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Medina Council denies developer's land 'detachment'

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MEDINA — City Council’s Finance Committee voted unanimously Monday against a petition to detach more than 8 acres of land to Lafayette Township that would have made way for a housing project.

A local developer had asked the city to “detach” the land for the construction of up to 30 cluster homes.

Local attorney Stanley D. Scheetz is representing Greenhaven Development Co. President John Demund in the proceedings.

Greenhaven hopes to build 26 to 30 ranch-style homes with a two-car garage that will sell for between $175,000 and $200,000 each.

Scheetz said the lot — which is zoned industrial, landlocked and owned by Greenhaven — has been vacant for 59 years. It’s located south of the Sealy Mattress Manufacturing Co., 1070 Lake Road, Medina, and abuts the township.

The downside for the city to allow the detachment would be the loss of any future income tax if a company came forward with plans to develop the area.

“We have a piece of property in the industrial area,” At-Large Councilman Bill Lamb said. “What are (we) getting in return? Why give away industrial property to the township?

“What we have is what we have. Why give away this property? It seems like quite a bit to give away.”

Lamb said in 10 years, it could be worth considerably more money.

Scheetz said the only real benefit would be to connect a street that would potentially run through the development to Lake Road and then onto Wooster Pike.

“We are purveyors of the land,” Ward 1 Councilman Bob Starcher said. “It wouldn’t make sense to just give it away for a collector street.”

A collector street is a local road that connects to a much larger street like Wooster Pike (state Route 3).

Scheetz said the project would aid the township.

“It’s about the whole county,” he said. “It’s not just about your fiefdom.”

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said he has one concern with the project is that there would be residential housing next to industrial land. Sealy Mattress doesn’t make much noise at its factory, he said. The development would be about 300 feet from Sealy.

If Sealy ever moved, however, another business could move into that location that could be bothersome to nearby residents.

“This could open up additional complaints,” he said.

Under Ohio Revised Code, this type of detachment is allowed only if it is approved by Council.

Scheetz said that there is county water and sewer available on the land.

Scheetz said there are some options moving forward. He declined to say what his next step would be.

In other news:

  • The Finance Committee also voted to adopt new salaries for Council members out to 2021.

Under Ohio law and the city charter, salaries for elected officials must be determined prior to the filing deadline for petitions for the seat. That means if Council is to change the salaries for the elected body, it has to happen before this November’s general election. Medina’s Council is paid less than both Brunswick’s and Wadsworth’s councils, it said. All of the councilmen with the exception of At-Large Councilman Paul Rose will be running for re-election in November.

Council salaries through 2021 are as follows:

  • President of council: 2019 — $9,000 a year; 2020 — $13,140 a year; 2021 — $13,777 a year;
  • Ward 1, Ward 3 and Paul Rose’s at-large position: 2019 — $7,920; 2020 — $8,760; 2021 — $9,180;
  • Ward 2, Ward 4 and Bill Lamb’s at-large position: 2019 — $6,000; 2020 — $8,760; 2021 — $9,180.

Medina’s Council is paid lower than both Brunswick’s and Wadsworth’s councils, the committee said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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