing a John Deere Gator to use as a forestry unit for extinguishing grass fires.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported he handled two lot splits.
  • A resident complained about not knowing in advance about the location change of the Jan. 28 board meeting and told the board the township’s website should be updated with current information.
    Miller said a sign was posted on the front door of the Administration Building that night that stated the meeting had been moved to the Fire Department.
  • Resident David Szalay told the board he wants to reserve Sharon Town Hall for his nonprofit organization to potentially rent for a long period on Sundays for church use.
    Guccion told him to block out Town Hall use for three months or more would not be fair to other residents who might want to use it, but the hours of 6 to 9 p.m. would be best on Sundays because other reserved activities at the Town Hall would be over by that time.
  • Resident Tom Kaufman inquired about the lack of speed limit signs on Hartman Road.
    Lurtz told him the road is a 55 mph speed zone and the township will not put up speed limit signs.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ the hiring of Ralph Tate to the Fire Department;

√ a request from Haas for two EMS bags, which cost $1,003 total; and

√ the purchase of 800 megahertz radios for the Fire Department for a cost of $12 per radio per month.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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