Poland Township Trustees recognized Poland High School wrestlers at last week's meeting. Present were Dante Ginnetti, Abe Kassem, Michael Audi, Anthony Mancini and Tad Duran, who all qualified for districts. Ginnetti and Audi moved on qualifying for the state tournament.
Each wrestler was issued a proclamation by trustees for their achievement.
Also taking center stage was the swearing in of a new full-time police officer. Ptl. Steve Kent took the oath of office during the meeting. He started full time the following day. According to Township Administrator Jim Scharville, Kent was actually promoted from the part-time to full-time ranks.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Poland Township Trustees paid tribute to Poland’s 2013 wrestlers who qualified for districts and state recently. Recognized at the meeting were Dante Ginnetti, Abe Kassem, Michael Audi, Anthony Mancini and Tad Duran who were all district qualifiers. Ginnetti and Audi advanced to the state tournament. Pictured behind the wrestlers are Poland Trustees Robert Lidle, Eric Ungaro, and Mark Naples.
"It's been eight years since we have hired a full-time officer," said police Chief Brian Goodin.
The opening came after Sgt. Gary Abide officially retired after 26 years with the department. Thanks to an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police in Poland Township, trustees were able to fill the vacancy.
"On Feb. 13 we finalized an agreement with the FOP that allowed new full time hires to start at a lower rate of $16.02 per hour," Scharville said.
With the agreement, the police department will be able to stay within its budget while keeping the force at full strength.
"Without the agreement, we may not have been able to replace Sgt. Abide," he added.
With the addition of Kent, the department will stay at 11 full-time officers and 6 part-timers. Chief Goodin said the part-time force is a big help when filling a full-time position. He said the part-time officers are already serving and have a good knowledge of the township. They don't need a long break-in period and can immediately slide into the full-time role.
Goodin said out of the six part-timers, three applied for the opening. The trustees had to go through the process of selecting the best choice for full time.
"All of our part-time officers are of high quality," Goodin said. "It wasn't an easy choice."
He said the part-time officers have a tough schedule as they all have full-time jobs outside the department.
In other business:
Trustees approved a resolution in support of the Lowellville Mahoning River Dam removal. Since Poland Township lies within the river corridor, support was being sought by the state to remove the aged dam.
Trustees also approved a resolution to accept the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management Plan update.
Trustees accepted the resignation of Nick Heltzel from the road department.