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Routine business addressed at Granger trustees meeting

11/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Granger Board of Trustees conducted routine business at the meeting Nov. 11.

Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, reminded the public the last day to submit essays for the Top Dog Essay Contest for Medina County fourth-graders is Nov. 18. She said students taking part in this contest will write an essay about why they think a particular dog should be Medina County’s top dog. Szelag said additional information on this contest can be found on the Medina County Auditor’s Office website at www.medina countyauditor.org.

Szelag also said the last day of this year’s Medina County Auditor’s Seals Contest is Dec. 20. She said the seals are used to identify approved weights and measures devices in the county and to identify approved places of businesses in the county. She said information on that contest can be found on the Auditor’s Office website.

Szelag also reminded the public that those who will be turning 65 need to turn in their applications for Homestead Exemption eligibility as soon as possible. Szelag said as of Jan. 1, the qualifications for the Homestead Exemption will change, and a $30,000 income ceiling will be required for eligibility.

She also announced the Auditor’s Office will be closed Nov. 28-29, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m., Dec. 24 at noon, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak addressed concerns from Wilbur Road residents about the flooding of the ditches along the road. He explained it is the homeowners’ responsibility to clean out the ditches on their own property.
    Novak also said he is in the process of ordering new signs for the township. He said some need to be replaced, while others are already scheduled to be installed.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported the Granger Fire Department responded to 19 EMS calls and 13 fire calls in October. He said he also ordered 25 stainless steel hydrant markers to attach to fire hydrants for visibility during heavy snow for about $475.
    Paulett said all EMS personnel will be trained on data entry for EMS charts. He explained the second phase of this project will involve the department using tablets to enter this data in replacement of written records.
    Paulett also announced that Sharon Firefighter Adam Dodson performed mask fit testing for the Granger Fire Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) masks. He said while his department purchased all masks with a standard size, a few members need different size masks. Paulett said he is in the process of obtaining pricing for these SCBA masks.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one full burial was conducted in October.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker announced the state accepted Granger Township’s community reinvestment area.
    Baker also said there will be no Board of Zoning Appeals meeting for November.
    He reported that the Granger Township Administration Building will be closed Nov. 28-29; Dec. 24, 25 and 31; and Jan. 1.
  • Trustee Teri Berry addressed rumors of break-ins in the township, reminding residents to be vigilant of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
    Berry also recognized Trustee John Ginley’s son, John, captain of The Ohio State University’s Flight Team, for being named Regional Top Pilot and placing in several other categories following the team’s regional competition in Battle Creek, Mich.
  • The trustees also congratulated Baker on his re-election.

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

√ to establish an hourly rate of $9.85 for EMT/firefighter trainees and an hourly rate of $12.25 for paramedic/firefighter trainees;

√ to move Allison Justice to the rank of paramedic/firefighter trainee; and

√ a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Medina County Board of Commissioners to purchase materials from the Medina County Engineer’s Office in 2014.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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