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Sales tax off August ballot; commissioners look toward November

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    Medina County commissioners present chief building official Christopher Randles, second from right, with a proclamation Tuesday declaring May as Building Safety Month. Also pictured, from left, commissioners Adam Friedrick, Pat Geissman and Bill Hutson.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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Medina County commissioners present chief building official Christopher Randles, second from right, with a proclamation Tuesday declaring May as Building Safety Month. Also pictured, from left, commissioners Adam Friedrick, Pat Geissman and Bill Hutson.

ALYSSA ALFANO / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE Enlarge

MEDINA — The 0.2 percent sales tax issue voters defeated May 8 will not be back on the ballot in August.

At the county commissioners meeting Tuesday, Medina resident Loretta Kreiger voiced her concerns about putting the sales tax issue on the Aug. 7 special election ballot and the cost to do so.

“The voters of Medina turned down the sales tax increase proposed on May 8 by 64 percent. On May 9, you commissioners foolishly decided to spend taxpayers’ money by requesting a special election,” Kreiger said.

She said she thinks special elections are a waste of taxpayers’ money. It could cost the county $112,000 to put it on the ballot in August.

However, if commissioners wait until November, the cost could be shared among several entities on the ballot.

Commissioners voted May 8 to place the levy on the August ballot before the results of the election were known because the filing deadline was May 9.

Following the defeat of the sales tax issue, Commissioner Bill Hutson said: “Given where we are with tonight’s results, however, whether we’ll go forward in August or November” remains to be determined.

On Tuesday, after some discussion, Hutson and commissioners Adam Friedrick and Patricia Geissman decided to remove the issue from the August ballot and to try again in November.

If approved, the sales tax would have risen from 6.75 percent to 6.95 percent and generated an estimated $5.3 million a year for criminal and administrative justice services, thus freeing up money for other county needs, including maintenance of buildings, a growing senior population, children’s services and the county Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board.

Also Tuesday

n During the commissioners’ discussion session, Hood Road residents Richard Marco and David Hood discussed the condition of the Medina Township road and safety concerns.

There is no guardrail on Hood and the bank between the road and the Rocky River is eroding, they said.

The condition of Hood Road and the possibility of closing it also were discussed at the May 3 meeting of Medina Township trustees.

At that meeting, Hood, who said the road was named after his grandfather, told trustees that 33 families live on that road. If it was closed because of safety concerns, “Where are those people going to go?” he asked.

Trustees discussed several options besides closing the road, including shoring it up; making the road one way with lights to alert motorists to when they could travel, similar to the temporary traffic lights used in construction zones; or moving the road.

Marco worried that closing the road was taking the easy way out and would be problematic for residents.

No decision has been made yet on the future of Hood Road.

n Commissioners passed a resolution declaring May as Building Safety Month and presented it to Christopher Randles, the county’s chief building official.

After receiving the resolution, Randles discussed a new inspection tool purchased for the county to use when assessing pools, ponds and other water sources that have electrical sources connected to it or nearby.

The small, floating device has three probes on the bottom and when placed in water, it detects electrical currents. This is a safety measure that avoids the need to make contact with the water, thereby preventing any electrical injuries.

“We’re going to set up a portal on our website with an application. Folks can go to that, fill out an application and schedule an inspection; and on our normal route as our guys are out, any inspector can go out and do this,” Randles said.

He said the testing would be free for local residents.

Messages may be left for Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4060.


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