Mike Kovack

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

144 N. Broadway St, Medina, OH  44256
Medina:  (330) 725-9754     Toll free:  (844) 722-3800, ext. 9754


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Recent: Weekly Report Fall Newsletter

Thank you for accessing our website regarding the 2016 State Mandated Property Value Update. Unfortunately, due to state deadlines, we are unable to hold any more informal hearings. Should you feel that your property value is incorrect you are invited to file a formal appeal with the Medina County Board of Revision between January 1st and March 31st. The form necessary for this appeal, along with instructions, is available here: http://www.medinacountyauditor.org/frm_bor.htm.


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October 20, 2016

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Wadsworth may decide future of county trash

Wadsworth may hold the trump card on the future of Medina County trash.

The Solid Waste Policy Committee/MC-18 Work Group is expected to vote on the elimination of the flow control system at its 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 meeting at the Medina County Solid Waste District, 8700 Lake Road, Westfield Township.

In order to eliminate flow control, the work group needs a vote of at least two of the three cities in the county. Brunswick has said it wants to eliminate flow control and Medina wants to retain it. It's now up to Wadsworth to make its intention known.

"It's coming down to Wadsworth on this one," county Commissioner Adam Friedrick said Tuesday. "Medina has basically said it wants to keep flow control. There are a few financial reasons why keeping flow control is a smart move for the city of Medina. Brunswick has expressed moving away from it."

County sanitary engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said not only is a majority of the cities needed, but one township representative on the MC-18 Work Group also must vote to eliminate flow control along with a majority of the seven-member Solid Waste Committee.
Read Bob Finnan's complete story at
The Gazette.



Brunswick Council begins hiring process again for city manager

City officials said they expect to begin interviewing candidates to replace former City Manager Anthony Bales starting this week.

Vice Mayor Patricia Hanek said applications and resumes for the position were accepted through Oct. 17, which means city council will have its first look at those applications starting this week.

According to the city's charter, the city manager is to be appointed by City Council based on professional experience, education and commitment to public service.

The city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city, overseeing the appointed department heads and directs the divisions of police, fire, service, parks/recreation, law, finance, community and economic development, engineering, building, administrative services, information technology and cable.

Read Melissa Martin's complete story at
The Post.



Voters asked to renew county
home levy

Among the issues facing voters in the Nov. 8 General Election will be a vote to renew the 0.2-mill levy that funds operations of the County Home.

If approved by voters, the tax would remain in place for another five years and continue to generate about $880,000 a year to help operate the retirement home. The levy now costs about $6 a year in real estate taxes on property valued at $100,000, and would not increase taxes if approved.

Situated on approximately 80 acres of rural property in Lafayette Township, the Medina County Home is a 55-bed facility which provides primary custodial, rest-home-type care. It is owned and operated by the Medina County Commissioners with funding provided through the county's general fund. It operates much like a licensed, private rest home but, in accordance with state law, is not subject to licensing requirements other than fire and safety codes.

Read Glenn Wojciak's complete story in
The Post.



 Medina Community News

    The Medina Community Recreation Center will host a Pokemon Fun Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21.

Families can play Pokemon trading card games, go on a Pokemon scavenger hunt, take on the Pokemon Challenge, make their own Pokemon cards and enjoy Pokemon treats.

The recreation center facilities -- including the pool, track and basketball courts - will also be available to use.

The Medina City Schools Foundation will host its 30th annual dinner and dessert auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the White Birch Barn, 7180 W. Smith Road.

"This year's event will have a new look, new feel, new location - same mission. We look forward to celebrating our 30th year of this event and enjoying an evening of fun, friends, great food and amazing desserts," said committee chairman Mark Dolan.  Read Ann Norman's complete story at  Cleveland.com.



Plan to merge Brunswick transit worries riders

Brunswick residents said Monday they are concerned how a proposed transportation merger would affect them and their trips to the grocery store and doctor's appointments.

The city is considering merging the Brunswick Transit Alternative with the Medina County Public Transit next year. City Council's Committee-of-the-Whole approved the merger Sept. 9 to allow city Service Director Paul Barnett to start negotiations with Medina County Public Transit.

"We're trying to put together if we do merge what (it will) look like," Barnett said.

Council must vote on any contract.

At Monday's hearing, city resident Jacqueline D'Achille said she's been riding the BTA bus for nine years and uses it to go to the grocery store. She said using the bus lifts to load her grocery cart takes time on the fixed routes.

