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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Second half property tax bills are due Friday, July 15th.


Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update


June 29, 2016

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Auditor offers advice on how to avoid being scammed by credit card skimmers

In response to several phone calls from local residents, Medina County Auditor  Mike Kovack is offering some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of credit card theft at the gas station.

The auditor's Weights and Measures
  inspectors recently discovered a device used to steal credit card information on a Montville Township gas pump.

The Auditor's Office has stepped up inspections of gas pumps to help prevent skimmers from gaining a foothold in Medina County.

"Done properly, there is no way to tell if a skimming device has been installed on a pump besides opening up that pump for inspection," Kovack said.

While you can't see a credit card skimmer just by looking at a pump, there are ways to help protect yourself from scammers, he said.
Read Ann Norman's full story at Cleveland.com. 



Mountain bike skills course in Medina

Medina is fast becoming a destination of choice for mountain bike enthusiasts, who flock from throughout the area and even out of state to tackle the 11 miles of trails in the woods at Huffman and Reagan parks.

Now those riders have a new place to practice maneuvers, hone their skills and warm up before they hit the trails.

Medina Trails steward Ray Petro recently completed work on Northeast Ohio's first outdoor mountain bike skills track, which covers about 10,000 square feet next to the pavilion at Huffman Park.

Medina Trails volunteers raised the $6,000 for the project through the city's first-ever crowd-sourcing campaign.
Read Ann Norman's full story at



Moving Wall brings Vietnam veterans home

Mike Jacobson had a message for people who visited The Moving Wall, a replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam War Memorial, which was on display for the final day Sunday at Medina High School.

Jacobson, 68, told people: "Don't be surprised if you're standing next to someone and you hear them say, 'Welcome home, brother.' "

The understanding is that the visitor was speaking to the name etched on the memorial sitting on U.S. soil, even though the veteran never returned alive.

"I've been to the memorial in Washington," said Jacobson, who is a native of Parma but has lived in Medina since 1977. "But this has special meaning."

Read Lawrence Pantages' full story at
The Gazette.



300 parishioners assist community

Shalyn Ohnhaus, 8, paused to wipe her forehead. She didn't stop long, though, before she plunged in for another scoop from the large mulch pile at Camp Paradise, the Montville Township camp for disabled adults.

It was hot and grubby work for the St. Francis Xavier School second-grader.

But she and her 6-year-old sister, Sereniti, along with parents Keith and Leanne Ohnhaus, said they were happy to help out the community as part of St. Francis Xavier Parish's second Parish Day of Service.

When many were planning their cookouts and celebrating the start of summer, about 300 members of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Medina gave up time totaling several hours to a full day recently in service to the community.

The day took parishioners to more than 35 locations throughout Medina County to do yard work, paint, clean, sort donations, visit with the elderly, play games with low-income youth and more.

Read the full story at The Gazette.  



Johnson to quit Brunswick council to join
auditor's office

At-large Councilman Alex Johnson is resigning from Brunswick City Council, effective Aug. 31, to take a job with the Medina County Auditor's Office.

County Auditor Mike Kovack has hired Johnson as his chief deputy auditor. He will start July 25.

Johnson succeeds Joan Heller, who retired in 2014 after holding the position
for 19 years.

Johnson, who began serving his first four-year council term in January 2014, was appointed vice mayor pro-tempore earlier this year. He agreed to stay on council through August to help members find a replacement.

Johnson, 37, has been a probation officer in the Adult Probation Department of the Cuyahoga County common pleas courts since 2012. Overall, he has worked in the court system for 11 years. He also has been a real estate agent at Real Estate Quest, 6685 Royalton Road, North Royalton, since 2013.
Read the rest of Hailee Heironimus' story at
The Gazette.



Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seeks volunteers

Looking for an easy way to assist your local SPCA?  Be a ticket taker at the Medina County Fair!  To sign up go to VOLUNTEER.  Click on "Find a Sign Up" near the top  (I left that part
out last week!) 
Enter e-mail address rdlaub3209@zoominternet.
net and pick out the shift(s) you want!  It's that simple!  Help our four footed friends enjoy a quality life!



