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Granger Fire purchasing equipment for EMS reports

12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Fire Chief Jim Paulett announced his plans for the Granger Fire Department to change its means of filing EMS reports at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 25.

He explained the department is in the process of updating its EMS reporting to the EMS charts program, which involves using digital means of filing reports. Paulett said this change will require the purchase of additional software and hardware items. He said he recommends the following items be purchased: three iPad tablets, three iPad covers, AppleCare Protection Plan, Verizon cellular service, a SyncPad module application, three stylets and two keypads, for a total of about $3,658.

Trustee Teri Berry recommended Paulett look at the state bid for these items.

Fiscal Officer Donald Baker recommended Paulett compare the prices of these items to those of the items provided through the Apple Government program.

Paulett said he will check those prices and proceed with the purchase of the equipment from the least expensive provider.

After some discussion, trustees approved the purchase of the equipment.

Paulett also reported he presented a copy of an existing mutual aid agreement for apparatuses and equipment and would like to expand this agreement to include Granger Township. He said if this agreement is approved, it will clarify the loaning of equipment to another entity for a limited time of need.

The trustees approved Paulett’s recommendation to forward the agreement to the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Paulett also said Brian Richter, of the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, sent a letter of clarification regarding requirements for purchasing a vehicle under the State Cooperative Purchase Agreement. He said he hopes to have a proposal ready to present to the board at the next board meeting.

Paulett also expressed his condolences to the family of former Granger firefighter Sam Castle, 69, who died Nov. 18.

Also at the meeting, David Corrado, CEO of Medina County Fiber Network, presented a proposal for the Granger Township Administration Building and the Granger Fire Department to drop their current service from Time Warner Cable for Frontier Communications as part of the county’s 151-mile network. However, he said just prior to the meeting, he was informed the township had two years remaining on its current contract with Time Warner Cable.

Corrado said the township’s options were either to pay off the old contract in full or to wait for another 18 to 24 months before signing up for the fiber network.

Frontier Communications representative Michele Carson presented a new phone and paging system for the township government buildings. She submitted pricing for the new systems, which would cost the township approximately $14 more per month than Time Warner Cable. Carson said the total purchase price for the system would cost approximately $13,000. The trustees said they will review the pricing and make a decision at the next board meeting.

In other business:

  • Trustee John Ginley swore in re-elected Baker.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries said the Sheriff’s Office usually sees an increase in break-ins and home invasions near the holiday season and urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George announced there will be no Zoning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings in December.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the Service Department worked to clear out trees that had fallen during a wind storm Nov. 18.
  • Baker said residents who are 65 or older should apply for the Homestead Exemption Program before Jan. 1 in order to receive the exemption without a qualifying income of no more than $30,000 per year.
  • Ginley reported he received a letter from the American Red Cross explaining the Hometown Heroes program will be extended to include a Heroes Breakfast in May. He said residents are asked to notify the trustees with nominees of anyone who they feel has performed a heroic act.

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

√ a motion to extend certificates of deposit for a period not to exceed 95 days; and

√ a motion to extend the contract for TruGreen for 2014 in the amount of $969 to $1,000 for the same services as performed in the past.

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

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