A lot of applause took place at the Poland Township meeting March 18. Poland High School wrestlers and the township fiscal officer were recognized for the great jobs they have done.
First up were PSHS wrestlers Dante Ginnetti, Bruno Spotleson, Mike Audi, Darren Goodin, Anthony Audi, Dave Esarco and Liborio Rocotilli. Each one received a congratulatory certificate from trustees honoring them for a successful season and for being named to the EOWL (Eastern Ohio Wrestling League) state honors teams.
Following the wrestlers, trustees honored the Township Fiscal Officer Joe Granitto, who announced he will be stepping down at the end of the month. Granitto has served the township as fiscal officer for the past 11 years. He will be replaced by Paul J. Cantor, who will be sworn in on March 24. Cantor will fill the two years left of Granitto's unexpired term. He was sworn in at the February meeting after trustees reviewed eight applicants who sent in resumes for the appointment.
Photos special to the Town Crier
Poland Township trustees honored the Poland High School wrestlers for honors they received by being named EOWL selections for 2014. Pictured are, in front, Liborio Ricotilli and Dave Esarco who were each given EOWL honorable mentions, Anthony Audi named to second team, Dante Ginnetti named to first team, and Darren Goodin named to second team. In back row are trustees Joanne Wollet and Bob Lidle, wrestlers Bruno Spotleson and Mike Audi who were each named to the EOWL first team, and trustee Eric Ungaro.
In the business portion of the meeting, Township Administrator Jim Scharville gave a report on the road salt situation in the township.
''We have 800 tons on hand right now,'' he said. ''We are in good shape.''
On the agenda was a resolution to enter an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for their state salt purchasing program. By contracting into the program, the township agrees to purchase a specific amount of salt during the winter season. That amount would be locked in at a pre-bid price that is normally much lower than an entity could get during the winter season. Scharville said it takes a little calculating to figure out what is needed, but Poland Township has always been on top of it.
''We take our salt use over the past five years and get an average,'' he said. ''We don't want to go under that and end up short, nor over the amount and ending up with a lot more than we need.''
He said the township tries to maintain a good supply by using two storage locations. The township's own salt bin holds 600 tons. A second bin at Castlo Industrial Park in Struthers can hold up to 1,000 tons. Between the two locations, Poland Township is able to keep a good supply on hand.
''I recall one year when salt prices sky-rocketed,'' Scharville said. ''We were full [in both locations] and didn't have to buy any [at the high prices].''
In other business trustees:
* Approved the purchase of four bullet proof vests from Red Diamonds at a cost not to exceed $2,400 and ammunition for firearms training from Witmer's not to exceed $2,400. Scharville said the vests will be reimbursed 50 percent from the Department of Justice;
* Appointed Josh Kozic and John Bonish to the rank of auxiliary officers in the Township Police Department. Scharville said after they put in their probationary time, they will be moved up to a part time position.
* Heard from Scharville who reported all Christmas decorations at township cemeteries should be removed by March 23. After that date, township crews will remove and discard any that are left.