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Community input requested on land conservancy proposal

8/28/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

A proposal by Granger residents Christine and Jeff Smith for property they are purchasing from a local sports facility again was addressed at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 25.

Last 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 12 months later, Stalter’s 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, West Creek Conservancy Executive Director Derek Schafer and the Smiths once again addressed the trustees asking if they had considered the proposal to terminate the Brenelle Lane cul-de-sac and to create an approximately 8-acre land conservancy.

The trustees said their concern is terminating the cul-de-sac would go against township practices. They questioned whether this decision might serve as a precedent for future development of cul-de-sacs in the township if an exception were made.

Holland said what it comes down to is whether the township is interested in preserving green space or whether interest lies in residential development.

“We are not encouraging residential development,” said Trustee Teri Berry. “We are encouraging efficiency.”

Holland said the land in question was not chosen without evaluating its environmental value, which is considerable. He suggested that perhaps the residents of the township need to weigh in on the question, “Do constituents care about open space or not?”

The trustees agreed community input could be valuable. The issue will be scheduled for discussion at the first board meeting in October.

In other business:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pries reported Sgt. Chad Myers will step down from Granger patrol Sept. 30. Pries and the trustees discussed finding a replacement for Myers, and the trustees found nine hours of makeup time for deputies patrolling the township can be used during Highland High School football games. The trustees decided they will discuss the issue further after a replacement is determined.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George said a Zoning Commission meeting is set for Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting is set for Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Berry reported the open Zoning Commission position is still available and any interested township residents can still apply. She said interviews will start in September.
  • Service Director Mark Novak said he is addressing ditching complaints on Valentine Farms Drive and Beach Road.
    Fire Chief James Paulett also said repairs are being made on the Fire Department’s 10-year-old safety trailer used for educational programs. He said repairs are being made with money raised through a Sharon Township Fire Department fundraiser, as that department shares the trailer with Granger and Hinckley fire departments.
    Paulett requested permission to market EMS Unit 77-2 once the new squad is delivered, which the board granted.
  • Trustee John Ginley reported Granger Elementary School’s third-grade Brownies Girl Scout Troop will hold a car wash at the Granger Township Administration Building Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • The board agreed to purchase six door closures for the fire station for an amount not to exceed $1,000.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker reported Granger received a rebate from the Medina County Auditor’s Office of $18,191.

The next Granger trustees meeting is set for Sept. 8 at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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