"We'll continue to accommodate that," Barnett said. "If we identify the fixed routes are taking longer because of the lifts, we'll re-evaluate the times."

Read Halee Heironimus' full story in The Gazette.



Bees top Devils, share crown

The difference between the girls soccer teams from Medina and Brunswick isn't significant, but it's enough to see with the naked eye. That gap was on display Wednesday night in Brunswick.

Medina scored three unanswered second-half goals, two by Tarah Roller, to come back from an early deficit and beat the Blue Devils 3-1 in the teams' regular-season and Greater Cleveland Conference finale.

"It was definitely more of a tournament feel," Roller said. "(Since) last year, I think they definitely got better. They didn't really lose too many players. They kind of have the same team as last year but I think they definitely got better. They gave us a really tough game."

Medina (15-0-1) completed its second consecutive unbeaten regular season, winning its last 11 contests. The Bees' last non-tournament loss was Sept. 20, 2014, at Brunswick, when the Blue Devils won 2-1. That was 41 games ago.

Read Bruce Billow's full story in The Post.



Battered Women's Shelter

The Battered Women's Shelter provides emergency shelter.  If you are in need of a safe place to stay while sorting through the complicated experiences of domestic violence, please contact their staff at the following hotlines:

330-723-3900 or

Donations of items needed in the shelter for both children and adults, as well as monetary donations are welcome.  Visit them online at Shelter. 



Top Dog Essay Contest for Medina County 4th graders

Some fourth-grader out there owns the top dog in Medina County. Just don't let Rover eat the winning Top Dog essay.

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is once again sponsoring the Top Dog Essay Contest, which is open to all public, private and home-schooled fourth-graders in Medina County.

The contest, in its 22nd year, is the annual kick-off for the dog-licensing season, which this year runs from Dec. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017.

Essays are due back to the Auditor's Office by Nov. 7. Winners - and their dogs - will be honored at a special ceremony Nov. 30.

Get all the information on the contest HERE.




For those of you who had questions about your new values after the 2016 State Mandated Property Value Update we are in the process of mailing out the results of reviews.  We hope to have all letters out by the end of the month. 

For you pet lovers, we are very excited to announce that the 2017 Medina County Pet-Tacular will be held at the Brunswick Community Recreation Center!  We are delighted with the facility and the cost savings over the fairgrounds will allow us to put on an even bigger and better event next year!  For those of you planning ahead, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6, 2017!

We had a homeowner report this week that someone who identified themselves as from the auditor's office stopped at their house last Monday and told them they would be looking around their property.  The only problem is we were off work on Columbus Day.  Please know that any deputy auditor from our office will be carrying identification, have pre-printed materials identifying the auditor's office and will be driving vehicles marked as from the auditor's office.  If you ever have any questions, always please feel free to contact our offices at 330-725-9754 or mkovack@medinaco.org.

Have a great week!

Mike Kovack  


I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping
what people believe is true. 

Neil DeGrasse Tyson 


2nd Annual Medina Restaurant Week http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/2bd9101d-033d-4f48-9ba2-a021d5142232.jpg

Join Main Street Medina for Restaurant Week, October 11 thru the 25. Each participating restaurant will feature a fixed price meal for lunch and/or dinner. Help support the wonderful local and independent restaurants in Medina by dining out and perhaps finding a new foodie favorite!


111 Bistro                                     MCCC-Center Cafe 

A Cupcake A Day                               Miss Molly's

Buehler's-The Mill                              New York Bagel Deli
Corkscrew Saloon                               PJ Marley's
Courthouse Pizzeria                            Fireside at Rustic Hills
Dan's Dogs                                            SantoSuosso's 
Granite Grill                                         Sully's
Main Street Cafe                                  Thyme2
Marie's Cafe                                         Timber Lodge


Medina County Women Helping Women

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/6627645a-dbc6-4e8c-934a-d865a418f8c3.jpgThe Medina County Women Helping Women are presenting its first ever Reverse Raffle on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm at The Tasting Room, 210 Great Oaks Trail in Wadsworth. This is a fun and exciting evening designed for both men and women to enjoy while benefiting Medina County Women in need. Each ticket is $35 and includes a Main Board Entry with a grand prize of $1,000! Hors d'ouevers, signature cocktails and the Music Men DJs will also be on hand. MORE INFO


36th Annual Brunswick Sound Spectacular

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/80f248ce-6372-4713-bcb5-e83434999316.pngThe 36th Annual Brunswick Sound Spectacular will feature exciting music and colorful+ flags on October 22 at the Brunswick Automart Stadium at 3581 Center Road in Brunswick. This event has something for music lovers of all ages. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The Ohio Music Education Association sanctioned Marching Band Competition will feature 19 high school bands from around the state.


