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Granger Fire Department activities discussed at meeting

6/6/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Fire Chief Jim Paulett addressed various upcoming fire department activities at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting May 28.

He said two people from his department will attend a paramedic refresher course sponsored by University Hospitals, which will take place at the Richfield Fire Department starting June 11.

Paulett also announced the Medina County Emergency Services Conference will take place June 14-15 at Medina High School. He said four people from his department will attend.

Paulett also said the department is working on the flowing of fire hydrants in the township. He also talked about this past school year’s fire education program in Highland Local Schools. He said school representatives liked the program and want to continue it next year.

The trustees agreed to continue the program at a cost of $1,850.

According to Paulett, the Med-Bed for the Highland district’s John Deere Gator has been ordered. He said the Granger Township Firefighters Association joined the Sharon Township Firefighters Association, the Hinckley Firefighters Association and University Hospitals to raise money to buy the new equipment.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ additional work on the berming of State Road, totaling approximately $3,500;

√ the purchase of a repeater for the Fire Department, totaling up to $1,638;

√ the replacement of Medina County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Schimenos with Deputy Todd Heckel to patrol Granger for a total of 20 hours per week, which began May 31; and

√ the purchase of a high-definition converter box for the fire department as part of a three-year agreement with Time Warner Cable.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak announced the berming of township streets has been completed.
    Trustee John Ginley said the township needs some more good rains to find out if the berming will wear away or not, but Novak said he has not received any phone calls or complaints.
    Novak said the Service Department is working on roadside mowing and that a culvert on Boneta Road needs to be replaced.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Pries reported there were 251 reported activities in Granger in April.
  • Sexton Rita Feess expressed her thanks to the 4-H group, the Granger Humming Hornets, for contributing American flags to Granger Fairview Cemetery for the township’s Memorial Day ceremony and said she received several compliments on the appearance of the cemetery.
    She reported one cemetery deed was issued since the last trustees’ meeting.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George reported there are trees and stakes planted in the right-of-way at a corner lot on Twelve Oaks Circle. She said she was unable to contact anybody by phone, so she will send a letter requesting the trees be removed.
    George also addressed a complaint from a Bath Road resident saying the grass outside a vacant house on Medina Line Road is too high.
    George reported the Medina County Auditor’s Office plans to use the meeting room inside the Granger Township Administration Building Sept. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to hold appraisal hearings.
  • Ginley said the township’s Memorial Day ceremony went very well and he wants the township to purchase new guns for next year’s ceremony for the rifle salute. He said the guns that have been used in these ceremonies are guns issued in World War I. One of the guns has been donated to the Granger Historical Society, he said.
    A resident suggested keeping the older guns even if the township looks for new ones.
  • Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach discussed the disposal of township records and said there is a minimum shredding charge of $198 for one to 15 boxes of papers.
    Beach reminded the public that snow removal bids are due by July 10 at 4 p.m.
  • Trustee Richard Pace thanked Beach for attending the Medina County Township Trustees Association’s last meeting. He also announced the township should apply to the program, which provides funds to demolish dilapidated residences. He explained residences could be torn down with the property owner’s permission, and cleanup and grass reseeding will be provided.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is set for June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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