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Village Council discusses Lighting of the Village Green

October 24, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Addressing Poland Village Council last week was Poland Junior Women's Club (PJWC) member Laurie LaPlante. Her main concern was over the Christmas lights, which have been replaced with newer LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

"We bought the LED lights last year, but they didn't go up," she said.

The Lighting of the Village event has been set for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. While it is a ways off, everyone at the meeting felt now was a good time to start working on the lights.

"I want to get the lights up and make sure they work," said Police Chief Russ Beatty.

The issue for his road crew is the fact they are starting leaf pick up and won't have a lot of time to run and test the new lights as the event draws closer.

LaPlante said another issue that has been solved was finding a replacement for the carriage rides. The previous fellow has retired from that service, but a new one has been located.

On the issue of the carriage rides, there was a concern about safety. In the past the rides would make a circle and be on Ohio 170 for a short time.

"I am requesting we do the carriage rides off Ohio 170, perhaps by using the school's new bus turnaround," Beatty said.

Everyone seemed to like the idea, but it was noted there will still be a lot of people crossing 170 at the library. Beatty said last year he didn't have enough officers on staff to provide security, but this year he would.

LaPlante said the event is coming together. She said it will include ice carving, crafts, singing, and of course, Santa.

Besides the December event, the PJWC is also putting on a Halloween Carnival at Poland Middle School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

On a different issue, Victoria Auth from Music Lessons For Us All, 1 North Main St. in the Village brought a concern over safety at her business.

"We are having a large security issue with drug addicts walking in off the street," she said. "We also have cars speeding through the parking lot."

Beatty said the next time a suspicious person shows up, call the police. He said they will check the person out and issue a trespass warning. If they show up again, they could be arrested.

Auth said she has been in Poland for 22 years of which 14 are at the present location. She has a staff of 30 teachers and upwards of 200 students and she wants to ensure their safety.

In other business:

Council approved moving the Nov. 7 (Wednesday) meeting back to Nov. 6.

A discussion was held on what to do with funds from BFI and the idea was to use it in Poland Woods.

Council approved increasing the clerk's cash-on-hand to $100 to better handle those paying fines.



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