Own a Business in Medina’s Historic District? – You May Be Getting a Letter Soon…

The Medina Village Board met for their regularly scheduled workshop this week tackling a few topics, most notable among them, a discussion on code enforcement in Medina’s Historic District.

This conversation, (tailing the end of a more pointed discussion regarding an applicant’s denial for a multi-colored neon sign advertising her shop,) was sparked by Trustee Marguerite Sherman, saying, “We need to be business friendly.” 

Sherman, emphasizing a certain inequity in the Board’s ruling, also pointed out, “There are things which are not addressed by the Planning Board that should be addressed.  We have to be able to wiggle a little bit, just like the Planning Board does.”

The Village Board discusses code enforcement in Medina’s Historic District

Trustee Todd Bensley, a former Planning Board member, highlighted his objection:

“We’re focused on this one tonight,” adding, “I don’t want to allow this one person [business owner denied sign] to put this one up because others have gotten away with things.”  Bensley further clarified, stating his desire for the future, “I want to start enforcing the rules to the other people.”

Trustee Sherman replied, “Which brings me to something else, we need to make our businesses aware of all these things.”

Deputy Mayor Owen Toale quickly concocted a mock-up reminder letter, which could state: “Any alterations that have to be made, must be made within the parameters of the Historic District code.”  Toale concluded, “I understand being business friendly, but I also understand rules and regulations.”

Code Enforcer Daniel Gardner informed the Board, “I do have a list of about four or five businesses, but unfortunately, that is not all of them.”  He added, “Whether it’s L.E.D. or neon signs, those things are the worst.”  (As in number of offenses recorded, not a stylistic remark.)  Gardner also suggested the Board should: “Do it all at once.”

Trustee Bensley slowed things down a bit, suggesting a letter should be, “At this point more informational, saying: In the future we are going to start sending notices to people who continue to be in in violation of these codes.”

Lastly, Bensley made a request of Code Enforcement, “Let us know as soon as these letters go out, we will undoubtedly hear about them,” also tagging on, “It’s going to be a bitter pill to swallow.”