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MEDINA — Medina County is searching for a new transit director.

Trumbull County commissioners will vote on Mike Salamone’s hiring as transit administrator at their meeting this morning in Warren.

Salamone, who has been Medina County’s transit director for nearly a decade, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective Oct. 26

“This was an opportunity that came up that I couldn’t pass up,” he said.

Salamone, who earned $68,000 this year, said that it is a financially a good move for him.

Salamone’s new salary was not available Tuesday as the contract with Trumbull County is not final.

He said Trumbull also has better benefits.

“It was a combination of things,” Salamone said.

Salamone replaced Scott Uhas as MCPT director in 2009. Salamone said he would most miss the people in Medina County, most notably his staff. Salamone said there are about 45 employees in the MCPT, including 14 full-time employees.

Scott Miller, county administrator, said Salamone informed him late last week that he was leaving.

“Mike did a great job,” he said. “He was a great grant writer. He’s leaving the department in good shape. We’re losing his experience and his knowledge. It is a blow.”

Salamone said Trumbull’s budget is almost identical to Medina County’s — about $1.8 million.

“We’re struggling a little bit financially (in Medina County),” he said. “Most transit systems are.”

“Scott Miller said I was always able to find money,” he said.

He said Trumbull County has 26 vehicles compared with Medina County’s 23. However, the amount of people he oversees will be drastically different.

“I’ll go from (managing) about 50 people to none,” Salamone said. “The difference is going to be here I’m a transit director and oversee the entire system. Over there, I report to the Trumbull County Transit Board. I can’t make any final decisions. The board makes the final decision. I can make recommendations.”

The board contracts bus service out to Community Bus Services Inc. of Youngstown.

“I will oversee the contract,” Salamone said.

Medina County is accepting applications for transit director.

Salamone said he’s married with three kids.

In other news

  • Commissioners approved a petition for two annexations of 25 acres and 0.8432 acres of land from Brunswick Hills Township to the city of Brunswick.
    Developers Ryan and Kimberly Harrington, of Salton Drive in Brunswick, are the property owners. The 25 acres are located on the west side of Pearl Road, across the street from Rolling Hills Shopping Center. The purpose of the annexation is to have access to city water.
    The Harringtons wish to construct townhouse-style homes on the property. The property has a creek running through it.
    With the smaller parcel, they hope to construct professional office space. It is located on the west side of Pearl Road by Kimmich Drive in Brunswick Hills Township.
    Development plans are in their infancy and further details are not yet available.
  • Buehler’s Fresh Foods Great Oak Trail in Wadsworth has asked Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin to bring the recycling bins back to the grocery store. Eight bins were previously removed from the location.
    Mike Davidson, Buehler’s vice president of operations, told Lyon-Galvin, “Our customers have asked and we have listened.”
    Lyon-Galvin said the bins will be returned in the near future.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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