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Finances cause for concern at council meeting

October 27, 2011
By Richard Sberna
Poland Village Council officially hired a new road department worker during a brief meeting Tuesday evening. The motion retroactively granted full-time employment to Joshua White, who has been on the job in the village since Oct. 5. Street Commissioner Russell Beatty said that the hiring was timely with current leaf collection and upcoming snow removal duties looming, and he complimented White as “a good worker.”

Linda Srnec, clerk-treasurer of council, spoke about billing anomalies involving the electric bill for Village Hall from Ohio Edison. She said her office had bills for dating back to July “with numbers that don’t match what I’ve already paid.” She assured council that the village’s account is current, but requested a motion to pay these bills, fearing that a delay in paying them while investigation the problem would incur fees and accumulating interest. A motion to pay the bill passed unanimously.

Srnec also said that, with the recent purchase of new tires and other maintenance for vehicles, the police fund was running very low.

“We are definitely running out of money and police supplies,” she said, warning council that funds would likely be exhausted before year’s end.

Councilman Dave Raspanti, village finance committee, agreed that funds were indeed running low and suggested that a meeting be held soon to review the budget and appropriate funds as necessary.

In other business:

* Council member Christine Yash wished to remind the public of the Poland Fireman’s Association annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at the village Fire Station #91 on South Main Street.

* Having confirmed the language of the Poland Village Stormwater Utility issue with the Mahoning County Board of Elections last week, the council is making available yard signs and brochures urging residents to vote yes on the ordinance in next month’s election. They also reminded residents that they are invited to a public hearing on the stormwater utility at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the village hall.


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