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New Granger fiscal officer sworn in

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Township’s new fiscal officer, Donald Baker, was sworn in at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting July 22.

Baker will serve as interim fiscal officer starting Aug. 1. He will finish the rest of the term, but will have to run for election Nov. 5. Baker, a resident of Granger for nine years, has a background in banking and finance and has government experience serving on the Wadsworth City Council for eight years. Currently, he serves as chair of the Medina County Board of Elections.

In other business, retiring Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach talked with trustees about purchasing a new phone system for the township. She said the screens on most of the phones the township currently owns do not work properly. She said the phone system the trustees are looking into includes caller ID at no charge.

Beach announced all permits to sell alcoholic beverages in the township will expire Oct. 31 and encouraged businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to apply for new permits.

She also reported the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has analyzed commercial and industrial building codes in the township.

She said the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation thanked the trustees for participating in their program and said she received a check for a $14,789 rebate.

In other business:

  • Sexton Rita Feess talked with Beach about the possible changing of the township’s cemetery deed in accordance with an upcoming change in Ohio law, in which the deed would have to be renewed or given back to the township after a 50-year period. The changing of the deed has been tabled for further discussion.
  • Beach announced Feess and her family donated a Medina County flag in memory of former Granger Trustee Roger Feess.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George reported on a house on Granger Road that has accumulated a large amount of garbage. She said she sent the residents a letter on the matter, but nothing was done.
    Trustee Richard Pace suggested she allow the residents a little more time to clean up the property, but also keep an eye on the situation.
    Trustee Teri Berry suggested George send a reminder letter to the residents.
    George also reported she received a call about another house on Granger Road, in which she suspects the residents are running a business inside the home. She said she received reports about trucks coming and going from the residence in the early hours of the morning and large trash receptacles in the front yard.
    Trustee John Ginley recommended George send a letter to the residents asking what the situation is and possibly step in.
  • Service Director Mark Novak addressed a concern from a resident about two maple trees in the right-of-way on Dunsha Road and said he thinks they should be cut down. He also reported a guardrail alongside Melody Lane had been crashed into, but said no police report on the incident was made.
    Novak addressed a Granger Willows resident’s report of illegal dumping at the site where a guardrail is scheduled to be added.
    He also addressed last week’s flooding in the township, saying the berms in the roads held up well.
  • Granger Road resident Andrew Dayton discussed the flooding that occurred at his house last week, then expressed his concern the piping at the intersection of Granger and Coddingville roads is insufficient. The trustees said the Medina County Engineer’s Office must be involved in solving the problem and said they will forward a request for an investigation into the problem.
    Novak said he will send a camera into the pipe at the intersection of Granger and Coddingville roads to see if any other problems from the flooding should be addressed.
  • Ginley discussed a resident’s complaint about loud noises coming from the air conditioners at Highland High School. The trustees decided they will request the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office to explain options to fix the problem in relation to how it affects the rest of the township.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett expressed his thanks to the Road Department for donating a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck to the Fire Department. He also reported his department is looking for new EMS units.

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

√ a bond for Baker;

√ to participate in a grant program with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to remove ash trees; and

√ to renew the township’s health insurance with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

At an executive session following the meeting, the board approved:

  • a credit card for Baker;
  • the removal of Fire Department member Tamra Radles, who has moved away;
  • paramedic training for firefighter James Kuruc; and
  • hiring Beach as executive assistant, effective Aug. 1, as needed.

The next meeting has been set for Aug. 8, instead of Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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