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Trustees agree to radio maintenance plan

December 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Township Trustees agreed to a maintenance plan for the Township Police Department's 19 digital radios. The maintenance plan is shared by all departments on the new county-wide system.

The maintenance fee is $4,184 annually. Police Chief Brian Goodin said the fee is just for the maintenance of the digital system and everyone on it helps foot the bill.

He said when the county 9-1-1 went digital, towers were placed in Austintown and Boardman. Poland Township was moved to the Boardman tower and now has 19 radios in the department that function off of that tower. The digital system enables the Poland Townsip Police to quickly communicate with neighboring departments as well as working together and sharing information.

He said the fee is a small amount, but all entities on the system pay their share of the maintenance fee.

On a different matter, a discussion was held about recycling in the township. Trustee Joanne Wollet said recycling demand is down because of contamination. She said every time a person puts an unwashed glass jar or garbage into the bin, it makes the entire load contaminated. She said China was one of the U.S.'s greatest customers, but China is not accepting as much recyclable material because of contamination.

One area of contamination concern is the township's recycling bins. According to Township Administrator Jim Scharville, garbage bags are ending up in the containers.

"I went through the bags and they appear to be Pennsylvania people duping their trash here," he said. "When trash is thrown in, the bins become full, then our people end up cleaning the overflow up."

He recommended adding a camera to catch the person doing it so action could be taken.

In other business:

Trustees agreed to show support for keeping the local General Motors plant operating.

Christmas tree recycling was set for Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 by either drop off or curbside pick up.

A cooperative agreement was approved with Poland Schools to purchase salt through the township.



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