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County seeks funding for $3.7M water project in Sharon Township


MEDINA — The Medina County Sanitary Engineer’s Office is seeking support to construct water lines from Sharon Copley Road to state Route 18.

If $3.7 million in funding comes through, construction could start in mid-2018, Sanitation Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said at the Medina County commissioners meeting Tuesday.

“This project is three years in the making,” Lyon-Galvin said.

She said there is a Sept. 1 deadline to submit a request to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which works on transportation and infrastructure projects for five counties including Medina.

Lyon-Galvin is asking for letters of support from Sharon Township, Wadsworth and commissioners.

“(NOACA) would make a decision in December,” Lyon-Galvin said. “I’d like to bid it out and start construction in mid-2018.”

If approved by NOACA, the project would be funded through the Ohio Water Development Authority, which provides financial assistance for environmental infrastructure from the sale of municipal revenue bonds through loans to local governments in Ohio.

She said water lines would be constructed on Ridge Road to connect to the circle in Sharon Township. They would replace 8-inch water main lines with 12-inch lines.

“The line will extend east on (state Route) 162 to State Road to create a loop with the water system,” Lyon-Galvin said.

“For customers in Sharon, it will increase their volume and pressure over what they’ve got now,” she said.

Customers in that area get water from a well system and the water treatment plant on the Sharon Golf Club course.

“This will allow us to decommission that plant,” Lyon-Galvin said. “We’ll cycle water through the water towers (on Route 18).

“We’re trying to optimize not only customer service, but the efficiency of our water system itself. The county has been in a long-term agreement with Wadsworth for treatment that dates to 1975.”

Lyon-Galvin said once the project is complete, it could result in estimated savings of $200,000 a year.

What Wadsworth charges the county for water “are significant,” Lyon-Galvin said. “We can extend utilities in a more cost-effective manner.”

Much of the county’s water comes from Lake Erie. It is treated in Avon Lake and conveyed to Medina County.

Besides the well system in Sharon, Lyon-Galvin said there are two others in the county — in Westfield Center and Chippewa Lake.

New system

The sanitary engineer’s office also will launch an online inspection scheduling program.

It’s modeled after the Medina County Building Department’s website, which allows developers and architects to schedule inspections online. The building department’s website is

The sanitary engineers’ site will launch its inspection program Sept. 5 on its website,

“A lot of times in the permit department, we’ll get 10-20 calls just for inspections,” said Jeremy Sinko, director of engineering for the Sanitary Engineers.

Sinko said this system should eliminate playing phone tag.

“The idea is to allow the contractor to go onto our website and schedule an inspection,” he said. “They can select their date and time. It moves things along a lot quicker.”

The sanitary engineers can schedule up to five inspections per day.

Jonah Carpenter, application specialist, developed the program for the office.

Other news

  • There were 47 new housing starts in the county during July, Charles Huber of the Medina County Building Department told county commissioners Tuesday.

That was the largest number in July in at least the last five years, according to his report.

The average construction cost for a new home in the month was $272,257, an increase of 8.3 percent from 2016.

Montville Township led the way among entities in the county with 12 new housing starts in July, with Medina Township second with 11.

Year to date, his report said, Montville has 62 new housing starts, followed by Medina Township with 33 and Liverpool Township with 27.

There were 341 residential and commercial building permits issued for July valued at a total of $107,123. That represented a drop of 10.5 percent compared with figures for July 2016.

Huber said the two largest commercial property permits for July are at the Liverpool Waste Water Treatment Facility — one for $2.1 million and the other for $900,000. The contractor is Overland Contracting Services, based in Garner, N.C.

  • Total year-to-date ridership for the Medina County Public Transit through July 30 was 41,442 trips, MCPT director Mike Salamone reported. That includes on-demand ridership of 19,826 and fixed route ridership of 21,616.

He said total ridership in July was 5,513. The cost per passenger was $20.23.

There were 59 denials and 99 no-shows in the month, according to his report.

Salamone said next week the finance department will present two MCPT resolutions for grants. The first is the 2017 fiscal year Federal Transit Administration grant application. Salamone said this application will include several projects including $300,992 for the purchase of four buses, $176,000 for preventive maintenance and $393,788 for operating assistance.

The other is a state grant application for fiscal 2018 totaling $53,962.

  • Commissioners reappointed Elaine Orlandi to the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Raymond Denson was reappointed as a delegate-at-large to the Medina County Advisory Council on Aging. His term will expire Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Gail Houk and Todd Gerber were reappointed to the Public Defender Commission, with terms ending Dec. 31, 2021.

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

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