The conversation over what to do with the ash trees in Poland Woods was again highlighted at last week's Village Council meeting. At this point it appears only a small number of trees have a chance of being saved.
The trees have fell prey to the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that goes after only the ash. It bores into the tree and within a few years, kills it. Presently, the woods have a lot of ash that have fallen to the non-native insects and they are making the woods look bad as well as creating dangerous areas with fallen limbs.
"We have a lot of ash trees," said Mayor Tim Sicafuse. "We need a plan. Most will probably have to go and we are looking at removing them."
He said it is all still just discussion at this point as a solution is sought. One idea, although not verified, is talk of an Amish fellow who would use a horse and wagon to remove the dead trees. Sicafuse said it is only talk, but if there is such a person who could do that, it would be the preferred method.
"A horse and wagon wouldn't have the impact that heavy equipment would," Sicafuse said.
While the Emerald Ash Borer may be the scourge of the Western Reserve, the Western Reserve Scourge is something Poland Village welcomes. Sicafuse said the Scourge is a semi-pro football team that is going to play at Baird-Mitchell Field. He said he met some of the players and they are big boys. The team roster also has a hometown hero on it.
"Jim Craven plays on the team and is a Poland Village police officer," Sicafuse said.
In other business:
Council passed ordinances to implement penalties for exceeding time limits on building permits and revising the definition of a townhouse. Both ordinances are updates to the village's zoning code.
Frank Krygowski addressed council regarding a photography contest sponsored by the Friends of Poland Woods and Wittenauer's Cafe. The contest will have three age groups and there will be prizes for the top entries. Information on the contest is available at Wittenauer's.
Council held the second reading of the leash law for the entire Poland Municipal Forest (aka Poland Woods). The third and final reading will be held at the next meeting.
Council approved a $3,500 contract with MS Consultants to serve as the village engineer.