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Sharon Boy Scout completes cemetery cataloging project

4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Boy Scout Josh White, 18, at left, presented Sharon trustees, from left, Kimberly Bolas Miller, Ray Lurtz and Brian Guccion with his completed Eagle Scout project of Sharon Township Cemetery records.
Photo: Scott Kriska
At the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting March 25, local Boy Scout Josh White, 18, presented the board with his completed cataloging project of people buried at Sharon Township Cemetery.

He said the project serves as a more organized way of knowing who is buried at the cemetery and where. He explained the records he created include the locations of burial sites marked on a grid map, photos taken of all graves at the cemetery and, if possible, the birth and death dates of those buried.

White received congratulations from the trustees and other attendees at the meeting for this Eagle Scout project.

Also at the meeting, Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller discussed the possibility of moving the township’s farmers’ market from Sharon Community Park to Sharon Circle this coming season. She said moving the farmers’ market would make it more visible to township residents.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, said he has no problem patrolling the circle on the Sundays the farmers’ market is held.

However, Guccion said he would prefer to keep it at the park due to safety concerns for pedestrians.

The board ultimately decided to leave the market at the community park. Miller said the farmers’ market will be held Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. from May through October.

Miller also reported she was told the fire station is not a good location for the proposed fiber optic node to be stored. She said there are plans to relocate the node, although the monthly access fee will be higher.

In his report, Trustee Ray Lurtz reported he sought a land survey for property the township purchased south of Sharon Circle. He said he was advised by the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office to specifically define the uses for this property.

Lurtz also said he met with the Granger Board of Trustees regarding zoning on Medina Road. He said it is in the best interest for the townships to work together on zoning. He reported all commercial property on Medina Road is under review by the Sharon Board of Zoning Appeals.

Sharon Zoning Inspector Neil Jones said he has a copy of the Medina Road corridor action plan.

Lurtz also reported Jason Haney, of Highland Youth Football, submitted requests at the Highland Local Schools Board of Education meeting to use Granger, Sharon and Highland practice fields. At this time, Lurtz said, Sharon Community Park fields will not be needed.

Lurtz also said Medina County will replace a three-culvert bridge on Remsen Road in Medina. He said the county asked if Sharon wanted the culverts, to which he responded “yes.”

Lurtz reported he received a contract for dispatch service in the township from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office for approximately $24,000, which is $4,000 more than last year.

Ross said Sharon has been the second busiest township in Medina County for service calls, and he said he will provide the board with a breakdown of how many calls are handled in the township.

In other business:

  • Trustee Brian Guccion said he planned to meet with architect Kevin Robinette March 26 to discuss expansion of the Sharon Fire Department.
  • Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec presented the board with a proposed mutual aid agreement among the Sharon Fire Department and other departments in Medina and Summit Counties for the exchange of fire and EMS apparatus equipment.
    Stanec reported the Granger trustees approved the joint purchase of an off-road utility vehicle for half of the proposed amount, leaving the other half to be paid by Sharon.
    The board agreed to purchase the vehicle for an amount not to exceed $22,000.
  • Jones reported he issued permits for two accessory buildings and two lot splits since the last board meeting.
  • Service Director Bob Turek said the township’s next salt order needs to be made by the first week of April. He said the township currently has 200 tons of salt in the shed, and he wants to get an additional 300 tons delivered in the summer and an additional 1,300 for next winter. He said the township purchased 1,245 tons of salt and used 1,400 tons of salt this winter.
    Turek reported he plans on repairing and paving nine township roads this summer and also plans to fix the railroad tracks on State Road near Sharon-Copley and Fixler roads.
    Turek also announced the township’s annual Cleanout Day has been moved to April 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He said he would like to see a shredding truck available on that day for a cost of $600 for two hours. He said he will work on scheduling an exact time for the truck to arrive.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, located at 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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