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Zedaker honored at Village meeting

January 29, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Jan. 21 meeting of Poland Village Council, a special resolution was read into the record, honoring long-running Board of Education member Elinor Zedaker. Council President Mike Thompson read the resolution into the meetings, which included some impressive numbers.

"Mrs. Zedaker was first elected on Nov. 5, 1991 and she took office in January of 1992," Thompson said. "She was re-elected by the people of Poland on seven subsequent occasions, holding office until her departure from the board on Dec. 31, 2019."

Thompson said she leaves the office as the longest serving school board member in the history of Poland Local School District. She was also a board member who received the most votes of any elected board member.

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Mayor Tim Sicafuse and Council President Mike Thompson congratulate Elinor Zedaker, who received a special resolution at the Jan. 21 Village Council meeting for serving nearly three decades on the Poland Board of Education.

"Mrs. Zedaker attended or presided over approximately 600 board meetings during her tenure," Thompson said. "She guided the Poland Local School District through times of bounty and times of challenge with a wisdom and even-handedness that leaves the district as one of the top performing ones in Ohio."

"I just don't know what to say," said a humble Zedaker, who was surprised at the resolution.

On a different matter, council heard a presentation from Dan Klecha from the GPD Group and Ryan Smalley from Envision. The two men form a partnership that assists municipalities with developing and implementing a strategic plan for the future.

During the month of January, a strategic planning committee will be meeting to look at developing a plan. The Envision/GPD Group presentation was geared to working to develop the plan.

One of the benefits of a partnership like the one presented was the fact the GPD Group has engineers who work with the planners on infrastructure and projects. Klecha said his company has engineers and architects on staff who can cover a lot of detailed work.

Smalley gave a quick 15-minute presentation on how the partnership could come up with a strategic plan. He said Phase I would be identifying planning issues and focus areas. Phase II involved an assessment, Phase III would be recommendations, and Phase IV would be implementing the plan.

"We would be gathering the stakeholders together for input," Smalley said. "We have tents and can set up where the people are and get as much input as possible."

He closed by saying his company would stick with the Village with tools and help finding funding sources.

Councilwoman Martha Morgan asked what kind of money the Village would be looking at. Smalley said because the Village is small, the fee would be low, around $60,000. He said the entire program would take about nine months to a year to complete.

No decision was made at the meeting, but the proposal would be brought up at the committee meeting later in January.

In other business:

An ordinance was unanimously approved authorizing the mayor, solicitor, and fiscal officer to execute contracts as required, to carry out the rehabilitation of the Mauthe Bridge in the Poland Municipal Forest and directing that funds be allocated to cover the entire cost or the project and declaring an emergency.

In a 5-1 vote (Sam Moffie voting no) a motion was approved to pay the township for the portion of paving for Diana Drive.

Morgan informed council she will be attending the ABC Storm Water District meeting to bring up the flooding problems with the creek in Poland Forest.

A discussion was held about possible use of Poland North School as a senior center.

Approval was given to repair the Village's F650 dump truck at a cost not to exceed $3,000.



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