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Granger trustees discuss fracking ban on township property

11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Audrey French

At the Nov. 12 meeting, the Granger Board of Trustees heard from Granger resident Cami Lewton again regarding imposing a ban on fracking on township property.

Trustee John Ginley said he would like to wait to see what the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office says about what the township can and cannot do before imposing such a ban. Ginley also mentioned he would like to research how other townships throughout the country are responding to fracking.

Trustee Richard Pace responded by thanking Lewton for the information she sent them. Pace said he understands the viewpoints on both sides and until the township is approached by people wanting to frack or they collect more information, he is not ready to impose the ban. 

Trustee Teri Berry pointed out before the trustees can even consider a ban they must first review the current leases on township property and consult with the Prosecutor’s Office.

Lewton responded by asking if the fact that Sharon, Medina and Hinckley townships already imposed the ban affected the trustees decision and then asked what it would take for them to consider the ban more strongly.

Pace said it would definitely affect their decision if a large number of the constituents said they did not want the township to allow fracking on township land, in which case the trustees would look very strongly at a ban and work with the Prosecutor’s Office to see how they could obtain one. 

In other business:

• In honor of Veterans Day, Pace thanked veterans for the sacrifices they and their families have made.

• Medina County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Pries reported there were 258 recorded activities by the department in Granger last month, including 57 extra patrols and 31 traffic stops. Pries said he thought this was all good and could not recall anything out of the ordinary occurring.

• Service Department Director Mark Novak explained the damage from the high winds associated with Superstorm Sandy was manageable, including four or five downed trees in the road. Novak did mention, however, he would like to install spotlights on Service Department vehicles to aid him further when working in the dark.

• Fire Chief Jim Paulett said the Granger Fire Department proactively staffed three people at the fire department the evening of Superstorm Sandy.

• Paulett said he received a tentative fire prevention education program schedule following discussions with Highland Local School District’s elementary schools and the fire chiefs from participating townships.

The trustees thanked Paulett for sharing and asked him to gather more specific financial information for the next meeting.

• Zoning Inspector Annie George announced there will not be a Zoning Commission meeting in December. 

• Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach reported the township will switch to a new, state-mandated computer system, and it may affect payroll at the beginning of 2013. She will be attending a seminar later this week to learn more, said Beach.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved:

√ the maintenance of three of the fire department’s units at Granger Tractor for a cost of up to $1,950, averaging $650 per unit;

√ the purchase of a laptop computer for the fire department specifically to run a second FireHouse software seat;

√ an agreement with the Medina Health Department that would aid it should the board need to use the department’s services in future investigations;

√ the sale of materials for the Medina County Engineer’s Office in 2013; and

√ supplemental appropriations, to pay bills as presented and membership in state and county township associations for 2013.

The next regular Granger trustees’ meeting will take place Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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