Matter of Opinion

Brunswick Hills resident Mary Emhoff tells Medina County commissioners what she thinks they can do to build public trust for a plan to rebuild the Medina County Courthouse.

MEDINA – Support payments can be crucial to the health and wellbeing of children and county officials have made a point to make sure that support orders from the court are followed by noncustodial parents.

County commissioners passed a resolution Aug. 13 declaring August to be Child Support Awareness Month in Medina County to remind people of this important obligation.

About one out of every three kids in Ohio is subject to a child support order. So far this year, non-custodial parents have made about $18 million in payments to county children, according to Kim White, administrator for child support enforcement in the county.

White told county commissioners that Medina County is trying to be on the forefront of statewide efforts to make sure parents meet their obligations in the nearly 9,000 support cases they manage each year. Those efforts include working closely with the Domestic Relations Court and Medina County Prosecutor’s Office and taking initiatives such as counselling unemployed parents on finding jobs, even those at the Mansfield Correctional Institute prior to their release from prison.

“Children need the emotional and financial support of both parents to reach their full potential,” said County Commissioner Pat Geissman.

She added that the child support division of Job and Family Services is working with commissioners and other community partners to make child support service programs in the county a model for the entire state.

Courthouse criticMary Emhoff and Kathie Jones took advantage of the public comment period of the commissioners’ Aug. 13 meeting to ask that plans to rebuild the county courthouse be put on hold until more members of the public have a chance to express their views on the project.

Emhoff told commissioners she would try to inform county residents of future public meetings planned to discuss courthouse construction plans and asked commissioners to make more of an effort to inform public officials in cities, villages and townships around the county about future meetings on the courthouse plans.

Office leaseCommissioners agreed to extend for two more years its lease with Macedonia Property Management for office space at 978 North Court St. in Medina. The space houses the Medina Auto Title Office. Terms of the lease call for the county to pay the management company a base monthly rental amount of $2,960.

New stop sign

County commissioners authorized the Medina County Highway Engineer to designate the intersection of Abbeyville and Spieth roads as a multi-way or four-way stop intersection. A traffic study shows that an increase in accidents at the intersection has prompted the change.

Vehicle purchaseCommissioners authorized the Clerk of Courts to purchase a used 2018 Toyota Sienna van from Brunswick Auto Mall for $30,000.

Gasoline purchaseCenterra Co-op of Ashland won a bid to sell the Medina County Engineering Center 5,500 gallons of regular unleaded fuel for $1.749 per gallon. That price was down 13 cents from what the county paid for 7,400 gallons of gas purchased last month.

Personnel expensesCounty commissioners authorized the travel expenses for some county employees to attend out-of-town meetings and training seminars. Among those expenses were $825 to send an employee of the Sanitary Engineer’s Office to a program on Ohio geographically referenced information in Columbus and $358 to send two sheriff deputies to a tactical leadership training program in Parma Heights.

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