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Granger property owner addresses BZA ruling

2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

A Granger property owner discussed a conflict he has with the township’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) at the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 13.

Randall Beals explained he owns a 5-acre parcel of land on Remsen Road. He said he was told his property does not conform to zoning regulations and requested a variance from the BZA, which members denied.

He said he believes there was a misunderstanding on the part of township officials, as he alleged they expressed concern over multiple houses being present on the 5-acre parcel, which he said was never the intent.

 Zoning Inspector Bill Meyerhoff told Beals he contacted the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office and found out the prosecutors are not under any legal obligation to hear the reconsideration because the ruling by the BZA is final.

Trustee Teri Berry suggested Beals and his attorney sit down with township officials and county prosecutors to straighten out any misunderstandings.

In other business:

  • Chris Szelag, of the Medina County Auditor’s Office, reminded the public that current agricultural use valuation renewals will be available until March 6.
  • Service Director Mark Novak said he is in the process of fixing potholes on township roads caused by winter weather.
  • Meyerhoff reported he was contacted by an architect who wants to make some changes to the Sheetz gas station at the corner of Ridge and Medina roads, including adding an outdoor dining area and removing one of the canopies on Ridge Road.
  • Fire Chief Jim Paulett reported after researching the matter, he has determined hepatitis vaccinations are the responsibility of the Granger Fire Department’s emergency responders. He explained people who were born in 1982 or later generally received the vaccine as infants and all personnel in EMT training are required to have the vaccination. Paulett added when there is a suspected exposure, fire department personnel will be tested and likely given a booster.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she handled two full burials and one cremation burial and sold two gravesites in January.
  • Fiscal Officer Donald Baker said he received a request from the Ohio State Highway Patrol to use Granger Township Park on Ridge Road for K-9 training for a 1-week period starting March 20.
  • Trustee Richard Pace announced the board is seeking volunteers or suggestions for guest speakers for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony May 29. He said anyone who has any suggestions or would like to volunteer to speak at the ceremony is encouraged to call the administration building at 330-239-3611.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ the launch of a CPR and automated external defibrillator training program for township residents for a start-up cost of $300; and

√ the township’s permanent appropriations for 2017, which totals $1.98 million.

The next Granger trustees meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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