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Village preparing for the Lighting of the Village Green

November 28, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Nov. 20 Poland Village Council meeting, Council woman Leah Wilson read the list of performers who will be at this year's Lighting of the Village Green on Dec. 1 (Saturday) beginning at 4:30 p.m.

She said performing this year will be the PSHS Acapella Choir, PSHS Brass Ensemble, Ava Wilson, Lena Dill, the Holy Family Youth Choir, and possibly a performance with ukuleles from "Music Lessons For Us All."

She also asked Eleanor Zedaker to be the official switch flipper to turn on the Village's Christmas display.

"The one thing we still need is firewood," Wilson said.

While on the subject of wood, Mayor Tim Sicafuse mentioned he is taking a chainsaw class in the Tri-county area that teaches how to make a cut and fell a tree. The class is $95 and the Mayor figured if more people knew what they were doing in the woods, more work can get done to clear the dead trees.

On a different note, Don Manning, R-59th District, addressed council and said he would like a list of things that he could work on at the state level when he takes up his position next year in Columbus.

On a final note, the bids were opened on several vehicles the Village is looking to sell. Two former police cruisers were offered and bids came in at $889 to $1,100 for a 2010 Dodge Charger, and $2,010 to $7,500 for a 2012 Jeep Liberty.

Two motorcycles and a Buick Rendezvous had been confiscated and were being offered as well. Bids on the Kawasaki ranged from $101 to $108, and for a Harley Davidson with police package $2,500 to $3,000.

Police Chief Russ Beatty said, "$3,000 for the Harley Davidson, I could trade it in tomorrow for $10,000."

Council checked with the bid process and found they do have the right to reject any or all bids. Fiscal Officer Nick Srnec said he would put together all the bids and will present it at the next meeting to let Council decide what to do.

Council did approve the purchase of a 2012 Ford F-150 for the Road Department to replace a 1976 Ford F-350 and a 1995 Ford Ranger, at a cost not to exceed $10,000.

In other business:

Council approved an ordinance authorizing the transfer of $105,373.28 from the street levy fund to the 2018 OPWC capital project and declaring an emergency.

A motion was approved to authorize the village to accept the proposal of Medical Mutual for employee hospitalization for 2019.

Council table Aqua Ohio's rate change in the Village's final three years of the five year contract. The rate change would lower the increase from 4.5 percent to only 3.75 percent.

Council was also presented with a rough draft of an ordinance regulating group home facilities in the Village. The proposed ordinance was tabled from a first reading until council was able to look it over.



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