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Medina City Council OKs small business grants, shoots down county solid waste proposal

MEDINA, Ohio — City Council has unanimously approved using its CARES Act funding to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This request is for council to consider funding 32 small business grant applications in the dollar amount of $179,450 from the CARES Act funding that the city received from Medina County,” Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall said during Monday’s council meeting (Nov. 9).

The money was funneled from the federal government through the state and on to the county, then the city.

“The City of Medina partnered with the county on this initiative to help businesses that were affected by the mandatory government shutdown due to COVID-19 earlier this year,” Marshall said.

The funds have to be encumbered by Nov. 20.

Solid waste plan falls short

In other news, city Service Director Nino Piccoli discussed a resolution asking City Council to disapprove the Medina County Solid Waste District’s amended draft of the Solid Waste Management Plan.

“Per the EPA, the Solid Waste District is required to submit an updated plan every five years,” Piccoli said.

“The efforts of the county to recycle, at least separate the material to recycle material is good, right? They have a good plan to do that, but the problem that we’ve always had is, once that recycled material is taken … from that point forward, there’s no guarantee that material is recycled,” said council President John Coyne.

He shared that both studies and trackers that were placed in garbage have proven that it all goes to the landfill, so it’s hard to support a recycling plan that isn’t leading to materials being recycled.

“If I’m going to tell a resident of the city of Medina that ‘yeah, we want you to recycle’ and they say, ‘I’m doing my best to recycle,’ I can’t with a straight face tell them ‘oh yeah, it’s all being recycled’ because I have no idea if it is or isn’t,” Coyne said.

Piccoli shared that officials are working to tighten up contracts with haulers, but there’s still no guarantee.

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