The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

June 26, 2013

Big events planned for summer

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Summer is tourist season in Medina, and visitors to the community should take the time to stop by the relocated Visitors Center on Main Street.

“It’s a nice place, but it takes a little bit of time to find us at City Hall,” Jim Hancok told the Medina Village Board at its meeting on Monday. Hancock said he was working with the village planning board to create some new ways to direct visitors to the center’s new location.

The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Hancock also received permission to hang some unique plaques in the old council chambers in City Hall.

Two upcoming events received plugging from Hancock, as well.

“The Lois McClure schooner is on its way,” he said. Originally, the ship was supposed to dock in the canal basin this weekend but it was delayed. Tentatively, it is now scheduled to arrive next Friday, July 5.

“We’re trying to plan some events around her arrival,” he said.

Also on tap is “Cycle the Canal,” an event that will see roughly 540 cyclists ride into Medina on July 7.

“They’ll be camping at the school and we’ll have music and entertainment for them,” Hancock said. “They’ll stay the night, eat breakfast, and leave Monday morning.”

Hancock also mentioned plans for a free concert on Saturday, August 10, in the canal basin. He said commitments have already been made by a bluegrass band, a blues band, and plans are to include a barbecue. “We’ll do this rain or shine. The rain venue is the Medina Theater,” he said.

Following Hancock’s tourism update, the board took care of a few housekeeping items.

The board unanimously approved the asbestos removal costs at the property located at 613-615 and 619 Genesee Street. Removing the asbestos is necessary before demolition, which is the next step.

Code Enforcement Officer Marty Busch informed the board that in the past month he has written 75 code violations, with nearly a third of them grass related. The village code states that grass over 12 inches long is in violation. Of the violations written, Busch said only about a third of the offenders comply.

“The sad thing is a lot of people just don’t care,” he said.

Finally, Trustee Mark Irwin spoke about the recent announcement regarding the closing of Bernz-O-Matic. He recalled how his father worked there, and how during a trip to Mexico he looked for the handheld torches in a hardware store and found them.

“The tag said, ‘hecho en Medina,’ so it was one of Medina’s gifts to the world,” he said. The closing of the plant is a “sad occurrence” and “hopefully we’ll get someone in there soon,” he added.