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Granger trustees renew contract with Medina Sheriff’s Office

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

The Granger Board of Trustees agreed to continue its police coverage next year with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office at the Dec. 9 meeting.

Before trustees voted, Deputy David Pries said the deputies who patrol the township have been building a good rapport with township residents. He said trustees should consider adding more hours on their new contract with the Sheriff’s Office.

Trustee Teri Berry suggested the board add five additional hours per month to the new contract.

The Sherriff’s Office currently provides 75 hours of coverage per month, according to Fiscal Officer Donald Baker.

The other trustees agreed with Berry’s suggestion, and the board approved that amendment to the contract for $23 per hour not to exceed 80 hours per month.

Pries also reported the Sheriff’s Office responded to 299 activities in Granger in November, including 40 traffic stops, 40 vacation watches and 47 extra patrols. He also said two calls of burglaries in the township were answered and reminded the public December is usually the time when the Sheriff’s Office receives the highest number of burglary calls. He said all suspicious activity should be reported to the Sheriff’s Office. Pries reported no arrests have been made in the aforementioned burglaries.

Pries also informed the public they can call the Sheriff’s Office at 330-725-6631 to set up vacation watches during extended time periods when they will be out of town. He said vacation watches generally involve deputies checking a resident’s house, walking around the house and checking the doors and windows.

In other business:

  • Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, reported the price of a dog tag, which is now $12, will increase after Jan. 1. Residents also have the option of purchasing a three-year license or a permanent license for their dogs.
    She also reminded the public residents who are 65 or older should apply for the Homestead Exemption Program before Jan. 1 to receive the exemption without a qualifying income of no more than $30,000 per year.
    Szelag said the Auditor’s Office will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and at noon Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported he ordered 150 tons of salt.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported four fire calls and 16 EMS calls were received in November.
    Paulett also reported he obtained pricing for the department’s two iPad Air units and one iPad Mini Air unit for EMS charting, but Apple would not bill him. He said a check is acceptable in the amount of $2,222 and payable to Apple. He said he believes it would be less expensive for the fire department to purchase the items at Best Buy.
    Trustees approved Paulett’s recommendation to purchase a replacement EMS vehicle from Horton Emergency Vehicles at a price not to exceed $204,155.
    Paulett said the vehicle is anticipated to be delivered in 240 days.
    Trustees also approved a request for the fire department to purchase six self-contained breathing apparatuses at a cost not to exceed $1,500.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one nonresident lot, three full burials and one cremation burial permit were issued since the last board meeting.
  • The board discussed a donation request from the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
    Baker reported the SPCA has requested a $990 donation for 2014.
    Berry said the township has sent the SPCA $300 per year for the past three years. She also explained the SPCA is responsible for removing sick or injured animals that are hazards on public roadways, while the township is responsible for removing dead animals from the roads.
    Trustee John Ginley recommended the board have an SPCA representative attend the next board meeting Dec. 19 before they make a decision on donating.
  • Trustee Richard Pace expressed his congratulations to the Highland High School football team on its successful season. The team (13-1) lost in the state semifinals to Glenville High School. He said the football games are a great way to bring the community together, and the team is a great reflection of Highland’s student body, administration and teachers.
  • Ginley said he is satisfied with the lights that were added to the fire station but wants to purchase more for the building.
    Baker suggested Ginley wait until January to make any purchases.
    Ginley also reported the fire department is waiting for faster Internet service so Best Buy can inspect its connection. He said if the connection speed increases and the problems continue, the department will return the equipment.
  • Baker reported the Port Authority was unable to negotiate a lower price for Time Warner Cable service.
    Trustee Richard Pace explained 30 months currently remain on the township’s agreement. The board determined further negotiation is required.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19, rescheduled from Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, located at 3717 Ridge Road.

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