A neighborhood safety meeting has been set for June 26 at the Poland Presbyterian Church. The intent is to help neighborhoods establish a safety association as a pro-active measure.
"When I was campaigning for township trustee, one of the issues was creating neighborhood associations," said Poland Township Trustee Eric Ungaro. "This is a first step in keeping that promise."
Ungaro said this first meeting will target the neighborhood between Venloe Drive and Manor Avenue, and between Youngstown-Poland Road (Ohio 170) and Poland-Struthers Road (Ohio 616).
Ungaro said that neighborhood is a nice area and the intent is to keep it that way. He said he is hesitant about calling the program a block watch as many would hear it and say there must be a problem in that area. He instead refers to it as a neighborhood safety meeting that will help unite neighbors in the common cause of protecting a good community.
"I am bringing people together to set up associations, but it will be up to them to run with it," he said.
Ungaro has invited the police chief and zoning department to be in attendance. He said zoning issues are important and he hopes to enlighten neighbors on the issues like high grass and what steps the township has to go through to take care of it.
"We just can't run out, cut the grass and charge the property owner," he said. "There are legal steps that have to be taken."
While the meeting will target one specific area, Ungaro said any Poland Township resident interested in forming an association in their own neighborhood is welcome to attend.
"As Americans, we always wait until something bad happens before we do something," he said. "Let's get ahead of the game."