Medina will build new playground at Butts Park on Friday, Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2018 at 3:21 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This playground at Butts Park will be removed and replaced with a new one this weekend, with volunteers doing much of the work along with the Medina Department of Public Works.

MEDINA – A big turnout of volunteers is expected on Friday and Saturday to help build a new playground at Butts Park, Mayor Mike Sidari said.

Takeform Architectural Graphics, the Medina Fire Department and Medina teachers will all be helping to construct the new playground, as well as other volunteers.

The Medina Department of Public Works is taking out the old playground and will ready the site for the new construction.

Volunteers will be at the park to start work on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.

“It will be a great community event, a community build,” Sidari said.

In other action at the Village Board meeting on Monday:

• Renewed an agreement with Medina Central School where the district will pay the village $60,000 to have a police officer dedicated to the school district as a resource officer for 10 months. If that officer has to miss a day at the school to fill in on a regular shift, the district’s cost will be reduced by $350 each day. The $60,000 is the same as 2017-18.

• Hired Donato Rosario as a new firefighter/EMT. Rosario, 19, of Albion participated in a job shadow program with the fire department two years ago when he was a senior in high school.

He enjoyed it so much he switched his career plans from chiropractor to being a firefighter.

“This is exactly what our  shadowing program is all about,” Fire Chief Tom Lupo told the Village Board.

Rosario currently works for COVA with its ambulance service based in Hamlin. He will start with Medina on Oct. 8.

• Approved village water for the Aldi store on Maple Ridge Road, which is doing a small addition and store remodeling, the mayor said.

The company has to pay the village a $175 tap-in fee, and also assume the costs of running  a line to the site. Aldi also has to pay 1 ½ times the water rate as village residents.

• Announced that Beggar’s Night will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, the last Friday in October. Many of the downtown businesses will be handing out treats to children in costume. Police Chief Chad Kenward said regular trick-or-treating hours will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

• Medina Business Association President Cindy Robinson informed the board that Ale in Autumn will be this Saturday and about 650 people are expected to attend the event, which includes beer tastings at many downtown locations.

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