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Township gains an officer at trustees meeting

Flooding complaints continue

September 22, 2011
By Melissa Mary Smith
Poland Township clerk Joseph Granitto administered the oath to James Sullivan, who was sworn in as a new casual officer of the Township Police Department at the Board of Trustees meeting, Sept. 13. He had recently passed a series of background checks and completed his initial training.

The meeting was also marked by continued complaints from township residents of flooding issues. John Chiaro of Cliffview Drive explained that there have been flooding problems on his property for most of the eight years he has lived there. He said that the ditch running east between Cliffview and Camella Drive frequently floods during rainstorms.

Dennis Ciccone, a Camella Drive resident, echoed Chiaro’s concerns and spoke to the committee about the inadequacy of the current pipe. In reply, Gary Diorio of MS Consultants said that funding has been secured to install a larger-diameter drainage pipe. According to Diorio, talks continue on finding a contractor to carry out the work. Diorio also said that the new ditch with less-steep angles would will allow better water flow and greater capacity without overflowing.

Michael Heher, Poland Township Park Board chairman, said that two board members have resigned because of personal unavailability. He announced that the two positions are now open and requested that the board advertise for the openings. Heher said that the large tree overlooking Cowden Road has been removed, a second pavilion in the park was built near the playground, and the butterfly garden is now complete. Within the next two weeks, SVS Construction is scheduled to complete two additional baseball fields.

Township administrator Jim Scharville announced a Recycling Department meeting scheduled for Sept. 21 to address funding for the 2011-2012 year. He also noted that there has been a four percent increase in recycling collection since the last quarter, thanking residents for the achievement.

In other business:

* Payment was authorized for flu shots to the Mahoning County Board of Health for township employees. Flu shots will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at a cost of $15.

* Raymond Matuz of North Lima Road voiced concerns about a neighbor neglecting their property and pets, and threatening his safety. Board members said that they would investigate his concerns and talk to the Matuz’s neighbor about the issues.

* Announcement was made of Poland Seminary High School’s annual Band Tag Day, which takes place Sept. 24. Students will go door to door in the community collecting funds for band uniforms.

* Board members approved funding of the annual Poland Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Article Photos

Photo by Richard Sberna, Town Crier
Poland Township clerk Joseph Granitto swears in James Sullivan as a new member of the Poland Township Police Department, as Poland Township police Chief Brian Goodin and Trustee Annette DiVito look on.



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