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Trustees hear about Health Dept. cutbacks

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

Poland Township trustees listened to guest speaker Pat Sweeney from the Mahoning County Board of Health at the Wednesday, Nov. 13 meeting. She informed the trustees to expect diminished services in the coming year.

She said because of the closing of one landfill, her department is going to take a 40 percent reduction in funding. She said the closing will mean a loss of $600,000 to the county.

"Services will have to be diminished," she said. "We had to reduce some staff hours and some programs."

Among the programs that will be scaled back is water well testing. She said it used to be provided to the township two times a year. With the reductions, the testing could only be done once a year now. She said it takes $137,000 to test 249 homes in the county and of that number 90 are around Poland Township.

On landfill inspections, closed landfills will be scaled back to one inspection per month and open landfills will be checked weekly.

The other issue that will be affected by the cutback involves nuisance response time.

"It will take us longer to respond to county-wide nuisance complaints," Sweeney said.

She said her agenda was to visit each township and inform them of what was going on and why.

Trustee Bob Lidle said, "Poland and Springfield townships are where the landfills are located. We generate the money in our back yard for the whole county. I don't feel it's fair to residents of our township to have services diminished. It's just wrong that our community has to suffer."

Trustee Eric Ungaro agreed and said he was not happy with it either.

On a different issue, Mike Iberis, representing the Harvest Run Condo Association, brought up a citation that was issued for a $20,000 repair to a problem ditch. He told trustees the repair was needed as there were snakes and other animals in the ditch and a child was almost lost in it.

Iberis said the association got a permit from the state, but was unaware it needed a county permit as well.

"No one said we needed a county permit and now we are being cited," Iberis said.

Inspector Robert Monus told Iberis that the issue needs to be brought up to the county. He said the township has no authority over the citation.

In other business:

Trustees authorized seeking applications for residents wishing to serve on the zoning commission and the zoning board of appeals.

Trustees accepted the agreement for the school resource officer.

Mike Heher from the Park Committee said there have been problems with the portable johns at the park being knocked over and thrown over a fence. The committee is looking at a fix for the problem. He also mentioned that Aqua Ohio concerning bringing water lines into the park. He said Aqua Ohio already did the engineering at no cost to the township and will handle the sewer and water lines for the park at no charge.



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