Medina Journal-Register — The Medina Business Association’s members spoke with Marty Busch Tuesday morning to see what they could do to help keep the downtown business district up to code. Some businesses have certain issues that need to be addressed, and Busch, who is the Village of Medina Code Enforcement Officer, touched on those areas, too.
“There are a number of things you can help us out with,” Busch told the MBA. “There are routine maintenance issues with all of the buildings … and if you can stay on top of those things, great.”
Some questionable buildings, Busch noted, have fallen into a state of disrepair and there is little he can do with them because, as he said, “I’ve been told they’re in ‘legal limbo.’”
However, most of Medina’s historic downtown has been kept up well. Busch said easy things to do for every business owner are to practice good fire safety and maintain the electricity in the wires running through the old buildings.
Another thing Busch mentioned was that since Medina’s downtown is a historic preservation district, storefront owners need to be aware of what and how many signs they display in their windows. Those signs are subject to the code of the historic district.
“Don’t put up too many because people will ignore them, and make sure you take things down in a timely manner,” he said.
Some of the buildings in operation with code issues have had action taken on them, Busch added. “We’re well aware of those locations,” he said.
“The historic district has evolved to the point where we’re moving from a velvet glove to a big stick,” he added.
Busch cautioned the MBA’s members to not point fingers at each other and create enemies. He added that business owners need to remain vigilant in looking for opportunities to find grants or other ways to continue to maintain and improve their shops.
“Sometimes there is a lot of red tape to get by and hoops to jump through, but it’s possible to find ways to get things done,” Busch said.
In other MBA news, Lisa Trippensee talked to the group about the hanging flower baskets that dot Medina’s downtown streetscape in the spring and summer.
In the past there have been watering problems with the baskets, and this year she showed them a newer basket with a deeper reservoir to help keep flowers hydrated longer.
Trippensee also pointed out the new baskets have 10-year warrantees and feature metal hooks that swivel and spin to cut down on the shaking and abuse the flower pots handle when the winds pick up.
The MBA’s plant committee will look at the pots closer at an upcoming meeting to make a final decision before coming back to the MBA membership.
Trippensee also thanked the MBA for its help in organizing Medina’s Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. She also mentioned that this past December was her last year as chair.
The MBA will look to fill Trippensee’s vacated spot by committee to make the burden easier to bear, for as the outgoing chair stated, “It’s a lot of work, and I most certainly couldn’t have done it without your help these past seven years.”
Finally, next Saturday’s signature event Wine About Winter was briefly discussed. Wines have been delivered and a total of 29 businesses are set to participate.
“Normally at this time we have about 200 tickets left, but we are ahead of that pace this year,” said Cindy Robinson, MBA president.
A new wrinkle for the Feb. 1 happening is the change in location of the RG Lama Studios photo booth. With the Orleans Renaissance Group and the United Way setting up their tasting locations in the basement of Bent’s Opera House, the local photographers will move downstairs as well.
“The basement of the building is very nice and I know ORG is looking to use it down the road,” Robinson said.