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Granger trustees honor retiring fiscal officer

7/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach (seated) was honored during the July 8 meeting by the Granger Board of Trustees and other township officials for her 33 years of service. Standing from left, are: current trustees Teri Berry, Richard Pace and John Ginley; and former trustees Neal Sylvester and Bill Ribeau.
Photo: Scott Kriska
The Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting July 8 started with township officials and residents celebrating Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach’s 33 years of service to the township.

Fire Chief Jim Paulett brought some of the Granger Fire Department’s equipment outside the Administration Building to showcase in recognition of her fiscal management with the department. He then presented Beach with a plaque recognizing her as an honorary member of the Granger Fire Department.

Former Fire Chief John Hadam also spoke about his experiences working with Beach, saying he worked with her throughout his 26 years on the Fire Department and she was “one of the nicest people I could ever work with.”

Trustee Teri Berry talked about Beach’s history as the township’s fiscal officer, explaining Beach was appointed in 1980, was elected unopposed eight times, was recognized numerous times for her skills as a fiscal officer and served with eight different trustees. Berry then presented Beach with a gift from all of the trustees — a gold watch with the words “Granger 1980-2013” inscribed on it. After Beach received a standing ovation from the public, everyone at the Administration Building enjoyed a celebration cake before the board continued its meeting.

In other business:

  • Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, announced tax bills are due tomorrow, July 12. She also reported new values for the 2013 reappraisal will be sent starting in August and continuing into September.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the township’s new Chevrolet pickup truck arrived last week. He also spoke about different maintenance projects, including roadside mowing, ditching alongside Remsen Road, Granger Road being paved from Medina Line Road to State Road later this summer and the striping of roads throughout the township, with the exception of Bath Road.
  • Paulett reported the Fire Department took eight fire calls and 13 EMS calls in June. He also announced the John Deere Gator Med-Bed to be used by the Highland Local School District has been delivered and the department is waiting for word from the school district to schedule for service. Paulett also reported he will pick up firefighter training foam from the Wayne County Fire Training Facility for use by the Granger Fire Department.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported two foundations, two full burials and one cremation burial were issued since the last board meeting. She also said the township’s old cemetery flags have been retired. She also talked with Beach regarding a cemetery deed revision to comply with a new Ohio law. The issue has been tabled for further review.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George said she has scheduled a meeting for Aug. 6 for review of information on the Planned Development District, a zoning regulation for parts of Medina Road.
  • Trustee Richard Pace reported he received one letter of interest in the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program and 22 applications for this program have been filed in Medina County. He encouraged the public to apply if interested because all projects in this program must be completed before the end of the year.
  • Trustee John Ginley discussed the idea of purchasing a new phone service guaranteeing high priority service for the Fire Department, the Service Department and other public safety officials. No decision has yet been made in obtaining the service.
  • Beach reported the Medina County Health Department has proposed a fee increase for sewage permits starting in 2014. She said permits will change from $5 to $25 based on the amount of gallons discharged per day.
  • Beach announced residents can register to vote at the Medina County Treasurer’s Office, located in the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St.
  • Beach announced the Granger Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk is scheduled for Sept. 21 and a rain date has been scheduled for Sept. 22.
  • Beach reported a focus group meeting regarding partnership opportunities for the updating of Medina Township’s comprehensive plan will be held July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weymouth Community Center, 3334 Myers Road.
  • Beach said replacement of the bridge deck on Remsen Road over Interstate 71 has yet to be scheduled. She said the project will take approximately 180 days to complete.
  • Beach said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) would like comments from the trustees on the roundabout project at the intersection of Granger and Ridge roads and the replacement of the I-71 bridge deck on Remsen Road.
  • Bob Hummel, of the Granger Historical Society, addressed a concern at the latest ODOT meeting. He said some homes in Granger still have Wadsworth addresses and wondered why they do not have Medina addresses like the rest of the township.
    Hummel also announced resident Luke Schwan created the new website for the Historical Society, www.grangerhistoricalsociety.com.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following items:

√ the acceptance of Allison Justice and Andrew Jones as probationary firefighters of the Granger Fire Department pending successful completion of medical physicals and other requirements;

√ a resolution that Beach’s replacement Donald Baker will serve as interim fiscal officer until November; and

√ the rehiring of Neal Sylvester, of the service department, Aug. 1 following his resignation July 31.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for July 22 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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