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Wadsworth judge presents annual report to Sharon trustees

3/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Steve McIlvaine presented the court’s annual report at the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 25.

McIlvaine said the court handled 8,433 new cases in 2013, 340 cases less than in 2012. He said $1.8 million in disbursements was handled last year, down $4,000 from 2012.

McIlvaine explained he also referred 533 cases to public defenders. He said he also handled 45 weddings, eight jury trials and 137 nonjury trials. He said 250 individuals, all of whom were nonviolent offenders, performed more than 7,100 hours of community service. McIlvaine said he also handled 780 probation cases.

In other business:

  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported he met with representatives of Karvo Paving, of Stow. He explained the township owes Karvo $54,869 but agreed to pay $49,269 and retain $5,000 for the repair project on State Road.
    Trustee Ray Lurtz added while the original contract invoice totaled $515,771, the new invoice totals $506,569.
    Guccion also spoke about setting a date to discuss a zoning resolution for the Medina Road community reinvestment area.
    Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller suggested the date tentatively be set for March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
    Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said he will check with the Medina County Department of Planning Services to verify the dates of the project.
    Guccion also introduced Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross as the board’s new liaison with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Miller discussed the use of the Sharon Town Hall for resident David Szalay’s nonprofit organization. She said it was decided the organization will meet twice a month for the next three months on Sundays, and after three months, the schedule will be revisited.
    Szalay said he agreed if more than two days can be penciled in, he is willing to have additional days bumped, if necessary.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported representatives of the Medina County Auditor’s Office visited the Sharon Township Administration Building the week of Feb. 10. She said the board may have a management letter from the Auditor’s Office by the middle of March.
  • Jones announced the Sharon Township Heritage Society and the Sharon Women’s Club are planning to hold an antique show June 7 at Sharon Town Hall, 1274 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle. He said the event will include food trucks arriving at 6 a.m., a flea market in the circle starting at 7 a.m. and appraisers visiting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He said visitors could get their items appraised for a small fee.
  • Service Director Bob Turek announced a blood drive will be held at Sharon Town Hall March 14 from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Fire Capt. Dennis Miller discussed the addition of new radios for the Sharon Fire Department’s new fire truck. He said Assistant Chief Michael Stanec missed the components to the radios when ordering the truck, which would be a $5,000 difference compared to the price of the truck without the radios, but said the additional cost will be under the $50,000 total that was previously approved.
    Miller said the department will save $300 per month if the radios are ordered by the end of March. He said he plans to enter into a service agreement with P&C Communications for the radios.
    Miller said the Fire Department has continued to look into off-road utility vehicles, primarily the Polaris 900 and the John Deere 800. He said the department wants to go with the John Deere vehicle, which costs $15,825.
    Lurtz suggested the department wait for an agreement with the Granger Board of Trustees to agree to share 50 percent of the costs of the vehicle.
    Miller added he also wishes to purchase an EMS unit, which would cost $2,500; an off-road firefighting trailer, which would cost $14,100; and a cargo trailer, which would cost $6,379; for a grand total of $42,804 each for both Granger and Sharon.
    Miller announced the Fire Department will hold another fundraiser for the purchase of its new truck May 24 at 6 p.m. at Thirsty Cowboy, 2743 Medina Road,

Also at the meeting, the board approved these items:

√ a quote from Kevin Robinette for a $12,500 architecture fee for the addition of a bay to the northeast side of the fire station;

√ to enter into a purchase agreement with Lawrence and George Brandell for a lot of approximately 40 acres for $140,000; and

√ a $2,500 grant for bands to perform at concerts in Sharon Circle May 28, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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

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