Poland Village Council agreed to accept a little free assistance from a tree service at the March 5 meeting. The agreed to permit John Stride from Stride Tree Service to clear out dead street trees this spring. Councilman Bill Dunnavant presented the offer at the meeting.
"John Stride offered to cut down dead street trees at no charge," Dunnavant said. "And he will get us replacements at cost."
He said the tree service would handle the removal on a Sunday morning when traffic is at a minimum.
Council discussed the matter and decided to vote on the issue to make it official. The vote was unanimous for the tree removal. As to the replacement, council decided to see what the budget allowed and could replace the trees a few at a time annually.
Council also approved the use of the Village Green for a Friday Farmers Market. Marci Black from Town One Streetscapes made the request at the meeting. She said the Saturday event at the library was a big hit, but the two biggest problems were visibility and parking at the library. She asked that the market be allowed on the Village Green where visibility would be better and parking would be more abundant.
Councilman attorney Robert Limmer asked Black about the parking and what could be expected.
"It would be only the vendors parked there during the event. Customers of the market would only be short term as they came in, bought, then left," Black said.
Dunnavant said he thought it was a great idea as did the rest of council. They unanimously approved the Friday market for the Village Green from 3 to 8 p.m. starting June 14 and proceeding through Sept. 20 with the exception of Celebrate Poland weekend.
On another matter, Mayor Tim Sicafuse brought up a letter that Poland Village residents have been receiving from Ohio Edison. The letter said Poland Village residents were being dropped from the electric aggregation program. A letter from First Energy stated it was all a system error and that village residents would be returned to the program automatically. Sicafuse said residents would get a $10 voucher for their trouble.
In other business:
Resident Robin Uler voiced her opinion of support for the village's attempt to deal with the increased truck traffic on Ohio 170.
"It's really, really getting unbearable," she told council. "I have a heritage home [on Main Street] and I am concerned about the noise and pollution."
Dunnavant told Uler a committee is being assembled and will be moving forward on finding a solution to the problem.
Councilman Dave Raspanti asked Road Department head Russ Beatty if there was still a need for a snow blower, to which the answer was yes. Raspanti said he was working on the village budget for the year and would include it.