The Save Your Courthouse Committee and the more than 1000 people who signed the initiative petitions, are disappointed with the determination by the Medina County Board of Elections that the number of voter signatures on our petitions was not sufficient.
A complaint was filed with the Ohio Supreme Court Friday evening, August 16, 2019. The Save Your Courthouse Committee requests in the Complaint that the Ohio Supreme Court authorize 10 additional days for the Save Your Courthouse Committee to gather signatures. After only 6 days of collecting signatures, the Committee was able to collect over 1,000 signatures. Unfortunately the Medina County Board of Elections found only 690 of those signatures to be "valid". We had to have at least 983 valid signatures.
Further the Complaint requests that the Ohio Supreme Court invalidate the Medina City Ordinance, Ordinance No. 98-19, that authorized the City of Medina to help pay for the architect and construction manager of the unwanted and costly Courthouse tear down and reconstruction. In addition, the Complaint requests that the Ohio Supreme Court issue an Order that prohibits the City of Medina to pay any architect or construction manager expenses that had been authorized by Ordinance No. 98-19. The procedures in the Charter of the City of Medina had not been followed in the passage of Ordinance 98-19. Therefore Ordinance 98-19 is invalid.
Complaint filed with Ohio Supreme Court (source: file from complaintant, Pat Walker)
Medina City Ordinance 98-19 (source: Medina City website page; attachments are missing on the website)
Architect’s $2.66 million contract (source: file obtained from Medina City; the part of Ordinance 98-19 that is not on the website)
It will be a few weeks before we learn if the Ohio Supreme Court agrees with us.
IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE CONTACT THE MEDINA COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND TELL THEM NOT TO DO ANYTHING FURTHER CONCERNING THE COURTHOUSE!
ALSO, SIGN UP TO HELP WITH SIGNATURES, WHEN WE GET A FURTHER CHANCE TO COLLECT SIGNATURES BY THE OHIO SUPREME COURT
Law Suits Filed Against Medina County Entities Dealing with Courthouse.
Two law suits that were filed in Medina County Common Pleas Court allege that Medina County kept the Courthouse project secret. If the law suits are successful, the County Commissioners will have to scrap the architects and the $2.66 million contract and begin again. We hope to convince them to stop the entire project.
You can read the lawsuits here:
Public officials do not think the people deserve a vote?!
County Commissioner Bill Hutson said that the people should not have a vote (on 7/11/19).
State Rep. Steven Hambley said that the people should not have a vote (on 7/22/19) .
County Commissioner Pat Geissman stated she was in favor of the Courthouse Project (8/13/2019).
Please contact your public officials and let them know we deserve a vote!
Contact Information for Save Your Courthouse