May 24, 2021
CONCERNING RECORDER’S OFFICE RETURNING TO NORMAL OPERATIONS
Recently, the Medina County Commissioners announced that county buildings that were previously closed due to COVID-19 would be reopening to the general public on June 1.
The Medina County Recorder’s Office had remained open during the prior general closure to attorneys and employees of title companies, real estate service providers, financial service providers, law offices, mortgage brokers, developers/builders and others by appointment for in person recording. the office remained fully staffed and continued to process hundreds of documents daily including those via E-recording.
Following the commissioners’ announcement, Recorder Linda Hoffmann announced that the Recorder’s Office will return to normal operations effective June 1. CDC guidelines, as they may be amended from time to time, will be followed. In addition, sanitizing of frequently used public spaces will be in place as part of the department’s general housekeeping process. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask when in the department under current CDC protocols.
Persons may still make advance appointments, if preferred, to obtain or renew a Veterans’ ID card.
As always, most documents of public record can also be found online 24 hours a day by visiting the department website at www.recorder.co.medina.oh.us.
September 16, 2020
CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS FOR RECORDING OF DD-214 PAPERWORK & ISSUANCE / RENEWAL OF VETERANS’ ID CARDS
Effective on Monday, September 21, 2020, the Medina County Recorder’s Office will again be accepting appointments for the recording of U.S. Military Veterans’ DD-214 discharge paperwork and for the issuance or renewal of Veterans’ Photo ID cards. Appointments must be made at least one business day in advance via telephone to
330-725-9782. Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 emergency.
August 20, 2020
CONCERNING EASEMENT, OR RIGHT-OF-WAY, DOCUMENTS
In accordance with a recent Ohio Attorney General Opinion interpreting the statutory provisions of Sections 317.22, 319.202, and 319.54 of the Ohio Revised Code, an instrument creating or conveying an easement, or right-of-way, of any kind must first be stamped or indorsed by the County Auditor before that instrument can be submitted to the Court Recorder for official recording. The County Recorder’s Office is not legally authorized to accept any easement, or right-of-way, documents which do not have the required stamp or indorsement of the County Auditor thereon.
Perpetual road or highway easement documents will continue to be treated as they have always been treated—being submitted first to the County Engineer’s Tax Map Office, then to the County Auditor’s Office, and finally to the County Recorder’s for official recording.
Effective September 1, 2020, however, any other new easement, or right-of-way, instruments must first be submitted to the Medina County Auditor’s Office for its stamp or indorsement, prior to being recorded with Medina County Recorder Office. Easement, or right-of-way, documents submitted electronically for e-recording will be routed to the County Auditor for review, prior to being recorded by the County Recorder.
Unfortunately, easement, or right-of-way, documents will no longer be able to be submitted by regular U.S. Mail. Instead, such hardcopy documents must be walked through to the County Auditor’s Office for stamping or indorsement, before being submitted to the County Recorder’s Office for official recording.
Under Ohio law, any non-complying easement, or right-of-way, documents must be rejected for recording by the Recorder’s Office. We apologize for any inconvenience.
JOSEPH F. SALZGEBER
MEDINA COUNTY RECORDER