BRUNSWICK, Ohio — In his report to City Council during the Oct. 12 regular council meeting, City Manager Carl DeForest gave an update on a rash of car thefts throughout Ohio in recent weeks, including nine in the past five weeks in Brunswick.

“Investigators think it is a coordinated effort of gangs in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus,” DeForest said. “Three (of the recent thefts in Brunswick) happened over the weekend of Sept. 11, and in three cases they (the cars) had the windows open and the keys in the ignition.”

DeForest said common-sense precautions, such as locking vehicles and not leaving valuables in sight inside the car, are often the best defense.

“And if you see anything suspicious, call police at 330-225-9111 and give as much of a description as possible,” he said.

Councilman-at-Large Joe Delsanter echoed DeForest’s concerns.

“This uptick in car thefts is a regional issue now and it’s getting kind of ugly,” Delsanter said. “We’ve got to stop it.”

Solid Waste District plan

Council also discussed legislation to adopt the solid waste management plan for the Medina County Solid Waste Management District.

The legislation was moved to its third and final reading at the Oct. 12 meeting, but Delsanter said he would like council to be provided with more information on the plan before a vote is taken.

“I want to know if the residents of Brunswick are going to be in a better position” if the city adopts the plan, Delsanter said.

The Solid Waste District’s five-year management plan update was approved by the district in September and includes an expected increase in residential trash drop-off charges to $2.75 by 2030, with new revenue to be used for capital improvements, maintenance and increased operational costs, district officials have said.

Ward 1 Councilman Nick Hanek added that with Brunswick’s move to curbside recycling, the city is “more advanced” than many areas in the county with regard to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recommendations.

“I want to know what the downsides are, if any, for us here in Brunswick (in supporting or opposing the plan),” he said.

Other actions

Council approved a job-creation grant agreement with I.D. Images related to the company’s plan to expand in the city to a 100,000-square-foot facility. The Brunswick-based company designs and manufactures a broad array of industry-specific custom packaging labels.

Council also approved the city’s annual agreement with the Medina County commissioners and Medina County Public Defenders Office to provide defense services for indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors that could result in jail time.

The city’s current contract with the county expires Dec. 31, Brunswick Law Director Ken Fisher said.

“(The contract) has remained the same since 2012,” Fisher said. “It’s $100 for a plea and $125 if a case goes to trial. This (fee) has not changed, and the public defender’s office has done a good job.”

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