Medina County spending projects included in the state’s recently approved capital budget were discussed Monday during a visit to Medina by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Wilmington.
He visited Discount Drug Mart, Root Candles and Main Street Medina to hear about local businesses and economic development issues.
Rosenberger commended the city for its work on projects in Medina.
“Medina is focusing on the right things and doing the right things to continue to advance downtown,” Rosenberger said. “Downtowns are extremely important to economic development. I believe that through the capital budget, we will continue to add to the downtown and economic developments here.”
State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, extended an invitation to Rosenberger to discuss the capital budget and a $1 million project for the installation of a parking deck near Medina Municipal Court on North Elmwood Avenue.
Medina County projects slated to receive grants in Ohio’s $2.6 billion capital budget approved in April include:
- Medina parking deck — $1 million.
- Medina County Historical Society — $100,000. The historical society’s John Smart House in Medina requires renovations to enhance the educational facilities and expand the usable space within the building by providing access to the basement.
- Homerville Community Center renovation— $100,000. The Homerville Community Center was built in 1909 and is the only public meeting facility in the Homer Township community. Funding will support needed upgrades to continue serving the community.
- Medina County Fiber Network expansion — $100,000. The expansion is aimed at helping provide reliable, secure, high-speed network infrastructure to additional state and municipal agencies within Medina County, enhancing telecommunication services and efficiency.
- Medina Creative Housing project — $100,000. Medina Creative Housing said it will provide a supportive housing environment for students with learning disabilities at Cuyahoga Community College’s campus in Brunswick. The facility will allow students to live independently and attend college, while providing opportunities for intensive socialization in a therapeutic setting.
Rosenberger first was elected to the Ohio House in 2010 and was elected speaker in 2015.
Representatives from the following businesses and groups who participated in Rosenberger’s visit included:
- A.I. Root Candles — Rex Mason, CEO, and Melissa Fox;
- Discount Drug Mart — Steve Ferris;
- Lyons Share Marketing — Andrea Lyons;
- Medina County District Library;
- Medina County Fiber Network — David Corrado;
- Miss Molly’s Tea Room;
- RICO Manufacturing Equipment;
- Romeo’s Pizza — Ryan Rose;
- Jonathan Mendel, community development director;
- Barbara Dzur, Main Street Medina interim director;
- Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce — Megann Eberhart, director, and Rick Rebadow.