Medina looks to shift village meetings to Shelby Town Hall

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2022 at 9:23 am

(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the article said the village would move its meeting locations to the Shelby Town Hall, but an agreement hasn’t been finalized yet.)

MEDINA – The Village of Medina is looking to make the Shelby Town Hall its official meeting place location after a complaint was filed that City Hall isn’t handicapped accessible.

Medina Mayor Mike Sidari said village officials initially discussed having the meetings at the Ridgeway Town Hall, which is in the village. But many of the official Ridgeway meetings are scheduled at the same time as Medina’s.

The Shelby Town Hall is just outside the village. Medina has used the building before for Village Board meetings until the sessions were moved to the Senior Center on West Avenue.

The village also has a meeting room in the village office on Park Avenue but that is a smaller room used for work sessions.

The village has commissioned a study to have the village office expanded for a bigger meeting space. If the meeting room is enlarged, Sidari said that will likely become the main meeting room for the Village Board, Planning Board, Boxwood Cemetery Commission, Tourism Committee, Waterfront Development Committee, Parks Committee, Police Advisory Committee, Visioning Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Medina hasn’t finalized an agreement with Shelby. Sidari said he will work with Shelby officials on times for the Medina meetings so that aren’t in conflict with Shelby’s meetings.

He said he appreciated Shelby offering use of the Town Hall while the village works towards a long-term solution.

In other action during last week’s Village Board meeting:

• The board heard from resident Jason Irwin of Frank Street who has declined to cut down some of the wild flowers on his property. He has been cited by the village code officer for having grass that is too high. Code officer Dan Gardner also sees the wildflowers as “unsightly” and a “detriment to the surrounding properties.”

Irwin said he has kept the grass below the 10-inch threshold, but he has been experimenting with the wildflowers on his property.

Mayor Sidari urged Irwin to put stones and landscaping around the wildflowers. He said it looks to be a hodge-podge approach.

Irwin said he has learned a lot this year and will work to have landscaped spots on the property for the wildflowers, while pulling out weeds and obnoxious plants.