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Granger trustees hold proposal for permanent cul-de-sac

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 11, the board heard from a local couple interested in purchasing part of the property of Pinnacle Sports on Medina Road and building a house on nearby Brenelle Lane.

Christine and Jeff Smith said they have a purchase agreement for the north end of the Pinnacle Sports property adjacent to Brenelle Lane. Christine Smith said there is now a temporary cul-de-sac on Brenelle Lane that she wants to make permanent. She and her husband showed overhead slides and maps of the area they wish to purchase, and said the tree lines south of the property would act as a buffer between commercial and residential areas. Christine Smith said the house they wish to build is a single-family home on 8-1/2 acres of land with an 87-foot frontage.

The Smiths said they received full support from the residents on Brenelle Lane for the couple’s decision, and some residents at the meeting voiced their support.

However, some of the trustees did not feel the same way. Trustee Teri Berry said it was a unique situation since the property is attached to both a commercial district and a residential district and is concerned there could be conflicts between the two districts.

Trustee Richard Pace added residents should ask themselves if they should give up the right to develop Brenelle Lane because of that potential conflict.

The board decided they will study the issue further before making any decisions. 

Zoning Inspector Annie George said the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will discuss the issue at the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 1, and a decision will be made at the trustees’ meeting following the BZA meeting, scheduled for Oct. 14.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak announced the Service Department will work on eight cemetery foundations and the top foundations of older graves. He also said the department is continuing roadside mowing and also will work on placing culverts on Stony Hill Road and Melody Lane.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported the Granger Fire Department answered a total of 35 emergency calls in August.
    Paulett also reported the department is currently experiencing problems with its Internet service and requested an upgrade not to exceed $50 per month to increase the Internet speed. He also said the problems with the audio/video equipment in the training room have been unchanged and recommended the department advise Best Buy to remove the product from the room with a full refund.
    Paulett requested an information session for the Fire Department’s EMS replacement committee to discuss replacing its EMS unit. He said he will submit printed information so the issue can be addressed at the next meeting.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported one cemetery deed has been surrendered and one full burial and two foundations have been approved since the last meeting.
  • George reported a house on Granger Road where a large amount of trash had accumulated has been sold as is, and the new owners are cleaning it up.
    She also said Wendy Moeller, of Compass Point Planning in Blue Ash, gave a $1,520 proposal for the township’s planned development district work and said Moeller later agreed to $1,500.
    George also reported improvements will continue at Equipment Sales and Service, 1291 Medina Road, adding that her main concern is the amount of parked cars and trucks on the property.
  • Pace reported four Granger properties have been submitted for the Moving Ohio Forward residential demolition program.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker questioned whether the township is responsible for enforcing a section of the Ohio Revised Code regarding concussion awareness in youth sports. He said he will talk with the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office regarding training requirement changes for Granger park sporting events.
    Baker announced he received a message from Sunoco stating that a pipe placed in the township will be transporting ethane.
    Baker said all township employees must be notified about their insurance plans in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, which will take effect Jan. 1.

The next Granger trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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