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Village talks water rates, tax

May 29, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Village Council dealt with a full slate at the May 20 meeting, including water rates and permissive tax.

On the water rates, council held a first of three readings on accepting an increase in water rates. The rate increase will be minimal for residents, but will allow Aqua Ohio to begin engineering for infrastructure work to be done in 2015.

''Poland Township and Lowellville has already accepted the rates, and Struthers is expected to this week,'' said Councilman Joe Mazur.

Council discussed whether to pass it on one reading or do three readings. The decision was made for three readings.

Council also held a first reading for an additional permissive tax. Councilwoman Linda Srnec said it would be an additional five dollars added to a vehicle license plate fee, which the Village can collect.

''The funds from the permissive tax can only be used for maintenance on Village roads,'' she said. ''It's not a huge amount, but it will help.''

Another first reading was held on the 3.2-mill tax levy renewal. The levy will expire at the end of the year. Srnec explained that it could be put on the ballot as a replacement, which would bring in more funds, but would cost tax payers in the 12 percent roll back. If it is passed as a renewal, the roll back would remain in place. If it was a replacement, the roll back would be taken away.

A discussion was also held on street trees, which are trees planted in the right of way. It was brought up that present Village ordinances require residents to get permission on where and what type of tree they want to plant.

In other business:

* Council approved repealing Chapter 444 of the Poland Village Codified Ordinances relating to the use of bicycles within the Village. Council will instead adopt the Ohio Revised Code on bicycles. The issue was passed as an emergency on one reading.

* Council approved an ordinance for a record retention schedule that is mandated by the state.

* A motion was approved for renewing the Village's insurance policies with two different companies. All law enforcement employees will be covered under a policy with Scottsdale Insurance Co., and everyone else will be covered under a policy with Selective Insurance Co. The premium for the policy is $20,195.



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