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Granger trustees to set up guidelines for CRA businesses

3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corp., presented a proposal regarding Granger Township’s new Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting March 24.

She reported receiving inquiries about the CRA and said she thought it would be helpful to set up guidelines approved by the trustees to send out with applications.

A discussion with the trustees followed to set up guidelines concerning real property investment, payroll and a number of new jobs. The trustees said these guidelines will be reviewed and be ready for the next board meeting.

Dentler said she received one application for the CRA from S&V Properties of Fairlawn, which purchased a parcel at 5054 Paramount Blvd. She said it would be a $1.1 million office project with a 10,218-square-foot building and the possibility for expansion. Dentler said the developer has created an online education program to be offered, and the developer would like to break ground by the end of April.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Annie George said she received an invitation to a pipeline safety meeting April 3 at Michaud’s Town ‘N’ Country, 16808 Pearl Road in Strongsville. She said trustees interested in the matter should attend.
  • Trustee John Ginley said he was told by the football and soccer coaches at the Granger Township Park they have no problem with food vendors operating at the park as long as the net proceeds go back to the township or athletic groups.
    Ginley also suggested the trustees take upcoming National Incident Management System (NIMS) classes. He said NIMS is a system that would help the township get more grants through Medina County.
  • Dan Saul, of the Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association, asked the board for an opportunity for the association to launch one of its hot air balloons from the soccer field at Granger Township Park.
    Ginley said he does not have a problem with it as long as it does not conflict with other events on the park’s schedule.
  • A resident asked if the trustees or other officials can do anything to control the coyote population in the township.
    Trustee Richard Pace said not much can be done, but property owners have the right to shoot a coyote if it comes onto their property.
  • Service Director Mark Novak reported he plans to continue road patching in the township when the weather breaks.
    Novak also reported he currently has 400 tons of salt in the shed and the Service Department has ordered a total of 1,550 tons this winter.
    Novak said he has installed reflectors at the corner of Bambeck and Medina roads in response to requests from residents to do so.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett thanked the trustees for their support during the Granger Fire Department’s recent firefighting classes held at the Granger Township Administration Building.
    Paulett reported he received a request for a youth group to hold a car wash at the fire station. The trustees suggested the car wash be held at the Administration Building to keep the Fire Department open in case of an emergency.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker announced the Fire Department and the Administration Building will be open for voting during the May 6 Primary Election. He said voting for Precincts A and B will take place in the Fire Department and voting for Precincts C and D will take place in the Administration Building.
    Baker also announced he had completed his certified public records training March 4.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ a proposal for Wendy Moeller, of Compass Point Planning, to be an on-call resource to provide planning advice for $50 per hour and for $95 per hour to attend meetings;

√ a resolution authorizing participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) cooperative purchasing program;

√ the purchase of vacuum mattresses for the Fire Department’s squads for $1,440;

√ applications for firefighters James Monter and Shane Berger, pending necessary paperwork and physical evaluations; and

√ to spend an additional $6,500 on the Granger Fire Department’s joint purchase of an off-road vehicle with trailer with the Sharon Fire Department.

The next meeting is set for April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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