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Granger Fire Department replacing EMS unit

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Fire Chief Jim Paulett addressed the Granger Board of Trustees at the Sept. 23 meting regarding the replacement of one of the Granger Fire Department’s EMS units.

Paulett said after spending more than 300 hours researching replacement units, the department’s five-member EMS unit replacement committee settled on the purchase of a unit from Horton with a chassis from International. He said the new unit will be a 12-year vehicle, as opposed to the department’s current 8-year-old vehicle. He explained the cost of the Horton unit is about $204,943, the cost for the International chassis is $58,345 and the prepay credit on the Horton box is about $3,865.

Firefighter Kevin Hylbert said equipment will be transferred from the old unit to the new unit, and training for driving the new vehicle will take place.

Trustee Richard Pace asked Paulett whether the functions of the new EMS unit will become obsolete within the 12-year time period the department will have the vehicle.

Paulett replied he thinks the unit will be in good shape for that stretch of time. He also explained additional equipment for the department will also be purchased, including a rural hitch, a monitor, a hose and replacement nozzles. However, he said, replacements for the department’s current tender and pumper will be made in 2014, since they will be 10 years old at that time, and the replacements for those vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2015 or 2016.

Trustee Teri Berry said the board could not approve the purchase of the new EMS unit without a written contract. She told Hylbert to ask for a written contract for the vehicle, then it can be reviewed by the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office and then put up for approval by the trustees.

In other Fire Department business, Paulett reported the department extinguished a large fire at a barn on Stony Hill Sept. 16, in which they were assisted by the fire departments of Brunswick Hills, Hinckley, Sharon, Richfield and Medina Township.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Mercer also reported firefighters responded to a kitchen fire inside a Ridge Road home and were able to extinguish the fire before it could do any major damage to the house.

In other business:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Pries reported the Sheriff’s Office has stepped up patrol on Dunsha Road due to residents’ complaints of speeders.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Todd Heckel said the Sheriff’s Office has received several calls of recent burglaries in neighboring townships and reminded the public to stay aware of their surroundings and pay attention to suspicious people and vehicles.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the replacement of a culvert on Melody Lane is complete and the replacement of a culvert on Boneta Road has been set for next week. He added he received complaints of a culvert on Dunsha Road being washed out, and he will add the repair of that culvert to his schedule.
    Novak also reported the township’s new snowplow will be installed this week, and he is awaiting the trade-in value of the old snowplow.
  • Sexton Rita Feess said the Granger Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk Sept. 22 was very successful.
    JoAnn Boruvka, of the Historical Society, extended her thanks to those who participated in the event.
  • Resident Rex Parker expressed his concern about the rifles used in the township’s Memorial Day ceremony, saying the guns are in bad shape and need maintenance. He talked about possibly having the guns, which were made in 1903, fixed or replaced.
    Trustee John Ginley said a member of the Fire Department has been getting prices on replacement guns from Camp Perry, a National Guard training facility near Port Clinton. Ginley said he would like to have the current rifles donated to the Historical Society.
  • Pace reported the deadline to have property razed for the Moving Ohio Forward demolition program has been extended to May 31, 2014. He said decisions need to be made quickly because funds for the program are running low. He said the only cost to a resident participating in this program is a $750 fee, even though the cost of demolition is approximately $15,000.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported he found out the Granger Township Park is not covered under Section 3707.52 of the Ohio Revised Code regarding concussion awareness in youth sports.
    He also announced Halloween trick-or-treating in the township is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Ginley reported he was told the previously proposed ash tree removal grant was not selected for funding by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
    He also said he talked with Sharon Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller about Sharon’s participation in a fiber optic node program interlinking Internet systems and about the program’s benefits to commercial businesses. He said Baker should email Sharon Township about the board’s interest in the program.

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

√ to amend the township budget; and

√ to extend the township’s certificate of deposit for 95 days.

The next Granger trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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