Brunswick Hills Hayride and Bonfire

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c8a20aa3-5e92-4570-8164-373fbefd9e9c.jpgBrunswick hills Fire Department is hosting their annual hayride and bonfire on Saturday, October 22 from 5-8  

pm at Plum Creek Park South in Medina. There will be free hayrides, face painting, cider, popcorn, live music, and a bonfire.


2nd Annual Medina Hustle

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/97abe817-21c1-4535-9a6c-2d5b886894da.pngThe 2nd annual Medina hustle competition will be on Saturday, October 22 from 2-5 pm. The competition will have teams of up to 10 or 2 families. Teams solve clues, complete challenges and race to the finish line. There will be awards to the top winners and all kids will get a prize. Dinner will be after the race at Mugrage park off Windfall Road in Medina. 


DEA National Take-Back Initiative

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

There are 2 locations in Medina County that will be taking part in this initiative on October 22 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Medina Township Police Department, 4877 Fenn Road in Medina
Wadsworth Police Department, 120 Maple Street in Wadsworth

Drug Disposal Information 


Let the Shopping Begin!http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/a7d5b0e2-1310-4903-964f-12abb73c81ab.jpg

Come and shop some of your favorites or get into something new at the Direct Sales/Caraft Fair. Proceeds of the fair will directly benefit the students of Claggett Middle School and leadership opportunities for Student Council. This fun filled shopping extravaganza is Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at Claggett Middle School Gymnasium, 420 E. Union Street, Medina. Shoppers can find their favorite brands such as Thirty-One, LuLaRoe, Tastefully Simple, Party Lite, The Pampered Chef and so many more! Admissions will be $2 at the door or $1 with a canned food donation that will benefit Feeding Medina County. (15 oz. or smaller: mac-n-cheese, peanut butter, canned fruits and veggies, etc) 


Paws for the Cause 5K http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c6fbcd8f-fe06-4a49-b300-e16742235597.jpg

Join the Medina County SPCA for the annual Paws for the Cause 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 22nd in Historic Medina City Square. There are awards for the top finishers of the 5K race, all age groups are welcome, try out the first ever dog and 1 mile fun run. All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash or shorter at all times. REGISTER


Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/8b3e1660-996b-4a2c-ad4d-ae591436577f.jpg

The Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation is having a fundraiser on October 24 from 11 am to 10 pm at Casa Del Rio, 839 High Street in Wadsworth. They will receive 20% of ALL the receipts for that day which includes lunch, dinner and all drinks. The proceeds from this event will be used for the programs at Soprema Senior Center.

The flyer below MUST be presented when check is paid!



Taste the Change http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c604249c-d1ca-4f30-b815-258298a16053.png

The Wadsworth YMCA is having their 2nd annual Wine and Beer Tasting Silent Auction on Thursday, October 27 from 6-8:30 pm. The event will take place at The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Dr, Wadsworth. Tickets are $45 per person; $80 per couple. Be sure to purchase tickets by October 24 at the Wadsworth YMCA or online. 



OSU Time Out 4 Health http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/aa8e1698-45fe-444d-b03a-748a99b9fc9c.jpg

The Ohio State University Extension Office is hosting a Live Healthy Live Well program. Any adult wanting to live a healthy life can become part of this email challenge which provides you with two emails a week on a variety of health topics and a tracking system for your healthy habits. This starts on October 17 through November 27. Click HERE to register.


Ghost Walking Tours http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/07d72651-3762-4e59-93a3-f2fda75bd03d.jpg

Medina Ghost Walking Tours with psychic Sonya Hortstman will be October 26. Cost is $20 per person for anyone age 10 and older. Meet at the gazebo on Public Square at 7:15 pm. Tours are limited to 20 people.

Future Ghost tours to come: 
Medina Dinner Ghost Tales and Ghost Walking TourMedina Ghost Bus Tour 


Medina County Trick-or-Treat Schedules http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/3002935f-241c-4ee5-88fd-a4cf56f21eb3.jpg

Don't miss out on your Halloween sugar buzz, check out the Trick-or-Treat schedule along with other fun Halloween themed adventures in your area! 


