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Village Council honors outstanding citizens

April 12, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland Village Council honored three village residents, living and deceased, at the council meeting last Tuesday. Two were former village servants and one is a Boy Scout.

The first to be honored was the late John Rice, who passed away earlier this year. Accepting the resolution was his wife Doris who was given a laminated copy of the resolution and a potted lily.

Rice had served the village as a member of the Hine Fund from 1991 to 1999. From 1995 to 1999, he also served as the Village Green foreman and street tree commissioner.

Another former village employee who recently passed away and was honored by resolution was Raymond Soloman. He had served the village as a police officer from 1978 to 1988.

The third resolution honored Matthew Orton Cowles, a Boy Scout with Troop 9002 from the Poland United Methodist Church. Cowles had just earned his Eagle Scout award. His Eagle project was the design and construction of raised garden beds for the residents of Shepherd of the Valley Retirement Community in Poland.

On a different tone, Village resident Ralph Mentzer from Audubon Lane addressed council concerning the Feb. 28 Poland Forest Board meeting. In that meeting, he said the board had discussed contacting the health department over sewage spillage into Drake Run. The Forest Board had recorded in their minutes (a copy of which Mentzer presented council) that the cause was from sanitary spill over from septic systems on Audubon Lane.

"The homes on Audubon had been dye-tested," Mentzer said. "It was found that there has never been dye reaching the area discussed by the Forest Board."

He said the problem is that the existing storm sewer system needs to be enlarged, claiming storm water flowing into the sanitary system was the problem.

"I am contesting and challenging the statement made by Mr. (Bob) Zedaker," Mentzer said.

Zedaker is the chairman of the Forest Board.

Mentzer mentioned getting the Board of Health involved, and he said that power should lie only with Village Council. The actual meeting minutes did say the Forest Board discussed contacting the Board of Health.

Councilman Joe Mazur, who also sits on the Forest Board, invited Mentzer to attend the next Forest Board meeting to discuss the issue.

In other business:

Council approved extending the 2011 remaining vacation time for police Chief Russ Beatty and patrolman Mike Koeing. Both were unable to take the allotted time do to a work overload late in the year.

Mayor Tim Sicafuse mentioned the annual mustard pull at Poland Forrest would take place on April 28 and a woods clean-up was scheduled for April 21. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to noon.



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