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Reinvestment area proposed to Granger trustees

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 8, the trustees heard a presentation by Economic Development Director Bethany Dentler regarding the development of a community reinvestment area (CRA) in the township.

Dentler explained a customer is in the process of making a decision to locate a company in either Summit County or at a Granger site. Dentler said the trustees would first have to approve the matter because a CRA does not currently exist in Granger. The CRA would then be sent to the Medina County commissioners for approval.

Dentler said the CRA would work as an incentive for a business to locate in the area with a reduction in its real estate taxes. She said the tax abatement could mean up to a 50 percent reduction in taxes for up to 15 years.

The area the customer is interested in is bounded by Medina, Granger, Coddingville and Beach roads, she said. The customer’s plan to construct a $5 million to $10 million corporate headquarters could result in increased tax collection for both Granger and the Highland Local Schools District. In addition, Dentler said that in such agreements, the company will sometimes offer compensation to the schools in the form of scholarships, foundation donations or internship agreements, for example.

Highland Board of Education Vice President Robert Kelly spoke about the benefit to township residents in both lower taxes for schools and lower levies.

“We have the opportunity to bring money in for the schools,” he said, urging the trustees to seriously consider commercial development in the township along Medina Road.

Additionally, Dentler said the impact of job growth would be a benefit.

Although the trustees were not ready to pass a resolution at the meeting, they agreed to meet again with Dentler before the next meeting to discuss concerns they might have. They said they would be prepared with a decision at the Aug. 26 meeting.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Annie George reported Medina-based CW Delivery wants to build a new building to expand delivery service.
    George also reported a Medina County District Library representative wants to hold a farmers’ market on the grass between the Highland Library and Highland High School on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. during the spring and summer months.
    Trustees John Ginley and Richard Pace recommended she talk with school officials about the issue.
    George also updated the trustees on a house on Granger Road she had a concern about, where large amounts of trash had accumulated. She said the residents have started cleaning up the property.
  • Pace said four properties in the township have been accepted for the Moving Ohio Forward grant program — one on Ridge Road, one on Granger Road, one on Medina Road and one on Beach Road — and reminded the public there is still time for residents to take advantage of the program, which helps fund the razing of blighted residential properties.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one cremation burial was performed in July.
    In addition, after further discussion with the trustees regarding the cemetery deed, it was decided to leave it as it is without any changes.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported 11 fire calls and 11 EMS calls were taken in July. He reported one of them was a major structure fire on Huntley Drive Aug. 7. The Sharon, Bath, Hinckley and Copley fire departments assisted the Granger Fire Department in containing the fire. He said firefighters were able to rescue two dogs from the fire, but two other dogs died in the blaze. He estimates the fire caused up to $500,000 worth of damage.
  • Paulett provided an update on the EMS Replacement Committee’s efforts to replace one of the EMS units. He said their recommendation for a chassis for the unit is the International TerraStar chassis, one of which was located outside the Administration Building for trustees and firefighters to view. Paulett reported the committee is obtaining final pricing from two facilities and will provide a final recommendation to the board in the near future.
  • Paulett reported after further communication with Best Buy about the problematic audio/video system purchased by the township, it was decided to either return the system for a full $14,000 refund or purchase a less complicated system with a refund for the difference.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the Service Department will continue roadside mowing throughout the township.
    He also announced a barricade will be placed in the Granger Willows development to prevent illegal dumping.
    He said the damaged guardrail along Melody Lane will be removed.
    Novak added a camera will be installed inside a pipe at Granger and Coddingville roads to investigate any additional problems as a result of recent flooding in the township. He also reported the grant program with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to remove ash trees is now in the process for acceptance or rejection.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported the board’s annual meeting with the Medina County Engineer’s Office will be Sept. 19 at the Medina County Highway Facility, 6100 Wedgewood Road. He also announced he will check out prices on new phones for the Administration Building, as the caller ID on the current system does not work. He said the system was originally purchased as a used system. Baker also reported the township has agreed to a salt contract of $34.32 per ton.

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

√ to hire Compass Point Planning to provide zoning guidance not to exceed $1,000; and

√ to move $300,000 out of the township’s checking account into a certificate for six months.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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