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Sharon officials purchase historic township building

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Highland Middle School sixth-grader Anna Lanier, at center, was one of the winners of the Medina County Auditor’s Office Memorial Day essay contest. Her essay was written in the form of a letter to General John B. Murray, who, in 1866, started the holiday that came to be known as Memorial Day. Anna read her essay at the May 27 Sharon Board of Trustees meeting. Shown behind her, from left, are Sharon Trustees Kimberly Bolas Miller, Brian Guccion and Ray Lurtz.
Photo: Scott Kriska
The Sharon Board of Trustees announced May 27 they have finalized negotiations with the Hillier Family Foundation to purchase the township’s Community House.

The house, located at 1375 Sharon-Copley Road, was originally offered for sale for $279,000.

Trustee Brian Guccion reported through negotiations with the foundation, the building was purchased for $108,753. The house, which will provide added space for the township’s records, will continue to be the home of the Sharon Heritage Society.

Guccion also said the bill for the building’s alarm system is due June 1.

Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller suggested the board contact the alarm system company and pay upon transfer for $263 per quarter.

Zoning Inspector Neil Jones added the Hillier Family Foundation owns several items in the 1840 building and the foundation wants to donate those items to the Sharon Township Heritage Society.

Guccion explained a renter’s insurance policy will be required by the society.

Miller said the trustees do not need to be involved with the donation to the society.

In other business:

  • Guccion addressed some residents’ previous complaints about a strange smell detected in the Sharon Circle area.
    Jones said the complainants described the odor as a “distinct, hot, furnace-burning smell.” However, Jones said, when he investigated the complaint, he could not smell anything. He said he suspects the offensive odor may have come from a nearby company. Guccion recommended Jones talk to company representatives about the odor.
    Guccion also announced a speed indicator has been placed on Fixler Road between Ridge Road and Beach Road by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and said it will be moved around the county.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported the township received a bill from the Medina County Emergency Management Agency for $849.
    Haas reported Fifth Third Bank made a recommendation that township officials change the township’s account to a business advantage account, in which the township’s banking fees would be cut in half. The board agreed to do so.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz addressed road bids in Medina County, stating he plans for the township to work on projects in township subdivisions.
    Lurtz reported he attended a recent Ohio Department of Transportation construction seminar, in which he found out Ridge Road will be paved in 2017, not 2016 as originally announced.
    Lurtz announced architect Kevin Robinette plans to work on redesigning Sharon Circle.
    Lurtz also said construction will take place at four Medina Road intersections — Beach, Boneta, Ridge and State roads — in the east and west lanes starting in August. He also reported two upcoming road closures: Ridge Road south of Medina Road June 25-27 and Sharon Copley Road west of Ridge Road Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.
  • Jones expressed his thanks to everyone who helped with the township’s Memorial Day parade.
    Jones reported he handled one lot split, two accessory buildings, one deck permit and one variance for a setback since the last board meeting.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas discussed the Sharon Fire Department’s proposed involvement in a county-wide mutual aid agreement for the sharing of equipment among departments.
    Guccion said he does not want to enter into the agreement and added townships are welcome to ask Sharon Township for equipment at any time.
    Chief Haas reported the Sharon Township Firefighters Association’s fundraiser at Thirsty Cowboy in Medina May 24 was a success.
  • Granger Trustee John Ginley asked if the Granger Board of Trustees could enter into an agreement with the Sharon Board of Trustees involving Granger borrowing Sharon’s dump truck with a side chute for berming Granger roads following the storm May 12. Ginley explained if Sharon needs the truck back, it can be returned right away.
    The Sharon trustees expressed approval, and Ginley said he will contact Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Richter for his approval.
  • A resident reported he has an 8-by-12-inch hole in his driveway that needs to be fixed.
    Lurtz said since the resident lives on a state route, the county is not responsible for repairing culverts and added homeowners must repair culverts on state routes. Lurtz said he would provide the resident with the contact information of someone who can fix the damage to his driveway.
  • A Boneta Road resident addressed a concern about large trucks traveling down the township road at an excessive rate of speed.
    Lurtz said a study was done on Boneta Road less than two years ago and not enough traffic was found to have the speed limit lowered.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following items:

√ a motion for the trustees to sign a letter to the Natural Resource Assistance Council in support of Montville Township’s purchase of Blue Heron Golf Course;

√ the purchase of new suction units for Fire Department squads for $1,958; and

√ the purchase of access to National Fire Codes for $1,165.

The next Sharon trustees’ meeting is set for June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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