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Granger trustees approve fire department purchases

12/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Audrey French

At the Nov. 27 meeting, Granger trustees agreed to purchase new equipment for the Granger Fire Department.

Trustees approved a $36,000 expenditure presented by Fire Chief Jim Paulett for a new epoxy-based nonskid surface to the apparatus bay floor at the fire department from Palermo Inc., of Hinckley. The safety flooring has a 20-year warranty, according to Paulett.

Trustee Richard Pace asked whether a Workers’ Compensation grant was available to cover the costs.

Paulett said he would look further into additional funding.

Trustees also agreed to purchase 18 new Scott Safety air packs from Finley Fire, of McConnelsville, for a total of $87,660. The packs are unique in that they contain safety locator chips for use in tracking firefighters during emergencies, said Paulett.

The trustees also agreed to purchase a Genesis mini-cutter for $2,730 from Howell Rescue Systems, of Kettering, for use in cutting things like car steering wheels and break pedals, according to Paulett.

Finally, the trustees approved the purchase of a new projector and screen as presented by Keith Mercek for the Granger Fire Department training room from Best Buy for about $13,906. Mercek also presented information concerning his research on a new laptop computer, which trustees approved at the last meeting with a maximum purchase price of $1,200.

Paulett concluded by thanking the trustees for approving these purchases and for their continued support of the fire department.

In other business:

• The Medina County Auditor’s Office announced the applications for agricultural district renewals and new farm ownership have been sent out to the appropriate people and are both due March 1.

• Zoning Inspector Annie George reminded trustees there will be no Zoning Committee or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings in December.

• Service Director Mark Novak announced the concrete road entrance to Valentine Farms development has now been repaired. Novak said he believes the deterioration was due to salt in the concrete seams and suggests sealing the cracks this coming spring.

• Paulett urged Granger citizens to sign up for the Everbridge Medina County Mass Notification System at www.ema.medinaco.org. In the case of an emergency, the system can alert residents via a call to home and cell phones or through email, text message, fax and pager, he said.

• Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach said after hearing from a concerned citizen regarding the southbound ramp of the state Route 94 and Interstate 271 interchange that has been the site of many vehicle accidents, she contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation. She said they informed her they have been conducting studies at the interchange and the results will be available in January.

The next Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting will take place Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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