Poland Township Trustees awarded the 2014 road repaving program at last week's regular meeting. The program includes the completion of last year's project roads and may include additional projects.
The award went to low bidder Barbicas Construction out of Akron, bidding lowest of four bids submitted at $63,209.50. Trustee Bob Lidle Jr. said the repaving program will include Denver, Coblentz, and Hamilton drives, all of which were partially paved last year.
''This will finish up the repaving program from last year,'' Lidle said. ''We are keeping the option open to look at the budget and see if we can do additional roads.''
Lidle also mentioned the sidewalk project to bring sidewalks to the high school stadium that was supposed to be underway was delayed because of the wet weather.
''It was on hold because of heavy rains,'' he said. ''Once it starts, crews will stay with it until it is done.''
According to Lidle, the project would take between 65 and 70 days to complete. In the meantime, the township is trying to put together a laymen's map of the project that residents could understand.
Lidle mentioned there would be a small increase in water rates from Aqua Ohio. He said the increase will be very minimal, but will bring in more than $1 million for the company to use for infrastructure work in Poland Township.
''We'll get a nice return on the investment,'' he said.
Also mentioned at the meeting was this Saturday's appliance drive that is being hosted by Poland Township. The drive is scheduled for May 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Poland Township Road Department, 7508 Clingan Road.
''This is for appliances only,'' Lidle said.
Among items that will be accepted are refrigerators, air conditioners, de-humidifiers, water coolers, stoves, freezers, hot water heaters, water softeners, and other appliances made primarily of ferrous, non-metal material. Also included in the drive are sofas, chairs, tables and rugs.
The drive will be open to all Mahoning County residents and there will be no charge for dropping the listed items off and no charge for Freon removal. Lidle said the services will be provided by Interstate Shredding LLC. Lidle cautioned that electronics, tires, household hazardous waste and paints will not be accepted at this drive. He said addition recycling drives will be held later this year for those items.
In other business trustees:
* Approved a donation of $250 to American Legion Post 15 (Poland) and $250 to American Legion Post 247 of Lowellville, toward the annual Memorial Day ceremony.
It was announced there would be a citizens meeting at James Place at 6:30 p.m. June 3 for residents of that surrounding area. This is one of the on-going community meetings that Trustee Eric Ungaro had promised residents so that everyone could have their voices heard.
Trustees approved the sale of a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser to the City of Campbell in the amount of $2,500. Lidle explained the township normally turns over its fleet of vehicle once the mileage hits 150,000. He added that Campbell has been under economic distress and this was a good way to help out a neighboring community.