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Council says no new taxes this year

June 28, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

After a brief discussion on June 19, Poland Village Council decided to drop a resolution to place a 2-mill additional levy before voters in November. Council members in attendance said the timing was wrong.

Much of the discussion over whether or not to place the new levy on this November's ballot centered around the other items before voters. With a school levy and the village renewal levy, it was decided that a new village levy was just too much at once. That idea, coupled with a recent unexpected income will keep the village financially sound for the short term.

"We got some unexpected inheritance tax that bailed us out for this year," said Clerk-Treasurer Linda Srnec.

She told council to consider looking at May 2013 as a possible time for the new levy, stating it would be alone on the ballot. Council members in attendance unanimously agreed the school levy issue was an important one that voters need to focus on.

A second reading was then held for both the 2-mill renewal levy and the new 2-mill additional levy. The renewal was approved 4-0 and will go on to a third reading and final vote at a future meeting. The 2-mill additional levy was unanimously voted down and is now off the table.

Council moved on to approve two new reserve police officers who were sworn in by Sicafuse. Joining the reserve force were Emma Brenoel and Clyde Beaver. Brenoel is a 2008 Poland graduate who attended Ursuline College, Youngstown State University, and finished her police academy training at Kent State. Beaver is a 2007 Springfield Local graduate who completed his academy training at YSU.

Police Chief Russ Beatty said both new reserve officers will work with village officers until they are deemed ready to join the part-time ranks.

In other business, Village Council discussed the fact that zoning inspector Richard Ames had surgery and that he needed an assistant to keep the zoning office going. It was recommended that Beatty, who also serves as road department head, could fill in for Ames. There was a question as to whether he could step into the spot and village solicitor attorney Anthony D'Apolito said he would check into the legalities of such a move. The issue was tabled for a future meeting.

An issue of signs came up regarding one in the city that opposes fracking. Since it is not a business sign, D'Apolito said he is not sure if it can be regulated as such.

"At this time we should not take any action on it," he told council. "It could be considered free speech."

In public comments, resident Valerie Dearing brought up a recent fish kill in Poland Woods.

"I was told it could be grease build up from restaurants in Boardman," she said.

The apparent grease had been released when a sanitary sewer had ruptured and leeched into the creek. Roughly 100 feet of sewer line was replaced, but what leaked into the forest stream caused a lot of fish to die.

"We need to do some tracking to see where the sewage comes from and where it goes," said Council President Joe Mazur.

Sicafuse said he would send a letter to Boardman Township about the matter and to ensure restaurants are properly cleaning their grease traps.

Council mentioned the Celebrate Poland two-day event will be this coming weekend and the Poland Relay for Life is scheduled for July 6 and 7 at Poland High School.



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