Medina village approves 2-year contract keeping police officer at school district

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 July 2021 at 11:57 am

MEDINA – The Village Board on Monday voted to extend an agreement with the school district where a Medina police officer will work out of the district during the school year.

The village approved a contract with the district to reimburse the Medina Police Department $72,500 during the 2021-22 school and $75,000 during 2022-23. That is up from the $70,000 this past school year and $65,000 the previous year. The contract goes to the Medina Board of Education for its approval.

In Albion, the school district pays the village $81,250 to have an officer committed at the district from Sept. 1 to June 30.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has an officer at Lyndonville and Kendall school districts with those districts paying $95,070 to have a deputy assigned as a school resource officer.

In other action during Monday’s Village Board meeting:

• Jada Burgess was appointed the village clerk/treasurer, replacing the retiring Debbie Padoleski. Burgess has worked 12 years in the Village Office, including eight years as Padoleski’s deputy clerk.

The board also appointed Miranda Herbert to be the new deputy clerk. She has been working as an account clerk for the village. The board approved a $55,000 annual salary for Burgess and $36,000 for Herbert.

• The board will be seeking new bids for a kayak launch with the site to be handicapped accessible. The board sought cost estimates for the project but is going through the bidding process with the launch needing to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A grant and other state funding is expected to cover the costs of the project.

• The board approved a contract with O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia with Medina accepting up to 150,000 gallons from the plant weekly for two weeks. The village be paid 4 cents a gallon with 2 cents going to the sewer fund and 2 cents to the village general fund.

• Resident Roz Lind asked when gas stations aren’t allowed to post larger signs with the gas prices. They are limited to having the prices posted only at the pumps.

Mayor Mike Sidari said the Planning Board implemented that in the zoning code several years ago. He said we would pass the request to the Planning Board and seek an answer why the gas stations can’t have signs near the road with the gas prices.