Poland Village Council named Bob Zedaker as an honorary member of the Western Reserve Joint Fire District fire board at the Jan. 7 meeting.
Zedaker was in line to be appointed to the fire board, but unexpectedly passed away Jan. 5. Council felt he should be afforded an honorary board title as a way to show respect for all he has done.
"He did a lot for the Village and we will miss him," said Councilman Bill Dunnavant.
Council also discussed doing something in Poland Forest to honor Zedaker for all the work he had done as part of the Forest Board. One idea was to place a bench in the forest in his honor.
On another matter, Councilwoman Linda Srnec asked that departments should put together their budget requests for 2014 as soon as possible. Councilwoman Christine Yash, who serves on the Police Department board, said Police Chief Russ Beatty would like to have more man-hours so he can move to having more than one officer on duty during certain shifts. Dunnavant asked that Beatty give a presentation at the next board meeting.
In other business:
* Council was informed the Village's hospitalization policy was going to increase $7,918 for 2014.
* A discussion was held into obtaining an Ohio Historical marker for the Village Green and Poland Presbyterian Church.
* Dunnavant reported the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request for a zone change from R-1 to R-2 for the property at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Riverside Drive. He said only one person spoke in favor of the change and everyone else was opposed. The Commission voted to deny the change.
* Councilman Joe Mazur was appointed to serve as Council President for 2014.