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. 


If you like local music from local musicians you have a great opportunity this weekend.  "The Permanents," featuring our own auditor's office intern Jake Reiger along with Medina High School students Dyson Paul Anthony and Austin Buell will be playing at On Tap Grille & Bar in Medina at either 7 or 8 pm this Friday, July 1.  They're opening for "Bazooka Proof" with band member Mike Dudsak, Anthony's father.

"Paper Morning," comprised of Medina musicians Brent Skoda, Reggie Bacchus, Brogan Reilly, Andrew Dwyer and Daniel Ita will be opening for Marcus Alan Ward at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Cleveland this Friday, July 1 at 8 pm.  "Playing to Vapors" is also on the bill.  Their single "Mad As a Hat" has received critical acclaim.  Tickets are $7 in advance, $12 day of show.  More Info

July 4th fireworks and festivities information is below.  All county offices are closed on the 4th.  Have a wonderful and SAFE 4th of July!

Mike Kovack  


As mankind becomes more liberal, they will be

more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves  

as worthy members of the community, are equally  

entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope  

ever to see America amongst the foremost  

nations in examples of justice and liberality. 

George Washington


Sundaes on Thursday  http://www.revitasinc.com/images/uploads/blogger/ERD_Sundae.jpg

"You scream; I scream; we all scream for ice cream."  The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities is once again hosting free Sundaes on Thursday, a community ice cream social held today from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the Medina Public Square (rain or shine).  There will be carnival games, entertainment, balloon sculptures, contests & prizes & a classic car show!


Patriotic Breakfast Concert http://www.thequeenofstyle.com/.a/6a00e554e5d8fe883301b8d174176f970c-800wi

Soprema Senior Center and Cafe is holding a Patriotic Breakfast Concert on Friday, July 1 at 10 am. Performers will be "Bucket List Orchestra".  It's a $4 pancake breakfast special. Delicious pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, and white chocolate chips will be served with your choice of bacon, ham, or turkey sausage.


Blood Drives in Medina County


Summer is always a critical time for blood donations.  If you're able to, donate blood and help save lives!  Listed below are local blood drives in Medina County.

Friday, July 1
Medina Community Rec Ctr, 855 Weymouth Rd.
8 am - Noon

Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St.,
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Tuesday, July 5
Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Rd., Wadsworth
1 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday, July 6
Wadsworth YMCA, 623 School Dr.
2 pm - 7 pm

Thursday, July 7
Summa Health Ctr. at Wadsworth-Rittman, 195 Wadsworth Rd.
10 am - 2 pm  


Stuff the Bus http://media.cleveland.com/medina/photo/1383120-635768716475636-891082818-njpg-3e8644e6e35524d3.jpg

Make an impact in the lives of Medina County children by contributing school supplies for those in need. The United Way Stuff the Bus campaign runs from July 1 - July 31. The United Way of Medina County is partnering with the Salvation Army in Medina, Salvation Army in Wadsworth, Zion Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Cloverleaf PTO to distribute supplies throughout Medina County. Donations will be accepted at locations throughout the county. Visit the United Way website at www.unitedwaymedina.org for collection sites, supplies list, and volunteer opportunities. 


Independence Walk http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/30d83067-e6e9-43a5-9f11-ebf8ef78a99c.jpg

Medina Creative Housing's seventh Independence Walk and Celebration will be at 6 pm, July 3. The walk will start at Medina Creative Living at the corner of Reagan Parkway and N. Huntington Street in Medina. The walk celebrates the nation's independence, along with independence achieved for individuals through Medina Creative Housing and affiliates. For more information contact Beth Shotwell at (330) 591-4434 or Beth@medinacreativehousing.com


Twin Sizzler  http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/7f6f2541-8a09-44d4-961b-c6be85f3906f.png

Join in on the Medina Twin Sizzler fun on Monday, July 4th!

