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Sharon trustees approve fire levy for November ballot

7/31/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Sharon Board of Trustees agreed to place a 2.25-mill fire levy on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot during the July 22 meeting.

The township currently has a 2-mill fire levy in place.

Before the trustees decided on the amount for the levy, Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported figures received from the Medina County Auditor’s Office showed with a 2-mill renewal levy, the township would receive $443,700 annually and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $63 a year. She said if the 2-mill levy was increased to a 2.25-mill levy, the township would receive $499,300 a year and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $72 a year.

Haas said this must be sent to the Auditor’s Office before Aug. 6.

In other fiscal matters, Haas reported she received a letter from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control stating every holder of a liquor license must renew it, as it will expire Oct. 1.

The trustees also agreed to appoint Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller to represent Sharon in the closing of the purchase of 42 acres of the 178-acre Brandel farm, located on Ridge Road across from Sharon Community Park, which will cost $140,629.

The board also accepted the resignation of firefighter Hugh O’Neill with gratitude for his service.

In other business:

  • Miller reported she has not received any correspondence from the U.S. Postal Service following the issuing of a complaint regarding Sharon’s post office changing its hours of operation.
  • Trustee Ray Lurtz reported he met with Shelly Co. in regard to the paving of three township subdivisions, which is scheduled to start Aug. 8.
    Lurtz also said he met with the Zoning Department and proposed the height limit on buildings be raised from 35 feet to 40 feet in industrial areas.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported he handled permits for four single-family homes, two gazebos, one deck and a conditional-use zoning application for a State Farm Insurance building on Medina Road since the last board meeting.
  • Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, reported deputies have stepped up patrols on Fixler Road due to complaints of erratic driving during early morning hours. He said deputies also have increased patrols on Beach Road in response to complaints of a reckless motorcyclist. He also provided a short summary of recent activity the Sheriff’s Office handled in the township, including two burglaries and an alleged sex offense. Ross said these cases are still under investigation.
  • Service Director Bob Turek reported the township’s new salt shed has been ordered and should arrive by late August.
    Turek added he is looking into getting an estimate on the repair of the front steps of Sharon Town Hall.
  • Fire Chief Robert Haas said he received six calls about the Sharon Fire Department’s old fire truck for sale on www.GovDeals.com.
    He also said the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation grant for new Stryker EMS cots is still underway.
  • Resident Tom Kaufman questioned whether the township’s weather alert system is ever tested.
    Chief Haas said the system is tested the first Saturday of every month. He also recommended residents sign up for the Everbridge Emergency Alert System. He said a link to the Medina County Emergency Management Agency’s mass notification system can be found online at sharonfire.org.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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