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Granger officials working on fixing storm damage in township

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Granger Service Director Mark Novak and trustees discussed plans to fix roads damaged by the May 12 storm at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting May 27.

Novak said some of the damage, including a washed-out culvert on Allard Road and a broken pipe alongside Boneta Road, has already been fixed, but said more has yet to be done. He addressed Wilbur Road from Longwood Drive to Beachler Road, as the highest priority of these repairs.

Novak and the trustees discussed the possible purchase of a berming machine that would bolt onto the back of a maintenance truck. He said he could get one with a 15- to 20-year lifespan for $6,500. Novak said he would have more information on the purchase at the next board meeting.

Trustee John Ginley brought up the possibility of Sharon Township officials being able to lend one of their maintenance vehicles to Granger to repair the roads. Ginley said he would talk to the Sharon Board of Trustees about that possibility, and the board moved to negotiate that agreement.

Novak also expressed his thanks to the Granger Fire Department for its assistance in the cleanup efforts following the storm.

In other business:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries reported the Sheriff’s Office handled 250 activities in Granger in April, including 34 vacation watches, 28 extra patrols and 45 traffic stops. He encouraged residents to call the Sheriff’s Office to schedule vacation watches so their property would be patrolled while they are out of the area.
  • Granger Historical Society President Bob Hummel reported Historical Society representatives had been working on scanning township records from 1820 to 1845 and said he would like to have CDs of the records submitted to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, he said he is concerned about websites finding, claiming and charging for access to the records. Hummel said while the library is interested in obtaining this data, release forms would be required.
    Trustee Richard Pace said he has no problem with the publishing of these records, but would like to see the release forms prior to the records being published.
  • Sexton Rita Feess expressed her thanks to the children who put up flags at Fairview Cemetery for the Memorial Day celebration and to those who put up flags at the township’s other cemeteries.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett said he submitted a report to the trustees on fire prevention activities for students during the 2013-14 school year and will provide supply costs for the program at the next meeting. He said the program has been well received by the Highland Local School District and he requested continuation of the program for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Paulett reported the Fire Department’s off-road vehicle with tractor has arrived and a training program on use of the new vehicle is coming soon.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported a Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for June 10 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss zoning definitions and planned development district regulations.
    Baker also said he was informed by Montville Township officials they are applying for a grant because they want to turn Blue Heron Golf Course into a park and are seeking support from the Granger trustees.
    The trustees said they do not know enough about the grant to give their support.
    Baker also announced property owners affected by storm damage can contact the Medina County Auditor’s Office at 330-725-9754 for a tax reduction. He explained this excludes trees, bushes and cars, which are not valued for real property purposes.
    Baker said the board welcomes suggestions from residents on how to increase the participation in the township’s Memorial Day parade and program for next year.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ to apply for a grant to purchase Stryker cots and hydraulic systems for both EMS units in order to take full advantage of a three-to-one matching grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation;

√ a $1,342 discount drainage bill;

√ Fire Department vehicle repairs and maintenance by Granger Tractor and Parts for an estimated value of $1,150

√ the setting of the salary for Fire Department captain at $315 per quarter; and

√ the establishment of the position and salary of chief fire inspector at $280 per quarter.

The next Granger trustees’ meeting is scheduled for June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, located at 3717 Ridge Road.

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