The Twin Sizzler Series includes a 5k, 10k, Fun Run, Kid's Run, and Bike Race, all starting from Medina's Public Square beginning at 7:45 am.

Even if you don't participate in the race events, come out anyway! There will be many other activities on the Square including a DJ, refreshments, balloons and face painting.

Pre-registration packet pick-up is at Faith in Action, 120 W. Washington St., Ste. 2A, Medina, Thursday, June 30, noon to 6 pm.

Race day registration opens at 6 am and will be at Garfield Elementary School, 234 S Broadway St, Medina.

Volunteers and sponsors are welcome! Please contact Deb Poland at dpoland@fiamedina.org for more info!


4th of July Fireworks & Parades  http://ourvalleyevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/4th-of-July.png 

Brunswick/Brunswick Hills
Sat., July 2
- Brunswick Summer Celebration fireworks at Brunswick High School campus, 3581 Center Rd. - 10:30 pm  

Sun., July 3
- Brunswick Summer Celebration Grand Parade starts at Visintainer Middle School, 1459 Pearl Rd- 2 pm.

Mon., July 4
- Brunswick Summer Celebration continues, 1 - 8 pm.  

Chippewa Lake
Mon., July 4 -
Parade starts at Gloria Glens Town Hall, 468 Playland Pkwy. - 1 pm.  Water ski show on the lake at 3 pm.


Sun., July 3 -
The annual fireworks display will be held at Medina High school at dusk.
Mon. July 4 - T
he July 4th Parade will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school parking lot on Union St. The parade will continue north on Spring Grove St. to W. Liberty St., to South Court St. and end on Washington St. behind the parking deck.

Mon., July 4
- Festival.  Parade steps off at 1 pm from the Municipal building, 109 N. Main St. The festival is at Firestone Park, 1 Park Dr.
2:30 inflatable rides and park opens.
2:30 - 3:30/ 4:00 - 5:00 Jungle Bob
2:30 - 7:30 Balloon Clowns
2:00 - 8:00 Ben the "Roving Magician"
3:00 - 8:00 Excalibur Entertainment
Dusk - Fireworks

Valley City
Mon., July 4 -
Valley City parade, on Main Street - 11 am. Litchfield Town Band performs at 7:30 pm in Mill Stream Park, 1262 Maple St.  Fireworks at dusk at the park.

Sun., July 3 - 
Fireworks display in downtown Wadsworth, starting at dusk.  They will be shot off from the cemetery and are easily viewed from the square.   Wadsworth Community Band performing in front of Central Intermediate School (OJ Work Auditorium) at 7 pm before fireworks.  Rock & Roll band "Get Back" will be performing at the Gazebo from 7-8:30 pm.  Food trucks, refreshments and drawings!  The square will be partially shut down for the festivities. 


2nd half property tax bills due 7-15 http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/1ed430ab-52fe-4dfc-8737-f4766569a62e.jpg 

The treasurer's office has mailed out second half tax bills for the year.  They are due no later than Friday, July 15.  If you have not received your property tax bill, call the treasurer's office at 330-725-9748.  If you have questions about your value or the taxes themselves, you may contact the auditor's office at 330-725-9754 or go online at Auditor's Office.


Buckin' Ohio Bull Riding in Medina County!

Did you know that Medina County has its own professional bull breeding, rodeo and bull riding operation?  Check out Denny Thorsell's ranch at Buckin' Ohio, 8154 Garman Road in Burbank.  Bull riding is coming up on Fridays, July 16 & 23 and Mutton busting on July 9!  Find out more information at Buckin' Ohio.


Local Mother fighting Cancer needs your help

Shawna Jackson has living the dream. She and her husband Randy were married in August 2015, their son Keegan came along in April healthy and happy. Shawna works for Medina County animal shelter. This ended Saturday, June 18 when she started coughing up blood. Shawna, a healthy 25 year old who has never smoked was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which has already spread to her brain. The family asks for help removing the financial burden on this young family, so they may focus on the medical battle. They are having a fundraiser July, 9 at 5:00 pm at the Medina Eagles at 696 Lafayette Road in Medina. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 10. They have also started a GoFundMe page. 


