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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Please be advised the County Engineer has updated their tax map website.  When you click on tax maps on our web page you are being directed to their site. Please contact the Engineer’s office with any questions about the new site.


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October 26, 2016

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Highland's Butler shares state golf title

The Highland girls golf team finished second in team play, while senior Madison Butler shared medalist honors Saturday in the Division I OHSAA state girls golf tournament at Ohio State's Gray Golf Course.

Even though the first 18 holes of the competition were cancelled Friday because of rain, Highland didn't show any rust on Saturday. The team posted a combined score of 311 on the day. Olentangy Orange won the state title with the same score, and edged out the Hornets for first place because their fifth-best score was better than Highland's fifth-best score, which is not included in the final team score.

Read William Kosileski's full story at Cleveland.com.



Whit & Whimsey

What a month! So many of you stopped at Heritage Farm the weekends of the fall foliage tour and country pumpkin festival. Thank you for supporting the Brunswick Area Historical Society and saying hello as I ran back and forth. I have no idea where all the people came from but it was wonderful and, thankfully, the most beautiful weather! I stopped by the farm to take this photo, just to remind us how beautiful it is in the fall, now that the weather is becoming a little (I hope a little) cooler. Now - on to Halloween, one of my favorite holidays because I love those kiddos in costume.
Read Sam Boyer's full column on news & events in the Brunswick/Medina area at Cleveland.com.



Possible new NEXUS pipeline route causes concerns

About 75 people attended a meeting Monday night to learn about how to lodge concerns and comments about a newly proposed route for the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline in the Chippewa Lake area.
The two-hour meeting was put together by the citizens group after it learned Oct. 6 that people along a new route called Chippewa D near Chippewa Lake Village were receiving notifications by telephone or mail that their land was affected.
Chippewa D is a new previously undisclosed 6.5-mile reroute that FERC has said is under consideration. A previous route called Chippewa C was "analyzed" and the D route was proposed after public comments.
Read Ashley Fox's full story in The Gazette.



Cost of Medina courthouse project increases

Medina City Council's Finance Committee decided Monday to take a step back on the Medina Municipal Court project.

Architect Tom Potts' presentation to Council members on renovation of the courthouse was an eye-opener, as construction costs have skyrocketed.

Potts, of Silling and Associates of Charleston, W.Va., was asked to come up with three options to renovate the court building at 135 N. Elmwood Ave.

Council's budget of $4.5 million won't be nearly enough to cover any of Potts' three designs - the cheapest being Option 1 for $6.3 million.

"I'm a little shellshocked," Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields said following the presentation.

Read Bob Finnan's full story in The Gazette.



President Obama thanks Highland grad for service

For Cassandra Florian of Sharon Township, Sept. 14, 2016 was a day she will always fondly remember. On that date, Cassandra, along with her parents, Jim and Carol Florian, her fiancÚ, Chuck Fouts and his two sons, Ken and Will, were invited to the White House Oval Office's for a picture-taking session with President Barack Obama. This gesture enables the president to thank employees that are leaving or being reassigned and to meet their families.

The reason for this special event was that after more than a year's service at the White House as National Security Council Director for Pakistan in 2014 and 2015, Cassandra was leaving the White House for another assignment in Washington, D.C.

Read Rita Jean Wagar's full story in The Post.



Buckeye hoping to maintain excellence

In 2012, Buckeye Local Schools was at a crossroads. If voters did not pass a new levy, there would be dozens of layoffs and the school day and class offerings would be reduced to state minimum requirements.

At that time, community members banded together to get their neighbors and friends to vote for the levy, which won with over 60 percent of voters saying yes. Some events included hosting a rally, decorating the front fence facing Columbia Road; and holding "cash mobs" at local businesses supportive of the levy.

District parents and staff hope to avoid such a desperate situation again by getting voters to approve a 7.6-mill, 10-year renewal levy on the Nov. 8 ballot. Although the levy does not expire until 2017, the district is allowed to ask for a renewal levy a year in advance.

Read Allison Wood's full story at 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.




