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Granger Historical Society to hold cemetery walk

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 26, JoAnn Boruvka, of the Granger Historical Society, notified the public of an upcoming township event.

She said the Coddingville Cemetery Walk will take place Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Coddingville Cemetery, which is located across from 4880 Dunsha Road. Boruvka said visitors will be able to learn about the history of the cemetery and the life stories of seven people who are buried there, told by costumed actors.

Additionally, Boruvka said there will be two other special events taking place in the township that day. The Granger Historical Society, 1261 Granger Road, will hold an open house where visitors can view items that belonged to those whose lives were portrayed by actors in the cemetery, she said. She said a marketplace also will be held in front of the Historical Society building, where residents can sell produce and craft items and organizations can pass out information or sell fundraiser items. Both of these events will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Boruvka said vendors of the marketplace must provide their own tables, and those interested in selling items should call her at 330-239-2691 for an opportunity to participate.

Boruvka also mentioned a rain date for these events has been set for Sept. 22 at the same scheduled times, and motorists should park on Brenelle Lane. She requested help from the trustees in securing traffic controls for the safety of visitors.

Also at the meeting, Zoning Inspector Annie George reported she received an email from Wendy Moeller, of Compass Point Planning in Cincinnati, who said her work on reviewing five zoning regulations would range in cost from $1,000 to $1,500. George said these regulations include architectural standards; current measurable noise and light standards; the application of the planned development district; recommendations regarding timelines, phases and deadlines; and recommendations for definitions that should be included in the regulations. She said since this work will not be completed before the September Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting, the September meeting will be canceled.

The trustees decided action will be taken at the October BZA meeting.

The board approved a motion to hire Compass Point Planning to review zoning regulations for a fee not to exceed $1,500.

George also said she wants the trustees to amend the resolution for use of the Administration Building’s meeting room to include not rearranging items on the counter and to regulate use of the refrigerator.

The board asked for her to write an amendment to the resolution for submission to the trustees.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the Service Department is continuing roadside mowing projects throughout the township and the replacement of the culvert on Boneta Road is complete.
    He also reported Lytle Construction, of Wooster, will take part in two projects: one where Wilbur Road will be raised up at a curve and the other involving the chipping and sealing of the Granger Historical Society parking lot.
    Novak also announced a culvert on Melody Lane still needs to be replaced.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one burial was conducted this month.
    Trustee John Ginley also addressed a concern Feess previously addressed about mail being delivered to a resident’s house close to Granger Fairview Cemetery, recommending she call the post office about not leaving cemetery mail there.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries reported 250 activities in the township in July, adding the department has made a lot of traffic stops in the township and has increased patrol on Granger Road. Pries also reminded the public to observe the 20-mph school zone speed limit on Ridge Road during designated hours and that the school zone reaches from Highland Middle School, past Granger Elementary School and up to Highland High School.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported the Granger Fire Department’s inspection bureau completed walk-through inspections of the schools in the Highland Local School District prior to the start of the school year and all schools were in good standing.
    He also announced the township’s firefighters have completed required fit testing for the department’s new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) masks through the Sharon Fire Department and firefighter Adam Dodson.
    Paulett reported the Fire Department will be changing its fire reports in compliance with the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which he said will help in collecting information and sending information to the state.
    Paulett said Assistant Fire Chief Keith Mercek has been in touch with Best Buy, which is trying to solve the problem with the department’s audio/video system so it will not have to be returned.
    He also reported the township received a check for $11,123.13 for the sale of the department’s SCBA masks and thanked Mercek for his efforts.
  • Resident Russell Lehky asked the trustees about how noise problems are addressed in the township.
    Deputy Pries said the Sheriff’s Office usually will not react to a complaint unless they believe people’s safety is at risk or if the noise goes on too long. He said deputies want to focus more on noises that cause a nuisance than on noises from everyday activities.
    Trustee Richard Pace added that reasonability is also a factor and that what would be reasonable during the day might not be reasonable late at night.
  • Resident Nancy Eisenhart asked a question about a property on Beach Road in relation to the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program.
    Pace said the demolition of the property has been approved by the county, and an environmental study will be done before it is torn down.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported he expects to receive two certificates of deposit for the township: one Sept. 5 for $175,000 and the other Sept. 9 for $250,000. The board approved a motion to extend the certificates of deposit for 90 days.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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