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Village Council hears from SASS and BASS

March 27, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Members of Sisters Against Subterranean Sludge and Brothers Against Subterranean Sludge addressed Village Council March 18 regarding the seismic activity that recently took place in Poland .

Mary Gillette, a member of SASS, said she agrees with engineers and scientists who have reviewed the data and felt there may be a link with the recent fracking wells.

''Given that the well site is at or near the epicenter of all the recent seismic activity, this seems more than just coincidence,'' Gillette said.

She said the Poland Village Council's decision to not permit fracking in Poland Woods was a wise and proper decision and that the township's decision to allow it may have long-range effects on the entire community.

''SASS and BASS is considering future educational forums like the one we presented at Holy Family in March of 2012,'' Gillette said. ''In the meantime, we hope that our elected leaders will take advantage of the many education forums and resources available to them, and become more aware of the potential downsides to this technology.''

Resident Ron Barron addressed council of the efforts of SASS. He said the women of the 1950s were concerned with their teas, flowers and social activities, but SASS and BASS are educating themselves and are taking a stand.

''I hope Village Council takes them seriously,'' Barron said.

In other business council:

* Approved an ordinance to set various salaries including the Village solicitor's salary at $10,500 a year, the street commissioner at $150 per month and the Hine Fund foreman at $150 per month. The Hine Fund Board agreed to the salary and the Village appointed Russell Beatty to serve as foreman. He had been doing the job for no pay prior to last week's meeting;

* Heard from councilwoman Linda Srnec who reported she was working on a policy for retention of public records;

* Discussed increasing moving violations by $5, and adding a $12 per day impound fee. No action was taken and the subject was tabled to a future meeting;

* Heard from zoning inspector Dave Raspanti who informed council that a trial date on the Yellow Creek Theater pavilion was set for April 9. City Solicitor Anthony D'Apolito said the owner is tearing down the unpermitted pavilion and will work with the Village to put one up correctly. He also noted he had sent a letter regarding the poor exterior at 24 Poland Manor and received nothing back. He also recommended to Council that the owner of 12 Poland Manor should be cited for zoning violations.



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