Earthquakes took center stage at last week's Poland Township meeting as residents voiced their concerns over the fracking and wells in the township. Those speaking ranged from township residents to residents from neighboring communities.
The biggest concern was over pollution that was said to be caused by fracking. Margarette Henry from Bessemer, Pa., said her home was damaged by the quake, but she is more concerned about the pollution that could ruin her business.
''I operate an organic farm and I am not happy about the fracking and pollutants,'' she said. ''It will ruin my business.''
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Township trustees recognized the PSHS Boys Basketball team for their successful season as AAC champions and regional runner-ups at last week's meeting. Those present were issued certificates and congratulated. Picture are, in front, trustees Eric Ungaro and Bob Lidle, Nick Gajdos, Steven Andrews, trustee Joanne Wollet, and new fiscal officer Paul Canter. In back are Jake Wolfe, Tate Duarte, Kyle Dixon, George Chammas, Will Chammas, and Jake Burns.
Trustee Joanne Wollet said she is in touch with the Ohio Department of Natural resources and is concerned about the odor that has arisen from flaring the wells.
''During the flaring, people said they were smelling rotten eggs,'' Wollet said. ''We [trustees] want to be a resource for residents and we want to get answers.''
Mahoning County Health Commissioner Pat Sweeney was in attendance and said the county does conduct air pollution monitoring.
Chairman Eric Ungaro said he wants to set up a meeting with the governor's office to address a lot of the concerns regarding fracking.
''It's a touchy situation,'' he said.
On a different matter, bids were opened for the 2014 road resurfacing program. There were four bidders including Chagrin Valley Paving out of Chagrin Falls for $69,540.40, R.T. Vernal Paving out of North Lima for $66,718.50, Butch and McCree Paving out of Hillsville, Pa. for $64,085.90, and the low bid of $63,209.50 from Barbicas Construction out of Akron. Trustees approved sending the Barbicas bid to the prosecutor's office to be checked over.
In other business, trustees:
* Approved the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police for the patrol unit and a separate contract for the sergeant's unit, and for the chief's salary for 2014-2016.
* Approved the declaration of 6179 Circle Drive and 3023 Highland Ave. as nuisance properties. The property owners will be sent a letter ordering a clean up, and the township will have the right to handle it if nothing is done in a timely fashion. Zoning Inspector Robert Monus said last year the township dealt with 89 nuisance properties, mostly regarding high grass.
* Announced the upcoming Poland appliance drive to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. May 24 at Poland Township Road Department, 7508 Clingan Road. Accepted at the drive are refrigerators, air conditioners, de-humidifiers, water coolers, stoves, freezers, hot water heaters, water softners, and other appliances made primarily of ferrous/non-metal. Also included are sofas, chairs, tables, and rugs.
* Heard from Tom Monus of the Road Department who reported the hot patching of township roads will begin this week and the street sweeping is continuing and should be done by the end of June.
* Heard from police chief Brian Goodin who reminded residents of the senior check in program. He said seniors can call the police department and get put on a list. Officers will then check in on them once or twice a week to insure their safety.