Thursday, October 20

Wadsworth- Scare on the Square, MORE INFO 


Saturday, October 22

Hinckley- 4 to 6 pm Call (330) 278-7112 for more information


Medina- 5 to 7 pm Trick-or-Treat on the Square- Public Square,


Wednesday, October 26

Medina- 7 to 8 pm Medina Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, 550 Miner Drive in Medina. Children are welcome to come trick or treat and carving pumpkins on October 27 at 2 pm.


Thursday, October 27

Brunswick- 6 to 7:30 pm, Willowood Care Center of Brunswick Complimentary games, prizes, candy and refreshments. MORE INFO

Friday, October 28

Medina- 6 to 9 pm SHC/The Arc of Medina County is hosting a safe Halloween Boo Bash. There will be hay rides, an outdoor movie, trick-or-treating, snacks and drinks, prizes for best costumes, Halloween games and so much more. MORE INFO


Homerville- The Homer Ruritans and Black River Ruriteens will host a "trunk or treat" event for Homer Township children from 2 to 4 pm on October 29 from 2 to 4 pm. This event takes place at the Homerville Community Center on State Route 301. For more information on this free event, call (330) 625-2945.


Saturday, October 29

Brunswick- 8 pm to 10 pm Susan Hambley Nature Center Dress in costume.


Montville- 6:30 to 8:30 pm Trunk-or-Treat at 4765 Cobblestone Park Drive. Load your cars trunk with candy. The 4th Scary Walk begins at 7. Individuals are invited to participate in a zombie parade at 6:30. The Scary Walk path in Cobblestone Park will have a hay maze and refreshments.


Montville- 6:30 to 8:30 pm Trunk-or-Treat at 4765 Cobblestone Park Drive. Load your car's trunk with candy. The 4th Scary Walk begins at 7. Individuals are invited to participate in a zombie parade at 6:30. The Scary Walk path in Cobblestone Park will have a hay maze and refreshments.

Medina- 1 to 3 pm Medina East Grace Church, 2325 Medina Road in Granger Twp is having Trunk-or-Treat.


Medina- Noon to 4 pm Medina Creative Pet Play, 4105 Creative Living Way is having the 2nd annual Howl-O-Ween Paw-ty. Dog costume contest, Chinese raffle, and refreshments.


Sunday, October 30

Medina-3 to 5 pm York Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Road. This free event will have Trunk-or-Treat, games and fall snacks   

Monday, October 31 

Brunswick- 6 to 8 pm
Brunswick Hills- 6 to 8 pm
Chippewa Lake- 6 to 7:30 pm with refreshments being served at the
                            Chippewa Lake/Lafayette Fire Department, 5834
                            Heather Hedge Drive
Grafton- Monday, October 31, 2016; 6-7:30pm
Granger- TBA

Litchfield- 6 to 8 pm

Lodi- 6 to 8 pm
Medina- 6 to 8 pm
Seville- 6 to 8 pm the Supernatural Seville/Community trick or treat 
               event will be at CyHewit Park. This is an alternative to going
               door to door. Refreshments available. 

 Sharon- 6 pm to 8 pm

Spencer- 6 to 8 pm Trick or Treat- Fire Station will be open to visitors too and will have refreshments.          

Valley City- 6 to 8 pm

Wadsworth- 6 to 8 pm

York- 6 to 8 pm


Fall Activities for the Whole Family


Beriswill Farms Corn Maze

2200 Station Rd., Valley City. Explore the cornfield maze, and help save Farmer Joe by playing the Farm Scene Investigation game! Activities include u-pick pumpkin patch, dress a scarecrow, hay pile, corn sandbox, additional mazes, animals to pet, concessions, and more. Weekend hayrides. Open through Sun., October 30, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-6 pm.

Boyert's Greenhouse & Farm Fall Family Hayrides

4557 Paradise Rd., Seville
Take a hayride to the u-pick pumpkin patch. Hayrides include a cup of cider, apple, bonfire, a straw maze, farm animals, several photo ops, and the chance to rope a pretend bull. Open
October 21-23, & 29, from 1 - 5 pm.

Mapleside Farms Pumpkin Village

294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Get lost in a 7-acre corn maze (one of the biggest and best in the Midwest), take a tour of the orchard in cow and pig trains, enjoy a scenic hayride, rocket down the longest slide in America when you ride the 311 foot "Super Slide," and bounce on Ohio's largest "Jumping Pillow" in the jump park. Open weekends
through October 30 on Saturdays, 10 am-7 pm, and Sundays, 10 am-6 pm. Each weekend features a new theme.