What a great week to be a Cleveland sports fan!  The Cavs got their rings and the Indians won the opening game of the 2016 World Series!  We hope there's more celebrating to come!

And to continue bragging about local sports, the final four teams in the Medina Girls Soccer district this week were:  Brunswick, Highland, Medina and Wadsworth!  Brunswick and Medina advanced and will play for the title.

Have a great week.....and GO INDIANS!

Mike Kovack  


The Chicago Cubs Curse of the Billy Goat began in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field during game four of the 1945 World Series because the odor of his pet goat, Murphy, was bothering other fans. Outraged, Sianis swore to team owner Phillip Wrigley that the Cubs would never again win a World Series.  Up two games to one at that point, the Cubs lost game four to the Detroit Tigers and went on to lose the series.  It has been 71 years since the Cubs appeared in the World Series.  Several Indians fans brought goats to Progressive Field on Tuesday.  GO TRIBE! 


Final Weekend for Medina Showbiz Play http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/bc7413d7-1179-4398-8ac3-4d208cd57f88.jpg

Don't miss the Medina Showbiz Company's production of the Pulitzer prize winning comedy "You Can't Take it With You" this weekend.  Shows are Fri. & Sat., October 28/29 at 7:30 pm and Sun., October 30 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students 18 and under.  Performances are at the Haddad Theater inside the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina.  INFO


ORMACO- West African Drum & Dance  http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/164c71d7-e8bd-4b33-a6cd-c9d0a5b5e04d.png

ORMACO kicks off its World Tour of Music 2016-17 with the West African Drum and Dance Extravaganza with Sogbety Diamande. Audiences will enjoy a stunning cultural stage show, complete with vibrant costumes, intense drumming, beautiful dancing and native songs. Tickets for the Saturday, October 29, 8 to 10 pm show are $11 and the venue is at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road in Medina.


Spooktacular http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/ed25a515-a310-4d47-baea-9594c567ecfe.jpg

The Seville Spooktacular is an adult-centric Halloween event to be celebrated on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 8 pm.

All the shops along Center and Main Streets will be open with "fang" tastic refreshments and in-store specials. (Come in costumes for extra surprises.)

Your "spirits" will be lifted by the Massillon Zombie Dancers, story tellers, a village scavenger hunt, adult trick or treat, and a bonfire complete with a s'mores bar. Artists will line the streets, and food will include pizza from Digsbys, hotdogs from JD's Classic Hotdogs and popcorn from Lady Bug Kettle Corn. MORE INFO


Medina Senior Service Day 2016 http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/761c2042-b1ce-4e70-9e50-d1b718cdf3fa.png

On Saturday, October 29, Rebuilding Together volunteers will be deployed throughout the City of Medina on a quest to clean-up, clean-out and beautify the community, one yard at a time! Volunteers will do yard clean-up, leaf raking and minor home repairs for qualifying seniors who own their own home in the City of Medina. Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit year-round program that helps repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly, disabled and military veteran homeowners.


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!  


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 carve pumpkins on Thursday, 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


Saturday, October 29

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

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


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.


Granger Township- 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 its 2nd annual Howl-O-Ween Paw-ty. Dog costume contest, 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; 6-7:30 pm
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 Cy Hewit Park. This is an alternative to  
             going door to door. Refreshments available. 

 Sharon- 6 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


Community Event for Medina Food Insecure

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/790341c0-1e76-440d-bbad-f2c97ce90400.jpgHoly Martyrs Catholic Church at 3100 Old Weymouth Road in Medina will play host for Feeding Medina County on October 31 from 8:30 am to Noon for the Community Innovations in Serving Medina County's Food Insecure program. Information will presented by Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, Medina County Job and Family Services, Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority, United Way, Feeding Medina County, and Innovative Programs. The purpose of this day is to learn the latest information regarding poverty and food insecurity in Medina County. Visitors are able to explore innovative solutions in helping the people Innovative Programs serves and give other agencies a chance to connect with other service organizations to discuss how they can work together to better serve those in need. RSVP NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 27 at (330) 421-4816 or via email at Melody@feedingmedinacounty.org.


