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Granger trustees considering changes to replacement EMS unit

5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Fire Chief Jim Paulett addressed the Granger Board of Trustees at the board’s April 28 meeting with a request to make changes to the replacement EMS unit the Granger Fire Department ordered.

He said instead of the white 2015 Horton International Chassis they originally ordered, he wants to purchase a red 2014 Horton International Chassis he said is available at no extra charge. Paulett said the vehicle is red with a white reflective scotch light stripe and a reflective gold leaf stripe at the top and bottom of the vehicle for increased visibility and safety.

Paulett added Kussmaul Electronics has a 30-amp electrical connector with a built-in air line, which will eliminate the need for two separate connectors when the unit is housed at the fire station. He said the cost increase for that feature is $165.

Paulett also said the Fire Department has applied for an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) grant for a Stryker power load cot fastener system with a Power-PRO™ cot. He said Horton will pre-install necessary hardware at the factory for $1,292. However, he said, the department would have to supply Horton with a $900 plate from Stryker. Paulett explained when the department receives the grant, this cost will be reimbursed, along with all installation costs. Paulett said the estimate for retrofitting the EMS unit after delivery is approximately $3,900, including the cost of the plate. He also said if the BWC approves the department’s request for a grant, $1,456 would be deducted from their prepayment credit to cover the cost of these changes.

With these changes explained to them, the trustees expressed approval, but said they will first talk with the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office about these purchases.

According to Paulett, the department bought the vehicle on a state term agreement, which eliminates the need for going to bid on the vehicle. He said the trustees need to consult with the Prosecutor’s Office to make sure the changes made on the vehicle are within the state term agreement.

Also at the meeting, the board also approved the following:

√ for Issue No. 1 money to be used for the replacement of the Remsen Road bridge by State Road;

√ to put bids out for snow plowing for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 winter seasons;

√ the purchase of flags and poles for an amount not to exceed $975;

√ to have a private agency test the Granger Fire Department’s hoses for 22 cents per foot, for a total cost of $2,000;

√ the authorization of Granger to become an applicant for the Community Block Grant Program, in which the funds raised can be used for demolition of blighted structures in the township;

√ a resolution to support Issue No. 1 on the May ballot;

√ to enter into the STAR Plus Program, which would allow the township to deposit funds for higher interest rates;

√ the extension of two $350,000 certificates of deposit and one $300,000 certificate of deposit for a period not to exceed 95 days; and

√ a resolution for a “Then and Now” purchase from Ohio CAT for $1,621.

In other business:

  • Paulett reported the Highland Community Relay For Life team will host a car wash fundraiser May 6 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot outside the Service Department’s storage building.
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries reported the Sheriff’s Office handled 294 activities in Granger in March.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she purchased 14 dozen flags for the 4-H Club to place on graves at Granger Fairview Cemetery for the township’s Memorial Day ceremony.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker announced the trustees must respond to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s correspondence regarding the detour during construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Granger and Ridge Roads by May 27.
    Baker also announced the Granger Fire Department and the Granger Township Administration Building will be open for voting during the May 6 Primary Election. He said voters in precincts A and B should report to the fire station and voters in precincts C and D should report to the Administration Building.

At an executive session following the meeting, the board agreed to accept the resignation of firefighter Matt Eshelman.

According to Baker, the board also agreed to place firefighter James Kuruc on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of certain allegations made against him, which is now being conducted by county and township law enforcement officials.

Paulett declined to comment further on the matter.

Attempts at contacting Kuruc for comment were unsuccessful by presstime.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is set for May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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