Granger trustees approve safe harbor resolution with Highland district
At the Oct. 22 meeting, the Granger Board of Trustees discussed Highland Local School District’s use of township buildings for safe harbor in the case of an emergency at the nearby schools.
According to Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach, in the case of an emergency that requires evacuation, Granger Elementary School students will now go to the Granger Administration Building and Highland Middle School students to the Granger Fire Station. Beach also mentioned Highland High School already has a similar agreement to use Granger Church.
Upon hearing students would occupy the Granger Fire Station in an emergency, Trustee Jon Ginley voiced concern over having pedestrian and vehicle congestion in a space that needs to remain operational during emergencies. Ginley would have preferred the Highland Middle School utilize the nearby Service Department garage instead.
Nevertheless, the trustees resolved and signed the memorandum of understanding with Highland Local Schools after indicating they would draft a plan detailing exactly how and under what circumstances Granger’s facilities would be used by the district.
In other business:
• Trustees Richard Pace and Ginley both participated in a re-enactment at Ganyard Cemetery this past weekend. The re-enactment, which featured Granger Historical Society members and local high school students, brought to life some of Granger’s early settlers buried in Ganyard Cemetery and was part of Medina County’s Fall Foliage Tour. Ginley mentioned he was impressed by the performances of local high school students.
• Trustees reviewed quotes presented by Service Department Director Mark Novak for patching part of the road at the entrance to the Valentine Farms subdivision off of Medina Line Road. After discussion, trustees agreed to accept Trimor Corp.’s quote for a maximum of $9,000, including $6,000, plus $500 for a French drain, and up to $2,500 to remove and replace the sub-base, if necessary.
• Fire Chief Jim Paulett said the Fire Department’s annual hose testing will conclude this week. Paulett also said the department will soon replace the tires on its Ford Expedition Unit 761.
Paulett also said the department and neighboring fire departments still are working with Highland Local Schools to develop a comprehensive fire prevention program for elementary school children.
• Township officials said local law enforcement officials will have representatives stationed around area housing developments during trick-or-treating Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting will take place Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.
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