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 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

Thursday, October 27 Community Action Wayne/ Medina's, Medina office is moving to a new location. The new location is located on 799 North Court St., Medina and the new location anticipated date to be open is on Thursday, October 27. They will be located in the back offices of the O&P Services building. Their phone number will remain the same - (330) 723-2229.

Friday, October 28 

Senior and Caregiver Expo! 10 am to 1 pm at the Soprema Senior Center and Community Center Field House. Dozens of Vendors, Health Screenings, Entertainment, Flu Shots,  Door prizes, giveaways and much more. $5 Expo lunch featuring marinated chicken breast, sweet potato souffle, tossed salad, themed dessert and iced tea or coffee.

Saturday, October 29

Lafayette Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast and Halloween Party. This breakfast includes Pancake & Sausage Breakfast by donation only from 9 am to 11 am. Halloween Party and Trick-or-Treating is from 11 am to 1 pm. Hay rides are available also. Location is Station #1, 6776 Wedgewood Road in Medina.

Saturday, October 29
First Baptist Church is having a county-wide Fall Fest. Celebrate the fall season with carnival games, hayrides, their giant downhill slide, inflatables, giveaways, food, live music, and more! The event goes from 1-3 pm at 3646 Medina Rd, admission is free and food and drinks will be available at family-friendly prices.

Sunday, October 30
Celebrate the fall season with carnival games, hayrides, our giant downhill slide, inflatables, giveaways, food, live music, and more!
Granger Methodist is having  their Fall Festival from 3-5 pm at 1235 Medina Road.

Monday, October 31

Christmas Treasure Thrift Store will be opening! The store remains open through Friday, December 16. The seasonal shop is operated by staff and volunteers from Hospice of Medina County, an affiliate of Hospice of the Western Reserve. All proceeds stay in Medina County benefiting programs for hospice patients and families living the in the local community.

Saturday, November 5
The Homer Ruritan Club will host a Swiss Steak Dinner from 5 to 7 pm at Homerville Community Center at 8964 Spencer Road. The fundraiser will benefit the club's scholarship fund. Cost is $9 for adults,and $5 for children under 12. RESERVATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 3. Call (330) 625-2514 for reservations.

Saturday, November 5
Brunswick United Methodist Church is holding its 113th annual Turkey Dinner at 1395 Pearl Road with family-style serving starting at 5:30 pm. There will be turkey with all the fixin's plus homemade pie. Dinner is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 3-10 and free for 2 and under. Call the church for tickets at (330) 225-3179.     

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Music in Medina County



Sully's Irish Pub

Fri., Oct. 28- Swap Meet - 8:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 29- Halloween Party with Marys Lane and Costume Contest with the Kraken Girls - 9 pm
Sun., Oct. 30- Sully's Fifth Annual Wake with the New Barleycorn,1 - 4 pm 


Thirsty Cowboy
Fri., Oct 28 -
Cam, The Burning House Tour - 8:30 pm
Sat., Oct 29 - Halloween party and music by Eric Dawn - 9:30 pm

Thirsty Cowboy

Johnny Malloys 

Fri., Oct. 28 - Live Music by Shane Phillips, 8:30-11:30 pm

Mon., Oct 29- Skinny Moo's Annual Halloween Show - 8 pm




Fri., Oct., 28- The Rhino Project, 7:30 pm

Sat., Oct 29 - HooDoo BBQ Trio-roots rock, Blues, and Americana, 7:30 pm.

Wed., Nov., 2 - Open Mic Night, 7 pm 

The Galaxy

Fri., Oct. 28-

Halloween Bash at the Galaxy- 8:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 29 - Sommeliers Selections Wine Tasting
- 7 pm 



Employment Opportunities


Click on the Above Link for more opportunities

Medina County Government Job Opportunities  INFO

Medina City Job Opportunities  INFO

Bakery Manager needed. 
Experience required.  Millers in Lodi.  INFO

Brick Laborers needed. 
Willing to train.  Must own vehicle.  330-730-1316.  INFO


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