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Granger trustees adopt 2014 appropriations

2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

At the Feb. 10 meeting, the Granger Township Board of Trustees adopted permanent appropriations for the year totaling nearly $1.7 million.

The township has budgeted $424,500 for the General Fund. In other areas, trustees earmarked $698,100 for Fire and Ambulance funds, $539,950 for road-related funds and $32,300 for its Cemetery Fund, according to Fiscal Officer Donald Baker.

In other action, trustees appointed two township residents to the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Housing Council — Ronald Dorris and Tom Csanyi.

Also at the meeting, Service Director Mark Novak reported the township is in good shape with respect to the amount of road salt it has in storage and is capable of ordering for the remainder of this winter season.

Baker noted the township has spent $32,303 for 941 tons of road salt and $41,434 for snow removal and salting services so far this winter season.

In other discussion, Dorris asked what the township is going to do to improve visibility for those turning onto Bambeck Road at night from Medina Road. Township officials said they plan to experiment with reflectors at that intersection.

In his report, Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported his department responded to 22 EMS and three fire calls in January. He also commended Trustee John Ginley for 25 years of service to the Fire Department and Kevin Hylbert for being named the department’s firefighter of the year for 2013.

Paulett also reminded the public to be sure furnaces are working properly and not to let paper or trash accumulate near fires or heating appliances.

In other business at the meeting, trustees:

  • decided to increase the cost for burials in cemeteries administered by the township on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from $500 to $675;
  • accepted the resignation of Brittany Brenstuhl from the Fire Department;
  • approved spending approximately $600 for a portable toilet in Granger Park from April to October; and
  • noted first-half 2013 real estate taxes are due for Medina County residents to the county treasurer by Feb. 14 and payment options are listed at www.medinacountytreasurer.com.

Trustees also went into an executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss compensation, with no action taken afterward.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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