Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
August 14,  2019


Your auditors office has just finished up the 2019 State Mandated Reappraisal and, yes, values are going up.  Average increase across the county is about 12.5% for residential properties with the cities averaging in the 15% range.  Every property owner will be mailed a postcard with their old and new property values over the next month and we will be publicizing the informal hearing dates and locations in the coming weeks.

Medina County has another State Champ!  The Buckeye Tonio's Pizza U11 were crowned State Champs last month, finishing the season 22-2.  Members of the team include Derek & Jacob Snyderburn, Logan Rieth, Carter Thacker, Braydon Bauman, Gabe Wrobleski, Joe Depew, Brady Salazar, AJ Bohannon, Shane Metter, Roscoe Gobel and Nick Balaban.  Coaches are Jason Demczyk, Shane Metter, Ben Bauman & Roy Salazar.  Congratulations!

Are you a Sharon High School alumnus?  There will be a reunion for you this Sunday, August 18th at 1 pm at the Sharon Township Administration Building on the Circle.  Bring your school pictures and other memorabilia!  Contact Don Simmons at 330-239-1689 or for more information!

Congratulations to the winners of our Medina County Fair Coloring contest this past week!  Artists in the 6 & Under category were 1) Malcolm Bailey (Sharon Center), 2) Elizabeth Vickers (Brunswick), 3) Zara Demrovsky (Medina).  7 - 10 Year Olds were 1) Aliza Sherman (Chippewa Lake), 2) Lincoln Marks (Medina), Nico Demrovsky (Medina).  Adult winners were 1) Kellie Conetsco (Medina), 2) CJ Koudelka (Brunswick) and 3) Mikayla Brown (Litchfield).  You can see their pictures and artwork on our
Facebook Page.  Thanks to all who entered! 

Make every place you go a little better when you leave this week!

Mike Kovack
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose!

OHPA Bird Fair   
The Medina Bird Fair is Saturday, August 17, 10 am - 4 pm, at the Community Center at Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina.  Admission $5; kids 12 and under free.  Free parking.  Find everything you need to feed, house and enrich your birds.  Lots of birds, toys, cages, new vendors and birds for adoption.  Raffle prizes. 

Annual Free Clinic Pig Roast 
The Free Clinic of Medina County is holding its 12th annual Pig Roast, Saturday, August 17, 4 - 8 pm, at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Rd., Seville.  Adults: $45. Children 4 - 12: $12.  The Free Clinic of Medina County provides free medical care for the working residents of Medina County who have no medical insurance or those with a high deductible. Live and silent auctions and a mechanical chicken that lays eggs filled with wonderful prizes! 
Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show 
Summer is here! This large show will feature a variety of local handmade artisans and crafters selling their items on
Saturday, August 17, 10 am - 5 pm  at the Medina Community Recreation  Center, 885 Weymouth Rd., Medina, OH 44256. Admission: $3. Children under 12: free.
Valley City Frog Jump Festival
and Valley City Street Fair    
Friday - Sunday, August 16 - 18
Enjoy a taste of Valley City on Main Street, downtown Valley City.  Carnival games, concerts, vendors and a beer tent.  Hours are Friday, 6 - 11 pm; Saturday, noon - 11 pm and Sunday, noon - 11 pm. 
58th Annual old time frog jumping competition, a la Mark Twain, Sunday, August 18, 11 am - 5:30 pm, at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St., Valley City.  Enjoy a day of home cooking, lots of entertainment, face painting, children's games with prizes, live music, wing eating contest, beer and wine garden, Valley City Street Fair.  Frog registration begins at 10 am; frog jumping at 11 am. 
Medina Fest 
Celebrate the sweetest town in America with a Made in Medina Business Showcase, local restaurants, kids games and activities, Farmer's Market, PNC Mobile Learning Adventure and live entertainment at Medina's Public Square.  Saturday, August 24, 9 am - 4 pm.  FREE. 
Stand Up for Downs  
Comedy In The Cellar #14  with headliner, Mike Conley, and feature, Jaunda Mayfield,
Saturday, August 24, Two showing: 7 pm and 9:30 pm at 17 Public Square Restaurant, 17 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256. Tickets: $20. INFO

