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Sharon officials provide update on smell

7/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Sharon Township officials provided an update at the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting July 8 regarding complaints of foul odors from a local graphite plant.

Zoning Inspector Neil Jones previously addressed residents’ complaints of smells that turned out to be coming from the burning of carbon at the GrafTech factory near Sharon Circle. Jones reported he met with GrafTech representatives and sent them a zoning violation notice. He said he explained to the plant workers although they had sent him proposals for solutions to the problem, the plant needs to do whatever it takes to solve the problem now so the odor does not continue to bother anybody.

Also during the meeting, Jones reported he issued permits for one single-family home, one lot split, one deck, one garage and two pools since the last board meeting.

In other business:

  • Realtor Bill Snow, of Stouffer Realty in Akron, expressed his thanks to the board for their cooperation and the cooperation of the Hillier Family Foundation in the purchase of the township’s historic 1840 house. Snow said the house is a wonderful building that will be secured for the community for generations.
  • The board approved a resolution regarding estimated budget provisions for 2015. Fiscal Officer Anita Haas explained the township started 2014 with $2.9 million and is expected to start 2015 with $2.6 million.
    Haas also said she received a letter from the Sharon Women’s Club and the Sharon Heritage Society thanking the board for its involvement with the Antiques Affaire held June 7.
    Haas also reported she received a letter from the Sharon Post Office stating it plans to reduce business hours. She said while it is now open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the post office wants to change its weekday hours to 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break and its Saturday hours to 9 to 11:30 a.m.
    Trustee Brian Guccion recommended the board write a letter of disagreement to the post office.
    Jones recommended residents file complaints to the U.S. Postal Service through its website.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported the sealing of center lines in the Sharon Falls II development has been scheduled.
    Lurtz also said he met with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) representatives July 1 regarding the increase in accidents on Medina Road. He said since Medina Road was resurfaced in 2008, there has been a significant number of accidents, including nine fatalities. Lurtz said ODOT will conduct a safety study to determine if they have enough money to build barrier walls to the state route and a public meeting will be held before any such action would be taken.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller reported the berm alongside Beach Road south of the eastbound lane of Medina Road has started peeling off.
  • Service Director Bob Turek thanked the board for its cooperation in the purchase of the new playground at Sharon Community Park.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas said the Sharon Fire Department’s old fire truck is for sale on www.govdeals.com for a $100,000 reserve and the listing will stay posted for three weeks.
    Following an executive session, the board approved a motion to appoint Chief Haas as chief investigator to investigate a complaint against a firefighter and report back to the board.
  • The board agreed to request a fire levy evaluation from Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack based on what 2 mills would be for a renewal, for a replacement and for renewal with increase to 2.25 mills.
  • The board also hired K&M Builders, of Kidron, to build a 48-by-64-foot salt shed capable of holding 1,100 tons of salt for an amount not to exceed $47,953.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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