MEDINA TWP. — A local historian expressed concerns Thursday night about the future of Weymouth School.
Township resident Brian Feron, president of the Medina County Historical Society, said he would like to preserve the schoolhouse, built in 1925, as a historical landmark.
The problem is the school is inside the Remsen Building, which trustees want to sell.
Toward that end, trustees have hired a lawyer to explore breaking the five-year lease signed with Medina Creative Housing, which uses a portion of the building at 3334 Myers Road, and has hired Hudson attorney Adam Carr to handle the lease issue. He will be paid $250 per hour for his services.
The building also houses the Weymouth Preservation Society and the Medina Soccer Association.
The preservation society runs the museum at the three-room schoolhouse, and there doesn’t appear to be any guarantees the preservation society could remain in the building if it’s sold.
“I don’t care what the rest of the building does,” Feron said at Thursday’s trustees meeting. “That three-room schoolhouse is probably the most significant historical artifact we have in the township, if not the county.”
If the school is saved, Feron said the Medina Rotary Club, of which he is a member, would pledge $10,000 to the school, and a memorial for Don Tubbs would be created.
“(Tubbs) was instrumental in creating the Society for Handicapped Citizens,” Feron said.
The Medina County Society for Handicapped Citizens acquired the schoolhouse in the 1950s, he said, when Medina Schools consolidated.
“That building has tremendous historical significance, not just in our community but in our society,” Feron said.
“(The lease) is preventing us from getting fair market value,” Trustee Ken DeMichael said previously. “The owner — Medina Township — is losing money.”
Recent expenses included patching a hole in the roof of the Remsen Building.
As long as the lease is in effect, “we are owners of that building,” Trustee Mike Stopa said. “We have to do what needs to be done.”
In other news:
Trustees voted to add a $5 permissive tax, effective Jan. 1, to license plate registration fees. The second of two required public hearings on the matter was Thursday before trustees’ regular meeting.
The motion passed 2-1. DeMichael voted against it, saying the $50,000 it would generate isn’t enough to make a large dent in fixing roadways in the township.
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