Whistle Hollow Farm Fall Fun

9324 Zimmerman Rd., Homerville
Halloween shop, petting zoo, corn maze, and more. Open through the end of October.

Don't forget to visit the apple orchards... 


Other Events

October 21
The Medina County Recreation Center (855 Weymouth Rd, Medina) is hosting Pokemon Fun at The Rec on Friday, October 21 from 6:30- 9 pm.

October 21

The Choo Choo Chow Chow fundraiser for Children's free Care Fund will be at 6:30 to 10 pm Friday, October 21 at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Rd, Medina.

October 22  

Sharon Center United Methodist Church will host their annual fall Swiss Steak Dinner on Saturday, October 22 from 4-7pm, located at 6407 Ridge Rd, Wadsworth. Cost for adults is $9, children (5-12) $5, under age 5 is free.

October 22
The Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second Winery Bus Tour from noon to 6 pm. The bus will stop at The Galaxy in Wadsworth, Nauti Vine Winery in Akron, Filia Cellars in Wadsworth and High & Low Winery in Sharon. Call (330) 336-6150 for more details/

October 22
Erhart Firefighter's Association Relay for Life team is hosting a Relay for Life Craft Fair on Saturday, October 22 from 10-3 pm at the Erhart/York Fire Department located on 6609 Norwalk Rd, Medina. There will be crafts, bakery and basket drawing.

October 22
Brunswick is having their 36th annual Brunswick Sound Spectacular on Saturday, October 22 at 5 pm at the Brunswick Automart Stadium at Brunswick High School.

October 22
There will be an old fashioned baked chicken dinner on Saturday, October 22, from 4-6:30 pm at the First Congregational Church located on 114 Church St.

October 22
The City of Medina's annual auction will be on Saturday, October 22 at 10 am. The auction will take place at the city garage, 781 W. Smith Rd.

October 22
Jim Gill's Nationwide Campaign for Play is on Saturday, October 22 at 11 am and 1 pm at the Medina County Library, 201 S. Broadway St, Medina.

October 23
Rolling Thunder Inc is hosting their 15th annual Spaghetti Dinner from noon to 3 pm, at 1439 S. Carpenter Rd, Brunswick.  

October 24
Subway is having an All You Can Eat Buffet Night on Monday, October 24 from 5-7 pm at the Black River education Center, 233 Co. Rd. 40 Sullivan.

October 26 

Medina County Senior Services Network, through its Education Committee, will hold an informational forum for caregivers. It will take place at the Rustic Hills Country Club starting at 6pm lasting until roughly 8 pm.

October 28

Senior & Caregiver Expo at the Soprema Senior Center & Community Center Field House from 10 am to 1 pm. Dozens of vendors, health screenings, entertainment, flu shots, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. $5 lunch special.


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Music in Medina County



Sully's Irish Pub

Fri., Oct. 21- TBA - 8:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 22- Music Men- 8:30 pm 


Thirsty Cowboy
Fri., Oct 21 -
Brooke Eden - 9:00 pm
Sat., Oct 22 - Matt Vanfossen - 9:30 pm

Thirsty Cowboy

Johnny Malloys 

Fri., Oct. 21 - Bill March, 8:30-11:30 pm

Mon., Oct 24- Kenny Roda, Live trivia and Monday night football- 8 pm




Fri., Oct., 21- Keith Lamont Bachman, 7:30 pm

Sat., Oct 22 -Glenn Gar, 7:30 pm 

Wed., Oct., 26 - Open Mic Night, 7 pm 

The Galaxy

Fri., Oct 21- Live music with Bongo Joe featuring Cleveland Blue- 9 pm


Employment Opportunities


Click on the Above Link for more opportunities

Medina County Government Job Opportunities  INFO

Medina City Job Opportunities  INFO

Plastipak - Process technicians, material handlers wanted in Medina, no experience necessary.  Great pay, great benefits.  Apply online.  INFO


Medina Holiday Inn seeking FT & PT housekeepers.  Apply in person INFO


Deputy Dog Warden - Medina County.  20-30 hours per week.  Must pass background check & drug screen.  INFO

Goldsmith Eggleton -
Machine operators wanted in Wadsworth.  Must be able to lift 75 lbs & pass drug screen.  INFO



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