GRANGER — Nichole Grambo, director of recreational softball for the Recreation Association of Highland (RAH), asked trustees Jan. 25 if the township could contribute to repairs and renovations at the baseball field in Granger Township Park.
“There are about 700 kids in the Recreation Association of Highland, including about 200 from Granger,” said Grambo.
In addition to the Granger Park field, Grambo said the association currently uses baseball, softball and T-ball fields in Hinckley and Sharon townships, along with the Highland High School varsity baseball field and several other leased fields.
She said immediate repairs at Granger field include removing a piece of exposed rebar behind the backstop and repairing a hole in the fence along the third base line.
Grambo added that laser grinding and field revitalization is also recommended every three to five years for both surface playability and safety, and it is not known when the Granger Park field last received this upgrade. Grambo said such field upgrades are estimated to cost between $10,000 and $15,000, noting that Sharon recently spent $14,777 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to upgrade its field.
“They said even though they don’t use it a lot, they would like to make [the field] playable,” she said. “They also said RAH could cease to exist tomorrow, but they saw it as a capital improvement for [the] community.”
Granger Trustee John Ginley said the backstop and fence repairs at the Granger Park field could likely be made by the township “rather quickly” and Trustee Richard Pace said RAH must bear some responsibility for ensuring people are not “putting holes in that fence — that is ridiculous to me.” He also suggested Grambo gather estimates for the suggested repairs. Trustees took no further action at the meeting.
Also at the meeting, trustees heard 2022 year-end reports from department heads:
• Fire Chief Steven Kamp reported 580 total fire and EMS calls and mutual aid given 85 times and received 61 times;
• Zoning Inspector Randal Davis said $30,000 in zoning permit fees were collected, $4,000 less than last year;
• Cemetery Sexton Roberta Gifford said there is a continuing increase in cremations over full burials; and
• Service Director Mark Novak reported roughly 100 tons of salt has been used in the last few snow events and 200 tons is still available.
In other business, trustees approved:
√ amending the 2023 appropriations budget to accept $48,140 in anticipated real estate taxes;
√ the $28,000 purchase of six full sets of turnout gear, 10 replacement helmets and 10 pairs of boots in the fire department; and
√ hiring two firemedics at a rate of $22 per hour each and accepting the resignation of Fire …….