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Village looks at adult care facilities

March 1, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Recent concerns over group homes, now referred to as adult care facilities, were brought to light at the Feb. 20 Poland Village meeting. Councilman Sam Moffe presented a lot of research he conducted on the issue.

"We may have two homes without proper licensing," he said.

Over the past few weeks, Moffe said he contacted a plethora of agencies that could possibly permit or license an adult care facility. Among those contacted were the Mahoning County Board of Health, the local fire inspector and the State Fire Marshall, and a variety of state agencies.

"According to everyone I contacted, none had any records or licenses on the two homes in question," he said.

The homes Moffe said are at the focus of his research are located at 239 Edna Street and at 234 Evergreen Drive.

"At the end of the day I would like to have the homes contacted," Moffe said.

Village Solicitor Joseph Macejko said he would draft a letter to request the licenses or permits the homes are operating under.

Moffe continued on a different matter by reporting on crosswalks. The Village will be putting in crosswalks and the signs have been ordered at no cost to the village.

"If they look appropriate and are a good fit, that is fine," he said. "We can look at this set of signs and if we like them good, if not, we can simply send them back."

He also reported the Public Library is looking at a state of the art crosswalk on Ohio 170 in front of the Poland Library.

"The library board was approached and they are interested," Moffe said. "The library is going to finance it and it will be state-of-the-art."

Councilwoman Leah Wilson said it should be included in the traffic study the Village is doing for the other crosswalks.

Wilson thanked Moffe for all the background work he accomplished on the various issues.

On a different matter, Forest Board member Elinor Zedaker reported the Forest website has been taken down to address some issues. She said it was "not to our satisfaction yet" and would go back up soon. She said the map was also being updated.

In closing remarks, Moffe said there was something written on social media regarding corruption on Village Council.

"If you really believe we are corrupt, file a police report or go to Paul Gaines or Mike DeWine," Moffe said. "You'll find nothing wrong. I can assure everyone there is no corruption here."



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