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Granger fire chief discusses fire at wooded area on Remsen Road

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting April 8, Fire Chief Jim Paulett discussed the work his department did in fighting a large fire that took place in a wooded area between Remsen and Ledge roads April 7.

Responding firefighters found a 6-acre area with debris from logging and piles of slab wood on fire, he reported. He said one of the firefighters’ biggest challenges was finding a way to get to the fire. Paulett said it took five hours for more than 80 firefighters from 12 departments to finally put out the blaze. He extended his thanks to the neighboring fire departments and the Medina County Chapter of the American Red Cross for providing food and water to the firefighters. He said the cause of the fire has not been determined.

In other fire department news, Paulett reported the department will begin flowing fire hydrants later this month. He said since they will not be flushing the hydrants, residents should not experience any problems with their water.

Paulett announced the Fire Department Instructors Conference will be held the last week in April. He said the department is requesting the township share expenses for the event, and the trustees approved a motion to do so. He reported seven people from the department will attend the conference this year.

He also said Lt. Ted Fulling, Lt. Bob Smith, Brandon Quinn, Kevin Hylbert and James Kuruc are on the department’s replacement committee, and they will forward their recommendations for replacements for one of the EMS units to him and Assistant Chief Keith Mercek, adding that he plans on presenting a proposal for these replacements to the trustees by mid-summer.

Paulett also addressed two electronic equipment issues at the department. He requested permission to look into replacing the department’s copy machine.

He also read a letter sent to him from Best Buy, explaining that the problems with the department’s current audio/video equipment should be resolved by April 12.

Paulett reported the department handled a total of five fire calls, 33 EMS calls and six inspections in March. He also reported the Easter party March 30 and the pancake breakfast April 7 were very successful.

In other business:

  • Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, announced two upcoming events: the Family-a-Fair, which will take place April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds, and the Pet Adopt-a-thon, which will take place May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Medina National Guard Armory, 920 Lafayette Road.
    She also announced the deadline for the Medina County Memorial Day Essay Contest, which is open to students in elementary schools across the county, is May 10, and more information on the contest can be found on the Auditor’s Office website at www.medinacountyauditor.org.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries reported a total of 268 activities took place in Granger in March, saying they were mostly vacation watches and traffic stops.
    Pries announced Deputy Paul Schismenos will step down from his position May 31. He said he will ask interested parties to submit résumés for Schismenos’ replacement, and the trustees will choose the best candidate.
  • Service Department Director Mark Novak addressed some road work that has yet to be done, including inspecting a rotted-out culvert on Melody Lane and patching up local cul-de-sacs.
    Novak presented quotes for two possible plow truck replacements, one Ford and one Chevrolet. He said the dealers he talked with cannot beat the quotes. He also said he has a preference for the Chevy truck, which is $1,000 less than the Ford truck. The issue is scheduled to be handled at the next trustees’ meeting.
    Novak reported the township has used more than 901 tons of road salt this winter. He said the township needs about 200 more tons to comply with the 80/20 rule of purchase.
  • The board resolved two resolutions from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). One regarded the trustees’ participation in ODOT’s cooperative purchasing, while the other regarded an agreement with ODOT to purchase salt. The board designated Trustee John Ginley to handle the latter issue.
  • Trustee Richard Pace reported no date has been set yet for a meeting with zoning consultant company Compass Point Planning.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she sold three nonresident lots and held one burial in March, bringing the total of sold lots in the first quarter to seven.
    Feess said she ordered 12 dozen flags for veterans for the township’s Memorial Day ceremony.
    The board discussed plans for Granger’s Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Fairview Cemetery, 1627 Wilbur Road. They reported Boy Scout Troop No. 511 will lay out the wreath and recite the Gettysburg Address. They also plan to have the Pride of Highland Marching Band play at the ceremony and for speakers to participate.
  • The board agreed to a one-year service agreement with the Paper Retriever Recycling Program, which will pay $30 per ton of paper. Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach explained the previous Loyalty Agreement paid $25 per ton for approximately $2,400 last year.
    Beach announced Medina County Transportation Day, which will take place April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montville Safety Building, 6665 Wadsworth Road, will include an introduction to roundabouts. The trustees agreed to attend the event in light of the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Ridge and Granger roads.

The next Granger trustees’ meeting is scheduled for April 22 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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