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County, city mull joint effort to expand Medina County Municipal Court

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The Medina Municipal Court building at 135 N. Elmwood Ave. is shown Friday. LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE


Medina County and city of Medina officials have added a new wrinkle to the Medina County Municipal Court expansion issue.

A possible collaboration will be discussed during Medina City Council’s Finance Committee at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at City Hall.

The discussion will explore whether a jointly operated facility would be beneficial and cost effective to both the city and the county.

For years, Medina City Council has been exploring ways to renovate the Municipal Court, 135 N. Elmwood Ave.

Now, Medina County commissioners, through County Administrator Scott Miller, are requesting an amendment to a contract between the county and the city to authorize moving the Medina County Adult Probation Department from its location at the Medina County Courthouse to Courthouse Commons at 60 Public Square.

Commissioners are contemplating either purchasing Courthouse Commons for $1.6 million or leasing the third floor of the building. Officials say the move is necessary because of cramped conditions at the existing site, 99 Public Square.

If the probation department moves across the street and plans to expand the county courthouse come to fruition, the Municipal Court might figure into the equation.

If future courthouse expansion is discussed, planned or constructed, the county would work with the city to include Municipal Court operations in the proposed new building.

When the city and the county built the parking deck behind the Medina County Courthouse in 2009, a contract stipulated that all courts, departments and operations already in place have to remain there. That’s the reason commissioners are requesting the amendment to move the probation department.

Also on the finance committee’s agenda at the Monday meeting will be a presentation from Brian Cooper of Umbaugh Associates on possible development near the Moose Lodge and FirstMerit Bank branch on West Washington Street.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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