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Granger trustees OK donation to Medina County SPCA

12/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Granger Board of Trustees agreed to donate $500 to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at the Dec. 19 meeting.

Before they voted, Medina County SPCA Director Stephanie Moore informed trustees about the services its organization offers to Granger and the rest of the county. She said its services include assisting law enforcement in handling cases of animal cruelty, as well as 24-hour emergency services. She said the SPCA also cares for sick and injured animals and takes any animals they find without any identification.

According to Moore, the organization does not take owner-surrendered animals, as other organizations in the county handle such cases.

Moore expressed her thanks to the board for its past support and donations to the SPCA and noted Granger is one of only five townships in the county that have supported the SPCA. She said it costs approximately $100 just to bring an animal in to get ready to go to a home.

Moore stressed all townships must support the SPCA in order to keep the 24-hour service they offer to the townships. She said Medina County’s financial support to the society is very minimal.

Resident Nancy Bloom expressed her support for the SPCA.

“I think it’s a great organization,” she said. “It’s something the county can and should be proud of.”

Trustee Teri Berry asked for Moore to explain the SPCA’s differentiation from other county organizations that only take in animals.

Moore said in addition to emergency services, the SPCA handles all calls for the county dog warden after 4 p.m.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Annie George announced the Zoning Commission will meet Jan. 7 and there will be no Board of Zoning Appeals meeting in January.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported the Service Department has gone through 300 tons of salt so far this winter.
    Fiscal Officer Donald Baker added the township purchased 210 additional tons of salt for a total of $7,216.
  • Kevin Hylbert, of the Granger Firefighters’ Association, expressed his thanks to the board for its support throughout the year. He said the association took part in two major projects this year — the purchase of a replacement EMS vehicle and the purchase of electronic documentation devices. Hylbert presented holiday gifts to the trustees from the association.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett provided an update on grants the Granger Fire Department has submitted and is working on submitting. He reported the $24,000 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant and a $40,000 grant to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation have been submitted, and three other grants — the Ohio Honor Project Grant, the Ohio Fire Marshal Training Grant and the Ohio Fire Marshal Equipment Grant — have yet to be submitted.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she handled one full burial since the last meeting and plans to handle at least one more burial before the end of the month.
  • Baker reported the Fire Department’s computer equipment has been upgraded by Time Warner Cable, and the upgrade will be good for approximately 30 months.
  • Trustees agreed to schedule Board of Trustees meetings for 2014 on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m. unless otherwise announced.
  • At an executive session following the meeting, the trustees decided to give some employees 2.5 percent raises.

The next trustees meeting is set for Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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