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Granger trustees considering proposal for conservatory

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Changes to a proposal by Granger residents Christine and Jeff Smith for property they are purchasing from a local sports facility were addressed at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 7.

This past September, the Smiths told the board they have a purchase agreement for the north end of the Pinnacle Sports property, owned by Earl Stalter and adjacent to Brenelle Lane, to be used for building a residence. Christine Smith had said there is a temporary cul-de-sac on Brenelle Lane that she wanted to make permanent.

Almost 11 months later, attorney Jeff Holland asked for a resolution to keep Brenelle Lane the way it is now to create a conservatory on the proposed purchase area.

Holland said the Smiths were interested in purchasing approximately 11 acres of the property. He said the 11 acres would include one lot of 100,000 square feet, and the remainder would be protected with a conservation easement, which he said would provide access from a public road. Holland added the purchase also would include the addition of a nature preserve of approximately 8 acres. He said the proposed conservancy would only allow nonmotorized vehicles in order to keep it in its natural state.

Derek Schafer, executive director of West Creek Conservancy in Cleveland, also discussed the matter, stating his organization, along with the Smiths, would manage the property.

Trustee Richard Pace said he wants to look into the matter more and make a final decision at the next board meeting.

Also at the meeting, Boneta Road resident Mark Orlowski asked if the township has any restrictions or codes regarding smoke emitted from outdoor furnaces. Orlowski said he lives adjacent to a neighbor who owns an outdoor furnace, and the smoke is often blown into his house. He said he contacted the Ohio fire marshal and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, but neither would enforce any regulations on the matter. Orlowski said he also recorded videos of the smoke coming from the neighbor’s furnace and sent them to the trustees.

Trustee Teri Berry said she was surprised at the lack of enforcement in response to Orlowski’s complaints.

“It’s baffling to me that they would not regulate this,” she said.

Pace said he would look into the matter and gave Orlowski the name of an environmental representative to contact for more information.

In other business:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries said the Sheriff’s Office is preparing to patrol the county’s school zones and follow school buses once school starts later in the month.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported roadside mowing in the township is ongoing, and the Service Department’s new berming machine has arrived.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported the Granger Fire Department handled 11 fire calls and 26 EMS calls in July. He also announced the Granger Fire Department will play against the Sharon Fire Department in their third annual softball game Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at Sharon Community Park on Ridge Road, south of Sharon Circle.
    Paulett also said the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) grant has been submitted and the department should be notified by the middle of September whether it will be awarded. He also said the department’s new EMS unit should be ready to use by Sept. 15.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she handled two resident lots, one nonresident lot and one cremation burial since the last board meeting.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker said he found out from the Frank Gates Co. the township will not qualify for the company’s Workers’ Compensation group rating program starting Jan. 1, but will qualify for the company’s retrospective rating program.
  • At a special meeting Aug. 5, the board approved a resolution to rescind the original resolution to place the 1.5-mill renewal fire and EMS levy on the Nov. 4 ballot and approved a resolution to place the levy on the ballot with the corrected language.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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