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IT WAS A LONG SUMMER: The newly widened Route 42 has just been completed and will welcome residents and vistors to the city with center islands with flower pots and decorative canopy lights.

“We wanted to make it more of a boulevard,” Hanwell said. “We put center islands with flower pots and decorative canopy lights. It’s going to be a very nice entrance as people are approaching the Square.”

Health Services A major development for 2019 and beyond, the mayor hopes, will be the return of maternity services to Medina. In 2017, the Cleveland Clinic closed the maternity facility at its Medina Hospital. Following a September change in state law that allows publicly-owned MetroHealth System to operate outside of Cuyahoga County, the mayor said he is working with that organization to open a maternity facility — and possibly other services in Medina. “It isn’t good for our residents to have to go all the way to Akron or Fairview Park for birthing services,” Hanwell says. “We talked with other hospital systems in the region to bring maternity services back to Medina, but were turned down by all of them. We’re continuing to talk with MetroHealth, and I believe there is a strong possibility that they are going to come to our area. I think competition is a good thing, so if MetroHealth wants to come here and open an entire array of services, the city will support them.”

Best Hometown Recently, Marshall says, the city learned that it has been selected as one of the five best hometowns in the state for 2018-2019 by Ohio Magazine. The designated towns were evaluated for community spirit, education, entertainment, health and safety, business environment and culture and heritage, the magazine said. www.medinaoh.org

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