Jazz Under the Stars 
Closing out the 2019 free Jazz under the Stars concert series on Saturday, August 24, 7 pm at Medina's Uptown Park in Public Square, is Akin for Jazz.  INFO  
Free Clinic Benefit 
Bring a blanket or lawn chair to hear The Diamond Project, the Neil Diamond Tribute Band, 6 - 8 pm, Tuesday, August 27, at Western Reserve Masonic Community, 4931 Nettleton Rd., Medina.  Concession stand.  All proceeds go to The Free Clinic of Medina County, a non-profit health provider.  Info:  Contact Carla Karla at 216-401-7263.
Wadsworth Food Truck Festival 
A community night of food and fun, Wednesday, August 28, 5 - 9 pm in downtown Wadsworth.  Featuring entertainment such as Jammin' Jumpers, Josh the Juggler, face painting and more.  22 places to eat including downtown Wadsworth restaurants. Hosted by Main Street Wadsworth. 
Medina County Clerk of Courts Senior Walk and Health Fair 
The Senior Walk is a free annual event to promote the health and vitality of seniors, Friday, August 30, 2019, 10 am to 12 pm, at the Historic Medina Square.  INFO  
Other Events & Happenings 
Wednesday, August 14
Summer Lovin Bingo at Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center, 4426 Homestead Dr., Brunswick, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  RSVP.  Free community event.  
Saturday, August 17
The Chatham Community Center, 6306 Avon Lake, Rd., is hosting a free Family Movie Night featuring "Dumbo" at 9 pm. Info: Carolyn at 330-667-2183. 
Monday, August 19
The Hinckley Garden Club will meet at 6:30 pm at a member's house in Hinckley for a garden tour.  Bring a chair and finger food.  Info: call Linda at 440-724-8537.
Saturday, August 19
Unity of Medina invites the public to a Summer Hawaiian Performance featuring the Spirit of Life Performing Arts, 7:30 pm, at 787 Lafayette Rd., Bldg D, Medina.  Free-will offerings accepted.  Info: Charlotte Garrett at 719-304-9232 or   
Wednesday, August 21
Music at the Lodge: Brian Henke and Ginger Ackley, 7 - 8 pm.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in the park with free, live musical entertainment.  The Lodge at Allardale is located at 141 Remsen Rd, Granger Township.  
Friday, August 23 
Opening Ceremony - Medina Community Garden and Education Center: Enjoy a unique and educational celebration, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Medina Community Garden & Education Center, 302 E Liberty Street, Medina, OH 44256. More Info. 
Friday, August 23 
Soprema Cafe Customer Appreciation Senior Safety Day: Featuring Wadsworth Police & Fire Safety presentation and displays, 
Zoro - Wadsworth Police Dog, and much more. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Info: Lori at 330-335-1513.   
Saturday, August 24 
Touch A Truck:  Free to the community - a parking lot filled with vehicles of all shapes and sizes for children of all ages to explore,10 am, at Key Church, 1825 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281. Info:  Debbie at 330--335-7301. 
Saturday, August 24
Join the Hinckley Fire and Police departments for a friendly competition at an American Red Cross blood drive, 10 am - 3 pm, at the fire station, 1616 Ridge Rd.  Each person who donates chooses a team they are representing.  Sign up at   
Sunday, August 25 
Sanyuka Children's Ugandan Choir: Hear stories through traditional African song and dance, 10:30 am, Unity of Medina, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina, OH 44256. Info: 
Charlotte Garrett at 719-304-9232 or    
Thursday, August 29
Medina County Board of Realtors Charity Bowl-a-thon: Get your teams together for a night of bowling to benefit Operation Homes, 6 pm, Medina Lanes, 201 Harding St., Medina.  Info: Cathy at 330-722-1000.      

