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American flags from Iraq, plaque bestowed

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    Medina’s Brian Cavanaugh, left, presents American flags that once flew in Iraq to Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter, center, and Life Support Team’s Mark Phillips at Monday’s City Council meeting.



MEDINA — Brian Cavanaugh presented the Life Support Team and the Medina Fire Department with sentimental American flags at Monday’s city council meeting.

“These flags flew in Iraq,” said Cavanaugh, a chief petty officer in the Navy Reserves.

The Medina resident is a medic for the LST and part-time firefighter for the department.

“(The flags) are in appreciation for their support in the last 20 years of my deployments,” he said.

Cavanaugh presented the flags to Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter and LST Director Mark Phillips.

Cavanaugh said he’s had four deployments. When he went overseas, he kept his seniority in both agencies.

“It was as if he never left,” Phillips said.

Phillips presented Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell with a plaque from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Monday.

“We recognized the city for the sixth anniversary of our Tunnel to Towers run (Sept. 8),” Phillips said.

Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11 in Staten Island, New York, was pictured on the plaque.

“The city has partnered with us since the beginning,” Phillips said.

The first Tunnel to Towers run in Medina was 2012. It returned in 2014 and has been a staple ever since. It drew about 500 runners this year. Proceeds go to first responders around the state.

In other business

  • City Law Director Greg Huber has put together a rough draft of a lease between the city and the nonprofit Medina Community Design Committee for an office space and a closet on the second floor of the city’s Town Hall and Engine House Museum, 50 Public Square.
    Huber said he’d work with Medina attorney Ian S. Haberman on the final draft and expects to present it to City Council at its next meeting Oct. 9.
    The terms of the lease will be for 10 years at a cost of $10 a year. The CDC committee contributed $10,000 to the $60,000 renovation of the second floor of the museum.
    There are two office rooms, two closets and a community room on the second floor. The Archive Commission will occupy the second office room.
    The CDC’s motto is to actively develop associations in downtown neighborhoods to promote improved home maintenance, restoration and aesthetic qualities and to foster creating the social connections vital to healthy neighborhoods.
    The CDC will use the office space mainly for storage. It will eventually hold its meetings in the community room.
    CDC president Michele Nichols said her organization holds about one meeting a month.
    The city will maintain the community room. The CDC will be asked to clean up after itself if it has a meeting.
    Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the community room has a view of the square.
    “It’s a great addition,” he said. “The more groups that can use it, the better.”
    There would likely be a one-year termination notice to break the lease, once it’s signed.
  • Council passed a resolution authorizing payment of $15,629.40 to FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison for repairs to a light pole damaged at 540 E. Liberty St. on Oct. 23.
    The pole was damaged by an alleged drunken driver in a hit-skip crash, City Finance Director Keith Dirham said.
    “It was a DUI,” he said. “FirstEnergy was unable to collect from the person.”
    The city could sue the Brunswick resident to collect the money, but usually these cases “aren’t collectable,” Dirham said.
    The light pole has already been replaced by FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison.
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