Music in Medina County http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/1b6fff90-55b6-4478-a245-3cc7e81f9954.jpg


Mapleside Farms
Fri., July 1 -
A Celebration of U2, 7 pm, $5 cover
Fri., July 15 - A Mid Summer Nights Jam, at 5 pm - buy tickets online or at gate for $22.  

Concerts Over The Valley  


Main Street Cafe-Rally in the Alley

Fri., July 1 - FCA (Frampton Comes Alive Tribute)

Fri., July 8 - Diamond Dogs (David Bowie Tribute) 

Rally in the Alley

On Tap
Fri., July 1 - The Permanents, with a rare performance by Bazooka Proof,  8:30 pm
On Tap 


Thirsty Cowboy  
Wed., July 6 - Line dancing lessons, 7:30 pm      

Thirsty Cowboy


Medina's Uptown Park Square

Fri., July 1 - Medina Community Band, 8:30 to 9:30 pm.  


Sully's Irish Pub

Fri., July 1 - The Other Brothers, 8:30 pm 

Fri., July 8 - The Island Doctor, 8:30 pm 




Sat., July 2 - The Orchards, 7:30 pm
Sun., July 3 - Downtown Fireworks, 4pm 


The Galaxy

Fri., July 1 - The Juke Hounds, 9 pm

Sat., July 2 - Teaser 9:30 pm  

The Galaxy

Filia Cellars Winery  

Fri., July 1-  Red White and BLUES!  Cleveland Blue CD Release Party at 7 pm
Sat., July 2- Gabe Reed LIVE 6-9pm 

Filia Cellars Winery   

Wadsworth Community Band 

Sun., July 3, 7 pm - Central Intermediate School, Wadsworth

Gazebo Summer Breeze Series
Thurs., July 7
- Classic Rock band "Blue Lunch" playing in the Gazebo, 7-8:30 pm 


Other Events

June 30, July 7
Al- Anon Family Group
Serenity Al-Anon Family group meets every Thursday, 7- 8 pm at York UMC, 6566 Norwalk Road, Medina. If you are dealing with a family member

or friend that has an addiction, join us.   


July 3

Brunswick Area Historical Society Farmer's Market, 11 am - 2 pm at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, Brunswick.  


July 8

Picnic on the Patio. Come join the Medina Office for Older Adults for fun in the sun with friends, at the Human Services Building Patio, 246 Northland Dr. Friday, July 8 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Entertainment by Jim Gill.  Seniors' admission is $4; for those under 60, admission is $5.  


Library Events
Wadsworth Public Library Events
Medina County Park District Events
Medina County District Library News
Medina Set to Raze Masonic Temple
Council Fires Brunswick City Manager
Ex-church worker gets 4 years for sexual conduct with girl, 13
Copley schools hires Buckeye superintendent 


Employment Opportunities


Click on the Above Link for more opportunities

Medina Township full time service dept. laborer position.  Starting pay $17.50/hr plus benefits. Click Qualifications and search "June 28" and "Help Wanted" for qualifications.  Submit resume by July 6 to dmiller@medinatownship.com

Medina City Schools
custodian.  Accepting applications.  Testing on July 12. Full and part-time. Apply at Medina Civil Service office, 132 N. Elmwood, Lower Level on June 20-24, 27-30 and July 6-8 between 8am-4pm.  INFO

Medina Health Ministry
executive director. Part-time.  INFO

Candy factory workers
- no experience needed.  Must be able to lift 40 lbs on a regular basis and climb stairs.  INFORMATION

Sandridge Food Corporation -
hiring seasonal and full time workers.  INFORMATION

Discount Drug Mart
full and part-time warehouse positions.  Heavy lifting. Apply between 8:30-4:30 pm at 211 Commerce Dr., Medina or email resume to employment@discount-drugmart.com


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