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Granger Fire personnel sworn in

7/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Robert Smith, at left, was sworn in as the Granger Fire Department’s new captain by Trustee Teri Berry at the Granger Board of Trustees’ July 14 meeting.
Photo: Scott Krista
Three members of the Granger Fire Department were recognized at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting July 14.

Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported two members of his department had been promoted — Robert Smith as a captain and Ted Fulling as a lieutenant and chief fire inspector. Smith was sworn into his new position by Trustee Teri Berry. Fulling was not present at the meeting.

Berry also swore in Clifford “Abe” Bender as a probationary volunteer firefighter.

Paulett added Bender will attend a volunteer firefighters’ class in Hinckley. He said the department’s cost will be a reimbursement to Bender for the cost of books. When completed, Paulett added, Bender will attend a Firefighter 1 class.

In other Fire Department business, Paulett reported he received another request from the Highland High School cheerleading team to hold a benefit youth car wash, which would be overseen by Firefighter Mike Maruna. The board approved the request.

Paulett also reported the department’s hose is scheduled to be tested Aug. 7 by Water Works Products at a cost not to exceed $2,250.

Paulett reported he received a quote for $832 from Ohio CAT for annual pump tests on the department’s fire apparatus.

Paulett also announced fire hydrant testing in the township is underway and should be completed by the end of August.

In other business:

  • Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, reminded property owners who suffered damage from recent storms to fill out a Destroyed or Damaged Property Form, which may give property owners a small tax break for one year.
    Szelag added the deadline for informal requests for reappraisals is Oct. 3. Szelag reported the Auditor’s Office has finished a reappraisal for the 2013 tax year, which was brought in under budget. She said $5 million will be returned to subdivisions.
  • Service Director Mark Novak suggested Wilbur, Beach and Boneta roads be included in the striping process. The board made no decision.
    Novak added roadside mowing is ongoing, and ditching and replacement of two culverts on Beach Road is being done.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she handled requests for two resident lots and two foundations since the last board meeting.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George reported she received a request from a representative of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron to have signs advertising the hall posted at intersections in Granger for one month. The board approved the request, provided the signs be removed after 30 days.
    George also reported the meeting room at the Granger Township Administration Building had been left unclean after its last use in June. She said she wants to impose a cleaning fee for those who use the room, in addition to the $40 charge for its use.
    Berry recommended George send users an invoice with the $40 rental fee plus a $50 cleaning charge, the latter of which would be returned if the room is kept clean.
  • Trustee Richard Pace announced the Board of Zoning Appeals has openings for one alternate and one member. He said Granger residents interested in applying are encouraged to contact the trustees at the Administration Building at 330-239-3611.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker provided an update on the Granger Historical Society’s previously mentioned request for the township to enter into an agreement with the Genealogical Society of Utah, stating the contract for the agreement has been received.
  • Trustee John Ginley said he is seeking opinions from residents as to whether or not flags should be placed on both sides of Ridge Road on Memorial Day next year.
  • At an executive session following the meeting, the board approved a motion to open an investigation of fire personnel and appoint Barbara Beach, former fiscal officer, as the investigator.

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

√ to table a $31,505 road bid from Crossroads Asphalt, of Columbia Station, for review;

√ to spend $935 for an EMT class for Andrew Jones;

√ the renewal of participation in a workers’ compensation group retrospective rating program for 2015 through Frank Gates at a cost of $1,935;

√ a resolution to place a 1.5-mill renewal fire levy on the Nov. 4 ballot; and

√ a resolution to place a 0.5-mill renewal road levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for July 28 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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