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Demolition program addressed at Granger meeting

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Medina County Planning Services Director Rob Henwood addressed the Granger Board of Trustees at the June 10 meeting to discuss a new demolition program in the county.

Henwood said the Moving Ohio Forward property demolition program is funded by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office and $500,000 has been granted to Medina County for the project. This project will allow dilapidated and abandoned properties to be demolished with the permission of the property owners, he explained. He said the owners still will keep ownership of their property. However, Henwood mentioned that one part of the project that he has issue with is that the property owners would have to pay $750 for their residences to be demolished, according to DeWine’s office. He said he hopes the issue will be resolved so the owners will not have to pay a charge.

Henwood said the cost of an individual demolition would range from $10,000 to $75,000. He said the land on which these demolitions occur would be returned to its original condition, allowing the property owners to rebuild on or sell their land.

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

√ a $390 fee for seven members of the Granger Fire Department to attend the Medina County Emergency Conference, as recommended by Fire Chief Jim Paulett;

√ a renewal of property and liability insurance under the Ohio Plan in the amount of $27,053;

√ a transfer of money from the primary checking account to the secondary checking account; and

√ supplemental appropriations.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak reported his department is currently working on roadside mowing and culvert projects. He said one of these projects is the cleaning of a culvert on Remsen Road. He said he also will work on the painting of the service garage roof.
    He also reported the berms on the roads have been checked out and seem to be OK.
  • Trustee John Ginley announced snow removal and salting bids from two local companies, #1 Landscaping in Medina and Mulch Madness in Hudson. The bids from #1 Landscaping range from $45 to $65 an hour using various trucks and equipment. The bids from Mulch Madness range from $55 to $75 an hour using various trucks and equipment. Ginley said the bids will be taken under advisement and Service Director Novak will review them. He said the bid winner will be announced at the June 24 meeting.
  • Chief Paulett reported 12 fire calls and 25 emergency calls were taken in May.
    He also said a committee for the replacement of an EMS unit viewed a demonstration unit, and he will make recommendations to the board by August.
    According to Paulett, the Granger Fire Department will collaborate with the Hinckley and Sharon fire departments to participate in this summer’s Safety Town program at Granger Elementary School.
    Paulett also announced the Granger Township Firefighters Association will sponsor a contest to redesign the fire department’s patch. He said the board will be part of the approval process prior to any design changes to the department’s current patch.
    He also reported fire department personnel have flowed more than 65 fire hydrants to date in accordance with fire hydrant inspections.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George reported a variance request has been granted to a township resident for a house placement.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one cremation burial, three resident lots and three foundations were issued since the last board meeting.
  • Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach noted new cemetery laws were given to the trustees by the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office.
    Beach also announced property taxes are due July 12. [See Page 37 for more on that.]
    She also said she was contacted by the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding a meeting about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Ridge and Granger roads. She said the meeting will take place June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, and is open to the public. She said construction of the roundabout will start in 2016.

The next Granger trustees’ meeting is set for June 24 at 4 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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