Medina County property reappraisal shows values going up

MEDINA, Ohio -- Property owners will likely see higher tax bills, due to Medina County recently completing appraisals of the county's approximately 84,000 parcels.
County Auditor Mike Kovack said this process must be completed every six years per state law, with an update completed three years later.
On average, he said values in Medina County have increased 12.5 percent; however, this does not mean tax bills will increase that much, due to state tax rollbacks and individual school district levies, among other factors.
During the last recession, Kovack said properties in subdivisions showed the highest decline in value, with larger parcels outside the cities being the most resilient.
He said property value notifications will begin to be mailed out to residents in late August and continue through mid-September, with those in the county's western townships receiving them first and those in and around Medina receiving them last.
The first tax bills using the new valuations will not be mailed out until next year, he said, and the office does not yet know the exact amount that any particular property owner will be billed.
Despite advancements in technology, Kovack said the auditor's staff still goes out to each property.
Read the rest of Allison Wood's story on

Couple donates $500,000 for wellness center at Medina Hospital 

MEDINA - A donation from a Montville Township couple is helping fund a new center for healing and wellness at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital.
A $500,000 gift from Dave Logsdon and his late wife, Jan, will establish the Logsdon Family Wellness Center for Integrative Medicine at Medina Hospital to address one of the hospital's goals of offering more integrative medicine options for patients.
The Logsdons learned firsthand about the value of nontraditional pain relief options when a massage therapist visited Jan Logsdon in Medina Hospital while she was battling cancer last year. The therapist's services helped create an atmosphere of care and compassion that comforted the couple during a difficult time, according to a hospital news release. Jan died in March 2018.
After remission from cancer was no longer possible, the Medina Hospital Foundation set her up with a healer, who used massage as a form of relief.
"She used nontraditional forms of pain relief," Dave Logsdon said. "We had nowhere else to go."
The masseuse said she had about 60 calls in the last month from people needing her services .
"Jan and I wanted to make that dream come true," Dave said.
Read the rest of Bob Finnan's story at
The Gazette.

Medina Courthouse initiative petition fails to gather enough signatures for November ballot

MEDINA, Ohio -- A citizen-led effort to require a vote before the city can spend funds on a combined Medina County-municipal court facility did not get enough signatures for it to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
City Finance Director Keith Dirham, who originally received the signatures, was told by the Medina County Board of Elections Aug. 7 that only 690 valid signatures were collected. A total of 983 needed to be submitted.
Out of the 1,016 signatures collected, 128 of the 326 invalid signatures came from those who were not Medina city residents; 79 were not qualified registered voters.
While the paperwork for the initiative was submitted to Dirham's office on July 26, he couldn't submit it to the Board of Elections until Aug. 6 -- one day before the filing deadline for the November election.
Pat Walker, a local attorney who helped organize the Save Our Courthouse group, said the effort was focused on city voters because a countywide effort would have required getting around 6,000 signatures in less than a week.
Despite not having enough signatures, Walker said there is a provision in the state constitution where the group would receive 10 more days to collect approximately 300 more valid signatures, a task she said volunteers could complete easily.
Read the rest of Allison Wood's story on 

Music in Medina County
      Medina                                        Wadsworth
            Sully's                                                                   Sonnets 
            JoJo's                                                                   Galaxy 
   High Low Winery                                                     The Sub Station 
    Thirsty Cowboy                                                     Filia Cellars Winery 
     CinDees Place  
Employment Opportunities
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School Bus Mechanic - Cloverleaf Local Schools.  Heavy truck experience a plus.   INFO

Executive Director - The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance is searching for a full-time executive director to operate under its Board of Directors.     INFO

Medina/Brunswick District Libraries - Various part-time and full-time positions available in both Brunswick/Medina locations.    INFO

Clerical Specialist - Medina County Health Department.  High school diploma or GED, excellent communication & computer skills required.    INFO

Teacher Aide - Looking for a fun role for just a few hours a week?  Latchkey Kids is hiring part-time Teacher Aide positions for before & after school.  Must have high school diploma.    INFO
Fire-Dex is Hiring - Individuals to make a positive impact on firefighter health & safety.  Openings include Office & Accounting Assistant, Customer Service Representative and 1st & 2nd Shift Production.  Email resume to   INFO
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