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Sharon officials discuss recent 9-1-1 outage

7/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Sharon Elementary School students Paige Yu, at left, and Kiley Martin were among six students recognized for their artwork displayed at Sharon Town Hall. Students Elizabeth Oberhaus, Gianna Riccio, Zach Butcher and Kevin Curtis also were recognized but were not present at the meeting.
Photo: Scott Kriska
The Sharon Board of Trustees discussed the temporary 9-1-1 system outage June 18 during the June 24 meeting.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec reported the system went down for more than 200 township residents June 18 for less than 24 hours. He said the Sharon Fire Department issued a press release on the matter to local TV stations and via social media. He also pointed out a mass call went out to township residents as part of an emergency notification system called Everbridge. Stanec said while the 9-1-1 system is back up and running, he encourages residents to contact the Fire Department at 330-239-4992 to request to be part of the Everbridge system to be notified of such incidents.

Trustee Brian Guccion also recommended residents download Everbridge’s mobile application to their cell phones.

In other Fire Department matters, Stanec reported the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is still working on the department’s grant for the purchase of two new electric cots. He said the department plans to trade in its current 10-year-old cots for a rebate when the new ones are received.

In other business:

  • Trustee Ray Lurtz acknowledged the work of six Sharon Elementary School student artists whose artworks were displayed at Sharon Town Hall. The students recognized were Paige Yu, Kiley Martin, Elizabeth Oberhaus, Gianna Riccio, Zach Butcher and Kevin Curtis. The latter four were not present at the meeting.
    In addition, Lurtz said he received a phone call from residents who paid for a walking stone with their names engraved on it, but said it was never installed.
    Service Director Bob Turek said he will look into the matter and have the stone installed.
  • The board discussed the proposed replacement of the playground at Sharon Community Park.
    Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller said one feature that should be added to the playground are diggers. No purchases or decisions on the matter have yet been made.
    Miller also reported the farmers’ market at Sharon Community Park held every Sunday until October continues to be successful. She said despite suggestions from residents to move the event to Sharon Circle, it will remain at the park.
  • Guccion discussed a proposal from architect Kevin Robinette regarding a 6,100-square-foot addition to the fire station. He said the township currently owes Robinette about $5,900 at this time and will have to pay $48,640 in professional fees should the decision be made to go further with the project.
    Lurtz said he will coordinate a meeting with the building committee — consisting of Fire Chief Robert Haas, Stanec and the trustees — to discuss the issue further before making any decisions.
    Guccion also said he talked with Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Richter regarding the township’s 1840 building and found out the purchase will close that week.
    Zoning Inspector Neil Jones, who also serves as president of the Sharon Heritage Society, said the Hillier Family Foundation had insured the building and its contents under its policy.
    Lurtz said he would take care of the possession and title transfer. He also reported the phone lines for the building need to be changed and a new insurance and security policy would need to be started. A portion of the building will be leased to the Sharon Heritage Society for $1.
  • Jones also said he handled two conditional applications since the last meeting, one for an insurance agency and the other for the SFS Intec Plant on Portside Drive. He said he also handled permits for one variance, two single-family homes, one pool, two decks, one garage, one portico and one accessory building.
    Jones reported he attended a recent town hall meeting in Chatham regarding the shooting of guns on residential properties in townships. He said Medina County Sheriff’s Office representatives at the meeting advised the public to always call the Sheriff’s Office in relation to any shooting issue and they will respond. Jones also said township residents are allowed to shoot on their own property, but the discharged bullets cannot leave the property.
  • Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, of the Sheriff’s Office, discussed the previously mentioned issue of vendors and solicitors in the township. He said solicitors in Sharon should register first with the Sheriff’s Office, then with Jones.
  • Turek discussed the possible purchase of a 52-by-72-foot salt shed, which could hold 1,000 to 1,200 tons of salt. He said the shed would cost $47,000, not including the cost of concrete. Turek said he will get estimates for the concrete and present them at the next board meeting.
  • Resident Sue Lusk announced she will hold her third annual charity garage sale July 18-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her residence at 7023 Ridge Road. She said 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, as her granddaughter, Sophia, has CF. Lusk said she will accept any donations for items to be sold at the garage sale. She said anyone with questions can call her at 330-239-1804.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ the hiring of Bay Pointe Technology of Richfield for information technology support for a three- to six-month period to assist in the upgrading of computer programs at the fire station and the updating of firewall settings for a cost not to exceed $13,000;

√ the renewal of the township’s group rating program with Frank Gates for $1,801;

√ the awarding of a contract to the Shelly Co. for asphalt paving for $316,761;

√ the acceptance of a firefighting application for Kinsey Mumaw pending a physical evaluation;

√ the purchase of a digital flow meter for the Fire Department for $3,200, in which the Sharon Fire Department will look into a partnership with the Granger Fire Department and the Hinckley Fire Department for the use of the meter; and

√ the purchase of a Kubota excavator for $66,293 pending approval from the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office.

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

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