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Council awards resurfacing bid, gets tough on dead trees

August 21, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland Village Council awarded the 2013 street repaving program at the Aug. 6 meeting. Work could begin before the end of the month.

This year's program will include repaving on Johnston Place, Second Street, Nesbitt Drive between Ohio 170 and North Lima Road, and portions of Riverside Drive.

Councilman Joe Mazur attended the bid opening on July 31. He said there were three bids and the low bid come in at $92,988 from Butch and McCree Paving, which he added was $16,000 under the estimate for the project.

"Just to let you know the difference, 10 years ago we could pave a mile of road for $50,000," Mazur told council. "Today it costs $140,000 per mile."

Council voted 5-0 to award the bid to Butch and McCree and work is expected to begin as soon as possible so it can be completed quickly.

Turning from streets to street trees, council held a discussion on removing three dead trees within the village. One is a street tree at 4 Riverside Drive and the other two are on South Main Street. The trees were considered to be dead or damaged and pose a safety risk for motorists.

The discussion was over who would be responsible to have the trees removed. The one on Riverside Drive was said to be on village property, while the ones on South Main was between the sidewalk and street, but was considered the responsibility of the property owner. The problem with the tree was that one branch had already come down and struck a vehicle.

Councilman Robert Limmer said the village needed to send a letter to the property owner to ask the tree be removed. After a 10-day time period, the village could step in, remove it and assess the property.

"We have ordinances that say it is the responsibility of the property owner," said Mazur. "We shouldn't be paying to do it."

Zoning Inspector Dave Raspanti said he would get a letter off to the owner giving time to arrange the removal. Councilwoman Christine Yash said the trees are safety issues and safety should come first. She was in favor of the village having them taken down, then charging the resident.

Raspanti said he got prices for the tree removals. The one on Riverside would cost $1,085 and the ones on South Main came in at $535. Both jobs would also charge $170 each to remove the stumps and another $170 to haul the wood and debris away.

The issue came to a vote that included sending the letter to the owner. It passed 4-1.

Village resident Marion Gillette spoke during public presentation on another tree she felt was causing a problem. She said the branches of a tree on Ohio 170 were keeping motorists from seeing the traffic light at Riverside Drive.

"It's a safety hazard," she said.

In other business:

Council got an update on the demolition of a historic home at 323 S. Main St. The property owner had sought a permit to tear the home down as it was in poor condition.

Raspanti said the architectural design committee held a meeting regarding the waiving of a 90-day cooling-off period for historic structures. He said it gives the owner time to consider options to save the structure. The committee felt in this case, the waiving of the 90 days would be acceptable and thus granted it. Raspanti said the owner wants to build a new home that would fit the historic look of the area.

Mazur said he was concerned about a flooding issue in Poland Woods that would come from the construction at Interstate 680 and U.S. 224. He asked that an ODOT official be invited to the next meeting to discuss what is being done to keep the flooding under control during the project.



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