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Granger trustees promote zoning officials

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Granger Township Board of Trustees quickly filled the position of township zoning inspector, which was vacated earlier this month by Nancy West, whose resignation will be effective Oct. 12. West was hired as zoning inspector in June 2006, according to Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach.

“We will certainly miss you. We wish you the best and thank you for many years of service,” said Trustee Richard Pace.

Trustees hired Annie George to step into the open spot. George has been working as the township’s zoning secretary and township administration assistant. She also served as interim zoning inspector from September 2010 to May 2011, while West was on a leave of absence, according to Beach.

George, who will officially fill her new role Oct. 15, will receive $825 per month, according to trustees.

Also, trustees decided to hire Marie Yambor as zoning secretary, effective Oct. 1, at a rate of $400 per month. Yambor previously filled in as interim zoning secretary, said Beach.

Also at the meeting, trustees were paid a visit from fire prevention specialist Lydia Wochna and her dog Kodak.

Certified therapy dog Kodak is an 8-year-old labradoodle who knows how to stop, drop and roll, she said.

Wochna, who currently works with several area elementary schools to bring fire and other safety training to prekindergarteners through fifth-graders, proposed to add Granger Elementary School to her teaching schedule.

In the Highland Local School District, she already works at Hinckley Elementary School, visiting the school once a month, spending about half an hour in each classroom each time she visits, she said.

Wochna has a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago, is a volunteer firefighter in Hinckley and also works with students in Bath, Copley, Fairlawn and Richfield, she said. Earlier this month, Sharon trustees heard a request from Sharon Fire Chief Rob Haas to also hire her for services to Sharon Elementary School students.

Her teaching covers a broad spectrum of safety issues, she said, and includes topics such as electrical safety and pond safety.

“If it can keep kids out of the ambulance, I’ll teach it,” she said. In general, she gets paid around $20 an hour to teach kids, she told trustees.

Wochna said she is training another teacher to help her provide these lessons to area students. Currently, she serves around 3,000 children a month, she added.

Trustees said they will consider Wochna’s proposal.

“I think we really need to talk to the school, too,” said Trustee Teri Berry. “I would want to talk to the administration,” before making a decision, she added.

In other business, trustees noted that a Fall Recycling Collection Day will be held Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 710 W. Smith Road in Medina, and at the Brunswick Service Garage, 1238 W. 130th St. Paint, oil, antifreeze, phone books and batteries will be accepted free of charge. Tires also will be accepted at reduced rates, said Beach.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is set for Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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