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Granger residents warned about recent thefts

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 24, Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries warned residents to be vigilant in securing their cars, as larcenies of different types have increased to 11 for the month of January.

He said of the 323 activities the Medina County Sheriff’s Office handled in the township in January, 11 of them were larcenies. Pries cited evidence of the Sheriff’s Office patrolling the township, including the addition of 74 extra patrols, handling 45 vacation watches and making 40 traffic stops so far this year. However, he advised residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight while the vehicles are unoccupied.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak said he ordered 1,300 tons of salt for township roads, in addition to the 400 tons already in the shed.
    Fiscal Officer Donald Baker added the cost of the additional salt is $43,555.
    Novak briefly discussed road bids for the year.
    Trustee Teri Berry recommended the bids be put off until March so the officials can figure out what work needs to be done.
    Novak discussed the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) request for haul roads.
    Trustee John Ginley suggested Novak call ODOT for details on the matter.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one cemetery foundation has been ordered since the last meeting.
    Zoning Inspector Annie George discussed whether cemetery rates should be changed for cremations on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
    The trustees replied the rates should not be changed.
  • George reported she plans to go over the regulations of the planned development district with Wendy Moeller, of Compass Point Planning in Cincinnati, at a planned meeting April 8 with the trustees.
    George reported she received a call from a representative of Ohio Custom Pools asking if safety covers for in-ground pools without fences can be considered. The trustees said research is needed before making a decision.
    George discussed the Granger Township Park’s solicitation policy in response to a call she received on the matter.
    Trustee Richard Pace said the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office should be consulted for overall rules.
  • Berry said she plans to call the Sharon Board of Trustees to see if they would be interested in meeting about zoning for the Community Reinvestment Area at the Medina Road corridor.
  • Pace announced Jon Kastelein has been appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals and Ron Alber has been reappointed to the Zoning Commission.
  • Baker reported Fire Chief Jim Paulett, who was absent from the meeting, is still discussing final pricing for the Granger Fire Department’s new utility vehicle, and Paulett will discuss it at the next meeting.
    Baker also said the Medina County Auditor’s Office Save the Dream program for people in danger of losing their homes will end April 30.
  • Pace discussed recommendations for the Medina County Solid Waste Technical Advisory Commission to keep the Medina County Central Processing Facility and operate with public funds or to run as is with a private firm. He said the Medina County Solid Waste Policy Committee will make that decision.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ to authorize firefighter II training for Raymond Allen, Ted Fulling, Ginley, Michael Maruna, George Prebonick, Brandon Quinn and Carol Redford for a total cost of approximately $10,000;

√ the purchase of wireless radio headsets from B&C Communications to the Fire Department for a cost of $4,587;

√ to include the months of April and November for coverage of the new portable restroom at the Granger Township Park;

√ to approve the purchase order of Physio Control heart monitors for the Fire Department in the amount of $4,263;

√ to approve a purchase order with Cargill in the amount of $4,017;

√ to extend a $175,000 certificate of deposit for a period not to exceed 95 days;

√ to allow Baker to attend Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s Local Government Conference March 4-6; and

√ to increase the Fire Department’s expenses for Wolff Light from $1,200 to $1,338.

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

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