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Village Council discussed roads and hears from Celebrate Poland

February 26, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

With no ordinances or new business on the agenda, Poland Village Council held a discussion on road resurfacing at the Feb. 18 meeting. The discussion began when Council President Mark Thompson asked about obtaining more information on the process.

"I would like to have the engineer [attend a meeting] and talk about how roads get on the paving schedule," Thompson said. "Are we still picking streets from a list assembled eight years ago?"

He said Lee Drive is just as bad as Ohio Avenue, yet Ohio is on the list and Lee is not. Councilwoman Martha Morgan said she believes the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) requires rankings for the roads, but she too would prefer to have the engineer explain it.

"I'll invite Gary DiOrio from ms Consultants to our next meeting," she said.

During public input, Elinor Zedaker spoke on another road that is in poor shape.

"I would like to request that Poland Manor be put on the list to be paved," she said. "The street department has done a wonderful job of patching, but that road is like a sore that won't heel."

Thompson noted that paving the entire stretch of Poland Manor would take more than the entire budget for road repaving for the year.

On a different issue, Councilman Anthony Lattanzio mentioned brick crosswalk patterns, which are concrete walkways that are stamped to resemble brick.

"Cars are less likely to pull up on them," he said. "I would like to try one or two to see how they would do."

During the caucus session of council, Cindy Best was called on to give a brief update on Celebrate Poland. She reported it would be on June 26-27 this year and not a lot will be different as of right now.

"We are celebrating our 15th year and would probably like to do something special," she said.

Thompson added that the Poland Parade of Historic Homes would take place this year and he is hoping a historic home owner near the Village Green would open their home during Celebrate Poland.

In other business:

Zoning Administrator Tim Clavin wanted to remind residents that trailers over 19 feet long and commercial trailers cannot be stored on residential property. Trailers that are under 19 feet and are not commercial are not allowed to be stored in the front lawn of a residence.

At the request of Council President, Street Commissioner Russ Beatty reported the Village has at least half of its road salt left due to the warmer winter.



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