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Granger Fire Department recognizing personnel at awards ceremony

1/30/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 27, Fire Chief Jim Paulett announced the Granger Fire Department will honor several department personnel at an awards ceremony today, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 3737 Ridge Road.

He said at the ceremony, which is open to the public, one of the firefighters who will be recognized is Kevin Hylbert, who was chosen as Firefighter of the Year by the members of the department. Paulett said in addition to answering emergency calls, Hylbert was on the department’s committee to replace its EMS unit. He said Hylbert is also a fire inspector and has put in many hours working with EMS charts and converting the department into paperless report filing. Paulett said Hylbert and his wife, Donna, have three children and one grandchild.

In other fire department business, Paulett announced seven firefighters — Lt. Ted Fulling, John Ginley (who is also a trustee), Ray Allen, George Prebonic, Brandon Quinn, Carol Redford and Mike Maruna — will begin Firefighter 2 training Feb. 4. He added Andrew Jones is scheduled for a transition to a Firefighter 1 class at no additional cost to the township.

Paulett reported the township’s dry hydrant on Olde Stone Drive has been determined a credible water source by the International Organization for Standardization, which may result in lower insurance rates for any residence within 1,000 feet of the dry hydrant. He said the department will look at all of the township’s dry hydrants to see if they qualify as well.

Paulett also informed Zoning Inspector Annie George about a safety violation at a home on Medina Road. He said the home is in poor condition and is not secured well.

George said she will look into the home and its ownership.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak reported 1,000 tons of salt have been used on township roads so far this winter. He said he can still order 500 tons of salt within the township’s budget.
  • Trustee Teri Berry reported she received a complaint from a Bambeck Road resident who said it is difficult to see the road at night. Berry asked Novak if any reflectors can be put on signs on the road.
    Novak said he will talk with county officials to see what they can do.
  • Medina County sheriff’s deputy David Pries reported 244 activities were handled in the township in December and approximately 3,176 activities were handled in the township in 2013. He also alerted the public about an increase in vehicle break-ins in surrounding areas and reminded residents to lock their cars and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she handled two burials since the last meeting.
  • George announced there will be no Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting in January or February and a Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
    She also reported she will work with Wendy Moeller, of Compass Point Planning in Cincinnati, to revise regulations for the township’s Planned Development District.
  • The board briefly discussed the appointment of township residents for a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Housing Council dealing with tax abatement.
    Trustee Richard Pace said he would like the board to include at least one person from the CRA area.
    Berry said the board will appoint residents at the next board meeting.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported the township has spent about $22,845 on salt so far this winter, saying the Service Department is running a little ahead of last year.
    Baker also reported he is working on permanent appropriations for 2014, which will be presented at the next board meeting.
    According to Baker, he received an email from the Medina County Engineer’s Office stating the use of brick and masonry on mailboxes is prohibited, as it interferes with the maintenance of roads.
  • Pace provided an update on the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program. He said five properties in Granger were accepted for the program. He reported one project on a Granger Road home and another project on a Medina Road home are now finished. He said projects on two homes — one on Ridge Road and another on Medina Road — are in progress, and one Beach Road property has been dropped from the program.
  • At an executive session following the meeting, the board set the hourly rates for executive administrative assistant, EMT/firefighter trainee and paramedic/firefighter trainee positions at $20, $9.85 and $12.25, respectively.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ to spend up to an additional $1,000 for Moeller’s assistance on reviewing zoning revisions and definitions;

√ the reappointment of BZA alternate Jon Kastelein and Zoning Commission alternate Stephen Hummel for one year;

√ the extension of two certificates of deposit not to exceed 95 days; and

√ a bid on township mowing, which remains unchanged since last year.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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