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Snow plow issues discussed at Granger meeting

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Service Director Mark Novak discussed how snow is plowed off the roads, particularly in cul-de-sacs, during the Jan. 28 Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting.

He proposed letters be sent to residents who live in houses on cul-de-sacs about when and how their roads will be plowed and how tree lawns will be repaired in the spring.

This idea followed a complaint Novak received from a local resident in the Granger Willows development, he said.

“The first complaint he had was during the first snowstorm we had, and the snow plowers were pushing the snow off the cul-de-sac and into the road right-of-way, but [the snow] was in his grass area, and he was a little upset with that,” Novak said.

Novak said the same resident complained about plowing during the second snowstorm, questioning why it was necessary. He said he replied to the resident saying the township is responsible for keeping the roads clear for emergencies, school buses and mail delivery.

Additionally, Novak brought up the possibility of replacing the township’s Chevrolet 3/4-ton plow truck. The current truck has 63,000 miles and a continuing problem with the snowplow. He said it now has value, and it might be the right time to trade it in. Trustees suggested getting some pricing from dealers who submit state bids.

Novak also reported that 200 tons of salt was on order. Three truckloads, or 68 tons, have already been delivered.

In other business:

• Zoning Inspector Annie George noted that a variance request to expand the Medina east campus of the Summit County-based Grace Church will be heard before the Board of Zoning Appeals in February. George said this proposal would include an additional gravel parking lot and a new sign that would be larger and illuminated.

• Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach said the Ohio Department of Transportation issued its annual mileage certification from the Medina County Engineer’s Office. The total length of township-maintained roads is 34.12 miles, which is the same as last year. She also said the audio, texting and video policy was tabled and will be discussed at a later meeting.

• Fire Chief Jim Paulett discussed an employment package of a prospective part-time firefighter. He recommended a review and a continuation of the hiring process. The prospective firefighter has 10 to 12 years of firefighting experience. The hiring of this firefighter would bring the department to its full strength of 35 members.

Following an executive session, Granger Fire Department officers’ additional pay was set at $1,325 per month for the chief, $550 per month for the assistant chief and $225 per quarter for the lieutenant, according to Beach. The pay is in addition to hourly pay received for call hours, she said.

The next Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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